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English

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Primary £25.00
Secondary £25.00
GCSE £25.00
A-Level £25.00
University £30.00
Casual Learner £20.00

Media / Communication Studies

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Primary £25.00
Secondary £25.00
GCSE £25.00
A-Level £25.00
University £30.00
Casual Learner £20.00

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GCSE £25.00

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Personal Description:

I am the author of 'Albert and Flora' and ´Those Forest Men´. I am an examiner in English Literature with two different exam boards - Edexcel and WJEC - and have examined for the last ten years. I have tutored all levels from Year 1 to Phd. For the last three years I have examined IGCSE English Language, marking scripts from all over the world. I have taught all exam boards -AQA, OCR, WJEC, Edexcel and CCEA - over the last six years.

I am delighted to report that last year 100% of my students achieved their target grades. One got an E for his AS level English Literature (AQA) then with my help got an A for his A2. I have similar success stories at GCSE which I have been teaching since they scrapped O levels. I am also old enough to have taught O level English. In the January GCSE resits all my students gained Grade C. Last Summer all my GCSE students gained A or A star.

Tutoring Experience:

I have been an English teacher in UK High Schools for 26 years. I was a Head of English for 20 years. Head of Media Studies at Benjamin Britten High from 1990 to 1996, Head of English at Caister High from 1996 to 2000 and Senior Teacher at Cromer High School from 2000 to 2006. I then went on to write two books before working at New Eccles Hall School, dealing with autistic and dyslexic students. I have always been able to work with both the most able and the least able. Creating the right level of challenge is important.
I have taught English lessons in private schools in Moscow and Shanghai.

Tutoring Approach:

I currently have students whose ages range from 6 to 35.
With KS1 students I take things very gently and do not pressurise them at all, although once we have built a relationship, I can challenge them. The focus is very much on reading and handwriting.
My KS2 students follow a KS3 course but at a slower pace than the older ones.
At KS3 we work through a revision book that covers all aspects of the National Curriculum.
My KS4 students very much focus on exam techniques because of my examining experience.
The focus this year at KS5 has been on A level coursework. I also do UCAS statements.
My graduate students tend to want help with essay writing skills.
My Phd work varies from editing and proof reading to writing up research. I have worked on Phds on Media Studies, English and Education.
I believe you learn best when you enjoy your learning. Being an examiner gives me an insight into exactly what is required to take a student through the exam process. The earlier you involve me in the process, the more likely your student will achieve the highest grades.
Over the last three years I have tended to specialise in a number of areas. I have done a lot of work on exam technique at GCSE and have had some success with students retaking their English GCSE attempting to achieve a C grade. I have worked with aspergic students on a combination of academic and social skills. I have also helped students studying A level English, both language and literature. I have helped one student gain a place on a PGCE course. I have had some success with muslim boys.

Qualifications:

  • University of Lincoln (2001) - MBA (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
  • University of Sussex (1987) - English and Drama (PGCE) (✘ Not On File)
  • University of Liverpool (1986) - 2.2 English Language and Literature (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

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