Information About Michael - Tower Hamlets tutor - (6 reviews)
This is how 2 referees rated Michael:
You or your child will benefit from tutoring by:
- an experienced tutor of people at primary, GCSE, A-level, Oxford Entrance and undergraduate essays.
a successful graduate of University College London, best school for English in the UK
- a professional writer, with around 15 years' experience producing journalism, marketing copy and creative writing
- a sensitive and friendly guy that kids like a lot, helpful and friendly but focused on the task.
- a well-read individual, good at helping your child understand the relevance of what s/he is studying
- a down-to-earth person who will be able to find common ground with your student.
"Avi got an A on the presentation. He wanted to ring you and thank you."
"The A-level English exam was good. I knew what to find when I opened the paper and how to answer it."
"We are really grateful for what you have achieved and all the work you have put in!" Mother, Poplar
Cancellation policy: please note, if I turn up to a weekly appointment and your student is not available, I will charge the full fee. If possible, please give me 48 hours notice of cancellation.
I have been helping people one-on-one for many years from primary school age through to adults.
I have supported people through:
7+, 8+ AND 11+ ENGLISH ENTRANCE EXAMS
common entrance exam
grammar and spelling
GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
poetry, plays and novels
OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE ENTRANCE EXAMS
ESSAYS - ENGLISH WRITING AND PROOFREADING ALL
CV IMPROVEMENT AND JOB TRAINING
Patience, encouragement and firmness.
First and foremost, results - what are we trying to get to? What's the deadline? What does the pupil need to improve?
So we know what to work on, I will always have pupils show me what they know (from spelling through to what goes on in a play or who characters are) before I create a lesson plan in my head.
After this, I believe students should be supported as they put the extra work in to achieve their goals. I get on well with my pupils and they like to please me and they try their best. And in exchange I give them my patience and attention as we try to improve their skills in various areas.
As far as possible, I use past papers and regular tests which I mark as in the real exam.
I've got a good sense of humour which I can use to inject a bit of fun when pupils are tired.
My creativity helps me tackle questions that the pupil is having trouble grasping.
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Additional Languages: French
Availability: Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- University College, London (1997) - English Degree (BA Hons. 2:1) (College) (✘ Not On File)
- Oxford University (1994) - Oxford Entrance Exam (Other) (✘ Not On File)
- Uplands Community College (1994) - English A-Level (A) (School) (✘ Not On File)
- Uplands Community College (1993) - English GCSE (A*) (School) (✘ Not On File)
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Instead, in my opinion, Mrs Watson's son was being put forward for GCSEs and the subject matter was too advanced, particularly given his issues with working memory.
For example, I was teaching Of Mice and Men to someone who much preferred George and His Magic Medicine and algebra to someone who could not understand decimal places and needed to calculate four times table on his fingers.
The times when we focused on areas which came naturally (see Roald Dahl) we had a good time and things went well.
From the very get-go, I told Mrs Watson that I thought studying for GCSE was unrealistic but that is what the school had decreed should happen. GCSE is hard even for my other pupils - and it's just got harder.
So, to conclude, ON THE CONTRARY, it was from this knowledge and experience of teaching GCSE and my working with pupils of all abilities that I foresaw Mrs Watson's son would really struggle with GCSE.
I wish Mrs Watson and her son the best.
I had asked Michael to support with 11plus Mainly english which I believe is going very well and would be happy to recommend anyone lacking or straggling to find intrest on literacy as was looking for someone with good sence of humour as well as able to get through to my child.
My ds enjoys and looks forward to the next lessons