Information About Natalie - Stockton-on-Tees tutor - (54 reviews)
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I am a fully qualified teacher and examiner, with over 15 years' experience in the field of education. My teaching of English has been graded "outstanding" by Ofsted and I strive to maintain this standard in my tutoring practice. Teaching is a vocation for me and I love the buzz I get when I feel I have inspired my students. I hold an undergraduate degree in English, a PGCE specialising in the post-16 sector, and have seven years’ experience of working as an A level and GCSE English Language and Literature teacher in a reputable sixth form college. My additional specialism is Creative Writing and I hold both a Masters and Doctorate in this subject, as well as being a published poet. Having successfully tutored students of the AQA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC, Eduqas and Cambridge International boards, I am very familiar with the current specifications. I have a keen eye for detail when appraising essays and have received excellent feedback for my critiques of student work.
I have experience of teaching and tutoring English Language (including the new specification for AQA), Literature and Combined English up to Further Education level. I have taught the AQA Certificate in English Language (iGCSE), AS/A2 English Language (Spec B), AS/A2 English Literature (Spec B) and AS/A2 English Combined (Spec A) but have tutored for other leading examining boards too. I also have some experience of adult and undergraduate teaching in the fields of Creative Writing and Communication/Functional Skills.
Specialist topic areas:
A level English Language - conducting a language investigation, using linguistic frameworks, Language Change and Diversity, Child Language Acquisition, Language and Social Contexts: Gender, Power and Technology.
A level English Literature - Set texts taught include: The Great Gatsby, Wuthering Heights, Enduring Love, Property, Spies, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, Robert Browning's poetry, The Whitsun Weddings, Ariel, The Pardoner's Tale, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Rivals.
Poetry - form, structure and style, analysing poetic devices, scansion, meaning and significance, the practice of writing poetry.
My approach is to be friendly, supportive and professional when interacting with students. I encourage them to be proactive and resourceful in their approach to English, guiding them through the processes of learning and problem-solving. Sessions are therefore individually tailored and flexible, so are student-focused rather than teacher-led. I spend time getting to know my students and, whenever possible, encourage the practice of English skills within topic areas of personal interest to them. I am a good listener and can empathise with my students, helping them to see areas for improvement in their work and offering practical advice and tips on how to develop it further. Ultimately, I aim to help my students fulfil their academic potential whilst also developing the range of skills needed to achieve their aspirations in life.
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References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- University of Sunderland (2015) - PhD by Existing Published or Creative Work (Doctorate) (✔ On File)
- University of Cumbria (2007) - Post-Compulsory Merit (PGCE) (✔ On File)
- University of Leeds (2001) - Creative Writing (Masters) (✔ On File)
- University of Lancaster (2000) - BA (hons) 2:1 English with Drama (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
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My daughter's confidence not only in English but across other subjects that involve essay writing/answers has improved significantly under Natalie's expert tutelage.
The tutoring sessions have meant that she is now focused on structure/content in all subjects along with social interaction also. Count yourself very lucky to obtain one of the few spare slots that Natalie occasionally has on offer…
We were so impressed and thankful that we returned for Natalie's support for our son Tom in the run-up to his GCSEs. A very different student to his older sister, he too really enjoyed his sessions with Natalie and got so much out of it. He has gone into his exams confident and felt they went well, so we could ask no more. Thank you so much Natalie for your wonderful approach. Ann
The tuition and help I received met my needs in every way. I would definitely recommend Natalie.
You had informed me that you wanted to try another tutor first and then would get in touch with me if that didn’t work out. Following that there was no contact from you in order to arrange a suitable time for your son’s introductory session, which is a shame as I would have been happy to find a mutually convenient time. I wish you and your son all the best for the future.
Thanks to Natalie I was able to go from a B at AS to an A at A2, gaining me access into my first choice university to study Law. Thank you Natalie for all your help, couldn't have done it without you :)
With my daughter improvement,I gave Natalie 5 stars because she really cares for my daughter education
Many thanks Natalie.
Natalie has been a real help, easily contactable, recipes to queries quickly and is very approachable.
So glad we found you Natalie,
I'm glad we made the choice to get a bit of extra help and support and Natalie has been great. Easy to contact, very friendly, approachable and knowledgeable.