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I am a 46 yr old graduate of Oxford University, where I studied French and German, and a postgraduate of the University of Manchester, where I obtained a Masters and Doctorate in English. I'm currently English Curriculum Manager at a local independent School, and an Associate Tutor at the Universities of Salford and Edge Hill. I live in West Yorkshire.

Tutoring Experience

I am teaching several pupils privately at the moment, at GCSE and A-level. I'm really enjoying it, and now have time to take on some more!

I have been teaching English in Higher Education since 2004. During this time I also taught an A-level student English on an individual basis, as extra preparation for Oxbridge entry - the student gained a place at Oxford. I've also taught two summer schools for visiting American students at the University of Manchester, and a university student privately.

I have experience with AQA syllabuses in French GCSE and English (Literature) GCSE and A-level (Gothic and Pastoral), and also OCR French.

I also worked for some years in the retail/hospitality sector, where I was an induction trainer, and had some involvement with NVQ assessment.

Tutoring Approach

I believe the most important thing in teaching is to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, where students are not afraid to ask any questions. I like to avoid overt formality, and make the teaching as enjoyable as possible. I'm very encouraging and positive, but within this will always offer constructive criticism when it's needed. I make sure sessions end with clear goals about what students need to do to improve - clear and achieveable goals, that I will check your progress with. I enjoy teaching a great deal, and will push you to achieve your very best.

For under 16s, I have a programme for teaching English, French, and German. This includes conversation, grammar, composition, and working with literature suited to the pupil's age range. It's flexible and pitched to any age and ability between 11 and 16.

LanguagesEnglish (British), French, German
AvailabilityWeekdays (all times)
References Available On File


University of Manchester2008DoctorateEnglish and American Studies
University of Manchester2003MastersEnglish, Pass
University of Oxford1994BachelorsFrench & German, Class 2
Taunton's College, Southampton1990CollegeA-level German (A), French (C) History (C)

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