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I am Richard Hanlon,and have taught academic psychology at all levels (GCSE to degree to fun 'self-help' psychology) since 1994. I have been an Examiner and Senior Examiner on AQA spec 'A' since 1997, most recently on AS paper 1 (7181/1) and A Level Paper 2 (7182/2). In both cases I consistently receive excellent performance gradings.
After 20 years (last ten as head of department at an OFSTED 'outstanding' Sixth Form College) I took voluntary redundancy for health reasons in summer 2015 to become self-employed.
In my final year (to summer 2015), we had 90% pass at AS (50%A/B grades) with a large group of students (80) and 100% pass at A2.
I have been a successful Private Tutor for Psychology since then (see tutee comments on this site) at all levels- I can also proof work, help with UCAS and offer all sorts of academic support.
My wife Alison is also a Psychology teacher - we have been together for 25 years. We are both Accrington Stanley FC season ticket holders. I also provide reviews of classical music CDs and books for Musicweb-International.

Tutoring Experience

I taught GCSE, AS, A2 and degree level Psychology at Blackburn College 1995-2015, becoming subject leader in 2005. I built a vibrant, popular and successful department over this time enabling us to achieve unprecedented success. Moreover Psychology became the most popular AS and A level subject at Blackburn under my stewardship.
I have been working as a self-employed home tutor for three years now, working primarily with GCSE, A level and degree students. I have helped my students achieve excellent results; indeed they have regularly exceeded their own expectations.

Tutoring Approach

While I am very evangelical and enthusiatic about my subject, as an experienced examiner I am only too aware of the very specfic, almost unique exam skills required to tackle GCSE, AS or A Level papers - regardless of the specification used. My focus is very much on instilling full understanding of the topics, followed up by dedicated and intensive work to help every tutee develop a robust exam technique.
I want every tutee to have utter confidence in their ability to express complex ideas clearly-probably the key requirement of the exam.
I also have a CELTA ESOL qualification which is useful for those students for whom English is not their first language. The point being that clarity of expression is probably the most important skill required for academic Psychology.
I am happy to set relevant work for students who can then submit online- I offer clear, detailed feedback.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
References Available On File


Bolton Inst of HE (now Uni)1994PGCEPGCE
University of Leeds1989BachelorsBA (Hons) Psychology

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