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English

Hourly RateOnline Lessons
Hourly Rate
Primary £40.00£36.00
Secondary £40.00£36.00
GCSE £40.00£36.00
A-Level £40.00£36.00
University £50.00£45.00
Casual Learner £50.00£45.00

Spanish

Hourly RateOnline Lessons
Hourly Rate
Primary £40.00£36.00
Secondary £40.00£36.00
GCSE £40.00£36.00

Entrance Exams

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11 Plus £40.00£36.00
13 Plus £40.00£36.00

Drama

Hourly RateOnline Lessons
Hourly Rate
Primary £40.00£36.00
Secondary £40.00£36.00
GCSE £40.00£36.00
A-Level £40.00£36.00
Casual Learner £50.00£45.00

History Of Art

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GCSE £40.00£36.00
A-Level £40.00£36.00
University £50.00£45.00
Casual Learner £50.00£45.00

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Personal Description:

With fifteen years experience tutoring in and around London, I am a Masters graduate from St Andrews (English & Art History) with a teaching qualification from LSE. Known by my middle name Rob (to avoid any confusion on the reviews below!) I am a fun and engaging tutor. I work hard to tailor lessons to suit the needs of every individual and have yet to see a student not exceed expectations.

I first started teaching at school. Having grown up in Argentina, I helped the Spanish department in preparation for pupil's Spanish Oral examinations. When I left, I continued helping pupils in Spanish, also starting Drama lessons and workshops; something I have kept doing voluntarily since 1998 to the present day whenever I return to my native West Cumbria.

Just after the handover, I spent a year in Hong Kong teaching EFL to mainstream children and also had the opportunity to tutor teenagers in a detention centre (they had been mislead into triad gangs). Teaching these children Spanish (they were due to go on an 'exchange' to Chile) with no common language was a challenging and eye opening experience, requiring a flexible and adaptable approach.

I returned to study for my degree between 2000-2004, taking further subsidiary courses in Spanish & Classics and an additional EFL qualification. I then attended Drama School at The Guildford School of Acting receiving the straight actor's award and a Performance Diploma.

Since leaving, I have taught English (Literature & Language), Art History, Drama, Spanish, Photography, Film, Art, Common Entrance & Maths to a great many students of all ages, abilities (including learning and behavioural difficulties schools) and backgrounds, thriving in the challenges of adapting lessons for different individual's needs.

I am particularly proud to have assisted pupils with learning difficulties achieve higher grades although I am equally passionate and intrigued to work with pupils of all backgrounds and abilities. I always seek to nurture in my tutees a passion towards their subjects and more than often see them jump two or three grades at least.

A trained actor, I currently work a good deal on stage and screen. I also work with Doctors, Educational Psychologists, Mental Health Nurses and War Veterans in Medical and Army role-plays. Beyond this, I have a keen interest in sports, music, reading, walking and a near obsession with growing my own vegetables. A Cumbrian country fanatic, I have a huge love for all rural life, fudge and dog walking.

Lastly, I was christened John Robert and unfortunately the website will only use my first name on my profile. To avoid any future confusion, I am known as Rob and I very much look forward to hearing from you!

Tutoring Experience:

2006-Present: Private Tuition throughout London and Sussex seeing pupils grow through entrance exams, GCSEs and A Levels.
Private Tuition (Paddington)-Government-funded scheme to increase literacy levels amongst primary school pupils
2006-Present: Southwark Council. Supply Teaching with 'Classroom' **Contact Detail Removed**. Work with children from mainstream, secondary & primary PRUs and learning difficulty schools.
2005-2006: Private Tuition (Ashtead, Surrey) Private tutor. Various pupils for Spanish, English Literature, Drama & English language
2002: Clementine School, Hong Kong EFL Teaching Assistant. Assisting head English language teacher
2002: Hong Kong Institute for young offenders. Spanish Teacher. Teaching basic Spanish to young non English speaking offenders prior to their exchange to Chile
St Bees School 1998-present: Various unpaid voluntary work. Drama work-shop leader on summer-camp. Directing, play-writing, and work-shopping school Junior & Senior plays

Tutoring Approach:

My 'approach' to tutoring will always be initially to consider the tutee's approach to learning. I would wish to meet the pupil initially to establish how they may best be assisted and what the pupil's key areas of concern are.

Each mind, young or old, needs different approaches and I believe my strongest ability is an adaptability to meet the varying needs and requirements of every student as, generally, this is why they tend to be looking for tuition beyond the school curriculum.

My approach, in terms of academic structure, in most cases would be to follow a curriculum but to have the flexibility to pause where things need shoring up and to build my pupil's confidence in preparation for any exams.

I tend to use past papers when it comes to exam based tuition as this is ultimately what they will be faced with come exam time. However, when I have a pupil for longer there is more scope for harnessing a broader interest in a subject or often simply assisting with difficult homework.

With each of my previous pupils I have needed and been able to assist them in a way that is individually appealing to them and I have never had a pupil who has not achieved their desired results.

Lastly, it is important in so many cases to keep lessons engaging and fun. I strive to keep a healthy balance in this. So often I meet pupils who have initially fallen out of love with a subject and bringing them back on board is essential. Whilst the emphasis is always on academic progress, there is always a light hearted humour in all that we do.

NB: I am actively seeking to expand by numbers of online pupils and, as such, am open to discuss discounts for online tuition

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Native Language: English (British)
Additional Languages: Spanish
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

Qualifications:

  • Guildford School of Acting (2005) - Straight Acting Diploma (Other) (✔ On File)
  • St Andrews University (2004) - II1 English & Art History (Masters) (✔ On File)

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