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English

Hourly Rate
GCSE £30.00
A-Level £35.00
University £35.00
Casual Learner £35.00

English (Foreign Language)

Hourly Rate
GCSE £30.00
A-Level £35.00
University £35.00
Casual Learner £35.00

Study Skills

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GCSE £30.00
A-Level £35.00
University £35.00
Casual Learner £35.00

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Personal Description:

I teach people of all ages and abilities how to communicate - interestingly, accurately and clearly.
I have an English Degree from Bristol University, several years experience in tutoring students of all ages and abilities in English, creative writing, study skills and French, and a Trinity Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
I have worked as a writer, journalist and editor in this country and abroad, for magazines, newspapers and the BBC World Service. I have worked for the UN and the EU, as well as many private clients and international aid agencies. I came to tutoring in Africa, where it was clear that my services and experience could be very useful to students at all levels: I have taught one to one and in small groups, privately and most recently for a comprehensive school in Surrey. I have also edited an MA thesis in History of Art for the Courtauld and some theses for Sotheby's History of Art students (we normally do very well!).
I have an Assessor's and Verifier's Award for CITY and Guilds NVQ courses.
I am a mother of two boys, both now at university. My husband works in conservation which is why the family has travelled extensively.

Tutoring Experience:

Private tutoring - one to one and in small groups: A level and GCSE English Literature and Language.

Creative writing to adults and undergraduates - privately and at the University of Kent.

Study skills (research, essay writing, exam technique), CV and presentation skills to students of all ages.

GCSE English on a 1:1 basis to the lower sets of students at Jubilee International High School in Surrey. They have all raised their grades significantly and are much more confident with their work.

Make the Grade tuition in Tunbridge Wells and also at summer English revision courses at Tonbridge School.

I devised and delivered a course for women journalists in Sierra Leone and taught creative writing and English at Fourah Bay University.

Englsh as a Foreign Language: privately to adults and young people of all levels.
To classes of Spanish students (14 - 16 and older) at Guildford College.

I speak fluent French; I was a governor at Cranbrook School in Kent, and stood in for a term for the French assistante when she had to go home early. My A level students did well, and two continued their classes with me privately.

I have taught and assessed NVQ Level 2 students in Customer Service with a 100% pass record.

Tutoring Approach:

I understand communication at all levels - verbal, written and on the web - and I am passionate about making people understand each other. I care very much about the basics - grammar, punctuation, spelling, and I have devised effective study skills tools which make a real difference.

My sessions are fun, interesting and inspiring. I am friendly, creative, approachable, and work hard with my pupils to help them reach their full potential. I cannot do magic, but even the least able have told me they felt more confident about their subject and their approach to exams after sessions with me.

I am very happy to tutor online and face to face, or a mixture of the two.

Qualifications:

  • ULT (2013) - Trinity Diploma in TEFL (Professional) (✔ On File)
  • City and Guilds - Train to Gain (2009) - A1 Assessors Award (Professional) (✔ On File)
  • Bristol University (1977) - BA English (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
Native Language: English (British)
Additional Languages: French
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

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