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Tessa

I am passionate about English, and enjoy reading and writing. As a former journalist, I now enjoy working with teenagers to pass on my love of reading and writing, and to help equip them with the necessary literacy and study skills to make progress in school and in life.
I work as an English teacher at an academically selective independent secondary school, so I keep up to date with trends and current issues affecting education and young people. I have worked in both maintained and independent sectors, teaching boys and girls. As a parent with children in secondary school and at university, I can empathise with (and hopefully offer support in preparing for) the challenges that young people face when preparing for assessments and examinations!
I am available on some weekdays and most weekends during term-time, and during weekday and weekend daytimes and evenings in the school holidays.

Tutoring Experience

I have been teaching since 2002, and have worked with all teenagers in the state and independent education sectors. I have taught English Language, English Literature and A Level Creative Writing as well as Media Studies, from Year 7 up to Year 13 (including GCSEs, IGCSEs and A Levels with various different exam boards). I also teach study/revision skills and have prepared pupils for a range of senior school entrance exams (including scholarship papers for some of the most academically selective settings) in English, and have also helped with study and revision skills and interview preparation. I provide support with preparing UCAS Personal Statements as well as application and interview advice. (I have 14 years of experience of preparing pupils for university applications through UCAS.) The extended project qualification (EPQ) is another area that I have experience in and can help with.
I have run tutoring, coaching and mentoring programmes for pupils and teachers, as well as delivering teacher training.
I have a Masters Degree in Education.

Tutoring Approach

Having liaised with the parent initially and met the individual tutee for a first lesson, I identify the tutoring goals and prepare a personalised, flexible learning programme. I adopt an individualised approach, using specially designed, personalised resources which will engage the student, and help him or her to apply what they are learning and to become more confident with ideas, planning and writing skills.
Having been a form tutor for many years for groups from Year 7 to Sixth Form, I have experience of the issues that teenagers may face with their educational journeys, so I am also mindful of the need to be flexible and supportive with suggested practices and approaches.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (evenings)
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Qualifications

Rhodes University, South Africa1987BachelorsEnglish and Journalism 2.1
Graduate Training Programme (Thamesmead Consortium)2004ProfessionalQualified Teacher Status
St Mary’s University 2015MastersMasters in Education

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