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Timothy

Timothy

Private English and History Tuition in Hereford

I am 65 years old, married with two adult children. I was born in the UK and spent my childhood in a Surrey village, where my mother was a GP. I was educated at prep, private and grammar schools in the South East (Epsom College/Dorking Grammar School). After leaving school I went to Bangor University for a year where I studied English/History/Classical Studies. I left to devote myself to creative writing and traveled widely, working in different jobs. I spent 2 years working with chiIdren in need of special care. I completed a BA(Hons) degree in Peace Studies because I wanted to become a mediator working in Conflict Resolution. I then trained as a Speech and Voice coach for 4 years before training as a professional actor at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. After working as an actor and voice-over, I completed a PGCE in English/Drama and Media Studies. I am very well read and have many interests which include writing and theatre. I am also very interested in History (especially of Mediterranean peoples), Music, Art, Gardening and Cooking.

Tutoring Experience

I have had 30 years of secondary teaching experience. I have taught in grammar, comprehensive and independent Schools in the UK and Canada. I have mainly taught in co-educational schools but have also taught for 5 years in an all girls private school. My main subject areas are English, Drama and History. I have also taught a lot of RS and Philosophy. I have a track record of excellent exam outcomes at GCSE and A Level, the great majority of pupils I have taught achieving A*-B. Most of the A Level pupils I have taught have won places at Russell group universities, including Oxbridge.

Tutoring Approach

Most people require a tutor to support exam course study. First and foremost, I seek to ensure that a pupil achieves this aim by targeting the exam mark band criteria. However, a focus on exam course criteria can be very mechanistic and destroy real interest in the subject. We all learn in unique ways and so I try to respond to the particular needs of each pupil and build skills from whatever point and in whatever area support may be needed. I believe as far as possible that learning should be enjoyable and result in a definite growth in confidence and self-belief. I use humor a lot when I teach and I am also very imaginative in the methods I use. I hope that my enthusiasm for my subjects is infectious and that it is transferred to pupils. I believe in clarity, consistency and challenge.

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

Qualifications

University of Bradford1988BachelorsBA Hons Peace Studies
London School of Creative Speech and Drama (Goetheanum cert)1992ProfessionalSpeech and Drama Diploma
Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art1997ProfessionalActing Diploma
Canterbury Christchurch University College1999PGCEEnglish/Drama/Media Studies

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EnglishIn-personOnline
Secondary£25£22.50
GCSE£30£27
A-Level£35£31.50
Casual Learner£30£27
HistoryIn-personOnline
Secondary£25£22.50
GCSE£30£27
A-Level£35£31.50
Casual Learner£30£27
DramaIn-personOnline
Secondary£25£22.50
GCSE£30£27
A-Level£35£31.50
University£35£31.50
Casual Learner£30£27
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