Information About Val - Newbury tutor
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I am a lively grandmother who loves people, animals and life. I live almost opposite Greenham Common in Newbury with my husband and dogs. I have two children and five grandsons. I have kept up to date with teaching methods and have a wealth of experience in teaching children with different needs and problems. I have a calm, friendly and sympathetic manner and relate well to children of all ages. I enjoy the challenge that each pupil provides and am satisfied that I have always been able to make a difference, both to their self-esteem and to their learning.
1999 – 2017: Have been tutoring children aged 7yrs to 14yrs in both English and Maths on a one-to-one basis. I started at ‘Saturday School’ tutoring children with Dyslexia. In 2001/2002 I went to BCOT in Basingstoke to do the hands-on course in ‘Teaching Children with Specific learning Difficulties’ and gained the OCR Certificate in ‘Teaching Learners with SpLD’. On qualifying, I became a member of PATOSS. (Professional Association of Teachers of Specific Learning Difficulties.)The course gave me fresh ideas on how to teach using a multi-sensory approach, how best to channel a pupil’s strengths and how to help him improve in areas of weakness.
1991 – 1994: Taught part-time in a private school in Malawi. I was given small groups of children who were struggling with Maths. At home I tutored privately, mainly taking children with literacy problems.
1973 - 1990: Taught full time in three different Independent/private Primary schools in South Africa for 17 years.
I endeavour to make learning fun but important and to build confidence by acknowledging even the smallest successes. After some informal assessments I will detect the child’s strengths, weaknesses and preferred learning style. Lessons are then tailored to meet his specific needs. I use a multi-sensory approach engaging all the senses ie visual, auditory and practical.
I have found this approach to work for everyone whether severely dyslexic or simply needing some help due to late maturing, problems at school, or whatever…. I am not satisfied until my pupils have reached their full potential.
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References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Basingstoke College of Technology (2002) - OCR SpLD Certificate (College) (✘ Not On File)
- Rhodesia Teachers' Training College (1962) - Teacher's Certificate (College) (✘ Not On File)