Val

Newbury Tutor

Personal Description
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.

Tutoring Experience

Tutoring Experience
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.

Tutoring Approach

Tutoring Approach
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.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (daytime)
References Available On File

Qualifications

Basingstoke College of Technology2002CollegeOCR SpLD Certificate
Rhodesia Teachers' Training College1962CollegeTeacher's Certificate
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Subjects taught
First lesson is free!
Maths
Primary£28
Secondary£30
English
Primary£28
Secondary£30
Special Needs
Primary£30
Secondary£32