Hello. I have taught in this County for over thirty years! Having "semi-retired" from schools some ten years ago, I have been busy tutoring since then- as well as following other directions in my varied life. I tutor at home because I have so many resources here at my fingertips. I find this makes my lessons more relevant and efficient.
I taught English, Maths and E.S.L. in junior and secondary schools for about twenty-six years. I have also taught adults in Literacy and Numeracy in different locations- one being H.M.Prison, Wellingborough. My teaching/tutoring has spanned all ages and abilities from Year4 through to Sats preparation, Common Entrance exams and up to Higher GCSE in English and Mathematics.
Private tuition works! I have a folder of references from satisfied parents to add weight to that statement!
I also have a filing cabinet full of resources gathered over many years- to dip into when a student needs extra support on a topic.During an hour's lesson, we often go off "on a tangent" to cover a weak skill or "hole in a pupil's knowledge" that becomes apparent at the time.
When I begin tuition with a new pupil, I talk with them and their parents to get their input into why they feel a tutor is necessary.I assess the student at their first lesson- this can be very informal, especially if they are young or nervous! Particularly in Maths, I check that the basics are sound. Very often this is not the case, so remedial work starts there and then progresses through topics I believe are essential for later success. With older students I like to have their input in planning lessons- so making them more responsible for their progress and the necessary extra work that may ensue from our time together.
Learning takes place in a relaxed, homely atmosphere, often using the computer as an extra resource for information, assessment and games to support learning.I work alongside the tutee- sharing the work and constantly giving input and advice as to how improve responses and written work.Pupils are encouraged to discuss the work they are doing at school. Sometimes we can shed light on problems with any current assignments/homework.Often extra examples can make a topic understandable, where before, in a large teaching group,individuals become overlooked and are unhappy to show their weaknesses. Sometimes a student may be in a very difficult group at school and might be discouraged by their peers to look "interested" in the subject. During an hour of tuition, they can be themselves and let themselves shine!
Above all, I strive to develop an excellent working relationship where my pupil can ask me anything about their studies and where they are not uncomfortable to ask for something to be repeated time and again if needed.
In the last few years I have helped to move a pupil from a level 4 to 6 in his Maths Sats and another from a Grade D to B in English GCSE. These are just two examples of how private tuition can work!
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