Information About Vivienne - Glasgow tutor - (11 reviews)
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I have over twelve years SQA marking experience. This includes marking both critical essay for the exam board and Higher Paper 1:Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation (previously Close Reading)
I am also an experienced English teacher, who has taught in several schools in East Renfrewshire, including Williamwood and Mearns Castle. Moreover, I have an excellent high pass rate, for tutees sitting Higher English.
I have taught in Mearns Castle, Williamwood and Calderglen High School. The latter establishment was my base from 2003 until June 2013, when I resigned in order to focus, exclusively, on private tuition.
In Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation (previously Close Reading), my experience as an SQA marker provides tutees with an invaluable insight into exam strategies needed for success. Certainly, this experience leads me to use a specific question type / specific formula answer approach. Tutees are encouraged to identify a particular question type, e.g. 'the context question', and then use the appropriate formula to gain maximum marks. Thereafter, the tutee is asked to practise this particular type of question whilst also undertaking whole close reading passages containing said question type.
In the critical examination of literature, particular attention is given to structure and developing a mature, yet fresh, personal response. I tend to adopt a modelling approach. Effectively, the tutee and I draft a first core essay on a given text, say, for example, 'Romeo and Juliet' Using this exemplar, the tutee is then assigned further essay questions, drawing upon this core essay as a guideline. Support is given throughout the writing process and constructive feedback is offered in the form of stage-appropriate targets to ensure progress.
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References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- TEFL UK (2013) - TEFL (Other) (✘ Not On File)
- Strathclyde University (2002) - English (PGCE) (✘ Not On File)
- Strathclyde University (2001) - English (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
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We had a long telephone chat to access my sons needs prior to his first session
We have ever confidence that Vivienne will help Aidan to gain an excellent pass in higher English
We enlisted the services of Vivienne just as my daughter was preparing for her prelim exam and I guess it was just in time. Vivienne did a superb job of preparing my daughter to sit both her prelim and the final exam and I'm glad to report that she secured a grade A pass in Higher English.
Vivienne guided my daughter in the creation of her portfolio, recognising that this would be a significant contributor to my daughter's overall mark. The knowledge imparted to my daughter while working on this and the quality of the resulting portfolio certainly boosted her confidence too.
Close reading was an area that my daughter had struggled with in the past, tending to write too much and not fully answering the question. Vivienne turned this around expertly. My daughter worked extremely hard to learn to use the tips and tricks that Vivienne taught her and we could clearly see significant progress was being made, as her marks steadily improved with each exercise set by the college and Vivienne.
Although we had the occasional hiccup in setting up tutorial sessions and the odd late cancellation, we pretty much got as many sessions as we had envisaged. I guess it shows how much demand there is for Vivienne's services and our daughter's mark certainly proves her worth.