I have been teaching English at all levels for 5 years. This includes all the way through SATS, from KS2 – 11+, GCSE and Adult Learning. It also includes proofreading for university students.
My approach is to recognise that each learner is an individual and to respect this, as I firmly believe that children and young people process information in their own individual ways. The rewarding part for me is that I get to observe this in you. I remember the old school reports would say that certain students were `slow’ or `disruptive’ in class. They are not. They take time to problem solve to reach an original and potentially better solution than everyone else. Such uniqueness should be valued and rewarded, not punished just because there is a systemic assumption that all children are naturally competitive and must abide by thinking the same as everyone else.
I like to engage my learners imagination and interests and make the lessons fun.
Inspirational, highly motivated tutor
My motto is that, `Everyone is born with a natural gift. Just because it has not been discovered yet does not mean it doesn't exist'. I believe that all a person requires for learning is for someone to inspire them through having `Faith' in them. If we strive to leave a lasting legacy then shouldn't it be when someone with low self-esteem carries throughout the rest of their lives your words of encouragement and inspiration that led to their success? Most people remember their favourite teacher or someone who gave them hope in their worst moment of despair. I believe that achievement is the greatest motivator. What greater reward can there be when you have the power to lift the spirits of someone later in life during a moment of hopelessness and they recall your words? A seed planted in youth can grow to become something special later in life. We can leave material wealth behind after we have gone, but that can be corrupted and forgotten. If we leave behind our compassion and faith in someone it is a legacy written on their hearts to be passed on.
I have a wealth of experience of working with children and young people on a 1-to-1 basis, including tutoring remotely online. This has enabled me to accumulate an extensive variety of valuable resources individually adapted for each learner. This includes those with learning disabilities and mental health problems. I also diagnose ASD and dyslexia. As well as successfully teaching English and Maths, my subjects also include Functional Skills English and Maths and ECDL/ICT, History, Music Theory, Business Studies, Religious Studies, Geography, SATS and 11+. As well as homeschooling, I am also self employed during school holidays, supporting pupils in schools to gain better GCSE grades. With what we call our High 5 program, we guarantee to get each learner a GCSE grade C in 5 days in a range of subjects. My experience also includes Life Coaching. I have also taught English as a Foreign Language.
I also provide proofreading services on a range of written material, including university dissertations, books and have recently completed editing an autobiography.
On a personal level, I am a writer and film maker with a 2.1 BA (Hons). My passions are music and writing as I come from a strong background in music, poetry and art. I like to keep myself fit and healthy so visit the gym regularly. I am often told that I have a natural rapport with children and young people. This is largely due to empathy as well as having a witty sense of humour. I also take a genuine interest in them and their hobbies and interests and what their ambitions are and hope that I can offer some guidance. I take pride in bringing out their true potential and setting them on the path to achieving their goals.
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