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Amanda

Amanda
Amanda
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Thames Ditton, Surrey
Feedback Score:
+13
Member Since: 19/01/2018
Last Login: 8 days ago
Response Rate: 95%
Expected Response: < 2 hours

My Qualifications

MA
Oxford University
English Language and Literature
2:2  (1989)

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Information about Amanda

An Oxford University graduate, I tutor English Language and Literature at all levels. 
Teaching the subject I have always loved is a vocation. Unlike some tutors, I do not have additional employment or commitments - I am happy to be 100% dedicated to my students, 24/7/365!

I teach pupils from age 7 (though I can take younger pupils to non-native adult speakers who are keen to perfect their English). Lessons are personally prepared for each pupil, often using material I have personally produced, and any homework assigned is carefully selected to boost progress and nurture self-esteem in the subject.

I would advise tuition to start at least two years before grammar school exams and at least one year before other entrance exams. For GCSE and A level, I would advise tuition as early as possible in the course. English cannot be "crammed" at the last minute. Good preparation, well in advance, is the key to good grades and yes, it`s essential to prepare and revise for English language exams! 

Whilst I am happy to teach those who just require a general improvement in their work, I focus on training my students to get the best exam results they are capable of. I tailor teaching to each individual student’s needs but usually concentrate on exam strategy and technique. I focus on quality, not quantity in any homework I assign. I do not normally offer an assessment in the first lesson as one hour is not long enough to fully cover all areas of the syllabus. 

I am not a dyslexia specialist, but I have taught many dyslexic students, including my own child. I do not teach English as a Foreign Language. 

I have enjoyed an extraordinary success rate with my pupils, including numerous scholarships at 11+ (up to 20% off the school fees). I also assist with scholarships in subjects such as art and drama. My pupils have achieved scholarships at Surbiton, St Teresa’s, and Notre Dame, and offers of a place at Lady Eleanor Holles, Surbiton High, Guildford High, St Teresa’s, Sir William Perkins, St John’s, Reeds, and Claremont Fan Court.

All students who have failed their GCSEs prior to my tutoring have passed following their sessions with me. GCSE, A level and IB pupils have achieved a 100% pass rate, and all exceeded their predicted grades. Students have a 100% successful first choice university entrance rate, often at Russell Group Universities and some have gained places at Oxford. 

I offer advice on suitable senior schools, universities, and careers for pupils, as I have numerous contacts in graduate recruitment. I will work with a family for many years, seeing their child progress from 11+ to postgraduate or career. I support my pupils and their parents offering advice and acting as a pastoral and academic coach and mentor.

Availability: Available at all times.

Willing to travel: Home Only

Experience: MY EDUCATION AND WORK AS A JOURNALIST, CREATIVE WRITER, AND WRITING COMPETITION JUDGE
I attended The Lady Eleanor Holles School, as have my daughters, before gaining an MA from Oxford University. Before having a family, I was a journalist and so have decades of experience of writing and editing articles for national newspapers and magazines, as well as appearing on radio and television. This rare background for a tutor gives me a unique ability to teach non-fiction writing skills, presentation, and editing of coursework. In my free time, I study creative writing - I am currently writing middle-grade fiction. I am also a judge for the BBC`s 500 words creative writing competition. My constant personal learning experience gives me an additional unique approach to teaching. 


SCHOOL INTERVIEWS

With my background in journalism - working in print, on radio, and on television  - as both an interviewer and interviewee, I have wider experience than most tutors. I teach interview techniques in terms of deportment, manners, and attitude, as well as questions and answers. 

PERSONAL STATEMENTS for UK and US universities and Oxbridge entry
I guide pupils through the process for their Personal Statement for university entry in any subject. All my personal statement pupils have achieved places at Russell Group universities.

OXBRIDGE
I specialise in Oxbridge preparation and entrance, including mock interview sessions with detailed feedback. 

MOCK EXAMS
I offer mock exams, marking, and feedback at all levels. 

DBS CHECKS
I am enhanced DBS checked.

DISCOUNTS
I never offer free first lessons or discounts except for a £10 discount per lesson for A levels/IB taught during school hours ie before 4 pm Monday - Friday. 

GROUP LESSONS
I offer group lessons at a reduced per person rate - please contact me for more details. 

CANCELLATION
During the pandemic, I will not be charging for lessons cancelled in advance. Normally full charges are made unless I receive 24 hours` notice for the cancellation of a  (48 hours` from 1 April - 15 June). 

DBS Check: Yes

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Feedback For Amanda (13)

We have a total of 13 review(s) for Amanda.

John (Mr)
29/04/2020

5/5 Rating

Amanda has been brilliant teacher and is helping our child to work on their creative writing.


Candida (Ms)
25/03/2020

5/5 Rating

My daughter really enjoys her tutoring lessons with Amanda. She finds them very interesting and always talks about the lessons with great enthusiasm.


Secil (Mrs)
13/11/2019

5/5 Rating

I think she is competent, knowledgable and friendly with the kids. My son had already 3 lessons with her and I have a good impression of her so far.


Ian (Mr)
06/06/2019

5/5 Rating

Amanda was preparing my son for both English Language and Literature papers for his GCSE exams.
I booked a number of 1-1 sessions which really improved my sons confidence and gave him a number of essential strategies for his exams. I have no hesitation in recommending Amanda who is a very able and professional tutor.


Faye (Mrs)
27/04/2019

5/5 Rating

I knew from the moment we met Amanda she was the right tutor for my daughter. Lessons are fun, structured, and the work covered is familiar to what my daughter is learning at school.
Amanda is helping my daughter build confidence in English, and improve her skills and knowledge, and she’s clearly very experienced at it.
My daughter really likes Amanda - I would absolutely recommend her.


Leigh (Mrs)
22/04/2019

5/5 Rating

Very effective tutor who really helps my son’s English with organised and structured revision


Paul (Mr)
10/04/2019

5/5 Rating

Great tutor. Really helped my son prepare for English Language mocks. Hoping to have a set of lessons again soon to try to achieve a grade 8.


Rex (Mr)
03/04/2019

5/5 Rating

Amanda has a great way about her, my son loves his tutor sessions and the results are evident - very happy parent !


Chris (Mr)
05/02/2019

5/5 Rating

Amanda was excellent. The problem was only the location for my daughter as we live quite a distance away.


Janette (Ms)
14/01/2019

5/5 Rating

Amanda is very friendly and my daughter is finding her sessions very useful and helpful.


Vytheki (Mrs)
08/01/2019

5/5 Rating

Very good, my daughter likes her and the way she coaches based on the student`s needs and capabilities.


Ruth (Mrs)
13/06/2018

5/5 Rating

It was very nice meeting Amanda, sadly, my son wasn`t the most organised and we only had 1 session with Amanda, but hopefully, we`ll have her back in the future when we`re near the actual A Level exams vs. the mocks.


Carolyn (Mrs)
13/03/2018

5/5 Rating

Amanda clearly has a passion for her subject and conveys this in her teaching. She fully understood our requirements, knows what is needed and ensures that my son`s tutoring session is enjoyable as well as effective. I thoroughly recommend Amanda


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