University of East Anglia (UEA)
Information about Wayne
I am a freelance writer of fiction and literary criticism (published in The Guardian, Observer, Time Out, Tank, and international literary magazine, Wasafiri) and in 2013 I had my first book published by Transworld: Dedicated To... (a collection of inscri ptions found inside second-hand books) which received some very nice national press.
Literature is my passion and I strongly believe it is best taught with enthusiasm, thereby making it more accessible and less intimidating. Once a basic understanding of the work has been achieved it is easier to explore the more complex themes such as character, imagery, dramatic arc, etc.
In 2018 I was shortlisted for the Comma Press and the University of Central Lancashire`s first annual Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction. In 2017 I was longlisted for the Bare Fiction Short Story Award. I am currently compiling a literary anthology as well as writing a collection of short-stories. I also co-run the Tufnell Park Film Club.
I have a degree in English Literature from the University of East Anglia where I also studied Creative Writing.
Availability: I am freelance and so am able to be very flexible with my time.
Willing to travel: 10 miles
Experience: I have been tutoring since 2014. As well as editing and tutoring creative writing for mature students, I have tutored a wide range of English Literature texts for both OCR and AQA boards (GCSE and A-Level). I have a very wide knowledge of literature in general and am able to research new texts quickly and thoroughly.
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Feedback For Wayne (19)
Wayne is an excellent and supportive tutor who is working with our 9 year old son on English and creative writing for the 11+ exams. Despite the online nature of lessons at the moment, Wayne quickly established a fantastic rapport with our son and is clearly someone who teaches from a place of connection with his students. My son is looking forward to the lessons and is inspired to improve his writing and take Wayne`s suggestions on board.
Only a few weeks in to sessions, but my daughter already talking more confidently about her English work.
Wayne is a great tutor, he always prepares very structured lessons each time and is very well familiarised with the gcse syllabus. He is also great at explaining and helping you to understand difficult poems and pieces of literature. If you are looking for a tutor in English we highly recommended!
Wayne has been absolutely great with our son, who is doing well in most subjects apart from English. He immediately engaged Leon who started reading more, understanding more and is improving week by week. We have switched to online due to the social distancing and it`s working really well. I would highly recommend Wayne.
We have Wayne as our sons tutor since January. He has been reliable and flexible. My son has said he is good at explaining the text and themes. He is knowledgable of his subject and shows a keen interest in communicating his pleasure of the subject. We would definitely recommend him.
I would definitely recommend Wayne. He has really helped my daughter prepare for her GCSE English exams and her school teachers have noticed a massive improvement in the standard of her work. Wayne is very reliable and goes over the hour session when needed to help
Wayne is very knowledgeable. I really enjoyed all the reading homework he was giving me. His detailed feedback on my short stories helped me to improve a lot in a very short time.
Wayne is an excellent tutor. He comes to the lesson fully prepared after careful and thorough assessment of the students needs. Wayne is a likeable and affable tutor but also firm.
Wayne was super friendly, helpful and made my lessons fun whilst really helping my conversation skills. I was only in UK / London for 6 weeks but in this time I really wanted to better my conversation skill and my friends commented on already the development of this with me. So i thank Wayne so much for his help. I hope to be back next year and see him again!
Wayne is helping my daughter with her IGCSE English which she sits in the summer. I have been very pleased so far, Wayne is punctual and prepares thoroughly for each session. My daughter enjoys her sessions with him. Would recommend. Updated 12.09.2018: With Wayne`s help my daughter achieved an A* in her English Literature and an A in her English Language IGCSES.
Wayne helped me improve my creative writing. His detailed comments made me more aware of what it takes to write well. His recommendation of literature helped me become a better writer.
He is an outstanding tutor.
Wayne is impressively well-read, responsive, punctual, and attentive. I have found his comments on my work very useful. His book recommendations have been spot on. His genuine enthusiasm for writing and reading literature will rub off on any student he teaches, I am sure.
He comes highly recommended.
Wayne helped my son achieve a C grade within two terms of tutoring in GCSE English Literature, instead of an E grade prediction. (In fact he could have got B in Literature but I understand there were changes in grading this year!? My son`s English paper was a B! His writing and composition improved immensely and he was able to express himself much better in writing.
Wayne was flexible and accommodated changes we had to make due to my son`s school timetable near the exam period. Wayne is friendly and pleasant to talk to! I highly recommend him.
Amazing tutor that is very dedicated with his job. He has an amazing relationship with the children and makes them like what they are studying without getting bored or tired of what they are learning. He has helped me get A for Language and Literature in my GCSEs.
Ute Christine (Mrs)
English lessons with Wayne are a real pleasure. He gives very helpful feedback regarding speaking and writing skills and furthermore is generous with reading recommendations for inspiration. Communication is straightforward with ideas expressed in an understandable manner. I would definitely recommend Wayne as an excellent tutor.
Always arrives early for tutorials. Has an extensive knowledge of literature. Gives each piece of student work considerable thought - provides detailed and insightful review comments on content and writing style. Overall excellent.
Excellent work, punctual and responsive.
Wayne is an excellent teacher!
My son now enjoys his English literature lessons since his classes with Wayne. He feels that Wayne is paying him good attention, makes him feel relaxed, communicates well with him and has helped him find the study themes interesting (not a burden anymore!!)and fun!
Credit to Wayne from me!
Very helpful tutor who helps with work out of hours as well as very engaged in the sessions- would recommend for any english student