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East Sheen, London SW14
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Member Since: 23/03/2015
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My Qualifications

Level 4 Certificate
University of Cambridge
Pass  (2007)
PG Diploma
University of Westminster
Personnel Management and Adult Learning
Pass  (1993)
Nottingham Trent University
2:2  (1981)

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How references rated Gaye

Rates summary: 45.00 to 70.00 per hour
PrimaryKS3GCSEA-LevelDegreeAdult Learner
Creative Writing£45-----
Eleven Plus£59-----
Entrance Exams£59£59----
Seven Plus£59-----

Information about Gaye

I bring 17 years English tuition experience offering 7-13+ entrance exams and GCSE/A level Language and Literature tuition support to improve reading comprehension, applied reasoning, creative and academic essay writing using the 3 paragraph format and method.

Book now for Spring term revision for GCSE & A level English language and literature focussing on answering exam questions,
improving grammar, unpacking reading comprehension and creative writing.

*** My bespoke Training for the 11+ builds vocabulary, creative writing fluency and confidence in reading comprehension across a range of topics and techniques, verbal reasoning, problem solving and critical thinking questions m. My methodology and knowledge is built on exam success with candidates gain places at Westminster, Brighton College, Kings College, Wimbledon Hight, Hampton Boys, Ibstock, Kingston Grammar mixed school, St Paul’s girls and boys, Francis Holland, Sloane Square and Lady Eleanor Holles

I have been tutoring across South West and in London for the Independent exams for the 7 to 11+ for 10 years with a focus on learning deductive reasoning, critical thinking, synonyms for new vocabulary, Figurative language, reading the classics, creative writing story arc structures and formats, using my tried and tested methods. Lessons are individualised to each child’s needs to build their confidence to experiment in using new techniques and ideas.

Additionally, I am a Cambridge University Tri-lingual qualified English Language and Literature teacher with an in-depth understanding of the needs of second language students of English. I provide a 2 hour assessment with a break - of the child’s grammar and against the exams at KS2, 3 and 4.

I train students in person up to 1 mile radius or hybrid 1-1 in the all the elements of the British English exams - reading comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, creative and discursive writing & SPaG: all essential for the independent schools 7-11+ entrance exams

For senior students at GCSE and A level I scaffold the writing process to produce an excellent Essay question plan and analysis - by learning the academic and planned essay writing in British standard English. We follow the structured PEE & PETAL paragraphs, topic sentences and supporting ideas with references and examples

All Exam English monthly bookings gain a 5% off advance payment fee

2023 GCSE and A-level English Literature and Language students went from a U and E in politics and English literature respectively up to an A from September to the following year repeat resits. The reason being they planned and wrote 2-3 essays a week which we edited together to achieve a higher level. The iteration method is used at A level in top schools and the Cambridge, Oxford and Group universities

All Lessons are bespoke but will usually include creative writing, vocabulary, reading comprehension and Verbal Reasoning with spelling and grammar - for 7- 11+ Tiffin, Surrey and Kingston Grammar, St.Paul’s, LEH, King`s College in Wimbledon, St Paul`s, Latymer Upper, Cheltenham Ladies, Winchester and Dulwich College.

I assess the verbal Reasoning but don’t tutor it as that is included in the Bond papers for part 1 for at home Study

I use a timetable plan, the recommended practice workbooks, papers and set reading.

Therefore, I list the comprehension texts and workbooks for reading comprehension, verbal reasoning, critical thinking, problem solving and writing argumentative, persuasive, descri ptive, transactional, discursive and creative essays.

I also recommend at home on-line practice service via the Bond and the 11 plus text books for the verbal and non-verbal reasoning tests and tasks.

I have achieved 2 11+ academic and 1 Sport scholarship, at Trinity Boys, Whitgift, & Reigate 13 +.

Lessons are dynamic, active and communicative.

We focus on a combination of all four skills, listening, reading, writing and speaking depending on student assessed need.

Grammar is covered through analysing the language and identifying variations in sentence structures, discourse analysis, register and styles.

Students learn to self-correct spelling. punctuation, and identify parts of speech.

I set tailored homework tasks depending on study need and gaps in learning. That might mean extra lessons if the child has missed KS1 due to being in a different school or system. I am able to support additional phonetic spelling and grammar as an addition to exam based lessons. Please ask for advice and times available.

I`m additionally qualified to teach English as a Second Language to British and foreign language students, for the Cambridge exams from young learner`s up to proficiency level including the academic IELTS. My interest is also how to engage students in reading English literature.

I am a Cambridge University qualified English language and literature teacher, with a BA Hons in English & Politics and a subsidiary in Child Development & Learning.

I am also a Steiner Waldorf, Early Childhood learning and Creative Arts tutor, focussed in English language development. I trained at Emerson College, Forest Row, Sussex, UK.

I have worked at the International Steiner schools in South America in Brazil and Colombia.

I am the Founder of a School Creative Writing Programme for children and young people, conducting practical research on employing the creative arts and stories, in teaching literacy skills in primary /junior education.

For all areas, I develop English formal and informal writing, creative writing, reading comprehension, critical thinking and analytical understanding.

My lessons:
Include the above academic elements in the learning objectives for Creative writing, for the common entrance exams for primary education, 7+, 11+, 13+ and late applicants.

I mentor for dyslexia, hard of hearing, as well as different learning styles, and students with study challenges.
So students learn by breaking up tasks into manageable chunks and having little breaks if they need to.
Tutoring is always student centred.

You will improve with me!

Availability: First Trial lesson with assessment and summary gap analysis report are included.

Then block of 5 is 5% discount and 10 sessions is 10% on monthly bookings in advance - available weekend mornings and some school day afternoons - hourly, weekly or bi- weekly and intensive revision programmes for preparation for the grammar and independent schools, across the 7,9,11 and 13 + plus entrance exams.
The GCSE and A level lessons focus on:
EXAM TECHNIQUE, PARAGRAPH WRITING AND ESSAY STRUCTURE/ WRITING GCSE AND A LEVEL/AS ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE. Students are expected to have read and revised the texts so they can write informatively and identify quotes and content.

Currently available :

- Tuesdays GCSE18.00 - 19.00 A level19.00-20.30
- Wednesdays General English or 11+ 16.15 - 17.15 11+
GCSE Alevel: 19.45 - 21.30
- Thursdays 16.30 - 18.00 up to 11+
GCSE A level: 18.15 - 19.15 & 19.45

Fridays 11+: 16.30 - 17.30 up to 11+ 17.45 18.00 - 19.30
- Sunday’s 11+ 14.00 - 17.00
17.30 GCSE Alevel

All sessions take place at my location or close by in Mortlake, East Sheen in Richmond upon Thames - or online
Apologies, I’m afraid I don`t teach further than 15 mins by foot to keep travel time and costs incurred down

I maintain a catch up policy for cancelled lessons - and late cancellations on the day are charged - and ask for 48 hour notice re the cancellation policy. Any lessons not cancelled Or re arranged must be paid for

I offer a monthly debit payment plan to spread the cost over the year or a specific programme, where by missed lessons are offered and taken at other times, within the same month

Willing to travel: 1 miles

Experience: With 17 years teaching/tuition experience, a bachelor honours in English, Literature, Politics and Child Development; a postgraduate in people, learning psychology and training with a Cambridge University teaching certificate in English
teaching - I am well equipped to help improve the process of critical analysis, reasoning in thinking and academic skills required to achieve excellent results in exams which ever level needed

I have 17 years experience as a Cambridge University qualified English Teacher and Tutor in schools and 1-1: 7+ to 11+ for Independent schools Common Entrance and 11 plus preparation for the top UK schools :
Tiffin, Surrey and Kingston Biys Grammar, King`s College Wimbledon, Trinity, Westminster, St.Paul`s, Godolphin and Latymer, Dulwich College, LEH, Reigate and Brighton College.

GCSE English, language and literature upgrade your child’s level to 7/8/9 from usually 3 or 4
And A-level, English language and literature and Politics to an A B to gain entrance to university and the groups

I am a fully qualified English as an Additional and second language teacher with 17 years experience of training for the academic university entrance IELTS examination in all four skills, listening, reading writing and speaking. I do teach at university.

My students success is due to the interactive process I deliver with them. We plan homework together with active stories to develop narrative and creative writing techniques.

For academic skill support we develop creative and lateral thinking using critical analysis techniques; summarising ideas; and writing a synthesis - depending on level and need.

I provide a Timetable of consistent and planned daily practice.

I also have a BA Hons graduate degree in English Language and Literature with early childhood and learning psychology.

I am a professional Member of the chartered institute of People Development.

I volunteer as a creative writing writer and copywriter in Settle Stories and Arts tutor with Nuero diverse learners and physically disabled people
I have a protective behaviours and DBS certificate for working with diverse groups.

I speak Portuguese and Spanish having lived in both Brazil and Colombia

DBS Check: Yes

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Feedback For Gaye (15)

We have a total of 15 review(s) for Gaye.

Kinali (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Gaye had an initial assessment with my son who will be sitting his 7+ exams. She has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to English and creative writing. She also knows what a lot of the top performing schools will be expecting in the exams. She also tries to figure out ways to keep your child engaged based on their personality. Ultimately she wants your child to enjoy learning which is great.

Tutors Response :

Thank you for your kind words. These exams are not easy for the little ones at 7 but with tutor ingenuity topped with lots of encouragement, to develop their active imagination like you say, your son will excel, as creativity is his strongest asset. Any last minute help you need ping me a message - happy to help !

Surani (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

My daughter is really enjoying her lessons with Gaye!

Tutors Response :

Thank you too Surani. I am so pleased. It always helps when children love learning and engage in being creative, using their own initiative. Your daughter is delightful to be with. I am confident we will do well together over time

Hyun (Mrs)

4/5 Rating

Gaye was very enthusiastic teacher.
My dsughter enjoyed talking to Gaye.

Anar (Mrs)

4/5 Rating

We only went a few times and had to stop due to traffic. Gaye seemed committed to helping our son and I would recommend her.

Hetal (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

I am very pleased to have found Ms Gaye to tutor my son. I couldn`t have asked for a better English tutor. my Son looks forward for his lesson on a Saturday morning class which is early then his school times. She understands each child`s pace and moulds them accordingly in the right direction with the right tools. a very creative method a language which she has an art too.

Tutors Response :

With time and patience your son will progress and become proficient in English. He is interested in learning and follows the lesson diligently engaging in the conversation and writing up his homework.

Mariesa (Ms)

4/5 Rating

Gaye was friendly, organised and well informed about the 11+ exams.

Tutors Response :

Dear Mariesa

I wish you the best of luck in your entrance exam lessons with your new tutor. Gaye

mary (Ms)

5/5 Rating

Gaye is an experienced, well-prepared, extremely caring and sympathetic teacher.

Tutors Response :

It is a pleasure to tutor your lovely daughter, who actively contributes and enjoys lively debates. Creativity is so rare these days, but fortunately she has a great imagination, which will stand her in good stead for the future.

Claire (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Gaye has been supporting my son with English literature and language in preparation for his GCSEs. Her feedback and tailored teaching has been great in motivating my son with his revision. She has been very flexible with session timings to fit in with our other commitments

Narges (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

We are very happy with Gaye`s approach to teaching. She is highly knowledgeable and has a great deal of passion in teaching. These have helped my daughter in getting engaged and interested in English Literature and to want to learn it properly.

Emma (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

We contacted Gaye as we wanted support for my son in Year 5 for his English, in particular reading comprehension. Gaye`s communication with us has been excellent and the lessons are really well prepared with printed out materials and workbooks.
Gaye seems very experienced and has a gentle but focused approach which my son enjoys. The one to one attention on his writing and comprehension I`m sure will bring results.
One lesson my son could not make and Gaye was happy to provide a tutorial for my younger daughter instead - which she loved as Gaye incorporated drawing and art into the creative writing.


5/5 Rating

Gaye has been our son`s homeschooling tutor now for 4 months.
In that time she`s helped my son to learn invaluable tools for exam techniques, such as planning, ideas organisation with mind maps, staging essay writing amd memorising themed vocabulary.
My son finds Gaye to be patient, supportive and thorough.
She has an in depth knowledge of how to apply for adjustments for exams, helping us through a stressful process.
We are very pleased with the progress to date
We have no hesitation in recommendimg Gaye

Brenda (Miss)

5/5 Rating

I received a lot of support from Ms gaye.
she assisted me with a lot of study material for my literature review on flexible work arrangements.

Fatima (Miss)

4/5 Rating

She is very friendly tutor. I enjoyed my lessons with her. I like the way she teaches their students. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with me.

Tutors Response :

She is a delightful student, polite, hardworking and diligent.
I hope we can do more lessons when it gets better weather!

David (Mr)

5/5 Rating

We contacted Gaye at short notice with with a request to help our 16 yr old son prepare for Cambridge and Toefl tests. She was very flexible with timings and fitted into our short timecale.
Gaye is very knowledgable in English and its different teaching methods. She is also very calm and our son enjoys working with her. We greatly appreciate her assistance.

Tutors Response :

Thank you very much. It has been a great learning experience for me too. I ve thoroughly enjoyed it.

Samantha ()

5/5 Rating

A wonderful teacher. Gaye dropped everything and rushed over to help my daughter with 2 extremely tight English Language essays and stayed to the early hours of the morning. We were very privileged to have someone with such experience and patience willing to work under pressure and to give her all. We couldn`t have done it without her. I highly recommend Gaye.

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