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Southsea, Hampshire
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Member Since: 08/02/2016
Last Login: 7 days ago
Response Rate: 90%
Expected Response: < 14 hours

My Qualifications

University of Portsmouth
Graduate Teacher Programme
Pass  (2004)
University of Greenwich
I  (2002)
University of East Anglia (UEA)
II  (1980)

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Information about Valerie

I am a very positive and skilled maths teacher. I love bringing maths to life for pupils at all levels. I particularly like helping pupils accelerate their learning and gain confidence in their own skills so that they can continue to improve independently.

I have many years of experience in supporting pupils with dyslexia and other learning difficulties including fear of maths (which is a big barrier for adults) so that they achieve the success they need to progress in life.

I teach all levels including KS2, KS3, GCSE Numeracy, AS/A level Maths all units, AS/A level Use of Maths all units.
I teach with purpose, explaining and bringing the curriculum and data to life. I get pupils to track their progress so that they become aware of their strengths and overcome difficult areas. I highlight connections between the areas of maths and show how they are used in life and work.

Availability: I am available any time after 16.00 and Friday morning.

Willing to travel: 5 miles

Experience: I taught maths at all levels for 12 years at sixth form college. This included A level, GCSE and Numeracy. I taught adults at night school as well. I became head of department and researched the best methods for improving exam performance. I studied methods of supporting dyslexia and dyscalculia and put this into practice with great success.
I always had one or two private maths pupils because focusing on individual pupils taught me a huge amount on how to adapt teaching methods to individual learners. I was also able to take on pupils for degree level support.
I moved to teaching in secondary after a location move and have five years experience of this. I also taught IT for 2 years and continued to use IT in teaching maths.

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Feedback For Valerie (25)

We have a total of 25 review(s) for Valerie.

Carla (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Me and my daughter are very happy with Valerie and she is really coming on with her learning , Valerie is very professional and nurturing.

Hayley (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

We were looking for a tutor to help our daughter, who had just started A Level Maths and was struggling with the jump from GSCE and had lost confidence, we chose Valerie for her A Level experience. My daughter is enjoying the sessions and is already feeling more confident, Valerie is very passionate about her subject and has been able to relate the modules to GCSE work and build her knowledge back up. We are really pleased with Valerie and would highly recommend her.

Sharon (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Valerie came highly recommended to me and I can see why. She has engaged Joe well in his learning, is patient and makes learning fun. In the few lessons we`ve had I can see my Son growing in confidence. I thoroughly recommend Valerie.

Mazen (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Helpful and kind

Simon (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Jacks enjoys his extra tuition and it`s hopefully demistifying the subject.

Tracey (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Valerie has been helping my daughter with her A level Maths and she has been brilliant. She is very patient and has set out a clear plan for her and is helping her to regain her confidence in Maths again. We are very pleased and would highly recommend her.

Charissa (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Valerie has been a fantastic maths tutor for my daughter. She has grown massively in confidence and managed to move from a 3 to a 5 in a very short space of time thanks to Valerie. Most importantly my daughter is finally starting to enjoy maths.We have been so impressed and very happy with Valerie’s tutoring.

Richard (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Valerie has been fantastic. Focussed and disciplined with my daughter but she is also very friendly and approachable. I’d heartily recommend her.

Kevin (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Valerie initially assisted my daughter with her Maths GCSE nearly two years ago and she was initially predicted a C or B grade. Valerie is a superb teacher who is very friendly and approachable and my daughter went on to achieve an A*.
She is now tutoring my youngest daughter for her GCSE in Maths and she is already making excellent progress. Happy to highly recommend.

Michael (Mr)

5/5 Rating

A brilliant tutor who spent time to understand our son’s learning style before designing a bespoke programme to help his understanding, confidence and grades significantly grow.

Ann ()

5/5 Rating

Very satisfied

Angelica ()

5/5 Rating

Valerie is a lovely teacher with a huge interest in helping students to achieve the best results in Maths.Definitely,I would recommend her to anyone.

{d} (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

My daughter has recently started having tutoring from Valerie, and is already finding it very helpful. She finds creative approaches to teaching topics that have proved difficult, and has helped my daughter to feel comfortable admitting when she doesn`t understand!

Simon (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Valarie has been tutoring my daughter now for about 3 weeks so it may be premature to rate her at this time, however I`m being chased for feedback hence the loss of a star on the site rating.

Valarie has always been prompt and professional and tailors her work to the needs of my daughter as far as I am able to tell. She plans ahead and in so far as thinking about what should be focused on over the coming week and my daughter thinks that the tutor sessions are helpful.

I specifically chose Valarie for her background in teaching and history of A level tutoring as my objective was to assist my daughter in to improve her predicted maths grade from an C/B to an A so wanted a tutor with a high level of experience with the A level system and feel that my choice of tutor was excellent in this regard.

Nicola (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Valerie has been tutoring my son before his resit of his Maths GCSE. She has improved his confidence hugely, has been flexible with lesson times and quickly discovered areas that needed work. All this with under 2 months of tutoring ! Thank you Valerie.

Jayne (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Thanks for all your help Valerie with our child and his math. He has really benefited from your regular tuition. Happy to recommend to anyone.

Holly (Miss)

5/5 Rating

I messaged Valerie because I wanted to increase my confidences in my maths abilities and knowledge, and more importantly Valerie has experience with dyslexia. Valerie is a great teacher and showed me new and easy methods of working out problems. I would recommend contracting Valerie if you seek a tutor with dyslexia experience as it makes a differences having a tutor who understands, and is aware of how difficult it can be sometimes.

Cathy (Ms)

5/5 Rating

Valerie has been an inspiration to our son. She has helped him to understand the principles and methods required to tackle the mathematical problems he was struggling with and has built not just his knowledge but also his confidence. In just a few weeks her 1-2-1 tuition has resulted in almost a 100% increase in achievement on his latest test scores. We are delighted !

Marshada (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Valerie supported my daughter with her maths skills in preparation for her SATs. She helped develop her confidence and also introduced strategies which would help in problem solving. Valerie also made sure she tailored the sessions to suit my daughter`s learning style. Now my daughter is actually enjoying maths with her new found confidence as opposed to dreading it at school! Thank you Valerie!

Walter (Mr)

5/5 Rating

very helpful

Becky (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Valerie has been working with my daughter now for 7 wks. My daughters GCSE`s were approaching and Maths is her weakest subject. From the first session my daughter reported that class work was much easier to grasp from the work she had done at home. My daughters confidence has grown massively and this all down to the work Valerie has done with her. My daughter has just completed her mock exam in Maths and she was able to complete so many more questions confidently and was so happy compared to last time feeling worried and stressed. My daughter reports that what she likes is how Valerie explains things in a way she can understand without feeling awkward or embarrassed. I would most definitely recommend Valerie to parents wanting to support their child.

Marsha (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Very nice lady and very patient teacher. Recommend her totally.

Sarah (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Valerie has been well prepared and takes great care and skill in finding a method which suits me. As an adult learners working at business masters level, she has made great effort to make the examples she uses relevant to my course needs as well as ensuring that the basics are soundly underpinned. I would highly recommend her tutoring for adult learners.

Hilary (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Valerie has tutored my Grandson in preparation for his `A` Level Maths (AS) - within a couple of lessons my Grandson`s confidence and enthusiasm has vastly increased and he definitely has a better understanding of the subject modules - on that basis I would highly recommend Valerie as an excellent tutor and although we have not had the exam results yet we are confident that she has made a very big difference in ensuring my Grandson will have a far better exam result. Thank you Valerie. Hilary

Paula (Ms)

5/5 Rating

Excellent. Best tutor I have had. Adapted her teaching to specifically suit me. Highly recommended. I will use again. Thank you.

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