I am fortunate enough to live in a beautiful part of the country with my husband, son and (crazy) dog. When I`m not tutoring I can be found pottering around the countryside or just sat down with dog and my side and book in my hand. I am a governor for my local primary school and take a keen interest in education at every level. I am intending to begin an MA at some point this year because... why not?
Availability: From September 2019, I have the following times available:
Mondays 9am-2pm - 7pm-9pm
Wednesdays 9am-2pm - 8pm-9pm
Willing to travel: 15 miles
Experience: I taught in classrooms for twelve years before leaving the school setting to pursue private tuition and writing instead. My specialisms are History and English Literature but I have also taught English Language, Religious Education, PHSE and Philosophy up to A Level. I have examined History for Edexcel, OCR and AQA.
Having worked in a comprehensive setting for my entire career I am used to working with a wide range of students including those with additional needs and those who are immensely gifted. I have also gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Autistic Spectrum Disorders and am experienced working with students with this diagnosis. My teaching philosophy is based on positive relationships, the fostering of independence and constant challenge. It is neither my job nor my inclination to spoon-feed information to students (and it wouldn`t help them much if I did) instead, my sessions are focussed on helping students build their skills through investigation, conversation and practice. I create a trusting environment in which students can feel confident to try new methods and get things wrong. At the end of each session I encourage students to share what has worked for them and what hasn`t and we will plan the following session together. In some situations, I will set homework which will be marked at the beginning of each session.
Tutoring can only be successful if all parties agree on the process and support it. As such I consider constant communication to be vital; I will regularly update parents/carers on the student`s progress and encourage three-way dialogues in the event of problems or concerns. Ultimately, choosing a tutor is a very personal decision and I am happy to have informal chats with parents and carers before they commit to hiring me.
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