The University of York
Currently studying (2018)
St Martins College
Secondary English (with Drama & Media Studies) 11-18
BA (hons) English language and literature
First class (1999)
Information about Karen
**Proven results - students usually progress a minimum of two grades**
I am an experienced and qualified teacher of English language and literature with patience, dedication and a passion for my profession. Students are very well supported in my lessons and grow in confidence with quality resources that are tailored to their individual needs. I set homework following each session and parents receive regular feedback about their child`s progress. I focus on building strong, positive relationships with parents and students.
Regarding my academic background, I studied English language and literature at Lancaster University and graduated with first class honours. I was honoured to receive the Pendle Award for excellence in linguistics after my final exams at Lancaster University. I then went on to St Martins College, Lancaster, to do a PGCE in secondary English (with Drama and Media Studies 11-18).
Having gained Qualified Teacher Status in 2003, I taught in secondary schools in Lancashire for over 10 years. I have experience of working with students with special needs such as: hydrocephalus, ADHD, SEBD, dyslexia, Aspergers and dyspraxia. I am enthusiastic and dedicated and offer high quality face-to-face and online private tuition.
I have an excellent knowledge of exam syllabi and I am currently an examiner for AQA. In addition, I am a member of the professional body of tutors The Tutors Association. I am also a postgraduate student completing a Masters course at York University, therefore, I have a great depth of subject knowledge.
Private tuition can be extremely beneficial if students require exam preparation or additional support throughout the academic year. I can provide tuition for the following: eleven plus preparation, SATs preparation, key stage 3 (years 7-9), GCSE, functional skills, ALevel and undergraduate degree studies. Many of my previous students have gone on to Bury Grammar School, BRGS, Canon Slade and, following ALevels, Oxford University. I am able to tailor tuition to students specific requirements to enable them to reach their full potential.
I offer a comprehensive tuition service that does not end with each session. I am available to students via email following tuition sessions if they require further assistance with homework.
Thank you for taking the time to read my profile, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or would like further information.
***Please note that for students to progress and raise their grades they will need to complete the work I set between tuition sessions. Students have increased up to three higher grades by following my advice and
completing the work set. I mark all work with notes for development.***
Due to the Coronavirus, my 2020 GCSE students were unable to take their final exams. GCSE grades were based on teacher assessment which was accurately based on students` mock examination results and other assessed pieces. The students who began tuition with me in September 2019 had gained a minimum of two grades by the time they sat their mock examinations. In terms of students` final grades, the mock exam scores proved to be vital to their outstanding results.
Most students starting at a grade 4 in September 2019 had progressed to a grade 6 or 7 by November 2019. By January 2020 many of these students had started to achieve a grade 8 in English language and literature. Overall, the 2020 results showed that students had progressed a minimum of two grades and in some cases had progressed three grades from their original scores. Students and parents were delighted with their overall results.
Recent feedback from students and parents:
I am delighted to let you know that with your help Ben has come out of his exams with a 5 in both language and literature. We cannot thank you enough for the support you gave Ben. To think you helped him achieve 2 levels above his markings of his mocks is amazing.Thank you again, you are a star! Nigel
I got a 9 in English Literature and a 7 in English Language!!! Thank you so much for all your help. Im so happy with them! Abigail
"Thanks again for all your help, guidance and motivational sessions. You have really inspired me from a point where I was finding English so difficult and monotonous but you have spent so much time guiding me through everything to make it an exciting journey." (Iman, year 11)
I wanted to thank you as Hasan has received the following certification this term , highest attainment in English along with a blazer badge. Thank you so much for all you have done for him i cant thank you enough! (Ruby writing about Hasan in year 9)
7 - English Lit and 7 - English Lang. Whoop whoop!! 😊;;;;;;;;😊;;;;;;;; Thank you so much for everything!! Iman
Thank you for your help,Zakir has received a postcard to say well done for his English work and his teacher is impressed. (Year 8)
Thank you for all your help and support over the last six months,I have finally got the grade I need. (Sarah, mature student)
Willing to travel: 5 miles
Experience: I have over 10 years secondary school teaching experience at GCSE and ALevel.
I have taught English and Drama at Habergham High School (this is now known as Hambledon Community College), Clitheroe Royal Grammar School and Bury Church of England High School.
I have experience of face to face private tuition and online tuition.
Feedback For Karen (8)
Karen is one of the best tutors I`ve ever met ,such a nice person as well my daughter really enjoys with her, she will help you a lot by giving the best notes and skills to use in the exam I strongly recommend her
Tutors Response :
Thank you so much for this lovely feedback 😊;;
Karen`s encouragement and enthusiasm towards the subject is having a positive impact on my son`s interest and inturn work output not only in English but across the wider curriculum. Would recommend Karen for any parent considering if tutoring would be beneficial for their child.
Tutors Response :
Thank you so much for this lovely feedback Gemma :-)
Really supportive for my daughter. My daughter enjoys the lessons and the work is challenging thank you
Tutors Response :
Thanks for this lovely feedback Sue, I`m so glad Emma is enjoying the lessons :-)
Karen helped my son with his GCSE English. Really boosted his confidence. Really helpful and material used was easy to follow. Would recommend
Tutors Response :
Thanks Leesa for this lovely feedback :-)
Karen has been tutoring my son for the last few months. He looks forward to his lessons with her. Karen usually sends us resources for the lesson 2 days in advance. She punctual, inspiring,kind and has a lovely manner with children. My sons confidence has soared and his English reports have improved significantly
Excellent teacher,very professional
Excellent so far but are still due to start sessions with Karen but in terms of comms and initial meeting all good. Thanks
Really friendly , supportive and tailors sessions to he pupils needs!