Sara (Tutor in Derbyshire)
Information about Sara
I approach tutoring with a calm and friendly manner and endeavour to assist pupils with any problems or concerns they may have within the subject of English. I am an extremely friendly and open person which allows pupils to feel relaxed enough to express both the difficulties they are experiencing and personal achievements they would like to work towards. I like to focus on students` positivity and what they can do, how they prefer to learn new material (rather than talk at them), and work together from there. My aim is to create an environment where students can begin to enjoy learning and take to the task at hand with enthusiasm and self-confidence. I am excited by working with, and motivating, all ages and abilities, engaging with English and sharing ideas. I am very keen to help students understand the new 1-9 grades and aid them in achieving that all important grade 5 and beyond. I have extensive experience with AQA materials and I look forward to researching, planning and preparing to teach of my tutees` exam board requirements.
Lessons could include:
- 1-2-1 help with homework that you bring along
- discussions of set literature texts
- literacy (spelling, punctuation and grammar)
- specific exam question/skiĺ;;ls
- creative writing
- Victorian extracts
- Shakespearean language
- analytical essay planning and writing
- poetry analysis
- timed responses for exam preparation
Availability: The time slots I offer are below but please do message me for availability:
Mon - Fri 6pm and 7pm
Sat - 9am, 10am, 11am
**Please note that as of June 2018, missed lessons, without 2 weeks` prior notice, will incur a 50% cancellation charge payable the following lesson. This is to allow me to fill the empty slot in good time with students who would otherwise be turned away for the session you have booked on a weekly basis and to make up for lost earnings. If I were to cancel a session, I accept that I would lose the earnings and so will always endeavour to offer a replacement session where possible. Many thanks**
Willing to travel: Home Only
Experience: I have recently become a new mum to a wonderful little boy so am focusing on some one-to-one tuition from home. I studied for my PGCE in Secondary English at The University of Nottingham after completing my English degree, obtaining a 2:1 BA (Hons).
After qualifying as a secondary English teacher in 2011, I took up a full-time post as a teacher of KS3, KS4 and KS5 English, as well as GCSE Media Studies. Alongside this, I have been an examiner for the old AQA English Language specification. I am currently trained as an examiner for the new AQA Language specification and will be training for Literature in 2018. I have extensively taught both SEN (Special Educational Needs) and EAL (English as an Additional Language) students throughout my career. I have designed countless schemes of work across all Key Stages, attended numerous Shakespearean workshops (including one at The Globe Theatre in London) and am consistently judged as an outstanding teacher. Specific literature covered with GCSE groups includes Of Mice and Men, An Inspector Calls, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, The Yellow Wallpaper, A Christmas Carol, various non-fiction Victorian extracts and the AQA Poetry Anthology. I have taught the outgoing AQA Literature specification at A-Level and have been teaching the new Language spec` since September 2017. I have progressed from a teacher of English to second in department and onto acting Head of English in 2015. I have also successfully gained my NPQML.
Feedback For Sara (1)
We asked Sara to help our son with his GCSE resit, we wanted him to improve his grade from a 4. Sara was calm and patient, and engaged our son in the subject. He enjoyed his sessions with her, she gave him great insight into what he needed to do to perform better, and he improved his grade to a 7. A great result, and our thanks to Sara
Our son says: The lessons were always personal and the atmosphere was very relaxed, which helped me learn. Having the knowledge of an examiner also helped me a lot, I had struggled on exam technique, and being told what exactly the examiners are looking for helped me greatly. Sara was also very friendly, understanding and approachable, but was very good at making sure that I got work done. Overall, the lessons were a huge success and I dont think I would have got the grade I wanted without Sara.