Joanne (Tutor in Cholsey)
The Open University
Secondary Teaching QTS
University of Bath
Psychology with Sociology
First Class Hons (2003)
Information about Joanne
TAKING ON NEW YEAR 12 STUDENTS NOW - If you would like some support with your A Level studies whilst schools are closed, please get in contact. You need not feel anxious about your lack of teacher input, nor worry about falling behind - I can help you keep on top of your studies and on track for your exams next year.
I am a highly qualified and experienced Teacher and Tutor, specialising in Psychology and essay writing and study skills. With a First class degree and Masters with Distinction in Psychology, and currently working towards a Masters in Education, I qualified as a Secondary School Teacher, gaining QTS in 2004. I have taught Psychology (as well as Geography) for the last 12 years and am confident in supporting learning of students studying a range of examining boards, although I specialise in the Psychology AQA syllabus.
I am able to tutor students as they study their Psychology A Level, supporting the work that they complete within school and for homework and helping them increase the depth of their understanding and spend time on exam and essay skills, which are often neglected within lesson time. I am also able to assist those students perhaps needing to re-sit their Psychology examinations, who need help increasing their understanding of content and fine-turning their essay-writing and revision skills. I have also successfully tutored students who have decided to take the whole Psychology A Level in one-year, whereby I am their only teacher/tutor, providing them with extensive tutoring in both content and skills as well as careful guidance in helping them plan their time and maintain their motivation levels.
Availability: ANY DAY OF THE WEEK - DURING THE DAY OR EVENING
Willing to travel: 10 miles
Experience: I am a fully qualified teacher of Psychology and Geography, with over 10 years of teaching experience within the comprehensive, grammar and private sectors. I have taught in both the UK and Australia, and have also worked as a private tutor in Switzerland and the USA. I have been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by the Board of Studies (Australia) for my teaching and results, and was also nominated for Kent Teacher of the Year Award (2015). I was the Lead Teacher for Psychology in a Kent-based Grammar School and have now recently moved to Oxfordshire where I am teaching GCSE and A Level Psychology (AQA). In addition to my subject knowledge, it is my intricate knowledge of examination criteria, and expectations of exam responses that allows me to provide such effective support and feedback to tutees.
I offer tailored private tuition to students doing GCSE, A Level and IB courses in Psychology. With my Psychology background, I am also able to assist students in effective study and revision techniques, as well as essay writing tutoring for all subjects. I am passionate about my subjects and inspiring and helping others to feel more confident in their understanding of these subjects.
I offer a student-centered approach, where each session is moulded to cater to the needs of the individual. I can assist students in their understanding of content knowledge and helping them to understand the expectations of the examiner. I focus on successful exam techniques and how to apply their knowledge to different styles of question. As part of my tutoring, I regularly mark students work, discussing feedback and ensuring the student knows how to improve and progress. I am absolutely confident in my ability to help students improve their knowledge, understanding and exam preparation, ensuring that they go into their exams confident in their own abilities.
I am happy to tutor at my home or at yours depending on what best suits both of our needs/commitments and depending on the days/times. However, if I travel to you, I do ask for a financial contribution towards my travel time (depending on the distance).
Feedback For Joanne (6)
Joanne is smart, positive, active and has helped out daughter. I recommend her.
I contacted Jo to ask her to tutor my son for Psychology A Level on the basis of the highly positive reviews others had given her on this website. I have not been disappointed! Jo is an absolute gem and everything I had hoped to find in a tutor. She is calm, friendly, enthusiastic, very well-organised and extremely knowledgeable about her subject. She is also a brilliant tutor for students with special educational needs. As a result of his ADHD, my son had fallen behind significantly in his work during Year 12. Jo kindly met me before starting to teach him to discuss his needs and to gain a clearer understanding of the challenges he experiences. She also took the time to read his diagnostic report in full. Jo is one of the few teachers my son has had who has really taken on board the level of difficulty and frustration experienced by a bright lad with severe ADHD. She has clear (and high) expectations but is also very understanding, helping him to find ways to manage his difficulties, in effect acting not only as a tutor, but also as a mentor. My son really enjoys his lessons with Jo; he finds them interesting, engaging and hugely beneficial. Thanks to her, he now feels much more confident of achieving a good A Level grade, which will enable him to study Psychology at university.
Dr Brenda (Dr)
We cannot recommend or thank Joanne (Jo) enough. Jo was the tutor for our daughter who was studying for a Psychology A Level in one year, with no school teaching support on the subject. Jo immediately established a great rapport with our daughter and has been excellent throughout the year. She is enthusiastic, organised and reliable. Nothing was left to chance with a clear and structured plan at the outset, whereby the course work was covered in good time to allow plenty of time for revision. Jo was professional and supportive throughout the whole process, setting and marking papers promptly, and being easily accessible to clarify certain areas of concern. We wanted the very best tutor for our daughter and, in Jo, we believe that is what we achieved!
Jo is everything you could ask for in a tutor. Engaging, pleasant, smart and knows her subject matter inside out with a special focus on exam technique. She`s the full package as she wears many hats...a disciplined teacher but a fun cheerleader able to keep students on track and on task. Cannot recommend highly enough.
Tutors Response :
Thanks Sarah! That is really lovely feedback. I am very grateful for you taking the time to share your thoughts and glad you have been happy with the support that I have provided. Thanks so much, Jo.
Absolutely amazing tutor, got me from a U in my A2 mock to an A in my final exam and from a C to an A in my AS resit.
Jo was always willing to give me extra help and support outside of the hours we met up which made a real impact and this enabled me to build confidence throughout the year.
The feedback I got on essays was always very detailed and clear with what I needed to do to improve which made it easier for me to prioritise my revision as preparation for my final exams. The tips she gave me on revision was also a real help as it made me focus on my weaker areas rather than the generic content revision I have previously been doing.
I would highly recommend Jo to anyone as not only was she a great tutor but she is willing to go that extra bit to ensure you have confidence and feel prepared in that final run up to the exam period.
Thank you Jo :)
Easy to get on with. Prompt contact. A good tutor