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Southampton, Hampshire
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Member Since: 29/04/2012
Last Login: 70 days ago
Response Rate: 80%
Expected Response: < 1 hour

My Qualifications

University of Bath
Teaching English to speakers of other languages
High Merit  (2013)
Cambridge RSA DELTA
International House, London
A teacher-training course
Pass  (2008)
TESL Canada
Seneca College, Toronto
A teacher-training course
Pass  (2007)
Cambridge RSA CELTA
Multi-Lingua, Guildford
A teacher-training course
Pass  (2000)
Durham University
2:2  (1988)

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Information about Ewen

As an extremely high-scoring postgraduate student of teaching English for university study and/or English for business, I am an unusually effective teacher of students preparing for IELTS and for university or for work in an English-speaking country. My research at universities in the UK and the USA has focused on IELTS, EAP (English for academic purposes), English for business (EFB), independent adult learning, and learner motivation. I am also a highly capable teacher of GCSE English at O- and A-level, curricula that I am familiar with, and have been a straight-A student in all my studies of English and of Applied Linguistics.

Through research and practice, I have discovered many faster and more efficient ways of helping students achieve their target band scores in the writing and speaking modules of the IELTS test: in both, truly astonishing gains can be made when candidates have learned to deliver above and beyond what IELTS examiners want. I have taken students one and two bands higher in IELTS within a few weeks (once by 2.5 bands in two weeks), so I can deliver significant improvement in quick time to you too - whether your needs are for IELTS, EAP or EFB. I also run a Facebook page for IELTS and EAP, to which I post new content every week and which has been attracting an average of 2,000 followers a month for six months following its re-launch on 8 March 2019 / International Women`s Day.

For my master’s degree research into improved ways of preparing for IELTS and for academic writing, I received grades of Distinction in 2012 and then even higher percentage scores for research into motivation for independent learning in 2014-16. My current GPA is 4.0 of 4.0 / 97%, with graduation happening in late 2019.

Most international students come to me for help with essay writing, either for IELTS or for their researched writing at university. The demand for better teaching of writing is unsurprising for three reasons. First of all, academic writing is the most difficult English-language skill to master. Second, in students’ own countries the standard of English writing-teaching is seldom high. Last, few native speakers write well enough themselves to teach it to a high standard. I can help students become much more confident and competent / capable after first analysing their writing to find where they need help, and building a short course to meet their need for near-immediate, significant improvement in their writing.

At levels above IELTS, I also teach and edit students` writing for university, in which - because of excellent grades earned at universities in the UK and the US - I am also a powerfully effective teacher: I know what it takes to succeed at the highest level of master`s degree study. I have shown in my own university work that I have an outstanding understanding of the principles and practices of fine academic writing, whether for a 250-word exam essay or a 30,000-word master’s thesis.

Students know me to be not only a helpful tutor but also as an approachable, friendly, highly motivating, funny and entertaining teacher, who is also easy to understand in speech and writing. I will never tire you or bore you – that’s a promise - and above all I will help you to make faster, surer progress towards your own highest goals in education.

Last, I have five reviews from online IELTS students on Tutor Hunt. All five gave me five stars.

Availability: Working in GMT +3 hours, I teach only online now - but seven days a week, at any time of day or night. In general, I prefer Zoom or Skype or Join.Me for their reliability and screen-sharing capabilities, but the choice of application for lessons is yours. Whichever program you choose, I know I can also use.

Willing to travel: Home Only

Experience: Early in my teaching career I concentrated on one-to-one tutoring in three specialist areas: IELTS, higher-level EAP, and English for business. International students of English know – as I do - that language schools have an interest in slowing down students’ progress in group-learning settings because it maximises schools’ income. I meanwhile am committed to saving international students money – I understand how unfair it is for you to have to study at university level in a language not your own, and I wholeheartedly sympathise. It is harder than merely / simply unfortunate to have such an unreasonably high barrier placed in your path in education.

With a smaller investment and in quicker time working with me, you too will soon move up one or even two band scores in writing and speaking, in which IELTS candidates in every country worldwide score significantly lower than in listening and reading.

Since becoming a teacher 17 years ago, I have taught for many thousands of hours in classrooms and for several thousand more as a one-to-one tutor of students at all levels. Some students I have worked with have called me the best teacher they have ever had (some have added, “In any subject”), and I can and will provide references from students to support my work and me in that claim. I can also give first-class professional and academic references.

These good people rate me highly for this reason above all others: I am committed to helping people succeed through education.

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We have a total of 4 review(s) for Ewen.

Nazira (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Ewen is very good IELTS teacher.

Federico (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Before I met Ewen, I had lessons with other English native teachers, though none of them was as competent as Ewen. Finding someone knowledgeable about the IELTS exam is as difficult as essential if you want to meet your expectation and I was lucky to find at last the person I was looking for, who helped my get through this test. I had to register into NMC, which means 7 points in each section. I could have not done it without his feedback. When it comes to IELTS there are no certainties to get it with flying colours, nevertheless Ewen is the right person to support you and I strongly suggest any person aiming to study English for personal interest, University or for enhancing their career to seek for his support.

Michael ()

5/5 Rating

Extremely useful for me, Thank you Mr.Ewen

Helal (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Ewen has been helping me write band 7.5 task 2 which I need for my career. It is clear that with his help and feedbacks I start producing much better sentence types and structures as well as well-connected paragraphs for higher coherence level and wider grammatical range.

His correction feedback suggests not only uncommon lexical items but also includes his version of writing using my own ideas, meaning that I get two different feedbacks for each writing I submit: correcting my writing and his own writing.

If you are stuck in one band just like me for months or years, I highly recommend that you give Ewen the chance to help you out achieving a better writing band.

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