Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
University of Southampton
Coombe Girls School
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Information about Sarah
Sarah left The University of Southampton with a 2:1 degree in English and Philosophy. Since then she has been teaching both one-to-one and in a tuition college. It is an understatement to say that she has a passion for her specialist subject and for teaching.
Sarah has tutored students in reception, for the 7+, 11+ 13+ examinations, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, AS and A2 Level, Scottish Standard Grades and Highers and English as a foreign language in both the UK and around the world.
She loves the variety of teaching all different students from different backgrounds and abilities. Sarah takes a friendly, personable approach to tutoring, making sure that she creates a good learning environment wherever she teaches. Her aim is to tap into your child`s potential to watch them grow and develop confidence in English and to achieve the results they want.
She is currently studying a masters at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and teaching English part-time.
Availability: Monday and Tuesday afternoons and Saturday mornings
Willing to travel: Home Only
Experience: Head of English at Tudor BEC College, Worcester Park.
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Feedback For Sarah (4)
Lessons were originally booked for every Thursday at 5pm and lesson money was paid in advance yet every week it was rearranged which I was happy to accommodate until I was then asked if my daughter could make more effort. This was an absolute shock especially when one of the lessons was rearranged due to the tutor shopping in M&S
Tutors Response :
I hope youre very well.
I dont often use this platform as a medium to acquire students anymore so its always lovely to see messages and feedback popping up on rare occasions. As you can see I have five 5* ratings on this site and glowing reviews. I have never had any negative feedback so it is of course welcomed.
I am very sorry that you were not happy with my service and it is a great shame that your disappointment wasnt ever discussed in the good and proper way on the telephone or on email. Due to the ever-changing laws from our government during this current Covid-19 pandemic there will always need to be an element of change and flexibility with regards to online lessons. The example you gave of me being stuck at the shops so close to Christmas was very unfortunate for us both and that M&S made newspaper headlines as being a nightmare for shoppers being stuck in gargantuan cues after the new Welsh lockdown was announced. I have no childcare for my 9 month old and a husband that works in Cheltenham so my students are always very flexible and understanding about my current situation during this pandemic.
The lesson in question was rearranged and after ringing repeatedly for 20 mins there was no reply. The pupil confirmed, with a slight snigger, that she fell asleep and so didnt attend the lesson. This is of course very disrespectful and has not happened to me or my colleagues before but I forfeited my 48 hour cancellation policy and didnt charge for this lesson. I have not gone against my polices as a tutor before but, as you had been so kind and flexible with regards to my having to rearrange lessons, I made a rare exception.
Unfortunately from the onset there was never a parent or guardian present in the sessions. The parent/guardian is usually present for the start of the lesson to discuss any learning difficulties, diagnosis, current grade predictions and what would like to be concentrated on with regards to the sessions. There was also no body of work for me to look at to assess her needs and what needs improving. When asked, your daughter repeatedly said she had no workfor me to look at.
As the lessons progressed it became clear that the pupil was sadly working at an extremely low level: basic knowledge of grammar, literary devices, sentence structure and her set-texts were shockingly below satisfactory and there was a lack of enthusiasm, care and energy for her English studies. I set homework every lesson (as is good and correct of a tutor) and the work was either not complete or not looked at at all. I conducted a literary device test on two occasions and she unfortunately remembered little to none of them; showing she hadnt taken the time to even look over them. This is naturally very frustrating for a tutor as individual tuition needs to be very student-led; I can only give as much as is given back Im afraid.
However I soldiered on and endeavoured to keep sending homework and help with her writing, despite it being returned to me half-finished and with a plethora of spelling, grammar and context mistakes. My example of a full-marks PEE response wasnt studied as reflected in her poor responses. I pride myself in taking great care of my students and encouraging them to achieve their very best. I have helped students working at a E/D progress to achieving As and A*s so it can be done. However it can only be achieved within a supportive home environment with parents/guardians that motivate their children to achieve only their very best.
Your daughter is a very sweet girl who just needs some encouragement and discipline to work hard to be able to pass her GCSE English. When a teacher or tutor gives vital feedback to you, do back them up as they are merely wanting the very best for your child and are simply concerned regarding their progress and attitude.
It is a shame that lessons were stopped so abruptly when we were just starting to see some improvement in your daughters writing and analysis. This is what should be discussed as its what is truly important: the quality of teaching and care of a teacher. I do hope you can find a tutor suitable for your daughter so that she has the opportunity to start afresh and really begin to treating her English studies with the importance and care it deserves.
Victoria Katharine (Miss)
Brilliant tutor who is very patient professional and friendly. Would highly recommend
An excellent first class tutor. Sarah helped my son in achieving a top grade.
Sarah is an excellent tutor who does everything she can to help my daughter do well in her Higher English exam.
Mrs Sarah taught my son English for his 13+ entrance exam.
She is an excellent teacher.
Sarah is an excellent tutor who communicates very well my daughter who is preparing for her prelims.