At the moment, I work as a private tutor 2 days a week in Bristol while I still work as a secondary school teacher in a successful school in Taunton. I have taught in school across Key Stage 3 and 4 and have achieved consistently successful results at GCSE over the last 10 years.
I have excellent subject knowledge combined with a genuine love for language and literature. It is important to me that I present lessons in the most interesting and engaging way but also that I strive to get the best out of my students.
I have a clear and comprehensive understanding of the GCSE English literature and language exams, including those designed by the AQA and Edexcel exam boards. I have a broad experience of marking for GCSE including moderation and as a result feel that I have a clear idea of exactly what skills students need to demonstrate to get a certain level in any of the papers. I also have a good knowledge of teaching English for CE and preparing students for this exam. I also have basic knowledge of teaching Maths and Science for CE.
As a tutor much of my work involves preparing students for taking their GCSEs in English Literature and Language but I also deal with younger students who lack understanding or confidence in the subject. I deal with a variety of students, so one session I might be pushing a top student to develop a line of argument, for example debating to what extent Lady Macbeth is ambitious and why while in the next I will be supporting and building the confidence and subject knowledge of a student who has failed GCSE English and is having to retake the exam this Summer.
In all cases, I love it! I feel privileged to have the opportunity to build confidence and self esteem, to improve a teenager’s writing style so that their writing looks and sounds academic (a skill that will be a huge advantage to them in later life), to increase their subject knowledge and hopefully to make English fun for them and something that they value (if they don’t already!).
I also have the personality to fit in to the private lives of a family. I have excellent communication skills, whether it’s talking to a student or parent I am always polite, considerate, confident and positive and I’m a happy, fun person to have around. I am very easy to get on with, friendly, I have a calm and encouraging manner with students, I am considerate and flexible. I have plenty of experience of dealing with students who are lacking in confidence or who are suffering with anxiety and I have just finished a course with UEA to give me training on dealing with teenage anxiety. I am well organised, conscientious and have high expectations of all my students whatever their ability.
Finally, I am the sort of person who people are always happy to see. I am at good at making people feel comfortable. I am well mannered and well turned out. I have a lot of interests and experience which I think is relevant to being an interesting and inspiring influence on the young people that I tutor. I have a passion for the arts: literature, but also theatre, film and art. I am a keen writer and write a regular blog about the places that I visit as well as producing a listening project where I conduct interviews with people from around Bristol. I am a keen theatre goer and have organised trips for young people at the school where I work. I have travelled extensively and have a broad knowledge of the world, politics and history. I am keen on and have a good knowledge of most sports and am a good tennis and squash player. I surf, sail and am a keen walker. I am a fisherman and have run a fishing club for the last 6 years at my school.
I am genuinely interested in other people, whoever they might be, and in my experience that is crucial to being a good tutor – to have a genuine interest in people and the world around you.