In addition to writing and teaching, I also offer my services as a private tutor in the Folkestone/East Kent area. Please get in touch if you are looking at boosting your child's results in English.
I thrive in helping pupils achieve their very best. I am extremely passionate about my subject, and a background in drama means that I usually teach with a considerable amount of "flair". I am a stickler for grammar, adore creative writing, and live for the moment when a learner suddenly grasps something that they didn't understand before. I firmly believe that anyone can pass English as long as they want to. If they can bring the hard-working attitude, I can bring the enthusiasm.
An avid reader, I am equipped to teach almost any novel, play or poem required.
I have been working at a secondary school in Folkestone for five years now, teaching years 7 right through to 13. I have an excellent pass rate, particularly within A-level, helping pupils move from a U to C (in one case) and securing the first ever A* stars the sixth form centre had achieved in that subject.
Prior to Folkestone, I trained with two secondary schools in the South West. Before my PGCE, I worked as a teaching assistant at numerous different primary schools, with a range of abilities and learning needs. I also have some experience teaching English as a foreign language.
I am currently teaching the AQA syllabus at a secondary school. I am exceedingly familiar with the following texts: Romeo and Juliet, Great Expectations, DNA and The Power and Conflict anthology, although, as mentioned above, I am well-equipped to teach most texts you care to throw at me! I have a particular proclivity for Shakespeare having studied him extensively at university from both a literature and drama point of view. I am also well-versed in (not to mention fond of) An Inspector Calls and A Christmas Carol.
At A-level, I have taught: Othello, the Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Dr Faustus, A Clockwork Orange, Brighton Rock, Angela Carter and traditional fairy tales, the works of Carol Ann Duffy, The Handmaid's Tale, Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Wuthering Heights, Tess of the d'Urbervilles and the Great Gatsby.
As a examiner for the AQA language paper 2, I am also incredibly familiar with the mark scheme and the expectations for both papers.
It is difficult to describe my approach to tutoring without first meeting your child; tutoring should be personalised to each individual. Typically, I will first assess the child's strengths and weaknesses and areas for development. The tests will not be extensive as I believe you should have as much coaching time within your session. I arrive armed with resources, ready to pick apart a text, apply a question, and help a child understand and progress. I believe in modelling several different approaches to help any learner find a method that best suits them. English is not like riding a bike and no child should ever feel like they are failing because they don't understand.
My approach will also differ depending on what you wish me to teach; a creative approach to poems can be an excellent revision tool, whilst Shakespeare is always better when "lifted off the page". I can also offer revision tasks for learner to take away, or tailor the tutoring to fit precisely within the given time frame, depending on the individual needs and desires of the parent and pupil.