I am a patient, attentive and encouraging English tutor with a professional background in publishing and journalism. I always structure my lessons according to the agreed and understood academic needs and aims of the student, and I like to review the student's progress regularly to ensure the tutoring I am delivering is proving effective and rewarding for the student. I feel that is only fair. American literature - particularly the Beat Generation - and Shakespeare were what motivated me to study English in the first place. I have good experience as a volunteer teacher working with young people and people with mental health problems. In my spare time I enjoy walking, reading and cooking. I find teaching is a rewarding way to grow in my own knowledge of my subject while helping someone else to learn and achieve their goals!