I am a patient, attentive and encouraging English tutor with a professional background in publishing and journalism, and over 300 hours of teaching experience. 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!
I have taught learners from across the academic spectrum, from Primary to KS3, GCSE to A-Level; and some adult learners. At Primary level, I either work with the student using their school textbook/s to reinforce what they are learning in school; or I devise a tailored learning plan that takes into account their weaknesses or particular learning objectives. At GCSE and A-Level, I am familiar with the main exam syllabuses (OCR, AQA, EdExcel etc.) and I have experience teaching Chaucer, Shakespeare, the novel (e.g. the Gothic Novel), modern drama, and poetry from across the history of English Literature. I also teach in line with the National Curriculum. Last year, one of my first students achieved Grade A at GCSE.