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Mr. Gideon van Niekerk

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£ 30.00-40.00 p/h

I am a qualified teacher who has worked at a top Swiss International school as an intensive English teacher and Circus Skills Master and have spent the past sixteen years as an English and Geography teacher at one of the best co-educational schools in the south of England. There I have gained invaluable insight into the English, verbal and non-verbal reasoning sections of 11+ entrance exams. Creative writing, comprehension test techniques, literature, English as a foreign language or a better understanding of curriculum language aspects are a few of the skills I can help with. I also run circus sessions for schools and private lessons for those looking for specialist skills.

How would you describe your teaching style?

Creative and nurturing. I often make use stories or imagery and believe in inspiring confidence in any aspect of work.

What qualifications do you have?

I have a degree in English Literature and Language and a Higher Education English teaching diploma.

Tell us about your experience...

I have worked at a top Swiss International school as an intensive English teacher and Circus Skills Master and have spent the past sixteen years as an English and Geography teacher at one of the best co-educational schools in the south of England.

What locations do you tutor in?

Deal, Dover, Sandwich, Thanet

What is your personal message to students?

Read! Your parents or guardians have most probably told you this before, but the best way to learn English is by reading. It doesn't have to be hours a day - 15 minutes would do the trick. What other subject has such a fun way of learning? When it comes to Comprehension tests, don't panic; they're all about reading too. The more confident you become as a reader, the better you would understand these tests.

CRB/Disclosure Certificate: Yes, Disclosure Certificates
Home-based tutor: Yes
Travelling tutor: Deal, Dover, Sandwich, Thanet
Online tutor: I tutor via Skype
Subjects: English KS3
  English KS2
  English KS1
  Geography Up to KS3
  English as a foreign language Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  11 Plus Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning
  Circus Skills, verbal, non-verbal reasoning, 11+ English exams