This has been a tough year for education so children need all the help they can get to maintain their progress and achieve their goals. I have 11 years’ experience as a qualified primary teacher so I know how to motivate students and build their self-confidence. Over the years, I have built up an extensive toolbox of tips and strategies to enable students to showcase their knowledge and understanding in tests. I have a First-Class Honours Degree in English from the Open University. After qualifying as a teacher in 2009, I worked as a class teacher in Key Stage 2. In 2013, I became an intervention teacher, working with pupils who require additional support to prepare them for the KS2 SATs tests. I also began tutoring students from the ages of 7-11, helping them to improve their grades in maths and English. I enjoy developing a rapport with students and creating a comfortable learning environment. Having the freedom to make mistakes is vital so I want my students to feel relaxed and supported. I also want them to leave each session with a sense of achievement and this is why I tailor lessons to the specific needs of each learner.
How would you describe your teaching style?
My priority is to create a relaxed learning environment where students feel free to ask questions and make mistakes. However, I also like to encourage students to step outside their comfort zone because inevitably this is what will enable them to achieve their maximum potential. In my teaching, I use a wide range of resources to stimulate students and make their learning more interesting and engaging. Every learner has their own unique way of relating to new ideas and absorbing information so I try to personalise my teaching to suit their specific needs and preferences. Not only does this result in more productive lessons but it also makes the entire teaching and learning process infinitely more enjoyable for both myself and my students.
What qualifications do you have?
I hold a BA (Hons) First-Class in English Literature from the Open University. I have QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).
Tell us about your experience...
Although my teacher training covered both key stage 1 and key stage 2, I have spent the last 11 years teaching in years 4-6 in state schools. For the past 7 years, I have been employed as a part-time intervention teacher in a state primary school. My remit was to develop the literacy and numeracy skills of pupils, who are performing below the national average. Consequently, many of the children I have worked with have had specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyscalculia or ADHD. During this time, I have also been working from home as a private tutor. The majority of my students were in private education and were seeking support to enable them to move to higher sets for maths or English or to maintain their position within a top set. Exam preparation has also featured heavily in my work as a private tutor.
What locations do you tutor in?
At the moment I am tutoring online.
What is your personal message to students?
Learning can be challenging and sometimes reaching your goals seems like a real struggle but I can take away the stress and make learning enjoyable again. I'm patient and understanding and I'm always happy to take the time to explain any concepts that you've been struggling with and show you some smart strategies for solving problems. If you want to improve your English skills, I have lots of ideas for taking your writing to the next level and developing your vocabulary. Maybe you're worried about upcoming tests and just want to know how you can increase your grades. If so, I can teach you all kinds of tips and tricks to make you feel more confident so that you can shine like a star in your next exam. I'm really looking forward to getting to know you and finding out how I can help you.
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