About lessons

What?

  • English Language and Literature GCSE, iGCSE – British Syllabus
  • English Language and Literature Pre-GCSE (UK Years 7-9) British Syllabus
  • 11plus, 13plus, Independent School Entrance – British Syllabus.  My main focus is English, Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning. (Mathematics is covered but I’m not the right tutor for a child who needs significant coaching in maths.)
  • English SATS (SPaG) – UK Year 6 – Spelling, Punctuation, Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Writing genres
  • General Literacy Catch-up – Y5 upwards
  • Dyslexia support – Y5 upwards
  • Reading (Booster or from scratch)  Y5 upwards
  • Enrichment – reading literature for fun. Y5 to adult
  • English as an Additional Language – conversation Y7 to adult (online only; half-hour sessions available)
  • ?? Contact me if you have another literacy or English-related need.

When?

  • In-person   School days between 3.30 and 8.30 pm; Saturdays between 9 am and 6.30 pm. School holidays between 9 am and 8.30 pm.
  • Online lessons – the same as in-person, plus from 7-9 am UK time.
  • How long do lessons last?         1 hour minimum; longer as required for GCSE and older students.
  • How often?      Weekly, apart from illness or scheduled absence. Less frequent lessons are ineffective, as we lose the learning benefit of repetition and revisiting.

Where?

  • Face-to-face lessons are at my home in Harbury, Warwickshire. Parents are welcome to wait for their child if they’d rather not drive home and back.
  • The ‘where’ question doesn’t apply to online tuition – that’s the beauty of it!

Face-to-Face or Online?

  • My lessons are not much different, whether conducted in person at my home, or online via Skype or Zoom. I use the same range of materials, and adopt my usual interactive, student-focused, responsive, high-expectation teaching style.
  • Online students are not limited to the tutors available in their area, and can learn with the best tutor for them.
  • Mixed in-person and online?   Absolutely possible, and a good solution for students who live some distance away but would benefit from some face-to-face contact.

Who?

  • From UK Year 5 upwards.
  • Anyone following a British syllabus, whether or not they live in the UK.