About me

"Instantly struck up a very good rapport...it was money well spent!"

"produced fantastic results"

"I like her tutoring classes because they are interactive."

Educational background and experience

I have been teaching and/or tutoring since I commenced my PGCE training in secondary teaching at Roehampton University in 1999, following my degree in history from Exeter University.  I have a significant breadth of classroom experience; teaching a total of nine different subjects to date in schools alone.  Most recently in the UK I taught English as my main subject, before leaving to teach English as a Foreign Language in South Korea in 2009.  Travelling has helped to broaden my perspective on learning and given me an insight into how other countries approach education, and my teaching experiences in Japan and South Korea have proved invaluable, not least for showing the importance these countries place upon education.  I have been offering private tuition in some measure since 2005, and in Bristol since 2011 where it has been my main occupation.

Additionally, I am well qualified in exam preparation since much of my work has been to help students achieve in a range of subjects and levels in their exams.  I have been an associate examiner at GCSE and AS Level in history for EdExcel since 2004.  For more information on particular successes with examinations, please see my Testimonials page.

I have worked with a very wide range of students over the years; from adults to children as young as 3 years old, from the very able Oxbridge candidates to those with special educational needs, both in the UK and abroad, and in both the independent and state sectors.  It has been my mission to widen my own experiences in education as far as possible in order to best understand how to help students in a diverse range of situations, whether that be someone struggling with a particular subject or learning style, or someone who is struggling with the school environment as a whole.  Similarly, I have helped a number of students who simply wished to ensure success in particular examination.  I believe that it is my breadth of experience, coupled with my 'can do' approach, and enthusiasm for any subject I communicate, which makes me unique among other tutors.  Of course, being friendly and approachable with a sense of humour also helps!

Confidence is key

The first thing I notice when tutoring a new student is how quickly their confidence increases.   Parents and teachers notice changes, as do the individual students themselves.  Often confidence is the key to success in learning.  If you believe you will fail, you will fail.  If you believe you will succeed, the possibilities are endless.  I derive an enormous amount of satisfaction from seeing that confidence blossom and often have a knock-on effect in other areas of an individual's life.  

Educational philosophy

It is my belief that a good teacher can effectively communicate pretty much any subject up to a certain level.  The ability to express a subject in a certain way so that it is understood is certainly one of the more important skills for a teacher, and that skill is cross-transferable to a huge range of subjects and ways of learning.  My holistic approach to learning, experience in home schooling, and 'can do' attitude means that I have been able to apply my well established teaching skills to a number of disciplines.  For example, in the past I have helped students learn about letter and CV writing, taught them how to make origami cranes, how to paint stained glass windows, and even taught beginner's piano. I also have a love of learning and am consequently on a constant quest to enhance my existing skills set and knowledge.  Apart from anything else, this refreshes my insight into the world of the learner, as well as the teacher.

Furthermore, in this line of work it is important to have an appreciation of the current trends in education.  I keep up to date with the latest developments and have a great number of contacts in schools across the UK.  I try, where possible, to liaise closely with schools and am pro-active about collaboratively finding the best solutions for my students.  I am also a firm believer in making the student as involved in their own learning process as possible.  I engage my students by forming a plan of action for learning with them, and even get them to help produce resources that other students can use in turn.  Tuition works best when everyone is engaged and working towards the same goal.

I have been actively engaged in debates on education on a local and national level and appeared on BBC Radio Bristol giving my views about the rise in private tuition.  I am also active in the volunteer sector, most notably with my work with the Happy City, an organisation dedicated to growing happiness – one city at a time - by helping people live more, share more and enjoy life for less.  Since one of the cornerstones of happiness is learning, these two roles go very much hand in hand.

Also, please see below the attached documents - a current DBS check, my QTS certificate and induction certificate following the completion of my NQT year.

 "Who dares to teach must never cease to learn."
-- John Cotton Dana

"Education is not the answer to the question. Education is the means to answer all questions."
-- William Allin

 "What's another word for thesaurus?"
-- Steven Wright


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