Affordable and Effective Exam Tutoring for 11+, Common Entrance, GCSE, A-levels, IB and IELTS

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Personal Description:
I am a fully-qualified professional teacher with more than 25 years of experience. I regard myself as a friendly and approachable tutor, as well as honest and conscientious, and I pride myself on being able to communicate with students of all ages, from pre-teen to pensioner.

I am also the father of two young boys, and we live in the Sutton area. My hobbies are limited to reading these days, as there seems to be no time for much else, and I am particularly fond of English Literature. Dickens and Hardy are two of my favourites, but I am also keen on modern and less serious writers, such as Tom Sharpe and the two Rankins - Robert and Ian.

I am available for tutoring in the borough of Sutton, although I am prepared to consider other areas close by (Morden, Banstead, for example) if travelling time is allowed for.

Teaching Experience:

I have been teaching since 1989, both in the UK and abroad. I have taught and tutored English (including IGCSE, EFL and IELTS) in Spain, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Abu Dhabi, and also for many years in the UK of course. I have worked as a private tutor ever since I started teaching, as I realised that the existing state and private education providers could not meet the demand for high-quality intensive tuition.

Most recently I have taught English at an independent school in Sutton, as well as Academic Writing for a major UK university in London. I can offer specialist tutoring in writing and reading skills that can not be matched by most primary and secondary school teachers.

My Subjects:
I now offer personal tuition in English and Verbal Reasoning for those parents whose children (like mine!) are undertaking preparation for the 11+ and Common Entrance (13+) exams for the Grammar schools in Sutton and Kingston, and for the many independent schools in the area. I also provide interview coaching for students who are applying to the independent schools.

In addition, I teach English and Spanish at all senior-school  levels (GCSE and A-level). For international students, I teach IELTS and any of the Cambridge EFL/ESL exams, such as FCE and PET. I am certificated as an official examiner for these exams, so I can offer you specialist tuition.

I can also provide personal tuition in ESSAY WRITING and STUDY SKILLS, as my experience has taught me that many students face real problems in these areas. By working together on your essays, substantial improvements can be made in style, organisation, argument, presentation, and much more. This way, I can teach you how produce more effective and mature assignments, and thus help you to obtain better grades and increase your confidence in producing written work.

Tutoring Approach:

I endorse the humanist approach, and try to make my tutorials as interesting and relevant as possible. With every tutee I carry out an initial assessment of their needs and abilities, and my teaching begins from there. This approach appears to be successful, and I can provide references.

I would say that my personal style is open and honest, and I encourage my students to learn from their mistakes, rather than chastising them. However, in order to make real progress the tutee has to do her/his homework to reinforce this, and I make this a clear condition of my tutoring.

Over the past three years I have successfully tutored students for the following schools, colleges, and universities:

Schools: Sutton Grammar, Wilsons, Wallington County, Wallington High, Nonsuch, Whitgift, Trinity, Wimbledon High, Kings School, City of London, Epsom College, Ewell Castle, and several others.

Colleges: Carshalton, Merton, NESCOT, and Kingston

Universities: Manchester, Warwick, City, East Anglia, St Martins, Lincoln, Bournemouth, and several others.

My Qualifications:

A-levels in English, Spanish, Law, History, and Russian (AS)
BA (Joint Hons) Spanish & Political Science
PGCE (English/ESL and Spanish)
Postgrad Diploma in Technical Authorship
DELTA / Postgrad ESOL Diploma
MEd (Pending)

References Supplied: Yes
Current CRB Check: Yes


Jean said...

Jeff is a fine tutor, as he helped my 'lost cause' daughter to get a good grade at GCSE when it looked like she was going to fail. And all at very short notice too, he has worked wonders!


J.F. said...

Thanks Jeff. My son said he has learnt more in your two lessons than a year at College! Good news. Thank you!

Mc said...

Jeff's excellent tutoring helped my son achieve very impressive results in common entrance. I would highly recommend him.

Suri said...

We were very happy to have Jeff tutor our daughter, and she passed her WHS entrance exam with flying colours. Thanks very much, Jeff!

Sheila said...

Rating: 5/5

Comments: Jeff has been tutoring my son in English for several weeks and we've already noticed a marked improvement in his confidence and ability to write creatively, he explains the work clearly and in detail and his approach is calm and encouraging. We would highly recommend him.

Lewis said...

From Lewis (5/5): (GCSE Spanish) Jeff has been great at boosting my daughter's ability and confidence in speaking Spanish, and making an all-round improvement in her understanding of the language. He's friendly, conscientious and I would warmly recommend him.

Qu San said...

... Just to let you know that Jonathan was offered a place at WCGS. Thanks for your tuition for making it happen.

Steven L. said...

Just wanted to let you know that Joe got Wally Boys! Cannot thank you both enough for everything you did for him. Thank you again.

Radha said...

Kavi got into Wallington. Thank you so much for your help. And his English has really improved at school.

Cath B. said...

Sam got into Wilsons and we are pretty sure that his English performance carried him through. Sam said we ought to say 'thanks' to you as you made a massive difference to his standard of English in a very short period of time. Not sure how, but you made something click in his brain where his school teachers had failed!

F.C. said...

We are delighted to inform you that we received today an offer from Kings College School for Adam. Thanks you for all your help with this achievement.

Helen C. said...

From Helen (5/5): (A-Level English)
Jeff is tutoring my son and daughter in English literature and both really appreciate the assistance he is giving them. My son who is grappling with gothic texts at A level says Jeff is managing to 'teach him by stealth' so he is learning skills in a painless way. My daughter who is studying GCSE was delighted that after a few weeks with Jeff her English grade moved from D to B. Overall I'm extremely pleased at the way Jeff is tutoring them.