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.
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.
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.
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.
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
References Supplied: Yes
Current CRB Check: Yes