Subjects I teach
IELTS (General Training and Academic)
English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
English as a Second Language
English as a Foreign Language
English for business
English language – GCSE
Spelling and reading for children and adults who are dyslexic
Assignment and dissertation editing and proofreading to PhD level
25 years’ teaching and tutoring experience in the UK and overseas.
Former IELTS examiner with extensive experience tutoring international students and overseas doctors IELTS online and face to face.
20 years’ experience teaching English for academic purposes to students about to take undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Have taught on academic English programs at the following universities: York, Manchester, Exeter, Bath,York St John, University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology
3-month residential placement in northern Iraq tutoring an undergraduate student in International Relations.
Tutored a GCSE student in several subjects, all of which she passed.
Have taught many business English clients, including a CEO and a politician.
Have worked with several dyslexic children helping them to read and spell.
Qualified yoga and chi gong teacher teaching regular workshops and sessions to help improve mental and emotional wellbeing; previous workshops held in Iraq, Bahrain, the UK and Australia.
Professional proofreader and editor, helping students with dissertation writing (007editing.com).
2:1 English and Drama (BA Joint Hons)
Master’s in International Relations and Asian Politics (2:1)
Trinity Diploma in TESOL
Trinity Certificate in TESOL
Chi gong and tai chi teacher
Enhanced DBS certificate
My Approach to Private Tuition
I feel that getting to know what interests and motivates a student is essential in helping them achieve their results, in addition to creating a realistic structured study plan that is closely monitored. In addition, it’s important to focus on the facts rather than opinion about progress so I help students to see what it is that needs working on, on a micro level, and then their progress is quantifiable. I’m a big advocate of flexibility in learning so if a student prefers to study outside, then we can do that if it will enhance their learning. My aim is to create the optimum conditions for learning, both externally and internally, including boosting the student’s confidence so that they really feel they can do well, rather than just think it. I have found this a key to success. Finally, patience and a sense of humour and laughter while learning can go a long way and I bring these qualities to each and every class with excellent results.
My video Introduction
I write funny poetry for friends to celebrate wonderful occasions such as birthdays and weddings and I read out my most recent poem to two Australian friends who got married on a Greek island!