MRS THERESA FRANCISB.Sc, PGCE FROM UNIVERSITY OF LONDON INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION
I am a teacher of over twenty years’ experience, ranging from Reception to Key Stage 3, as well as 11+, Reading and Dyslexia. I was attracted to teaching because of the endless curiosity of children’s minds and the unique, unfettered way in which they think.
I am a lover of language, the power and beauty of words and wherever I’ve worked, have been complimented on the quality and beauty of the writing produced by my students. I’ve kept coming back to the classroom over the years because of the uniqueness of every day and the opportunities provided to be endlessly creative, to have to think on one’s feet to better unlock the door to a child’s learning, particularly when problem solving in maths.
My particular talents are being able to quickly identify a child’s stumbling blocks and strengths, an innate ability to vary my approach, strategy and style to better engage and maximise the student’s belief that they can do it thereby improving results. In my experience the greatest motivator is when a child who previously was unmotivated or had little belief in their own ability realises, ‘Oh yes I can,’ unleashing a mind ready to embrace knowledge, to dare to challenge itself and to succeed with great results.
My mother developed a love for reading in me from a very early age and a headmistress cultivated my confidence in writing. This translated in later years to a Bachelors and Masters Degree in English and Creative Writing respectively at Brunel University.
I currently enjoy reading and writing as a hobby and started tutoring as a favour to friends and family.
I began tutoring professionally three years ago when a friend established a summer school. Following this I volunteered at a local primary school as a teaching assistant where my main focus was supporting students who required that bit of extra attention. This gave me the opportunity to really develop my teaching skills both from practice and observation of other teachers.
These combined experiences have been extremely rewarding especially as I am able to now significantly contribute to a student’s development both emotionally and academically. I thoroughly enjoy one-to-one tutoring because I am able to help an individual gain confidence, a key to making continued progress in all aspects of life. I hope to continue encouraging children and adults to enjoy reading and writing, with all its facets, into the indefinite future.
HEENA ZALAB.Com, HLTA
I have over 10 years’ experience teaching English as an additional language (EAL) . I have worked with Key Marginal children to enable them to pass their SATs key stage 2 and increase their level in Maths English and Reading. Additionally, I have almost 3 years of experience with SEN children- those with Special Educational needs, specifically autism.
I am very patient and enjoy helping others learn.
My pupils have fun while they study and are always proud of their progress. I try to encourage a genuine interest in any subject studied. My speciality is within the areas of 11+ Maths, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning, KS2 Maths and English and KS3 Maths.
My original education background is in Accountancy, Business Studies, Maths and Economics , studied to degree level in India. In addition, done HLTA in the U.K and have taught at Primary schools, 7+, 11+ and secondary students at their homes, online and in a group with mindfulness techniques.
MR. JAMES RUDDYBA(QTS) FROM ST. MARY'S UNIVERSITY COLLEGE IN TWICKENHAM
I have been a primary teacher for over twenty years and taught classes across the KS2 age range. Having spent 15 years as a Year 6 teacher, I have developed a keen insight into how best to prepare children for the KS2 SATs tests. By finding out how each individual child learns best and building their skills and confidence, it is then possible to take them from where they are to where they need to be.
I have also prepared children for the 11+ entrance exams and am able to help develop children’s abilities in Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning and also reading, writing and maths at this level.
An area of huge interest to me is children’s creative writing. Over the years, I have developed my own resources and written my own stories in order to help children develop the planning and writing skills to engage their readers and enjoy the immense satisfaction that writing can bring both the reader and the writer.