Hello. My name is Victoria. As a qualified teacher and native speaker of English with a PhD in linguistics, I offer one-to-one tuition in English from primary level through to GCSE and A-level. I teach both English language and English literature, online and in person. For students taking exams, I can work to any examination board, including AQA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC/Eduqas, Cambridge, etc. Sessions are available online or at my home in Didsbury, Manchester.
WHAT DO YOU NEED HELP WITH?
Primary (Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2) English
I provide tuition in English for children at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. I offer help with reading, comprehension, spelling, punctuation, grammar, vocabulary, fiction and non-fiction writing, and so on. I ensure that lessons are engaging and enjoyable, so that learning is as natural as possible. Extra help to prepare for Key Stage 2 SATs is also available.
Primary English: £32 per hour
I also offer tuition for children of primary school age who are planning to take the 11+ exam/grammar school entrance exams. I provide intensive preparation for all English-related components of the exam, i.e. comprehension, verbal reasoning, SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) and essay-writing.
The requirements for these exams vary from area to area and school to school, but I have a wide range of resources and can work through materials to suit the requirements of the school(s) your child is applying for. I offer a very individualised service, so please get in touch to discuss your child’s needs.
11+ English: £32 per hour
Key Stage 3 English
For students in years 7, 8 and 9, extra tuition in the work which is taught at Key Stage 3 can be invaluable. A number of Key Stage 3 students who have tuition with me are non-native speakers of English and/or speak another language at home. Others may feel that they need extra help with the basics of English, while many others have tuition with me because they would like to get ahead in preparation for GCSE, especially with many schools now starting to teach GCSE English Literature in year 9.
I am happy to help students with the work they are completing at school, or I can provide a separate specialised programme of work which complements their schoolwork. Whatever your requirements at Key Stage 3, I would be delighted to hear from you.
KS3 English: £35 per hour
GCSE English Literature
Many GCSE students find reading and analysing literature difficult, but my systematic and detailed approach brings real results. For GCSE English Literature, I teach all set texts on exam board specifications, including Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, A Christmas Carol, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Frankenstein, An Inspector Calls and Blood Brothers, to name just a few. I also teach poetry and short story anthologies, as well as preparing students for any unseen poetry questions they have to answer.
careful close reading of set texts with the student, analysing themes and literary techniques
additional focus on the contexts of the set texts, such as information about the author, the social and historical context in which the text was written, or received ideas at the time the text was written
extra work on skills of poetry analysis and comparison, including poetry-specific concepts and terminology, (e.g. enjambement, caesura, rhyme scheme, etc.) and other language features (e.g. metaphor, simile, onomatopoeia, etc.)
discussion of past and sample exam questions and preparation of essay plans, with a particular focus on structuring answers
individual, one-to-one marking of all written work completed by the student, with detailed personalised feedback and a personalised programme of improvement to enable students to obtain the best possible grade.
GCSE English Literature: £35 per hour
A-Level English Language
I offer tuition on all of the topics in the current A-level specifications, working closely with the student to extend their existing knowledge and understanding of the relevant issues in English language and linguistics and to identify strategies to help them improve their performance. Individually tailored sessions address the different areas students are required to cover through detailed work on sample/past papers and material already set in school.
Tuition sessions include:
practice of text analysis, including comparison of different language discourses and text varieties, their audiences and functions
preparation of set texts for open-book papers and for historicist analysis (diachronic and synchronic), including contexts of production, reception and contemporary interpretation
individual support with independent extended essay/project components, including comments on plans and drafts and support with language data and research findings (strictly in accordance with the rules of the relevant exam board)
support to develop students’ skills and confidence in methods of language analysis (e.g. phonetics, graphology, grammar, semantics and pragmatics) and discussion of language variation according to factors such as speaker, audience, genre and mode
intensive work to improve the student’s academic writing skills, including argumentation, structure, clarity of expression and use of sources.
A-Level English Language: £38 per hour
A-Level English Literature
I offer tuition on any of the set texts and anthologies on the current A-level specifications (from Shakespeare to the present day), working closely with the student to extend their existing knowledge and understanding of the set texts and to identify strategies to help them improve their performance. Individually tailored sessions address the different areas students are required to cover through detailed work on sample/past papers and material already set in school.
Tuition sessions include:
practice of unseen analysis of prose, poetry and drama and of essay-based analysis, including comparison of texts based of patterns of similarity and difference
preparation of set texts for open-book papers and for historicist analysis (diachronic and synchronic) and including contexts of production, reception and contemporary interpretation
individual support with independent extended essay/project components, including comments on plans and drafts (strictly in accordance with the rules of the relevant exam board)
support for students to develop their skills of creative critical analysis and personal response to explore the significance of the texts and multiple interpretations of them
intensive work to improve the student’s academic writing, including argumentation, structure, clarity of expression and use of sources.
A-Level English Literature: £38 per hour
English for Non-Native Speakers
I offer tuition for non-native speakers of English, for both children and adults. As a native speaker of English with an intricate knowledge of the workings of the English language, I can help you to improve your English, no matter what stage you are at in your learning. If you need to take exams, please get in touch to discuss your requirements.
English for non-native speakers: £35 per hour