Sadly, due to the coronavirus situation I have had to pause face to face tuition.
Don’t forget that I can offer online tuition if you would like to keep your studies going while schools remain closed. I am available during the day as well as some evening times and am happy to offer weekly or fortnightly lessons – just contact me for more details.
Despite the reports that English grades have fallen this year, I am happy to report that my pupils have received good grades.
I haven’t heard from everyone yet so if you haven’t already contacted me to let me know your results – please do!
Congratulations to all my GCSE and A level students on their results this year.
To all my pupils taking exams this month and June.
Congratulations to all my GCSE English Language and English literature pupils who have all got good grades this summer. From the news it appears that nationwide there have been some nasty surprises for some pupils with tougher marking for GCSEs – particularly in English.
While there is an argument that a tightening up has been long overdue, it does seem to me to be singularly unfair to do it mid way through the course for many pupils. It is claimed that marking in January, for example, was less stringent than that of this summer. As discussed in earlier posts, the difference between grades can be substantial in terms of effects on university entrance and career prospects. There is no doubt in my mind that many pupils who have received a D this year would have received a C. As regards my own pupils, some who received a C for English Language would almost certainly have achieved a B in previous years. Is that fair when they are competing for university places with people who were marked under a less demanding regime?
Results so far;
English A level 1x B
English Lit GCSE 2 x A, 2 x B
English Lang GCSE 2 x A, 2 x C
For 3 years now I have been travelling back to Woking once or twice a week to teach certain pupils. They’ve mainly been the younger siblings of pupils I used to teach and I haven’t wanted to abandon them mid-way through GCSE or A level courses. This summer all of them took exams and came to the end of their respective courses so I have finally felt able to say goodbye to the weekly trek back. It was a 50 mile round trip and although I packed several lessons into each visit it still probably wasn’t that sensible from an economic point of view.
So now I shall be concentrating on building my client base in the Wokingham/Reading/Eversley areas and hoping that pupils are spreading the word!
Why not consider some tuition through the Easter holidays to help boost GCSE grades? The margin between GCSE grades can be very small yet make a huge difference in terms of university entrance and careers. Many schools run revision classes at Easter which are excellent, but another perspective, a different style of teaching or simply a new face can work wonders. Private tuition will be tailored to your son or daughter’s needs specifically – not to a whole class. I still have availability during the holidays – why not send me an email to discuss further?