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Skype online tuition

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.

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Contact me for revision sessions

If you need specific help with Edexcel or AQA poetry, Shakespeare or other literature texts please contact me and we can set up a Skype revision session via Helping Learning at a time that suits you. You can book either a 30 minute or an hour session whichever you feel works best for you. The revision will be tailored completely to your needs.

Please call me on 07855301904 or 01189737686 to discuss further and fix a date/time.

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School closed?

Worried about your son or daughter missing lessons in their crucial GCSE/A level year? The snow need not be a problem.

Why not book a couple of Skype lessons with me? There is no obligation to sign up for a specific set of lessons or make a long-term commitment.  Some pupils just require a couple of lessons to fill in material that they have missed at school due to weather closures or illness. Lessons can be tailor-made to suit your needs. Similarly, revision lessons can be arranged to focus on specific problem areas. I have experience with AQA and Edexcel  GCSE English Language and English Literature. Skype lessons cost £25 per hour session and £13 for a half hour.

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Skype weather

snow

Like many areas of the country Farley Hill has received its fair share of the snow. My lessons for yesterday and today have cancelled, understandably not wanting to take the risk of getting stranded in the snow.  Many schools closed yesterday, at a time when many pupils are faced with exam modules for A and GCSE or mock exams.

But, of course, my Skype lessons can continue unaffected by the weather. I now have four Skype pupils and I am sure many more people will consider this option in future. Apart from the weather factor, there is the convenience of parents not having to be available as chauffeurs or having to while away an hour as their offspring are tutored. There are some limitations – having to scan pages from text books unless the pupil also has a copy at home, for example –  but there is so much material available on the net that there are usually ways around it. Typically lessons on Skype require more organisation in advance and it’s harder to suddenly switch topics. Written work has to be shared by sending files, correcting them online with tracked changes and returning them for discussion. Instant messaging is useful for short answers or exercises.

All my Skype lessons so far are for English and it will be interesting to see how French tutor sessions will work. Written work will need some thought. Although there are ways to register accents etc via the keyboard they are rather time-consuming. Listening comprehension will also be a challenge. Does anyone have any experience of tutoring French via Skype?

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Sonnet 116

Struggling with this sonnet? Need some help?  It’s not too late to book my online tutorial on this sonnet plus ‘Our Love Now’.

Friday December 5th at 1700 – it will last 30 minutes and cost just £13.

You just need to have Skype and to register free with helpinglearning.co.uk, then follow the instructions for booking the session. Full details of this and other revision tutorials can be found on the Helping Learning site.

Don’t leave all your revision until the last minute!!

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Using Skype

Skype lessons can be a valuable alternative to normal face-to-face tuition. Nobody has to leave the comfort of their own home on a cold, dark wintry evening and no time is wasted in traffic jams trying to get to the tutor. The use of video makes the lesson seem personal and allows the tutor to observe facial reactions thereby gauging comprehension. The facility of instant messaging means notes and instructions can be given in writing, not just verbally. In addition attachments (files) can be sent during the lesson and  then studied by pupil and tutor simultaneously. This is all available with the basic Skype package, but I believe there are more advanced downloads that can be purchased such as the use of a whiteboard – probably helpful if teaching maths.

This type of tuition is particularly useful for pupils who are not well enough to attend school or extra tuition, or who, perhaps, live in remote areas. Not all parents are able to drive their offspring to extra lessons – they may work shifts or long hours or have smaller children who need attention at home.

Many tutors offer Skype lessons at a slightly lower rate than face-to-face lessons so there may be a financial advantage too!

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