Frequently Asked Questions:
If you have a question that you don’t see please feel free to ask me /contact-me Thanks.
Are you a qualified teacher?
Yes, I completed my PGCE (General Primary Education) with Qualified Teacher Status on 8th July 2011. I have over 7 years’ teaching experience. I have a breath of classroom experience; I have worked with a wide range of students including those with special educational needs.
How long have you been a tutor?
I have been a tutor since 2018, tutoring both Face to Face and Online. I always tailor the level of work covered to the individual student’s needs. To develop both their self-confidence and attainment levels. I offer tuition lessons from EYFS – KS4 (4 – 16yrs). Please see my /testimonials to view current and past clients’ feedback.
I’ve never used a private tutor before, how does it work?
Lessons typically last for an hour (other lesson durations are available upon request). During the first lesson, I assess your child’s needs through activities and discussion with yourself and your child. I tailor lessons to the child’s needs and to reflect their interests, I like to include games and practical activities whenever possible. I continually assess progress to determine the next steps in their learning.
Do you guarantee your work?
I cannot guarantee that a student will pass a specific test, or earn a specific score in class or on any given test. I will however guarantee that I will strive to provide the best possible service. I will do everything in my power to help grades and skill sets improve. If for any reason I feel that I cannot adequately provide the student with what he or she needs, I will say so.
What is needed for online tutoring?
You will need a laptop, pc or iPad/tablet, and a good internet connection. You will need a webcam if you do not have one built into your device. Most newer devices have microphones built-in but do check as you may need a separate one (a standalone or via a headset). A mouse works fine for most students, however, if you prefer you can purchase a graphics tablet which can be useful for ease of writing. If you use an iPad/tablet, you can use a stylus pen or your finger for writing.
How does online tutoring work?
As with face-to-face tutoring lessons typically last for an hour (other lesson durations are available upon request). During the first lesson, I assess your child’s needs through activities and discussion with yourself and your child. I tailor lessons to the child’s needs and to reflect their interests, I like to include games and practical activities whenever possible. I continually assess progress to determine the next steps in their learning. Online tuition takes place using zoom.us, for video, and also BitPaper.io as our collaborative virtual whiteboard which allows us both to write at the same time. I also share virtual resources through Zoom, this combination ensures engaging and interactive lessons. I will send you the instructions for downloading this software (instructions can also be found /links-forms-and-resources).
What are your hours of operation?
I generally answer phone calls, texts, and emails from around 9 am – 8 pm. I do not answer phone calls, texts, or emails when I am in a tutoring lesson. Please be patient if I don’t get back to you straight away, as I will return your call, text, and email as soon as possible.
Do you tutor home-educated students?
Yes, I am happy to tutor home-educated students. I am aware that there are many different approaches to home education, so please get in touch to discuss your individual requirements.
Do you tutor students with special educational needs?
Yes, I am happy to tutor students with special educational needs, please be aware I am not a specialist. Feel free to get in touch to discuss your individual requirements.
How much do you charge for tutoring?
Please see /fees
How do I pay?
Payment is by BACs and must be paid and received at least 48hrs in advance of the first lesson.
Will homework be given?
I do not give out homework as standard. However, I am happy to provide homework when requested. I would however expect any homework I set to be attempted/completed by the following lesson. In order so that I could go through this with the student to check understanding and target next steps for a given topic. If your child does not complete homework given that was requested, then no further homework will be provided until it has been attempted.
Do you tutor in school holidays?
Yes, I tutor throughout the school holidays, except Christmas, New Year, and when I am away on holiday myself.
What are your term dates?
Term dates vary year to year. Generally, I follow Bristol City Council, England published term dates (please note that Academies, Independent and International schools have their own term dates). Please see the links below to download Bristol City and North Somerset Council Term Dates.
Term 1: Tuesday 1 September 2020 to Friday 23 October 2020
Term 2: Monday 2 November 2020 to Friday 18 December 2020
Term 3: Monday 4 January 2021 to Friday 12 February 2021
Term 4: Monday 22 February 2021 to Thursday 1 April 2021
Term 5: Monday 19 April 2021 to Friday 28 May 2021
Term 6: Monday 7 June 2021 to Wednesday 21 July 2021
Bristol City Council School Term Dates
North Somerset Council School Term Dates
Do you offer group lessons?
Yes, I offer both paired and group lessons (dependent on student numbers).
What if I cancel a lesson?
Please see my /terms-and-conditions-gdpr-privacy-statement page to view my cancellation policy
Do you have a waiting list?
Yes, I do operate a waiting list, as there are times of the year when students come to the end of their tuition (May after KS2 SATs and June after GCSEs). Places (each new academic year and mid-year) are allocated first to existing students and then to students on that year’s waiting list (in the order they were placed on the waiting list). Please be aware that some days/times are very popular, so you may need to be a little flexible to secure any vacancy.
Do you offer Adhoc lessons?
Yes, if adhoc lessons are required, I will try to accommodate these where possible, subject to availability or last-minute cancellations. If you would like to be added to the reserve list for this please contact me, please also state how flexible you are and how much notice you would need to take up an available space.
Where can I find out more?
For more information or to discuss your child’s individual needs please /contact-me. Please be patient if I don’t get back to you straight away, as I will return your call, text, and/or email as soon as possible.
What if I have a friend who wants tutoring? Can I give them your information?
Yes, I love referrals feel free to give them my details. I offer a referral scheme for current clients – for each potential client, you refer who books, pays, and completes their first lesson. You will receive 10% off your next lesson. Refer as many potential clients as you want! If you refer a potential client, the referral offer will be deducted from your next invoice.