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Dr Helen Mathers English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Sheffield)

Dr Helen Mathers

  • Hillsborough (S6)
  • Last Logged In: 16 Feb 2015
  • Sex: Female
  • Can Travel To: Barnsley, Derbyshire Dales, High Peak, North East Derbyshire, Rotherham
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Personal Message
I am an experienced teacher of students over 16. I can meet your English language needs and help you to improve your grades.
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Students contact me by email to ask for help. If proof-reading help is needed, I will correct an email attachment and send it back when I have received payment. I can normally do this quite quickly. I can also conduct tutorials by skype using materials emailed to the student. Payments for online tutoring are made by direct transfer to my bank account.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach English writing, grammar, speaking and reading. I can help with study skills and improve your essays and dissertations. I can help with access to university.
Tell me about your qualifications.
I have a BA (Hons) in History and Politics, and a PhD in History. I have the CELTA qualification to teach international students and Diplomas in teaching university and adult students.
What kind of experience do you have?
I have been a private tutor for several years. I also teach for the Open University, helping first-year students to deal with the demands of undergraduate study.
I have taught many postgraduate dissertation students and specialise in the humanities and social sciences. I have taught access courses in humanities and ‘returning to study’ at Sheffield University. I taught History undergraduates at both Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam universities.
How much do you charge?
I charge £20 an hour for a tutorial. This could be divided between 2 students, if friends want to have a lesson together. I charge £20 per hour for proof-reading work. I will try to tell you in advance how much I think it will cost.
Where do you teach?
Quite a lot of my work is online, looking at written drafts and improving them. I also teach via skype.
I sometimes teach at my home, in north Sheffield. More often, I travel to students’ homes or a meeting place of their choice. I charge extra for my travelling time - £16 an hour. As a guide, travel across Sheffield to somewhere like Dore or Ecclesall would cost an extra £12, but a location nearer to my home, like Crosspool or Crookes, would cost £6.
I can often help you at short notice - just ask.

I also teach in Cambridge at a flat in Trumpington (near Addenbrooke's Hospital). I need more notice if you would like a personal tutorial in Cambridge, but of course I can also give you help online.
When are you available?
I am available for consultation on any day, at any time, up to 10 pm. Tutorials can be held at any time of day, by arrangement.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach all ages from 16 to 90 !
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I help students to prepare for university exams of all kinds in humanities and social sciences, undergraduate and postgraduate. I plan soon to help students who are taking the Academic module of the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), required for university entry.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Universities and Colleges Union (for teachers) Society of Authors
Where and with whom did you train?
Sheffield University for all my qualifications. I gained CELTA in 2011.
Tell me about some of your current students.
I have a mature student from Saudi Arabia who has come here with her children to study for a degree. I advise on how to improve her assignments and prepare for the exams. A Bulgarian waiter travels to meet me for lessons in English grammar and speaking. Students regularly ask me to proof-read MA and PhD dissertations.
Do you have a personal message for students?
I can help you! Coping with written work and exams, especially with a deadline looming, is very demanding and can be stressful. I will help with your immediate problems, and also advise on how to develop better skills for academic work. As an experienced private tutor, I will focus on your needs and your needs only. You will not be part of a class. It is worth paying for extra help, just for you, sometimes !
I can help you to: · Improve your writing. · Express yourself more clearly and precisely. · Get better grades. · Solve problems you have with using the English language at university. · Cope with exams.