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Louise Laing A-level English Tutor (North London)

Louise Laing Silver Member

  • Finchley Central (N3) View on map
  • Last Logged In: 02 Jun 2015
  • Sex: Female
  • Can Travel To: City of London, Haringey, Islington, Westminster
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Do not wait until after the mocks to begin tuition - especially A-Level. The earlier the better. See below for this summer's results.
I specialise in English Literature and English Language for A-Level, GCSE and IB.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
A-Level and GCSE English Literature and English Language, IB, 11+, essay writing for undergraduates.

*2014 results*
A-Level English Literature: OCR grade A - student going to Leeds University to read English Literature; AQA grade B - student going to Roehampton University to read English and Creative Writing.
IGCSE: English Language grade A* x 3, English Literature A* x 1, English Literature grade A x 2, English Language grade B x 1, English Literature grade B x 1
GCSE English Literature grade A*x1, Ax4, Bx3, English Language: Ax1, Bx3

"You encouraged her to think independently and not be afraid to express her opinions, to be confident about what she says and to develop skills to think out of the box and be focused in order to make her points succinctly... She has now made a firm decision to take English for the A Levels because you have made the subject relevant as well as exciting for her. Thank you so much for having been an inspiring teacher." Parent of IGCSE student.

"Hi Louise, Just letting you know I got an A* in English Language and a B in English Literature. Really happy that my grades improved from mocks especially in the Language. Thank you so much for your help." Jack, Highgate School student.

"Hi Louise, Hannah got an A* in her English!! She is delighted ! Thank you so much for your tutoring and making the time available like you did - it really transformed Hannah. She was really panicky about English and was suffering from too much minute detailed instruction and far too little understanding of the meaning of the works, which had got lost in the sea of dull print outs. With you, she started to actually enjoy the books again and saw the questions as a challenge she was equal to." Fortismere School parent.
Tell me about your qualifications.
PGCE, Institute of Education, University of London; MA American Studies, University of Sussex; BA (Hons) English Literature and European Thought & Literature, Anglia Ruskin University.

I teach all aspects of English Literature and English Language, and specialise in:
poetry, narrative voice, Shakespeare, complex texts like Paradise Lost and Heart of Darkness, 17th Century literature and ideas; post-colonial literature.
What kind of experience do you have?
I am an experienced private tutor of English Literature and English Language. I trained at the Institute of Education and at City & Islington Sixth Form College in London.

I support students to gain good grades at A-Level, IB and GCSE for entrance to university, sixth form college, vocational training or work. I specialise in teaching students aged 14-19 but am happy to work with adults.

By the end of the first lesson, I will have a clear understanding of the student's learning needs so that we can agree on how best to continue. With my support, students motivate themselves to be creative and disciplined. Students of all abilities usually discover that they actually enjoy analysing texts and working with language. They are then equipped to meet the exam board assessment objectives and get good grades. I used to write copy in the communications/public relations industry and can help students to write effective UCAS statements.
How much do you charge?
A-Level and IB - £50 per hour
GCSE - £40 per hour
Where do you teach?
North West, Central and North London.
When are you available?
I am available from Monday to Friday including evenings and at weekends.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I support students to gain good grades at A-Level, IB and GCSE for entrance to university, sixth form, vocational training or work. I specialise in teaching students aged 14-19 but am happy to work with adults.

I support students who are struggling to understand texts or write to standard. I also work with students who are aiming for an A* grade and require challenging tasks. I work with undergraduates who need to improve essay writing techniques and who want to discuss their texts in detail on a one-to-one basis.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
GCSE, IGCSE, A-Level, International Baccalaureate,
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I am in the process of getting an updated DBS Certificate.
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
To be discussed with potential tutee. Usually Skype.
Where and with whom did you train?
Institute of Education, University of London.
Tell me about some of your current students.
I have a number of GCSE English students who intend to take Sciences and Mathematics at A-Level and who said at the first lesson that they disliked studying English, particularly poetry. After a while, they discover that they quite like reading poetry and analysing texts, and are good at it. They also discover that being able to express themselves clearly in writing is not the futile activity that they originally thought.

I teach highly motivated GCSE students who have chosen English as an A-Level option, and A-Level students who plan to study English at university. We enjoy a good deal of discussion about books and ideas as well as undertaking rigorous academic tasks.

My current students attend Fortismere School, Latymer, Acland Burghley, Highgate School, JFS, South Hampstead High School, Lycée Charles de Gaulle, London Oratory Sixth Form.
Do you have a personal message for students?
My aim is to support you to do well in exams in order to achieve your aims for the present and the future. During your time with me, you should gain an understanding of the pleasure that good reading and writing can offer. Knowing how to express yourself is a skill that brings rewards beyond the limits of the exam system.

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