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K Heardman Linguistics Tutor (Plymouth)

K Heardman Gold Member

  • Wembury and Brixton (PL9) View on map
  • Last Logged In: 01 Sep 2015
  • Sex: Female
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I am fully committed to supporting and enabling individuals in achieving their goals, whether they consist of learning a new skill or getting a degree, or simply bringing about a positive change.
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Applicants can pay for a lesson via Paypal or bank transfer and set up a video tutorial via Skype.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach English for Academic Purposes, Linguistics, English Language and Literature, Psychology, Singing and violin . I provide support for all kinds of academic writing, but I don't write essays for people! I also work with individuals who are struggling with time management and as a result experiencing anxiety or depression; for this I use a range of strategies, including reframing and target setting, enabling the recognition of incremental achievements towards these identified goals..
Tell me about your qualifications.
MA Applied Linguistics; PGCE; BA (Hons) Music; Diploma in NLP (MASC); Diploma in Professional Hypnotherapy; Dip. Counselling; Dip. Psychotherapy; Level 4 Mental Health and Social Work; Level 5 Diploma in CBT; Diploma in Psychology (NQF level 3); Diploma in General Science (NQF Level 3); Advanced Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology (NCFE Level 4).
What kind of experience do you have?
I have over 30 years' experience of teaching across the ages; for much of this time I have had leadership posts, including two headships and a role as a Quality Improvement Officer, preparing schools for HMI inspections and writing follow-through reports. More recently I have trained teachers on the BEd and PGCE courses at Plymouth University and taught English for Academic Purposes in Plymouth Business School, preparing overseas students for their Masters degrees, including MBA. I currently prepare candidates for IELTs/FCE/PET and am an academic rater for Pearson.

Additionally, I provide tuition in A level English and Psychology, together with GCSE tuition in English, Science and Music. I also give singing and violin lessons.

I have extensive experience of coaching singers for shows, choral works and recitals, and I am a first violinist with ISCA Ensemble. I am a former member of the Hallam Sinfonia in Sheffield and Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra, and I also lead a string quartet. I have Skype singing pupils from as far away as Melbourne in Australia.
How much do you charge?
All lessons cost £25 per hour; Life Coaching and Stress Management is £40 per hour.
Where do you teach?
I teach in my own home in Wembury, Plymouth PL9, via Skype and at my consulting room in Plymouth - Unit 14, The House That Jack Built, Southside, Plymouth.
When are you available?
I can teach at any time to suit the individual needs of clients.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
16- to post- compulsory and higher education; I teach A Level, provide degree and postgraduate dissertation support and also provide coaching and mentoring in study skills. I don't teach the violin or singing to young people of school age, only post-16.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
IELTs/CPE/FCE/PET; BEd; PGCE; BA Hons English/Linguistics; A Level English, Music and Psychology; MBA; QTS Skills tests in Numeracy and Literacy; Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music exams (ABRSM); Trinity College Music Exams..
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
ACHP (Reg.)
Where and with whom did you train?
PGCE at North Riding College, Scarborough; Music degree at Huddersfield University; Master in Applied Linguistics at University of Sheffield.

I also have diplomas in Psychology, General Science (Levels 3 on the NQF, A level equivalent) and Anatomy and Physiology at university year 1 level (NQF Level4), plus CBT level 5 and NLP.
Tell me about some of your current students.
I have recently prepared overseas doctors for IELTs, who have achieved level 8 and gone on to achieve PLAB1 and 2 to enable them to register with the GMC and practise as a doctor in the UK. I also have overseas students who regularly contact me for support with assignments, and some students come specifically for diction and pronunciation support. In addition, I have violin, singing and piano pupils at present; some are learning for fun as adults and some are preparing specifically for shows and exams,. In fact, I have singing pupils in Germany and Australia and IELTs pupils in Nanjing and Shanghai via Skype, too!
Do you have a personal message for students?
I work with the individual and tailor my approach to suit the learning style of the student. All of my students have reported finding me easy to communicate with, and a teacher who has put them at their ease and made them feel empowered.