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English Tutor, Online Specialist - John E. Robinson

John E. Robinson GCSE English Tutor (Portsmouth)

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  • Professional Qualification MA, University of Oxford
  • Professional Qualification Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of Oxford
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check Enhanced DBS certificate
  • Professional Membership Member of Tutors' Association, National Association for the Teaching of English
  • References References are available upon request


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Personal Message
I am happy to start working with you whatever level you are at now. Many students begin with little sense of what they can achieve once they start to believe in themselves.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach English Language and English Literature.
Tell me about your qualifications.
I am an Oxford graduate with a postgraduate teaching qualification.
What kind of experience do you have?
I have many years' teaching experience as a specialist English teacher in both state and independent schools and colleges, and have been tutoring for eight years. I work with learners of all abilities and all levels up to Oxford and Cambridge entrance. I have worked with students with individual learning needs such as dyslexia, ADHD and Asperger Syndrome. In addition to my private work, I have tutored 'looked-after' children for a local education authority. I have worked as a GCSE examiner since 2010, and as an 'A' Level examiner since 2016.
How much do you charge?
For online tuition and local face-to-face tuition, my fees are £36 for GCSE and £40 for A Level.
Where do you teach?
I teach online, and in students' homes in Freshwater, Totland, West Wight and Newport (Isle of Wight).
When are you available?
I am normally available "after school" - late afternoon/ early evening. I am sometimes available during school hours, and in school holidays, by prior arrangement.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I generally teach young people and adults working towards GCSE or A Level examinations.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
GCSE, iGCSE and A Level (all examination boards); English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT)
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I have an up-to-date enhanced DBS certificate, and subscribe to the annual update service.
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
For online tuition, I normally use Skype, email, and Google Docs for live collaboration.
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I belong to the Tutors' Association and the National Association for the Teaching of English.
Where and with whom did you train?
I trained as a teacher at the University of Oxford Department of Education.
Tell me about some of your current students.
K has an unconditional offer from his first-choice university – except for a requirement to pass GCSE English. He is anxious that he will fail, again. He has a great imagination and can respond well to questions on the Writing sections of the GCSE, but lacks confidence in the Reading section, where he was taught mechanistic approaches (PEE, PETER, etc.) at school, which he finds a hindrance, not a help. He needs supportive coaching to build his confidence so he can stop sabotaging himself: he knows what to do, but he doesn’t know that he knows. We talk through texts and questions of the sort he will face in June; I encourage K to do most of the talking and to learn to trust his own judgment, while ensuring he recognises what each (predictable) question is asking him to do. We make notes during the session, using a shared Google Doc, and K writes these up into practice answers which I assess using a shared mark scheme.

T wants to go to university, and needs to achieve BCC at A Level. He is currently performing around grade D/E in English Literature, his third subject. We identified essay structure as an area for development. We go through T’s homework essays, week by week, discussing how he has expressed his ideas and what connections he sees between them. We make some live edits together on Google Docs. I might offer some additional input or refer him to additional resources. He does some further redrafting after the session and I look at the essay again and make some further suggestions (as comments on the shared Doc) before he finalises his essay.
Do you have a personal message for students?
Believe in yourself!