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Louise Laing GCSE English Tutor (North London)

Louise Laing Silver Member

  • Finchley Central (N3) View on map
  • Last Logged In: 03 Apr 2018
  • Sex: Female
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  • Professional Qualification PGCE Institute of Education
  • Professional Qualification MA University of Sussex
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check DBS enhanced certificate 2017
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Personal Message
My students improve their grades by developing thinking and writing skills. Students who are struggling can make tremendous improvements in their results. Talented students will appreciate being challenged to get the highest marks.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
A-Level and GCSE/IGCSE English Literature. GCSE/IGCSE English Language. 11+, 13+, 16+.

I teach all aspects of English Literature and English Language, particularly: reading and writing for English Language GCSE/IGCSE, essay writing skills, poetry analysis, understanding narrative voice, understanding Shakespeare, writing about complex texts like Paradise Lost and Heart of Darkness, 17th Century literature and ideas, post-colonial literature, and critical theory for A-Level English Literature.

I prepare children for the comprehension and essay paper of the 11+ and 13+. I teach them to write clearly, to understand texts, and to develop their imagination for the storytelling and descriptive narrative tasks.
Tell me about your qualifications.
I trained at the Institute of Education and at City & Islington Sixth Form College in London.

My qualifications are: PGCE - Institute of Education, University of London; MA American Studies - University of Sussex; BA (Hons) II.i English Literature and European Thought & Literature - Cambridgeshire College of Arts & Technology (Anglia Ruskin University).
What kind of experience do you have?
I have extensive experience of one-to-one teaching and of working with teenagers. Some of my students are focused and academically ambitious, some are demotivated for various reasons, and some dislike school but want to get their GCSEs. My testimonials on this page are the best indicators of my experience.

Before training as a teacher, I wrote publicity copy and press releases in the public relations industry. Consequently, I am able to help students to develop a clear writing style, to meet deadlines, and to keep within a word limit.

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 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.
How much do you charge?
A-Level and IB £60 per hour
GCSE and IGCSE £50 per hour
13+ Common Entrance 50 per hour
11+ £50 per hour
16+ £50 per hour
Where do you teach?
I teach at my home in Finchley Central N3

My students come from all types of schools and colleges, including: Fortismere School, JFS, Highgate School, Channing School, UCS, The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls, The Henrietta Barnett School, JCoSS, Wren Academy, Queen Elizabeth's School Barnet, John Lyon School, Camden School for Girls, City of London School for Girls, The Latymer School, City & Islington 6th Form College, North Bridge House School, South Hampstead High School, La Sainte Union, London Oratory 6th Form, Lycée Charles de Gaulle, St Marylebone School.
When are you available?
I am available from Monday to Thursday and at weekends. My students also benefit from holiday and half-term revision sessions or extra tutorials to fill any gaps in their learning.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I specialise in teaching secondary school students but also work with Year 6 children and adult learners.

I support students who are struggling to understand texts or write to standard. I also work with those who are aiming for an A* grade and require challenging tasks.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
GCSE, IGCSE, A-Level, International Baccalaureate, 11+, 13+ and 16+ entrance exams.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
DBS Enhanced Certificate 2017
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I do not offer online tutoring.
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
The Tutors' Association
Where and with whom did you train?
Institute of Education, University of London 2010-11. Teaching placement at City & Islington Sixth Form College.
Tell me about some of your current students.
A Fortismere parent says, "Louise is an exceptional tutor and I only wish we had found her earlier. She has tutored our academically able son as well as our daughter who is at the opposite end of the achievement scale. Our son was predicted a C grade and was bored of school worksheets and unchallenging tasks. Tutorials with Louise, whose subject knowledge is formidable, reignited his interest in the subject and his results were two A*s in Language and Literature. The next year, Louise recognised strengths in our second child that the school had completely missed. Our daughter was on the verge of giving up on English by the time she reached Y11 but Louise managed to turn that around. She engaged with our disaffected 15-year-old, giving her confidence that she could work hard, improve, and enjoy her subject too. Louise is firm and does not tolerate nonsense; at the same time she makes the lessons interesting. On results day our daughter exceeded expectations (her own and the school’s but not Louise’s) in both GCSEs by getting Level 5s (B/C)."

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 also 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 A-Level students become more interesting in how they think and write about texts.
Do you have a personal message for students?
Getting the best possible grades in your exams is important so that you can reach your goals. During our time together you will notice improvements in how you write in other subjects as your reading, thinking and writing skills expand.