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Catherine Paver GCSE English Tutor (Twickenham)

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  • Teddington (TW11) View on map
  • Last Logged In: 02 Feb 2018
  • Sex: Female

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  • Professional Qualification BA (Oxon) English Language & Literature - Double First
  • Professional Qualification P.G.C.E.
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check DBS Certificate (formerly CRB)
  • Professional Membership The Tutors' Association & Writer for The Times Ed (TES)
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Personal Message
I am currently fully booked, but check back in June, when I will be taking bookings for the Summer Term and the Autumn Term onwards! In the meantime, get your child reading with and A love of reading is the best tutor!
Which subject(s) do you teach?
English Language and Literature, at Years 8 and 9 and GCSE. I am not currently teaching A Level. From the apostrophe to Shakespeare and everything in between! Poetry - how to understand and enjoy it, and then how to analyse and compare poems. Shakespeare - how to peel the words off the page and enjoy them as amazing plays. Reading - how to understand and appreciate all forms of writing, from a match report to a Gothic novel. Writing - how to get an idea in the first place, then how to nurture it, plan it, and write anything from a professional business letter to the first page of a detective novel. Exam technique - how to tackle exam questions step by step, and then give the examiners what they really, really want.
Tell me about your qualifications.
I have a Double First in English Language and Literature from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and a P.G.C.E.
What kind of experience do you have?
Over twenty years' experience of teaching secondary-school level English and English Literature. I am familiar with the new GCSEs for English Language and English Literature. I have always taught A Level in the past but am currently taking a break from it to focus on the new GCSEs.
I taught for 11 years as a full-time English teacher in both state and private secondary schools. Then I became self-employed and have taught for over ten years as a private tutor, with some supply teaching to keep my finger on the pulse.
I use cartoons to make things clear, fun and memorable in my teaching materials. These are on the Times Educational Supplement (TES) Website for teachers worldwide to download for free. The TES has given some of my resources five stars, made me a 'Recommended Author' and chose my 'Shakespeare's Hat' resource for their 'Best Shakespeare Resources' feature in April 2017. I've also made a miniature Globe Theatre to help my students to explore their set texts as play scripts written for an exciting outdoor stage, rather than just as tough old exam texts! Once you know what you will see onstage in any given scene, the meaning of the words starts to become clearer. You can also play with different staging and interpretations. It's a play - so play with it!
For nine years I wrote articles about teaching for The Times Educational Supplement (TES). This informs my teaching of the GCSE English paper: I can help students to write and analyse newspaper articles because I have written them myself.
Spending an hour with one student means that I can give clear and detailed feedback. I mark written work using three coloured pens: green for good, red for wrong and purple for next steps. This is motivating and effective because students can see at a glance what they’re doing right and how to improve.
I teach at home with all my books and papers to hand. This allows me to select from over twenty years of teaching in one hour! I can see what a student needs and would enjoy, and I can give it to them there and then. I have past papers for the major exam boards and books on a huge range of subjects. So I always aim to choose interesting texts for each individual student – and above all, to send them home in a good mood, ready to tackle the next step!
How much do you charge?
Each lesson costs £40.
Where do you teach?
I teach in Teddington, Middlesex, in the borough of Richmond-upon-Thames.
Teddington Rail Station is ten minutes’ walk from me. There are direct trains to e.g. Twickenham (7 minutes), New Malden (11 mins), Richmond (13 minutes) and Wimbledon (18 mins). The R68, 285 and 281 buses stop 5-10 minutes’ walk from me.
There is free on-street parking in my road and in nearby streets. If you are bringing your child by car and have a long journey home, you are welcome to wait in my comfy living room until the end of the lesson!
When are you available?
Weekdays after school. Weekly, fortnightly and one-off lessons are all possible.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
Years 8 and 9 and GCSE. I am not currently teaching A Level.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
GCSE. I am familiar with the new English Language and Literature GCSEs and aim to make these clear, rewarding and exciting for students.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
The Tutors' Association.
Where and with whom did you train?
I trained as a teacher at Kings College, University of London.
Tell me about some of your current students.
All my current students have met those tangles of frustration that we all meet when we are learning anything. They were struggling with things like comparing poems and articles, planning answers and writing that tricky first sentence of an essay. Some were tackling Shakespearean tragedies e.g. 'Macbeth' and 'King Lear' while others were comparing two very different texts, such as 'The Rivals' and the poems of William Blake.
They are all getting much better results now, enjoying their studies more, and are very well prepared for their exams. This improvement in grades, enjoyment and confidence was mostly brought about with fortnightly lessons, allowing students time to keep up with the demands of subjects other than English.
One A Level student said to me recently: "I'm making my own connections now, instead of just learning them." That sums up what I want for each student: to be able to study independently, making their own discoveries. It's great preparation for university and beyond.
When you've been patiently, carefully shown how to tackle something yourself, you think: okay,
I can try that. Then you get clear feedback about what worked, what didn't, and what to do next.
It is very rewarding to see my current students gaining the mastery that they have been working so hard for.
Amazingly, despite the workload and stress, they are all still smiling!
Do you have a personal message for students?
Never give up! If you are stuck, take a break. Play a song; play with a dog; get some fresh air. Then try again, with a refreshed mind. If you are still stuck, get in touch - you could listen to my mp3 first, to see if you'd enjoy my lessons!
As well as being very happy with their exam results, I want all my students to enjoy studying amazing texts and to enjoy using words themselves. I want each student to look back on a course that they enjoyed and to look forward to a lifetime’s pleasure in words. I don’t want them to spend two years worrying about what the examiners want. That’s my job. I can see how a pupil’s work hits the exam criteria. Your job as a student is to do your best and enjoy the journey!