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Dr Anna Watson - Oxford-Educated English and Violin Tutor in Hull

Dr Anna Watson GCSE English Tutor (Hull)

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  • Professional Qualification First-Class MA in English, University of St Andrews,
  • Professional Qualification PhD in English, University of St Andrews, MSt. in English, Oxford University, DipABRSM violin performance, Cambridge CELTA, EFL teaching
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Personal Message
I have a passion for English literature and music, and I love to teach. English can be a fun and exciting subject, and through studying literature we can also understand a lot about society and human psychology.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach English and music. I have a special love of teaching English literature, and I run university-style tutorials in aspects of the GCSE and A-level curriculum for small groups of students. I may also be available for a limited number of one-to-one students.

As a violin teacher, I love to teach beginners of any age, from little children to adult learners.
Tell me about your qualifications.
I have an first-class degree in English literature from the University of St Andrews, a Masters from the University of Oxford and a PhD in English literature at the University of St Andrews. (My PhD was on the subject of fictional music lessons in Victorian England, so it is very much in keeping with my tutoring work!) I also hold the Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA). Whilst still at school, I obtained a distinction in my ABRSM diploma in Violin Performance.
What kind of experience do you have?
I have a range of classroom and 1 to 1 teaching experience. As an English tutor, I have worked with a range of students from primary to PhD level. I am experienced at preparing students for exams, 11+ and university entrance, including intensive short-term work to prepare students for a particular exam. I have also delivered the GCSE English curriculum to a home-schooled pupil as her only English teacher. At the University of St Andrews, I was employed for 3 years as a tutor for undergraduate students in the English and Music departments. Through my tutorials on essay writing skills, I was able to significantly improve the marks of my cohort of students, and I teach the same techniques to my pupils at school stage.

After qualifying with the widely recognized CELTA certificate in English Language Teaching, I spent several summers teaching English language to classes of children and teenagers aged from 10 to 18.

As a violin and piano teacher, I have taught students aged from 4 to 18. I have also worked pre-school and primary aged children in a voluntary capacity, leading toddler groups, after school clubs and holiday clubs. I currently run baby and toddler music classes so I have lots of experience of making music fun for little ones!

I have worked as a proofreader for undergraduate and postgraduate students across a range of disciplines, from Maths to Marketing.
How much do you charge?
GCSE/A-Level English Tutorials - £18/hour

KS1-2 Small Group Sessions - £18/hour

Individual English Tuition- £30 per hour

For children interested in learning more about the violin, I offer a 6 week 'Discover the Violin' course. This costs £99 for small group sessions and £159 for individual tuition.

Violin lessons are £20 for a half-hour lesson.

For proofreading I charge £30 per hour, and can agree a price in advance on inspection of the document.
Where do you teach?
I teach from my home in the Avenues area of Hull.
When are you available?
I have limited availability on weekday evenings from Monday-Friday, and for short-term work I can teach on occasional weekends. I am also available during the day on weekdays, including school holidays and half terms.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach English from KS1 right through to university level, drawing on my extensive voluntary experience with children to make my lessons with younger pupils fun and engaging, while I use my experience of teaching and studying at university level to give secondary-aged pupils a taste of university study.

In violin, I specialise in beginners/intermediate students, and from age 3-103!
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I prepare students for IGCSE, GCSE, AS and A-level exams, and I have particular experience with the Edexcel, WJEC, Cambridge and AQA exam boards. I can work with university-level students, and have even helped a PhD student with writing and editing skills.

As a music teacher, I can assist with all of the elements of preparing for Associated Board exams, such as music theory, sight-reading and aural tests. However, I'm equally at home working with children outside the exam system. For example, I've turned round the motivation of a recent pupil who was ready to give up after endless music exams, by introducing her to violin duets in a wide range of traditional world music.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I have an up-to-date DBS certificate, which I can provide on request.
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I use Skype, and am happy to keep in touch with all my students by e-mail between lessons. I also use online document sharing services such as Onenote and Dropbox to share work , records and resources. Using an online whiteboard, Google Docs and the online mind-mapping service Mind42, I can collaborate on notes and projects simultaneously with my students online.
Where and with whom did you train?
I did my undergraduate degree and my PhD at the University of St Andrews, and in between I completed a Masters in English literature at Oxford University. I completed the CELTA qualification in English language teaching at the Randolph School of English in Edinburgh, an intensive course which offered skills in classroom management, learning styles, and delivering dynamic and engaging lessons.
As a musician, I completed my school education, including a diploma in violin performance, at the Aberdeen City Music School.
Tell me about some of your current students.
Currently, my youngest student is 9 years old. We learn spelling rules and words using games, rhymes and flashcards, and we are just starting to work on the skills needed for the 11+ exam. At the end of each lesson, we take 25 minutes for me to help with his saxophone practice - it's been so rewarding to see how he's improved in his skill and confidence with the extra input between his music lessons.
Another student is home educated, so I am taking her through the English GCSE curriculum. We have completed most of the curriculum in one year, so next year I will be helping her to read widely in preparation for her sixth-form and university entrance, and helping her to develop the advanced essay-writing techniques she will need to apply to the top American universities.
Another pupil, in the first year of her GCSEs, was a level E when we started our lessons. One-to-one lessons have really benefited her confidence, and I have given her specific skills for organising her writing. After 3 lessons she is now achieving C grades in her essays - we hope to achieve Bs or maybe As by the end of this year.
For another family, I teach two siblings together, who are both at Key Stage 3. We are working on comprehension and writing skills, and I complete regular assessments because the family like to keep up-to-date with the students' progress. Next year, I will give extra lessons to the elder pupil, who aims to take her GCSE a year early.
Do you have a personal message for students?
Learning with a tutor can be much, much more fun than learning in school! And since literature is all about life, learning to critically read and interpret literary texts, whether at GCSE or undergraduate level, will open your eyes to look at the world in a new way.