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Judith Brennan Dissertation/ Proofreading Tutor (Durham)

Judith Brennan

  • Annfield Plain (DH9)
  • Last Logged In: 18 Jan 2018
  • Sex: Female
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Personal Message
With 35 years' teaching and editing experience, I have the expertise to help clients express themselves clearly and confidently in English.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I specialise in editing documents both for people whose first language is not English, and for those who lack confidence in writing. My clients include MA and PhD students who want to produce a well-written dissertation or thesis. I also work with professionals in any field who need to communicate effectively. My service involves not only the correction of spelling, punctuation and grammar, but, more importantly, in-depth work with clients to make their writing intelligible and precise.

I work with students and professionals who have a specific aim in mind, such as developing and using language for academic, professional or technical presentations. I also offer support to people with Asperger Syndrome who need to improve spoken and written communication.
Tell me about your qualifications.
Following my MA in English Literature from the University of Oxford, I obtained a PGCE at the University of Manchester, and an RSA Diploma in TEFL. I was later awarded a Teaching Certificate in the Alexander Technique, and most recently an MA in Applied Linguistics.
What kind of experience do you have?
I have many years' experience of teaching language and reading development one-to-one and in groups. I have taught EFL in schools and companies in the UK, Asia and Latin America. I have also prepared materials, policies and models of good practice in schools.

For the last 15 years I have travelled internationally as an examiner of spoken English, and worked as a freelance editor and teacher.

I have 20 years' experience of Asperger's Syndrome, and I support students on the spectrum.
How much do you charge?
I charge between £20 and £30 an hour for teaching, and £30 an hour for editing.

My minimum charge for editing is £30, but the final cost depends on the quality of writing submitted. In my experience, most clients want me to help them produce a text that is accurate, easy to read and understand, and fit for purpose. For this reason I provide a free reading and estimate, so that I can give a clear idea of the work involved.

I offer free informal telephone support to parents concerned about finding appropriate help for their children in school, and to adults who have been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, or who are seeking a diagnosis.
Where do you teach?
I work in the way my clients find most convenient, whether face to face, by phone, or online, using a combination of Skype and editing software.
When are you available?
I work during the day and in the evenings.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach communication skills to people at any age or level, and have considerable experience of working with people who have Asperger's Syndrome.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I help first and second degree students with their assignments and dissertation, and PhD students with their thesis. I also prepare PhD students for their viva.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I have an up-to-date DBS Certificate.
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I teach and edit online using a combination of editing software, messaging and Skype.
Where and with whom did you train?
I did my first degree at St Hugh's College, Oxford and my PGCE in Manchester. I completed my RSA Diploma in TEFL in Sheffield, and my MA in Applied Linguistics at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle. Don Burton was head of school when I studied the Alexander Technique in Kendal.
Tell me about some of your current students.
My current students live in Japan and the Middle East. I also edit documents for clients in various professional and academic fields, including electronics, economics, medicine, history and translation studies.
Do you have a personal message for students?
I will help you clarify your aims,and develop the language and self-esteem necessary to achieve those aims.