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What they say about my teaching
Testimonials are below and others may be found here.
“I supported Zoë’s classes as a learning support assistant during her years as an English teacher at Thorpe Hall School. She is a passionate teacher who inspires students! I really enjoyed being in her lessons!”
Sharon Mac VeighLearning Support Assistant Thorpe Hall School - Southend-on-Sea
“I had the privilege of working with Zoë at St Martin’s School during her teacher training year. She is a trustworthy, hardworking and passionate teacher who instills her love of learning and English within her students. I would recommend her most highly as a tutor and have every confidence in her ability to support and aid students of all abilities.”
Rosemarie WheelerEnglish teacher St Martin's School - Brentwood, Essex
“Thank you for your help. Jenny got both a 5 in English Literature and Language. I don’t think she could have done it without your help!”
Irma DemaMother of Jenny Leigh-on-Sea, Essex
“I initially decided to work with Zoë because I wanted to improve my grades in English. After an initial face-to-face consultation with Zoë, I was impressed with her enthusiasm and ability to captivate when teaching and decided to have one-to-one sessions with her. Since working with Zoë, I have seen massive improvements not only in my grades but also in my confidence. Zoë's techniques for teaching are engaging and easy to understand, making the lessons both enjoyable and insightful. Her knowledge and passion were evident throughout all my tutoring sessions. Working with Zoë has been extremely beneficial as I was working with someone who was genuinely excited about teaching and was always encouraging me. I have grown to know Zoë and feel I have gained a friend in her. She has taken an interest in my development and was always there to help me when needed. I believe she has helped me improve on my essay writing techniques and understanding of the texts I have studied. She has guided me to work independently and given me constructive feedback on my work. She has supported me when things were not going so well at school and has kept me sane during self-isolation periods. Her constant motivation has encouraged me and given me the confidence in my studies. Although I was initially sceptical about having online tuition, I quickly adapted to the new way of learning have found the sessions to be the best I could possibly have hoped for. I would highly recommend Zoë as a tutor. Her enthusiasm is amazing and her ways of teaching are excellent. Thank you so much Zoë!”
Abi FungEnglish student Cheadle, Cheshire
I initially wanted to start working with Zoë in order to improve my English Language grade. Since then, Zoë has helped me improve my grade in English Language as well as English Literature by helping me understand what I was looking for in Language papers and helping me be able to find the best quotes and how to analyse them in English Literature; I found this to be very helpful instead of just giving me analysed quotes like some teachers do. I also learnt how to write essays in a proper format which will help me in my other subjects at A Level. I was able to learn very quickly as the homework I was doing was marked every week and the feedback was very useful, which is why I would recommend Zoë to my friends in lower years who are wanting to boost their GCSE grades in the future. I found Zoë’s teaching methods useful and engaging which meant the lessons were enjoyable. I think the most important thing people should know when starting to work with Zoë is that they need to be putting in work as well, Zoë teaches and then helps with work when someone is struggling, but she does not do the work for them like others might do.”
“When I first contacted Zoë, she explained the setup superbly and upon meeting, put Luke and I at ease. Zoë took the time to see how Luke worked and the best ways to assist him. He is a quiet lad, but Zoë made him feel comfortable. Since Luke started with Zoë, he has gone from grade 3 to high 5! His confidence has grown in his own ability. Luke enjoyed the one to one, and that Zoë spoke to him on an even basis and clarified with him that he understood everything. He was able to ask questions which he never does in class. We recommend Zoë as a tutor and have in fact have done so – to a friend.”
Janet JohnsonMother of Luke Chelmsford, Essex
“Jack was struggling with English and got awful grades in his mocks so I approached his Head of Year who put me in touch with her sister (Rosie Wheeler). It was Rosie who recommended Zoë. Since starting tutoring with Zoë, Jack’s grades have increased from 2 to 3 / 4. Tutoring with Zoë has broadened his general vocabulary and boosted his confidence. I would definitely recommend Zoë as a tutor and first on the list will be my 11 year old daughter in a year or so! Zoë is up to date on the current curriculum – this is priceless. Thank you, Zoë!”
Karen WilliamsMother of Jack Chelmsford, Essex
“Fantastic results achieved with the help of Zoe, couldn’t recommend her enough."
Maria Ann DayMother of Jack Chelmsford, Essex
“We found Zoë online as she had a great website, and we were met with a professional quick response. Zoë was easy to work with, she possessed a very approachable attitude and had excellent communication skills. Since working with Zoë, Josh has become a more confident person with English. This is the first time he has enjoyed this subject. I would highly recommend Zoë. I wish we found her sooner. I have no doubt Josh would have been more confident at school had he had Zoë’s enthusiastic support. Zoë’s system if brilliant. She is totally approachable, encouraging, and extremely well organised. Josh seemed to enjoy English for the first time. If all Josh’s past teachers had Zoë’s approach and attitude, I am without doubt there would be a lot more success in education. If you care about your child’s education and future, then look no further as you will see your child grow with confidence and self-belief. Thank you, Zoë, for your hard work and dedication!”
Debbie and Josh PorterMother and English GCSE student Ranskill, Nottinghamshire.
"We were so pleased to see Luke had gone back up to the set he was previously in and we would really like to thank you for being a big part in this. You have given him the boost of confidence he needed and the skills to improve his work. We really value your help and expertise."
Charlotte MechamMother of Luke Chelmsford, Essex
“Charlie seemed to instantly gel with Zoë. He related to her because she treated him respectfully, like an adult, and really listened to what he had to say. Zoë sets out by assessing the learning style of students before they even start, so that she can get the best out of them. Charlie has come so far in the past year. He used to hate English. He has a newfound respect for it now. He understands so much more and has learned so much. He seems more interested in what happens in the world around him too. I would recommend Zoë - particularly to those people who have teenage boys who have slipped through the ‘English net’ - and need to have their interest stimulated. Thanks very much Zoë!”
Abby EwenMother of Charlie Danbury, Essex
“Zoë is a kind, trustworthy and reliable tutor who has built a very good relationship with our daughter Francesca during the short time she has been tutoring her. Francesca lacked confidence in her writing abilities, however, with Zoë’s excellent teaching style she has taught her how to dissect various genres, improve her inference skills and to apply these strategies when answering questions. Finally, she has made English Literature fun again and Francesca feels more for confident as she approaches her GCSE.”
Fiona TomlinsonMother of Fran Chelmsford, Essex
"Zoë has a unique energy and charisma as a teacher – she inspires with her pace and verve and yet is exacting and challenging. This brings out the best in young people – whatever their ability or prior motivation. Zoë is bright and charming, she has excellent subject knowledge and I have no hesitation in recommending her tutoring and teaching."
Andrew HamptonHeadteacher Thorpe Hall School - Southend-on-Sea
“Thanks Zoë. She got a 5 in Literature and a 4 in Language. Really pleased. Thanks for your support!”
Michelle DalleyMother of Jess Benfleet, Essex
“After Zoë worked with my brother and helped him improve his grade so much, my mum thought it would be a good idea for me to have the same support. From the beginning of year 10 when I was working at 6s, I had been predicted 8 and 9s in my actual GCSEs. Zoë was so easy going and it is so easy to be comfortable with her, but at the same time she was such a good teacher. Zoë taught me amazing exam techniques which helped to boost my grades without having to write masses of text. I would recommend Zoë’s help to anyone starting their GCSES or anyone struggling with English in general. I couldn’t imagine doing my GCSES without Zoë, especially with the coronavirus pandemic, Zoë has helped me so much. Even at times when I was stressed about other subjects, Zoë would sit with me and try and help me find a solution. Thank you so much Zoë.”
Amrit MannEnglish student Chelmsford, Essex
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