Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
As you are working with children, do you have a police check?
Yes – this is called an enhanced DBS check (formerly known as a CRB check). I have mine from my teaching role; it is automatically, annually renewed.
I can show you my enhanced DBS if you would like to verify it online.
May I verify your degree and teaching qualifications?
Absolutely! I have all my qualifications which I’m happy to show to parents/ tutees online.
As you are to work with my child – may I meet you first?
For the first FREE online initial assessment I meet both the parent(s) and their child so we may discuss educational requirements.
During this session I also present the ‘tutoring agreement’ which explains how tutoring works and what is required of both tutor, student and parents for success.
Parents are welcome to be present for all subsequent sessions (if they wish) – however the wonders of online tuition means all sessions are recorded with a copy of the recording sent to both adult and student. This means parents do not need to be present for subsequent sessions as they may benefit from watching the recording later on when it suits.
All lessons are now online!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to engage in track and trace I migrated all tutees online to Zoom to ensure safety.
It has been so successful that all sessions are now conducted this way – please read on to discover the extra benefits of learning online.
How does online tutoring work? Surely it’s not as good as face to face?
You would be surprised. Online tutoring is easy, convenient and secure.
All sessions are recorded on Zoom where parents may keep a watchful eye.
Unlike face to face tutoring, there’s no reason not to learn – bad weather, car problems, parental double-bookings – nothing stands in the way as long as tutor and student are willing and available.
And if you’re still not sure whether it’ll work – try booking in for the online initial assessment FREE.
There are a lot of ‘online’ tutors out there? What makes you different?
If you wish to find out more about my experience and credentials please feel free to read about me and to see what makes me different to other online tutors.
I’ve spent years in education, perfecting my knowledge and teaching and the results speak for themselves.
As an online tutor – you’re getting the same quality of service as face to face tutoring, except without the need to drive to get to me.
What does a ‘first’ online tutoring session look like?
For the first FREE online initial assessment student (and if the student is under 18) and their parent(s) will converse with me online using Zoom, whilst I make notes on educational need.
I may demonstrate some shared documents, possibly some exemplar answers and discuss how I may help the student.
If everyone is happy to proceed a follow-up will occur once a ‘tutoring agreement’ has been signed. As an experienced tutor, agreements ensure that student, (parents) and tutor may take steps to ensure the best outcomes for learners.
Should tutees bring anything for the first / subsequent session(s)?
For the FREE initial assessment it would help if either student or parent could email a copy of the student’s writing, preferably with teacher feedback attached. This helps to provide a baseline of current attainment and informs future goals.
It is advisible for tutees to have their English exercise books, copies of set texts, revision books/ text guides and any work to date to help inform current progress
Students may bring work to sessions, but we usually work on a separate online document to keep our workings separate to that of the classroom teacher.
If students are having to write in their exams, how can online tutoring (where they type) help them?
Just because students may need* to write in their exams doesn’t mean they cannot benefit from:
- sharing documents online
- observing annotations written using the graphics tablet
- co-editing documents, simultaneously
- communicating online
- sharing educational video content
- walking ‘talking’ mock preparation
- teacher marking of exemplar responses
- SPaG focused exercises
Students are already learning online via YouTube and similar platforms. Whilst this may seem new, online learning has been around for some time with many schools now beginning to embrace the possibilities.
Regardless of whether students have been *granted the use of a computer in the exam or not – they must understand their set texts, how to de-code texts and the nature of the exam questions.
This can all be taught online – very easily.
For handwriting queries we may use the scanner / photos attached to emails to ascertain whether the writing is legible.
What information ought to be known to aid tutoring?
There are various useful facts I need to know about my tutees. These include but are not limited to the following:
- Exam board
- GCSE subjects (English Language only or both?)
- Class set
- Mock grades (if mocks sat)
- Class set (if classes are streamed by ability)