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Experienced, enthusiastic & engaging qualified English teacher (KS3-5)

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A bit about Hannah

*Please see the links below to my £20 summer holiday group sessions* I have been teaching Key Stage 3, GCSE English language and literature, including resit, and A level English literature for eight years. The AQA specification is my main area of expertise (I'm a GCSE examiner). I am an enthusiastic, committed and patient teacher who has enjoyed lots of success with my students. In my last GCSE group, 70% exceeded their target grades! I can promise you engaging and highly personalised lessons, which are focussed on identifying then working on your areas for improvement, but also on celebrating your successes. I am someone who takes the time to get to know my students well, so I can use a range of strategies to tailor each lesson to best suit you and maximise your chances of success. I also endeavour to help you understand the importance of these subjects and help you find the joy in them! [Reading skills course: https://sherpa-online.com/group-class/getting-a-head-start-in-english-for-students-entering-y10-and-11-2-3-2-2-2?utm_source=class_page&utm_medium=tutor&utm_campaign=tutors_campaign ] [Writing skills course: https://sherpa-online.com/group-class/getting-a-head-start-in-english-students-entering-y10-11-writing-2-2?utm_source=class_page&utm_medium=tutor&utm_campaign=tutors_campaign ] I'm interested in how powerful and exciting words can be. I truly love picking apart a text in an attempt to uncover the author's motivations, ideas, or what they have to say to their readers. I love how their use of language can reveal so much, not just about the characters and the author, but about societies and history. It also fascinates me how subjective literature is, and how two people can read the same poem or novel and have entirely different interpretations or reactions. I have always loved reading and writing, but I understand that this feeling is alien to many of my students. Of course a priority is to achieve the grades they're hoping for, but I always try to show my students why I love my subject in the hope they too will experience some of the joy I feel! I have had great success in terms of student achievement. For example, the majority of students I have taught at GCSE in the last eight years have exceeded their target grades, many exceeding them by more than one grade, some as much as four above. However, to me my greatest successes are when students show that they have engaged and improved not just their English skills, but their wider skills and work ethic. This, to me, is satisfying as I know how essential these are to them once they leave school. For example, I love to hear how a disengaged student has enjoyed a lesson, how a reluctant reader has read a book I recommended, how someone has put their hand up to offer an idea after feeling too shy for a long time, or when a student lacking confidence in themself finally accepts what they're doing well. It's clichéd, but it's true that those are the moments that make teaching special. I teach Key Stage 3 and GCSE, both language and literature, and A level literature. I have had great success with all levels in terms of exam results. I have taught the AQA specification for seven years, have taken part in numerous training sessions from AQA, and taken part in a great deal of moderation and standardisation, so I have an intimate knowledge of the expectations of these exams. At GCSE I have taught 'Macbeth', 'An Inspector Calls', the 'Power and Conflict' poetry anthology cluster and 'Jane Eyre', although I am happy to teach other GCSE texts, such as 'A Christmas Carol' and 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde'. At A level, I have taught 'Othello', 'The Color Purple', 'A Streetcar Named Desire', unseen poetry, 'Feminine Gospels' and have moderated the NEA portion of the course. I'm also comfortable teaching 'The Great Gatsby' and the unseen prose section of the exams. I have a degree in English and American Literature (2:1) and a PGDipEd in Secondary English Education with QTS. I taught English language and literature at Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 at a successful school for seven years. For three of those years I was also Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator for English and the lead subject mentor for trainee English teachers for five years before becoming a full-time tutor.

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Subject Level
English KS3
English GCSE
English A-Level
English Literature KS3
English Literature GCSE
English Literature A-Level
Essay Writing Essay Writing
Exam Technique Exam Technique
English Language GCSE

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