Tuition is offered, at my home in the West End of Glasgow, for pupils sitting national examinations in this academic year.
In the past twelve years, I have had much experience in SQA MARKING, tutoring and class teaching. I have an excellent high pass rate for tutees sitting Higher English as well as other national qualifications.
The main focus of my SQA Higher marking has been marking Paper1:Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation (previously Close Reading or Interpretation.)
During my 12 year career, I have taught English in several schools in East Renfrewshire, including Williamwood and Mearns Castle.
MY TEACHING APPROACH
In Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation (previously Close Reading), my past experience as an SQA marker provides tutees with an invaluable insight into exam strategies needed for success. Certainly, this experience leads me to use a specific question type / specific formula answer approach. Tutees are encouraged to identify a particular question type, e.g. 'the context question', and then use the appropriate formula to gain maximum marks. Thereafter, the tutee is asked to practise this particular type of question whilst also undertaking whole close reading passages containing said question type.
In the critical examination of literature, particular attention is given to structure and developing a mature, yet fresh, personal response. I tend to adopt a modelling approach. Effectively, the tutee and I draft a first core essay on a given text, say, for example, 'Romeo and Juliet'. Using this exemplar, the tutee is then assigned further essay questions, drawing upon this core essay as a guideline. Support is given throughout the writing process and constructive feedback is offered in the form of stage-appropriate targets to ensure progress.