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ACORNTUTOR KENT

MIGHTY OAKS FROM LITTLE ACORNS GROW
I am passionate about helping students who face challenges on a daily basis in the classroom. Everyone has their own way of learning and the potential to do better. Often an overriding factor that hampers academic progress is a lack of confidence and self-belief so my aim is to begin to reverse this mind-set from the very first lesson. Through experiencing success and discovering newly learnt abilities, confidence shines. My motto has always been “Success Breeds Success!” in other words the more you achieve the more you will continue to achieve.

As a personal tutor, I am keenly aware of the need to be flexible and fluid with all possible forms of help, to fit the student’s way of thinking. Each of my lessons is tailored to the specific needs of the student. The tutor/tutee relationship is a unique one in that it allows for this form of creative teaching. Within this framework, I use a multisensory, small step, cumulative teaching approach with plenty of opportunity for revisiting topics where necessary. I use a wide range of multisensory and tactile learning resources, incorporating ICT to stimulate my students’ interest and enjoyment as well as strengthen their learning pathways and long term memory. I am sensitive and responsive to a student’s performance and body language and am therefore aware of when a different approach may be needed.

I am a cheerful, upbeat and positive tutor and I pride myself on transferring these qualities onto my students through an uplifting and often humorous educational atmosphere. It is so important that students feel positive about their learning. I feel privileged to take responsibility to help educate them. I really do love my job. For me, every lesson is a new challenge and every aspect of my work is rewarding.

I hold the following relevant qualification: - OCR Cert SpLD , TEFL, AIL
I am a member of PATOSS (Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties).

I have 20 years of tutoring experience. During this time, I have taught students with a range of learning challenges including dyslexia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia. I have also had experience with students who have ADHD, APD, ASD, focus and concentration issues, speech and language difficulties and those with a mix of additional educational needs. I have also tutored children who have general learning issues rather than a specific learning challenge.

I spent over 11 years working in a Learning Support department in an independent school, delivering one to one tuition to children with a broad cross section of learning issues both specific and general. I also worked for several years in the state system helping children on a one-to-one basis or in small groups.