About Me

I am a fully qualified teacher with over 10 years' teaching experience. My experience includes supporting children with organisational challenges, ADHD, autism, social emotional and mental health, behavioural difficulties, language and communication delay, comprehension and inference. Further experience includes preparing pupils for 11+ exams and SATs. I can also teach English GCSE, History, Religious Studies, Citizenship.
3 Reviews

£90 Per Hour

minimum 1.5 hour sessions READ THIS TUTOR'S REVIEWS HERE

Specialist Experience and Skills

My specialist SEN; autism, dyslexia, SPD, speech and memory difficulties experience: Working with SEN pupils allows me to express my personality a lot more, which I find pupils to be very responsive. I also have a strong passion for teaching comprehension and inference skills, and I enjoy the challenge of developing pupils' understanding not only the world around them, but themselves. Additionally, I find working with children with SEN (ADHD, autism, dyslexia, SPD, speech and memory difficulties) to be fascinating, as they have such a unique and wonderful way of seeing the world. I really like ... Read More
My specialist SEN; autism, dyslexia, SPD, speech and memory difficulties experience: Working with SEN pupils allows me to express my personality a lot more, which I find pupils to be very responsive. I also have a strong passion for teaching comprehension and inference skills, and I enjoy the challenge of developing pupils' understanding not only the world around them, but themselves. Additionally, I find working with children with SEN (ADHD, autism, dyslexia, SPD, speech and memory difficulties) to be fascinating, as they have such a unique and wonderful way of seeing the world. I really like to tap into their strengths and explore innovative ways to enhance their social and emotional intelligence. Teaching pupils communication skills is always fun, as a teacher, as it allows me to express myself and push the boundaries of the teaching/learning process in a positive way.

In terms of classroom positions, I have worked as an Inclusion teacher, in which I supplemented a class SEN pupils with English, Maths and Humanities. I taught a range of learning difficulties, from Global delay to Dyslexia, I learnt how to differentiate my practice such as my body language, tone of voice and the vocabulary I would use when talking. At another school, I had a similar role, but the pupils in my class all had Social Emotional and Mental Health. This role instilled in me a great desire to work with pupils with SEMH, I enjoy being a role model to pupils. Furthermore, I like finding ways to develop their self-esteem.

My experience boosting students' confidence and self-esteem: I help pupils become better communicators by boosting confidence and my tactical complimenting of their work. I also like to show progress over time. I boost confidence through both formal and verbal feedback as pupils respond to having specific targets to meet. I have also found that lesson starters provide a great opportunity to do a short, quick activity that can boost confidence. I also believe that for low confidence pupils, the tone and choice of words used by educators is important. Though my use of language, rather than highlighting failure, I prefer to place emphasis on getting it correct the next time. I encourage pupils to be more open communicative by using key questioning. As as creating a comfortable non-judgemental atmosphere that gives pupils the freedom to express themselves.

My specialist experience working with students with ADHD: I have tutored and supported children and young adults with ADHD and autism for several years, and I take great pride in assisting their progress. Developing a meaningful rapport and relationship is at the core of my teaching style. I am currently a 1:1 mentor for a child with autistic traits and low self-esteem and I have developed techniques with my use of language to enable him to understand concepts that he may find challenging. I adapt my teaching to the preferred learning style of the pupil, whether that be through use of visual aids or physical objects. I like to integrate interactive ways for pupils to learn. The rapport that I am able to develop with pupils allows me to choose their preferred method of learning. I believe that imparting skill is just as important as the knowledge acquired. I believe that this is the route towards helping them become independent learners.

I have further experience in mentoring and teaching pupils with ADHD and those who are challenged by executive functions (organisation skills, structure, impulse control, memory, planning and prioritising). I have created innovative kinaesthetic activities that develop cognitive flexibility, as well as trackers for pupils to be able to monitor and reflect on their own progress. I have assisted pupils with the creation of timetables and priority lists that help develop their organisational skills and manage their time more effectively. I have developed their working memory through image analysis and sequencing activities. I enjoy coming up with different ways to enable children to improve themselves. I have taught pupils inhibitory control and given them different methods that they can use so that they can discipline themselves. I enjoy the challenge of differentiating work so that pupils can gain the most from their learning. For instance, I have developed a range of ways to engage pupils via starters in maths and word games. My lessons are always packed with a variety of activities so pupils are stimulated throughout.

My experience working with students with processing disorders: For pupils with processing disorders, I am able to adjust my pace, tone of voice. I know how to place emphasis on key words within a question and explain them in simpler terms. I like to break questions into parts. In the past I have also used my body language to communicate instructions. I'm accustomed to rephrasing questions to make them more digestable. I like to break down concepts by using real life examples, are find these most effective with Maths and English. Furthermore, I create scenarios for pupils can understand. I enjoy bringing to life key words for pupils. Key questioning is a central part of my practice. I find learning to be increased when pupils are able to relate to the theme of what is being taught. As this allows them to draw from their own personal knowledge and experiences.

My study-skills, revision techniques and homework support experience: I have experience in teaching study skills such as: question interpretation, task analysis, and revision techniques. I also currently provide homework support for pupils. This involves helping them to create a study routine, and discussing the work. Hearing pupils discuss their with is essential for me as it enables me to gauge what they need help with. Additionally, i believe the relationships that I establish with photos enables me to cater my teaching style to their learning as well as bring the curriculum to life. Furthermore, my years of experience in the classroom have made me very confident in being able to explain abstract concepts and assist pupils with their writing. Moreover, I emphasise the importance of knowing the success criteria for whatever is being learnt.

I like to motivate pupils through positive reinforcement and differentiating starter activities that engage them also. Particularly, I find pupils responsive to open questions and images linked to the topic that they are about to learn. I teach organisational skills and time management by teaching pupils to organise their work and enabling them to develop an overview of what needs to be completed. I also believe that pupils benefit from setting themselves targets, as these give them something tangible by which to measure their progress.

My experience preparing students for the 11+: I have two years of experience in preparing pupils for the 11+. I am familiar with all aspects of the exam including the non-verbal reasoning. I enjoy teaching comprehension skills any showing pupils how to extract information. I also enjoy teaching creative writing and displaying techniques for them to learn.

Further skills below:
- Versatility - The ability to adapt my teaching style to the needs of the pupil.
- Motivational - Different techniques to encourage pupils to learn.
- Behaviour Management - I have years of working in mainstream schools and I have proven myself to be an effective practitioner of positive behaviour strategies.
- Differentiated lessons - Lessons designed specifically for the needs.
- Track record - I have years of experience in teaching in different schools around the South-East. As well as SEMH centres and Alternative Provisions. I have taught children that have gone on to get top GCSE grades in English, Humanities and French.

My Teaching Philosophy

I believe that every child should have the opportunity be able to learn from a curriculum that’s catered towards their own learning needs. I find teaching pupils with learning difficulties to be fulfilling, it allows me to inspire and make connections with pupils. I take great joy from watching pupils learn new things and helping them overcome challenges. I also like to witness the academic and social progress that pupils make overtime. Particularly with SEMH pupils as I find this to be extremely rewarding. I have a passion for expanding the curriculum and coming up with fresh and innovative ways to teach pupils. I believe in using the multiple ways of which pupils learn to make the learning process more effective. Additionally, I enjoy the relationship that I am able to build with pupils. Young people are intelligent and unique, and I like to encourage their natural curiosity.

Something Sensational About Me

I love to travel and immerse myself in different cultures and environments. Whenever abroad, I take great pleasure in seeing famous monuments, learning phrases and eating foods. I love reading, and I have read over five hundred books.

Blogs or articles

Contact us to book this tutor

    Your contact details will be sent to SENsational Tutors Ltd and will NOT be used for any marketing purposes.

    Availability

    • Monday 9.00 - 15.00
    • Tuesday 14.00 - 16.00
    • Wednesday 14.30 - 20.00
    • Thursday -
    • Friday 10.45 - 17.00
    • Saturday 14.30 - 18.00
    • Sunday 9.00 - 16.00

    Qualifications and Training

    • 2007 - BA History and Cultural Studies - University of Roehampton;
    • 2009 - PGCE with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) - Religious Education - University of Roehampton;
    • 2012 - Diploma Personal Development - University of Metaphysics;
    • Autism - How to improve teaching style for pupils;
    • Team Teach - Team building, non-vernal communication, verbal de-escalation, Report and reviewing, Communication strategies, Listening and Learning;
    • Child Protection - Strategies to ensure the safety o
    ... Read More
    • 2007 - BA History and Cultural Studies - University of Roehampton;
    • 2009 - PGCE with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) - Religious Education - University of Roehampton;
    • 2012 - Diploma Personal Development - University of Metaphysics;
    • Autism - How to improve teaching style for pupils;
    • Team Teach - Team building, non-vernal communication, verbal de-escalation, Report and reviewing, Communication strategies, Listening and Learning;
    • Child Protection - Strategies to ensure the safety of children;
    • Thrive Training - Therapeutic approach to social and emotional development of pupils.

    Choose me if…

    • You want a fun and open-minded tutor.
    • A good communicator.
    • A good motivator.
    • A tutor that tracks progress and pinpoints weaknesses.
    • A pleasant tutor that genuinely enjoys working with young people.

    SPECIFIC AREAS COVERED

    Islington, St. Johns Wood, Barnet, Finchley, Golders Green, Muswell Hill, Hamsptead

    Location

    Enhanced DBS Checked

    References Checked

    ID Checked

    Contact us to book this tutor

      Your contact details will be sent to SENsational Tutors Ltd and will NOT be used for any marketing purposes.




      Eshan

      My son has been tutored by Andrew for nearly a year. He has used a great variety of material to help my son who has complex learning difficulties. Every few weeks he tailored the work and pushed Eshan to overcome the barriers he was facing. Eshan absolutely loved working with Andrew. He actually opened up to Andrew about his emotions etc which was a big hurdle in itself. Fantastic tutor. With great parents update meeting after the session.

      Daniel (11 years old)

      I have been tutored by Andrew for almost a year and I have really enjoyed it. Having a tutor on a Saturday morning seemed like a horrible idea but then I realised that he is very fun to learn with and teaches me things in a playful way and I started looking forward to his lessons. He tries to make even the most boring exercises fun and enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed the vocabulary building game he started with as it put me in a good mood and helped me concentrate while also teaching me new words to use in exams. All in all, have really enjoyed it and I would definitely recommend it to you if you were looking for a tutor!

      Agnes

      My son has been doing weekly tutoring with Andrew for almost a year now for his 11+ entrance exams and he is looking forward to their Saturday morning sessions. It’s a big deal for him, who is really hard and challenging to motivate and who is quite reluctant to work beyond the minimum expected. But Andrew has been brilliant to handle, engage and motivate him with his passionate attitude and lessons designed specifically for his needs. His improvement in every subject such as Math and English, but especially in creative essay writing is amazing and his confidence at was boosted to a different level. My son would like to continue his sessions even after his exams, which just shows how much he enjoys the lessons.

      Please leave a review below