Anna

Anna is a special needs education specialist who impressed us at interview with her engaging and sympathetic teaching style. She is passionate about literature and keen to help all students develop a love for English.

SUBJECTS TAUGHT

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English (11+, 13+, 16+, GCSE, AS/A2, undergraduate level)

English as a Second Language (beginner, intermediate, advanced)

Study support (ages 7 - 18, especially for children with SEN)

EXPERIENCE

I currently work full-time in a learning difficulties department at a college. Our students have a variety of special needs, including autism, dyspraxia, dyslexia, Down's syndrome and cerebral palsy. The majority of my time is spent working one-on-one with students, supporting them with English, Maths, life skills and socialisation. Previously, I spent three years teaching English as a Second Language at secondary school level. I was primarily based in a highly competitive English intensive school, Nishi Senior High, in Japan.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • University of Glasgow (2011) - MSc Classics and English Literature - 2:1
  • Albyn School for Girls (2006) - Highers - Art and Design (A), Classics (A), Modern Studies (A), English (B), Biology (B)

BIOGRAPHY

After finishing my degree, I moved to Japan to jump-start my teaching career and learn about a fascinating new culture. I taught English for three years, and subsequently decided to focus on children with special educational needs and moved back to the UK to accept a full time position at Westminster Kingsway College. I plan to pursue a degree in clinical psychology, specialising in children with autism.

APPROACH TO TUITION

I consider the most important element of tuition to be its interactive and communicative nature. My lessons are always extremely question-based, and I seek to guide the student towards unpicking a text for themselves rather than delivering a lecture.

I strongly believe in every child's right to education and am passionate about teaching individuals with special needs such as dyspraxia, dyslexia or autism. While tutoring I can draw on my wealth of experience with SEN to tailor each lesson to suit individual learning styles and needs.