I entered the world of education when I was given an admin job in a small school. Before the year was out, I was a trained swimming teacher and then I was hooked. I knew teaching was for me. I first trained to teach the subjects I studied at university - German and French - but soon I was teaching Spanish too, then Maths, then all primary subjects!
I have been tutoring too, since 2008 when I completed my PGCE. My clients have ranged in age from Year 1 pupils struggling with number bonds and letter orientation, to adult learners wanting to gain a good grade in Maths GCSE so they could go on to study a life-changing university course.
In between have come 11+ candidates, Year 6ers wanting to get a good SATs result, home-schooled pupils and A level German students. I love the chance to help students progress and move beyond the challenges and frustrations they are facing in class, to gain the grades and the outcomes they work so hard for.
My approach is to use a mix of games, activities, clear teaching input, drills and examination practice - the nuts and bolts of good teaching! Motivation is key, so I always look for ways to build up my pupils' confidence by giving them clear positive feedback for the skills they are using and by showing them one small step at a time how to move forward. I make sure I mix it up too - who wants to be in a boring lesson?
Questions? Feel free to message me and ask.
Contacted and emailed Helen what we were struggling with. When we got to the lesson everything was prepped and ready to go totally organised and completely in tune to the level and tuition required. Nothing was left to chance and my daughter was totally at ease after 15 mins. Best money I've invested this year as daughter has exam in two days time and for first time ever is looking forward to going in after her sessions with Helen. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend!!
A fantastic tutor who is focused to our daughters needs and keeps her engaged for 1.5hrs each week. Her lessons are varied and lean towards techniques that suit her learning capabilities. I cannot recommend Helen highly enough - straight As all round!!