I have recently finished my specialist teacher training at Fairley House School and I am currently half way through my Level 7 qualification in Maths difficulties at Edge Hill University. This course specialises in Dyscalculia and looks at Maths anxiety, poor working memory and visual perception difficulties. Alongside this I continually attend courses and keep up to date with training in other areas; a recent example of this is the completion of Safeguarding Training in August 2016.
Prior to working at Emerson House, St Nicholas and Lionheart, I taught English as an additional language in the Learning Support Department at Eaton Square School during 2014 and 2015. I have a TEFL qualification, and have taught English at schools in both India and China.
I have been teaching privately since February 2011. Whilst much of my daily teaching involves working with children with a range of learning disabilities, I also teach children who have fallen behind in a particular area, those children who have English as an additional language and children who are new to the UK and need help adjusting to our educational system. I have lots of experience with online tutoring, with children of all nationalities, based both in the UK and abroad.
During term time my current teaching week is spread between Emerson House, a specialist school based near Hammersmith, the learning support department of St Nicholas prep school and the LionHeart School in Brook Green. I enjoy teaching privately after school, on Saturdays and during the school holidays.
I am a born and bred Londoner and I grew up in Notting Hill. I currently live near Shepherds Bush with my dog Puddles. I enjoy making the most of what London has to offer, playing sport and generally being active. I have recently taking up surfing and enjoy doing this when possible.
I have spent quite a bit of time abroad, both working and travelling. My particular highlights include teaching English in Southern India and exploring Western China.
Children learn best when they are thoroughly engaged in the lesson and the clear advantage of one to one lessons is that they can be tailored completely towards the individual. I believe identifying the child’s learning style is essential, as is using the child’s interests and hobbies to create personalised resources. I am enthusiastic and passionate about teaching and I aim to make my lessons as enjoyable and interesting as possible. My lessons are engaging and include a variety of activities and resources; children frequently use textbooks at school and therefore I try to break away from these and concentrate on finding other ways to teach. I like to help to build confidence and enjoy using rewards and praise throughout my lessons.
What I do when I am not tutoring
In my free time I love to play tennis, trampoline, cook, walk my dog, swim and take photos. I have an interest in film and music and enjoy catching up with what’s on at the Barbican, or any film festivals that may be happening.
I enjoy taking part in sporting challenges and I am currently training for an open water swim as well as the London Marathon.
I am involved in an on going project which involves sending teachers over to schools in poorer parts of the world, however this has had several tricky logistical problems recently and has currently been suspended. I am hoping to resume it soon.
"We are so pleased - our son has done very well to get two offers at 10+. We are extremely, and genuinely, grateful to Jess for everything she has done." Mother of 10+ student.
"My wife and I have been so amazed and impressed by Jess. She is an amazing tutor and has been a wonderful contributor to our son’s development.
'Our son is loving his sessions with Jess. Jess is a superstar and always great with immediate feedback following the lessons. We are very happy and believe he is in good hands and we are confident Jess will assist him to overcome his development areas.' (Father of Year 3 student)
"We love Jess. She is so very helpful and pleasant to work with." (Mother of Year 7 Maths student)
Jess has been helping Alexandre for a while now and we are very pleased with the result. She has always been punctual for the sessions and flexible when we needed to rearrange. Alexandre likes her and she understands and handles our son very well, especially when it comes to his frustration of not being accurate all the time. She gives him very good guidance and clear tasks to help him get organised and improve his time management skills. We have seen an improvement in performance in his homework and school tests, especially in English. All in all, a great start. (Mother of 9+ Maths and English student)
"Jess has been a very kind and enthusiastic tutor and my daughter is enjoying her lessons very much. In terms of her professionalism she is always on time, organised and polite in her communications." (Mother of 11+ student)
"Our son did well across the board at Common Entrance - getting over 75% in English, Science and History and good solid passes at all the other subjects. He now has a firm place at KCS Wimbledon. We saw notable improvement in his confidence and exam results as a result of working with Jess." (Mother of CE student)
''Jess's communication skills and ability to apply different teaching technics to suit Dunia’s academic abilities in the different subjects, has not only reflected on exam results but also on Dunia’s confidence and aptitude towards schoolwork.'' (Dunia's mother)
“Jess has helped Chloe remarkably with her Maths. She has gone from one of the bottom sets in the year and hating the subject to being, as her Maths teacher describes her recently, “a girl confident in the subject and doing incredibly well”. She has moved up a set and we are really happy with this result.”