11+ English: ISEB and public school entrance exams
KS2/Primary/Prep for English and Literacy
KS3/Secondary for English Language and Literature
iGCSE English through Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) having recently qualified, through CIE, as an internal assessor for iGCSE English. The certificate, achieved for the latter, was obtained in December 2014.
GCSE English Language and Literature through AQA, WJEC, Edexcel and OCR
GCSE Drama through AQA
GCSE Religious Studies through OCR and AQA (specialising in Christianity and Judaism)
A/AS Level English Language through AQA, WJEC, Edexcel and OCR
A/AS Level English Literature through AQA, WJEC, Edexcel and OCR
A/AS Level English Language through AQA, WJEC, Edexcel and OCR
A/AS Level Sociology through both OCR and AQA
A/AS Level Religious Studies through both OCR and AQA
I first started tutoring in January 2006 in Common Entrance Preparation (11+) and literacy. Since then, I have tutored a multitude of candidates for a variety of reasons; anything from handwriting practise at primary level to revising Chaucerian tales at A Level.
I also have experience of government funded one-to-one tutoring for GCSE English students through several local authorities in Berkshire, England. For these contracts, I designed a bespoke Individual Tuition Plan (ITP) which included setting challenging targets and reviewing these targets, against the tutee's progress, on a regular basis. I also compiled lesson-by-lesson reports, for parents, as well as helpful How To guides in order to help the learners, in question, continue their learning at home; once the funding for the sessions ceased.
In addition, I have seven years experience of teaching in several successful secondary schools, across Berkshire and Surrey. I teach students from the age of 11 to 18 (including GCSE and A Level students). Although I am a Qualified English Teacher, I have also taught Religious Studies, History, Media Studies, Film Studies, Citizenship and Philosophy.
I currently tutor concentrated groups of GCSE English Language and Literature students (AQA) at a popular secondary school in Berkshire. I select individuals, for immersive tuition, based on their attainment data including their performance in recent mock exams. In addition to this role, I also teach 11-14 year olds English based on the following modules: The Novel (including John Boyne's The Boy in Striped Pyjamas, Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games and Gaiman and McKean's gothic tale: Coraline) and The Gothic Genre (including Bram Stoker's Dracula and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein).
I also have previous experience in lecturing both A Level and iGCSE English students at a popular Further Education College, Berkshire. For this role, I was also responsible for the assessment and tracking of our large cohort (812 learners) as Head of iGCSE English (CIE). My strengths included utilising Individual Learner Technology (ILT) by motivating learners or draft their own writing, through online word processing packages, and by regularly contributing to an online learner community. I also aided several colleagues with the Cambridge accreditation process; in order to become qualified English assessors.
Prior to qualifying as an English Teacher, I also worked as a Learning Support Assistant to primary school children, a voluntary Teaching Assistant and a Student Trainee Teacher. I have both taught and tutored children from a range of abilities and ages.
Having studied English Literature and Language, Media and Film for A-level, I graduated from The University of Reading with a second class honours degree, in English Literature, in 2006. In 2007, I achieved my Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education (specialising in English teaching for GCSE and A Level students) from Oxford Brookes University. In January 2012, I also achieved a Merit for a Postgraduate Diploma in English and Language in Education. The latter qualification was, again, achieved through The University of Reading. In June 2016, I achieved my Masters degree in Education from Oxford Brookes University. My research included investigating the effectiveness of online community learning, as a blended learning approach for iGCSE English first language learners.
I have a personalised approach to private tutoring. My aim is to develop a rapport with the child, in order to gain an insight into their personal goals and achievements. This, in turn, helps me to identify any weaknesses as well as build on the child's strengths. I am very exam practice based, teaching core English grammar skills through literary comprehension. I have previously tutored children for KS2 SATS, common entrance preparation, GCSE revision (including re-sits) as well as A Level Literature and Language candidates. My focus is always on the child's development and improvement, constantly striving for success.
What I do when I am not tutoring
In my spare time, I enjoy swimming at my local spa and looking after my 3-month old daughter: Genevieve. I also thoroughly enjoy travelling around the world with my family. We are currently planning an exciting itinerary to the Carribean, in July 2017.
“I really enjoyed the English language AS revision course. The resources you gave us have helped me a great deal especially now as I am able to use them for reference. I found the lessons fun and enjoyable, you are a very approachable person and I could ask when I didn't understand. As well as revision I learnt a lot of new linguistic features. I had a mock for English language yesterday and I felt more comfortable when answering the questions […] the course and your teaching really helped me.”
Feedback from the AQA Spec A Tutee
''Miss Selwood is a consistently conscientious teacher who enjoys an impressive relationship with her students and other members of the English team [...] Her enthusiasm and positive spirit is infectious. She responds with sensitivity to students and is always proactive in her approach. She has excellent subject knowledge and is able to adjust and adapt her teaching methods to the specific needs of her students. Miss Selwood has gone the extra mile by purchasing her own materials / resources so that her teaching is effective. She works very well in a team, is well-organised and takes feedback in a positive spirit. Statistical data available indicates that Miss Selwood’s support has resulted in progress in most students she is working with. I strongly believe that she would be an asset to your organisation!''
Head of Key Stage Three - The Emmbrook School (Wokingham, Berkshire)
“I really can not believe that May is upon us and the GCSE's are beginning. I would really like to thank you for everything that you have done. Over the last few weeks we have definitely seen a change in [our daughter], not only have her writing skills improved but her confidence has grown. Thank you for all the effort and time that you have committed to [her] - we really appreciate it.”
Mrs T. Brown
“Jessica became [my son’s] English tutor from April 2011 to 17 May 2011. Our goal was to improve [his] grade from C to B. Through Jessica's hard work, dedication, and enthusiasm we may have achieved our desired goal. Jessica contacted [my son’s] teachers to maintain cohesion, collaboration and consistency with her tutorials so they could combine their efforts to help [him]. I was very pleased and felt that Jessica offered and gave more than just being a tutor for [my son].”
Mr. Z. Khan Escalation Engineer at Riverbed Technology and previous client
“It was great to have you as a tutor of my boys in the past year. I believe my boys learned an awful lot from your lessons and it will definitely be the basis for them to go forward. I hope our paths will cross again some day down the road.”
Mr. K. Masuda EU IPD, Sony and previous client
“I have to say, that [my son] has thoroughly enjoyed his lessons and you have made them such fun and he has really thrived on the knowledge you have given him, so thank you so much.”
Mrs L. Macdonald, Employee of Wokingham Borough Council and previous client