'Bryony has been helping my 16 year old daughter, Isabella with her home schooling. She left school in September for medical reasons. She is still taking her GCSE's and Bryony has been teaching her English and RS. She works alone with Bella in our home and they set the timetable together. We trust Bryony and would recommend her to anyone.'
Jackie, GCSE English and RS
I graduated from The Oxford School of Drama, Post Graduate degree training in Acting in 2011. In 2008 I graduated from the University of Sussex, gaining a 2:1 BA in English Literature. Previous to high education I studied at Queen’s College and achieved A-Level results of AAB in English Literature, Drama and Theatre Studies and Music.
In between my two degrees I worked with young people, developing their knowledge of literature and theatre, I found it incredibly stimulating and satisfying work and would like to put my expert training to and academic interest of Literature to use, in helping others learn.
My specialist subjects are English, Elocution and Voice Coaching, Drama & Theatre Studies, History.
I also teach Music, Religious Studies and Art.
I have worked with children and adult learners in a number of different situations, from leading workshops, one on one tuition, ushering and entertaining. I am enthusiastic about the many different ways that there are to learn and teach.
I feel each individual student needs someone to work with them creatively, responding to their needs and encouraging an engaging environment. I learned a lot from leading script-writing workshops with young carers and finding different routes into teaching, working with a creative learning program trained me to be able to work with a range of students.
My background in Music, Art and History feeds into a fully rounded academic and creative/practical overview. Having an English Literature degree and a training from the Oxford School of Drama I am fully open to finding ways to spark interest in creative subjects and see how they link into one and other, in a friendly manner and with passion for the subjects.
I have a wealth of experience and understanding of supporting students with additional learning needs. I have attended a one-day training course run by the National Autism Society on Autism and Anxiety which has empowered me to teach students and help them to develop useful coping mechanisms and strategies at times of high intensity or stress. I also work at Grey Coat Hospital School under guidance from a dyselxia specialist and continue to learn new strategies every week. I have also supported students with ADHD, dyspraxia, and sensory processing difficulties.
Please see a snapshot of my recent tuition below.
Undergraduate BA English Literature:
Teresa is working on her dissertation on Renaissance Literature and the theme of female suffering, we have been focused on Shakespeare’s language and critical responses
AS English Literature:
Working with Nina on her English coursework with AQA exam board and exam essay technique. We have been specifically focusing on how to structure essays and language analysis.
A-Level English Literature:
Supporting Hannah with her coursework. She is writing a piece on the theme of betrayal and using the texts Madame Bovary, ‘Betrayal’, Harold Pinter and poems by Christina Rossetti.
AS Drama and Theatre Studies:
Kate studied the practitioner Peter Brook alongside Stanislavski, working on The Three Sisters and Othello. We also worked on audition monologue coaching and vocal work in preparation for Drama School auditions next year. Kate achieved an A.
GCSE & IGCSE
I have helped several students with GCSE Drama, including with the Edexcel syllabus. Materials regularly covered have included The Crucible, Twelfth Night and DNA. One of my students last year, Sam, achieved an A in his final exam. We focussed on the evaluation of theatre productions and his devised work in write ups.
GCSE English Language & Literature & History:
Louis and Sam are very bright twins who worked at different levels and with different strengths and weaknesses in English Literature and Language and History. I was asked to help them leading up to their exams with revision and essay structuring. We worked mainly on Lord of The Flies and Of Mice and Men, looking at significant arguments and use of quotations. The boys both achieved A* in both English Language and Literature (AQA) and in History (CIE)
I worked with Federico ahead of his Edexcel iGCSE English Language and Literature exams. We focussed particularly on poetry analysis.
I supported Charlie in the run up to his CIE iGCSE History exam. After 2 weeks together his grade improved from a C to a B
iGCSE CIE History and English:
I tutored a pair of twins ahead of their English and History GCSE exams in 2016. Both went on to achieve A*’s in their History, with one student moving up from a B grade, and the other from an A grade.
Kate and I worked together in preparation for her iGCSE Edexcel English Literature and CIE iGCSE English Language exams. We focused on her set texts: Pride and Prejudice, Of Mice and Men, Measure for Measure, and her poetry anthology. Kate went on to achieve an A* in both of her exams.
GCSE English Literature and History:
Fiona has certain personal difficulties and has needed specialist help with these subjects, taking them to a higher level whilst keeping her engaged on an emotional level.
Home Schooling and Mentoring – GCSE English Literature and Language, History and Music:
Francesca has been absent from school over the past year due to anxiety and illness and I was brought in to get her back on track in order to pass her GCSE’s and get back into school for AS Level. This has included focused mentoring and covering of the syllabus for all subjects whilst encouraging an engagement with group learning. She is on track to return to school in September
Home Schooling (SEN) – GCSE English Literature Language and Religious Studies:
Working with Bella who has left school and has mild dyslexia to complete her GCSE’s. We have been working on essay writing, language analysis, creative writing, writing techniques, genre and poetry and in RS covering her AQA syllabus.
GCSE English Literature:
I have taught English literature at GCSE level and singing to 15 year old Natalie, working through poetry set on her syllabus, looking at how to break it down and analyse the language, forming personal responses to it and relating it to a wider knowledge and understanding of literature. I helped her to foster a deeper interest in the world of literature as a whole. With singing I used my voice training to strengthen hers and work on particular songs, focusing on delivery of the story and strength.
GCSE English Literature (SEN – Dyslexia)
I help Fred to engage with his work, finding new and easy ways to structure his essays, build up phrase banks and vocabulary banks for him to pull from. We began be trying lots of different strategies to see what clicked and we now only focus on building on the key techniques he has developed with my guidance.
Age 15 English, History, Maths, Science, Art and Drama (SEN – Autism, dyspraxia and sensory processing difficulties)
I support both Charlotte and Kene as part of my work at Grey Coat Hospital School. Charlotte is autistic, and both students have dyspraxia and sensory processing difficulties. We have worked at how to work steadily through their work, approaching them slowly and thoroughly to tackle them. I am supporting them with a broad range of subjects, with particular focus on English Literature and Language, and History.
English Literature, Year 7:
I tutored for a year 7 student in English literature, breaking down texts and analysing them, fostering an interest in fiction and different styles and how to summarise. Student gained a deeper knowledge and engagement with literature and achieved A grade at summer exams.
Primary Study Skills and School Support (SEN Dyslexia):
Dyslexia study support with 7 y o old Sam who has recently been diagnosed with dyslexia. His parents became aware that Sam’s learning was significantly delayed in key areas in comparison to his brother who is very close in age. As such, he has been diagnosed relatively early and so he is a little younger than a lot of the other students I work with. We focus our sessions on helping Sam to learn new strategies to help him with his writing and reading. For example, we are currently working through a bank of graphemes that Sam will be able to add to his toolkit and will help Sam to feel more confident with reading and writing within all his subjects at school. I work with Sam on a weekly basis at his home.
Primary Maths and Drama:
I have taught maths to 6 year old Ariana and Drama to her and her younger sisters. For maths we worked through a range of worksheets to understand fractions, more complex multiplication and division, I used card games and shop games for more practical maths exercises. In drama we worked on an abridged version of a Midsummer Nights Dream I tailored especially for them, letting them explore soundscapes, animal studies, how to create an atmosphere and different characters. They were incredibly enthusiastic and worked really hard with very difficult language.
I led script writing workshops for a group of young carers in Camden aged between 10-14, over six weeks to gain understanding of structure and using imagination to create and foster their interest in literature and drama.
Literacy and Numeracy:
I am currently teaching Tamako: (3 years old) Literacy and Numeracy alongside art and drama. Focusing on alphabet, story composing, phonics, counting and arts and crafts, I am helping keep Tamako’s skills up over the summer holidays. I also tutor David and Saskia: (4 and 6 years old) reading, creative writing, arts and crafts, drama.
I tutored an A-level student in audition techniques for drama school, including research into texts both Shakespearean and modern and understanding of breaking down the text and preparation needed. The student attained recalls at several top drama schools, from Royal Welsh to Guildhall
Drama School Application
– I helped a past GCSE student of mine, Francesca, with her entry into a performing arts college to study an acting and Theatre course. She was successful in gaining a place and is now happily completing her course.
I am currently teaching piano to 5 year old Vera, taking her through the basics of musical theory, games drawing clefs and finding notes on staves, and practical rhythm and tonal guessing games to accustom her musical ear. I use Monkey Puzzle theory books to work through, and bring a selection of easy tunes and duets to get started on. I also find it useful to encourage composition as it engages the learner.
Hobbies and Interests
I have had a passion for literature and drama (both theatrical and cinematic) from a young age. I act and write but also am interested in set-design, putting my Art training in Florence and clothes-making skills into practice.
‘Bryony has been helping my 16 year old daughter, Isabella with her home schooling. She left school in September 2013 for medical reasons. She is still taking her GCSE’s in 2014 and Bryony has been teaching her English and RS. She works alone with Bella in our home and they set the timetable together. We trust Bryony and would recommend her to anyone.’ Jackie Sawtell
“My daughter has left school due to medical issues and often lessons have to be rescheduled but Bryony is always very flexible. She can read people well and can adapt her teaching methods to suit different students. Bryony has a good relationship with her and they work out the timetable for the lessons between them. ”
Your help during that scramble was much appreciated. Thank you very much Bryony. She followed your advice in terms of making the structure clear and simpler to understand, as well as improving the introduction and adding some textual analysis.
She got her coursework bumped up to A and got a high A overall in English A level. And she got her preferred place to study history at UCL next year, so she’s very happy.
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