Joanne

‘I truly consider us very lucky to have found Joanne as a 13 plus tutor for my son. She has a very lovely way about her that makes my son go to the computer and log into his tuitions by himself. We have online Zoom tuitions from South Africa, and are preparing for 13 plus exams for the independent London day schools and boarding schools. She makes what is a very stressful process of preparing for exams into something very approachable, structured and tangible. My son and Joanne have a great rapport, and due to her professional expertise, she prepares not only the varied content and topics to go over, but also shares invaluable tips on the art of sitting an exam. I look forward to her working with my younger son as well, when the time comes for him to sit his 13 plus exams. I would very confidently refer Joanne to anyone looking for a 13 plus tutor’

Mrs G, 13+ Exam Preparation

  • 11+

  • 13 +

  • 16+

  • 7+/8+

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Maths

  • Physics

Academic History

2012-Present: Open University, BA with Mandarin and French

2006: Taipei Language Institute, CUI Mandarin

2001: Saxon Court, TEFL

1998-2001: The University of London, BSc Hon, Diagnostic Radiography (2.1)

1994-1996: Plymouth College School, 9 X A-Levels (BBC)

1989-1994: Truro High School, 9 X GCSE (A-C)

About Me

My specialist subjects are the sciences, up to and including GCSE, Maths to KS3 and entrance exams for 8+ to 16 +. EAL and Biology to A level I can cover most key subjects for KS2. I make a point of understanding the person behind the challenge before diving straight into bombarding them with information. Each student is an individual and requires their own path to reach their goals. As a tutor I look at the most effective way of attaining these goals and bridging the gaps to success in the specific time frame. My classes guarantee preparedness, dynamism and stimulation. I utilise a variety of teaching methods, technologies and tangible examples to keep momentum and motivation in the classes.

Another key to my effective classes is the art of learning when they think they aren’t; a skill, most mothers have! I will incorporate research skills, free thinking and thinking outside of the box techniques throughout my sessions. I believe that my structured classes with a flexible approach are what sets me apart from many tutors.

I support the students as much as possible outside of class time. I will answer emails or any questions they may have that arise between the sessions. However, I do teach independent learning and will try to show learners how to research and utilise the web or books to answer their own questions. Having taught for 20 years, I am knowledgeable, resourceful, professional and timeous, I enjoy tutoring and am forever looking for new methods, resources and stay up to date with changes in curriculum and entrance requirements. Regarding my older learners at A level, I will always listen to their needs and often set them on the right course during the most pressured times in their lives so far. I teach them time management and show them how to strategize with studying and exam techniques.

Recent tuition

Please see below for a selection of my tuition experience:

A-LEVEL

SCARLET, Charterhouse, Edexcel A-Level Biology:

Scarlett improved from an E when we began working together, to a B in her final exams.

AHMED, Brighton College, Educas/WJEC A-Level Biology:

Ahmed was originally predicted a U in his A-level exams, but this changed to a B/A when we finished working together

FRAN, Liskeard community college, OCR A-Level Biology:

Fran is now on an A grade, and has received an unconditional offer from Exeter University to study Biochemistry.

SCARLET, Truro School, AQA A-level Biology:

Scarlet moved from a U to a C, which was a huge success for this student!

GCSE CASE STUDIES

GCSE English & Maths

GEORGE, GCSE Foundation Level English and Maths. 2017- ongoing:

George is in mainstream schooling; however, he has Asperger’s which affects his concentration. Therefore, my tact has been to encourage simple thought processes that keep him on track and believing in himself. We meet weekly and I go over exam skills with him. We always focus on interpreting questions as timeously and accurately as possible. George and I have spent several months of patiently skimming, scanning, and looking for evidence in written material and he is grasping the concept nicely now. He has been given an offer at Plymouth College of Arts. Tutoring with George is a marathon and not a sprint and I feel being a consistent figure in his education is key to success, Target 3-4

(1.5 hours/week. FACE TO FACE)

GCSE Science & Humanities (Edexcel)

PATRICK, Eastbourne College:

Patrick is a truly engaging and bright person. He wanted to pre-study the GCSE Science syllabus before starting year 10 in September 2017. I Introduced the British Science Syllabi to him and covered integral parts with higher level focus. He has achieved the top 3 in his class and is now having further tuition with me to excel in humanities. Patrick has needed some guidance and direction with regards self-studies, so our classes have a set structure of presentation, research and practice questions. I have showed him various websites to utilise and have guided him to become an independent scholar. I have encouraged active research for projects and areas that need further understanding. Patrick plans to go to Brighton College for A levels. So, we are also focusing on interview skills. (June 2017- present. FACE TO FACE AND ONLINE, 20-30 hours every holiday/half term)

GCSE, Science (AQA)

ANDREA, Devonport High School for Girls, AQA GCSE Combined Science:

Andrea went from a predicted CD to an actual AB. Andrea and I had intensive science tutoring with a goal to improve her predicted grades. She is a truly capable learner and simply needed direction and focus on her studies. Our classes were based on exam style questions and addressing areas of focus before moving on. As always, I used a range of multimedia, including our VR headgear to take a tour around the body as a red blood cell. (April to June 2017. FACE TO FACE)

GCSE Science

TARA, Looe Academy, GCSE Double Science:

Tara was predicted E and D, after working together she achieved C and B for her final exams. Tara had a negative experience in her studies and had lost passion in Sciences. We worked on strengthening her basic knowledge and reigniting an interest in her life as a student. We grew very close over the course of a year. I prepared and structured my classes so that they were active and broken into digestible pieces. I’d bring science to the classroom and always come armed with tangible props and apparatus and try to link between science in the text book to real life. (1 hour per week for 12 months. 2016-2017, FACE TO FACE).

Educational Assessment

I have experience of carrying out Educational Assessments, for students at; Cheltenham Ladies College, Sevenoaks and Wellington College. This includes; 13 plus pre-test, UKISET and common entrance exam. As well as tutoring key subjects, I worked with the students on cultivating individual personalities to debut their strengths as well as interview skills. (FACE TO FACE)

Shanghai, China.

I was sent to China to help an educational company to assess learners and to prepare for education in the UK. From 7+ to13+; particularly, verbal and non-verbal reasoning, English, Maths and Science. (Each learner had 4-8 hours/week, October-November 2017, FACE TO FACE)

COMMON ENTRANCE CASE STUDIES

CE 13 + Science

JASON, Harrow, Beijing to attend Westminster:

Jason’s current school has moved him forward with sciences, so he has lacked some basic theories, language, methodologies and, hence, confidence. He is extremely intelligent and is progressing nicely with his scientific knowledge. His mother requests a lot of past paper question papers. I disperse them with knowledge based sessions. In two months Jason has gone from a D to a B. (3 hours/week online). I also joined Jason in Beijing for 6 weeks to work with him intensively before his exams.

Entrance Exams 13+

OLU, Eton 13+ Pretest:

Olu needed to become aufait with and master the Key Stage 2-3 Maths syllabi, in 4 months. His knowledge was narrow, however, with my guidance, and his commitment we covered all of the topics and practiced exam style questions. We focused on exam skills, specifically timing (which is integral in pretest examinations). We have dynamic classes with a variety of presentations, video demonstrations, games, live practice tests and past paper questions. Olu took time to trust me but we have worked well together and are making great headways. I supported him from a distance, while I was teaching in China in order to keep up his motivation and maintain a fluid progress towards his exams. He has recently secured a second stage interview and exam with Eton in early 2018. As a result of his success, I am tutoring Olu’s 15-year-old brother, Oba, IGCSE Maths. (June-November 2017- 1 hour/week. ONLINE)

Entrance Exams 14+

MEIJING, 14+ Kings, Canterbury:

Meijing needed acquainting with the English curriculum and teaching methodologies to take the Kings (ISEB 14+) entrance exam. We covered all aspects of the curriculum. Some of our lessons were face to face, some online. She has just completed her first term at Kings and is extremely settled. We have stayed in touch and met up in Beijing this year. (20 hours/week for 2.5 months October-December 2016. ONLINE AND FACE TO FACE).

Hobbies and Interests

I have many outdoor based interests- canoeing, hiking, swimming, gym classes, camping, travel, the beach life (in Cornwall). I also love languages, (I speak and can read Mandarin), cooking (international flavours) playing board games and I am learning the guitar.

Client Testimonials

‘I truly consider us very lucky to have found Joanne as a 13 plus tutor for my son. She has a very lovely way about her that makes my son go to the computer and log into his tuitions by himself. We have online Zoom tuitions from South Africa, and are preparing for 13 plus exams for the independent London day schools and boarding schools. She makes what is a very stressful process of preparing for exams into something very approachable, structured and tangible. My son and Joanne have a great rapport, and due to her professional expertise, she prepares not only the varied content and topics to go over, but also shares invaluable tips on the art of sitting an exam. I look forward to her working with my younger son as well, when the time comes for him to sit his 13 plus exams. I would very confidently refer Joanne to anyone looking for a 13 plus tutor’

Mrs G. 13+ Exam Preparation.

‘It is a pleasure to have Jo as a tutor for both my sons – a 10-year-old who is preparing for his exams into Senior School and a 16-year-old preparing for his GCSEs, whom she in Maths and Chemistry. Jo is patient and considerate. It is a testament to Jo’s style and approach that both boys actually enjoy their sessions even though, for my 10 year old, they are at the end of a very long day at school; and for my 16 year old were during the Christmas Holidays! Both boys have progressed well under her tutorship, with my 10 year old recently passing his ISEB pre-test for both Eton and Charterhouse, and I would recommend her to anyone (and have).’

Mrs D, GCSE Science

‘Joanne is my Biology tutor. Joanne is a lovely, gentle and kind woman and over a short amount of time I have built up a very good relationship with her, I see her as a friend as well as an academic professional. She is very understanding and communicating with her has never been a problem. As a Biology tutor, it is clear that Joanne has a passion for what she does as she’s very enthusiastic. before sessions with her, she prepares with care and is very organized. She has a very clear understanding in what she teaches and if I don’t understand something she repeats in different ways until its understood. I highly recommend Joanne to anyone as with her you will flourish, not only with your academics, but with the bond you will build up with her as well

I. Agboola. A level Biology 2018

‘Hi Joanne, I am writing to tell you about Patrick’s report. This term he got excellent results in science subjects especially in Physics and Mathematics. We all believe it depends on your coaching during the summer holidays. I am so appreciated for your help and I am looking forward to making an appointment for the next stage.’

Rita Li

‘Jo taught me chemistry, physics and biology when I was studying GCSEs. She is a responsible, kind and intelligent teacher. Whenever I had questions, she always helped me as soon as possible. Her lessons were very interesting, also I learned a lot of study skills in her lesson. She is a very good teacher!’

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