"Lyndsay has been an excellent Biology, Chemistry and Physics tutor for my son. He has Aspergers and suffers with anxiety, but Lyndsay has been patient, flexible and creative in the way she approaches his lessons. She clearly loves the sciences and is able to explain quite difficult concepts enthusiastically and clearly. I have recommended her to friends and would happily recommend her to others".
GCSE Science Tuition
South West Teacher Training, PGCE Science with Chemistry, QTS 09/2012 – 07/2013
Bournemouth University, BSc Forensic and Crime Scene Science, 2.1, 09/2007 – 07/2010
Forest Training Centre, NVQ level two in Horsecare, Pass, 06/2005 – 08/2008
My specialist subjects are Science and Mathematics up to A-level including Forensic Science courses. I also teach English, History, and Geography up to GCSE and can prepare students for entrance exams at each level of education.
I teach all my lessons online, using Google hangouts which is a free video chat service. We are able to talk, type and send images to each other during the session as well as share screens to see what the other person is doing. This is particularly useful when a younger student is learning a new skill on the computer. Part of the first session is about using these features so the student feels confident.
I love being able to help my students to succeed in whatever they wish to do, particularly if they face learning challenges that make it more difficult for them. During my period as a full-time teacher, I discovered that I was able to connect with these students and help them to get past the barriers they face so that they can learn. I have since developed my skills in this area to support a wide range of challenges. These challenges include Dyslexia, Social Anxiety, Chronic Pain, Dyscalculia, ODD, Depression, Dyspraxia, ADHD, and Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
I am a friendly person and I do my best to ensure my students feel relaxed with me so that they are able to ask questions and make mistakes without fear. At the same time I believe it is important to set realistic goals that they can achieve in one session and through a course of sessions to help them reach their academic potential.
Every student learns differently and therefore I am very flexible in my tutoring, offering different ways of teaching to suit individual students and ensure they feel confident in their knowledge. This may include visual presentation of tricky topics, or using an audio recording to set homework or learn an essay topic. I am open with my students about this and encourage them to tell me when they find a technique very beneficial to their learning or if they find something does not work for them at all.
Many students feel great pressure to perform well academically and I aim to support them in their goals without letting the pressure become too much. I offer advice in how to deal with anxiety and maintain a balance between their school and home life. I want them to enjoy all aspects of their learning.
I have been tutoring since 2015 supporting students from five years old up to adults preparing for University courses. This includes students who are Gifted and Talented in their subjects and those suffering from medical conditions which make full time education inaccessible. I also work with students with a range of learning difficulties and families who are home educating.
Please find below a snapshot of my tuition experience.
At the time, the student was four and preparing to start primary school. She needed a boost in her confidence due to an injury which meant having months off school leaving her feeling behind her peers. We played learning games to improve her memory and developed her literacy by reading stories and then asking her to tell me some facts from them. We spent time practicing conversations to ensure she felt confident in talking to adults as well as her peers. She was able to go into mainstream school full time and is improving in leaps and bounds.
This Autistic student was fascinated with their body but was expressing this in an inappropriate way so their parent asked me to teach them more about themselves and the differences between male and female bodies. We also covered the importance of personal space with regards to our bodies. We completed a number of projects, each focused on a different aspect such as how the digestive system works. These sessions allowed the student to ask the many questions they had in a safe setting and taught them what was appropriate in a social setting. This has helped to avoid some of the awkward situations they were getting into and has prevented trouble at school with other students.
I worked with this student in summer 2016 to help them prepare for secondary school. They struggled with Dyspraxia and found organising an answer to comprehension questions impossible at the start. We worked on a method of breaking down pieces of text and identifying key points in each section. Then discussed why they were important. Once the student was happy with this, we used the discussion points to structure their answers. They found this method very helpful and their writing improved over the six week period. This student also had speech difficulties due to verbal Dyspraxia so the discussion helped them practice expressing themselves. I also encouraged them to improve social conversations which they found challenging.
KS3 English, Maths, Science, Geography and History
I was asked to home educate two sisters in the core subjects to ensure that they were ready for joining a mainstream school. We worked each day to cover a range of topics and I set homework in a style matching what school will set so that it is not so much of a shock. They assimilated very well and no longer need my support.
KS3 Gifted and Talented
This student was working above the level of their peers and was starting to misbehave in class because they were bored. I was engaged to go deeper into the subject and teach more complicated topics so that they could be moved up a year in the school without feeling overwhelmed. After six weeks summer tuition, they started the new school year one class above their peers and began to excel with no further behaviour problems. I have recently heard from the family that they successfully completed their GCSE’s a year ahead and achieved the grades they had been hoping for.
This student started with me early in 2018 when his family began homeschooling due to extreme bullying occurring at school. He is very anxious about getting things wrong and requires lots of reassurance that what he is saying and doing is correct. We are studying the era before 1066 at the moment and he is gaining in confidence to the point that he feels he can tell me if he doesn’t understand a piece of information, which is a huge step forward!
KS3 English, Maths and Science
This student is suffering from Social Anxiety and Depression which prevents him from coping with mainstream school. He is often housebound unless he can go out with family who he feels safe with. I work online with him whenever he feels well enough, covering the core subjects. We make progress in each subject at a speed that he can cope with and I am understanding if he needs to stop a session early or asks to run a bit longer if things are going well. I stay in close contact with his family to make sure that I am not putting too much pressure on him as this causes a backwards step in his mental health.
GCSE Science and Maths
I began working with this student last spring to help him prepare for his GCSE’s. He has had multiple wrist surgeries and struggles with chronic pain and fatigue. He had hoped to postpone his exams until he was recovered but this was not allowed so he gave up hope of any success. We have worked to build his confidence so that he feels he can achieve what he wants. This has meant proving to him that he can do something he was unsure about. Each week we pick a topic he is worried about, break it down into manageable chunks and then find out what he actually knows and learn about the rest. We practice exam questions on the topic until he feels he can cope with whatever is asked. We have an agreement that he can cancel last minute, or change the length of the session without making me annoyed with him as this is something he is anxious about. I have a chronic pain condition so am also able to offer advice about how to manage his pain and fatigue. This may include suggestions about a computer mouse for more comfort, or a more supportive pillow position when his wrists are bad. As I studied anatomy and skeletal anthropology I am able to explain what is happening to his bones and how the surgery will work. When he received his results in August he was pleasantly surprised to have passed all his subjects with better than expected grades of B’s and C’s when he was predicted to achieve a D or E in each subject.
GCSE English and Maths
This student is severely Dyslexic but has not received a formal diagnosis or the correct support in school which has left him feeling stupid. He reached the point of being excluded so school asked me to step in and work with him online so that they did not have to exclude him. They hoped he might be able to take some basic courses but said he was unlikely to achieve any GCSEs. I realised that he was very bright but his fear of failure makes him reticent to say anything. We began to find things he could do, and I related them to his love of free-running so that he was confident in talking about it. Suddenly he was less confrontational, was completing homework for me and began to ask questions rather than pretending he understood. He passed GCSE Maths and English last summer with a grade C and I am incredibly proud of the progress he has made as a person and in his studies. He is now confidently working part time in a gym and is completing training to teach free running which he excels at.
Dyslexia, Autistic, Partially deaf, Anxiety disorder, GCSE Maths.
Henry had been working with another tutor but they could not cater to his needs so he switched half way through the GCSE course. Henry’s needs are complex so it took some work to find what suited him best. I discovered he has an aptitude for Maths, in that once you show him something, he can do it, but he was unable to recognise what a question was asking and did not know how to apply what he had been taught.
I worked through many examples of questions, and taught him the phrases that would be linked to each type of question so that he can recognise them. Although partially deaf, he is an auditory learner, so we recorded voice files of the phrases for him to listen to. We completed many past papers to ensure that he could apply this.
We also practised timed challenges and I taught him how to calm himself under stress so that he could complete the challenges without panicking. Henry was 13 when we started work and took his GCSE in January 2019, in the first series after his 14th birthday. He achieved a grade 7 which he is happy with and is moving forward to complete GCSE accountancy next. He has learnt how to manage his anxiety and we are aiming for one exam in each series to ensure he doesn’t become overwhelmed but will complete his GCSE’s by the time he reaches 16.
This student is passionate about History but feels she is unable to access her exams as her Dyspraxia makes it difficult for her to prepare a structured essay and write neatly for long periods of time. We work on each topic for several lessons, breaking the question into short phrases and studying each part separately. For example; What were the main events leading to World War One, and how did this impact the different countries involved?
This is split into separate events, so that the student feels confident about the order. Then we looked at all the countries involved in the war and they researched whether each event had an impact on them. This research information was then used to help build an essay answer. We practice a variety of these questions. I also helped her to prepare for her school week. When she received her timetable, we made a plan of which books need to remain in her schoolbag and which need swapped in the evening to prepare for the next day. This plan is printed and kept where the schoolbag is kept, to help keep the student on track. We also prepared a homework schedule which she follows to avoid it being late.
16+ Maths and Science
I have worked with 2 students in preparation for the 16+ entry exams for independent school 6th forms. One was aiming for competitive Welsh independent schools, and the second for the top schools in Belfast. The latter was successful in gaining a place at Campbell College, one of Northern Ireland’s top schools.
AS Level Physics
This student is extremely bright and would like to read engineering at University next year. I work with him on Physics and Maths to make sure he has a deep understanding of both subjects and how they are connected. He was nervous about his exams last summer so we were working together four or five times a week depending on his exam schedule. He is able to ask me to cover a particular thing in each session and finish feeling like he ‘gets it’ now. He completed his AS exams with two A grades and is now taking the A-levels this year.
AS level Chemistry
I began working with this student when she was preparing for her GCSEs and we are continuing throughout her A-levels. She is very anxious about her studies and feels that she is not good enough despite producing nine A grades and two B grades last year. I work to build her confidence by showing her that she can understand the topics and developing her use of equations until it becomes second nature. I stay in close contact with her parents about her mental health and have also offered advise to the school about her access arrangements for exams. I taught her mum how to make a weighted lap pad which she is now able to take into school for her exams.
A Level Maths and Science (SEN Dyslexia)
This was a home educated boy who had trouble in school and had switched to home education following a bad GCSE year. He struggled to visualise how to complete solutions to questions and didn’t know how to revise for Science or Maths.
In Maths, I worked through lots of examples of each type of question with him, drawing and writing out the steps, and then formulating a step by step process for each type of question which he wrote on his flashcards. He found audio descriptions useful so we made voice recordings describing the tricky solutions so that he could listen to them, and then try practise questions.
A Level Maths
Tasha had managed well with her GCSE Maths, achieving an A in 2016, but struggled with the step up to A-level. She worked with me each week, recapping what had been taught in lessons to ensure she fully understood it. We practised examples and made clear guides on how to solve each type of question so that she could revise from them. I also completed mocks with her on a regular basis on her previously learnt material to keep refreshing it in her brain and convert it to long term memory. By the time she reached exams, she was able to fully complete a paper without help and achieved an A.
In Science, we also made flashcards, but he found mapping out how things were linked really helpful as well so we used mind-mup (a free mapping tool online) to show the different topics and the material in each topic. We also made audio files to go with these maps, discussing how the material was linked.
By the time he came round to his exams, he was completing mock papers by himself and meeting his target grade each time. He achieved B’s, instead of the C’s he required for University and was thrilled. He has been in touch since and told me that he uses these techniques in his University studies and is very grateful that he can apply them on his own.
This is an adult student who i work with periodically when they are writing coursework for their degree. They have dyslexia and find writing essays difficult so we discuss the topic and prepare some notes. Then I read each draft of their work and offer advice about the layout, where to include quotes and references and ensure that their writing clearly demonstrates their knowledge of the topic. We are beginning work towards the dissertation to be presented next year.
This student is determined to have good grades in all her subjects, but feels like Geography is Double Dutch! We break the topics into small chunks and prepare her notes in several formats to help her to grasp the necessary information and make sure that she feels ready for the exams. She is already feeling more confident and her mock result was promising.
Hobbies and Interests
My family business is a Horse Riding Stables and I enjoy spending time with the horses and have been a rider since I was three years old. This is where I discovered my passion for teaching as a teenager. I used to compete in a number of different disciplines including Eventing and Polo. Now I ride for pleasure only. I enjoy taking horses for long hacks or beach rides.
Alongside horse-riding I also participate in other sports. I love to dance and swim, although not at the same time! I have completed my first scuba diving qualification and am certified to dive up to 20m in cold water climates. I have learnt how to wear a drysuit so that I can stay comfortable in our Irish waters. I am now working towards my second qualification and building up my diving experience.
I enjoy reading a mixture of fiction and non-fiction books and easily read one book a week. My favourite author is Terry Pratchett, and he is always my first recommendation to anyone.
I want to become fluent in a number of languages so I am currently using some of my free time to practice Spanish, French, and German.
In June 2017 Sizzle the sausage dog came into my life. She is keen to tutor and helps to settle some nervous students if they are feeling a little overwhelmed. We enjoy walks at our local country park and at the beach.
“Lyndsay has been an excellent Biology, Chemistry and Physics tutor for my son. He has Aspergers and suffers with anxiety, but Lyndsay has been patient, flexible and creative in the way she approaches his lessons. She clearly loves the sciences and is able to explain quite difficult concepts enthusiastically and clearly. I have recommended her to friends and would happily recommend her to others”. GCSE Science
“Lyndsay was very good at explaining the concepts clearly and making sure that my son had understood what she had explained. Lyndsay was extremely flexible and happy to cover three subjects. “ – Year 9 Science
‘My son had an accident eighteen months ago and is unable to use his wrists, uses a scribe at school, is in daily pain, having operations etc etc. Matthew had his first ‘free taster’ session with Lyndsay last night using Google Hangouts as she is currently in Spain. Lyndsay was enormously empathetic and had lots of fabulous practical ideas for helping him in his daily life. Lyndsay has encouraged Matthew about studying for his GCSEs which start in May enormously, where before he was having a bit of a frustrated, fearful meltdown about it all. He said last night he thinks with Lyndsay’s help he can ‘do it’ – Music to my ears – Thankyou!’
“Thank you Lyndsay for your dedication and helping Jack through his GCSE science. His confidence and knowledge have grown so much since being introduced to you. Excellent one to one sessions have made a massive difference to his grasp in science and I would highly recommend you to any of my friends”.
“A big thanks to Lyndsay for all her hard work and dedication when tutoring our daughter Francesca. Lyndsay has a very good understanding of a pupil’s individual needs whilst having the subject knowledge and the criteria needed to help a pupil gain confidence in the subject they are studying. We would have no hesitation in recommending Lyndsay as a tutor. A huge thank you for all you have done and the work continues for A level”.
“Currently, I home educate my daughter and due to this we have encountered several tutors, each with different styles. The aspect that primarily sets Lyndsay aside from others is her dedication to one-to-one teaching with a focus on understanding the child’s individual ability and using that to structure her lessons. Lyndsay is highly motivated in her work and has researched into areas that could help according to my daughter’s individual needs. I was also astounded by her willingness to modify her teaching methods and to implement these into her lessons in order to help my daughter succeed. Lyndsay does not stick to a standard routine of teaching for each child, but instead she tries to understand her students and make sure that she is offering the best quality lessons for them as individuals. Lyndsay has been very dependable and has always shown a willingness to answer any queries I might have. I can honestly say that my daughter thoroughly enjoys her lessons and feels extremely comfortable with Lyndsay, I believe this to be because she goes the extra mile to present creative and fun ways to deliver lessons. The commitment and preparation shown by Lyndsay has been superb and it has been a pleasure working with her from the beginning”.
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