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Why Choose English Home Studies To Help Your Child

Updated: Mar 3

I’m Catherine and I’m a private tutor, a former qualified and experienced secondary school English Teacher and the founder of English Home Studies.

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The owner of English Home Studies

My qualifications include:

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Secondary Education (PGCE)

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Degree in English

  • City and Guilds Certificate in Teaching Basic Skills (Literacy)

  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate.

How can English Home Studies help my child?

I provide online English tuition in the following areas:

  • Functional Skills

  • KS3 (Years 7-9)

  • KS4 / GCSE (Years 10 and 11) English Language and Literature

  • English as a Second or Foreign Language

My tuition programmes incorporate a wide variety of techniques and strategies to support your child's learning and I adapt the content and teaching methods as necessary to help them to make the best progress. This might include re-visiting topics that have previously been covered in class, supporting reading comprehension and essay writing, revision of set texts, helping with the selection of revision resources and exam technique and practising spelling, punctuation and grammar.

I have had some experience in tutoring "reluctant" students in the past and have found that, in most cases, their negative attitude towards the subject comes from their belief (however untrue) that they are "just not good at English." Fortunately, after some tailored support, I have found that their confidence increases, the quality of their work improves and their objections can be overcome.

As previously mentioned, no amount of tuition will help your child if they are firmly opposed to the idea, are uninterested in improving their grades, fail to engage with the tutor and/or the lesson and consistently refuse to put any effort into their work.

Getting Started

When you first contact English Home Studies, please advise me of your child's:

  • Year group

  • Current grade / level (if known)

  • Desired outcome, such as the grade they need for a particular school or college course.

  • Frequency of tuition package you require (weekly or fortnightly)

  • Preferred lesson days and time

  • Preferred start date

  • For GCSE Exam preparation, it would also be really helpful if you could advise me of the exam board and set texts (Shakespeare play, 19th Century novel, Poetry Anthology and post 1919 texts) your child is studying.

The English Home Studies Shop

What's Your Story: Creative Writing Resource Pack for Kids (created by English Home Studies)

If you are looking for affordable, digital and printable English resources for your child to help them with reading, creative writing, grammar etc, you might like to visit the English Home Studies shop.

Most of my resources, like this creative writing resource pack for kids, are designed for children aged 7-12 but I also have also made guides and activities for children of all ages. I am always looking for new ideas so please get in touch if there is something you need to help your child with a specific area of English.

The Student's Guide to GCSE AQA English Language - Paper 1 (created by English Home Studies)

Some of my most popular products are:

Although I specialise in preparing students for the GCSE AQA English exams, I'm very familiar with all exam boards and will be creating other revision guides in the future.

The English Home Studies Facebook Page & Groups for KS3 and KS4 English

I often post advice and links to free and affordable English resources on the English Home Studies Facebook page but, if you have a child in KS3 or KS4, you might like to join one of my free Facebook groups:

KS3 English Support for Parents

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FAQ About Private English Tuition

  • Do you offer tuition throughout the year?

Most of the families prefer to have tuition during term time only so that they can go away during the school holidays. However, tuition can usually be arranged during the UK school holidays so please contact me to check my availability.

  • How long is a tuition session?

Most of my students have 1 x 1 hour lesson per week. However, some of my younger

students prefer 45 mins and the older, GCSE students often request longer revision

session of 75-90 mins.

  • How much does it cost?

At English Home Studies, I offer a choice of tuition packages which start from £25 per

hour but vary depending on the child's level (KS2 -GCSE).

  • Which payment methods do you accept?

Payment can be made by credit / debit card (via Stripe) or by bank transfer. It can be made weekly, fortnightly, half-termly or termly but must be received at least 24 hours

in advance of the lesson.

If you would like to find out more about how English Home Studies can help YOUR child to achieve their full potential, please contact me.

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