English

David Beck MA (Oxon) Dip Sp L D

English Tutoring
07812 028877      dsb673@gmail.com

GENERAL

I have thirty-five years' experience of teaching English to boys and girls in secondary schools in England and Wales.

Several former pupils have gained 1st Class Honours degrees in English from Oxford and Cambridge, but I am just as interested in those who need a C grade at GCSE to continue into A level studies or who are dyslexic. I will give full details and references if you phone 0781 202 8877

There is much more information about Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) on the linked page on this website. Many students coming to us have some, usually minor, difficulties of this kind which they are aware of. It may be just in organising ideas on paper into an essay or structuring answers in an exam. We are here to help and have lots of experience with just this kind of problem.

On the link labelled VIDEOS, you will find a number of short 5 minute films aimed mainly at GCSE students. Most are about how to read poetry, but there is also one about revising for exams in general.

GCSE AND A LEVEL

AS ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND/OR ENGLISH LITERATURE
A2 ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND/OR ENGLISH LITERATURE

All ages: including adults doing degrees who want help organising ideas on paper.

GCSE ENGLISH AND ENGLISH LITERATURE

I have extensive experience of helping a wide range of pupils with an equally wide range of reasons for not succeeding as well as they might.

I am familiar with the detailed requirements of all the exams in English and English Literature for all exam boards.

13+ COMMON ENTRANCE EXAM

Some independent schools like Marlborough and Eton take students only at 13+ and there is a special Common Entrance paper they need to sit. They will already have done an initial assessment a couple of years earlier and be on a waiting list – hopefully the A list, which more or less guarantees a place. Some parents ask for help at this stage just to make sure that their child can keep up when they get to their chosen independent school where the atmosphere can be quite challenging and competitive after prep school. Confident practitioners of the English language tend to do better in all subjects at school.

REVISION

Although more can be achieved over a one or two year period, it is amazing what a difference just a few weeks' tutoring can make, especially just before an exam.

I do get very booked up in April but it is worth a phone-call to 07812 028877 or e-mail me on dsb673@gmail.com

SECONDARY ENGLISH

Alternatively you might prefer:

Hayley McLaren Secondary English

mclarenhayley@gmail.com 07886 417892 She will be pleased to help.

KEY STAGE THREE

EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT

Parents, if you are concerned that your son or daughter may not be achieving as well as they should be, I can offer a preliminary educational assessment of literacy and reasoning skills to any child over 8 years of age. This can alert you to the need for further action. This may be simply informing the school of your concerns and enquiring what support is already being offered, to arranging some private tutoring or (in a few cases) organising a full assessment by an educational psychologist.

If you want to do your best in Key Stage 3, Common Entrance or the 11+ exam, perhaps to get into the school of your choice, then I recommend using:

  • Christine Ellerby (01380 840341, 07522 611795, christineellerbytutor@gmail.com) if you live nearer Devizes
  • Iona Wigg (01672 851724) if you live nearer to Pewsey

More details are on the Primary page of this website.