Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get Personalised Learning Support?
When we have our first tutoring session, this will be when we find out what kind of support you need: whether it's homework, coursework, exam technique or simply a little extra help understanding some topic you find difficult. Once we work out what you need, I will tailor the tutorial time specifically towards your requirements.
You will need to bring your laptop as well as any of your textbooks and notes.
How does Tutoring Work?
I have experience with the AQA Exam Board for A Level Computer Science, as well as EDEXCEL for the Level 2 and Level 3 BTEC IT and the GCSE Maths Foundation Tier.
I can help you with your A level project ideas, development and write up. I can help with both AS and A2 Computer science theory and exam technique.
I can support you in nearly all of the BTEC units taught at Level 2 and Level 3.
I also offer personalised exam and tuition support for GCSE Maths students doing a resit at foundation level.
From November 2019 I will be offering support in A Level Biology as well as certain units for the Level 3 BTEC in Engineering
What can I get help with?
What's the minimum time to work with a tutor?
An hour long tutor session for A level, GCSE and BTEC is £50 per session.
Block Booking discounts are available:
5 sessions are £225 (£45/ session)
A discounted rate of £10 per hour is available for any student in receipt of a Henley College Bursary. Please ask for more details.
You can spread your payment by instalments, please email to enquire.
Remote tutorials by skype are at a flat rate of £40 per hour.
One day revision courses: prices vary. See individual courses for details.
How much is each session
I tutor GCSE Mathematics, A level and BTEC Computer Science and A level Biology for Henley College students on most days of the week at the Henley College.
I also offer GCSE Maths and A Level Computer Science revision courses during the Easter and May holidays and A level project support workshops during the Summer Holidays
I also run HeadStart programming courses for A level Computer Science and BTEC IT in September, before the start of Term.
I have also tutored students from Maiden Erlegh School and Reading UTC at my home in Caversham.
I am currently tutoring a student in the midlands, via Skype.
What times are you available?
You can make a booking directly through this website, simply click on any of the 'Make a Booking' buttons on any page, or click 'Book Online' from the main menu. Please make sure you read the booking T&Cs before you do.
Alternatively, you can get in touch with me by email or contact me using the form on the home page if you have any questions or want to find out any more information before making a booking.
Each tutorial session lasts for one hour. In that time you can expect to get 1 : 1 help and support on homework, coursework, exam questions or exam technique. If any work is set by me, it will be marked ready for your next session.
Are You DBS Checked
Yes. Because I carry out tutoring at The Henley College, I am required to have a current, valid Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check. I am required to renew this every two years.
This provides peace of mind for you, for me and for the student.
Where does Tutoring Happen?
Tutoring occurs during the day room D224 at The Henley College, Deanfield Campus, so you don't have to make any special trips after college.
Each tutorial lesson is scheduled to fit within the existing lesson structure of the Henley College, so you can have a 1:1 Tutorial during a free period.
If you are a student from one of the schools in the Reading area, tutoring sessions will take place at my home in Caversham.
In addition Remote tutoring is available by SKYPE - please enquire for details
Why is your tutoring so expensive?
As an experienced classroom teacher, I need to quickly assess the levels of support that you need and then put things into place.
A Levels and Level 3 subjects require an advanced level of knowledge to support you through your exams.
For GCSE maths, I need to quickly find out where you need help with and tailor a plan for you to help you succeed.
My work starts before our session and goes on way after our session as I put together a personalised plan for you or provide individual resources tailored specifically for you.
At the end of each session I report back to the Parent or Guardian, as well as the classroom tutor, what occurred during the session and recommended next steps so that everyone is working together to help you succeed.
How does Skype Support work?
The first thing you will need is a good, stable internet connection.
After that support is a simple matter of sharing screens. I can share my desktop with you, to demonstrate the subject we are studying, and you can share your desktop with me.
I have interactive whiteboard software, so any diagrams I create can be shared with you and sent to you.
Any files can be shared directly within the chat window.
I have complete support for VB.NET, C# and Python. In addition I can support MySQL, Access, SQLLite and SQL Server.
I also have a Microsoft TEAMS account so we can set up communication that way if you prefer.
Since offering this service, I have carried out over 50 hours of Skype support for students in Birmingham, Wales and Reading so far this year.