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All you need to know before you schedule a lesson

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  • How do I get started?
    That's easy! First, fill in the contact form with your enquiry and I will answer your questions. If you prefer to speak over the phone, you can leave a contact number and I will call you at a convenient time. KS1 & KS2 We can agree a day, time and length of the lessons which may include an informal assessment at your request. This will be the first of a block of 5 lessons, usually 30 or 45 minutes long. Payment will be made online and in advance via either PayPal or Stripe. A receipt will be provided. IELTS You choose! There is a basic/starter 4 week block. You can add a further 4 week block and a final block of 4 weeks. So, you can join for 4, 8 or 12 weeks. One class will focus on IELTS Reading The other class will focus on IELTS Listening. There will also be one class per week that focuses on exam skills/techniques ALL agreed sessions will be payable in advance.
  • How does online work?
    Students must have access to a computer or tablet and high speed internet. KS1 & KS2 During the session the student and I will use Learncube, an online platform. This enables us to talk, sketch and share resources in real-time, across devices. We can share an online whiteboard that we can both write on using either a mouse or tablet. We can share images, powerpoints or worksheets and view video clips. Here's a link I recommend that students use a headset duiring tutoring. It will cut down on background noise and allow us to hear each other better. Many students are more comfortable if we just talk to each other and don't turn on our webcams. However, it's always nice to 'meet' each other and say 'hi' at the beginning of the sessions. I will try to work with whatever the student's preference is. IELTS We will use Off2Class for our curriculum. This will be integrated with Zoom, which is best for our online small group classes. Here's a link to Off2Class
  • What subjects do you teach?
    KS1 & KS2 (UK Primary) I have experience of Reception through to Y6: Reading skills and strategies. Spelling Grammar Writing skills and strategies Maths, including x tables and problem solving IELTS Reading IELTS Listening For both Academic and General IELTS
  • Do you have DBS?
    Yes and I am on the update system. I'm more than happy to show verification.
  • What qualifications do you have?
    A Levels: Geography & Economics BA (Hons) Geography PGCE TEFL Certificate CELTA Teaching English online Cambridge Assessment English Reading Interventionist Online course Teaching IELTS Exam Prep Online course
  • Can we check your qualifications?
    Of course! I will show on request.
  • What about Dyslexia and Dyscalcula?
    I am not an 'expert'. However, I have many years experience of teaching children with these learning difficulties, including successful 1:1 sessions. I have also collaborated with parents, educational psychologists, occupational therapists and speech and language therapists to improve the quality of support in the classroom. In addition, I have attended a number of short courses on various Special Educational Needs. Talk with me. Unless the needs are extreme, it should be possible to come up with a plan of action!
  • How do lessons stop?
    KS1 & KS2 As soon as you want to stop please e-mail or phone me. I know there are numerous reasons why people want or need to stop. IELTS At the end of the block, unless a new block is booked
  • When can I have a lesson?
    My working hours are generally from 09:15 to 19:15 Monday to Friday (GMT) When you contact me, we can discuss times along with my availability. I always honour previous commitments. IELTS group classes will be between 09:30 and 12:00 GMT (17:30 - 20:00 CST) 09:30 - 10:30 GMT (17:30 - 18:30 CST) 11:00 - 12:00 GMT (19:00 - 20:00 CST)
  • How many lessons should I have?
    This is a tough question! It really depends on: 1) Your needs and 2) Progress KS1 & KS2 A block of 5 (an initial assessment plus block of 4 further lessons) is a good start. I have taught students for various lengths of time (from 6 months to 2 years+) and all timings have been 'right' for each. All students 'to date' have been weekly but it might be possible to schedule a few extra if needed for an exam or test, for example. IELTS Choose from 4, 8 or 12 lessons. These can be re-visited if needed. You can book IELTS Reading, IELTS Listening or IELTS exam skills.
  • How much do you charge?
    KS1 & KS2 For a block of 5x 45 minute lessons: £135 For a block of 5x 30 minute lessons: £110 Most children seem to concentrate better for 45 or 30 minutes compared to an hour, so that's why I've included those options. The 30 minute option would mostly be for KS1/Foundation Stage children IELTS 1:1 £60 per hour (£240 for 4 weeks) 1:2 £40 per hour (£160 for 4 weeks) 1:3 £30 per hour (£120 for 4 weeks) 1:4 £25 per hour (£100 for 4 weeks) A block of 4 lessons needs to be paid in advance Please contact me for information on other requirements.
  • How does payment work?
    You can pay by Credit Card or Debit Card via PayPal and Stripe (Union Pay in China). Just click on the button! As a principle, I only deliver lessons after the payment for each block of lessons has been made. You can of course, pay for more lessons in advance!
  • What is your Cancellation Policy?
    You may cancel the lesson up to 24 hours before it begins and you will be able to reschedule that lesson (usually the following week). If your cancellation is made less than 24 hours in advance, payment will need to be made for that lesson. If Sharpway Tutoring has to cancel for any reason, payment for the lesson will be 'bumped on'. I.e. you will still get the block of 5 lessons paid for in advance
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