The Traditional Tutor

Expertise

Education

Other

Experienced working with Gifted and Talented

Represented by

Leon Conrad, Director

Do you believe that being able to think and being able to learn are essential to being able to pass exams?

Do you believe in investing in your child's confidence, rather than cramming facts into them?

Do you believe that an inquisitive mind and a love of learning go together?

Why me? 

I have nearly 30 years' experience tutoring and teaching learners of all ages, from kindergarten to adult education; in sixth form colleges and on graduate courses, in state, private and home schooling environments. 

Unlike many recent graduates who take up tutoring, I don't do it as a stopgap to pay off a student loan. For me, it is a passion. I love what I do - and bring a wealth of experience and creative strategies to the learning environment. My approach is based on an integrated approach to the liberal arts, particularly the Trivium of Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric.   I firmly believe in a sound foundation of logic, grammar and rhetoric as the basis for a disciplined approach to developing understanding, wisdom and enlightenment. And I encourage learning through the nurturing of natural inquisitiveness, confidence building, developing an eagerness for discovery. I take a holistic approach to dealing with students who appear unmotivated to learn, or have been put off learning by uninspiring teachers.   I have several teaching qualifications, but the main core of my teaching is my integrated liberal arts approach.

I am a parent as well as an educationalist and understand the frustrations parents sometimes have with an increasingly regimented schooling system, as well as the challenges that teachers face within that system. I aim to provide practical solutions that empower children to cope with learning both within and without the school environment.

My approach is rooted in sound educational practice, has grown through a wealth of experience and is nurtured with a good dose of common sense. It is organic and constantly evolving.

 Some of the things that inspire me that I use in my teaching approach include:

Stories and storytelling. I use these to develop longer thinking arcs, develop structured thought by working with structures and forms that are hard-wired within us. This feeds into creative writing, lateral thinking, and problem solving.

Drawing. I've found that drawing really helps children who have problems with maths come to terms with the underlying concepts behind this highly symbolic language. 

A holistic approach to learning. Confidence comes with familiarity. Familiarity comes with practice. But practising what? Repetition without a basic understanding of the underlying structures and frameworks on which a subject is built is of very limited use. When teaching learning skills, I put the emphasis on co-discovery, not imposition of information. Parents - be warned. This approach initially takes a while to bear fruit, but it is a long-term strategy that will equip your child with the skills they need to apply to make science and any subject that requires essay writing a fun rather than a challenging undertaking.

 


Subjects:

Traditional Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric   Thinking Skills   Preparation for the 11+ and 13+ exams (Verbal and Non-verbal reasoning, Maths and English)

Music Theory (ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall, LCM; other boards on request)

Piano and Voice (As above)

Maths (to GCSE level)

English (to A level)

Interview techniques 

Public speaking, effective communication and listening skills (LAMDA, Trinity Guildhall, English Speaking Board exams; English Speaking Union competition, etc)

Improvisation and Storytelling

Foundation skills:

Learn to learn

Study/exam techniques

Critical thinking

Logic, Grammar, Rhetoric (as a foundation for learning, thinking, self-expression)


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A traditional tutor who puts learning before teaching