Tutors for online homeschooling

Our Tutor Team

Department of English

Vanessa Clark
BSc, PGCE
Subject:
English as a Second Language

I’ve been an English teacher for 25 years, and I enjoy teaching even more now than when I started. I studied French and German at university and then I did my Post-Graduate Certificate in Education to qualify as a teacher of modern languages and of English as a Foreign Language (EFL). I’ve taught children and adults of all ages and from all around the world. I love teaching English and working with students to help them fully utilise the power of words. If we let them, words can inform us, entertain us, surprise us and help us to build good relationships.

Stephen Follows
MA, PGCE
Subject:
English Language and English Literature

Words are extraordinary things. I love the way they can take you to places you’ve never been, without making you ever leave your own settee. I love the way they can seem to be telling you one thing and actually be saying something else entirely. I love the way that they sound as well as the way they look on the page, in all sorts of languages. I see a student’s confidence, and his or her enjoyment of the subject, as at least as important as their knowledge or skills. You can’t acquire either of those things, or hang on to them, unless you’re confident in what you’re doing or until you really love it. That’s what I focus on.

Tina Hemphill
Montessori
Subject:
Primary Level English

I was born in Kenya and have lived there most of my life. After school, I qualified as Key Stage 2 teacher, through the London School of Modern Montessori. I also became a teacher in Kenton College Preparatory School in Nairobi – a member of the IAPS group of British schools around the world. I stayed there for almost 20 years, teaching a variety of Key Stage 2 classes. I left Kenya to live in England where I became a private tutor to KS2 children.

Catherine Herring
MA
Subject:
English Language

I undertook a Master's degree in 2009 in Philosophy of Education at UCL Institute of Education. I am now studying for my PhD at the same university. I began tutoring English in 2004 and became a GCSE examiner in the same year. I strive to boost my students' confidence in English and self-expression, as this so frequently has a positive impact on many other aspects of their academic and personal lives. I strongly encourage my pupils to find their own voices, whether that be in their written work or through discovering new authors, poets and playwrights. I run two drama classes in Gloucestershire, in which we explore improvisation and story telling.

Sarah Keeler
BSc, PGCE
Subject:
English Language and English Literature

I've been teaching for over seven years in schools in Bristol and Somerset. I love all types of storytelling, so I like to spend my free time reading and visiting theatres and cinemas. I always like to encourage my pupils to read as much as possible and I like to share book recommendations. I look forward very much to working with you and sharing my passion for the language and its literature.

Yvonne Mason
MA
Subject:
English Language and History

I have always loved to read. If you can read, you can learn to cook a delicious meal; you can find out why Henry VIII had six wives; you can visit magical worlds and have great adventures; you can do just about anything, especially on a rainy day! Books and words have been my friends ever since my Mum put them into my hands as a child, and I discovered what a beautiful, fascinating language English can be. That’s why I love to teach it to people like you! I have been teaching students of all ages for thirteen years, as well as home educating my own daughter. I’m looking forward to guiding and inspiring you as you embark on your own journey of discovery.

Beverley Molyneux
BA
Subject:
English Language and English Literature

Learning the rules by which you can manipulate language can be life changing. It takes time and you will need to practise but it’s worth it and I’ll be here to guide you through. Over the last 15 years I’ve been a teacher of English, Media, and Drama. English is my specialism and I love the way my subject is in two parts. In Language, there are rules to learn and apply, whereas in Literature, the words unfold themselves in so many different ways. I’ve enjoyed working as a literacy coordinator, KS3 Lead & Head of Dept, a GCSE examiner for English Literature/ Language, and a team leader for English Language. The benefit of knowing the examination specifications inside out means I can pass on this expertise to you.

 

Priya Page
BA, PGCE
Subject:
English Language

I teach KS3 and IGCSE English (English Language and English Literature). I am a passionate and organised tutor, having studied my English degree at Brunel University, then qualifying as a teacher of English with a PGCE. I also received Qualified Teacher Status from the University of Bath. I have been working as an examiner recently (in GCSE English Language & Literature). I thoroughly enjoy being involved in this process as it helps inform my own teaching, and has enabled me to better prepare students for their final IGCSE/ GCSE examinations.

Joanne Reardon
BA, PGCE
Subject:
English Language and English Literature

I always knew that the subject of English was an integral part of my life and something I felt destined to share with others.I believe English is accessible to everyone – but sometimes you just need someone to show you the way. That is one of the reasons why I enjoy tutoring so much. You can see results so quickly. It’s as if you are the key to a locked door! I have tutored many students and I am a teacher who tries to ensure that they all achieve their full potential. I look forward to working with you!

Rachel Waring
MA
Subject:
English Language and English Literature

I have been teaching A level English in sixth form colleges, and privately, for over 11 years, and I have been an A level examiner for both English Literature and English Language and Literature. I studied English Language and Literature at Oxford University, and then earned a Certificate in Further Education Teaching. I am fascinated by the relationship between texts and the contexts in which they were written, and I enjoy the study of literature because of what it tells us about the society we live in. English links to many other disciplines and there is always something new to learn or some new angle to consider.

Department of Maths

Nick Barwick
BSc, PGCE, MaST
Subject:
Primary Level Maths and Science

I am an experienced primary school teacher, senior leader and passionate mathematician. I have now been working in primary education for 16 years. Gaining the ‘Post Graduate: Mathematics Specialist Teacher’ qualification in 2013 was the catalyst to move my focus away from class-teaching and towards continuing professional development. I have privately tutored students across the primary and secondary age ranges, often in preparation for statutory testing such as ‘SATs’ and GCSE. With a passion for getting the best out everyone I work with, I am really looking forward to watching my KS2 students learn, grow and achieve.

Laura Garcia
BA, QTS
Subject:
Maths

I have a BA in Physics from the University of Seville in Spain. I started tutoring while studying my degree, and have not stopped since then. Based on the positive results my students achieved, I decided to make teaching my way of life, teaching Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry at all levels including university students. I worked in adult education in Spain for five years, preparing students for their GCSE and for university entrance examinations. I moved to England due to my love for English, and I continued teaching, but now in secondary schools from KS3 to A Level.

Ken Landsbury
BA, PGCE
Subject:
Maths

I studied first Business and Finance, then Economics at university. I always wanted to teach, so went straight back to university to get my PGCE in mathematics. Since then I‘ve taught Maths for 28 years in secondary schools across the North East of England. I have previously worked in a pastoral role as the Head of House and Head of Year, working with the students and their parents to develop individualized learning programmes. My last five years of working in schools was as Head of the Maths department. I look forward greatly to working at Wolsey Hall.

Jane Marshall
BSc, PGCE
Subject:
Maths

I achieved a First Class Honours in Applied Physics, and then a PGCE from Southampton University. I was inspired by my own Physics teacher at school, and I taught at the Girls’ Grammar School in Bournemouth amongst other Secondary Schools. I worked at an Independent Boarding School where a significant number of pupils required special needs teaching. It was here that I began to teach Mathematics as well as Physics. I took time out to raise my own family, but love teaching so much that I returned to Homeschooling with Wolsey Hall Oxford! I am now also the Supervisor of Courses for Key Stage 3, and look forward to working with these students.

Marcus Simmons
BA
Subject:
Maths and Physics

I studied Metallurgy and Science of Materials at Oxford University, which included advanced Maths and Physics. I have been giving individual tuition in Maths and Physics for many years now to international students with a wide variety of backgrounds, ability levels and ages from six years to adult. My long and varied experiences all help with understanding and empathising with students. I can identify problems quickly and explain things clearly and simply. I show how each topic fits within the 'whole picture' of Maths and Science.

Beverley Vivian
BSc, PGCE
Subject:
Maths

I love teaching and my passion is for maths. I've worked with people of all ages, in classes and one-to-one, as well as becoming a GCSE and A level assessor for one of the major examination boards. I've been told I have a great deal of patience, and I am happy to explain things again, in more detail or in a different way until all becomes clear. I hope my enthusiasm is catching and that you enjoy working with me to help you achieve your goal! I am now the Online Tutoring Co-ordinator at Wolsey Hall Oxford.

Heidi Watkins
BSc, PGCE
Subject:
Maths

At school I immersed myself in mathematics. I would find myself constantly searching for patterns in numbers and shapes around me, and loved using a combination of maths and logic to solve problems. In fact I enjoyed the subject so much that I decided to pursue a degree in Mathematics at the University of Birmingham, which included studying equations to explain why tigers have stripes but leopards have spots! I am really looking forward to sharing my enthusiasm for maths and supporting you during this course. 

Clare Worley
BSc, DTLLS
Subject:
Maths and Physics

I love Maths and Science, so when tutoring I try to transmit this feeling to others. Connecting with students and tapping in to what makes them tick is invaluable for enabling independent learning and success. It’s a joy to guide a student through a problem and share in their thrill upon reaching a solution. Inquisitiveness is a trait often rewarded when studying Mathematics - there is no question that should not be asked – I encourage you to ask away! 

Department of Sciences

Lyndsay Baker
BSc
Subject:
Biology, Physics and Science

Science is awesome! I’ve been a fan of science in general, and biology in particular, my entire life. My mum is a teacher, and I spent most of my high school post-exam periods sitting with her class of ten year olds and helping them with their studies, and realised very early on that I wanted to be involved in education as well. After my degree I went straight into an Oxford Brookes University graduate teacher programme, teaching in Banbury. I left the classroom in 2010 to have a family, but couldn't bring myself to stop teaching. I’ve been tutoring constantly since then, and look forward to every lesson. So please, if you have any questions or need anything, don't hesitate to contact me.

Chris Byrne
BSc, PhD
Subject:
Chemistry

Over the course of my 35-year teaching career, I've taught O Level, GCSE and A Level Chemistry to, I estimate, somewhere in the region of 3000 different students. I know that Chemistry can appear a rather daunting prospect in the early days of study, but, taken a step at a time, it should soon begin to click into place, and its importance as a subject that has connections to so many aspects of our lives becomes obvious. I hope that between us we will be able to make sense of those ‘...colours, smells and reactions’. 

Vanessa Cheel
BSc, DPhil
Subject:
Physics

I did my doctorate in the Materials Department at Oxford University, funded by an international research institute in France. After a spell in industrial research I returned to university. I followed this by teaching A Levels, and ever since I’ve mixed research and teaching. My teaching has been at all levels from pre-school through secondary school, college and university. I’ve been head of department in three secondary schools;  delivered courses on cutting edge technology for FE colleges: and home educated children in Science, Maths and other subjects.

 

David Hillman
BA, BSc, PGCE
Subject:
Physics

I am an experienced teacher, having been teaching Physics and Maths in Oxford colleges and schools for many years. I have very much enjoyed teaching students of all backgrounds and abilities. I ensure students feel motivated, unstressed and growing in confidence. I feel it is important that I not only explain things clearly but that I also identify misunderstandings and clear them up sympathetically. I read widely and try to keep up with the latest developments in the sciences. I enjoy walking and writing, including writing poetry. 

Gemma Langley
BSc, PGCE
Subject:
Biology and Science

I completed a Post Graduate Certificate of Education at Swansea University, and then went on to teach Science, specializing in Biology, at Dwr-y-felin Comprehensive School in Neath. I taught there for seven years and thrived on watching my pupils blossom and succeed.I’ve always wondered how things work, from rocket ships to the human body. Why do we sneeze? Is there life on Mars? What causes disease? Science aims to provide the answers; it is the subject of discovery. I love it and I’m sure you will too.

Jennifer Lasouska
BSc, PGCE
Subject:
Biology and Science

I completed a BSc in Biological Sciences with a minor in Psychology and a post graduate certificate in Educational Management. I have been teaching Biology and Psychology for 15 years. I moved from New York to England, a country myself and my family love. I have very much enjoyed teaching the IGCSE course for the last four years, and also work for OCR and CIE as an examiner and moderator. I have taught in a variety of schools, from state comprehensives to grammar schools in Salisbury, to a highly academic independent school in Ascot.

Linda Powell
BSc, PGCE
Subject:
Chemistry and Science

Open your eyes and see the world around you. That's what science allows you to do - it's amazing. I have loved science for as long as I can remember. My first job was in pharmaceutical research. I left research to raise my three children but was asked to assist with teaching Biochemistry at the local college. It was always very important to me to be around for my young family as they grew up and so teaching became highly attractive to me. As your tutor I'm here to support you and answer your questions. Remember there is no question too small, so please don't hesitate to contact me when you need help. 

Wendy Strange
BA, BSc, PGCE
Subject:
Maths and Chemistry

I have been teaching Mathematics and Chemistry in England for 38 years. I’m friendly, helpful and always willing to give time and advice to students who are keen to learn. I can promise you that no question that you want to ask will seem too simple or trivial. I’m known for my rapid response to queries and I look forward to working with you.

Clare Turner
MEng, PGCE, PhD
Subject:
Physics and Maths

Ever since I was a child, I wanted to know how and why things work. Rather than going into industry after my degree, however, I wanted to share this love of physics and maths with others, so I became a qualified teacher. I’ve tutored people of ages ranging from 10 years old to those in their 40s. I’ve mentored budding engineers and shown many people how beautiful physics can be. For example, did you know that we are all literally made of stardust? I hope you will find this physics course a pleasure and gain valuable insights into how the universe works. 

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carol Carter
BSc, PGCE
Subject:
Geography

Geography is such an important subject: it teaches us what the world we live in is like now, how it came to be this way and what it may look like in the future. I hope through your studies with Wolsey Hall you will come to love it as much as I do.

Michelle Feeney
MA, PGCE
Subject:
History

History has always been my passion. It represents the truth; and a historian's quest is to find that truth amongst the reams of interpretation and documentation. Winston Churchill once said 'the further backward you can look, the further forward you are likely to see'. And I want to help young people recognise the impact that history has on our lives. It's a discipline which engages and inspires. History is an academic subject and it can be challenging, but I'm always on hand to help with any questions!

Veronika Goodwin
BA, Cert Ed.
Subject:
History

I've always enjoyed introducing others to the wonders of history - understanding the past not only enriches our lives but also develops valuable skills of interpretation and debate. I've taught in a variety of schools and colleges, specialising in 19th and 20th century history. I've also worked to support students in developing their essay writing skills, and marked GCSE and A level exam papers. I've seen what rapid progress you can make if you're committed to learning and have helped my own children, and many other students, acquire the combination of knowledge, skills and organisation that they need to succeed at top universities an beyond. 

Mandy Lloyd
BA, MA, PGCE, PhD
Subject:
English Language and Literature and Psychology

I love writing, reading, studying and researching! I have been a qualified teacher for 10 years and over this time have garnered a wealth of experience teaching KS3, KS4 and KS5. My passion for Psychology and independent study enabled me to complete my PhD alongside my teaching commitments. I am here to help you achieve your potential: to accomplish and achieve your goals! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or queries. 

Michelle Morgan
BSc, PGCE
Subject:
Psychology

After working in the police force for several years, I became a full-time teacher having studied Psychology, Education and having qualified as a university lecturer. I lectured in both Psychology and Sociology before specialising in Psychology. I gained a master’s in Psychology and Criminology, specialising in forensic work. As a teacher, I have worked in further education, higher education, distance education and in the sixth form. And throughout I have been employed as a senior examiner with a number of leading examination boards. I am English but live in Normandy, France and I am a keen Francophile.

Naomi Richman
BA, MSt
Subject:
Religious Studies

Regardless of whether or not you’re religious, learning about different religions, their histories and cultures, is absolutely fundamental to understanding who we are and how we can better get along. Religious ideas and practices influence how you live your life and make decisions every single day. Religious studies asks philosophical questions about life, the universe, and beyond: who are we? Why are we here? What is our purpose? My fascination with different religions has led me to become a Religious Studies teacher after having completed Undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Religion at the University of Oxford. In fact, I can’t get enough of it, and I’m currently completing a PhD to become a Doctor of Religion at the University of Oxford, too!

Becky Shaw Simms
MA (Oxon)
Subject:
Geography

As well as being a busy geography tutor I also work as an IT system trainer for a large publishing company in Oxford. To me, Geography is a vitally important study of "who and what is where. and why?". It bridges the sciences and the humanities brilliantly and I believe it has something to interest everyone. Whether you're interested in rocks and rivers, weather and water, or people and places, and wherever in the world you are, I'm here to help you and make the most of your studies. 

Department of Classics

Joanna Lashly
MA, PGCE
Subject:
Latin

I read Greats (Classics, Ancient History and Philosophy) at Oxford and began working in an office in London. It was not for me. I missed the Classics, and the thought of it only being a hobby was too awful. So I trained as a teacher and have never looked back. I now have the great good fortune to be able to practise my hobby at work! I enjoy the variety of Latin and Greek literature and cultural topics that I teach, as well as the chance to introduce them to a large number of pupils. Latin, as you will see, is not just a language, it’s a way of life!

Department of Modern Languages

Victoria Bentata
MA, PGCE
Subject:
French and Spanish

When I was 8 years old, I started learning French at school, and I’ve loved it ever since. As I made progress, it was great fun to find I could understand another language. I was excited by the idea that speaking someone else’s language helps you to understand how they think as well as what they say, so I took up German and Russian as well. After school, I went to Oxford University to study Modern Languages. I studied German and Russian and spent time living in Russia. I then did a PGCE qualification (Primary with French specialism) and taught in two schools before deciding to become a French and Spanish tutor. I also gained a degree (first class) in French and Spanish with the Open University, which made me realise how great distance learning is!

Marco Brandl
D.Phil, M.St, BA
Subject:
German

I have always had a deep passion for languages, and since studying at Oxford I have taught foreign languages (primarily German and Arabic, but occasionally Italian and French) at several UK Sixth Form colleges, as well as at universities both in the UK and the United States. Whenever I’m not teaching, I enjoy travelling, reading and playing sports.

Julia Challenger
BA, PGCE
Subject:
German

Herzlich willkommen! I love languages and they have always played an important role in my life. I am German on my mother’s side and have relatives in Berlin and Leipzig with whom I have close contact. I studied a BA in German with Portuguese at Newcastle University. Since completing my PGCE in German with French I have taught in two comprehensive schools. I look forward greatly to teaching now for Wolsey Hall Oxford. I hope you’ll join me in finding language learning a hugely enjoyable, rewarding and useful experience. It might not only give you the chance to travel, but it might provide you with a fulfilling career!

Liz Matthews
MA (Oxon), PGCE
Subject:
German

I graduated with an MA in German & French from Oxford University. For the third year of my degree I lived and worked in Köln, Germany, where I taught as an English language assistant. I then went on to work as a private tutor, helping students to boost their confidence and enjoyment of languages. I studied a PGCE in Modern Languages with the Open University, and since having two daughters I have taught both German and French to students in primary and secondary schools around Oxfordshire. My focus is now on tutoring online for Wolsey Hall.

Lorena Jordán Minero
BA, CAP
Subject:
Spanish

I come from Lleida, a city in the north-east of Spain. I was brought up bilingually, speaking both Spanish and Catalan at home and at school. When I was seven, my parents decided to enrol me in some taster English lessons, without realising that those lessons were going to be the base of my future career. I was instantly hooked, and my love for languages would only grow and grow from then on. I did my Teacher Training at the University of Majorca and then I moved to England, which gave me the opportunity to discover the pleasure of teaching Spanish. I look forward to supporting you on your journey to learn this beautiful and interesting language!

Caroline Thomson
BA, PGCE
Subject:
French and Spanish

I’ve always enjoyed learning languages, thanks to many holidays in France and Spain with my family. I began learning French and German when I started school, and I’ve never looked back. I can speak French, German, Spanish, Italian and Japanese. I always tell people that I have a lot to say...As a tutor I now have many students of all ages, and I enjoy the opportunity for the one-to-one contact this affords. I am very happy to be a tutor for Wolsey Hall, and am here to share my passion for languages! 

Department of Business and Law

Ross Logan
MA (Oxon)
Subject:
Economics

I studied Modern Languages, Politics and Economics at university. For 20 years I worked first in the City of London, then Zurich and finally in Hong Kong. Ten years ago I moved back to UK as I wanted to return to academic life in Oxford. My previous career gave me great insight into how markets for individual firms operated and how different economies functioned. I look forward to sharing this insight and teaching students of Economics at Wolsey Hall Oxford!

Don Macdonald
BA, MBA, PGCE
Subject:
Accounting

We all need a basic understanding of money and finance. It’s almost impossible to avoid dealing with them in our daily lives. Hopefully I can help you in your understanding. My business experience has been in the accounting and management fields. My teaching experience in accounting and management has been with students in secondary school and with mature students. I have taught in both in the United Kingdom and in South Africa, where I have worked with students from many countries both north and south of the Sahara. This has reinforced my belief that there are many different ways of explaining and understanding difficult concepts.

Adrian Mason
LLB, PGCE
Subject:
Law

Law is a fascinating subject. Without it, society would simply not work. The law in England and Wales has developed over hundreds of years and continues to change. It is dynamic. I have been in legal education for over 16 years teaching and training at all levels from qualified solicitors and barristers to those taking their first steps into legal studies. People study law for many reasons. Some want to one day practice law; some to broaden their horizons and use as a stepping stone into other careers; others find it enough just to learn a little more about how law works. Whatever your motivation, I’m sure that you’ll enjoy finding out why law is so important.

Roy Waters
BA, DipM
Subject:
Accounting and Business Studies

I have been helping people achieve their qualifications for over twenty years. I've worked as a teacher and lecturer in outstanding schools and colleges where providing an enjoyable but challenging learning experience is key. I've taught students Business Studies and Accounting at GCSE, BTEC and A Level, and I always try to ensure they have fun achieving their qualifications. I recently took retirement from my hectic days as a head of sixth form and I am now enjoying working with people as a home study tutor helping them achieve their goals. I look forward to working with you over the coming months! 

Department of Information Technology

Dominique Cave
BA, PGCE
Subject:
ICT and Computer Science

I am South African and attended the University of Cape Town. I graduated with a BA in Psychology. I previously taught Secondary School English, Guidance (Life Skills), Global Perspectives; and Theory of Knowledge at IB Diploma Level. I most enjoy teaching ICT and Computer Science and after upgrading my Computing and IT qualifications, I took a PGCE to qualify as a Computer Applications Technology teacher. I worked in Kenya as the Deputy Head and Director of ICT at a British international school. my family have since returned to Cape Town where I teach online whilst also homeschooling my three daughters. I also develop curriculum materials.

Chris Donohue
BSc, PGCE
Subject:
ICT and Computer Science

After some time working in the IT industry, I discovered a love of guiding and supporting the learning of others, initially through training and then through teaching. I have been combining IT and teaching professionally for over seven years now. I am a firm believer that successful learning depends on four main factors - commitment, willingness, determination, and self-belief. Often learners have plenty of the first three, but may lack a little of the latter. On this course, as well as being there to support and guide you, I will always encourage you to have confidence in your ability.

Nigel Marsh
BA, PGCE
Subject:
Computer Science

When I was a boy in the 1970s, my father brought home one of the earliest personal computers, the Commodore PET. This large white machine was my first contact with the technology revolution. While studying English and Philosophy at university and going on to train as a teacher of English, I retained my interest in computers, and have ended up spending most of my working life in information technology as it has grown up around us. I think the most important lesson I learned from playing with early technology was never to be afraid of it. If you approach technology with curiosity and take the time needed to find out what it does and how it works, you learn how to control it and make it do ever more useful and inventive things.