David has 12 years experience of teaching geography across a range of levels, including KS3, GCSE, IGCSE, A-Level and IB at Manchester Grammar School and Stockport Grammar School, two of the best schools in North West England. During this time he has worked as both Head of Department and Head of Year, giving him extensive experience of the academic and pastoral challenges facing young people.
"Catherine’s role was to fill any gaps and misconceptions in the subject, whilst also ensuring that our son tackled the 3 differing geography papers (physical, human and fieldwork) in the most effective way possible. Our aim for these sessions was to achieve a level 5/6 in August 2018.
From the start Catherine added value… she quickly identified our son's weaker areas (mostly the parts of the curriculum that he did not enjoy) and supported him with good questioning and ideas to help him tackle these head on. After the first session he admitted that this was already helpful as he’d been avoiding certain themes.
Catherine approach was calm, kind and supportive and I felt that she made him relax into the subject and feel more confident about his ability, particularly with structuring the longer, more complex questions, which he does not enjoy. Catherine’s knowledge was extensive and she made him realise that without a good factual base he would struggle. He was motivated to learn more key facts in the weeks up to the exams.
Catherine was always flexible with tutor times and dates and was keen to fit in additional sessions. Catherine was punctual and friendly and it was a pleasure to work with her. I would not hesitate to recommend her.