English Tutoring for NCEA and Cambridge
Our tutors all participate in training that is designed specifically to help them tutor English for NCEA and Cambridge students. We cover well-researched English tutoring methods for helping students with all the forms of internal assessment, as well as basic writing skills such as grammar and paragraphing. Needless to say, we’re also very confident at helping with essay writing, and the most common question asked of English tutors: how to study for an English exam.
The Details: What Our English Tutors Know
The New Zealand English curriculum gives students a fantastic grounding in communication, critical thinking, and knowledge of literature. Our English tutors know this well. All of them studied NCEA or Cambridge English within the last few years, so they are very familiar with the ins and outs of tutoring English for each curriculum. This is supplemented by us with regular training and up-to-date resources.
Both NCEA and Cambridge English is about establishing vital life skills in communication, comprehension, analysis and creativity. The curricula covers a wide range of subjects and has high expectations of students’ performance. Examiners and internal assessors expect English students to develop the ability to analyse and critically respond to written and visual texts, and to craft their own pieces of work with great fluency and coherence.
The courses cover five main areas:
- Genre study (novel, poetry, short story, theatre and film)
- Creating meaning (writing formally and creatively, plus visual communication and speech-making)
- Research (NCEA)
- Close reading of unfamiliar texts (NCEA)
- Developing personal reading habits (NCEA)
Meet some of our English tutors
Sally has been tutoring with Pencilcase since 2014 and has worked with a wide range of students at different levels. She has excellent feedback from parents and students she has worked with. Sally was a peer support leader at Rangitoto College, and has completed the Pencilcase tutor training.
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- 5 years experience with teaching at St John Youth - Mentor for a 1st year law student through the Kensington Swan Mentoring Programme at UOA - 1 year weekly tutoring of a year 13 student through the MATES programme (2013) - Tutored through the Academic Council at my High School in Japanese and English - Peer support leader and buddy to students in Years 7-9
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I have been tutoring with Pencilcase for three years now and prior to that volunteered as a tutor at my school in the afternoons. I have worked with students from Year 7 to Year 13 with a range of learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and Autism. I tutor English, History, Art, Media, Drama and Classical Studies, having done all these in my own High School years and received NZQA Scholarship in Design, Classics and English.
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My two pupils that I have taught for both their law and arts papers as a University of Auckland Scholarship tutor have entered Law Part II with flying colours. I have also acted as an Auckland Law Students’ Society Mentor, and managed a whole class of students as a university Spanish Class Representative. I also have relevant experience with teaching a range of students as a netball coach and umpire, and as a member of a big family, have been helping my little siblings with their work for years.
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