Online Tuition

Online tuition is a possibility for those who are not able to access a tutor locally. I can offer this service from my home via Skype. My name is Dorothy Greenald. I am a very experienced one to one literacy tutor. I have been tutoring students of all ages since 1998 on a private basis and also in school and College settings. My students improve their reading and written composition skills significantly.

My qualifications

I hold an upper second class honours degree, BA (Hons) and the AKC certificate from the University of London, King's College. I hold a Postgraduate diploma in Professional Studies in Education (Specific Learning Difficulties), PGDipSpLD, from Kingston University. This was delivered by the Dyslexia Institute, now renamed Dyslexia Action.I am also a certified Irlen assessor and screener (for visual perceptual difficulties).

My subjects

I offer online tuition, using structured literacy programmes to students of all ages from 6 years to adult. I teach reading, writing, spelling and study skills in a multisensory and cumulative manner. 

My experience

Since qualifying in the field of Specific Learning Difficulties, I have been an Advisory Teacher for a local authority, and have worked in secondary and primary schools, delivering literacy programmes tailored to the needs of individual pupils. I have also worked with numerous private pupils of all ages from 6 upwards. I have worked in three Colleges of Further Education, where I have assessed young people and adults for specific learning difficulties, some for DSA purposes. I also support students whom I have assessed. I assess for visual perception difficulties (visual stress, sometimes known as Irlen syndrome), using the Irlen method and am able to supply overlays of a colour suited to individual needs.

My charges

For one to one online tuition using structured literacy lessons for children and teenagers, the fee is £25 per hour.  For GCSE tuition it is £30 per hour and for A level students, the cost is £35 per hour. For access to work people and undergraduate and postgraduate students, the cost is £65 per one and a half hours minimum. I do not offer group teaching. All my work is on a one to one basis.

When I am available

I am available to teach any time on weekdays or Saturdays. During school holidays, I can teach at the same times as in the term time, or at different times as arranged individually.

Ages and levels of my students

I teach all ages from 6 years to adult.

My arrangements for online tuition

For structured literacy teaching to improve reading and spelling ability I assess the level of a student's reading and spelling ability by sending short tests that can be administered by a parent or friend, then send a weekly workbook (includes instructions) in pdf format by email for a parent, friend or student to print. I agree a time when the child or student will complete the workbook and make myself available by skype or email (your choice) to talk you through the completion of the workbook, which takes around one hour. A workbook may be completed in shorter sessions by a younger child and it will usually be appropriate to agree several shorter sessions, rather than a one hour session. For students under 16 years of age, it is useful to use a literacy game after completion of the workbook. This is sent by email in advance to be printed and cut, together with simple instructions for assembly and the rules of the game.

For handwriting, a sample of the child's or student's handwriting can be sent to me by email or post for me to analyse, and subsequently workbooks in pdf format will be sent by email, with instructions, ready to be printed. These are then returned to me for analysis. I agree a time when the child or student will complete the workbook and make myself available by skype or email (your choice) to talk you through the completion of the workbook, which takes around one hour for most students. A workbook may be completed in shorter sessions by a younger child and it will usually be appropriate to agree several shorter sessions, rather than a one hour session. 

For proofreading, please send your work by email or post and I will proofread it and suggest changes where appropriate.

Local tuition

In addition to offering online tuition, I teach at students' homes (if a parent or carer is present) or at a public library. I teach in all parts of County Durham, Teeside and Cleveland, including Durham City, Hartlepool, Peterlee, Bishop Auckland, Billingham, Sedgefield, Chester-le-Street and Darlington as well as in the surrounding villages

Professional organisations to which I belong

I belong to the Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Difficulties (PATOSS) and to the British Dyslexia Association.

My training

I trained with the Dyslexia Institute, now renamed Dyslexia Action.

My students

My current students are aged from 6 to 48 and have dyslexic tendencies or have been definitively diagnosed as dyslexic.

My personal message for students

I enjoy helping you to achieve your goals. To discuss online tuition, please contact me without obligation.