Fiona’s approach to tutoring is highly specialised and has been developed over the many years she has been a full-time tutor. She considers every student as an individual who has their own way of learning. She helps them to discover how they learn and she uses a wide variety of techniques to enable them to study on their own and become less and less dependent on her for assistance. Eventually for those preparing to sit exams, their self-confidence is sufficiently boosted and their study skills are so advanced, they can almost teach themselves from the relevant textbooks. By then her job is nearly completed and she is only needed to troubleshoot problems as and when they arise, keep the student’s self-confidence topped-up and guide them through the process of revising and preparing for the forthcoming exams.
Fiona has been a full-time, self-employed tutor since 1981 and over the years she has developed a comprehensive portfolio of core subjects and teaching skills that have made her a well-respected and much sought-after tutor in Oxford. She has been described as being “worth her weight in gold” and she has achieved her personal goal of being able to tutor any student in any of her subjects at any level.
Fiona has given nearly 100,000 tutorials and has taught children with a wide variety of backgrounds. The identities of past students shall not be disclosed, however in no particular order she has taught the children of ambassadors, diplomats, eminent scientists, artists, authors, columnists and broadcasters; the son of an internationally famous sculptor, who is now a famous artist in his own right; the son of a famous singer while she took the leading role in a musical in Oxford; a talented young lady who is now an MP; the daughter of a Dame.