My name is Elizabeth Pywell although nearly everyone calls me Liz. I began my career as an English and Drama teacher and spent a decade in York’s private schools, including Ampleforth College and The Mount School, teaching children how to love words. I taught English and Theatre Studies, held pastoral management positions, marked for examination boards, tutored privately and was proud to help hundreds of children achieve fantastic results. I went into teaching because I love literature and I love working with young people; I count myself as lucky to spend my days talking about books!
I am a strong believer in working with my students’ strengths while challenging them to improve areas of weakness in a supportive, positive manner. As well as the syllabus required I also always teach the study skills students need to continue learning between lessons.
I believe that learning should be fun and that everyone has the capacity to enjoy language, novels, poetry and plays. I aim to help all students set themselves ambitious but realistic goals, whether that is to read aloud confidently, pass GCSE English or get an A* in A level English Literature, and then to meet those goals and go on to face new challenges with positivity and determination. Recent pupil success stories include one who was predicted a G at GCSE but achieved a C grade after only half a term’s tuition with me, and several who have achieved A* grades at A level. I have always delighted in helping people meet their true potential.
As well as offering tuition sessions of one, two or three hours on a regular basis, I offer intensive day and two day long courses to pupils preparing for exams. These are during half terms and school holidays and are one on one. Please enquire for further details.
I am qualified to teach English and Drama and have an MA in English Literature, am DBS-checked (this is the new CRB), have a Boarding Schools Association Certificate in Pastoral Care and can provide references and certificates upon request.