Is your child studying Cambridge International English or History courses?  

Is there a need for help with those studies? 

I am a qualified English and History teacher and have taught CIE Checkpoint, IGCSE and AS/A level English and History at Albert College, a small, private school in Prince Albert in the Karoo, for the past 12 years. I have also worked with private candidates.


For the past three years I have worked as an on-line tutor, having assisted several teenagers with IGCSE, AS and A level English and AS History, using e-mail and holding occasional meetings.


Initially our distance education interaction consists of working on exercises from the textbook which are submitted as Word documents for me to “mark” - I make comprehensive comments on style, language usage, etc. Half of each English course focusses on creative and functional writing and we explore the wide variety of styles and formats for that section of the syllabus.


Later we work intensively on exam papers - how to answer them as well as the content of answers.  This is vital if students working through distance education are to succeed in examinations. 


I am usually able to provide feedback within 24 to 48 hours - unless I am away from home. Early in our distance collaboration my first student and I had a few face-to-face meetings at weekend workshops, both in Prince Albert and in Cape Town, which were helpful for both of us but this isn’t essential.


Several of my Albert College students have achieved distinctions, including one who achieved the highest marks in the world for her English Language and Literature AS exams and another who achieved the highest marks in South Africa for IGCSE History. My first on-line student achieved over 80% for his IGCSE English course and 89% for AS level English in the November 2016 exams. In 2017 my private English Language A level student achieved an A.


Regarding my qualifications, I completed my BA and BEd degrees though UNISA and my HDE (PG) Sec at Rhodes University and am registered with SACE. I completed the British Council invigilation course and am registered as a Cambridge International Examinations invigilator.  I have taught English as first and second language at the local provincial school, CIE courses at Albert College and have tutored adult students completing Education degrees through UNISA.

Should you be interested in my assisting your child with their CIE English or History studies please contact me on 023 5411 211 or by e-mail: to discuss your particular requirements and my fees.


References are available.

I have now accepted my full quota of students for 2018.

Johanna and Ailsa December 2017

I am thrilled to bits - friend and colleague Johanna Mokoaqo has completed her degree - that last UNISA English course has been conquered!     We worked steadily through the year, exploring and analysing poetry and persuasive language... SUCCESS! I am so proud of you, Johanna!