My Story

Hello! My name is Nicola. Welcome to my website. I am the owner of Top Marks Education. Let me tell you something about my background and how I can help you. I have always had a great love of learning and my particular passions are English and history and one of my greatest joys in life is passing on the knowledge and skills I have learnt and seeing my students grow in their confidence and ability. Knowing that I have made a difference to someone's life through my teaching gives me true satisfaction.

In 1997 I graduated from Trinity College, Carmarthen (University of Wales) with a BA Honours in Humanities where I had majored in English. I subsequently completed a PGCE in Education and Training at the University of Wales College, Newport in 1998. During my teaching practice, I gained experience teaching English to speakers of other languages, GCSE English and basic literacy. It was also at this time that I gained a City & Guilds Initial Certificate in Teaching Basic Skills: ESOL. In 2002 I achieved a City & Guilds Initial Certificate in Teaching Basic Skills: Literacy. As part of my continual professional development I also undertook The School of TEFL's Basic TESOL course and achieved an "Excellence".

Over the course of my teaching career, I have worked in the Further Education sector and Top Marks Education was established in 2000 as a provider of freelance teaching services and now specialises in providing one-to-one teaching of 11+, Literacy, Numeracy, English (Including GCSE, AS & A Level English) and ESL/EFL to clients in Grantham and the surrounding area. Alongside my face-to-face teaching I have extensive experience in teaching online EFL/ESL students from all over the world using Skype and an interactive whiteboard.

I pride myself on providing expert tuition at a time and place to suit the learner. For me, every one of my students is a unique individual and I firmly believe in adapting my teaching methods and resources to meet those specific needs. Whatever your learning goals are, let Top Marks Education help you on your journey to success.