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John O'Keeffe
English and Maths Tutor
Dyslexia Consultant

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About John O'Keeffe
John specialises in helping students with specific learning difficulties (Dyslexia) and preparing boys and girls from 6 years upwards, for all English and Maths examinations
John is a graduate of London University and has held key teaching posts in both state and independent schools, including St George's College, Weybridge, St Maur's School, Weybridge and Notre Dame Senior School, Cobham, Surrey.
He has postgraduate qualifications from the University of Surrey where he studied language development in education and its implication on the curriculum.

John's special study was The Impact of the Book Environment on Readers.

At the University of Kent he researched the reading process and testing at all key stages

In 1992 he was awarded full membership of the British Dyslexia Association (M.B.D.A.) where he investigated the theory and practical current research and the implications for students with specific learning difficulties. His case study examined the neurological and psycholinguistic factors affecting dyslexia.
Enhancing Performance

Students are helped to enhance performance by study skills in :-

Memory Techniques Motivation Note Taking Revision

Examination Practice Written Homework Time Management

School Room
There is a purpose built schoolroom in his home, equipped with four computers, a large variety of educational software plus several hundred textbooks. These cover all aspects of the National Curriculum.
English & Maths Teacher - Weybridge Surrey Tutor
Programmes of study include:-
Classroom of Dyslexia tutor in Oatlands Weybridge near Walton on Thames
The School Room at John's Weybridge home
School Entrance Exams
I. Q Testing  
Mathematics K.S. 1,2,3  
English K.S. 1,2,3  
Structured Multi Sensory Schemes devised for Dyslexic Students

Knowledge - Confidence - Success - John O'Keeffe, English & Maths Tutor, Dyslexia Consultant

Study Skills
Examination Revision and Coursework
  Speech & Drama
Learning Support
Children mature and develop fundamental skills at uneven rates so many need levels of support not available in the classroom.

Success is the passport to strong self esteem, enabling them to embrace with confidence the challenges ahead.

John's students are regularly awarded places at the following prestigious schools:-
Elmbridge based Dyslexia Tutor
       Cranmore, West Horsley.  
       Halliford, Shepperton.  
       Notre Dame, Senior School, Cobham.
       Reeds, Cobham.  
       Sir William Perkins, Chertsey.
       St Catherines, Guildford.  
       St George's College, Weybridge.
       St John's, Leatherhead.
       Tiffins School, Kingston.  
       Tormead, Guildford.  
Some Success Stories
Recent successes include a 19 year old from Weybridge who worked with John for five years and is now a banker with HSBC and a young man from Chertsey who's parents were told by an educational psychologist that he would not get beyond his GCSEs.

But with John's help over four years, he is now studying at King Alfred's College Winchester. The student's mother said "Mr O'Keeffe helped my son an awful lot. He wouldn't be at University if it wasn't for him".

What Is Dyslexia & How To Spot It
Dyslexia is a neurological disorder in which there is unexpected failure to read. It is genetic - where brain cells are arranged differently from a normal reader's.
The extent of the difference in brain cell arrangement determines the severity. About 90% of cases are hereditary.

How to spot it:

 Mirror writing and letter reversal - writing 'b' instead of 'd'
 Poor concentration
 Confuse left and right
 Unable to understand time and tense
 Learning to talk late
 Mental block with reading, writing or spelling
 Difficulty in copying
 Speech or hearing difficulties
 Difficulty in sequencing - listing the days of the week
Contact Information
John and Ann's home is situated about 1.3 miles from the centre of Weybridge and is just off the A3050. The address and other contact information is given below:
11 Oatlands Green,
Oatlands Drive,
KT13 9HR
01932 849 914
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John O'Keeffe is a Dyslexia Consultant (Teacher) and an English and Maths Tutor.
His school room at Oatlands Weybridge is a short journey from Esher, Walton (Walton On Thames), Hersham, Cobham, Byfleet, West Byleet, Addlestone, Chertsey, Staines, Woking, Molesey, Shepperton, Ottershaw, Chobham, Horsell, New Haw, Oxshott, St Georges Hill (St George's Hill), Brooklands, Wentworth, Sunninghill, Sunningdale,  and Stoke D'Abernon.
Local authorities: Elmbridge, Runneymede, Spelthorne and Woking.