"I had two lessons a week with Ruth from before my HSC trials until my exams. I was overwhelmed by my workload with Extension and Advanced English and had lost my ability to write well under pressure as I felt I had too much to say and didn't know how to express my ideas concisely and clearly. Ruth helped me straight away and after just a few lessons I had outstanding trial results in English. She taught me how to plan essays and gather my ideas according to the requirements of the syllabus and rubric. What seemed so overwhelming and impossible then became quite straightforward. We also went over some of the details from my texts and Ruth gave me new ideas and filled in gaps left by my teachers. Her knowledge is extensive and she always had really interesting ideas about the texts. I found her lessons really stimulating and I learned new things each time. I worked very hard with Ruth and she had high expectations of me. I learned to write quickly under pressure and how to gather key ideas and quotes and then adapt them according to the question in the exam. She always had extra time for me and marked my work and returned it to me and spoke on the phone when I was really struggling. I achieved Band 6 for both Extension and Advanced and could never have done this without the guidance of such a good teacher. Ruth was always able to explain things in a way which made sense to me and then gave me room for my own ideas and perspectives. She is an awesome teacher and I highly recommend her, my only regret is that I didn't have her from the beginning of Year 11."