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Dr Barry Spurr - Stanmore, Sydney

Overall rating of 5.0 stars based on 5 reviews
These ratings are based on the results of a survey where students were asked to provide an honest assessment of their experience with this tutor.
Extensive understanding of the subject
Ability to communicate concepts clearly
Always on time, notified student if unable to attend a lesson
Available at a convenient time and location.
Enthusiastic, interested, patient, and courteous
Came prepared with lessons and activities
Helped student to improve in subject
Value for money
Provided value for money lessons

Overall Rating 5.0

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Student Stars K C P A A P I V Subject Lessons Date
Simon 5.0 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
English Advanced, English Exte 52 12-01-2019
A great tutor! English has always been a struggle in my studies, and a breaking point came in Year 11 for me when I realised that I really didn't know how to improve my English. Dr Spurr is remarkably efficient with his time, and goes out of his way to read your own texts (as he did for me with Wide Sargasso Sea and Looking for Richard) and mark your essays out of lesson time, so the price is very justified. He taught me to appreciate texts and poetry, as well as proper essay structure and exam techniques, all of which are very valuable. For the numbers, in the year that I started with Dr Spurr, I went from rank 93 to 28 in Advanced English and finished 13th in English Extension I. In Year 12, I achieved a Band 6 in both English Advanced and English Extension I, a feat that I would've thought to be impossible before seeing Dr Spurr. Once again, a great tutor!

Jane 5.0 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
English 16 30-10-2017
I located Barry via an ex-student of his and am so grateful he was able to work with my son in the 4 months prior to his HSC. Barry is highly knowledgeable and experienced and my son thoroughly enjoyed working with him. Barry's fee includes his preparation time, which involved my son sending in an essay and Barry taking the time to analyse it before the session, ensuring that he made the most efficient use of his one hour session with my son. This was excellent value for money. My son made huge gains in his results over that short time and is feeling super confident about his HSC English results. (I only wish I'd found him sooner!) I would highly recommend Barry to future students and will be bringing my younger son to see him next year.

Matthew 5.0 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
English Advanced 15 18-10-2017
Sought out Barry in mid-June 2017, ended up seeing major improvements in English Advanced, Extension 1 and Extension 2 (one example, went from 136th in Advanced half yearly report to 33rd in Trials and 104th end of yearly). Would recommend 100%.

Sam 5.0 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
English 6 06-08-2017
Dr Spurr is an unbelievably experienced and knowledgeable tutor. He is well versed in all components outlined in the syllabus and teaches to the requirements of each student's ability and situation. In my personal experience, unlike other experienced english tutors, he is a very jovial and approachable person. Whilst, initially, his rates may seem steep, Dr Spurr is extremely effective with the time. Assisting and advising me to fix errors/issues that would take other tutors 2-3 times extra. His information is unique and is what teachers look for to award top marks. Before my tutoring sessions with him, I struggled to maintain consistent exam marks. Now I am ranked in the top 5 in my cohort, coming from a top 5 ranked school. I have to travel 2 and a half hours to and from my house to be tutored by Dr Spurr, a true testament to his quality.

Peter 5.0 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
English 10 09-09-2016
Barry is an amazing tutor who clearly has an extensive knowledge of English. Name it and I'm positive he'll be able to have an engaging and arresting perusal with you regarding the area of concern. Before I went to his tutoring lessons, my English marks were averaging around 60-70% (purely due to not having proper exam techniques), but after going to a number of lessons, my final results averaged +95% (I achieved within the top 10 ranks out of 100 students). Thank you, Barry, for your diligence and patience in helping me get so far!!! You are a true lifesaver and I couldn't have done it without you!!! If you are looking around for the right tutor, look no further because Barry will set you on the road to absolute success!!! You won't regret it!!!