Qualifications
B.Sc. (Glasgow University), Cert. Ed.(Moray House College)

Experience :

School
St. Augustine's
Stevenson College
Queen Margaret Uni.
Denmark and Paris 

Tutoring

Days
Mon 
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat 
Sun

Highest level taught
Higher 
Higher National
Higher
 

Higher

Times available
10-10
10-10
10-10
10-10
10-10
10-10
10-12, 6-10

Years
  3 
25
  2
  2 

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       Ken Gourlay

Ken has a Kindle, an electronic book (e-book) sold by Amazon.com for about 110. He is willing to demonstrate this e-book to parents and/or students if you think that it will encourage the pupil to read more (whether or not the student is being tutored by Ken). Believe it or not, he's not on commission with Amazon. Click here to read more.

He has also written a book titled Kintyre Summers.

Testimonials - originals available

Higher English Prelim Final
Allison Burns

C

A

Fiona Burns

C

B

Thank you for all your help and advice


Higher Prelim Final
Maths

C

B

There is no doubt in my mind that I would not have achieved my B in Maths had it not been for the tutoring I received - Michael Chisholm


Higher Prelim Final
English

C

B

Geography

C

C

Modern Studies

C

A

Ken boosted my confidence and taught me topics I found difficult at school. He gave me excellent hints for sitting Highers. I wish I had been tutored sooner as his teaching is easy to follow - Andrew


Standard Grade Prelim Final

Maths

5/6

5

Matthew was positive about Maths for the first time in his life and seemed to enjoy and respond to the lessons. Practical advice given to me as a parent, including seemingly simple advice on times tables, was effective. Very professional and trustworthy. It's a shame we never managed to bump grades to a 4, but I am sure that is because Matthew had so few lessons

Standard Grade Prelim Final
Maths 4 3

Joseph has always been happy to go to his extra tutoring sessions which is a huge plus. Good liaison between Ken & myself as a parent. I have every confidence in Ken's abilities as tutor - used Ken's services with my older son & will ask him to help out next year too

- Dr Young, parent


Higher Prelim Final
Maths

E

C

I thought I wouldn't pass, but with your help I did. You're a great tutor and thanks for the help - Chris McQueen


Intermediate 2 Prelim Final

Maths

D

A

Thank you very much for helping Kirsten attain this level. You boosted her confidence and she is delighted with her A - Glynis Rodier


Standard Grade Prelim Final
English

3

2

Maths

5

4

Alan Gray


Higher Prelim Final

English

C

B

Ken helped me greatly in developing my skills for structuring essays and learning to leave out irrelevant facts - Chris Ferguson


Higher Prelim Final

History

B

A

Joanna Howard


Higher Prelim Final

English

E

C

I would just like to thank you very much for helping me pass my Higher English. Going from a Band 9 fail to a C was a great achievement and I very much doubt I would have managed it without you. Although it was not the B you had hoped for, I was happy with my C. Thank you very much again! - Hayley Forson


Higher

Prelim

Final
English

C

C

Maths

D

C

The tutoring was very useful and helped me a great deal in both Maths and English - Robert Gibbs


Higher Prelim Final

English

F

C

Craig Thompson


Higher Prelim Final

English

D

B

Excellent at focusing and improving on my weakest areas. Provided a wealth of knowledge on the subject. I believe I would not have passed the final exam without his efforts and I am extremely grateful -  Ross King


Intermediate 2 Prelim Final
English D B
Maths D B

We are very pleased with Joe's results in English & Maths. It represents a huge turnaround in a short space of time. We have already discussed using your tutoring again when the school year starts and will be in touch in a few weeks time - Glyn Mountford


Higher Prelim Final
Modern Studies D A

Thanks for the help. Tutoring effective and relevant to the specifics of the course. Especially helpful was practical help with essay questions - Joanne Smith


Higher Prelim Final
Maths

D

B

Really appreciated all the help you gave Jack. It restored his confidence to obtain his grade - Mrs Freeland


Standard Grade Prelim Final
English

2

2

Geography

4

3

Intermediate 2

Prelim Final

English

D

A

Higher

Prelim Final

English

D C

Ben is very happy with his result and is very keen to continue with Ken as his tutor for the coming year (6th). Ben has a very good pupil-teacher relationship with Ken and we know this has contributed to his result. As parents we are more than happy with the help and support given by you to our son - Ben Malinowski (father)


Prelim Final
Higher Maths

D

B

Intermediate 2 English

D

B

Ken is a great tutor who I would highly recommend. He encouraged and coached my son, keeping him on track and pushing him to his full potential - Lesley Hackett


Higher Prelim Final

English

B

A

Thank you for your help and support - Ghazal Hamid


English Prelim Final

Intermediate 2

C

B

Higher D A

I found your tutoring style very useful because it showed me the best way to answer the questions by showing me what the examiners are looking for - Andrew Burgess


Standard Grade Prelim Final
English

5

4

Geography

3

2

Intermediate 2
Geography B A

My son, Alasdair, has been tutored by Ken for several years with great success at Standard Grade and Intermediate 2. The subjects covered  have been Geography and English. In 2011 under Ken's direction my son achieved a grade A in Intermediate 2 Geography. This achievement was beyond that of his school target grade. Ken's direction and understanding of the examination system supported the hard work that the pupil must be prepared to do to achieve such grades. Without Ken's support and academic ability I consider Alasdair would not have achieved such good grades - Lorna Germain


Standard Grade Prelim Final
English

4

3

Maths

7

3

Once again thanks so much for helping us. Eilidh is going on to do Int 2 English & Maths. So you never know we may be contacting you again in the future - Kirsty Macpherson


Standard Grade Prelim Final

Maths

2

1

Pleased with Maths as Craig got 2 and 7 in the Prelims. Thank you - Susan Owen


Higher Prelim Final

English

C

B

Thank you for all your support. I could not have gained a B grade without it! - Martin Scott


Higher Prelim Final

English

C

C

Tutoring methods were very helpful as going through the passages and questions really helped me to understand what the question was looking for. As well as this, the anecdotes also helped me to get a good understanding about the passages. Thank you so much for your help! - Grace McLaughlin


English

Prelim Final

Standard Grade

3

2

Higher

D C

Ken's tutoring is highly beneficial. It helped me get the grade I needed and to get an insight into Higher. Ken made the topics and past papers much more fun. I would highly recommend him as a tutor - Joshua Baillie, 2012

Thank you for all your help with English over the years. Not only has it helped my grade but it has been fun! Many thanks - Joshua Baillie, 2013


Higher Prelim Final

English

A

A

I got an A band 1- 86%! Very happy with the result, and thank you for all your help! - Lavannya Manohar


Higher Prelim Final

English

C

B

I got a B!!! It's not an A but considering I was verging on a D (still a C) at the Prelims I feel this is great (Mum was delighted). I don't know what I got for all my separate pieces but I'm fairly sure I was a B3. Thank you very much for all your help - Cara MacDonald

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