I am a friendly tutor with a Master's in English from Oxford (distinction) and several years experience working in education. I was lucky enough to enjoy my own education, and I love passing on this positive experience of learning to my students.
I'm a creative and experienced tutor, and I enjoy supporting children and young people to achieve their potential. I offer English tuition at any age or level and to all abilities, from primary school up to degree level. I also offer tuition in essay writing skills, as well as Creative Writing at all levels, whether as part of the 11+, 13+ or GCSE examinations, or for the stand-alone Creative Writing qualification at A-Level.
I am also a practising artist, and offer Art and History of Art tutoring at GCSE and A-Level. I have taught Art and Design in the public and charitable sectors, exhibited my work in several galleries, and have excellent art historical knowledge and understanding. I hold As at A-level in Art and History of Art, and received a bursary for Art and Design as a secondary school student.
I have a wide range of tutoring experience, working with students from key stage 1 up to university level. I have prepared students for 11+ and 13+ entry to a range of independent and state schools, as well as to Oxbridge. I also have an excellent track record of supporting students to increase their grades at GCSE and A-Level, with my focused and engaging approach to teaching and learning.
In addition to offering private tuition, I have a number of years experience working in education, developing an understanding of teaching methods and supporting young people with a range of needs. From 2015 to 16, I worked as a Learning Mentor at a primary school, providing one-to-one and small group tuition to help fill the gaps in students' learning, and ultimately support them to progress back in the classroom environment. Before that, I worked for three years as a teaching assistant at a mainstream secondary school, supporting students with special educational needs to access the curriculum and achieve their best. This included working with a lot of GCSE English students, helping to prepare them for their exams. I also taught Art and Design in this setting.
During the last four years, I've also worked for a number of educational charities, where I've been employed on a freelance basis to offer workshops in creative writing and visual arts, both within schools and alternative settings (for students who are unable to attend mainstream education).
I am currently training as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, working in schools to offer support to children struggling with emotional difficulties. This experience contributes to the success of my tutoring style, which is enriched by a knowledge and understanding of the relationship between child development and academic achievement.
I work in a way that is led by the needs of my students and their parents. It's always important to establish the areas that a student is struggling with, and to find out what he or she hopes to get out of the tuition. Sometimes, students or parents have a clear idea of what they want and, in that case, I carefully tailor tuition to those requirements. Others times, they might be less sure, in which case I will assess what areas need work and structure the learning accordingly.
Perhaps most importantly though, the learning must be creative and fun; I always endeavour to bring the subject alive and engender newfound enthusiasm and curiosity. In my experience, all students - no matter their needs and abilities - have a talent for learning, which can express itself in different ways. I see it as my job to work with each student in a way that best nurtures that talent.
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|University of Oxford||2012||Masters||Mst in English (Distinction)|
|University of Bristol||2010||Bachelors||BA in English (First Class Hons)|
|South Hampstead High School||2005||School||9 A*s at A-level|
|South Hampstead High School||2005||School||9 A*s at GCSE|
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