I am an experienced tutor, specialising in 11+ Entrance Exams, and a qualified teacher with a First-Class BA Honours degree (with QTS). Currently, I am undertaking a PhD researching women barristers' networks in the early twentieth century at St Mary's University.
As well as 11+, I have tutored for GCSE History and 13+ Common Entrance. My specialist areas are essay writing, English and History. One of my recent students achieved entry into Eton College.
I tutor students on a 1:1 or small group basis for the 11+ (Kent Test) and independent school entrance examinations; I have also tutored international students online. The sessions are tailored to the individual students and I follow a flexible plan to ensure that all 11+ content is taught. I use the Singapore maths method to develop problem-solving and set homework (maths, English and reasoning) every week. Tutoring takes place from my home on a weekly basis and I take students in Year 4 and 5.
In addition, I run past paper and workshops sessions during the half-term and holiday for Year 5. In these sessions, we go over past papers and focus on particular areas such as problem-solving and creative writing. The workshops are an excellent way to track progress and learn essential skills such as exam technique, time management and critical reading. Students enjoy working together, applying the concepts we have learnt, and are proud when they have made progress.
Common Entrance (13+)
As well as 11+, I have tutored for GCSE History and 13+ Common Entrance. My specialist areas are essay writing, English and History, which draw on the research, communication and thinking skills I have learnt through my degree, masters and now PhD.
I am a qualified teacher (judged as outstanding) and have taught Year 5 and 6 at a local primary school near Sevenoaks and in Surrey. I am aware of the National Curriculum and ISEB requirements, including assessment and examinations.
Ideally, pupils should have exposure to the content of the 11+ in Year 4 as it is demanding. However, I have taken a number of Year 5 students from the beginning of the academic year. In general, I follow a similar approach for all year groups but the content has been broken down for Year 4 and 5 below.
I set important foundations in maths and English. In maths, I follow the Singapore method to develop mathematical knowledge, understanding and fluency in concepts such as place value, fractions and shape. To help develop students' problem-solving skills, I use visual resources, including the bar model. In English, we cover spelling, grammar, punctuation, comprehension and writing. I start by going back to basics, looking at nouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives and then move on to more complex word classes such as pronouns, modal verbs and extended phrases. A writing exercise is set every month and we cover a variety of written texts through comprehension. Students also sit test papers, including 10+ exams and Bond assessment papers.
I teach simple and straightforward methods, based on the Singapore approach and use visual methods to break down complex multi-step problems. We start by looking at place value, BIDMAS and then move to more complex concepts such as fractions, ratio and algebra. Mathematical fluency is key and students must practise mental maths and times tables as this not only develops skills but also confidence. In English, I focus on spelling, grammar, punctuation, comprehension and writing. We start by looking at word classes (nouns, pronouns, verbs, verb phrases) then punctuation (basic and higher-level), before looking at these in context through questions. Students develop their reading and comprehension skills through short and long exercises; a writing task is set monthly. Each term students will also sit 11+ practice papers.
Reasoning, both verbal and non-verbal, is taught alongside maths and English typically using pre-planned resources, some of which include the Bond 10 Minute Tests and past papers.
Students are set maths, English and reasoning homework every week.
Past Paper Sessions and Workshops:
All students are invited to attend the past paper sessions, but these are mainly attended by Year 5. The sessions involve completing and going over past 11+ papers. For the workshops, we focus on a particular area such as writing or algebraic problem-solving to develop knowledge and understanding. The importance of these workshops cannot be overstated. My previous students have not only benefited in terms of their exam skills and techniques but also enjoyed the sessions, making new friends and sharing their experiences. Students' progress is carefully tracked and monitored after every session so that I can inform parents of both strengths and development areas. Parents have noted how beneficial these workshops as a marker of where their child is in relation to the 11+ standard.
I provide you with important information about the 11+, including book recommendations and tips to help your child. I encourage your child to be reflective and confident and give you verbal feedback after every session; where necessary, I provide written feedback.
I typically meet with prospective tutees prior to tuition to discuss expectations, focus areas and suitable dates and times at no cost. There is no obligation to go ahead with tuition after an initial meeting.
Please contact me to find out about my availability.
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (evenings)|
|References Available||On File|
|Royal Holloway, University of London||2015||Masters||Distinction, MA Public History|
|Kingston University||2014||QTS||First, BA Primary Teaching with QTS|
|Albion College, London||2011||College||A-levels, History, English and Law|
|Rosebery School, Epsom||1996||School||GCSEs|
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