My name is James Kelly. I'm an experienced English tutor based in the heart of Chelsea. I have 1st class degree in English from St Andrews University and a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. I've worked in schools and as a full time journalist.
I teach students of all levels, from 11+ through GCSE to A-Level, as well as working with adults. I am familiar with both SATs and independent schools' entrance exams. I have a Trinity (TESOL), TEFL qualification and I have also worked on behalf of several of London's best regarded tutoring agencies.
I can host lessons for up to eight students, or travel locally.
While I specialise in teaching English, I can also help with other 11+ subjects including the scholarship exams and GCSE History & Classical Civilization.
Update * I have very limited availability. At primary level I teach students in years 5 and 6 only. I don't teach students in years 1-4 or younger.
I taught English Language and Literature for two years at Kiangsu-Chekiang College, Sha Tin, Hong Kong before returning to the UK to work as a journalist. I taught English literature and language and spoken English to students, aged 14-20 including preparation for HKCEE and A-Level examination.
As a tutor I have over 1000 hours of experience from working over the past five years tutoring students for the 11+ up to A Level.
As an experienced English tutor I offer support to students looking to improve their prospects in national and independent school English exams, including the 11+, 13+, GCSE and A-Level.
Tuition is always tailored to student's needs, from short courses prioritising exam technique to extended study that will broaden student's appreciation of a subject more generally – giving them the confidence and depth of knowledge necessary to excel in the challenging interviews required by private schools and leading universities.
I prepare bespoke lessons:
For exams (SATs, 11+, independent school entrance, GCSE, A-level)
To develop greater subject understanding (particularly for parents whose children may be considering studying English at university)
To improve schoolwork generally (focusing on comprehension, grammar and essay-writing in other subjects)
To encourage reading and writing outside education (including English as a second language)
For interviews (private schools and leading universities)
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|University of St Andrews||2005||Masters||English Literature|
|University of Surrey||2005||Professional||TEFL|
|University of East Anglia||2008||Masters||Creative Writing|
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