Jimmy

Jimmy

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.

Tutoring Experience

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.

Tutoring Approach

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)

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
References Available On File

Qualifications

University of St Andrews2005MastersEnglish Literature
University of Surrey2005ProfessionalTEFL
University of East Anglia2008MastersCreative Writing

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50% discount on your first lesson!
MathsIn-personOnline
Primary£80£40
EnglishIn-personOnline
Primary£80£40
Secondary£80£40
GCSE£80£40
A-Level£80£40
Casual Learner£70£35
HistoryIn-personOnline
Primary£80£40
Secondary£80£40
GCSE£80£40
Entrance ExamsIn-personOnline
Primary£80£40
Secondary£80£40
Philosophy / Critical ThinkingIn-personOnline
Primary£80£40
Secondary£80£40
GCSE£80£40
Classical CivilisationIn-personOnline
Primary£80£40
Secondary£80£40
GCSE£80£40