Zara

Zara

Canonbury Tutor

I am a freelance writer for theatre and screen and grew up in London before attending Cambridge University ten years ago. When I started studying English Literature at university, I got quite a shock! I had always worked very hard and excelled academically at school but at Cambridge you had to digest so much information so quickly that studying became less about reading everything possible and knowing everything possible and more about being efficient and selective about the work you did. Since then, I have learnt skills which help me in every aspect of life: to assess the work that needs to be done, to select the material that will help with that work and to make sure that there is enough time to produce work of the highest possible standard. These skills have been well worth learning and I try and pass them on to each of my students.

Tutoring Experience

I have been tutoring for nine years, helping adults in their thirties and forties, as well as students from 11+ through to undergraduate level.

I also write study guides for an American company which have been published in the states (including The Colour Purple, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime and Charlotte’s Web). I edit work for clients around the world through an online company based in America, correcting and tailoring their writing to make it more fluent, sophisticated and persuasive and as a result have learnt a huge amount about the easy and quick changes you can make to an essay that makes a great difference to the end result.

I have given talks on how to succeed at Oxbridge interviews and have guided several 11+ students to their top choice school. I also have links to one of the key examining boards which means that I can answer any queries with help from the people who mark your exams.

Having worked as an actress in the West End and at The National Theatre before becoming a writer, I have also helped various students with speeches for drama school and for auditions.

Tutoring Approach

The most important thing to me is that my student is excited by and interested in what they are studying, and from my experience, when I make sure that is the case, the sky is the limit!

I expect my students to work in between the lessons in order to capitalize on the work that we do together. I know time is often tight and so I discuss realistic goals for homework with my students. In my experience, those students who put in the time in between lessons benefit most from my lessons.

I work a lot with students on their coursework and controlled assessments. Students find it hugely beneficial to work one-to-one on extended essays and we take time to make sure arguments are well rounded and well expressed so we can get the best grade possible; I offer support and suggest wider reading to help boost grades. However, I must state that under no circumstances will I write an essay for my student.

Because of the size of school classes today, so many students fall behind without anyone to help them back up, and this is not because they are not intelligent – it is because they lose confidence and then the negative spiral begins. A child’s potential is paramount to me and I will make sure each student gets the personalised help and encouragement that they need. Each lesson is tailored to an individual’s needs whether we watch a film of a Shakespeare play and talk about it, or do maths drills to ensure the necessary information has been absorbed. The joy of tutoring for me is that there is not one way of ensuring success and I learn new ways to achieve success with each new student.

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

Qualifications

Cambridge University2007BachelorsBA and MA in English Literature, Cambridge University
Godolphin and Latymer2003School2A, 1B A Level (English Literature, History, French)
Godolphin and Latymer2002School4A AS Level (English Literature, French, History, Drama)
Godolphin and Latymer2001School6A*, 3A GSCE (English Literature, English Language, History, French, German, Art, Maths, Duel Science Award)

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Maths
Primary£55
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English
Primary£55
Secondary£55
GCSE£55
A-Level£55
University£55
Casual Learner£55
Entrance Exams
Primary£55
Secondary£55
GCSE£55
A-Level£55
University£55
Casual Learner£55
Drama
Primary£55
Secondary£55
GCSE£55
A-Level£55
University£55
Casual Learner£55