Established in 2007, Keystone Tutors is one of the UK’s leading private tutoring organisations. Here is a sample of the Common Entrance tutors that we represent. They are predominantly based in London and work online with families based outside of London or overseas. Below you will also find details of articles and FAQs relevant to Common Entrance.
Jon is a former Head of Science with over 10 years' experience in teaching GCSE Science and A-level Physics. He joined Keystone in 2012 and has helped 170 Keystone families over this period, teaching more than 6,800 hours.
Olly is an Oxford graduate and experienced tutor. He has a real passion for teaching as well as for writing, theatre and sport.
Cameron is a playwright and tutors alongside his writing schedule. He is highly personable and as a result his teaching style is very engaging. He has been with Keystone since 2014 teaching over 4,500 hours.
Frazier is a tutor and writer. He is passionate about teaching and learning and has been tutoring since his sixth form years. He identifies the specific challenges faced by a student and then forms a plan of action to tackle these. This helps boost grades and confidence.
Kate is a first class law graduate who joined our team of full time tutors in 2017 and taught in a school before joining Keystone. She has tutored over 2,400 hours through Keystone and helped 110 families.
Tom is a committed and experienced professional tutor whose practice is based on rigorous subject and educational knowledge, which has flourished through his work with over 120 Keystone families, since 2015. He offers stimulating, sympathetic and agile tutorials, with a particular emphasis on mentoring, motivation and confidence building.
Michael studied Classics at Oxford and subsequently completed his MA in Comparative Literature at UCL. Outside of tutoring, Michael is a keen writer and a thespian at heart.
Sarah is a Cambridge graduate who teaches a wide variety of subjects across a range of ages. Her sessions are goal-focused as well as being engaging and fun.
Robbie is a Professional English Tutor with a love for writing and for the theatre. He teaches from the Primary Level up to A Level.
Natasha is a first-class English and History graduate with several years tutoring experience. She loves nothing more than sharing her passion for learning with her students. Natasha is an avid reader and writer and is currently working on her first novel.
Anthony is Physics Graduate from the University of Imperial College, London. He tutors across the board from 11+ through to A Level and has taught over 2,800 hours with Keystone as well as having considerable tutoring experience prior to joining our team of full-time tutors in 2017.
Naomi graduated with a first-class Drama degree in 2017. She has worked with young people for years and has a very encouraging and motivating tutoring approach. Naomi teaches across the age range and helps students develop confidence in their abilities.
Dominic is an experienced Science tutor with a PhD in Chemistry. He has tutored for years and aims to make his lessons interesting and fun. He also recognises the importance of exam technique.
Before joining Keystone Claudia taught Science at Westminster Cathedral Choir School for four years. She urges her students to look at Science beyond the syllabus as it makes it easier for students to understand concepts and improve their skills.
Ben is a first class Zoology graduate who teaches a variety of subjects across a range of year groups. He is passionate and caring and aims to make his lessons engaging and interactive.
Oli is an experienced tutor and a Cambridge graduate with a first class degree. He joined Keystone in 2010 and has tutored over 5,000 hours helping across the age range.
Harry is a personable and enthusiastic Oxford graduate with a flawless academic background. Harry teaches from the 11+ level up to A level and tailors his approach to each student.
Alice is an Oxford graduate with a passion for academia and learning. She enjoys working with children across the age range and can also help with Oxbridge preparation. Alice is completing a PhD in archaeology alongside her tutoring work.
Philippa is a dedicated tutor who specialises in 11+/13+ English and Maths, as well as French. She joined the team in 2015 and has taught well over 4,500 hours with Keystone.
Michael is a graduate of King's College, London and also has a PhD in English. He joined Keystone in 2017 as a full-time tutor and he has helped 70 families since then and taught over 2,300 hours of lessons.
James is an experienced tutor with a PhD in English and a Classics degree from Cambridge. James understands the importance of building strong relationships in order for his students to get the most out of his lessons.
Paige is an English graduate from Durham University who teaches from the 7+/8+ level through to A Level. She joined Keystone in 2017 and has taught over 3,100 hours, helping more than 200 families.
Matilda is an experienced tutor with an impressive track record. She is enthusiastic and encouraging and her students grow in confidence and self assurance under her guidance, really preparing them for their exams.
A graduate from King's College London, Alex specialises in online tutoring. He joined Keystone in 2011 and has taught over 5,400 hours.
Rory started tutoring whilst at Oxford and has worked with students of all ages. He teaches Maths, Science and English across the board. He is enthusiastic and encouraging and gets great feedback from his students. He has worked over 2,900 hours with Keystone.
Alex joined Keystone in 2016 having graduated with a First Class Degree. Since starting at Keystone he has taught over 3,600 hours with more than 100 families and teaches all the way up from 11+ - A Level.
Emily is an experienced tutor who joined the team in 2017 and has billed over 1,800 hours with us. Emily has taught in England as well as abroad. She not only helps students with 11+ and 13+ entrance exams but also with English and Spanish up to A Level.
Greg is a professional tutor with a stellar academic record - he achieved a first class Masters degree at Imperial College London. He has tutored with us full-time since leaving University, amassing over 5,200 hours of lessons and helping over 100 families.
Shirin is an experienced tutor with a PhD in Nanotechnology (Physics/Chemistry). She is patient and calm and loves to see her students improve and grow in understanding and passion for their subjects.
Kathleen has been teaching for over 15 years in both primary and secondary schools. She aims to instill self-confidence in her students and also help them develop creative independence.
Freya is a qualified Primary Teacher who also has considerable tutoring experience. She is warm and encouraging and aims to help her students become independent learners.
Amy is a tutor and director with a passion for theatre. She aims to equip her students with examination and analytical skills and also to inspire them with a genuine enthusiasm for their subjects.
Jean-Michel is an experienced tutor with degrees in Physics, Philosophy and Literature. He loves to find new ways of teaching his subjects and aims to foster a love of learning in his students.
A graduate from King's College London, Jessica is an experienced entrance test tutor who joined the team in 2015 but has been teaching since 2011. She has taught over 2,900 hours with Keystone and worked for over 120 families.
Alexander has a Masters from UCL and is an experienced tutor with a passion for teaching. He aims to instil a love of learning in all his students and is patient and enthusiastic.
Le-My is an Oxford graduate with a great passion for languages and literature. She has considerable tutoring experience and teaches French as well as English, Maths and Mandarin.
Jack is a conscientious and dedicated tutor who has vast experience across the exam boards for both English and History. Alongside his tutoring he is working to establish himself as a comedy writer.
Seyi studied Geography at the University of Oxford and is a qualified Teacher. She tutors English, Maths and Geography to a wide range of students and also assists with Oxbridge applications. She is has an engaging and encouraging tutoring style.
Keren is an Oxford University graduate and qualified teacher with a wealth of tutoring experience. She joined Keystone in 2009 and has taught over 2,800 hours. Keren specialises in teaching classics and English to all ages as well as 11+/13+ English and Maths.
Lara is an English graduate with a love of teaching and academia. She teaches both face to face and online and has taught over 3,300 hours with Keystone since 2016.
Thomas is an Oxford-educated professional tutor. He builds strong relationships with his students and knows when to stretch their abilities, as well as when to switch teaching methods in order to aid their learning.
Alice is an Oxford-educated tutor who has taught over 7,000 hours through Keystone with more than 320 families. Her independent sector teaching experience enables her to provide a high level of support to her tutees.
Clio spent 10 years working as an Actuary before starting her tutoring career. She is passionate about Maths and aims to inspire her students with her knowledge and enthusiasm.
Jessica is a published, professional historian and an engaging and dedicated tutor. She is patient and encouraging and equips her students with the confidence and skills to tackle their academic obstacles. She has taught over 1,500 hours with Keystone.
Eleanor's approach to tutoring is measured, supportive and fun. She tutors alongside her freelance work at the Melanie Klein Trust.
Oskar is an engaging and diligent linguist. His positive, energetic and resourceful style helps his students to feel thoroughly supported.
Hugo is an experienced and enthusiastic English and Maths tutor. He specialises in 11+ and 13+ preparation as well as working with I/GCSE Maths students.
Alexander has a History degree from York as well as a Masters in Fine Art. He currently works as an artist alongside his tutoring. He has years of experience under his belt and teaches a wide range of ages and subjects.
Kira has tutored and mentored for over a decade. As an artist, her lessons are creative and engaging. She works across the age range and with students of all abilities.
Maria is a full-time languages tutor. Her committed and supportive approach enables her to get the best out of her tutees.
Dominic combines tutoring with his research on sharks at Imperial College University! His style of tutoring is both supportive and exam specific.
Nils is passionate about Maths! She has worked with numbers throughout her whole life and enjoys nothing more than helping others gain mathematical confidence.
Yasmin is an full-time English, Maths and History Tutor with a wealth of experience. She has an extensive knowledge of what examiners expect from students and helps her tutees perfect their exam technique.
Tom’s approach to tutoring is both enthusiastic and supportive. He is particularly adept at breaking down information into more approachable and manageable chunks.
Ollie is a very experienced English and Maths tutor. He is enthusiastic and methodical: he enjoys lifting students' confidence with a mixture of positive praise and a simple approach to exam technique.
Alexa is a friendly, engaging and qualified tutor. She has over eight years of teaching experience in both the independent and state sectors.
Daniel is an experienced tutor and a Cambridge graduate. He has a stellar academic record and is starting a PhD at King's College London in 2020.
Eva is a qualified teacher who tutors alongside her Masters in Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice. Eva is used to teaching children of all abilities and tailors her approach to each student.
Imogen is a Cambridge graduate and aspiring author. She has been teaching and tutoring since 2010. She is motivating and supportive and helps her students to flourish academically.
Philip is a professional novelist and tutor with particular expertise in English and Classics. With over 9 years of tutoring experience, Philip is well placed to offer support and guidance to his tutees.
Rob is a primary level tutor with a range of teaching experience. He is also a linguist and a qualified lawyer. He has recently returned to tutoring as his passion lies in education.
Sunita is a highly experienced English tutor with a Masters in English Literature as well as a Masters in Creative Writing. She has taught over 2,000 hours with Keystone both face to face and online.
Jason is an experienced tutor, who has worked with students preparing for the 11+, all the way up to A Level. He encourages students to take an active role in their learning, to ensure they are fully engaged.
Rebecca is an Oxford University educated tutor who teaches English, Modern Languages and Maths. She has taught over 2,000 hours since joining Keystone as a full-time tutor in 2017.
Callum is an enthusiastic and engaging tutor. He impressed us at interview with his supportive and knowledgeable approach to tutoring.
Will is a Science tutor who is also undertaking accelerated medicine at Kings College London. He is passionate about Science and likes nothing better than sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with his students.
Lou is an experienced and professional tutor in Latin and French up to A level, including IB. We were particularly impressed by her up-beat and methodical approach to tutoring.
Mina is an Oxford graduate with a passion for English. She loves to nurture a passion for learning in her tutees and is thorough and organised in her approach.
Kate is a qualified Teacher and an experienced tutor. She teaches across the age range and her tutoring has taken her across the globe. She has now settled back in London where she tutors full-time.
Nathan is an experienced History and Politics teacher. His knowledge and understanding of the History and Politics curricula allows him to provide his tutees with the very best support.
Passionate about English as well as Maths, Robyn is an experienced and intellectually sharp tutor. She is particularly strong at extending learners outside of their comfort zone.
Kate trained as a teacher through the Teach First scheme. She now focuses on tutoring and strives to engage and motivate her tutees. Her lessons are always planned in great detail and Kate's aim is for her students to develop enquiring, critical, and confident minds.
Matthew is a motivated Maths tutor. He has a committed approach to tutoring and we were impressed by the way in which he uses resources to support the learning of his students.
Daniel is an experienced Science tutor and a medical student. His great sense of humour paired with his patient approach has helped him develop a highly successful style of tutoring.
Gregory is a passionate mathematician who has tutored for over 6 years. He is also an artist and sculptor. He aims to make learning maths interesting and fun.
After studying Astrophysics at university, Raphael has sought to enthuse others with the physical world around them. His committed, engaging and supportive demeanor allows him to build confidence in students who ordinarily find Maths and Science a challenge.
William is a primary level tutor who worked as a Teaching Assistant at Garden House for 3 years. William uses a variety of learning techniques and helps build confidence, belief and aspiration in his students.
Anna works as a Learning Technologist (in the Centre for Teaching and Learning) at the University of Oxford. She is an experienced tutor and is passionate about making language and literature studies accessible and enjoyable for children aged 8 to 18.
Jamie is Head of Spanish at St Edward's School and has taught for over a decade. He is a calm and patient individual who always considers the needs, strengths and weaknesses of the tutee in order for them to progress as much as possible.
Ben is passionate about English. Prior to joining Keystone he taught English at Oxford University. His sensitive and resourceful approach to tutoring allow him to provide an excellent level of support to his students.
Anne-Marie is a qualified Teacher and experienced tutor. She has an MA in Educational Leadership and is passionate about helping her students develop and learn.
Tristan is a highly enthusiastic and diligent tutor. He possesses strong communicative abilities which enable him to explain even the most difficult things with clarity.
Nektaria is patient, structured and clear. She is a fully qualified and experienced English teacher and GCSE examiner. She impressed us at interview with her diagnostic approach to identifying strengths and weaknesses.
Peter is a very experienced and professional tutor. He has helped numerous students gain entry into their chosen school at 11+ and also teaches French, Spanish and English up to A Level.
Bryony's engaging and supportive teaching style helps to give students confidence. She began tutoring whilst at school and is committed to tutoring for the long term.
Lila is a highly academic Oxford graduate who teaches across the age range. She tutors alongside training to be an opera singer.
Rowland is a passionate Maths tutor who loves nothing more than enthusing his students. His other love is Music and he fits in writing pop songs alongside his teaching.
Simon is a very experienced Teacher and Oxford graduate. He is a Classics specialist and also writes his own materials.
Rebecca is a knowledgeable and experienced Maths and History tutor. Her engaging and supportive style helps to motivate and enthuse her charges.
Sean is a Science and Maths tutor with years of experience. When he isn't tutoring he works for his own film company and produces dramatic British film and Science for television.
Kathryn is a qualified Teacher with years of experience. She aims to stretch her tutees' academic ability and to equip them with the tools required to tackle exams with clarity and confidence.
Jacob has been working as a private tutor for a number of years. He works with GCSE and A Level students, as well as having experience preparing tutees for the 16+ examinations.
Davina has been tutoring for over 10 years. Her teaching is marked by its sympathy and diligence. She plans her lessons exhaustively and structures rigorous long-term programmes. She is particularly talented at helping her pupils get to grips with the perils of the English language, and making Science more accessible to those who have struggled to understand it in class.
Daniel is a former Modern Foreign Languages teacher with 8 years' experience. His knowledge and understanding of the GCSE and A Level allow him to provide an excellent level of support to his tutees.
Martin is an English tutor of titanic stature and experience. He loves to enthuse students about English.
Ewan is a qualified Science and Maths Teacher with a fantastic academic record. He achieved a First in an integrated masters degree (MPhys) in Experimental Physics. He has a passion for his subjects that he loves sharing with his students.
Maggie is a qualified teacher and experienced tutor. Her approach to tutoring is thorough, resourceful and supportive.
Sebastian teaches Geography at two London Sixth Form Colleges. He has a wealth of experience at A level and GCSE level.
Thomas is a committed full-time tutor. He specialises in Maths at all ages up to GCSE as well as English. At interview we were impressed by his measured and supportive approach.
Linda is a former Maths teacher with over 30 years' experience. She is passionate about Maths and particularly enjoys working with GCSE and A Level. Please note, as Linda lives outside London, she charges a flat fee of £18 per lesson to cover her travel costs.
James is an experienced tutor with a stellar academic record. His passions lie in the humanities and writing as well as teaching.
Declan is a first-class Physics graduate. He has now embarked upon a PhD in experimental solid-state Physics at Imperial College London and tutors alongside his studies.
Claire is an inspiring full time online tutor with over nine years’ classroom experience, Teach First qualified. She aims to motivate every student and provide them with the opportunities they require to succeed.
Mia is a graduate from the London School of Economics and has tutored extensively both in the UK and abroad. She has particular expertise with the 11+ and 13+ English curriculum and has tutored over 1,000 hours through Keystone alone.
Eleanor is a charismatic and engaging tutor. At interview, we were particularly impressed by her passion for English and History and her desire to enthuse others in these subjects.
Jess is an enthusiastic and engaging tutor. She tutors alongside her work at Emerson House, St Nicholas Prep School and at the LionHeart School.
Carlos studied Physics at Imperial and now tutors Maths and Physics. He is patient and calm and loves to see his students' progress and grow in confidence.
Annabel is an Oxford educated tutor who has helped students across the age and subject range. She is enthusiastic and motivating and believes that enjoyment is the key to effective learning.
Kayleigh is an English Teacher with seven years of classroom experience. She is now tutoring whilst completing a PhD in English Literature.
Andrew is one of Keystone’s most experienced Maths tutors. He is passionate about supporting his students and his practical approach to tutoring helps to build confidence.
Sarah is a Biological Sciences graduate who is now completing a PhD at Imperial College London. She loves to inspire her students and make them see Science and Maths in a different light.
Cristina has previously taught in a primary school, and is now tutoring in London, alongside studying for a Masters in Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice.
Dhananjay is a Cambridge graduate and a gifted linguist. He teaches from the 11+ - university level. He is currently a full-time tutor.
Daisy-May is a diligent and resourceful tutor with lots of experience. At interview she impressed us with her supportive and engaging style.
Helena is an Oxford graduate with a passion for languages. She has tutored since 2017 and teaches across the age range.
Gregory is an Oxford graduate and is Head of History at a leading London College. He also tutors English and Politics.
Daniel is an experienced humanities tutor with a very strong academic background. He is a linguist and a translator in his spare time. He also loves history and literature.
Manfred holds a Mechanical Engineering degree and has four years experience teaching Maths,Physics and Music. He can help students from primary level to A level.
Kiera is a qualified Teacher and a Cambridge graduate. She has now embarked on an MA in Creative writing and tutors alongside her studies.
Alex is Cambridge University graduate and qualified teacher who has billed over 1,500 hours trough Keystone alone. She also has a masters degree in Child Psychology and has considerable tutoring experience beyond her work with Keystone.
Katie is a first class graduate who is also a qualified teacher, obtaining her PGCE from King's College London. She is personable, diligent and well versed in the school curricula and has taught 2,500 hours through Keystone.
William is a qualified Maths Teacher who taught for six years before starting tutoring. He is very familiar with exam boards and assessment criteria. He knows how to get the best results possible from each student.
Benedict is an engaging and inspiring English tutor with outstanding references. He has considerable teaching experience, including 3 years at Dulwich College where he taught Years 9 and 10, GCSE and A Level.
Kristine has been teaching for many years, with a focus on teaching English as a second language. She has worked with students of different age ranges from all over the world meaning that she works to tailor each lesson to the individuals needs and learning styles.
Keerti studied at King's College London and is a qualified Science teacher who gained experience through the Teach First programme. She has taught a range of ages and levels and has billed close to 1,000 hours through Keystone alone.
Joe is a UCL graduate and a Geography, English and Biology tutor. He can also help with 11+ and 13+ prep.
Arthur is a qualified Maths Teacher with a passion for his subject. He worked in the classroom for three years before starting tutoring.
Maria is a Science and Maths tutor who started teaching in 1991. She likes to boost her students' confidence and takes huge satisfaction in watching them reach their goals.
Philippa is a qualified Biology teacher with years of classroom and tutoring experience. She identifies each students' learning style and then tailors her lessons to each individual.
Coleen has a wealth of educational experience in both the UK and abroad. She has an engaging, resourceful and measured tutoring style.
Sophia is a diligent and knowledgeable tutor. Alongside her tutoring work she is novelist.
Emma is an extremely experienced English tutor. She has worked at a number of top London independent schools and recently retired as Head of English at Queen's College. Her knowledgeable approach ensures she provides the very best support to her students.
Athavan is an experienced tutor with a fantastic academic record. He focuses on Maths and Science but can also help with primary level English and entrance exams. He believes that students' confidence should be nurtured through good teaching techniques and high levels of patience.
Geraldine is a qualified Science teacher with 22 years' experience. She has taught over 700 hours with Keystone and works mainly online and has considerable experience outside of her work with Keystone as a private tutor as well as being an examiner with Edexcel (one of the UK's leading exam boards).
Lee has been teaching for the past six years, preparing students for a range of schools and exams. Her patience and enthusiasm have been praised by her past pupils.
Tom is a very able and engaging mathematician with a First class degree from Bristol. He joined Keystone in 2012 and has taught over 2,500 hours since working with over 70 families.
Roxaneh is a hugely experienced English tutor. As an actress she infuses her tutoring with a passion for literature and performance.
Sarah is an experienced tutor who teaches a wide variety of subjects, and across the age range. When she is not teaching she is a writer and novelist.
Andrew is a qualified Teacher as well as an examiner. He has tutored for over a decade and his lessons are stimulating and highly informative.
Leo is an Oxford History graduate and has a wealth of experience of teaching the subject, as well as English, Maths, Science, Geography and RS up to the 13+ level. He has worked with Keystone since 2011 and has taught over 1,000 hours since he started.
Jonathan is a graduate-entry medical student with a plethora of academic qualifications under his belt. He is methodical and thorough in his teaching approach and most importantly enthusiastic!
Eleanor is a confident and passionate Maths and Science tutor. Her ability to make the subjects she teaches fun makes her a real hit with her students.
Trudi is a Maths and French tutor with a background in accountancy. Her gentle and supportive approach encourages students and really helps boost their confidence in their subjects and skills.
Peter is an English teacher with over 30 years’ experience. His years of experience as Head of English at Tudor Hall enable him to provide his tutees with a very high level of support.
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