I have been teaching since 2007 and I tutor students regularly via skype.
I specialise in:
- A-Level English (Language and Literature)
- GSCE English (Language and Literature)
- 13+ Common Entrance English
- 11+ English
I also teach:
- Drama and Theatre Studies (GCSE/ A-LEVEL)
- History (up to and including GCSE)
- Music for GCSE
- Creative writing up to 13+
- Exam technique
I have regularly worked with students who have Dyslexia/ Dyspraxia since 2012.
I graduated from Exeter University with a 2:1 in English Literature. Upon leaving university I worked for Cardboard Citizen’s, the UK’s first homeless people’s theatre company. In 2008 I decided to resume my love of English through private tuition to students of all ages. This has since extended to teaching Drama and Theatre Studies, History, Music and Flute. In September 2010 I moved to Paris to study at the Jacques Lecoq Theatre School where I learnt French and how to do handstands (amongst other things!). This is where I co-founded my theatre company, On The Button. After completing the course I returned to England to work with On The Button, take theatre workshops and continue my work as a private tutor. I also conduct and lead singing workshops, working closely with Some Voices, a 700 strong community choir.
My method of teaching varies with each pupil I work with. However, in the first stages I believe it is essential to ascertain the immediate needs of the pupil, and discover where they think my help is most required. Once established, I encourage them to be as honest as possible throughout the teaching process by meeting them on their level, supporting an atmosphere of vocal and written exploration, and above all, inspiring them to learn and be confident in their learning. I prefer active learning rather than lecturing students, for example, getting them to teach me work they have just learnt or playing games to assist with learning strategies. I believe this helps the student's learning, and I tailor these practices to the pupil, their needs and their abilities.
What I do when I am not tutoring
Since returning from France, I have worked with my theatre company on several productions and have travelled all around the UK with them. I have continued my work as a team motivational leader with M&MR, a company who specialise in team building events. I have Assistant Directed on The Magic Flute for Longborough Festival Opera and Barefoot Opera. I conduct two choirs as part of Some Voices and am part of their professional arm, singing in a wide range of spaces from Shoreditch House to turning on the Christmas Lights at Seven Dials. When I'm not cycling around London or cruising the canals on Hornbeam, my narrowboat (also my home!) you might find me browsing record shops, cooking for friends or reading.
"The lessons have been a great success and we really appreciate Sophie's help and guidance. She is extremely well prepared and very proactive with my son and we are delighted to have her help!" (Mother of Pre-Test student)
We really like Sophie, thanks so much! (Mother 11+ English student)
Sophie is perfect and understands exactly my daughter's needs (Mother of 11 English student)
Sophie is a great help - many thanks!
Sophie is a first class tutor who I cannot praise highly enough! Through her patience, perseverance and unfailing good humour and upbeat approach, she guided our son through Common Entrance English to a most successful outcome! We are so grateful for all her support! (Mother of 13+ student)
Sophie is a great teacher, very patient and calm but enthusiastic at the same time. I was taught by Sophie during my English A-Level, and the lessons helped me a great deal in allowing me to gain a deeper knowledge of the texts I was studying, as well as consulting secondary literature recommended by Sophie, which caused my interest in this field of study to grow. Despite having spent years writing essays at school, I had never learnt a way to structure them that suited me personally, and again Sophie helped a great deal in learning the technique of structuring an essay, making my work much easier now at Oxford, where constant deadlines means less time to think about planning an essay. (Varia, Oxford University student)