-Experienced teaching to the following levels: 7+. 8+. 11+, school tests and pre-tests, GCSE, iGCSE, AS, A-Level, Pre-U, PI, undergraduate and adult mentoring.
- Very familiar with AQA, Edexcel, OCR, Cambridge Pre-U and WJEC boards.
- Experience of (at pre-test, test, and attendee level) Harrow, Eton, Westminster, St Paul's (Girls and Boys), Marlborough, City of London, Haberdashers, Merchant Taylors', Mill Hill, Kings College Wimbledon, Tiffin (Girls and Boys), Francis Holland, Epsom College.
- SEN experience: Dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, ME
- Experience of one-on-one, seminar style and classroom teaching
- Homeschooling, supplementary tutoring, teaching abroad
I have been working as a tutor for the past seven years, working with students aged three to fifty. I have covered a wide range of qualification preparation and my focus is on the Humanities. As well as providing supplementary support to students, I have also undertaken homeschooling on a number of occasions, taking full responsibility for those students' covering the syllabus. This meant teaching at their homes very frequently, sometimes on a daily basis, and forging a good relationship with their families.
I grew up on the outskirts of London, the youngest of three siblings by seven and ten years. I have always loved English but it was the influence of my sixth-form English teacher that made me decide to study it at university. I subsequently read English Literature and Language at New College, Oxford. During vacations I either worked or went travelling. In my second year I was awarded a college grant to go to Italy and study art-history and, upon finishing my degree, I taught in Niger with a charity called TravelAid.
My degree at Oxford was thorough and stretching. I enjoyed the scope of period it offered, as well as the opportunity to engage with historical, linguistic and social context. In my teaching of Humanities subjects now, I constantly use the research and analysis skills I honed then.
Since graduating, I have taught many pupils, ranging in age from three to fifty and covering a wide range of qualification. As well as teaching, I work as an actor and producer, running my own theatre company and working as an Associate Director for an audio drama company. I also work as a writer, providing copy for companies that include the Times Online and the United Nations.
For me, the most important aspects of teaching are flexibility and sensitivity: I assess each student's unique requirements and tailor my lessons with them accordingly. As I have gained experience of a wide range of pupils, I have learned to recognise weakness and strength with accuracy. I use this to hone my pupils' learning and help them achieve the best possible grades. I place a lot of emphasis on enjoyment of the texts but always with a very focused eye on translating that information into strong written work. My aim is to provide the support that my students need, in conjunction with their school work, to perform to the best of their ability.
What I do when I am not tutoring
When I am not tutoring work as a theatre practitioner, working with theatre companies (including my own) and playwrights. I also work as a writer, specialising in assessment design for large non-governmental organisations. I am very conscientious with regards to fitting these aspects of my work around my students and always make sure that their learning needs are being met.
Outside of work, I am a keen traveller and love exploring new places. I also (perhaps predictably!) love to read and talk about reading, as well as cook, walk and draw.
In 2018 I completed my Masters in Early Modern Text and Transmission at King's College, London, passing with Distinction.
I've been very happy with Eleanor. She's a pleasure to have in our home and my daughter enjoys working with her. Eleanor seems to have quickly recognised my daughter's strengths and weaknesses and is able to push her to work at her best ability." Mother of previous student.
Eleanor was intelligent, perceptive and supportive with my daughter. Her warmth and enthusiasm were really helpful. (Mother of A level English student)
'Eleanor has really helped my daughter with the planning and structure of her essays. This half term they have made comprehensive notes for my daughter's upcoming mock in History. Eleanor has been very time efficient and it is clear lots of material has been covered in a relatively short space of time. I am pleased with the enthusiastic style Eleanor teaches with and I would recommend her to anyone needing help with their GCSEs.' (Father of GCSE History tutor)
'Eleanor tutored my daughter for A2 English, helping with essay writing. She was efficient and provided specific advice which really gave my daughter gain the confidence she needed. I would definitely recommend Eleanor.' 30/10/14
'Although Eleanor has only been tutoring Emma for a short time she has really boosted her confidence in herself. Eleanor has endless patience and her positive outlook is infectious. She has provided Emma with both structure and GUIDANCE and is always available to help if something crops up during the week. I would most definitely recommend her to everybody!' 02/04/13
'Eleanor gave my daughter the confidence, the structure and the capability to exceed expectations, helping her to lift her final mark two grades! An excellent tutoring experience, without which Sophie would almost certainly not have achieved the university place she wanted. Thank you so much, 5/5.' 22/08/12
'In a short space of time (4 lessons) Eleanor has transformed my daughter's outlook. She is more positive, has been encouraged to be more structured and felt much more confident entering her exam. I am so pleased I found her and hopefully my daughter will be able to continue seeing Eleanor in her A2 year, if she is available.' 27/05/12
'We have been delighted with the tutorial sessions spent with Eleanor so far. Eleanor has given Abigail confidence and invaluable help with essay planning and techniques in preparation for forthcoming exams. We will definitely be continuing in the next academic year.' 22/05/12
'Eleanor was very helpful to our daughter who found her knowledgeable and ready to offer useful techniques for her forthcoming GCSE.' 23/01/11
'Eleanor is an excellent tutor. She is encouraging, knowledgeable and reliable. We hope to continue to work with Eleanor for the remainder of the academic year and would highly recommend her as a tutor.' 08/11/10
'Thank you Eleanor, you were a great help to my daughter! She tells me she would have struggled with her exam if you hadn't covered the relevant topics and she was very pleased.' 25/06/10
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