* Primary English and Maths (KS1 and 2)
* 11+ English and Maths public school entrance exams, including pre-tests
* 7+/8+ English and Maths and prep school entrance exams
* Mentoring (organisation, time management, exam preparation and technique, essay writing)
I am a highly experienced and enthusiastic educator with a lifelong passion for teaching and learning as well as sustainability and the natural world and astronomy. After teaching in a school in London for three years whilst gaining valuable additional experience volunteer teaching in primary schools, I moved to Switzerland and spent three years teaching English as a Second Language learners (ESL) level 1-3 students in a high end international boarding school situated up a mountain in a ski resort, following a US based curriculum. I then returned to the UK to complete an MSc in Palaeoanthropology at U.C.L. (University College, London), completed a teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) course and continued to tutor primary and secondary school aged children for the last three years predominantly in English, Math and Science.
After completing my Masters Degree, I have worked in London as a primary and secondary school age tutor on a full time basis. In addition to face to face tuition, I have tutored students in China, the Middle East and African countries online during the day and completed residential placements in Italy, France and Russia. I have prepared students for successful entrance at 7+ 11+ and 13+ to High end UK private schools, such as Eton, Charterhouse, Dulwich College, Wetherby, Tonbridge and the likes.
I have worked in UK and US schools and have an in depth knowledge of both the UK and USA national curriculum, key stages 1-5, and have experience with transitioning students to different curriculums.
I have worked with dyslexic students during my teaching and tutoring career and have developed a range of actives and structured lesson plans to help them succeed. My ESL experience has also provided me with skills highly transferable to teaching students with dyslexia. Should the students be considering applying to schools with an entrance exam, I have a high success rate when it comes to preparing students for independent school entrance examinations. As well as the academic side I have also worked with students on residential placements towards interview preparation.
At sixth form I studied Maths, Chemistry and Biology before completing an undergraduate degree in Archaeology at the University of Nottingham. During my degree I specialised within the field of Paleoanthropology and completed a research based dissertation, which focused on the evolution of the obstetric pelvis. I then moved to London and completed a PGCE in Science Education (specialising in Biology) at Kings College, London.
I worked as a Science teacher at St. Martin in the Fields High School for Girls in South London for two years teaching all three Sciences across a wide range of ability levels. I then moved to Switzerland to work as a Science Teacher at Leysin American School. During this time I worked with children from over sixty different countries and specialised in teaching Science to English as a second language learners. As Leysin American School was a boarding school I had many other pastoral responsibilities, including working as a dorm parent during the evenings and weekends, running the environmental club and planning and supervising after school activities such as running and fitness activities. I also tutored students within the subject of Science and mentored students generally including individuals with special educational needs.
After three years I returned back to the UK to complete a Master of Science course in Paleoanthropology and Paleolithic Archaeology at University College London. Whilst completing this course I worked on various tutoring assignments (including residential and non residential). I have recently completed my masters dissertation focusing on the importance of plant foods in Neanderthal diets and plan on applying to undertake a PhD within my field of interest in the near future.
I am a polite, eloquent, approachable, and friendly person and from my career path so far I am very used to being a role model for children. In addition to tutoring students academically I have also focused on preparing students for interview preparation as well as improving social skills generally.
I am sensitive to individual needs and believe that a personalised, multi sensory, cross-curricular and dynamic lesson plan, with positive encouragement, timed and structured activities, and assessment for learning, are key for all children to succeed as well as understand the direction of their learning moving forward. I believe that ‘Assessment for Learning’ is a particularly crucial element to lessons as this will allow the students to understand what they need to do to improve their learning and move on to a more advanced level of thinking.
What I do when I am not tutoring
When I am not tutoring I enjoy cooking and reading books about science, history and science fiction. I am also working to develop the business of a digital marketing agency. I am an active person who enjoys hiking outdoors, running, yoga, biking, snowboarding and many other activities such as reading, visiting places of historical and scientific interest.
During my time in Switzerland I organized and ran a variety of actives for primary and secondary school aged children including horse riding, paddle boarding, mountain biking, hiking, fitness courses, yoga, cooking, board games, rowing, outdoor adventure, scavenger hunts, baking, and painting.
I have a keen interest in plants, and spend one afternoon a week volunteering at a community run greenhouse running educational workshops and growing herbs, dye plants, medicinal plants and indoor and outdoor vegetables in London.
'Katie is quite a gem. Our son got 88% at his term test. Katie is very thorough, well prepared and structured, approachable.I have only positive comments to make!' (Mother of 13+ Science tutor)
> Good news. We have just found out that our daughter has been offered a place at Teddies and they want her to come back in March and sit the academic scholarship papers!!! Thank you all so much for your help. She is very pleased. "Amanda, mother of 13+ student"
'Katie has successfully modified lessons so that students had clear language and content objectives, and so that both language and content knowledge were developed simultaneously in interactive ways that allow students to construct knowledge in a meaningful way. She incorporates varying modalities and scaffolding techniques that make her lessons challenging but enjoyable, notably using varying technology and media to augment her lessons.'Reference from Advanced ESL Course
Mother of a 13 year old student: ‘Thank you for your continued support towards Yakov’s learning this year. We are so pleased that he successfully gained entrance to Dulwich College!’
Mother of two students (10 and 13 years): ‘Katie’s lessons have provided both of my children with the solid foundations necessary to settle into and thrive within the UK curriculum. They have greatly benefited from the multi sensory and personalised lessons that Katie planned, and my oldest daughter achieved an 85% average for her 13+ examination at The Harrodian School’
G.C.S.E. Biology student (16 years): “Before your tutoring, I could only hope for about 55% and all my predicted grades were C's. Although after a couple of lessons with you, I felt a way more confident and eventually I got 80% in my Biology exam, which provided me an AB mark overall in my double science. I didn't have any tutoring except for yours, so I am sure that it is completely your merit''
International G.C.S.E. Science student (16 years): 'Thanks for everything. Your teaching has really helped me to understand plant Biology'
PA to Albert (11 years): ‘Albert has got 73% in his science exam! Last time he got 43% only. Thank you very much for all your help’
PA to Alex (13 years) applying to Stowe: ‘Alex got 3 As in his Common Entrance examinations!! Thank you very much for all your help’
Mother of a Common Entrance student (13 years): ‘ Catherine got into Teddies!’ Thanks for all your help’
‘Catherine passed the scholarship exam for St. Edwards – thank you so much for your help and support’
Mother of a boy accepted into Eton:
'A huge THANK YOU for all the Science tutoring, training and practise that you have provided for Freddie across the last months – without your help Freddie would not have been so confident in the exams. :-)'
Mother of a boy accepted into Tonbridge: 'I wanted to share some wonderful news with you, Daniel has been accepted into Tonbridge. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your efforts helping him to prepare this last year'
Mother of a girl accepted into St. Marys: 'Thank you so much for the help and guidance you gave to Sasha through the 11+ entrance process'