I am passionate about supporting and nurturing young people's learning through engaging lessons. I believe in connecting with my students and discovering their own unique learning style, as I believe this to be the core of enabling students to excel in their learning journeys . It is essential to develop this rapport with students first, so learners feel comfortable to ask questions and engage with the material in a way that feels empowering.
I am a writer and theatre artist, originally from Canada, with a passion for education, creative writing and I have 16 years' teaching experience. I studied English Language and Literature at the University of Toronto, Theatre and Development in Montreal, Physical Theatre at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq school in Paris and earned a Masters in Creative Writing. I have been tutoring since 2007 (from adults to young children) with outstanding results and my students gaining placements into the schools of their choice in England.
Having worked in a multitude of settings in Canada, France and the UK, I have been able to test out many approaches to tutoring over the years I have been working. What works best is to always have clear communication, ask questions to make sure learners are understanding the topics and to create sessions that suit the needs of each individual student.
Enthusiasm, trust, keen listening and rigour are key principles I bring into my classes.
I have experience working with students on the 11+, 13+, 16+ and also at GCSE/IGCSE and A Level English and Maths, guiding students towards success. My main focus and experiencing is helping students prepare for their pre-test or Common Entrance at the 11+ level and helping to improve confidence in their subjects and guiding students through the curriculum. I feel my students have a positive experience as I always try to adapt my lessons to suit the needs and learning styles of my students. I have extensive experience at the higher level as well and I help students develop their study skills for their entrance exams and prepare effectively, focusing on the areas of weakness and building knowledge from there.
I have taught in Canada, France, Egypt, China and the UK. I teach English, Creative Writing, Drama, Maths, French and guide my students in Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning. My experience also involves creating original workshops in Theatre and Playwriting in Canada, France and the UK. I also have experience as a supply teaching in Primary Schools and running workshops at all levels. In Paris I taught English to young learners, and businesses, taught English with C'Efficace, ICB Europe, Langue en Scene and Babylangues. I have taught Creative Writing workshops in South London with Knowledge Seekers. I have been with Keystone Tutors in London, UK for over 10 years.
Above all, I believe in a creative approach to learning: engaging lessons, with clear opportunities for application of learning. I create bespoke sessions that suit my students needs, through mapping out goals and assessing our goals every week.