I work with children and adults at various stages in their academic careers, from pre-school to postgraduate, and strongly believe in the tutor-tutee relationship as a powerful catalyst for a learner’s development. The majority of my work is private and one to one, though I have also worked in schools, a sixth form college and two tuition centres with classes and small groups.
I have extensive experience tutoring GCSE and AS/A Level, Undergraduate and Postgraduate level; helping students to unpack texts, get to grips with concepts, and structure and write essays. I am an experienced tutor of:
- GCSE English Literature (AQA, WJEC, iGCSE)
- GCSE English Language (AQA, WJEC, iGCSE)
- GCSE History (AQA, WJEC)
- GCSE Sociology (AQA, WJEC, OCR)
- GCSE Religious Studies (AQA, WJEC, iGCSE)
- AS/A Level English Literature (AQA, CI)
- AS/A Level English Language (AQA, CI)
- AS/A Level Philosophy and Ethics/Religious Studies (AQA, OCR, WJEC)
- AS/ A Level Sociology (OCR, AQA)
- AS/ A Level Psychology (AQA)
- AS/A Level History of Art
I have worked with a number of schools in London, primary and secondary, to improve the performance of less able students. I have a strong track record of helping turned-off and resistant students to develop the confidence they need to engage in the learning process and progress. In particular, I have helped children to prepare effectively for their:
- Key Stage 1 SATs
- Key Stage 2 SATs
I have designed and run group and individual courses for 7+, 11+ and 13+ students. I teach:
- 7+ English, Maths, Verbal and Nonverbal Reasoning (preparation for Haberdasher's, Colet Court, City of London School for Girls etc)
- 11+ English, Maths, Verbal and Nonverbal Reasoning (preparation for Eton, Westminster, Streatham School for Girls, Graveney School etc)
- 13+ English (preparation for Emanuel School, Dulwich College etc)
I have a TEFL qualification accredited by the Kingston University and enjoy helping students to improve their English reading, writing and listening skills, and their IELTS scores.
Having gained three As at A level, in English Literature, Film Studies and Philosophy, and a further A and B at AS, in English Language and Design Technology: Textiles, I went onto study English Literature, Film and Drama at The University of Manchester. During my third year at University I gained a certificate in Film Making from the London Film Academy and shortly after graduating I trained as a Director at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. During my time at University, I set up a theatre company, Imaginary Friends, with whom I continue to write and direct theatre. In the years following my graduation I have been working in education and I believe that my passion for teaching comes from my love of, and appetite for, learning, which I take great pleasure in passing on. I have a vital passion for the arts, social sciences and politics. I have recently completed an Advanced Diploma in Psychology and a Level 3 certificate in Counselling and Psycotherapy. I am also qualified to teach mindfulness in secondary schools and am a member of the leading mindfulness in schools project: '.be'.
I believe that my effectiveness as a tutor comes from my pupil centred philosophy. I create lessons that call upon a wide range of learning strategies to meet the unique needs of every student. Rather than supplying a pupil an answer, I will always encourage a pupil to achieve the satisfaction of finding it for themselves. I aim to have a long lasting effect on the pupils I work with, instilling in them a passion for learning, a mature and organised approach to studying, and the academic and personal skills that they need to achieve their goals. Where appropriate, I will draw upon my skills as a mindfulness coach in my one to one session, as I've found that a distracted mind and a lack of confidence are common blocks to a student's learning.
What I do when I am not tutoring
When I'm not tutoring I'm visiting galleries and exhibitions, writing and directing theatre and film, and volunteering with various organisations, including the pressure group Animal Aid, for whom I deliver talks and run
workshops in Primary and Secondary schools.
''My daughter has been extremely enthusiastic about her sessions with Daisy. The input has been really helpful – ironing out a few concepts which she had not quite got the hang of before, but more importantly, a real drilling on how to optimise her answers to the examination questions. It sounds like they did a lot of work together and my daughter is very thrilled.''
Mother of an A Level Politics student
''I'm pleased to say I got an offer from Cambridge. The tuition was really helpful. The Interview style questions especially were really good preparation. Thanks for all the help.''
Philosophy Oxbridge applicant.
''Daisy tutored my son in English and RS. I found her very thorough, diligent and with a good command of her subjects. My son performed better than was expected and I am confident that this was largely due to Daisy`s excellent teaching methods and skills. I would highly recommend her as a tutor.''
- Mother of an AS English Literature and Philosophy student
''Daisy is a very inspiring tutor who challenged me to think in new ways. Her passion for a wide range of subjects is infectious. Yet perhaps my favourite quality of Daisy's is the care she has for her students. She goes above and beyond to ensure that her students are feeling secure in their work and I thoroughly enjoyed our sessions.''
- A Level History of Art student
''After having accepted my UCAS offer, I suddenly realised that I had only 4 weeks to brush up on my Literacy skills, in order to pass my QTS exam. I immediately contacted Daisy and, with her tutoring help, I passed my exam on my first attempt! I had dismally failed on my first practise tests, but she encouraged me and helped me understand that which had eluded me my whole life. I cannot recommend her more highly. She is a truly brilliant tutor.''
- QTS (Grammar, Comprehension and Verbal reasoning) student.
''I am happy to recommend Ms Daisy May. She was able to form a good rapport with my son quite early on, and she made the subject of Shakespeare come to life with combination of history of the period, acting, stage production, and a trip to the Globe theatre. My boy enjoyed the sessions with her very much and the end of course play they put together exceeded my expectations. Highly recommended.''
- Mother of a primary English student.
''Daisy-May is a very experienced teacher who is highly professional, helpful, patient and most importantly very passionate. She always endeavours to go above and beyond for my daughter to understand certain difficulties! Her subject knowledge is commendable. She has high expectations of my daughter and of each and every session and she always knows how best to help her to understand new and difficult concepts. I would highly recommend her expertise with other students as we are getting high results based on his teaching styles and techniques. We are very pleased and feel lucky to have chosen her to support my daughter. Her confidence has risen! We thank her very much for her time and appreciate her determination in wanting the best out of her learning. Thank you Daisy-May!!''
- Mother of GCSE English and Sociology student.
“Daisy-May taught my daughter for two years, and I found her to be an excellent tutor in every way. She is reliable, personable, and her lessons are consistently engaging. My daughter did not find A Level Philosophy easy, but she looked forward to her lessons with Daisy-May. Anyone who has her as their tutor will be very fortunate.”
- Mother of A Level Philosophy student
“Daisy-May is a lovely, sweet and great teacher. My year 5 daughter loved her lessons and made progress in creative writing and 11+ preparation. Thank you for all your help Daisy May!”
- Mother of 11+ and creative writing student.
“My daughter and I rate Daisy-May most highly for her knowledge, teaching ability and enthusiasm. She has been invaluable to her in her preparation for the English Lit GCSE exams.”
- Mother of GCSE English Literature student
“Daisy-May is an excellent teacher. She created in my 10 year old boy a real interest in creative writing plus every subjects chosen by Daisy May are rich on English history. She increased his confidence in his writing skills and built a wilder vocabulary, as a French family who speak mostly French at home it’s a big win. ”
- Father of primary English student
Daisy-May has taught my daughter for over five years now. My daughter has struggled with reading and writing and was really challenged every stage of the way with her studies. Daisy has completely turned that around . She has worked closely with my daughter's school schedule and managed to engage her in her work. She has made the sessions stimulating and inspiring. My daughter has gained confidence as a person and actually enjoys learning now. It has helped amazingly with her achievements at school and really complimented her studies .
- Mother of a primary/ 11+ student.