* Primary English and Maths (KS1 and 2)
* 11+ English and public school entrance exams, including pre-tests
* 11+ Maths and public school entrance exams, including pre-tests
* 8+ English and prep school entrance exams
* 8+ Maths and prep school entrance exams
* 7+ English and prep school entrance exams
* 7+ Maths and prep school entrance exams
I also have experience with tutoring online for students primarily in Singapore and Hong Kong as well as a range of other countries.
I have previously taught as a primary school teacher for three years working in both Year 5 and 6 and helping to prepare children for the eleven plus exams. I have also more recently worked for a year in Year 2 and 3 helping to support and extend children who were in the seven plus and eight plus age group. Therefore I have an excellent grounding working with the syllabus required for both the eleven plus and the seven plus and have experienced first- hand what the schools require from the children sitting these types of exams.
In terms of pre-tests, I recommend building up a thorough knowledge of the 11+ Maths and English syllabus and focussing as much as possible on comprehension, grammar and cloze procedure and mental arithmetic and word problems. I use a variety of activities to target the time pressured nature of the tests and problem solving.
I moved to London at ten years old to attend St. James Independent School for Girls based in South West London. Amongst a diverse background of extra-curricular activities, I went on to study English Literature, History and Music at A-level. I developed a real love of studying English throughout my time at school which led me to apply for a Bachelor’s degree in this subject at Royal Holloway University of London. Having a truly inspiring professor during my time at university led me to apply for the Shakespeare Masters course and I thoroughly enjoyed having the chance to go into greater depth and analysis of the infinitely complex works of William Shakespeare! I also took part in a variety of theatrical productions whilst living on campus and enjoyed the challenge of interpreting classic texts in new and unusual ways.
In 2012 I finished a P.G.C.E qualification from Roehampton University and immediately started teaching in a primary school in Putney. Whilst studying I spent a lot of time researching child psychology and how best to help different children learn. I found this a fascinating subject and love the challenge of understanding the needs of all the different children in my classroom to know how best they learn.
Having worked as a school teacher across a variety of ages in the past I have had experience with a huge range of different abilities and needs. I love the challenge of finding and understanding exactly how each child works and have a vast bank of tutoring resources and teaching aids to help each individual learn to the best of their ability. I consider myself patient and creative and always focus on helping each child build up their confidence and enjoyment in learning throughout my sessions.
What I do when I am not tutoring
Away from my work in school I have lots of enthusiasm for trying out different sporting activities. I took an in depth 18 month yoga course whilst training for my P.G.C.E. and love to do yoga classes and practice wherever I have the available space (literally and figuratively). I also love to spend time outdoors walking and rock-climbing. Recently I have started attending a circus arts course which has been an interesting challenge!
"I met my daughter’s teacher at parents’ evening yesterday and she said that her maths is transformed: she is confident, paying attention, volunteering answers and is moving strongly up the class in terms of performance. This is due to you – many thanks indeed. Her teacher told me that in a recent mental fluency test, she got a perfect score and came top of the class. Rose has developed an enormous appetite for mental maths: I am made at 7.00 a.m every morning to give her questions like 17x18 which she gets correct – and with astonishing speed." Mother of year 4 student.
"Steph did a great job. We only needed a couple of sessions for a 7+ test that my son took and passed last week. Steph did a great job directing us on what areas to look at and giving us advice on what to practise. My son really liked her, as did I." Mother of 7+ student
"I just wanted to let you know that my son passed the Colet Court 8+ exam and has been invited back for an interview (fingers crossed.) He says Stephanie was "top teacher" and really enjoyed the few lessons he had with her." Mother of 8+ student.
"My daughter is a big fan of Steph and things seem to be going very smoothly. Steph has a lovely manner about her and is very gentle - definitely an approach that works with my daughter." Mother of 11+ Student.