• 8+ English & Maths: public school entrance exams
• 11+ English & Maths: ISEB and public school entrance exams
• 13+ English: ISEB and public school entrance exams
• GCSE/IGCSE History & Philosophy: AQA, Edexcel and OCR
• GCSE/IGCSE English Language: AQA, Edexcel and OCR
• GCSE/IGCSE English Literature: AQA, Edexcel and OCR
• AS/A-level English Language: AQA, Edexcel and OCR
• AS/A-level/IB English Literature: AQA, Edexcel and OCR
Additionally, I teach weekly tuition classes for GCSE English Language and the 11+.
I have experience tutoring English as a Foreign Language, English as a Second Language, and Oxbridge applications.
Two students I tutored achieved places at Oxford last year. I have helped 2 students achieve A*s in English Language and English Literature at GCSE, and one towards an A. Out of my 11+ students in the recent exams, most achieved places at every school they applied to. I was particularly proud of acceptances to St Paul's Girls' School, Godolphin and Latymer, Wycombe Abbey, Putney High, Francis Holland and City of London.
I am based in London and attended Godolphin and Latymer School. I graduated from Oxford in 2014, where I studied English. I won my college's annual Shakespeare Prize in 2013 and Oxford University's New Writing Competition in 2014. I spent a year travelling and completed a Master's Degree in Creative Writing. I now work as a freelance writer, theatre producer and tutor.
I hope to guide students towards impending exams or entrance tests by catering sessions to their particular needs and interests, while keeping sessions lively and fun. I want to make my students feel as comfortable as possible, because that is when they will produce the best work.
Most of the time, the ability is there and my job is give self-assurance. I help students to shape and structure their ideas, packaging them in an engaging way that will also get the marks. I will often ask a student to teach something back to me to show their understanding.
My goal is to give students a set of tools to call upon in the exam, rather than directly spoon-feeding them answers. With the right tuition, any student can think formulaically, conveying an interesting and well-structured response to the question at hand.
I think reading is absolutely vital to improving spelling, vocabulary and grammar. I am a huge reader and always delighted to recommend titles to my students, at every level!
What I do when I am not tutoring
When I am not tutoring, I am producing theatre and writing for the stage and screen. This leaves me highly flexible for tutorials. I am very interested in film, TV, theatre and journalism.
"My daughter really enjoyed her sessions with Matilda. She is very kind, fun and enthusiastic. She is also very methodic and really knows what she is talking about. She seems particularly familiar with all the different exam formats which is a big plus." (Mother of 11+ student)
Our daughter immediately connected with her and happily looked forward to the sessions, independently preparing any homework that Matilda had requested. We found Matilda a very reliable, patient and a natural teacher. Even though we had fixed ideas given this was not our first experience with such entrance exams, we almost immediately backed off giving advice because Matilda’s preparation for each lesson was faultless: very well-planned and tuned to ensure that our daughter was strengthening her knowledge over time. Our daughter will be attending Godolphin and Latymer from September, which would not have been possible without the extra mile that Matilda went to get the best out of her.
Parent of Iman, 11+ student
My daughter Clara has been really enjoying the lessons with Matilda. She is well experienced in the 11+ exams and takes care to also send additional materials to help her with the preparation. My daughter will be attending St Paul's Girls' School in September.
Parent of Clara, 11+ student
Matilda has been tutoring my daughter in English since April this year. My daughter’s performance in English improved after only a few weeks she started her sessions with Matilda. I could also see that her interest and motivation to improve her writing was increasing as she was also enjoying her tutorials every week. Matilda has been very professional, punctual and responsive to all our requests to also set up additional or Skype sessions during the holidays. Matilda was able to effectively engage with my daughter and is helping her with the 11+ exam preparation. She was accepted into her top choice Putney High School so we are pleased. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a competent and reliable tutor.
Parent of Vittoria, 11+ student
Matilda's tutoring was invaluable and it provided me with a foundation to take my University application and essay writing to the next level. She goes the extra mile and gave me tips and advice that were extremely helpful and gave me assurance in a daunting application process.
Mal, 17, Oxford English Applicant (successfully gained a place)
Matilda really helped me boost my confidence and positivity for my Oxford ELAT exam. She is intelligent, caring and very enthusiastic about English Literature.
Aine, 18, Oxford English Applicant (successfully gained a place)
Matilda was a very understanding and useful tutor. She helped me go from a grade C in my mock to a grade A* in my actual GCSE! I would definitely recommend her as an English tutor. Thank you for helping me achieve more than I was expecting in both English exams!
Claudia, GCSE English student 2017
It gives me a great pleasure to recommend Matilda, who has been tutoring my daughters for a couple of months for the last two years. I would like to emphasise the fact that Matilda was able to get the best from my daughters in just a couple of months. Her kindness and professionalism have impressed both myself and my daughters. I have asked also my girls for an opinion on how Matilda was and their answer was: "simply the best".
Gabriela Galbenus, parent of two 11+ students, London