I have been tutoring in London for nearly 8 years. I have spent 6 years coaching London students for the 11+ covering Maths, English, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning. Additionally I have run 11+ workshops at Greater London Tutors and and also for Yellowbird Education.
I have successfully prepared students for entrance exams at:
Independent schools: Harrow, Godolphin and Latymer, City of London Boys, City of London Girls, Winchester, Westminster, St Pauls, Alleyn's, Francis Holland (Regent's Park) and Francis Holland (Sloane Square)
Grammar schools: North London Collegiate School, Henrietta Barnett, The Latymer School, Tiffin Girls, Kingston Grammar
I have also successfully prepared students for 7+ and 8+ preparations for Alleyn's School, Wetherby, and Sussex House School.
I grew up in New York City and worked at the Manhattan Country School before moving to London in 2011. I have written for The Wall Street Journal and for the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy. I've always enjoyed working with children; I've been an archery instructor and a football coach! I've been noted for my friendly attitude and I bring fun into even the most difficult subjects.
I think the most important quality in any tutor is patience. My first step is to perform an assessment of the student; this, along with a comparison of the student's academic goals, forms the basis of our lesson plan. I listen closely to the family's goals in order to tailor my approach specifically to that student.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I am an avid knitter! I knit hats, scarves, gloves and most recently an anatomically correct heart.
"The first session was a success - my daughter went from having, understandably, a hint of trepidation to feeling good when she came away from Lee. She said that, "...the hour went by so fast it felt like five minutes!" (Father of Year 5 student)
Firstly, we would like to thank you again for your invaluable assistance with helping us secure a visit to CLC last November, and arranging for Lee to help our daughter D with the admission tests.
We are delighted to update you that D has been offer a place at CLC for Year 9 in 2020.
We are wondering if you would know of any international students who are currently at CLC or alumni of the college. We are hoping that D can have a chat with students at CLC who have gone through similar journeys and experience. We think that any chance for her to get to know CLC better would help increase her comfort level and readiness ahead.
Thank you again for your help.
Mother of D
Just a quick note to tell you how much E enjoyed being tutored by you over the last few months.
Yesterday, after her 2 hours tuition with you, she came to me and said how much she will miss you because she really likes you.
We’ll keep you posted on her UKIset results. Please keep your fingers crossed!
Have a lovely Sunday
Mother of UKIset student
Sorry for this late email, but I'm writing to thank you for being one of the best teachers I've ever had. Having lessons with you every week was actually something I looked forward to and didn't dread, you really made things fun by being so easy to talk to. As well as just being awesome, you're a great teacher and I feel like I've learned a lot in the past few months thanks to you. Regardless of the results, thank you for everything!
I hope you’re well? We received the long anticipated school results today and M is very happy!
We still haven’t heard from American School but she got a place on the waiting list at Alleyn’s and offers from City, Godolphin, and both Francis Holland’s.
So a big decision to make but a great position to be in.
Many thanks for all of your help! M really enjoyed working with you!
Take care and please keep in touch.
Mother of 11+ student
Dear Ms Lee,
S and I are delighted to inform you that A has been offered a place at Wetherby Prep School. He is also on the short list for Sussex House. We are naturally delighted with this news.
We would like to take this opportunity to say a sincere "Thank You" for all your efforts over the last few months with A. Thank you for bringing him up to speed. You were more confident than us in his success.
Thank you once again for all your efforts. You made him work hard and he listened to you.
We are very happy.
S & P
Firstly, I want to thank you for all the effort and time that you invested in A to date. We have all seen a huge improvement in both her Maths and English progression. Anais has mentioned on numerous occasions how much she values your sessions.
Secondly, I would personally like to thank you for such comprehensive reports, being away quite often for work, I don't always have visibility on these matters.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your hard work, dedication and efforts over the past months. A has come on leaps and bounds with her English and Maths and as a result her confidence has grown.
A wanted to get you a little present to say thank you, which I believe she has already given you, Just a small token of her/our appreciation.If you ever need a reference of any nature, please be sure to reach out and best of luck going forward.
Father of A
"Action Tutoring provides volunteer tutors to work with pupils preparing for GCSE exams in schools across the country and Lee worked as a Programme Leader at two schools, in Brixton and Southwark.
As a Programme Leader, Lee facilitated the tutoring programmes at one of our partner schools. She was responsible for taking a register of the volunteer tutors at each session, ensuring that all the tutors were happy and had the resources they required, and tutoring when volunteers were absent. Lee dealt with any issues that arose during the tutoring sessions, and reported the problems, as well as successes, back to the Action Tutoring office.
Lee was committed, reliable and enthusiastic about her work, she related very well to pupils, teachers and tutors and made a valuable contribution to our organisation."
- Susannah Hardyman, CEO of Action Tutoring
To Whom It May Concern:
Lee tutored my daughter A in preparation for the Middle School entrance exams in English from Jan2013 to January 2014. Lee used interesting materials which built on A’s existing skills, but which also challenged her by covering skills and content which her own school did not cover. Lee’s approach covered reading and writing skills and developed A’s technical abilities as well as giving her confidence in her own imagination and creativity. Lee was particularly good at showing A how to develop ideas: she showed how the use of different sentence and paragraph structures could help to extend thought as well as to express ideas more clearly.
For example, Lee covered different aspects of A's personality that would be attractive to schools and discussed stories to showcase those abilities and traits. A came up with a very amusing metaphor for studying - that it's like a bear eating lots of fish to prepare for hibernation. Lee also told A folk tales, in particular one was about a leader who discovers he has horns; they also discussed corruption in the Philippines through folk tales and what nepotism is. A and Lee have been also practicing answering essay prompts and Lee was able to really engage her. Lee also talked about perspective and she introduced A to the mantis shrimp, which has the world's most complex eyes….etc.
Lee’s warm and lively personality made a real impact on A, and A felt very comfortable with her. Lee was always reliable, friendly and professional. We would strongly recommend her as a tutor."
- Mother of primary student