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 7 years ago. 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)
''Hi Lee, Firstly, I want to thank you for all the effort and time that you invested in Anais 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. Anais has come on leaps and bounds with her English and Maths and as a result her confidence has grown. Anais 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.'' - Private tuition client, London, 2016
''Swati and I are delighted to inform you that Aditya 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 Aditya. 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.'' - Private tuition client, London, 2016
''Lee tutored my daughter Alexandra in preparation for the Middle School entrance exams in English from Jan2013 to January 2014. Lee used interesting materials which built on Alexandra’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 Alexandra’s technical abilities as well as giving her confidence in her own imagination and creativity. Lee was particularly good at showing Alexandra 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 Alexandra's personality that would be attractive to schools and discussed stories to showcase those abilities and traits. Alexandra 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 Alexandra 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. Alexandra 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 Alexandra to the mantis shrimp, which has the world's most complex eyes….etc. Lee’s warm and lively personality made a real impact on Alexandra, and Alexandra felt very comfortable with her. Lee was always reliable, friendly and professional. We would strongly recommend her as a tutor.'' - Private tuition client, New York, 2012-2014