* 11+/13+ English and public school entrance exams, including pre-tests
* 11+/13+ Maths and public school entrance exams, including pre-tests
* 11+/13+ Latin
* GCSE Latin (OCR, WJEC, AQA, Edexcel, CIE)
* GCSE Maths (OCR, WJEC, AQA, Edexcel, CIE)
* GCSE French (OCR, WJEC, AQA, Edexcel, CIE)
* GCSE English (OCR, WJEC, AQA, Edexcel, CIE)
* GCSE Italian (OCR, WJEC, AQA, Edexcel, CIE)
* A Level French (OCR, WJEC, AQA, Edexcel, CIE)
* A Level English (OCR, WJEC, AQA, Edexcel, CIE)
* A Level Italian (OCR, WJEC, AQA, Edexcel, CIE)
* English as a foreign language
I studied French and Italian at Oxford University and can teach both subjects up to A Level. I also teach English up to A Level and Maths and Latin up to GCSE. Recently, I have worked at a prep school in Kenya, teaching English, Maths, French and Latin and I also volunteered at a Street Child Centre.
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 went to Shrewsbury High School where I studied English, French, Latin and German at A Level. I went on to read Modern Languages, specifically French and Italian, at Worcester College, Oxford graduating with an upper second class degree.
As the ninth of a rambunctious family of twelve, I have always been surrounded by a pedagogical atmosphere. Partly, of course, because of my situation in the family - imagine all those superior and patronising older siblings, always correcting my erroneous ideas, informing me of their latest discoveries, or conversely, profiting from my gullibility! - and partly because of our geographical situation, since my father was a teacher, and we lived on the school site. This experience has been very valuable in many ways, but perhaps most valuable by showing me that the conviction that my initial gut feeling upon leaving University - that of wanting to teach and inspire others in all the areas that I have found such joy and solace - was the correct one. I desire nothing more than to teach, and by doing so, learn myself, and help others.
Having always been surrounded by lots of people of diverse ages - my eldest sibling is 40, and the youngest 17 - I learnt early on the importance of listening carefully to each individual in order to understand what makes them tick. This skill transfers well to tutoring. I am patient and creative in my approach to teaching, and try to ensure that I tailor my style to suit the individual. I am a keen artist and love nothing more than illustrating my examples with cartoons or caricatures, particularly when teaching younger children.
What I do when I am not tutoring
Having been brought up without a television, I am a voracious reader, and count Anthony Burgess, Georges Perec and Evelyn Waugh amongst my favourite authors. I enjoy drawing, and am happiest when I have a pen in hand and paper in front of me. I am also a great lover of children's literature, and am currently drafting a children's book. I love music and play the piano and harp in my spare time when at home. I find great joy in being on the open road, and I take long rambles across the countryside for as long as possible whenever I have the chance! I am enthusiastic about the theatre, and have fond memories of taking part (and a part!) in school plays. I have a passion for travel, and do so whenever I can. I take daily delight in being in London, with its wealth of cultural history, and opportunities to be immersed in this: wonderful exhibitions, stimulating public debates, exciting new plays, and concerts . Every day is made better by my cycle to and from wherever I need to be, so I suppose I should probably count city cycling as one of my hobbies too!
"She was great - the kids said she was really good." Mother of previous student.