-Primary English, Maths and Science
-7+ English & Maths: public school entrance exams
-8+ English and Maths: public school entrance exams
-11+ English and Maths: ISEB and public school exams, including pre-tests
-13+ English: ISEB and public school entrance exams
-GCSE/IGCSE English (All exam boards)
-GCSE/IGCSE Drama (All exam boards)
-16+ English: public school entrance exams
-A-level English (All exam boards)
-A-level Drama (All exam boards)
-Interview preparation at all levels
-I teach a number of online students who are based in the UK, Switzerland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and Singapore.
-I also have a great deal of experience teaching EFL and SEN students.
Throughout my time as a professional tutor, I have helped a myriad of students to secure places at a number of competitive day and boarding schools. I am extremely familiar with the necessary approach for both face-to-face and online lessons, and have worked with children from Reception all the way up to A Level.
My years of experience with Keystone (undergoing frequent training programmes alongside teaching one-on-one lessons) have not only enabled me to develop a thorough understanding of the various curricula, but have also honed my ability to recognise how best to connect with my tutees - so that they can flourish into independent, enthusiastic learners.
As an avid reader, I am fascinated by words and take particular pleasure in helping students enhance their vocabulary. 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.
Having achieved A*’s in English literature, Politics and Religious Studies at A-Level at Benenden, I graduated from Exeter University with a 2:1 in English.
After completing my degree I worked for a variety of dynamic travel and health-focused companies. Whilst these roles were brilliant learning experiences, they reminded me of my enthusiasm for academia and prompted me to return to studying, this time from the other side, as a full time tutor.
I am very enthusiastic about teaching and take an approach that is both structured and flexible. I have a passion for building confidence in my tutees, and believe that this sense of confidence is integral for the development of individuals' independent learning skills.
I consider that making seemingly tedious topics relatable and relevant, within the context of every day life, is the key to sparking children's attentiveness. Although my overall approach varies from student to student, I believe that igniting this excitement is of paramount importance in all lessons.
What I do when I am not tutoring
Alongside tutoring, I am studying to become a nutritional therapist at the College of Naturopathic Nutrition. I'm a big foodie and can often be found in the kitchen, experimenting with healthy recipes for my family and friends.
I enjoy going to exhibitions and galleries and will seize any opportunity I can to go to the cinema or theatre. Additionally, I love immersing myself in literature and have an ever increasing list of novels I would like to read.
"Lara was excellent, very professional. We would definitely like to use her again!" (Mother of a 16+ student)
''I just got my IGCSE results back and got two A* in English. I am super happy! I even got slightly higher in language which was a surprise. Thank you so much for all your help!'' (Online Singapore student)
''Just to let you know that my daughter achieved an A* for her comparative English essay. She is very happy - thank you for helping her through this.'' (Mother of an A Level English Student)
''My daughter got an A* on the Wycombe English entrance paper which she was incredibly proud of. We are really happy we did the extra lessons with you as I know it helped.'' (Mother of an 11+ Wycombe Abbey applicant)
''I am delighted to share that Dulwich has offered our son a place for September. We are all very happy about this news. He is indeed quite excited. Thank you for all your work and ongoing support throughout the year so far. He has benefited from the confidence you have shown him as well as the work you have done with him to get there.'' (Mother of a 13+ Dulwich applicant)
“Lara is just brilliant. We are really thrilled with her – she is all the things that we had hoped she’d be and my daughter really looks forward to the lessons and most importantly, seems to have made huge improvements with Lara’s help.” (Mother of 11+ Student)
''My daughter loves her sessions with you so I know there won’t be any objection from her about more lessons! I have heard her going slightly off topic with her conversations and you are so good at guiding her back.” (Mother of an 11+ Benenden scholarship student)
''My son enjoyed the first lesson. Moreover he said that he believes that these lessons will help him a lot. I hope that with weekly classes he’ll be able to improve his exam skills.'' (13+ applicant to Dulwich and Sevenoaks from Singapore)
''My son has so enjoyed his tutoring with you… he really feels he has learnt so much. We would love to carry on the tutoring in the Christmas holidays. Many many thanks. You really have been great and have such a lovely manner with him. You are a star.'' (Mother of GCSE English Student)
''Thanks so much for the sessions so far. It seems to be going well and I can tell my daughter is enjoying them and learning lots which is brilliant. Also today she received a conditional offer from Wycombe. As this is her first choice she will accept the offer.'' (11+ Wycombe Abbey applicant from Singapore)