-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.
Alongside my studies at Benenden I volunteered at the local primary school on a weekly basis. Additionally, whilst at university, I participated in Exeter’s South West Gifted and Talented Project, completing an Enrichment Course as a classroom assistant. I found both experiences highly rewarding and particularly enjoyed being able to support the children one to one, watching their creative confidence flourish.
I have written and directed plays, achieved top grades in Speech and Drama examinations and enhanced my public speaking skills in Model United Nations Conferences. I would love to put these experiences to use teaching EFL, whether this be improving written or spoken English. 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 Drama 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 nutritionist 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 or working on my food blog: Gloriously Green.
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.
"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 of 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 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 did enjoy 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
"Harry 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 hols. 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.
"The lesson went well, Lara is a great tutor and my daughter found the online format easier than she expected." 13+ applicant to Wycombe Abbey
"As you may remember my son got a D in his mock but I'm delighted to tell you that he got an A in his GCSE exam. I would like to express my very real thanks for the part you played in his achievement. I'm sure that your help made all the difference to his understanding of the subject and in building his confidence, so I hope that you will feel satisfied with your work!" - Mother of a GCSE English student
"We have just had the good news that our second son has also been accepted into Sevenoaks for September. Thank you very much for your input and help here, we really appreciate it. You have been of great help to both of our boys!" - Mother of two Sevenoaks applicants