• 11+ English and Maths: ISEB and public school exams, including pre-tests.
• 13+ English and Maths: ISEB and public school entrance exams
• GCSE/IGCSE English (All exam boards)
• 16+ English: public school entrance exams
• A-level English (All exam boards)
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
When I am not tutoring I enjoy working on my healthy food blog, Gloriously Green. I am very interested in nutrition and can often be found in the kitchen, experimenting with healthy recipes for my family and friends.
I love going to exhibitions and galleries and will seize any opportunity I can to go to the cinema or theatre. Additionally, I greatly enjoy immersing myself in literature and have an ever increasing list of novels I would like to read.
"The lesson went very well, with Lara successfully laying to rest some of my son's anxieties, and boosting his confidence in his own abilities." Mother of previous student.
"My son really likes Lara, which helps no end, in fact they like each other. Lara is very calm and kind with him. She encourages him to achieve things and builds up his self confidence. We agreed a one hour lesson and this is just right for my son's level of concentration. They are reading, writing stories and perfecting number bonds. We are planning to book up more lessons. Lara is an excellent tutor." (Mother of Year 2 student)
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