• 7+ and 8+ examination preparation (Westminster Under)
• 11+ scholarship preparation (Wycombe Abbey)
• 13+ all subjects (preparation for Kings Taunton)
I worked in London prep schools from 2010 where there was a high demand for success in examinations. As I worked in Years 3 - 6 for the last 4 years I have been a part of a lot of preparation for 7+, 8+ and 11+ examinations. I feel confident that I know the ingredients needed for these examinations, for example reviewing past papers, the types of repeated questions and the method of answering these questions. I have tutored children from 4 - 13 (including a Wycombe Abbey Scholar). I have also enjoyed tutoring many children who simply need catching up due to a change in school, curriculum or country.
I grew up in the country side and went to a boarding school, called Woldingham School, at the age of 11. After doing Biology, Economics, Art and Geography A levels I went onto Exeter university. Here I studied Geography and received a second class degree. After university, I went to Garden House School supposedly just for a short time before going on my travels. After a term, I realised that teaching was the obvious career for me.
Having been in a classroom teaching 5-11 year olds I feel I know what keeps a child's attention and what does not. Although I might not always get this right, I am able to evaluate the situation and change my angle to make sure the child stays focused.
Another aspect I feel is integral for teaching is using interactive features and getting the children to learn actively.
Online tutoring is an exciting and modern approach which I believe could be perfect for young children who enjoy using technology. For example, from my classroom experience, the moment a child is allowed to use the whiteboard is when they are much more focused. After a little guidance on using the program I am certain they will enjoy more technological and interactive lessons.
What I do when I am not tutoring
When not tutoring I enjoy being outside, playing tennis and walking in the country side. When it is raining, I enjoy getting creative with my millinery hobby - making hats and fascinators.
''Celina is truly one of the best tutors I dealt with and I have dealt with a lot , I started when my child was 9 and have been with her since then (she is nearly 11) , she knows how to keep a child motivated during the lesson , I have a short temper child and she manages to keep her engaged and not frustrated. My child speaks fluent English now and really looks forward to the lessons.'' (Mother of 9 Year Old)
''Celina was an amazing tutor for our children. They made huge progress under her tutoring and she is an inspiring and thoughtful role model as well. She is very professional and creative and we would highly recommend her for any position in teaching or tutoring.'' (Mother of 4 and 6 Year Old)
''Ms Celina Ritchie is a very experienced maths teacher with lots of patience. My son really enjoyed her maths tutorials and made great improvements over the summer holiday. '' (Father of 9 year old)
''Celina is a wonderful maths tutor, my 7yr old has gained confidence in her maths since her weekly zoom mtgs began, and she enjoys the lessons, particularly the games! I would recommend both Celina and Keystone to anyone looking for a tutor, they have been proactive and professional and have made the whole process really straight forward and positive for our family.'' (Mother of 7 year old)