• 11+ English and Maths: ISEB; public school entrance exams; and pre-tests (in particular in relation to Eton, City of London School and Harrow)
• 13+ English and Maths: ISEB; public school entrance exams; and pre-tests.
• I/GCSE English Language: AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC.
• I/GCSE English Literature: AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC.
• AS/A Level English: AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC.
• Preparing International students for entrance exams of all levels or to help such students keep pace with the UK National Curriculum standard.
I have experience tutoring English and Maths for 11+ and 13+ examinations, school entrance exams and public exams such as GCSEs. I break down these exams into their fundamental elements, developing comprehension, grammar, mental arithmetic and the ability to solve word based problems. Additionally, I will prepare students with revision and exam technique to ensure a strong basis for achievement.
Previously, I have both tutored privately and worked briefly within university-level academic marking. I have also more recently worked as an in-school tutor at Heanor Gate Science College teaching English at GCSE level. I have delivered group and one-to-one interventions with students who, for a variety of different reasons, were not predicted to attain their target grades. I have received positive engagement from all pupils and the resulting assessments and grades reflected a substantial increase in progress across the board, with many exceeding their predicted grades. These improved results and concerted interventions also contributed in part to the improved OFSTED rating of the school, moving from ‘Requires Improvement’ to ‘Good’.
I have also been involved in Maths GCSE sessions and interventions on an ad hoc basis, but have again seen progress easily shown within short periods of time by significantly improved assessment grades. I have performed cover supervision and unqualified teaching with full sized classes from year 7 to year 11 and in subjects ranging from English and Maths to Citizenship.
Due to my in-depth familiarity with exams and mark schemes, I have also written multiple GCSE revision resources for my fellow teaching colleagues and was personally responsible for the creation of a school-wide scheme of English GCSE intervention resources which will be rolled out next year in my absence.
I also carry out work with students abroad, such as from Singapore, to help them maintain a level with the UK London Schools in order that any transition to a UK based education is as smooth as possible. Additionally, I enjoy helping students prepare for the common entrance exams as well.
After receiving A grade A-levels in Maths, English Literature, Critical Thinking and Art Graphics from the Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre, I moved East to study Law at the University of Nottingham. I spent my time between lectures illustrating and writing for student magazines, studying abroad, volunteering, and steadily realising that I enjoyed a great many things more than the study of Law. I completed my degree with first class honours, a merit in New Zealand Law, and an ambition to move into a new and more personally rewarding career.
Having tutored privately during my undergraduate degree, I transitioned into an in-school tutoring role in Derbyshire where I found a passion and aptitude for teaching and tutoring. This past summer, after seeing my last GCSE cohort through their English and Maths examinations, I moved to London to start a career as a professional Keystone Tutor.
Students both succeed and struggle for a variety of individual and unique reasons and, consequently, it is important always to take ones approach from evaluating and reflecting on the learning style of the individual student at hand. In my experience, however, success can often be achieved by bringing complex subjects back to their fundamentals. This allows for the effective identification of issues in understanding and builds an enduring sense of confidence upon which students can develop. I try to combine this general approach with an engaging attitude, a high expectation of independent and creative work, and finally a supportive, knowledgeable environment for error and development. When working towards specific exams and entrance tests, I make additional extensive use of the relevant content syllabus, exam reports and mark scheme to familiarise students with effective strategies for achieving success.
I also have experience tutoring students from schools abroad, such as the Stamford American School and the Tanglin Trust School in Singapore, and feel confident in my ability to help coach such students through the new territory of London School Entrance Examinations. I enjoy online tutoring and feel that, with the right approach, it can be every bit as engaging as face-to-face sessions.
What I do when I am not tutoring
When not tutoring others, I am often to be found teaching myself. I am an (ok) pianist, a (terrible) ukulele player, I am learning French and enjoy picking up coding languages here and there. I also love to read and dabble in creative writing when inspiration strikes and when my brain needs a break I love being outdoors, whether it be by bike, hike, rock face or horseback.
I am also a freelance illustrator for a number of small publications and blogs. I like to consider art my greatest passion in life, and whilst I am certainly no Picasso, I am lucky enough to have found a few steady clients who appreciate my work.
"Kate is fantastic,patient,encouraging and makes things that seem difficult at the start much simpler by breaking it all down for my daughter.I feel confidence growing in her, Kate makes everything very relatable." IGCSE Maths student in Singapore
"We are thrilled with Kate, the boys are really enjoying their tutoring with her - her enthusiasm and happy/bubbly character is perfect for them. They say that she explains things very well and they are happy to have the tutoring. It is obvious that there are quite a few gaps in their knowledge of Maths but Kate is very much helping with this." Mother of year 8 twins preparing for 13+ entry to Fulham Senior School from Singapore.
"The first lesson with Kate went extremely well - I said hello to her briefly and she was really bubbly and enthusiastic, just want the boys need. They were really happy after the lesson and enjoyed it - they concentrated solely on Maths for that lesson. I am very happy with how the first lesson went and know she will be a great help to the boys. They are looking forward to their lesson on Wednesday." 13+ English and Maths to boys at school in Singapore.
"My son felt she was very structured and had specific results oriented feedback on his essay. Hopefully we can see her continue with him for a few months so she can also monitor his progress." IGCSE English student in Singapore
She was fantastic! Kate really helped clarify things my daughter didn't understand, she gave her all sorts of tips to use when tackling certain problems and most of all she knew exactly how to instil confidence. Wonderful, thank you! (Mother of Year 6 Student)
“Kate is one of the best tutors I’ve ever worked with. The kids all seem to really get on with her.” - Kate Cook head of department English Heanor Gate Science College.