• 7/8+ English and Maths (school entrance)
• 11+ English and Maths (ISEB, school entrance, and pre-test)
• 13+ and 14+ English (school entrance)
• 16+ English (school entrance)
• (I)GCSE English Language (AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC)
• (I)GCSE English Literature (AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC)
• A-Level English Language (AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC)
• A-Level English Literature (AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC)
• English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT)
• Oxbridge applications and university interview preparation
As an Oxford graduate, I know the value of one-on-one teaching, and have drawn extensively on this experience as a professional tutor, both in person and online. I have tutored very bright students, pushing them to explore their study material in new ways, and worked with many students preparing for a broad range of English assessments, from 11+ up to A Levels and Oxbridge admissions (including UCAS, interview, and ELAT preparation).
I have also tutored students who required broader help with motivation, revision, and study skills, or with English as a second language (particularly with students at international schools or abroad). These lessons cover general learning techniques including close reading, time-management, articulation, comprehension, grammar and vocabulary, and essay-writing. Helping to boost students’ confidence in these key skills has proved invaluable for subjects far beyond English, enabling students of many ages to feel more secure in their approaches to languages and humanities subjects, and towards exams and assessments generally. Building up these key skills is also an essential part of 11+ exam preparation.
In terms of pre-tests, I recommend building up a thorough knowledge of the 11+ Maths and English syllabus and focusing as much as possible on comprehension, grammar, mental arithmetic, and word problems. I use a variety of reading, writing, and problem-solving activities to familiarise students with the time pressured nature of the tests, and to encourage them to think creatively.
I grew up in Shrewsbury, a small town in Shropshire, with my family and a menagerie of animals. I attended Shrewsbury High School, the local GDST school, from 2005 until 2012, gaining 9 A*s and 1 A at GCSE. At A-Level, I studied English (A*), Religious Studies (A*), and German (A*), whilst also getting involved in lots of extra-curricular activities: media and critical thinking clubs, singing in chamber choir, and taking Speech and Drama assessments, achieving Gold Medal with Distinction.
I went on to read English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford (Keble College), and loved the expansive nature of the course, covering texts from Anglo Saxon poetry to the Romantics. I was awarded a scholarship in my second and third years, and graduated with a double First. After a year working for my family’s antiques business, I returned to Oxford to complete a Masters course in English (1900-Present Day) at Lincoln College. There I specialised in Life Writing, Shakespeare and Spenser, and the writings of Virginia Woolf. In the summer of 2017, I graduated with a Distinction, and joined Keystone Tutors soon afterwards.
One key advantage of one-on-one tutoring is its specificity: if a student wants more help in a certain area, I can tailor my lessons to suit that requirement. I work really hard to help students to engage with the material they are studying, and to build a supportive and productive relationship with each tutee to make this possible.
My genuine enthusiasm for my expert subjects is another key part of my approach: learning can and should be exciting. An important part of this is variety: I employ a range of strategies in lessons, from traditional text-based discussions and exercises, to interactive writing tasks, games, and creative challenges. Above all, I take a student-centred approach to tutoring, and aim to make each lesson a valuable and enjoyable experience.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I write a blog, read endlessly, and swim for fun. Food features heavily in my everyday life: I am a vegetarian and love to follow food blogs, read cookery books, and devise my own recipes. I am also addicted to charity shops, and like to experiment with clothes and fashion photography. My ideal day would include wandering round an art gallery or museum, walking my dog, seeing a play, visiting an independent bookshop, or taking part in creative writing workshops with friends.
For several years, I have been making short films on digital and Super8 film. Variously, I have acted in, produced, and directed these films, and find that they are great ways to interact with creative and interesting people. I have also produced several theatre shows, an experience which has given me great insight into old and new dramatic writing and the endless ways in which texts can be brought to life.
Our class went so well! Lily is an amazing tutor and we discussed a lot. We scheduled our next class Tuesday. Thank you!
Lily is great. She has the measure of both my children as they are very different. She is kind and more importantly interested in them as people which I think helps enormously. They were both impressed by the questions she asked them in order to get to know them. I think trying to understand where a 10 year old and a 15 year old are coming from is a brilliant way to get the best out of them and I really feel that Lily is doing this.
“My teacher told me I would fail if I didn’t put the work in, so these lessons were good because they encouraged me to do lots of past papers and take revision more seriously.” (A-Level English Language student)
“I wasn’t sure how to approach the argument and essay structure in the exam before, but I know to be more concise and direct now, so that’s reassuring.” (Student preparing for the ELAT)
“I just want to say thank you gave has made such an impact on my essay writing generally.” (Student writing UCAS personal statement for Oxford and preparing for the ELAT)
“More fun than scary! Thanks for taking the time to help!” (Student preparing for Cambridge admissions interview)
“How can I ever thank you enough. I was never expecting you to put so much extra time into this and I can honestly say I know my work has improved by discussing it with you and taking into account your comments.” (English undergraduate student, working on the dissertation)