• Primary English and Maths
• 7+/8+ English and Maths school entrance examinations
• 11+ English & Maths: ISEB and public school entrance exams and pre-test
• 13+ English & History: ISEB and public school entrance exams
• I/GCSE English Language & Literature (AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC)
• I/GCSE History (AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC)
• A-level English (AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC)
• A-level History (AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC)
I have undertaken extensive training at Keystone for 7+ and 11+ English and Maths tutoring and have accrued over a year's worth of experience preparing students for these exams as well as pre-test preparation training.
My preferred method of tutoring is the online interface. I prefer online tutoring because I feel that it often requires a more focussed and constructive approach by both the student and the tutor, resulting in the most constructive lesson possible.
I am also well versed in tutoring across all age categories and exams in History, a subject I feel hugely passionate about. From 13+, 16+ common entrance exams and then through all exam boards of GCSE and A Level, History is a subject that I always hope to impart great enthusiasm for onto my students.
My role as Historical Guide at Kensington Palace means that I take a particularly enthusiastic approach to History, keen ,of course, to teach within the parameters of a syllabus but also I see how invaluable it is to indulge students curiosity about History.
Throughout my career I bolstered my passion for History and working in education by volunteering in the learning departments at various museums such as the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth and the Priest's House Museum in Dorset.
Prior to joining Keystone I worked as a Resident House Tutor and English and History teacher at Milton Abbey School from 2012-2014. This encompassed working with pupils aged between 13-18 and providing academic and examination support both in lessons and pastorally. I personally tutored 10 pupils across age groups each year, providing pastoral and academic support and monitoring their school performance.
Alongside my in-school teaching, I have experience of tutoring A and AS Level History and GCSE English.
I volunteered throughout school and university in various primary schools as a teaching assistant. I consider my roles at the Science Museum and Kensington Palace as teaching experience as they required me to engage with varied audiences in a wide range of subjects.
I grew up on the beautiful Dorset coast and attended Canford School where I achieved A grade A Levels in English, History and Politics. I studied History at the University of York where I achieved a First Class Honours degree.
I come from a big family of rowers and my passion for the sport began shortly after I learnt to walk; I went on to compete at the British University Rowing Championships and Henley Royal Regatta.
Growing up on the coast I have always loved swimming and being out on the ocean, which I try to get back to in my spare time!
I have been lucky enough to do some extraordinary travelling around the world. As a keen scuba diver I have travelled the world seeing some of the most spectacular dive sites including the Great Barrier Reef, Tioman Island in Malaysia, Christmas Island and Cocos Keeling. Scuba diving and marine conservation remain as two of my greatest passions!
After university, I worked as a Resident House Tutor and History teacher at Milton Abbey School, also coaching the school swim team and establishing the school’s first boat club.
After 2 years I moved to London to take up a post as an Explainer at the Science Museum where I performed and presented scientific shows and demonstrations to the public. I have been passionate about History since I was 8 and first visited Hampton Court Palace. So I was hugely excited to work as a historical guide at Kensington Palace which consisted of leading talks and tours on the history of the Palace.
I have always felt passionate about sharing my enthusiasm for English and History and I enjoy working and engaging with young people hence my move to Keystone to take up the role of Professional Private Tutor.
My approach to tutoring focuses on building the confidence of students, particularly surrounding exam preparation and techniques. I favour the online format as, for me, it provides a more disciplined and focussed environment for students to learn in. Also, as the world becomes ever more technologically advanced, it is important, even crucial, that students are familiar with working in online formats.
It is vital that pupils gain a comprehensive understanding of how to decipher exams and the way they are marked but is equally important for the student feel confident, calm and capable when under exam conditions.
As an educator I am hugely enthusiastic about all my subjects and believe it is vital to create a supportive, enjoyable and productive learning environment for students.
My initial approach is to develop a solid relationship with students in order to discover their learning techniques, interests, strengths and weaknesses and provide them with specific support and guidance.
The benefit of private tutoring is it allows me to provide tailor made lessons and strategies to students that can directly address any areas of lower confidence and bolster areas of strength and capability.
What I do when I am not tutoring
When not tutoring I am an avid water sports fan. I particularly enjoy long distance ocean swimming, surfing, paddle boarding and kayaking. Since moving to London I have become a keen wild swimmer, regularly swimming in the various park ponds around London. I am hoping to maintain this throughout the winter… I have an enormous passion for history and have the goal to visit all castles and palaces in Great Britain in the next few years. When I am not swimming or visiting historical sites or tutoring I love to read all manner of books, although fairly predictably I love historical fiction, most notably the works of Hillary Mantel.
Thank you for recommending Sarah to us, she was absolutely wonderful and the girls took to her immediately. Sarah is spot on!