I have taught over 150 hours of private tuition.
I tutor across the age range and has experience supporting a wide range of learning styles, including dyslexia and other SEN.
I have extensive experience tutoring students for the 11+ and 13+ for English. I have worked extensively with EAL learners and students moving from schools overseas to high tier British independent schools. I am especially equipped to help with creative writing and organising ideas in writing, from my own studies and professional practice.
I have assisted students in securing entry to Saint Paul’s, City of London, Dragon School, Westminster amongst others, including preparation for scholarship papers.
I am a linguist as well as a literature aficionado and employ a variety of evidence-based methods that speed up language acquisition and make it more enjoyable. I have coached students to make wonderful progress ready for A levels, GCSEs, IB, and school entrance exams. I specialise in working with primary and beginner languages, having taught French from reception to year 6 in school.
Several students received 8s and 9s in their final GCSE and A level results, including one who progressed from a 5 to a 7 through my help with French oral after only a few lessons.
I am a qualified teacher (PGCE Secondary Languages from UCL IOE), a Cambridge graduate (Jesus College), and a writer of poetry and prose.
I am currently completing my Masters in Creative writing at UEA (starting place of writers such as Ian McEwan, Margeret Attwood, and Kazuo Ishiguro).
My blog posts
25/04/2022: A Guide to the OLAT (Oriental Languages Aptitude Test)
I am a kind and warm tutor able to bring out the natural curiosity, originality, and ingenuity to help children read, write, and express themselves more confidently in English or other languages, especially ready for important exams.
I believe strongly in the mentoring role of a tutor in supporting the psychological element of academic success, as well as the duty to ensure academic rigour and hard work. I adapt lessons to suit the specific goals of the family and student. I make lessons intellectually rich, supportive, and engaging, and can especially support demotivated or anxious students to find their motivation and taste for subjects.
What I do when I am not tutoring
In my spare time, I practice yoga and enjoy reading poetry and short stories, and spending time outdoors. My favourite writers range from Walt Whitman and Marguerite Duras to David Sedaris and Deborah Levy, depending on the levity of my mood! I am always studying new languages, my latest is Norwegian!
“In French she received a 7 and I think the short spurt of work she did with Kiera for her mock oral really helped” (GCSE French Student, London)
“She enjoyed her first lesson with Kiera lots. Kiera can help her build a strong foundation in French.” (Beginners French Student, Hong Kong)
“Kiera is lovely with (student), and he looks forward to his lessons every week. “ (English 13+ and EAL Student, Egypt)