I am a very experienced 11+ and 13+ tutor and have a successful record helping to prepare students for entrance examinations. I have excellent knowledge of UK schools and what is required.
I have undergone extensive training with Keystones including 7/8+ and 11+ English and Maths.
I also have a huge amount of online tutoring experience, with many of my students based in Singapore, Hong Kong and China.
Another of my areas of expertise is interview technique and conducting mock interviews with students. Prior to working as a tutor, I assisted a Performance and Presentation Coach in a Corporate environment to train professionals in Public Speaking.
• 7+/8+ English & 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 & History (AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC)
• A-level English (AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC)
• Interview technique
• Acting and performance (both stage and screen acting)
I taught Acting at Stagecoach for 2 years and despite whether or not the students wanted to pursue performing arts, it was incredibly rewarding watching their confidence grow and providing them with useful transferable skills.
Having completed my A-levels in English Literature and Language, History and Drama and Theatre Studies at Fortismere School, North London, I went on to read English at the University of Nottingham. Here I gained a 2:1 degree, whilst also sitting on Society Exec two years running for Nottingham University's 'New Theatre'. In my spare time I performed in a number of productions, from Alan Bennett's 'Habeas Corpus' to Oscar Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Earnest'.
After graduating I did an MA in Acting at East 15 Drama School.
Over the past ten years, I have had extensive experience working in the Higher Education sector, most recently at University College London. Whilst there I worked in Student Support and Wellbeing, Admissions and Student Complaints. Working in this environment was very insightful and has kept me up to date with current University students' issues and requirements.
For me, tutoring is about engaging with the student and unlocking the joy in whatever it is they're studying. It is my job to improve their knowledge and hone technique but equally to build their confidence and boost their self-belief.
I am very thorough in my planning of lessons and like to have a clear idea of what I want to achieve with the student each session. That said, I recognise the importance of needing to be flexible.
We all absorb information in different ways so I like to use a varied mixture of learning techniques in all my sessions. Due to my Arts background, I believe in inspiring young people with creative thinking. I like to find interesting and imaginative ways to approach a subject. I structure my lessons in a way that will prevent them from losing focus, breaking it up into sections and interspersing the learning with activities, audio/visual clips, images and quizzes.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I enjoy writing plays and have written and produced several pieces for the London fringe. I co-wrote a piece called 'After Penelope' a few years back about women in wartime. The play had 2 London runs and then went to Rome.
I love to ski in the winter and swim in the summer (and I run all year round).
''Lucy is a very experienced teacher, she is very kind and patient and accurately addresses the areas that my daughter needs to improve. She is able to keep my daughter engaged throughout the whole online lesson and always encourages my daughter to do her best. She enjoys having lessons with her very much.'' (Mother of Year 6 student in Hong Kong)
''It was great, thanks! My daughter said she was 'amazing' (this is high praise from a quiet 7 year old).'' (Mother of Year 3 student)
''I think it was a big success. My daughter seemed to enjoy it and said it was useful. Lucy was very nice with her and think really helped her with a few things she was feeling shy to ask about.'' (Mother of Year 5 student)
''My daughter had a wonderful session with Lucy, who was so good with her! My daughter managed to stay motivated and focused for the whole hour and commented that was so short.'' (Mother of Year 6 student)
''Thanks for the email. It went really well and my daughter seemed to enjoy her company so we are excited.'' (Mother of Year 3 student)