• 7+ English & Maths: public school entrance exams
• 8+ English & Maths: public school entrance exams
• 11+ English & Maths: ISEB and public school entrance exams and pre-tests
• GCSE English, comparative text analysis in prose and poetry, GCSE coursework
I worked for three years at a highly reputable and successful London primary school. I was helping pupils in Year 3 preparing for 8+ exams, focusing on Maths and English but also being engaged to tutor pupils at weekends and during the holidays. Furthermore, I worked in Year 6 as students studied towards their 11+ exams.
In the classroom, I supported pupils finding trickier concepts affecting their confidence and helped them stay on track. In the Year 3 classes that I tutored pupils went onto to schools including Westminster Under School, Sussex House, KCS Wimbledon Wimbledon and Wetherby. Notably, last year I was employed at short notice, on reference, to tutor a pupil for five consecutive days over summer half-term in preparation for 11+ exams. He went onto to secure a place at KCS Wimbledon, his first choice.
I particularly enjoy tutoring pupils in English, both comprehension and creative writing. Creative writing, often dreaded, I show a rare chance for pupils to use their imagination and creativity to produce original work.
Having completed my MSc I am now tutoring full-time while learning Mandarin. Previously, while completing my undergraduate studies, I worked for three years as a teaching assistant at Garden house School in a year 3 class for two years and year 6 for one.
During my three years of tutoring I have come to specialise in 7+ and 8+ exam preparation and to a similar extent 10+ entrance. My track record includes helping pupils receive offers from; King's College School, Westminster, St Paul's, Latymer and North London Collegiate Girls School.
My experience from working in a classroom for three years has taught me there is no universal approach, to tutoring. I am an adaptive tutor who uses variety, patience and energy to bring out the highest potential from every pupil.
Setting clear, realistic objectives, I ensure each tutoring session provides the opportunity for students to maximise their capability. Avoiding 1-2-1 lessons seen as an extension of the classroom and 'extra' school, but chances to learn and extend beyond school.
Using a variety of learning techniques, I help build confidence, belief and aspiration in those I tutor. Knowing the pressures of exams and interviews, I readily vary my approach to allow students the chance to learn beyond the classroom. From conversation and debate that helps improve information recall, to practice exam papers, I want pupils to enjoy the learning process and see the results.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I am learning Mandarin and write about China's current events.
When I am not studying or tutoring, I enjoy long-distance running, and surfing. I also attend events at Chatham House and favour works by Evelyn Waugh, John Williams and John Steinbeck.
My son has enjoyed working with William and looks forward to his sessions with him. He is great at engaging my son and helps him see the goal and to help him feel he has the tools to achieve them. We feel William has been great for our son's confidence and to feel he is ready to take on the 8+. William has a lovely manner - directed but not too stern, and a kind and encouraging approach. (Mother of a Y2 student)
"Thank you for sending me the perfect tutor for Aris! He is excellent!" (Mother of Year 5 student)
''Thanks so much, Mr Will, please can we book you in for the same week next year!'' (Mothers of 9-11 year-olds, residential)
''Just to let you know, Nick always talks about how much he enjoys having you in the classroom and taking the time to help him. He seems to be so happy about going to school again.'' (Mother of 8 year old)
''He passed! Thanks for the fantastic lessons you did with him!'' (Mother of 10 year-old, tutored every Friday afternoon)