• 11+ English, Maths, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning: ISEB and public-school exams, including pre-tests.
• 13+ English, Maths, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, History, Theology: ISEB and public-school entrance exams
• I/GCSE English (OCR, WJEC, AQA, Edexcel, CIE)
• A-Level English Literature (OCR, WJEC, AQA, Edexcel, CIE)
• International Baccalaureate (I.B.) English Literature
• Pre-U English
• ELAT (English Literature Admission Test)
• Oxbridge Applications, English (9 out of 10 applicants were successful)
• University Dissertations (English/Drama)
When preparing pre-tests, I build up a thorough knowledge of the 11+ Maths and English syllabus with the student focussing on comprehension, grammar, mental arithmetic and word problems. We introduce the idea of time pressure and problem solving; key components of any Pre-Test.
I have very wide ranging experience of preparing school applicants at both 11+ and 13+. I have successfully helped applicants to almost all of the top UK schools; boarding and day, single sex and co-educational.
I have extensive experience working online having completed 1500 hours teaching over the internet. Many of my students are based abroad, in particular in Hong Kong and Singapore.
I was a full-time English teacher at Sherborne School in Dorset, teaching a full range of classes from 13-18. During this time I also marked Common Entrance and Scholarship papers for the school. I’ve been tutoring, or teaching English in schools, for over ten years. I am also happy to teach Maths up to GCSE having received full marks in Maths A-Level.
I have considerable experience with dyslexic and SEN pupils, having myself overcome mild dyslexia and taught many of the lower sets whilst at Sherborne. I regularly teach students who have some form of Special Educational Need and I have team taught with Speech and Language Therapists and Educational Psychologists to provide a suite of learning support.
I have given talks and run workshops in Public Schools on dramatic texts in the GCSE and A Level English Syllabuses. I've run workshops and judged competitions for Public Speaking at places like Marlborough, Kingston University, St James Ashford and The Leys Cambridge.
I ran a weekly Saturday School for Westminster Refugee Consortium helping students from Years 9-11 overcome their diverse backgrounds to succeed at school.
I’ve also worked for National Youth Theatre with highly challenging students ages 14-21 excluded from the school system.
I grew up in Surrey but my roots are in Suffolk where most of my family have now returned. I went to Cranleigh School (A Levels: English, Maths, Theatre Studies and a Music AS Level) and went on to read English at Corpus Christi, Cambridge graduating with a First-class degree. At university, I was heavily involved in Drama and the Footlights.
Returning to London in 2008 I founded a theatre company before teaching English and Drama at Sherborne School in Dorset. During my theatrical career I was associate director on the West End productions of Chariots of Fire and Shakespeare in Love and directed shows all over London, the UK and North America. I’ve been tutoring or teaching for over ten years and after eight years of work with Keystone I’m one of the longest serving tutors in the company.
My blog posts
11/12/2020: What are the best ways to prepare for ISEB Common Pre-Tests?
My teaching style is heavily dictated by my student. My first lesson is all about discovering what type of learner they are. We’ll also talk about their interests and goals. This seemingly innocuous conversation often holds the key to motivating them towards success.
To my mind learning is always best done actively. I’ve personally never learned much by being talked at so that's not how I teach. I ask lots of questions and expect a good level of engagement during a session.
I also believe that at the heart of even the trickiest problems is a series of simple solutions. I aim to make those simple solutions clear and to help students to think clearly and effective for themselves.
Above all, learning doesn't happen very well if a student isn’t engaged. I’m good at helping my students become interested in what they're studying and, even if it takes a little while, it's more than worth it.
What I do when I am not tutoring
In my spare time, I make plays, films and write. I enjoy going to the gym and I am a big cricket fan. I love cooking and can often be found experimenting with weird and wonderful ways to feed friends. My perfect Sunday is a day at the great British Seaside in the Summer, or a country walk and a roast dinner in Winter.
"Oli has taught my son during these unprecedented times; it was an absolute delight to have known him. A huge thank you to Oli for the outstanding work that he has done. He has been a great inspiration and exceptionally encouraging. Oli is a very passionate teacher and has assessed my son’s level accurately, putting in place a plan of action to help him improve in all areas. He has been kind, supportive and an inspiring role model. I have witnessed a great improvement in English." (Mother of Year 7 student)
"Oli has taught my son (Year 9) for 4 years, and my daughter (Year 7) for 2 years now. I cannot be more pleased with their progress and Oli’s efforts. Oli is a terrific teacher and offers guidance and assistance just at the right place and time whenever needed. He is experienced, thoughtful and patient; always providing the right supporting material to help my children learn and excel. What’s more important is that Oli makes the classes enjoyable with his input, perspective and interesting learning materials. My children especially find him kind and understanding, which we all appreciate greatly. He pays careful attention to details and is always encouraging. I will certainly have my children continue their studies with Oli in the coming years." - (Mother of Year 9 and Year 7 students in Hong Kong)
"I am pleased to let you know that Colchester Royal Grammar School has offered a boarding place for me at September 2020. I would like to thank you for teaching me and putting a lot of effort in helping me achieve my goal. Once again, thank you for everything you have done for me." (Year 11 student in Hong Kong)
"He has brought English up to an A in Lit an an 8 in Language. These are incredible results, owing in large part to his work with you. We are very pleased and grateful. Thank you!" (Mother of GCSE English Student)
"Every lesson with Oli is so much more than just an hour of instruction. I learned to think in these classes and that is something I am so grateful for. The results speak for themselves; I achieved a 45/45 in the IB program and was the world’s highest scorer in English literature’s drama paper, with a 25/25, and a near perfect score on the unseen poetry analysis paper, with 19/20. I must attribute my success in IB also in some part to the revision strategies that I learned during our time together. He is much more than a teacher of English and he really does go the extra mile. Dependable is the word that best describes him in the context of our relationship, and brilliant is the word that defines him generally. There are no safer hands than Oli’s!" (IB English Student)
"I am so happy to say that I have received a perfect score of 45/45 in the IB with a 7 in English literature SL and an A (the highest grade) in my extended essay, which we worked on extensively together.
I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the last 3 years of sessions. More than anything, you made me really love English and for this I am forever in your debt. Thank you so much for pushing me and truly unlocking the joy of studying!" (IB English Student)
"You are a highly-talented and consistently effective teacher and have added immeasurable value to the work of the school and the lives of the children you have taught. Thank you!" Headmaster of a Holland Park-based school, at the end of two years of teaching at the school.
Oli Rose has worked with our son on a weekly basis for the past six months. Following a shock set of A level results his confidence took a battering and he has struggled to settle at university having gained a place at Liverpool to study International Politics through clearing. My son was recently diagnosed as dyslexic and Oli has been an invaluable support to him, helping him settle into his academic studies and working tirelessly to build his confidence. Oli has been instrumental in helping him with effective study strategies giving him the tools to plan and produce essays and revise for end of module exams. Oli relates so well to my son and and has offered patient and caring moral support as well as outstanding academic teaching. Oli is always on hand to help and is totally committed to my son's academic progress and wellbeing. We are delighted with the service which he has provided, not only my son but us, as parents.'' (Mother of University student)
''We are very glad that we found Oli Rose, he has been an excellent tutor for 11+ entrance exam，he was really helpful, full of support and had an extensive knowledge, he explains things very clearly and his sessions are enjoyable. With more application and help my daughter has greatly improved her grades and as a result she received the offer of Wycombe Abbey School, we are very pleased. We would not hesitate to recommend him.'' (Mother of 11+ student)
"Armaan has really enjoyed working and learning from you. I want to thank you for that. Your contribution has been invaluable." (Mother of IB student, based in New Delhi)
''Thanks again so much for all your help. Fantastic.'' Hong Kong Mother of two students, third and fifth grade.
''We are extremely happy with Oli. We like the fact that he takes time to brief us on my son’s performance after each lesson. He asks questions and takes time to understand his personality and customises his lessons to get the best out him. Oli is firm but still promotes positivity and encourages histo want to learn. So far we have nothing but praise for Oli. You sent us the perfect tutor!'' (Mother of a 9 year old home-schooled student.)
“Oli Rose - what a totally delightful chap! Harry had some exceptional sessions with him and has given him some very structured and clear guidance. His help has been much appreciated...The difference in performance and confidence is very impressive.'' (Mother of 12 year old homeschooled student)
“The twins thought he was ''amazing!'' High praise from teenagers indeed!'' (Homeschooled students, ages 12-15)
“We are so grateful to Oli for his time and patience and his enthusiasm, intelligence and love of the subjects impressed enormously” (Mother of homeschooled student aged 11)
“Oli instilled my daughter with confidence and revived her love and appreciation for English” (11+ Entrance student.)
''My daughter very much enjoyed yesterday's session and talked about it a great deal afterwards. Clearly you made a very positive impression, so thank you for that!'' (Mother of 11+ Student)
''Hi Oli, just wanted to say that I've been offered a place at Peterhouse, Cambridge! Thank you for all your help and support, you have been wonderful.'' (Successful Cambridge applicant)
''Hello Oli, my daughter got an offer from St Catherine's. I can't thank you enough for work you put in, she really owes you.'' (Successful Cambridge applicant)
''Oli has been a stupendous help in preparing my daughter for the ELAT and I wish that I had managed to get him earlier! He will, I am sure, be equally helpful with her re-take in January.'' (Oxford Applicant)
“A massive thank you for all the help you gave me with my Cambridge English application. I got an offer from Emmanuel yesterday! Am over the moon!“ (Successful Cambridge applicant)
“You were probably the best teacher I have ever had! I got an A in both IGCSEs (not bad for set 5!).” (16 year old English Student)
“Oli managed to make my son appreciate historical context and fired up his interest in history and politics too.” (AS Level student)
“With Oli’s help the twins got 3 A*s and a B at English Lit and Lang GCSE!” (Two GCSE students)
''Thank you for everything that you helped me with on my university dissertation over the past few months. You have been incredible.'' (University Student)