• 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 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 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 Hersham 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 seven years of work with Keystone I’m one of the longest serving tutors in the company.
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 do occasional freelance work on the TODAY programme on BBC Radio 4. 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.
"He did himself proud at the Harrow Test. He said he couldn't have done it without you. We just wanted to say the biggest thank you to you for all your help. We are totally relaxed with the result but we feel you have given him confidence and a spring in his step!" - Mother of a Harrow Pre-test student
"Sessions with Oli are always fun, and after each one I feel that my knowledge has grown. He is very comprehensive in his approach, with each tutorial not only being engaging, but incredibly well planned as well. English with Oli is great!" (IB Student, New Delhi)
"Hi Oli, I received the offer from Cambridge this morning and am obviously delighted. Once again, many many thanks for your incalculable help." (Cambridge English candidate)
"Can't believe I've got an Oxford offer! From Harris Manchester, with the old people. Just can't believe it, I'm in tears. Can't thank you enough, seriously. Just one more stretch of hard work left, but couldn't have a better motivation to do it." Successful Oxford Candidate.
"My sessions with Oli went very well and I gave an interview at Cambridge. I felt that he was a wonderful tutor throughout the 8-10 week period and helped me enormously in completing the application, submitting essays and preparing for the interview. Most importantly, he showed great kindness and sincerity in applying himself to the task of my application, often going out of his way when I needed assistance. My only regret is to not have contacted Keystone prior to September, which would have given me longer to work with Oli. Nevertheless I did not feel underprepared going into interview and Oli enabled me to improve my skills significantly over a short period of time." (Cambridge University English candidate)
My son had fantastic tuition with Oli Rose. He had his test for the school we would like him to go to and we feel that for now we would like to stop his tutoring until we hear from the school and either way figure out what our next steps will be. Thank you so much for this amazing service. The best help we got to move back into the British eduction system." (Mother of Year 6 student moving from US to UK)
"Oli completely transformed my daughter's approach to learning. After just a few lessons with Oli she approached her work and her GCSE exams with greater confidence and enjoyment. Oli was both passionate and inspiring when it came to teaching English and knowledgable and skilled at guiding her to find effective ways to learn and revise. She looked forward to each lesson with eagerness and excitement which says it all really." (Mother of GCSE student)
"I have got my AS level results. I got full marks in English! So happy! Thank you so much for all your help. I think I will apply to Peterhouse Cambridge next year".
"My dayghter got a 2-1- only three points below a First. We are over the moon with excitement and she is a new person. Her confidence and entire demeanour has changed from low and slow to upbeat and energised. I can't thank you enough for all you did. She worked hard but without your incredible guidance and help, she never would have had the courage and staying power as well as the understanding of how to write such essays. It's wonderful people such as yourself that give hope and encouragement that people need in life!" (Mother of University student)
Ollie was a huge success. My daughter found him enormously helpful, interesting and inspiring. I think she was overwhelmed with the amount work that is before her but I feel Oliver is going to be wonderful and patient albeit on top of things. (Mother of University student)
''We are extremely happy with Oli. We like the fact that he takes time to brief us on Enire's performance after each lesson. He asks questions and takes time to understand Enire's personality and customises his lessons to get the best out him. Oli is firm but still promotes positivity and encourages Enire to want to learn. So far we have nothing but praise for Oli. You sent us the perfect tutor!'' (Mother of a 9 year old homeschooled 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 Sofia with confidence and revived her love and appreciation for English” (11+ Entrance student.)
''Octavia 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, Tilly got an offer from St Catherine's. I can't thank you enough for work you put in, Tilly really owes you.'' (Successful Cambridge applicant)
'Oli has been a stupendous help in preparing Lucy for 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 Thomas 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)