I am currently in my third year of being the lead Maths tutor on Keystone's in-house 11+ Revision Course which takes place on Saturday mornings. Groups of up to eight students do weekly classes in Maths and English from January of Year 5 through to December of Year 6. We cover the full 11+ curriculum as well as exam technique, and students have the chance to sit full mock papers in an exam environment. Previous students on the courses have been sitting 11+ exams and pre-tests for schools such as Eton, Harrow, Winchester, Godolphin & Latymer, Latymer Upper, Francis Holland, St Paul's Girls, St Paul's Boys, Cheltenham Ladies' College, City of London, King's Wimbledon and Putney High.
- Tatiana, 11+ Maths, successful entry to Queen's College
- Athos, 11+ Maths
- Mathilde, 11+ Maths and English, aiming for Godolphin and Latymer (outcome unknown)
- Beatrice, 8+ Maths and English
- Holly, 11+ Maths and English, successful entry to City of London School for Girls
- Natasha, age 9, English and Maths general support
- Elizabeth, age 12, English and Maths general support
- Tahmid, age 9, English and Maths support due to English being second language
- Tasneem, age 11, English and Maths support due to English being second language
- Rebecca, GCSE Maths
- Jenny, GCSE Maths, English, Biology, Physics and Chemistry
- Arjun, A-level Biology
I grew up in Bath and achieved 4 A grades and 7 A*s at GCSE at the Royal High School. I then moved to King Edward's School where I took A-levels in Biology, Chemistry and Maths as well as AS Physics, achieving A grades in all. Following a gap year I went to Exeter University on the Millhayes Scholarship and gained a 2:1 BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences. After that I had a complete change of tack and moved to London to study Post-Graduate Acting at The Actors' Company, LCTS and have been working (sporadically!) as an actress since. Despite being an actress I am reliable and committed - rarely does a private jet arrive to whisk me off to Hollywood. In fact, never! My work is predominantly theatre-based, although I have done several commercials and a few short films. I am currently tutoring Maths on the Keystone 11+ Revision Course which is made up of eight students and takes place on Saturdays at Keystone Headquarters.
I approach lessons with a 'friendly but firm' attitude and plan lessons to strike a balance between discovering new ways of tackling problems and reinforcing older material. I am organised and methodical and endeavour to help students achieve logical working methods that can be applied across a breadth of problems. I believe that confidence and support are crucial to a student's success both in the classroom and in exams.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I have recently taken a break from working in the accounts department for Keystone to pursue my interests in film and TV production. When not working I love going to the theatre, fencing (foil) and skiing when possible.
''I would like to let Rachael know that Thomas (Saturday 11+ class) achieved an impressive 91% in his maths exam at St James Boys school. I am sure Rachael will be very proud of him! Thanks for all the excellent teaching.''
''We are delighted to let you know that Sara did really well in the 11+ examinations, and she has been accepted into several schools including Godolphin & Latymer and South Hampstead High School. I take this opportunity to thank you again for the support she received from Keystone Tutors.'' (Mother of student on Keystone 11+ Revision Course)
''Thomas has enjoyed every lesson with Rachael and Joe, and is looking forward to starting again.'' (Mother of student on Keystone 11+ Revision Course)
''Sarah loves the course and finds both tutors extremely supportive.'' (Mother of student on Keystone 11+ Revision Course)
''Matilde was happy and eager for more. We are happy with Rachael. Matilde is also happy. We want to continue. We would be very happy to have Rachael stay with us in Tuscany for some time to tutor.'' (Father of 11+ student)