Established in 2007, Keystone Tutors is one of the UK’s leading private tutoring organisations. Here is a sample of the Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning tutors that we represent for 7 Plus, 8 Plus, 11 Plus, 13 Plus and 16 Plus exams. They are predominantly based in London and work online with families based outside of London or overseas. Below you will also find details of articles, resources (including sample papers and worksheets) and FAQs relevant to the Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning.
Abigail has been tutoring since 2012 and has taught a range of subjects and age groups. She has always loved learning and aims to enthuse her students about their studies.
Paige is an English graduate from Durham University who teaches from the 7+/8+ level through to A Level. She joined Keystone in 2017 and has taught over 2,900 hours, helping more than 180 families.
Seyi studied Geography at the University of Oxford and is a qualified Teacher. She tutors English, Maths and Geography to a wide range of students and also assists with Oxbridge applications. She is has an engaging and encouraging tutoring style.
Lucy is a highly engaging tutor with a degree in English and a Masters in Acting. She believes in unlocking the joy of learning and helping her students grow in confidence.
Sarah is a Cambridge graduate who teaches a wide variety of subjects across a range of ages. Her sessions are goal-focused as well as being engaging and fun.
Dominic is an experienced Science tutor with a PhD in Chemistry. He has tutored for years and aims to make his lessons interesting and fun. He also recognises the importance of exam technique.
Matilda is an experienced tutor with an impressive track record. She is enthusiastic and encouraging and her students grow in confidence and self assurance under her guidance, really preparing them for their exams.
Alex joined Keystone in 2016 having graduated with a First Class Degree. Since starting at Keystone he has taught over 3,400 hours with more than 90 families and teaches all the way up from 11+ - A Level.
Lou is an experienced and professional tutor in Latin and French up to A level, including IB. We were particularly impressed by her up-beat and methodical approach to tutoring.
Anna works as a Learning Technologist (in the Centre for Teaching and Learning) at the University of Oxford. She is an experienced tutor and is passionate about making language and literature studies accessible and enjoyable for children aged 8 to 18.
Sophia is a diligent and knowledgeable tutor. Alongside her tutoring work she is novelist.
Nik is one of our most experienced tutors and has been tutoring for over 10 years. He has a PhD in Economics and has a highly engaging teaching style.
Donal is a charismatic and affable tutor. We were particularly impressed at interview by his attention to detail when preparing students for exams.
Nazli is a qualified Teacher with a Master's in Mathematics from Imperial College London. She has taught in the UK as well as internationally and builds great relationships with her students.
Lila is a highly academic Oxford graduate who teaches across the age range. She tutors alongside training to be an opera singer.
Rana is an extremely adept Primary Level Teacher/tutor with 13 years of teaching experience under her belt.
Leo is an Oxford History graduate and has a wealth of experience of teaching the subject, as well as English, Maths, Science, Geography and RS up to the 13+ level. He has worked with Keystone since 2011 and has taught over 1,000 hours since he started.
Alex is Cambridge University graduate and qualified teacher who has billed over 1,500 hours trough Keystone alone. She also has a masters degree in Child Psychology and has considerable tutoring experience beyond her work with Keystone.
Jake read History at Exeter University before starting his Masters at SOAS. He teaches from the 7+ level up to A Level. He is engaging and passionate and works well with all ages.
Bryony's engaging and supportive teaching style helps to give students confidence. She began tutoring whilst at school and is committed to tutoring for the long term.
William is a primary level tutor who worked as a Teaching Assistant at Garden House for 3 years. William uses a variety of learning techniques and helps build confidence, belief and aspiration in his students.
Sarah is an experienced tutor who teaches a wide variety of subjects, and across the age range. When she is not teaching she is a writer and novelist.
Peter is a very experienced and professional tutor. He has helped numerous students gain entry into their chosen school at 11+ and also teaches French, Spanish and English up to A Level.
Imogen is a Cambridge graduate and aspiring author. She has been teaching and tutoring since 2010. She is motivating and supportive and helps her students to flourish academically.
Lee has been teaching for the past six years, preparing students for a range of schools and exams. Her patience and enthusiasm have been praised by her past pupils.
Kayleigh is an English Teacher with seven years of classroom experience. She is now tutoring whilst completing a PhD in English Literature.
Eleanor is a charismatic and engaging tutor. At interview, we were particularly impressed by her passion for English and History and her desire to enthuse others in these subjects.
Michael is a Maths Tutor with a first class degree from Aberdeen. He has taught since his university days and now tutors full-time.
Dhananjay is a Cambridge graduate and a gifted linguist. He teaches from the 11+ - university level. He is currently a full-time tutor.
Jason is an experienced tutor, who has worked with students preparing for the 11+, all the way up to A Level. He encourages students to take an active role in their learning, to ensure they are fully engaged.
Roxaneh is a hugely experienced English tutor. As an actress she infuses her tutoring with a passion for literature and performance.
Simon is a very experienced Teacher and Oxford graduate. He is a Classics specialist and also writes his own materials.
Hugo is an experienced and enthusiastic English and Maths tutor. He specialises in 11+ and 13+ preparation as well as working with I/GCSE Maths students.
Daniel is an experienced humanities tutor with a very strong academic background. He is a linguist and a translator in his spare time. He also loves history and literature.
Alexander has a History degree from York as well as a Masters in Fine Art. He currently works as an artist alongside his tutoring. He has years of experience under his belt and teaches a wide range of ages and subjects.
Sunita is a highly experienced English tutor with a Masters in English Literature as well as a Masters in Creative Writing. She has taught over 2,000 hours with Keystone both face to face and online.
"My daughter gained a place at her top school choice and made it into the top third of candidates which shows just how hard she worked. What’s more, what stood out was my daughter's verbal reasoning which she always felt was her weakest area. I like to think, Harry, they that might be down to all those brilliant little word games you played with her. Thank you Harry for weeks of patience, fun, encouragement and Confidence- building. I think you helped their dreams come true."Mother of 11+ student
"We are thrilled with James's tutoring , not just because my son gained a place at the City of London School after the 10+ exam, but because James was instrumental throughout the process of building my son's confidence and skills in comprehension, composition, verbal and non-verbal reasoning, all-important exam techniques…and the academic interview. James built up a wonderful comradery with my son. He had more faith in my son when I was getting stressed and losing sight of the process. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to complete this journey with James."Mother of 10+ student
11 Plus & 13 Plus Interviews For UK Independent Schools
11+ and 13+ interviews for UK independent schools can be a daunting prospect. The best and easiest way to approach these is remembering that the purpose of the interview is for the interviewer to learn more about you. They are not designed to catch you out and there are rarely right or wrong answers. Below is some advice which we hope will help to both prepare and relax you ahead of any upcoming interviews.
Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning Pre-Tests - Tips for Parents
The march of Verbal Reasoning (VR) and Non Verbal Reasoning (NVR) is relentless. More and more schools, it seems, are choosing to screen students using reasoning examinations, believing them to test for innate, as opposed to coached, ability. At Keystone, we are often asked what parents can do to help their children prepare for such examinations.
Webinar: How to use the summer holidays to prevent learning loss
Keystone's Director of Education, Ed Richardson, is joined by Olly Hopwood (teacher at Westminster School) and Jonny Timms (Deputy Head at Caldicott Prep School) to discuss strategies parents might employ to prevent learning loss over the summer holidays.
Webinar: Why Home-Schooling – a Webinar to Discuss the ins and outs of Home-Schooling
Keystone Director of Education, Ed Richardson and Client Manager, Poppy Dundas, are joined by Andy Thompson, Education Consultant and Director of Oxford Myrtle. Andy looks after a number of families who are home-schooling their children for a variety of reasons. The panel discuss home-schooling, drawing on their experience at Keystone and answering the common questions that arise.