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Amy

“Amy has helped my son in so many different ways. She is a very experienced tutor, who not only teaches very well, but is also fun and very effective. She is organised and always brings resources to her lessons. I absolutely recommend her for all ages and levels.”

Parent of English A Level student

  • A Level

  • English Language

  • English Literature

  • Oxbridge Applications

Academic History

University of Cambridge: MA English

University of Cambridge: BA English (2.1)

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Horncastle: A-Levels (A*s and As)

Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Horncastle: GCSEs (A*s and As)

About Me

I work with students across all KS2-3, GCSE and A-Level syllabuses to help students gain confidence, improve technical ability and establish a love for learning. I teach 1-1 as well as in groups; including mentor schemes and family units. I aim to move beyond the confines of a simple syllabus orientated approach and encourage a wider analytical and academic outlook. The learning environments I create are inclusive, creative and tailored to the student’s needs. 

I have been a private tutor since 2013 and have seen only the best results in all my pupils, each and every one of them gaining at least 2 grades higher at exam level than predicted before our sessions. I have seen excellent results in all areas, including a 100% pass rate A*-B and successful entrance into both Oxbridge and Russell Group Universities. Alongside this, I have helped students gain scholarships into the most prestigious schools, including Harrow and Westminster.

I’m happy to provide intensive courses, homeschooling, weekly sessions or one-off exam technique ‘boot camps’. I can offer both skills-based tuition alongside more specific mentoring, but my main aim is to get my pupils engaged, inspired and motivated to enjoy and further pursue their education.

Recent tuition

Homeschooling Experience 

A Level English, Photography and History

This student had to leave school for medical reasons and needed full-time tuition for his three A Level subjects in the six months leading up to his exams. We worked through his syllabi as well as coursework preparation, exam techniques and skills and general revision techniques, stress management and confidence-boosting! I really enjoyed our time together, and we made excellent progress. 

GCSE 

This student was really struggling at school, and our homeschooling sessions went right back to basics in all aspects of the stem subjects in order to increase his ability and his confidence. Maths was a particular problem alongside the sciences; we worked through each from the beginning, and I took care to involve him in his own learning and go at his pace.

Siblings, ages 9, 12 and 17

I spent 10 weeks homeschooling a family with three children with various aptitudes, interests and learning needs. The sessions were topic-based with individual tasks and 1-1 tuition within each of the two hour slots. We would all work together on the main topic of each subject with the children, sometimes leading discussions, presenting their own research or even helping me with practicals and problem-solving tasks. 

We covered the stem subjects and curriculums with excursions and extracurricular, which implemented their learning and focused on their interests. All three children are now excelling in school and, despite the fact it was an initial 10-week contract, I continue to teach them weekly. 

Critical Thinking Workshops, ongoing

I have recently established a series of lectures and workshops to teach and encourage Critical Thinking as part of a student’s learning. The first sessions took place at the beginning of lockdown to encourage debate and analytical thinking across all age groups and abilities.

Mentoring Schemes and Workshops, ongoing

I started mentoring groups of A-Level students at university as part of the diversity campaign to encourage students from all walks of life to apply to Oxbridge; it is a passion and a calling I have pursued ever since. 

GCSE English Language & Literature

This student is a voracious learner and student of English. His interest is multifaceted and strong. We cover a wide range of topics from the traditional canon to critics and sometimes even pop art. Since our weekly sessions began, he has gone on to achieve his highest mark ever in his mocks and is confident about his upcoming GCSEs, in which he’s now predicted an A*. He also asked me to read some of his own writing and we’ve been working on it together ever since. He’s even started to enter competitions with his work, which I whole-heartedly encourage!

GCSE English Language and Literature + General Exam Technique and Essay Writing (SEN, ADHD and Dyslexia)

This student struggled with writing and reading, most particularly managing to communicate the thoughts in his head into a cohesive argument on paper. He has been diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia and first we worked to get his confidence up with his subjects by reading more widely and finding out what he liked and what he was good at. We started writing essays together on unseen texts to develop both his writing skills and his confidence and we also practised his creative writing together. Alongside this, we worked more generally across his other GCSE subjects to make sure that he was implementing the exam techniques and essay writing skills across the board for all his subjects. His confidence with his ability and his skills as improved and, understandably, so have his grades!

16+ Entrance Exam Tuition and IB English

When I started tutoring this student, she attended an IB school but wished to progress her studies and attend the Anglo European for her A Levels. We had a two-week intensive course of six lessons concentrating on interview technique and talking through her thoughts and answers. Initially she was very nervous but gradually managed her nerves until she was able to speak eloquently and knowledgeably, and she passed her entrance exams easily. Although hired only for the entrance exam tuition, this student’s parents saw such a change in her attitude and ability in English (both in and out of school) that we continued to work together for the rest of the year. We worked together through her IB English syllabus with both texts in translation and English texts.

IB English

This student was a diligent student with a great enthusiasm for IB but wasn’t achieving his desired grades for a lack of cohesive structure in his thoughts and subsequently his answers. We worked together weekly to organise his responses and we went through techniques, methods and an understanding of the grade boundaries in order to achieve the higher grades.

A2 English Literature & Oxbridge Entrance Exam Tuition

This student wants to study Law at Cambridge and we’ve met frequently to help her find the right interview techniques and frame of mind to help with the nerves. We talk through difficult topics, surprise questions and take it in turns at playing the devil’s advocate with each other to keep us on our toes. Alongside this, we meet weekly for 1.5 hour sessions for her current studies of English Literature. She often finds that she’s not given enough support at school and so we firstly go through her school work, finding all the problem areas and increasing her understanding of the subject here. Secondly, we work through projects I have specially compiled to increase her awareness and understanding of English outside of her school studies.

Hobbies and Interests

I work as a freelance journalist for multiple publications from The Telegraph to The Australian Book Review; I lived in Australia for two years as well as in Switzerland (French-speaking) as an au-pair. I also write plays and work as a theatre and food reviewer. This is always a fun thing to discuss with pupils because it shows them what can be achieved with words when you know how to use them!

I’m creative and knit, sew and bake amongst many other things. I’m also outdoorsy and love walking, camping and nature generally.

Client Testimonials

“Amy has helped my son in so many different ways. She is a very experienced English tutor, who not only teaches very well, but is also fun and very effective. She is organised and always brings resources to her lessons. I absolutely recommend her for all ages/levels.”

Parent of English A Level student

“Amy’s tutoring has brought a positive change in the way my child is analysing her work. Amy is focused, interested and knowledgeable. She brings fun to the table too! Highly recommended.”

Parent of English student

  • Home Schooling Specialist

  • Multidisciplinary

  • SEN Experience