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Elliot E

"Elliot, an incredibly knowledgeable English teacher, combines a rich life experience with an extensive academic background to provide truly exceptional lessons."

English student

  • 11 +

  • 13 +

  • English

  • English as a Foreign Language

  • ISEB

  • Maths

  • Mentoring

  • UKiset

Academic History

2023: Completed SLT Foundation Training in SEND

LL.B Law (2:1) (University of Birmingham)

LLM Human Rights Law (Distinction) (University of Nottingham)

A Levels: History (A*), Psychology (A*), English Language (A), AS French (B)

GCSEs: 9 GCSEs in total from A*- C including English (A) and Maths (A)

About Me

As a tutor, my approach is rooted in a student-centred and personalised learning experience. I believe in adapting my tutoring style to meet the unique needs and learning preferences of each individual student. I strive to create a supportive and engaging environment where students feel comfortable asking questions and exploring concepts, thereby developing their critical thinking skills. I employ a variety of teaching techniques and methodologies, including visual aids, real-life examples, and interactive activities, to enhance comprehension and retention. Flexibility is a key aspect of my tutoring approach, as I understand that every student has different learning paces and may require varying levels of guidance. I am committed to adjusting my teaching methods to accommodate different learning styles, ensuring that students can grasp challenging concepts and achieve their academic goals.

Recent tuition

I provide tuition for school examinations, including UKiset, ISEB and school specific assessments. I have prepared students for entry to a range of competitive schools including Westminster, Latymer, Sevenoaks, Charterhouse, Epsom and many more. I have experience in preparing students for these exams, equipping them with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in their assessments.

Here are several examples of my recent tuition:

Pre-prep English and Maths

I have been tutoring K since late 2022. K is a four-year-old child for whom English is a second language. In our one hour lessons (three times per week) I employ a variety of different activities to keep K entertained and focused during lessons. His progress is steady and impressive given his age. He can repeat numbers, colours, basic greetings and many action words. A particular problem, given his age, is keeping K focused in class. To ensure focus I use a range of resources such as flashcards, music and other props (eg. real life objects). I make sure that activities are as interactive as possible.

Year 1 English and Maths

I am currently working with two Year 1 students to assist them with their English (phonics) and Maths.

7/8+ entrance exams

I assisted a boy with with 8+ entrance exams for Sussex House. He was successful and will be starting next academic year.

English, 8 and 10 year old students

I have been tutoring K, A and A (8-10 years old) via online lessons for several years. They are beginner students. Their mother wanted them to have private lessons with me in order to develop all aspects of their English. A particular problem area for all the students is their limited vocabulary which impedes fluency in speech. To work on this problem, I have incorporated regular vocabulary tests into our lessons in order to revise vocabulary we have learnt in previous lessons. The students’ vocabulary continues to expand week by week.

11 Plus Mentoring

For many years I mentored J, a girl who was taking her 11 Plus and aiming for some strong schools. I offered her advice on which schools to apply for and how best to prepare for each of these, as well as supplying her with recommended reading to enable her to broaden her comprehension, vocabulary and creative writing skills. She is now at King’s Canterbury, where she is flourishing.

Other recent students have been successfully offered place at Ipswich school,  Cranleigh (for 13+ entry) and Charterhouse (again entry in Year 9). I assisted all of these students with their ISEB pre tests first and then tuition continued into 11+ entrance exam.

English, UKiset preparation (including Verbal and Non-verbal Reasoning)

I tutored T (12 years old) in preparation for her UKiset exam and entrance to an independent school in the UK. During our lessons we worked on verbal and non-verbal reasoning skills as well as other aspects of T’s English including essay writing. T’s main problem area was reasoning, having never studied this before. I mentored T from the very beginning, carefully and patiently explaining how to answer such questions. T now attends King’s School, Canterbury.

English, Secondary School Student

I have been tutoring K, a secondary school student, for several years. When starting lessons with me she was a beginner level student but has since progressed to Intermediate level. A particular problem area for K was speaking. When first starting our lessons, she was lacking in both confidence and vocabulary to the point that her speaking was extremely limited, causing frustration. Over time, I have worked with her to develop trust and confidence and she is now able to communicate her thoughts effectively in English.

Year 11 Mentoring

I provided mentoring for L, a 16-year-old international student, who was considering different British sixth forms to join at 16 Plus. I advised her about the different schools and the difference in lifestyle between her home country and the UK. I particularly focused on developing her critical thinking skills as these were not taught thoroughly at her current school but would be vital when joining a British sixth form.

Undergraduate Law Mentoring

I mentored O, a Law student who was re-taking his first year having underperformed first time around. As well as providing him with vital academic subject tuition, I helped him develop his broader study skills, such as timetabling, essay writing, and independent research. I also offered him careers advice on how to pursue a career in law.

EAL Experience

IELTS

I have been tutoring A (15 years old) since April 2021 and am now preparing her for attendance at a UK school in September. A is an advanced level student who I teach on a weekly basis, helping her to develop all aspects of her English. A particular problem for A is her writing. During the course of our lessons together I have taught A how to apply the PEAK (Point, Evidence, Analysis, Keep to the point) paragraph structure to her essay writing which has improved significantly as a result of using this structure.

IELTS

I helped a Year 11 student outside the UK with IELTS preparation. The student scored overall band 8 and was successful in application to college in UK. He is now studying at MPW college and is doing A levels. He is pplying to  City, KCL, Imperial, and UCL for a degree in business.

IELTS

I assisted a 12 year old student (based in China) in intense preparation for IELTS exam in August 2023.

English

I am currently working with a 16 year old student to improve their English. They have an eventual plan to study engineering at university in the UK.

Hobbies and Interests

In addition to being a keen reader, my principal hobby and interest is writing. In particular, this year I have delved into writing fiction and am currently working on a collection of fictional short stories, to be published later this year. I entered several national and international short story competitions in 2023 and written for publications such as Reader’s Digest UK. A passion for writing is something I try to instill in my students, helping them to develop their written English skills.

 Testimonials

“Elliot, an incredibly knowledgeable English teacher, combines a rich life experience with an extensive academic background to provide truly exceptional lessons. His engaging personality and insightful conversations not only make each session fascinating, but also deepen my understanding and love for the English language. Simply put, Elliot is an inspiring mentor whose teaching goes beyond the traditional classroom setting.”

Subject taught: English Level: Proficient

“Elliot has proven to be an exceptional tutor who is dedicated, patient, and knowledgeable in his field. Elliot has been very good at communicating my daughter’s progress and outlining her strengths and weaknesses, as well as providing suggestions on how to improve and enhance her academic skills. My daughter has benefited greatly from Elliot’s tutoring services, she has improved her reading skills, and academic performances. Elliot has a unique ability to connect with his students, which has helped my daughter feel comfortable and confident in her ability to achieve success.”

Subject taught: English Level: 11+ – 12+ (entrance to UK independent school)

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