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Emma B

"Emma has really helped our daughter progress in Year 2. She came into the year behind on both Maths and English. However, since starting these weekly sessions 3 months ago, they have really given her a boost and her confidence has improved. She looks forward to the tutor sessions as Emma makes them fun and often plays games. Emma has a lovely way and we are pleased we have found such an experienced teacher to help boost our child's learning."

Parent of Year 2 student

  • 11+

  • 7+/8+

  • Primary

  • SEN

Academic History

PGCE Working with Children and Young People who have Autistic Spectrum Disorders (MA Module) Kingston University, 2008

BA (Hons) Primary Education with specialism in Science 2.1 University of Warwick, 2004

3 A levels (B,C,C) and 1 AS level (C), 2000

9 GCSES, including English and Mathematics (A*- B), 1998

About Me

I believe that the tutor-tutee relationship, based on trust and mutual respect, is key to success so I always take time to get to know my students, their learning styles and interests so that I can plan sessions to suit their needs. Enjoyable sessions are focused around key learning objectives, and include a range of activities to build and consolidate knowledge and skills. In English lessons, I can concentrate on one or all of the following: handwriting, spelling (using lots of mnemonics), grammar, composition, sentence structure, reading, comprehension. In Maths lessons, I focus on the fundamental basics of number, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division before using these skills more widely in more complicated questions and word problems. My focus is on mastery of skills for life.

Recent tuition

I provide 7+ and 11+ examination preparation and have experience teaching Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning to all Key Stage 2 ages.

Primary English, Maths and Verbal Reasoning

T was struggling in her academic subjects at a selective, independent prep school in Surrey. We focused on the fundamental skills in English and Maths sessions, beginning with the basics. T soon grew in confidence, began to master skills and apply new knowledge. I worked with T for four years and she passed her 11+ and went on to her chosen independent senior school.

Key Stage 1 English and Maths

L was a bright girl at a local independent school in Surrey. However, due to her early years of schooling being disrupted due to Covid lockdowns, she lacked confidence, particularly when writing. We worked on spelling (using lots of mnemonics), her handwriting and sentence construction. Quite quickly, L’s writing pace improved and she felt able to write paragraphs independently, accepting that mistakes are part of the learning journey. After a couple of months intervention, L began the new school year confident and raring to go.

11+ English, Maths and Verbal Reasoning

N was at a selective, independent prep school in Surrey but needed a confidence boost. After assessing N’s strengths and weaknesses, we worked through curriculum questions and practice exam papers so that N was prepared for class tasks and exams. I worked with N for two years before she passed her 11+ and went on to her chosen independent senior school.

Key Stage 1 English and Maths

After Covid lockdowns, A had some gaps in her learning and these were slowing her progress when compared to her peers. I worked with A to master the basics in English and Maths and this, in turn, improved her confidence so that she was able to try things for herself. She responded well to my teaching techniques and her spelling, handwriting, sentence construction and basic Maths skills improved to align her with her peers.

Primary Maths

E was at an independent prep school in Surrey and was succeeding in every subject except Maths. E really did not enjoy the subject and felt as though she could not succeed in any aspect of it. We worked together in a 1:1 capacity to build up E’s confidence and an understanding of key skills. Once E could see the relationships between numbers and how Maths is used in everyday life, she began to fear the subject less. Two years later, when E was moving on to senior school, she wrote me a card to say how thankful she was for my teaching and how I got her to enjoy Maths.

Hobbies and Interests

I have always enjoyed keeping fit and healthy by walking, doing Pilates and, more recently, yoga. I enjoy reading and I also enjoy listening to podcasts. In the last few years, I have gained pleasure from crafting – particularly card and candle making. If time allows, I enjoy reading cookbooks and trying out new recipes.

Testimonials

“We are so pleased the sessions went well. Thank you for your hard work setting up all of the activities and making it enjoyable for E. I’m sure it will all help her feel confident going into Year 2.”

Parent of Year 1 student

“Emma has really helped our daughter progress in Year 2. She came into the year behind on both Maths and English. However, since starting these weekly sessions 3 months ago, they have really given her a boost and her confidence has improved. She looks forward to the tutor sessions as Emma makes them fun and often plays games. Emma has a lovely way and we are pleased we have found such an experienced teacher to help boost our child’s learning.”

Parent of Year 2 student

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