“Maeve tutored my daughter Vita in preparation for her A Level in English. Vita ended up getting an A* having been predicted a B, and now has a place at her top choice university. Maeve was engaged, creative and thoughtful in her approach to teaching using a variety of dynamic techniques to convey information, such as visual aids, podcasts and film. She adapted seamlessly to Vita’s needs and was able to both challenge and inspire her, helping her not only with confidence but also to tap into a sense of intellectual curiosity outside the exam matrix. She is a passionate tutor and I would highly recommend her.”
Mrs Robinson, A Level English Tuition
2017-2018, King’s College London: MA English.
2011-2014, University of Cambridge: BA English (2:1).
2008-2010, Richmond Upon Thames College: A-Levels
– English Literature (A*), History (A*), Philosophy (A), French AS (A).
I have worked as a private tutor since 2014. My subject specialism is English Literature, I also support students in their Common Entrance Exam preparations (11+ and 13+).
I am both committed and attentive, and endeavour to understand the unique needs of my students while acknowledging the competitive and stressful reality of exams and the school and university admissions processes. In my experience most progress is made when students grow in confidence, and I believe tutoring offers a unique space in which to make this happen. This requires patience and genuine enthusiasm for the subject and the job, which I bring to all my tutoring positions. I have tutored a number of pupils across a wide range of ages and abilities. I believe pupils work best when engaged and aim to stimulate intellectual curiosity in a passionate and empathic way, tailoring my teaching to each pupil’s personal needs so that we can reach our overarching goal, whether that be exam results, admission to the secondary school of their choice or simply academic confidence.
I have worked with 20 individual students from Key Stage 1 through to Undergraduate level. Please see a snapshot of my recent tuition below.
Key Stage 2 English
Delilah struggled with her attention span and academic confidence, often failing to complete homework to the standard she was capable of. We worked together over the course of a year on the fundamentals of Key Stage 2 English, improving across the board and also developing less fear of failure which has led to Delilah being a more enthusiastic participant in class and increased grades and enjoyment in her work.
Age 10 English (SEN Dyspraxia)
I am currently working with Lillian, focusing on her handwriting skills, planning and organizing of thoughts, checking her work effectively and improving her ability to infer in comprehension exercises. Her confidence is really improving as is her ability to take more time over her written work. We use a lot of pictures as stimulus in descriptive exercises as she responds well to these!
Coming from Russia, Maria struggled with the English comprehension and composition aspect of 11+ exams. We worked together over a number of months to instil both academic confidence and intellectual curiosity, readying her for school entrance examinations. Maria gained a place at Harrodian School, and I continue to work with her.
I taught Leo 11+ English comprehension and composition, focusing on developing structure and vocabulary in the story and building confidence with unseen texts. He gained a place at the City of London school.
11+ English and Interview technique
I tutored Josie for three months in the run up to her 11+ school entrance working on both the English papers and interview technique. She was very bright but often ran out of time, so we focused on time management. She was offered places at Harrodian, Godolphin & Latymer and St Pauls, and chose to go to St Paul’s.
I have also worked with two more students who were both dyslexic towards the 11+.
This year I tutored Henry who was at Latymer, raising his grade from a B to an A*, working on the texts Never Let Me Go, Jane Eyre, Macbeth and the OCR poetry anthology, particularly focusing on building confidence, exam technique and essay strategy.
GCSE English (Edexcel)
In 2017 I tutored three girls at Camden Girl’s school who were doing the Edexcel exam, looking at Romeo and Juliet, Lord of The Flies, Frankenstein and the Conflict themed Pearson Anthology Collection – all of these girls achieved A*s in their exams and went on to study English Literature at A Level. One of them was also dyslexic, and so her success is particularly rewarding. I am familiar with the majority of the texts across exam boards, particularly the Shakespeare and the Poetry.
GCSE English (SEN Autism)
I am currently working with a student who s very gifted in maths and science but struggles with writing and comprehending abstract ideas. I focus on trying to establish a formula for essay/creative writing to make them more like a problem he needs to solve than something amorphous and incomprehensible.
GCSE English (SEN Dyslexia)
Due to her dyslexia Marnie had difficulty with maintaining attention and was anxious about the volume of reading in the run up to her GCSE. We worked together to build confidence around comprehension and essay strategy & how best to use her extra time in exams, and she raised her grade from a B to an A.
I tutored the iGCSE in 2017, and so am familiar with the Songs of Ourselves poetry anthologies and many of the set texts as they are being carried over into the 2018/19 syllabus. The student I taught needed specific help with Shakespeare and Poetry analysis – and went on to achieve a grade 8.
A-Level English (OCR)
Vita and I worked together on her English A Level at which she achieved an A* grade. We focused closely on exam technique and essay structure, as well as revision planning and timetables. She has been offered places to study English at Sussex, Durham and Bristol University.
A-Level English (AQA) & SEN
Being both visually impaired and having special educational needs, Ma’ayan needed very specific modes of teaching, in terms of resources being in adequately large print but also strict regularity and punctuality to maintain routine, essential for her in being able to study. We have worked together for three years, and in this time she took her English A Level (AQA) raising her predicted D grade to a B. She has improved vastly in her ability to concentrate, her engagement with myself and her classmates, and in taking academic skills out of the classroom in order to make independent intellectual connections.
Cambridge Interview Preparation
I tutored Ella and Lola at the same time, readying them for the Cambridge English interview. Having attended King’s College Cambridge I have gone through the process myself and having friends who teach at Cambridge and also conduct the interviews means I have specific knowledge of what supervisors are looking for. These lessons revolved around mock interviews – analysing unseen pieces of literature, demonstrating passion and thoughtfulness and managing nerves. Both Ella and Lola were offered places to study at Cambridge.
Hobbies and Interests
At university I was the president of the Cambridge University Kickboxing Club, and I have continued practicing since graduation. It is a great exercise in discipline and control, engaging both mind and body. I am also writing a novel and am a novice ceramicist, two tasks which require concentration and methodology, though in very different ways.
“Maeve tutored my daughter Vita in preparation for her A Level in English. Vita ended up getting an A* having been predicted a B, and now has a place at her top choice university. Maeve was engaged, creative and thoughtful in her approach to teaching using a variety of dynamic techniques to convey information, such as visual aids, podcasts and film. She adapted seamlessly to Vita’s needs and was able to both challenge and inspire her, helping her not only with confidence but also to tap into a sense of intellectual curiosity outside the exam matrix. She is a passionate tutor and I would highly recommend her.” Mrs Robinson
“Maeve has been working with my daughter Delilah for over a year now, initially helping her through her Key Stage One SATs, and continuing to work with her on her reading and comprehension. Although my daughter has greatly improved academically, it is the confidence Maeve has instilled in her that has been truly invaluable. Delilah now reads independently and request more challenging books, is more interactive in school and has increased focus, and this is very much the result of her lessons with Maeve. Maeve is a patient, engaged and empathic tutor, who also brings a sense of fun and curiosity to her lessons. She is punctual and committed, never failing to communicate well with me on Delilah’s progress.” A. Mcevedy
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