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Natasha La F

"We want to thank both Natasha and Simply Learning for making such a positive difference in our daughter's confidence in math."

Year 3 Maths Tuition

  • 11+

  • 13 +

  • A Level

  • Art

  • Classics

  • English

  • GCSE

  • Home schooling

  • Law

  • Science

  • Senior School Entrance

Academic History

University of Oxford, 2007-2010, BFA Hons. Fine Art 2:1.

Stratford-upon-Avon Grammar School for Girls, 2000-2007, GCSE & A level (A) (A) (A).

ASA Level 1 Swimming teaching qualification.

About Me

I have been tutoring for over ten years and specialise in exam preparation for 7+, 11+, 13 + as well as EFL, English and Art to A-Level and  Maths, Chemistry and Classics to GCSE. I have a wide range of experience, including mentoring and homeschooling.

I have worked closely with families over a sustained period to help children get the most out of their abilities and do their very best in exam situations.

I have experience of teaching children with Dyslexia and Dyscalculia, and always aim to be understanding and target a students specific learning needs.

I have a wide knowledge of the English Literature and Language exams at GCSE level and A Level.

I also have experience of tutoring Art and History of Art at A level, and a wide range of skills and strong knowledge base from my BFA (Hons) in Fine Art. I graduated in 2010 from Oxford University.

I have a strong interest in the humanities, art, cinema, history and architecture but also a wide knowledge and understanding of science, maths and geography.

I also have experience tutoring for the American ISEE exams.

Recent tuition

Below is a selection of students I have worked with:

Home schooling

Ghalia (6 years old) September 2014-June 2015- early years home schooling focusing on developing speech and language, phonics, number and verbal and non-verbal reasoning. I worked with Ghalia 12.5 hours per week, over 4 days. I worked closely with Ghalia’s second home schooling tutor and with her speech and language therapist. I also focused on preparing Ghalia for her SATs, boosting her English and Maths levels over a longer period of time.

Residential Tutoring

Grace (8 years old), Oliver (10 years old), July-August 2013- I spent 2 weeks with Grace and Oliver in their family home in Brussels, tutoring English, reading and writing, and Mathematics in order to keep them up to speed with the British curriculum and to extend learning for possible 11+ entrance examinations. Focus on creative learning, story writing and fun Mathematics problem solving.

Residential Tutoring

Gabriel (5 years old), August 2013- I spent 10 days with Gabriel on holiday in Italy. Our focus was on Literacy and Numeracy as well as creative play, to extend confidence with phonics and ensure Gabriel was ready to re-enter a school environment in September.

Residential Tutoring, 13+

4 month residential position in Ankara, Turkey Oct 2015- January 2016. Preparing a student for 13+ examinations for Dulwich college and Charterhouse. One to one mentoring and tuition. Tuition focused on English, Science and interview preparation.

English Creative Writing Workshop (6-8 year olds), August 2012

2 day creative writing workshop focusing on story writing.

Phonics, literacy and numeracy (5 years old)

Home schooling and learning support role, including planning a 6 week summer programme supporting Gabriel’s school curriculum. Tuition has been focusing on building confidence with Math and English foundations, in particular phonics and reading as well as writing skills, spelling and punctuation. In maths we’ve been focusing on number bonds. Gabriel struggles with attention so I have been working with him in the mornings to provide a more focused and supportive teaching environment. This term we are studying at home for several mornings so Gabriel can work on the basics of both Math and English and will be continuing with a summer programme covering all subjects to prepare him to enter the next year at a new school.

Ongoing support with a London family – I am currently supporting 5 children in the same family with their school work and exam preparation. The children all attend top schools, including St. Paul’s and Hampton, and we focus each week on consolidating their knowledge, working through their homework, and practising for exams (one is currently working towards her 11+, and another passed their 11+ in 2016).

Shani (4.5-7) youngest child of the family of 5. Work with Shani included:

  • Phonics.
  • Story reading.
  • Arts and crafts.
  • Travelling to SEN appointments with her from school.
  • Completing SEN exercises.
  • Developing verbal expression
  • Organising concepts such as before/after.

We also worked on motor skills through play, tactile letter formation and fair play.

4.5-6, early years and reception tutoring

Starting with short elements of learning through play with her older sister, arts and crafts, and continuing with lockdown homeschooling during reception and year 1. We mainly focused on English and Maths, including introducing basic mathematical concepts and developing letter formation and phonics.

7+

Maths and English, 7+

Long-term tuition for Talitha, who was applying to Bute House. She gained entry and I continued to tutor her during her time at school, along with the rest of her siblings.

7+

Maths and English, 7+

Regular tutoring for Renata, applying to South Hampstead, Renata’s focus was Mathematics, comprehension and reasoning. Renata gained a place at South Hampstead for September 2014.

Maths and English, 7+

Tuition for Vedant (6 years old) in Math and English, considering 7+, focusing on the English curriculum in particular and reading and writing skills.

Maths and English, 7+

Tuition for two students who gained entrance into South Hampstead and Highgate schools.

Maths and English, 7+

Regular tuition for Noor (7 years old). Concentrated on spellings in English and problem solving exercises.

11+

Maths, English and reasoning, 11+

Joe, January 2015-2016 – Toby was applying to Highgate and UCS. We worked on building his confidence, extending his knowledge, and working on his exam skills, in particular for his creative writing. Joe is now happily attending UCS.

Maths, English and reasoning, 11+

Toby, January 2016-present. Applying to Latymer Upper and Hampton, focusing on covering Math topics, extending vocabulary and creative writing. Toby is now settled at Hampton.

Maths, English and reasoning, 11+ (ongoing)

I am now working with Toby’s younger sister, who will be sitting her assessments in 2019. The family are considering St. Paul’s, Francis Holland, Putney High, and a range of other top schools for her. We are working on preparing her for the exam style questions and making sure her knowledge and skills are up to speed.

Maths, English and reasoning, 11+

Ella, January 2015- October 2015. Applying to South Hampstead, Highgate and North London Collegiate. Ella was successful in passing her exams and accepted an offer from South Hampstead.

Maths, English and reasoning, 11+

Georgia (10 years old), September 2013- January 2015. Georgia was working towards her 11+ entrance exams, at North London Consortium schools, we focused on English and Mathematics and building her confidence, exam techniques and broadening her vocabulary. George accepted a placed at Francis Holland.

Maths, English and reasoning, 11+

Sadie (10 years old old), September 2014-January 2015: 11+ Math and English tuition for North London Consortium schools. Sadie accepted a place at South Hampstead.

English, 11+

Amia (10 years old), September 2014 -January 2015. 11+ English Skype tuition for entrance to Godolphin, Haberdashers Girls’, and St Albans. Interviews granted for all schools and offers made.

Maths, English and Science, 11+ & 13+

Patrick and Michael (12 & 10 years old ) September 2013-February 2014. 11+ and 13+ tutoring in Math, English and Science to brothers applying to Aldenham and Mill Hill.

Maths and English, 11+

Daphne (10 years fold), Oct 2010 – Jan 2011. 11+ tutoring for a very able student, tutoring was focused on exam structure and timing as well as extension Math and English problems. Daphne gained places at Latymer, Francis Holland and South Hampstead High School.

Maths and English, 11+

Lauren (10 years old), Oct 2010- January 2012 11+ tutoring for Maths and English, focusing on structuring sentences (comprehension) and spelling. We are now working on developing comprehension answers as well as timing and accuracy for Mathematics. Lauren is applying to Latymer, Wimbledon and Francis Holland.

Maths and English, 11+

Iman (9 years old) Nov 2010 – January 2012. Tutoring in Mathematics and English for entry to 11+, in particularly working on confidence with the basics in math and understanding of mathematical concepts. Also focusing on spelling and sentence structure as well as expanding understanding and vocabulary in order to feel confident with comprehension texts.

Maths and English, 10+

Daniel (9 years old), March 2014-January 2015. 10+ Math and English tuition for City of London Boys’ School, focus on all topics, creative writing and exam technique.

English and 11+ Preparation

Weekly sessions with Ra’na. Tutoring focusing on English, reading and creative writing, as well as English language skills and spelling. Also working towards 11+ examination in 2013.

English & Science, 11+

Amanda (8 years old) tutoring for 11+ Common Entrance, focusing on English and Science, in particular creative writing and exam skills.

Maths and English, 11+

Lauren (10 years old). My lessons with Lauren focused on structuring sentences (comprehension) and spelling. We are now working on developing comprehension answers as well as timing and accuracy for Mathematics. Lauren is applying to Latymer, Wimbledon and Francis Holland.

Maths and English, 11+

Daphne (10 years old) 11+, a very able student, tutoring was focused on exam structure and timing as well as extension Math and English problems. Applying to Latymer, Francis Holland and South Hampstead High School. Daphne gained places at all of her schools (wait listed initially South Hampstead).

13+ Common Entrance

English, Maths, Science, History and French, Common Entrance 13+

Sabrina, 13 years old. Residential placement for 13+, all subjects, including Mathematics, Science, English, History, and French, in particular working on English in all subjects (sentence structure, spelling and understanding question structure). Sabrina passed her 13+ in June 2011.

English and History, Common Entrance 13+

Himmat. Tutoring in English and History focusing on structure of answers and understanding of texts, in particular vocabulary and close readings of sentences, meaning of words/ phrases. Understanding what was being asked by questions was also an important aspect.

General Maths and English Support

Maths, Year 4

8 year old Emma. Tutoring for a child with dyscalculia focusing on math. Building confidence and learning skills, focusing initially on the times tables and exploring creative ways to learn.

Maths and English, Dyslexia and Dyscalculia Support

Sydney (9 years old) a student with dyslexia and dyscalculia, working to build confidence and understanding in Mathematics and English.

Maths, Year 3 and 4

Lillie (9 years old), September 2012- July 2014. Working together to improve Mathematics, focusing on confidence building, introducing new topics and problem solving, particular word based problems.

English, Year 5

Anya (9 years old) English support focusing on comprehension and grammar.

GCSE

Science

I am currently working with two students on GCSE Science, Mabel and Frankie. For Mabel, we are specifically sousing on Chemistry and Physics, while Frankie is having support with all of his GCSE Subjects, including the Sciences.

I have taught several previous students with GCSE Science, including Jamie and Tom who I worked with on a long term basis. I have also worked with students at both Hampton Boys and St Paul’s Girls School on their Key Stage 3 Science.

English Literature & Language

James, aged 16. Tutoring for GCSE modules, English Language and Literature, Chemistry, Geography, exam technique and subject support as well as help understanding question structure and requirements of the course.

iGCSE English Language and Literature

Layla, aged 14. Going over structure, thought development and description.

Essay writing & mentoring

Theo, aged 15. Mentoring role- GCSE tutoring, in a range of subjects, English, Classics, Film, Photography, Maths.

English Language & Literature

Twice weekly lessons with 18 year old Ella. GCSE English Language tuition for a student re-taking to improve her grade. Focusing on essay writing and sentence structure, studying Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet) Poetry and Texts from other cultures (Things Fall Apart).

AS Level

Classics, Photography, Graphics

A Level

Residential tutoring for Freddie, aged 16, in AS Level Art and portfolio application to U.S. Universities. Focus on practical and academic development.

Hobbies and Interests

I am interested in all aspects of contemporary art, film, photography, architecture and art history having studied BFA Fine Art at Oxford University.

I have a strong practical knowledge of; painting, ceramics, screen-printing, plaster casting and woodwork.

I choreographed and directed a university wide musical at Pembroke College, Oxford, 2 years running with great success.

I enjoy travelling, especially in Europe, my favorite cities are Paris and Florence, and I recently visited Morocco, and love visiting new places and cultures.

Growing up in Stratford-upon-Avon has given me a great love of the plays of Shakespeare. Up to the age of 18 I studied dance; Ballet where I achieved Standard 8 as well as contemporary and tap.

My other interests include cooking, dance and fashion.

Client Testimonials

We send thanks to Natasha for her tuition of Will. She was very supportive, solid and thorough in her teaching and really helped our son to get a grasp of the missing parts of the jigsaw. We are very grateful to her.

We want  to thank both Natasha and Simply Learning for making such a positive difference in our daughter’s confidence in math. (Kensington, 8yr old girl, needing help with Maths)

Thank you for organising Payton’s tutors. Natasha was kind and patient. She was always on time and never cancelled. Payton got straight A’s in her CE subjects except for English, however she was awarded a B in that. (CE 13+)

I am writing in regard to Natasha.

Natasha taught my son Jamie for approximately 18 months. She helped him with the following GCSEs:

English Language, English Literature, Geography, Biology and Chemistry.

She was always well prepared and efficient and spent time familiarising herself with the curriculum and examination.

My son achieved an A in English Language and Geography and A star in Biology and Chemistry. I am sure Natasha was a great help in this.

  • Entrance Exam Specialist

  • Multidisciplinary