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Paula B

"I really couldn't have accomplished my 2 A*s and 2 As in my A-Levels without Paula. From the off, her dynamic, pragmatic and understanding way of tutoring were by far and beyond the most progressive and useful I have ever seen."

Psychology and Application Tuition

  • 11+

  • 13 +

  • A Level

  • English Language

  • English Literature

  • GCSE

  • Maths

  • Psychology

  • Science

  • Senior School Entrance

  • Study Skills

  • University Applications

Academic History

University of Sussex / Psychology Bsc Oct 2005 – May 2008

About Me

I am a freelance personal tutor specialising in a range of academic subjects for children aged 8-18, including 11+ and 13+ Common Entrance. I have an adaptable teaching style and am able to work with both small groups and individuals, SEN students and those with varied academic ability. I have a proven track record of facilitating huge academic improvements, supporting entry into competitive private schools, top examination results and overall academic targets being met with no further intervention needed.

I am personable and able to build a trusted working relationship with children. I am a member of the British Psychological Society.

Recent tuition

7 year old, Maths (Autism)

I worked with a 7 year old child with high functioning autism. There was a huge discrepancy between creativity (son of a famous actor, with a similar learning profile) and ability to verbally express himself in both maths and English. After many techniques (one session included working under the table with him) using playdough ‘zombie dissection’ to demonstrate basic maths, we managed to increase confidence and teacher feedback significantly.

For the three students below, we started with English, Maths and Science but then also tackled humanities, EPQs (Physics – sustainable aviation), A level essays (drama, history of art, etc.) and University applications. We also looked at study skills including organisation and revision timetables.

I am working with a young lady from the ages of 14-20 years (still a current student). She has a diagnosis of OCD, autism and ADHD. She has extremely low grades and confidence. She is from a high profile family with high expectations and had been told to not consider university by an Educational Psychologist. This child needed a very specialised approach using a multitude of techniques. She went on to achieve AAA* at A level (with exam paper being used as an exemplary script for other students) and is now achieving grades high 2:1 and 1st grades at University with essay and reading skills coaching.

I worked with a young lady with a spiky profile and sensory processing issues. This was a complex placement as part of the Jordanian Royal family so expectations were high and the international schooling was poor. I travelled to stay in the family home for 3-4 weeks at a time coaching this young lady. Her executive function skills and grades improved greatly, to the extent that the family felt comfortable for her to leave the home environment and board.

I tutored a dyspraxia student with some signs of ADD. Intensive support was needed from age 13 onwards. He responded very well to creative techniques using dual coding and movement. Eventually, he gained entry to Cambridge King’s College to study English.

Hobbies and Interests

-Fluent in French with a basic working knowledge of Spanish.

-Overseas volunteer, including experience in Barcelona working with children’s charities to help distribute resources to those affected by issues such as poverty and physical disabilities.

-Enjoy creative activities such as clothes design/creation and painting. Have done numerous commissioned pieces.

 Client Testimonials 

“Paula worked for me as a tutor for my son Austin. At the time, A– (then 13 years old) had recently been assessed with dyspraxia and was having serious academic difficulties in school. As a result, his self-esteem was at a low ebb.

Paula worked with A– five afternoons a week as a homework tutor. She helped him organise his work, plan his study schedule and tackle difficult assignments. Her patience and support were quite frankly remarkable. She helped A– with his assignments without ever taking control, helping teach good study habits and build his confidence. Paula is extremely reliable and hardworking. She works independently and was always eager to try and find new ways in which to tackle a problem. Indeed, I found her creative spirit quite infectious, as did A– who seemed more willing with her to try new and innovative ways to approach book reports, essays and even class presentations.

Paula is flexible and always willing to volunteer to help. There were times, for example, when I asked her to stay late, change her schedule or take on duties not specifically within her remit.”

“Paula was consistent, professional and outstanding in all aspects of the program.  F– was not an easy student yet through persistency, persuasion and expectation Paula managed to get her through the curriculum, into her exams and ready her for a return back into the school system for sixth form.”

“I really couldn’t have accomplished my 2 A*s and 2 As in my A-Levels without Paula. From the off, her dynamic, pragmatic and understanding way of tutoring were by far and beyond the most progressive and useful I have ever seen. Shrugging off the shackles of expectation and the restrictions of abiding to the norm, her use of kinetic, auditory and visual learning combined to make the revision process as fun as it could be, removing the dread and anxiety. Thank you so much Paula, I couldn’t recommend anyone more thoroughly!”

Student, successful entry into Kings College Cambridge from Oundle School.

  • Fully Vetted

  • SEN Specialist