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Sheyi

"We wanted help for daughter with her mathematics for the 11+ exam. Sheyi got her into the school she absolutely wanted, Francis Holland. Our daughter had multiple offers from other schools, which was very pleasing. Sheyi took a very methodical and rigorous approach towards the maths, whilst always ensuring that our daughter found it fun. We would recommend her to anyone looking to get the best possible result in the 11+ for their child."

11+ Exam Tuition

  • 11+

  • 13 +

  • English

  • History

  • Maths

  • Politics

  • Senior School Entrance

Academic History

History and Politics Degree 2006-2009 (SOAS – School of Oriental and African Studies) University of London. BA 2:1

2006 – A’ Levels:  History (A), Included topics such as China 1900-2000, The Cold War, The Vietnam War, The Korean War and Votes for Women in Britain. Drama and Theatre Studies (A), Music (B)

2004 – GCSE’ Levels: Spanish (A*), Drama (A), English (A), English Literature (A), German (A), Religious Studies (A*), Biology (A), Chemistry (A), History (A*), Mathematics (A), Music (A*)

About Me

My specialist subjects are 11+ and 13+ Maths and English, and History and Politics at GCSE and A-Level.

I am an enthusiastic, friendly tutor, with a passion for the subjects I teach. I believe I have many techniques and relevant advice for students, particularly for those needing help with essay writing skills and historical and political analysis. Essentially, I have the skills to identify potential, increase understanding and inspire confidence in students, enabling them to use their skills more effectively and assuredly.

In terms of the 11+ and 13+, I have the ability to establish and maintain a friendly but firm working relationship with children of that age. I am able to gain their trust and so I am therefore able to work with them easily, especially in areas where they are lacking confidence. I have now taught the common entrance for 4 years running, and have always had great results. I know what standard is needed in order to achieve the level set.

Recent Tuition

I have over 1,500 hours of tutoring experience a variety of different students. Below is a selection of recent work I have done. I am currently preparing students for 11+ entrance exams and have several GCSE and A Level students.

11+ work

I had at least 10 pupils per week who I worked with on the 11+ the last time the exams took place. There was great variety in each child’s strength and weaknesses. I was able to identify this quickly, and also direct the parent to ways in which they could help their child also. One student for example was extremely strong at Maths, however her English creative writing was not as strong. I spent a lot of time building up her confidence in this area, as well as using creative writing exercises to give her important skills. She got into all five of the schools she applied for, including The Lady Eleanor Holles School, Godolphin and Latymer, and Latymer.

13+ Work

I have worked with many students in preparation for the 13+ common entrance, and all of my students have gone on to secure places at their chosen schools. I pride myself that on two occasions I have continued working with my 13+ students beyond their exams, and went on to support their siblings through the common entrance as well.

A Level Politics Students

All have different issues, ranging from essay structure, question analysis, knowledge gaps and others. I am able to address all their needs individually and work with them on a case by case basis. For example I worked with a student for a year on her Politics A Level. When I first started she was only achieving C’s and D’s. Her result this summer was an A, despite the fact she had to do both her As’s and A2’s at the same time. I was able to make the subject more interesting for Hannah, and she found our discussions useful. I also did a lot of work with her on exam technique and essay structure. Susanna however was different, and simply wanted to get a high A on her politics exam to make sure she got to go to her first choice university. We mainly did practice essays and questions so that she could see where she could improve. She managed to achieve a high A also.

A level – Edexcel –

Working during a student’s Christmas holidays to help him with his Government and Politics work, focusing on eight topics and exam technique.

Hobbies and Interests

  • Singing –Taught singing classes at First Steps Academy in Fulham.
  • Belonged to a Gospel Choir for over a year and have done much performing as a solo act.
  • Frequently attend political debates at SOAS, such as the late April hustings debate between all major political parties, in preparation for 1st of May 2008, Mayor for London elections.
  • Member of the University of London’s women’s basketball inter-league. Regular first team player.
  • Active dance participant at London Pineapple Studios.
  • Travel – Recently visited Hong Kong and Cuba

Client Testimonials

“Sheyi tutored my daughter Eleanor in preparation for the 11+ entrance exams in English. Both E– and I were very pleased with the tuition.  Sheyi used interesting materials which built on E–’s existing skills, but which also challenged her by covering skills and content which her own school did not cover.  Sheyi’s approach covered reading and writing skills, and developed E–’s technical abilities as well as giving her confidence in her own imagination and creativity.  Sheyi was particularly good at showing E– how to develop ideas: she showed how the use of different sentence and paragraph structures could help to extend thought as well as to express ideas more clearly.

Sheyi’s warm and lively personality made a real impact on E–, who was very fond of Sheyi and also inspired by her.  E– felt very comfortable with her.

Sheyi was always reliable, friendly and professional. We would certainly recommend her as a tutor.”

11+

“Sheyi helped me improve my writing skills hugely such as being able to evaluate and analyse a question rather than narrate historical facts. She also helped me with the structuring of my essays, how to order and layout an answer; using planning techniques. Furthermore, after my time with Sheyi, I was able to write an answer to an exam question to the best of my ability within the time frame given, which I previously struggled with. We did many practice essays and we discussed revision techniques. My tutoring sessions built up to my History exam and I felt very confident going into it after the help she gave me.”

A Level History Student

“Sheyi has been tutoring my 13 year old son for a number of years, most recently to help him prepare for the 13+.  She has particularly focused on maths since he is at a French Lycee and the curriculum there differs to the English curriculum. By way of example, he had not yet started algebra at school but needed to be able to answer algebra questions in the exam. He has always enjoyed his tutoring sessions – I have never had a single complaint or whine that he didn’t want to do one – and he has even asked to continue with Sheyi even though he no longer has an exam to work for. She prepared him thoroughly for the exam and he felt confident that he would be able to answer the questions. He clearly did well as he was offered the place we had hoped for. I have found Sheyi to be entirely reliable and a joy to have in our house. My daughter will be starting her 13+ preparations with Sheyi shortly and I am confident that she will be equally well prepared by the date of the exam.”

13+

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