"I've found Zoe to be very reliable and well prepared for every session. She is pro-active in providing the appropriate learning materials and creative in trying to engage my daughter in various tasks. She is communicating both regarding the current focus areas and general administrative arrangements. She is tremendously flexible - we've often had to change course and she has adapted with positivity and energy"
Mrs B, Age 9 Academic Support Tuition
2014-2015, MA, Near and Middle Eastern Studies, SOAS (Pass)
2010-2013, BA, History and Philosophy of Art, University of Kent (1st)
2008-2010, A Levels, Gordon’s School Surrey, Art and Design, History, English Literature.
I have been tutoring for 3 years, and specialise in the Humanities up to Year 7, and maths up to 11+.
My approach to tutoring is very much one in which I tailor the lessons according to the pupil’s individual learning style. I adapt each lesson to try and engage my pupil depending on their response to visual aids, auditory activities, writing tasks and so on. My current tutee, who is home schooled, has a musical ear and passion for dance so we have had lots of opportunities to learn through music and role-play. Some of the techniques that I have used successfully in my current role include giving my tutee assignment choices, communicating tricky content in more than one format and asking what they would like to find out about an individual topic, and adding these questions to our objectives. My teaching method is participative and one in which I often complete tasks alongside my tutee after we have explored some new content together or I have given a short demonstration. It is important to me to be involved in my tutee’s process of learning rather than just imparting knowledge.
What makes me a good tutor is that I am patient, calm and sensitive to each individual situation. In my current position as a home school tutor I have learnt to be flexible in my style of teaching and structure. I recognise the ways in which home schooling differs from main-stream schooling and I think part of my success as a tutor is owed to the fact that I have seen this as an opportunity to embark on some exciting projects and excursions. I take my role seriously and I think this comes across in my tuition sessions meaning that my tutee buckles down to work when needed and takes plenary activities seriously. I also have a passion for my subjects; I am able to talk knowledgeably about exhibitions, museums and articles that relate to the content of our lessons. I think this passion helps tutees to understand how their lessons connect to the real world.
I support students from 7+ up to Year 7, including 11+ entrance exams. Please find a selection of my previous students below.
7+ Exam Preparation
I tutored Freddie for an intensive period prior to his 7+ entrance assessment for King’s College School. Freddie was an extremely able student and very quick to grasp concepts. In our sessions I could see that Freddie would excel in this assessment so we devoted our time to ironing out small gaps in his knowledge and by giving him some more challenging work. Freddie was successful in his application and now attends King’s College Junior School in Wimbledon.
8+ Exam Preparation
I prepared Kiran for 8+ entrance assessments for Westminster Cathedral Choir School, at which he gained a place. I also begun preparing his younger brother for 7+ entrance assessments. I adapted their lessons as much as possible according to their interests. For example, they both love football so one of their tasks has been to write and then perform their own football commentary, describing a game of football using as many adjectives they could think of.
Age 11 Home schooling (English, History, Art History and Geography)
I began tutoring Charlotte in March 2017. Since re-locating from Australia, Charlotte (11) has been home schooled. Following the British Curriculum I teach English, History, Art History and Geography. We have a full weekly schedule with usually a few days a month devoted to excursions. This has been an extremely rewarding placement and has allowed me to fully appreciate the benefits of home schooling; many of my lessons are tailored to her particular interests. For example, she is passionate about dance and I will often connect our English lessons to drama and performance, using music and role-play as opportunities for learning.
11+ Exam Preparation
Francesca needed help with revision and exam technique in the run up to her 11+ exams. In these sessions we used flashcards and mind maps to help her memorize key information. I helped her lay out her work in a visually appealing way using colour codes, improve her organisational skills and keep on top of her English and maths homework. Francesca successfully gained a place at St Mary’s Ascot.
11+ English and maths
Agnes is a highly able student but needed support in both English and maths in preparation for the 11+ after transferring from the French system. English is Agnes’s second language and she needed help expanding her vocabulary. After gaining a place at Wimbledon High in January we continued our sessions until March 2019 as her parents felt she was enjoying and benefiting from our sessions together.
Hobbies and Interests
I am passionate about art and when I am not tutoring I paint in oils and attend exhibitions here in London. In April 2019 I developed my painting technique and knowledge of oil painting by taking part in an intensive workshop in Florence. Since attending this workshop, I have been building a portfolio of work and I hope to exhibit my work next year. I also enjoy open water swimming and I am currently learning to surf.
“I’ve found Zoe to be very reliable and well prepared for every session. She is pro-active in providing the appropriate learning materials and creative in trying to engage my daughter in various tasks. She is communicating both regarding the current focus areas and general administrative arrangements. She is tremendously flexible – we’ve often had to change course and she has adapted with positivity and energy” Mrs B
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