I’m a native English speaking tutor in the Westminster/Victoria area with a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, and an MA in English Education.
I developed a love for reading at an early age, which eventually expanded to writing as well, and which led me to study English Literature and Creative Writing at university. After relocating to Japan, I moved into the financial industry – first with Bloomberg and then Morgan Stanley in Tokyo, and then transferring to London with Morgan Stanley before joining a hedge fund for a number of years. Despite this detour of more than 15 years, my love of reading and writing never diminished and ultimately led me back to teaching.
Since I first started tutoring my own son in English many years ago, it has been a pleasure to watch this same love blossom in him, and it’s something I try to encourage in all of my students, both by making lessons enjoyable and by building their self-confidence. While English can sometimes seem a dry and boring subject, I believe it shouldn’t be, and that any child can learn to enjoy it given the right approach. A large part of the enjoyment comes from children learning to stretch themselves beyond their existing boundaries, and learning to think in new and creative ways.
For this reason, I approach lessons with patience and humour, but most of all with the intention to push children past what they think themselves capable of. I find that children usually respond well to this approach, and often develop and improve rapidly as a result.
As a tutor, I have in-depth experience teaching children composition, comprehension, verbal and non-verbal reasoning, and have helped a number of children get into schools such as Westminster, Eton College, King’s College Wimbledon, Winchester, St Paul’s (boys and girls) and Wycombe Abbey.
In addition, I work with children already in these schools, and others – including top Grammar schools such as The Henrietta Barnett School and Queen Elizabeth – to improve their overall English ability and performance. This work extends, for students in upper years, to preparing for GCSEs, IB, and US university entrance exams.
I am a member of British Mensa/International Mensa, and DBS certified.
If you would like to discuss your child’s situation, and how I can help them succeed in upcoming exams, or English school work in general, please submit your information through the contact page.