Facts and Figures
Online tutoring - what is it and does it work?
Online tutoring is a growing area. It allows tutors to work from home, cut costs of transport and have access to all their materials; it allows students to study from home. I am able to teach wherever I am; my students can go away for the holidays and still have lessons.
I use Skype to talk to and see my students, and a very easy programme called Scribblar which you don't need to download. I create a 'room' for each student which has its own white board, and I prepare all my lessons in advance. I upload material I want to discuss and students can download sheets from the room themselves.
Prices, Payment and Availability
Please note: I am now FULL for the academic year 2020-21; and all my evening/weekend slots are taken until September 2022. See Contacts, below, for some other English teachers.
Please let me know if you want to go on the waiting list for September 2021 only if you are able to have lessons during week-day European hours (ie you live in Asia/Australasia; you wish to be home-schooled; or you are a sixth-form with flexible free time). Otherwise contact me to go on the waiting list for September 2022.
If you want help with the 11+ exam, you can benefit from my 11+ Consultancy service instead.
Your first lesson - of up to an hour - is free. This will allow you to decide if my teaching style and personality suit you and if online tuition works for you; similarly it will help me see if we can work well together. Prices and payment details are available when you get in touch. I am expensive so bear that in mind; I am, however, open to negotiation if there are particular circumstances that you think I should know about. For more details about my 11+ teaching including fees, please go to the 11+ page on this site.
Before we agree to work together, I will ask you to read and accept the contents of a two-sided document explaining my prices and cancellation policy etc. I do charge for cancellations, so please bear that mind.
References, Testimonials and The Tutors' Association
You will have noticed that I have spread various comments from parents, former colleagues, and students around the pages of my site, except for one which was so long that it needed its own page! I am happy to put you in touch with current or previous parents if you wish to have a private reference.
I am a member of The Tutors' Association, the Professional Body for Tutors and the Tutoring Profession. In order to be accepted into this association, I had to provide several references, my CV and sign a Code of Ethics. You can read the Code of Ethics that I signed when I joined The Tutors' Association in June 2018.
I cannot - and will not - guarantee that your child will get into the school/university that you would like them to get into; nor can I promise that they will get the grades you would like them to achieve. I can promise that I will keep you up to date with their progress; will be realistic with you about your expectations for them; and refer you to someone else, if I feel I can't help them in the best way possible.
If you can't wait until September 2022, try Eleanor Martindale. We have a similar ethos, approach and passion, and I highly recommend her as an English teacher. Like me she teaches the full range of students from younger ones up to A level; unlike me, she can teach English language A level. When I went off to do my three-month walk in 2017, Eleanor took over all my lessons with great success; and we have sometimes shared students when timings have been difficult for one of us.
If you are looking for help with 13+ English and Latin, I can recommend Kate di Costanzo, a former Head of Prep and Director of Studies at prep schools sending children on to leading senior schools including Cheltenham Ladies College, Eton, Harrow and Magdalen College. Kate is also a published author for children! Kate fills in a signicant gap in my portfolio - 13+ is an area in which I am not a specialist. www.onlineenglishandlatintutor.co.uk
My friend and former colleague from St Paul's Girls' School, Dr Ezi Williams, now teaches GCSE and A level Chemistry at her home in Oxford and online. It was Ezi who encouraged me to work online and it is to her I go for advice and inspiration about tutoring. We have shared many students, who live in places as far apart as Hong Kong and Jersey, and they, like those at St Paul's, have been encouraged, motivated and challenged by Ezi's approach to teaching and learning. See Ezi's website, ChemHelp for more information.
Roger Green, former Head of Maths at St Paul's Girls', Latymer, and Godolphin is available for maths tuition. He is also working with me in my 11+ Consultancy project so do get in touch with him if you want advice about independent school entrance at 11+. Roger taught me to scuba dive when I worked at St Paul's so I know he is a patient teacher! You can contact Roger Green here.
Former colleague from St Paul's Chris Hack is providing online Physics and Computing lessons. He worked at St Paul's Girls' School and then moved on to Magdalen College School where he was head of Physics. He has joined me in my 11+ Consultancy project - he is able to provide advice about the computer test and the General Comprehension for the SPGS exam. This is his website: https://www.oxfordphysicstutor.co.uk/ We have also shared a student in Germany!
If you are a parent, have been looking at this page for your child, and have the urge to be excited by literature all over again then do consider Living Room Literature: a range of bespoke courses led by Dr Sarah Wah. Sarah and I worked together in the English department at St Paul's Girls' School and she continues to inspire me. Sarah is based in West London but can also come to your own living room.
We feel enormously fortunate to have found Sophie. My daughter needed solid 11+ prep, but I didn't want her to be robotically doing no more than extra past papers. I was hoping to find someone who could cover the 11+ side very thoroughly, but also light the spark and help her develop a broad and deep interest in literature. Sophie has done that brilliantly and we cannot thank her enough. Her love of the subject is infectious.
Mother of year 6 student who received an offer from St Paul's Girls' School, Feb 2017
Sophie has been teaching my 11 year old daughter for over a year now and helped her tremendously when working towards her Year 6 SATs. The two of them built an immediate rapport and the lessons are something that my daughter looks forward to every week. We are continuing with Sophie into secondary school without hesitation. She is not someone who just teaches to prepare for an exam: she has a real love of literature and language, and her style of teaching is both engaging and full of beautiful insight.
Mother of student with whom I worked for 2 years, 2013-15; I have been working with her again since 2017 to help prepare her for her GCSEs and latter A levels