I am a dedicated, reliable and enthusiastic full-time tutor. I specialise in 11+ and 13+ exam preparation, all core subjects at primary level and GCSE English and maths. My experience stems from seven years 1-1 private tutoring for families locally and abroad via online tuition.
In terms of how I tutor, I go through topics in detail and try to relate real life examples to help students’ understanding and to make subjects more fun. I regularly ask questions throughout tuition to gauge retention and help build confidence. Pupils are more often than not surprised by what they remember and this reassures them in their ability moving forward.
I provide regular feedback on student progress to parents throughout tuition and a learning plan is put in place from the initial lesson and first meeting. I have a number of parent testimonials on my website and have extensive experience in online tuition. Tutoring is, as it always should be, adapted to the specific needs of each young person.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
Maths and English (Key stage 1 and 2 / primary) - this includes SATs.
11+ exam preparation (non-verbal reasoning, verbal reasoning, English and maths).
Key Stage 3 - English and maths.
GCSE - English and maths.
Entrance exams for selective schools including the 7+, 9+, 11+ & 13+.
I prepare students for both grammar and independent school entrance exams and hold mock exams for the 11+ in Exeter.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
University of Exeter - 2.1 BA (Hons) Management with English
University of Oxford - Effective Online Tutoring (completed 2015)
- How much do you charge?
In-person tuition is £43 p/h
Online tuition is £37 p/h
Group tuition is also available.
11 plus mock exams are held in Exeter each spring and summer.
- Where do you teach?
I teach at student homes, at my home and in and around Exeter. I also tutor online 5 days a week.
In terms of travelling to student homes, I will drive up to a 5 mile radius outside Exeter (at no extra cost) but this is obviously dependent on whether it is feasible due to my schedule at the time.
For families who live outside Exeter and would prefer in-person tuition, then I can tutor in Exeter or at a mutually convenient halfway point.
- When are you available?
I teach throughout the week but certain days are allocated for online tuition only.
Short-term tuition and holiday revision block sessions can be arranged but please book in advance for these.
Saturday mornings and afternoons are available but I only tutor online on Sundays.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
Ages 5-11 (Primary level English and maths)
11+ and 13+ entrance exams - English and maths
GCSE - maths and English
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
9+ exams (independent school assessments).
11+ exams (CEM grammar and independent school assessments).
13+ exams (including ISEB assessments).
Key Stage 2: English and maths.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I tutor online from my office via Skype. As with all my lessons, I provide course materials and these are sent across digitally prior to the start of the lesson. There may be a few textbooks that I recommend but these are normally minimal and I always seek out the very best books for each student.
If geographically possible, I meet parents and students in person before online tuition commences. I set homework on the topics covered in the lesson to consolidate understanding and encourage greater independent learning.
Having tutored several students online, some of whom were tutored in person by me initially, many saw minimal / no difference to their tuition and several families have mentioned how easy it is to organise and fit into their schedules.
In 2015, I qualified in Effective Online Tutoring from the University of Oxford. I have extensive experience in tutoring online and work with students from across the UK and further afield.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
Take confidence in your ability and don't give up on any subject which may seem initially challenging. Sometimes it can only take a different approach in transferring the subject knowledge that will make topics more understandable and most importantly enjoyable.
I have helped several students excel in exams and gain confidence in their learning overall. In 2017, over 90% of my pupils passed their 11-plus exam. In 2016 and prior to, 100% of my pupils passed their 11-plus and 13-plus (common entrance) exams.
I am committed to seeing all my students succeed and shine with the achievement of having done so. I provide regular feedback on student progress to parents throughout tuition and a learning plan is put in place from the initial lesson and first meeting. I have a number of parent testimonials on my website and have extensive experience in online tuition.
I have seven years 1-1 tutoring experience both in-person and online.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes - DBS checked and fully insured.
References can also be provided upon request.
- Where and with whom did you train?
University of Exeter (2011)
University of Oxford (2015) Effective Online Tutoring
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Prince's Trust Enterprise Programme.
- Tell me about some of your current students.
My current students are from the ages of 8 to 19.
I have several students who are preparing for the 11 plus exam in September and pupils sitting entrance exams in January 2018. My older students are currently taking GCSE maths and English.
My online tutees are based all over the world so I'm hoping to learn a new language very soon!
Hettie has taught our son both English and maths and it's clear that she has a way of teaching him that simply gets results. Her open, friendly but quietly firm presence gets the best out of him. We intend to use her as he progresses through the years to give him that extra dimension in addition to school. We would not hesitate to recommend her to anybody looking to boost their child's knowledge and technique.
My daughter needed some GCSE science tuition as she was struggling at school. Hettie was reliable, friendly and knowledgeable and my daughter immediately felt comfortable with her. Over the course of the tutor sessions her confidence grew and she began to understand and enjoy science more. At her end of year test in school she did extremely well and was at the top of her class.
We would thoroughly recommend Hettie as a fantastic English teacher. She had only 8 weeks to prepare our 12 year old for his entrance exam but was able to help him to make significant progress. He had never done a reading comprehension before, but with Hettie's encouraging and patient approach, he successfully passed and was offered a place at our first choice school. Daniel has his lessons via Skype as we live abroad.
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