I graduated from the University of Oxford with a First-Class Honours degree in English Language and Literature, where I was the recipient of the L.H. Martin Prize for academic excellence. I have been tutoring English privately for the last 4/5 years, tutoring for the 7+, 11+, 13+, GCSE, A-level, IB, and Oxbridge admissions prep.
How do you help students prepare for 7+, 11+, and 13+ English assessments?
The great majority of my students are preparing for these exams, which are competitive and rigorous and often require relatively intensive tutoring over an extended period of time. I tailor my tutoring to the particular problem area each of my students have, whether that's comprehension, SPAG, vocabulary, creative writing or verbal reasoning, but also ensure that students have the required baseline in all of those skills required for the schools they are trying to gain entrance to. I also conduct interview preparation sessions once assessments have been completed.
How do you generally teach GCSE English?
For GCSE learners, I teach the fundamentals of literary analysis and essay writing, and I am familiar with set texts for all the major exam boards. Closer to mocks or exams, past papers and exam technique form the bedrock of my teaching for GCSE.
How can you help me with my IB English?
Teaching English for the IB is a specialty of mine, and I am very well-versed on all aspects of the examination, IOC, and HL Essay. Teaching will vary depending on which of the components you are struggling with most, but will generally comprise of commentary practise, developing oral presentation skills, and essay refinement.
Can you help with creative writing?
Yes, I do offer lessons exclusively to help develop creative writing skills. These lessons either complement the student's homework and school teaching, or I set a task for completion each week. For adult learners, lessons will be spent reviewing material written, whether that be for a book, article, work assignment or essay.
Do you teach in-person or online?
I exclusively teach online now, for several reasons:
- It allows me to see a greater number of students with increased flexibility for both student and tutor
- There are increased software possibilities, which I find very useful in engaging students and monitoring progress
Do you offer courses in English?
Yes, I have created a variety of short courses for group lessons. Please enquire for more details.
I have been a private tutor for the last 4 years, specialising in tutoring the 11+ and 13+. I count the following among the quantitative successes my clients have achieved over the last few years:
- Common entrance prep (11+) leading to entrance to Latymer Upper School, Godolphin and Latymer, Harrodian, North London Collegiate School
- Oxbridge and Interview Prep leading to entrance to Oxford University (LMH, for English, 6 months, 2018) (Lincoln, for English, 2020)
- A predicted grade of 9 in GCSE Chemistry (raised from a 2) (6 months, October 2019 - March 2020)
- 9 in GCSE Chemistry and 9 in GCSE Biology (all taught online) (3 months intensive - February 2019- April 2019)
However, I think one of the most important facets of tutoring can't be measured through results: helping students gain confidence and change their own self-perceptions to ensure long-term academic and professional success. I am also interested in teaching in a more holistic sense, so please let me know if there is a specific educational plan you would like me to follow, or whether you would like an interdisciplinary approach where each lesson is adapted to whatever subject your child is struggling with that week.
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'Elena is a spectacular tutor who transformed by English ability with her teaching. She was always quick to respond to queries and requests and gave profitable feedback on all the work covered. Thanks to her I was able to secure a place to study English at Oxford.’
Lincoln College, The University of Oxford (2016-2020)
First Class Honours Degree, English Language and Literature (BA).
L.H. Martin Prize for Academic excellence
The Godolphin and Latymer School (2010-2016)
43/45 in The International Baccalaureate: Biology (7), English Literature (7) French (6) History of Art (7) Maths (7) Chemistry (6)
Titmuss Prize for English Literature
10 A*s at GCSE (English Literature, English Language, Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Latin, French, German, Geography)
Tutor, Chelsea and Fulham Tutors (2019- current)
At Chelsea and Fulham Tutors, I specialise in teaching English for the 7+, 11+, 13+, GCSE, A-level, IB, and Oxbridge admissions prep. My students have gone on to attain exceptional academic results and admissions to top independent schools (e.g. King’s College Wimbledon, St. Pauls, Latymer Upper). I have adapted my tuition to be online through the pandemic, and employ a variety of educational softwares to ensure a seamless virtual tutoring experience.
Admissions coach, Parveen Madher Education Consultancy (2019 - current)
At Parveen Madher Education Consultancy, I assist students with admissions preparation for English at top international universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, and Ivy League universities. This process sees me assist with everything in the process, from personal statement feedback to mock interviews.
Tutor, Tutorhunt, Tutorful (2015 - 2019)
I have tutored students from the ages of 6 to 17, in English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry. Under my instruction, clients have achieved their objectives, including: a place at the prestigious Latymer Upper School, entrance to Oxford University (LMH, for English), A* grades at GCSE in English Language, English Literature, Biology, and Chemistry. I am familiar with tailoring lesson plans to cater to each student’s specific learning needs, including dyslexia and dyspraxia.
Perfect! Elena is an amazing tutor! My daughter enjoys her lessons and doesn't want to miss any of them. As she is more confident with her work, her recent English paper results show how much she benefits from Elena's lessons. We feel very lucky to have found Elena. A strong recommendation to everyone!
Perfect! Elena is a spectacular tutor who transformed by English ability with her teaching. She was always quick to respond to queries and requests and gave profitable feedback on all the work covered. Thanks to her I was able to secure a place to study English at Oxford.
Perfect! From school performance report after first C-19 lockdown. We realised that our son needs help with his English tasks. We got in touch with Elena. Schools are again in lockdown.
My son does not miss any lesson with Elena.
Recently we read his English homework and we were impressed with his performance. We keep going with Elena.
Perfect! Elena has been helping our son catch up with the Year 5 and Year 6 syllabus as he slipped behind due to Covid disruption. She is a superb tutor who puts a lot of care and attention into each individual student. My son's teachers have all remarked on how much he has improved over the last few months, which is all down to Elena's teaching.
Elena tutored me for my English Literature A-Level - with her help I moved from a B grade to an A* grade, and was able to get my offer for university. She is a great teacher and I would highly recommend her.
With Elena’s help, my daughter was able to secure a place at LMH College, Oxford, to study English. She is a dedicated, inspiring tutor that helped with all aspects of the process and helped m daughter feel confident going into interview. I highly recommend her.
Elena Casale has been tutoring our 16 year-old daughter at our home for 6 months.
We have been incredibly impressed by every aspect of her work - our daughter adores her and has been helped by her in several different subjects, including Chemistry and French.
Elena is very good at identifying exactly what our daughter is struggling with and explaining it to her methodically so she can understand it completely. She took her from a Grade 2 to a Grade 9 in Chemistry because Elena understands how our daughter's particular revision method works and also makes sure, every time, that she remembers everything she has been taught in that session. Our daughter says that Elena is also very patient and understanding when she is confused.
We highly recommend her.
Elena has been teaching my child for 11+ English and I must say that she is a very professional, patient and very good at keeping you engaged with the lessons and learning. She tailors each tutorial to suit my child's learning style, and he really liked it. There is definitely a noticeable improvement in English.
I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an excellent English tutor.
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