I am passionate about the value of one to one tuition. My overall aim is to inspire a natural academic interest in my students and maintain a healthy spirit of goal chasing without the collective worry that can be induced in academic environments.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
Up to GCSE: Maths, English, History, Art, History of Art, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, Latin, Critical Thinking, Interview Skills, Essay Writing Skills, Revision Skills
Up to A Level: English, History, History of Art, Art, Oxbridge Preparation, Interview Skills, Critical Thinking, Essay Writing Skills, Revision Skills
Beyond A Level: English, History of Art, Research Skills
Other topic areas I teach:
Executive Functioning Skills
Verbal Reasoning/ Non Verbal Reasoning
Essay Writing skills
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I attended Benenden School to study for my GCSEs (10 A* grades) followed by Sevenoaks School where I took the IB and attained 44 points out of 45 in English, Latin, History, Maths, Biology & Art. I then went to Cambridge University to read English Language & Literature (High 2.1).
I have worked as a tutor since my final year of university; I see it as a chance for me to offer some of the academic excitement I received at Cambridge.
Alongside my tutoring, I am a freelance arts writer, writing for design and fine-art publications, and I also do some freelance PR for small galleries. I am passionate about Art History and wrote a review and feature for The World of Antiques and Art (to be published in the issue for February-August 2013) as well as news and features for Design Week (October '12 – Ongoing). I have had experience/internships at The Sunday Times and Tatler as well as other lifestyle and travel magazines. Having worked in the art world, I have a strong knowledge of contemporary art practices, and have taught some classes in Art History and Theory.
- How much do you charge?
I usually charge £40 per hour
My final rate depends on the subject, level and location of assignment
I do not charge travel expenses if the student is a reasonable distance from my home in Fulham
I charge £15 per hour for any additional students sharing a session
- Where do you teach?
I tutor both at my own home and at the tutor's home. I live in Fulham but I can travel to other areas in London. I currently have tutees in Kensington, Knightsbridge, Shepherds Bush, Hammersmith, Chelsea, Clapham and Battersea.
- When are you available?
I tutor throughout the week as well as weekends. My timetable is quite flexible since my only focus is tutoring and freelance writing.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
7+, 8+, 11+, 13+, GCSE, iGCSE, A Level, IB, Degree
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
- Preparation for 7+, 8+, 11+, 13+ entrance examinations
- GCSE and A Level exams
- International Baccalaureate (IB) exams
- Preparing students for a new curriculum
- Oxbridge entrance
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I always prefer to teach in person when possible. However, I have taught online via skype previously in order to continue tutoring students who are based outside of London elsewhere in the UK or overseas.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
My style of tutoring is sociable and discursive, allowing my students to develop their personal interests and skills whilst maintaining a rigorous attitude to the task in hand. In all my classes, I aim to engage my students in the point of what they are being told to learn - how it relates to their own lives and preoccupations. In our current exams system the raison d'Ãªtre of the syllabus is often hurried over in favour of a blinkered march towards exam term. Tutoring is a chance to escape such prescriptiveness.
My classes take the structure of an informal conversation, asking and answering questions to develop the student's ideas to their full potential. When tutoring English in particular, I focus on self-expression as a means to capture a way of writing articulately and effectively, whilst at the same time increasing confidence. For students that respond well, I sometimes work on developing short stories, or writing a 5 minute screenplay.
I encourage my students to read widely, and often provide them with extracts from books, magazines and newspapers tailored to their particular interest. I am particularly keen on enhancing essay-writing skills, which I feel are indicative of the way a student manages their thought processes, whether in writing, revision, or prioritising general tasks. I work via email with several of my students, marking essays and making suggestions.
- What kind of experience do you have?
Since graduation, I have taken on a number of tutees and supported them in a wide range of subjects. I mainly teach English to any level, Maths and Sciences up to GCSE level and Art History at AS and A Level. I also specialise in teaching essay-writing skills and interview technique, particularly for Common Entrance exam and Oxbridge preparation. I have successfully guided numerous 11+ and 13+ candidates towards a range of top British schools including: Eton, Westminster, Kings Wimbledon and Latymer. Whilst I studied the IB, I am also well versed in the GCSE and A Level syllabi, both of which I have taught with superb results.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
- Tell me about some of your current students.
Tutoring three students for 11+, English, Maths, non-verbal and verbal reasoning (September '11 – January '12)
Tutoring two students for 13+ entry, all subjects (September '11 – January '12)
Tutoring for iGCSE English (November '12 – January 2013)
Tutoring a student at a sixth form college for AS level English Coursework (September '12 - Ongoing)
Tutoring a student of St Paul's Girls for A-Level English and application to Oxbridge (July '12 – Ongoing)
Tutoring a student of Westminster School for A-Level English and application to Oxbridge and American universities (July '12 – Ongoing)
Tutoring a student of the Grey Coat Hospital for interview technique at sixth form entry (October '12 – Ongoing)
Tutoring a former student of Westminster School for Oxbridge interview technique (September '12 - Ongoing)
Tutoring a student at Richmond University for English writing skills and current affairs (September '12 - Ongoing)
Tutoring two students at St Mary Magdalene Academy for IB Higher English (January – May '12)
Tutoring a student of The Perse School, Cambridge, for A-Level English (April-June '11)
â€œMatilda taught my two daughters, one for 11+ entry to Latymer and one for Art History A-Level at Westminster School. She was a huge help, and my daughters very much enjoyed their lessons with her. My elder daughter benefitted particularly from Matilda's guidance in essay structuring skills and revision techniques.â€
- Mrs Rowan, Wimbledon
â€œMatilda helped my daughter Grace with her interview technique for sixth-form entry. The classes covered different styles of interview, and discussed ways of turning the questions to her own advantage. Grace really enjoyed her sessions with Matilda, which allowed her to speak articulately about her interests and gain confidence in her own ability.â€œ
- Allyson Stewart-Allen
• BA Honours English Language and Literature (2.1) - Cambridge University
• Full time Tutor and Freelance Arts Writer
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