I am an 11+, 13+ and ISEB Pre Test specialist in English and Maths. An Oxford graduate, I'm an experienced teacher in my early 40s. My appproach is based on connecting to tutees as people. We focus clearly on comprehension methodology, so that it becomes second nature to a student, allowing them to actively work out how to get the higher marks. I also explore planning for writing, but in a way that unlocks a child's creativity.
My rate includes all the material you will need for 11+ Maths and English. I have a bank of bespoke material designed for this. I've taught English and Maths at a top London prep school (St Philip's; rated outstanding) for three years. Six of my pupils gained entry to City of London Boys this year, following my training. I've also successfully prepped children for entry to KCS Wimbledon, Eton, Westminster, Haberdashers, QE Grammar, and Henrietta Barnett.
My first lesson is all about learning what skills the student needs to practise. We will usually read a passage - then I ask questions about how the student will find the right info. Where are they looking? Why? What's the key word? Have they read before and after the key word? Have they looked back at the question? We deconstruct carefully their written answer and compare it to the question. I instill independent thinking in my student's so they can analyse themselves whether or not they have put down the right details on multi mark questions.
At 11+ and 13+ I very much respond to the child's way of working to quickly get to the root of any problems. I get them to understand the fundamentals of a mathematic or English principle, before giving them rigorous practice. At GCSE and A level i get into the nuts and bolts of essay structure, analysis of imagery, themes, and techniques. I break things down in every day language and then link this to the mature techniques required.
I have a first in English from Bristol, a Masters from Oxford in Politics, and I am a PhD candidate in English at Royal Holloway.
I am fun and naturally funny, tap into a student's natural interests, and train them rigourously in the ways of 11+ and 13+. I have bespoke material. There is no need for you to supply papers!
I absolutely love what I do. Previously, I was a BBC & Channel Four television producer, and then a specialist on the political economy of India.
English & Maths Teacher, St Philip's School, Kensington (Sept 2016 - July 2019)
I teach Year 5 and Year 6 at a prep school rated 'Outstanding', regularly shepherding at least five boys a year into the best academic schools, including Westminster, Eton, Harrow, KCS Wimbledon, City of London.
Kids can tell I love my subjects and I transmit that enthusiasm to them; I make up questions in maths that are linked to their interests.
I teach across the ability range, using a range of approaches that encourages the best in students. I have also successfully taught a number of SEN students.
At school, I set up the 'Pretest club' to help students with BOFA, and Keystone online testing. I also use magic whiteboards, touch screens, as well as paper and pen.
As a private tutor - my 11+ and 13+ pupils have gained entry to UCS Hampstead, QE Boys, Merchant Taylor's and Highgate (2016 - 2019).
11+ Teacher, Bright Young Things tutoring centre, Harrow (2015/16)
I was in charge of teaching the 11+ prep courses in Maths, English and Reasoning. Ten of my students gained entry to Haberdashers' Aske's, Henrietta Barnett, QE Boys Grammar and North London Collegiate.
Here are just a few responses from happy parents....
"Nikita got offers from Haberdasher's and Henrietta Barnett after being taught by Nigel at BYT...She plumped for Habs! She found Nigel's comprehension and writing prep very useful, which ensured she was able to get the higher marks. Nigel really helped in explaining word problems and quicker methods in the Maths..." Mrs Bhardwaj, Harrow
"Derin applied to Habs and Henrietta Barnett.She found the comprehension exercises covered by Nigel at BYT helped her structure her answers well in Henrietta Barnett's tougher comprehension tests. Derin thoroughly enjoyed the Year 6 extension course and found Nigel's Maths and English teaching rigorous and fun." Mrs Butler, Harrow
"Avanti applied to North London Collegiate and Haberdasher's and got in with flying colours! Nigel's teaching at BYT boosted her confidence across Reasoning, English and Maths and she felt very well prepared." Mrs Chilkoti, Harrow
I've also helped transform student performance at GCSE and A level.
UCS Hampstead student in year 9 (2018/19): his end of year exam results in poetry were boosted from a C/D to a high B.
English (WJEC) 2015
My student went from a D grade to an A under my supervision.
Politics (OCR) 2015/16
My student went from a U grade to an A under my supervision.
Primary education London
St Philip’s School, Kensington Sept. 2016 – present
o English teacher – year 5 and 6
o Independent preparatory school for boys, rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2018.
o Teaching mixed ability English classes with an average class size of 20.
o Preparing children for 11+ and pre-test entry to KCS Wimbledon etc.
o Mathematics teacher – year 5
o Daily mathematics classes for a class of around 20 students, and in sets of 10.
Bright Young Things, Harrow Sept. 2015 – Sept. 2016
o Tutor, 11+ tutoring centre
o Daily mixed ability coeducational classes in English, Maths and Reasoning.
o Separate classes for years 4, 5 and 6 (with up to 18 students in each).
o Successfully preparing boys and girls for entry to Haberdashers' Aske's, Henrietta Barnett, and Queen Elizabeth (QE) Boys Grammar.
Dania School, Islington April 2015 − November 2015
o Teacher of English and maths
o Responsible for teaching mixed ability Key Stage 1 and 2 students, aged 5 to 8.
o Dania is a bilingual Danish/English school.
Houndsfield Primary, Edmonton Green Feb. 2015 – July 2015
o Teacher year 6 English and literacy: responsible for three classes of six pupils.
o Preparing students for SATs tests, teaching across KS2 levels 3 – 6.
Private tutoring London
11+ / 13+
Tutor: August 2014 – present
o Successfully preparing students for 11+ tests at schools including City of London, Highgate, Haberdashers’, Merchant Taylor’s, Mill Hill and QE Boys.
o Successfully preparing a boy for 13+ entry at Merchant Taylor's. March 2015 – Aug 2016
English AS (WJEC) Feb. 2015 − June 2015
o I helped my student improve from a D grade in her mock to gaining an A in her exam.
o Teaching set texts including Pride and Prejudice, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath.
Politics & Government AS (OCR). October 2015 – June 2016
o Teaching the AS syllabus, and essay planning, to a King's Chester pupil.
o My student gained an A (having previously gained an E in Year 12).
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