I am a professional actor and graduate from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and have been working in the private tuition industry for over seven years. I specialise in English tuition for all ages but I also teach Drama s College London with a 2:1 in my BA (Hons) English Literature Language degree. I went straight to university from Norwich High School for Girls in Norfolk. So I have travelled all the way across England in my pursuit of study! I always wanted to tutor because I knew how I worked for all my GCSEs, A-Levels and my BA, and I was fed up with the media claiming exams were getting easier for kids: teenagers today work super hard, as I did! I love utilising my drama and singing skills to aid students in their learning. I am also on the Directory certified teachers for LAMDA examinations.
2010 - 2012, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, FDA 2 Year Professional Acting
2005 - 2008, Kings College London, BA (Hons) English Language Literature
1998 - 2005, Norwich High School for Girls, A Levels: English Literature (A) Drama Theatre Studies (A) Classics (A), AS Level: History (B), GCSEs: English Literature (A*) History (A*) Classical Civilisation (A*) English Language (A) Design Technology (A) German (A) Science Double Award (AA) Maths (B) Information Technology Short course (A*)
I have been teaching English Literature and Language to A level standard for seven years: I have taught the majority of exam boards including AQA and OCR, and a variety of texts from Miller to Shakespeare, Keats to Steinbeck. I aid my students in structuring their essays, ensuring strong core arguments, whilst also covering linguistic analysis terminology and textual context where necessary. Last year all my students achieved the grade they hoped for, and for 90% of them that meant an A grade.
11+ : I tutored Francesca for two terms in English in preparation for her Latymer Upper School entrance exam -we improved her comprehension but focussed majorly on drawing inferences from texts and creative writing, A shy girl, Francesca found my warm and creative manner very encouraging, leading to her growing confidence in interview technique.
13 + Common Entrance: Francescas mother was so pleased with my work that she asked me to help her elder son Oliver with the English part of his application to Winchester. Oliver found the essay writing and poetry analysis extremely challenging, but aided with my trusted ultimate essay plan and ultimate linguistic analysis list (similes, metaphors etc), we succeeded in boosting his confidence and successfully earning him a place at Winchester.
GCSE English Literature: I was asked to tutor Rohan for an emergency two weeks before his English GCSE exam -s Of Mice and Men, J.B. Priestlys An Inspector Calls, Shakespeares Macbeth and King Lear and the AQA Poetry Anthology. Rohan attained an A* grade, and has enlisted my help for his A Level English (luckily we have more time to prepare this time!).
A Level English Literature: Claire enlisted my help first with her coursework on Cormac McCarthys The Road, and then when she achieved an A grade, she asked for my help with exam technique for Virginia Woolfs Mrs Dalloway and the poetry of Yeats. She went on to achieve a grade A at A Level -I then tutored her in preparation for the QTS exam -she passed and is studying Primary Education at her university of choice.
Classics A Level: achieved A*
Isabella was a very shy yet capable young woman who struggled with the literature side of the Classics course. I encouraged her to enjoy the texts by demystifying them and explaining all the context and key literary terms: this gave Isabella the tools to tackle the whole course.
Classics AS Level: achieved A
Alex was a reluctant Classics student at GCSE but I managed to instil a real joy for the subject - so much so that after achieving an A* at GCSE he went on to take it as an AS Level! I am still teaching Alex today, and we have begun the A level syllabus in earnest. During our lessons I have focussed on essay structuring and course content, especially focussing on the historical side of the syllabus which Alex found most tricky.
Other teaching experience includes:
Dog Kennel Hill Primary School
Teaching Assistant and Special Needs Support
Oct 2008 - July 2010
During the morning session, I worked in a Year One class in this south London school and thrived on aiding the children with their literacy, reading and speaking skills as well as exploring numeracy work.
I led certain lessons including story time and circle time.
I supported key groups of children within the class and was able to use my initiative to plan, deliver and assess their learning in order to encourage progression.
I have vast experience in creating my own resources using ICT, and creating artistic displays to proudly exhibit the childrens work
I directed the infant school Christmas play the past two years.
I have taken courses in Early Literacy Support, encouraging creative and inclusive teaching especially for children with English as an additional language and complex special needs children. I also have training in "Letters and Sounds" Phonics, and "A First Workshop on Autism" .
During the afternoon session, I supported a child in Year Two with Autism. I plan and prepare all his lessons, working towards targets which I and the class teacher have set for him -these include phonics, counting and social skills. I use music as a reward system for the boy, and his singing has greatly improved his speech quality and communication skills.
I have extensive training in Autistic Spectrum Conditions, undertaken with Southwark, covering various aspects including history, sensory integration and behavioural management.
I worked with various children with complex special needs within school, including children with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome and Galactosemia, and have worked closely with speech and language therapists and learning mentors.
I offer one to one support outside of lesson time in the form of music lessons for special needs children
I prepare and provide my own resources and find singing with my students extremely rewarding.
I have also spent time in Key Stage Two classrooms, focussing on aiding older children with their literacy skills: I particularly enjoyed aiding Year Six students in exploring literary themes and using appropriate critical vocabulary when studying childrens literature.
Stage Coach Theatre Arts
Early Years and Drama Teacher
Jan 2009 - July 2010
I worked in the Beckenham Junction branch of Stage Coach: using games and prepared resources, I taught my Early Stages children elementary levels of dance, drama and singing, allowing them to develop their confidence levels both on and off the stage. I have written and directed several productions for the children to perform over the year, showcasing their talents to their proud parents.
I was also the resident drama teacher for the elder children aged six to sixteen. Through games, improvisation and text work, my students were encouraged to enjoy and improve their passion and talent for theatre in an open and safe environment.
Hobbies and Interests
I have graduated from my Masters Degree in Professional Acting from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and am pursuing my career as an actor in London. I am an amateur baker: if you dont find me on the stage you may discover me reading Virginia Woolf eating a cream cake.