11 Plus (English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning)
13 Plus (English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning)
English (KS3, GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR, IGCSE, A Level AQA, A Level Edexcel, A Level OCR, IB Standard Level and IB Higher Level)
Isabel has worked with children aiming to attend the following schools:
Isabel has also worked with children preparing to sit the Wandsworth Test.
A graduate of Cambridge University, Isabel has been a full-time professional tutor since 2016. She has taught pupils of all abilities with a diverse range of educational needs, inspiring them to fulfil their potential and to achieve excellent results at 11+, 13+, GCSE, A-Level and IB.
Isabel completed her PGCE at Roehampton University’s prestigious teacher training faculty. During her teaching career, she worked at two Ofsted rated outstanding London schools, teaching English Literature and English Language at KS3, GCSE and A-Level. Consistently judged as an outstanding teacher, Isabel was asked to open her classroom to colleagues and parents to showcase innovative teaching.
Isabel is passionate about keeping up to date with new developments in learning. That is why she was one of the first teachers to train at King's College London in the Let's Think in English programme. This new style of teaching helps students to develop the reasoning skills that are so important for enjoying English and for succeeding in the new GCSE and A-Level exams.
Isabel finds it especially rewarding to work with students one-to-one, focusing on their needs and designing exciting and inspiring lessons. She believes that young people succeed when their learning goals are not abstract or dictated by someone else but are personally meaningful. She takes time to really get to know her students so she can put their learning into this context.
Isabel also believes that students learn best when they can see the real-world application of their knowledge and skills and when they are encouraged to aspire to the highest standards. This is why her own education and professional background is such an asset to her as a tutor. Before training to teach, Isabel worked in the media for six years as a copywriter and communications officer. She can show students how their English studies can empower them to enter this fast paced world, and she knows exactly what it takes to succeed.
When she's not teaching, Isabel loves challenging herself at the climbing wall. She is also a passionate reader and writer and tends to have about six books on the go simultaneously!
Isabel qualified to teach English in 2013, and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Roehampton University.
|University Name||Name of degree||Year of graduation|
|University of Cambridge||BA (Hons) English||2006|
"Isabel started tutoring Andre at the end of His IGCSE where we were looking at an F for language and literature. With little time to catch up and a view on IB English A Isabel gave Andre tools that allowed him to achieve a C in the language IGCSE paper. Over the past two years with all the challenges that we faced Isabel managed to keep Andre with a positive attitude towards English. He is now able to construct a structured answer and analyse texts. I cannot be more thankful for Isabel’s efforts and she has now taken on board another challenge in our family taking my youngest as her student! "
Tuesday, 29th June 2021
Parent of IGCSE and IB English student
"Isabel was an excellent guide for our daughter in her 11+ preparations. More than the whole preparation aspect, what I was really thankful for was she helped our daughter build a strong foundation in the English language which I believe will go a long way, especially in her secondary education. Also, as our daughter was naturally very creative, she was able to channelise that skill by giving it more structure and format. I was just amazed and blown away by some of our daughter's recent creative writing pieces. Isabel's guidance definitely made that difference. She also taught our daughter the art of precision which was handy in her comprehension exercises. Most importantly, she made the whole process fun and engaging and our daughter loved her classes with Isabel. She worked with our daughter for over a year and at the end of this engagement, I can confidently say that our daughter has a strong hold and a genuine love for the language. Our daughter made it to many top schools in London including CLSG and Godolphin & Latymer that we are having a tough time choosing. Overall, we really appreciate her efforts and are thankful to Isabel especially as we are not native English speakers. "
Tuesday, 16th February 2021
Mother of 11 Plus student, London
"Isabel has been an excellent tutor for our daughter. She is very reliable and professional and has a kind supportive manner. She has an enthusiasm for literature which encouraged our daughter immensely to develop her own interest and understanding. She was always positive and sensitive but at the same time encouraged study to a higher level. Her feedback to parents is very helpful. We would definitely recommend her."
Monday, 20th April 2020
Parent of 13+ English student
Schools are keen to emphasize the importance of wide and ambitious reading for students sitting the 11+. If you are unsure what constitutes ambitious reading for this age group, here are some of the best books for 10-year-olds, along with suggestions for what to read next.
Isabel March 2020
Schools are keen to emphasize the importance of wide and ambitious reading for students sitting the 13+. If you are unsure what constitutes ambitious reading for this age group, here are some of the best books for 12-year-olds, along with suggestions for what to read next.
Isabel January 2020
You do not have to compromise on inspirational teaching and learning when you teach online. Here are two ideas, one focused on reading skills and the other on writing, to make technology an asset and not an obstacle to learning English.
Isabel January 2020
Isabel is available for online tuition to students anywhere in the world. Find out more about online tuition.
Isabel, like all of our tutors, is a qualified teacher and has been interviewed by us personally. All of our tutors have at least two years of classroom teaching experience and come with fantastic references and criminal records checks.