Lily Burnand - Private Tutor in North London

Lily Burnand Private Tutor in North London

I've been tutoring and working with children part time since I finished school in 2014, and have graduated from Oxford University, where I studied English literature. Before that, I took IB at Wellington College, in which I scored 43 out of a possible 45 points. I've tutored in London, Oxford and Hong Kong, worked as a nanny, and set up and continue to run a school sponsorship program in Nepal, which provides disadvantaged children with the opportunity to be educated in Kathmandu. For me, one of the most rewarding aspects of tutoring is helping students gain confidence in something they thought they would never understand, or felt they weren't good at, turning a daunting task into something enjoyable. I've worked with children who range from 3 to 23 years old, but have most experience with Common Entrance at 11+ and 13+. The breath of the IB course means that I'm able to teach a range of subjects to a high standard, and have great experience balancing academic work with other areas of life, as well as finding important overlaps between diverse subjects and interests.

Subjects I Teach

My Education & Qualifications

  • University College London, 20192020
    Psychological Sciences (MSci): ongoing
  • University of Oxford, 20152018
    English Language and Literature (BA): 2.1
  • School: Wellington College
    IB Higher level: English (7), French (6), Philosophy (7) Standard Level: Maths (7), Physics (6), History of Art (7)

My Tutoring & Teaching Experience

Private Tutoring, Hong Kong, 2015
In Hong Kong, I tutored children whose ages ranged from 8-12, in small groups as well as one-on-one. I tutored in English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, French, History, all at or below common entrance level. This job also included spending time with the children outside of work hours to build a relationship and demonstrate that academic work doesn’t have to come at the cost of leisure time.

Nanny and tutor, London 2015
I worked for a family for 6 months as a nanny for their 12 year old son, cooking, organising after-school clubs, and helping with set homework, other academic work, and applying to some of the top secondary schools in England. As I was often his only companion after school, it was also crucial that I was able to offer emotional support, and spend time with him in a relaxed and friendly way that encouraged development in all areas of his life.

Private Tutoring, Oxford 2016-2018
With this agency, I have been given a number of one-on-one tutees, between the ages of 10 and 14. The jobs I have been assigned varied from ‘Revision buddy days’ and homework sessions, to exam preparation and school applications. I've also been asked to travel with some clients and work as a live-in tutor and nanny. I've covered all subjects (including Latin and Greek, and specific tests such as verbal and non-verbal reasoning) up to GCSE level.

My Approach to Tutoring

I find that the most important feature of tutoring is the ability to adapt to the specific needs of the child. The range of children and young people I've worked with has proved to me that no child is incapable of learning and understanding something, as long as they are given the right environment, and I strongly believe that a personal tutor can provide that. Getting to spending time with the student individually means I can get to know their unique personality and learning strategies, and use that to turn exam content, application processes, or classroom goals into something familiar and approachable. I also aim to engage as much as possible with the natural interests of child, and seek diverse and inspiring methods of teaching - a freedom that tutoring can indulge much more effectively than a school teacher.

Fun Facts About Me

Though I've always lived in London, I take any opportunity I can to be outdoors or go travelling. I have spent time hiking in Asia and Europe, skiing in the Alps, and exploring North and South America. Other than tutoring, my main occupation is working as the UK project co-ordinator for a Nepal-based charity that manages various projects including building high-altitude greenhouses in the Himalayas, a knitting business for women from mountain villages, and sponsorship for mountain children to go to school. While at home, I spend much of my time cooking, and pursuing other interests such as writing, photography, knitting, visiting art exhibitions, and my ultimate passion – reading. Coming from a large and busy family, and with experience teaching children of a range of ages, I find it easy to adapt to the needs and interests of the individual and am quick to pick up new games, sports or challenges.

My Client Testimonials

  • CE 11+ and GCSE
    "Lily is a complete delight to have around and has inspired both my children. They look forward to their sessions with her and she has quietly and calmly worked with them both to really help and support them in doing their best academically"
  • English CE 11+
    "[My son] did brilliantly in his exams and got offers from all the schools that we applied to. We are so pleased, thanks so much for your fantastic coaching."
  • Essay writing
    "Your tutor, Lily Burnand was first class (according to our son). Her sessions with him were clear, well organised and extremely helpful and Lily felt that his essay writing skills (having not written one since leaving Radley 5 years ago) improved a great deal. From what I understand from [my son], she certainly went the extra mile! "
  • English 13+
    "[The student] is doing really well and not as shy as back in September. He tells me he enjoys your English lessons. I hear [him] always laughing and smiling during your lessons. Thank you for your guidance and encouragement! "
  • CE 13+ During Lockdown
    "[My daughter] did really well on her school related exams / tests / assessments earlier in the year and was offered places at all three of the schools to which she applied. [...] Thank you again for your help, it was impetus [she] needed to take things a bit more seriously, and since the beginning of the year, she's done really well."

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