Lily Edwards - Private Tutor in South West London
I am a graduate of Durham University, where I completed a BA in English and Philosophy. Although I went to university in the UK, I grew up in New York, and completed all of my schooling in America. I attended one of the top boarding schools in the country, Groton School, on an academic scholarship. I took the SAT and AP exams, earning some of the highest scores in my class for both. I have been tutoring since the age of 15, as part of a tutoring program at Groton. I continued at university for English and Philosophy students, and post-graduation, here in London. Having attended both US and UK education systems, I understand and can work with both curriculums, especially with school and university entrance exams and processes.
Subjects I Teach
My Education & Qualifications
Durham University , 2015 – 2018
English and Philosophy (BA): 2:1
School: Groton School
Attended from 2012-2015 on academic scholarship; Scored 97th percentile on SSAT entrance exam; SAT: 2340/2400; AP: English Literature 5/5, English Language 5/5, US History 5/5, Music Theory 4/5, Calculus AB 4/5; SAT 2: English 790/800, Math 2 750/800
My Tutoring & Teaching Experience
I started tutoring when I was 15 at Groton, going after classes to help students at a local secondary school with English, Maths, and Music. I was part of this program for three years. At Durham, I was selected by my college as a Fresher Representative, helping first year students settle into university life. As part of this position, I tutored first year English and Philosophy students in writing and editing essays at university level. I have been working with Wentworth Tutors since moving to London after graduation. I have helped many students taking ISEE and SSAT exams improve their percentile scores to the 90s. I have also worked with many students on essay writing, English literature skills, and maths up to GCSE level. It is a joy to teach with Wentworth and continue to help students achieve their goals.
My Approach to Tutoring
The wonderful thing about one on one tutoring, is the freedom to tailor each session to a particular student and their unique ways of learning and understanding. The best way of doing this, I believe, is establishing a relationship between myself and the student, maintaining an open dialogue, so I can truly understand who they are and teach them in the best way I can.
Increasing confidence is also one of my central aims. To do this, again I encourage discussion, so students are able to fully talk through and realize their ideas, gaining confidence in their ability to think and find solutions. Through discussion, I am also able to guide them to their own conclusions rather than simply providing answers, allowing them to find confidence in their own knowledge, rather than simply imparting someone else's.
Finally, I hope to make sessions not only helpful, but fun and encouraging, so students end our time together feeling comfortable and excited about learning.
Fun Facts About Me
Throughout my whole life I have been passionate about drama and music. At both school and university, I was constantly involved with productions, at Durham going on to receive the award for Best Individual Onstage in my final year. At Durham, I was also a member of the Durham Revue, the leading sketch comedy troupe at the university. As part of the Revue, I wrote and performed my own material, performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival twice in 2017 and 2018. In addition to drama, I love singing. In high school I was part of the choir, which toured the UK performing at King's College Cambridge, Christ Church Oxford, and St. Paul's Cathedral. I have also trained classically since the age of 13.
Having graduated from university, I now work part time at the Victoria and Albert Museum in their Theatre and Performance Department as a Research Assistant, helping put together an exhibition for 2021.
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