Rosalind McAlpine - Private Tutor in Central London
Having recently graduated from Oxford University with a first class degree in Experimental Psychology, and in receipt of a Masters offer from both UCL and Yale, I now tutor students in a range of subjects. My experience of working with children, both academically and extracurricularly, has provided me with a variety of skills suitable for this role. I'm particularly interested in entrance into the UK's top schools and universities. I specialise in tutoring pupils for the 7 plus, 11 plus and Common Entrance. I also mentor students for Oxbridge applications. I thoroughly enjoy tutoring and have experience tutoring hourly, daily and residentially.
Subjects I Teach
My Education & Qualifications
Oxford University, 2014 – 2017
Experimental Psychology (BA): 1st
School: Trinity of John Whitgift
Psychology A*, Biology A*, Philosophy A*, English A
My Tutoring & Teaching Experience
2018-Present - SEN Learning Support Assistant.
I am an SEN Learning Support Assistant at St. Peter’s Eaton Square. I work with a Year 3 pupil with cerebral palsy, who has speech and language difficulties and is in need of 1:1 support in order to successfully continue her academic year. My other duties include general assistance with teaching within Years 3 and 4. I also have experience working with a children who have a variety of Special Educational Needs, including dyslexia, ADHD, autism and global delay.
2015-Present - Residential Tutor.
I have experience tutoring residentially with families, with stays ranging from 2 days to 2 months. I have both been a tutor and a ‘study buddy’ for clients all over world, teaching pupils aged 5-19. My experience on such trips is varied. In some cases I tutored the students for full study days, covering a range of subjects and tailoring tutoring to each individual’s needs. Yet in other cases only half a day of study was required, and I would organise day trips and extra-curricular activities for the remaining day.
2014-Present - National Curriculum (SATs) Tutor.
I currently tutor all primary school subjects to a range of students. I prepare students in the lead up to their National Curriculum assessments including SATs. For students in KS1, I tutor English and Mathematics using the NC framework. For KS2 students I tutor English, Mathematics and Science.
2014-Present - A-Level Tutor.
I currently tutor a variety of A-Level students in Psychology, Biology and Philosophy. Last year all of my Psychology students achieved an A/A* in their A-Level examinations. One of these students failed their AS Level mock examinations in Lower Sixth and after weekly tutoring sessions with me managed to gain an A* in their final examinations. A Philosophy student of mine went from a D to an A in their A-Level examinations. I found similar results for Biology student of mine, who went from a C to an A*.
2013-Present - Entrance Examination Tutor.
I currently tutor a number of students in 7+ entry subjects, including English, Mathematics, Reasoning and Listening tests. I tutor students from the age of 5, and have continued working with these students through to their Common Entrance examinations and beyond. I also tutor a number of students in both 11+ and 13+ examinations. Depending on each student’s specific requirements, I teach a range of Common Entrance specific material covering Mathematics, English, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Sciences and French.
2012-Present - GCSE Tutor.
I currently tutor a variety of students in most GCSE subjects. I have experience with both hourly and daily tutor sessions, covering multiple subjects with individual students.
2010-2011 - Teaching Assistant, Keston Primary School.
I worked as a Teaching Assistant (work experience placement) in a Year 2 class, which, among other things, involved supervising group activities, helping manage class behaviour, and leading classes.
My Approach to Tutoring
My personal teaching philosophy combines academic excellence with cultural appreciation. That is, I not only to teach my students the ‘ins and outs’ of their academic curriculum, but also to go beyond this expectation and aim to incorporate additional artistic and cultural elements to their eduction. I thoroughly enjoy tutoring both hourly, daily and residentially; I love watching my students learn and develop, as well as socialising and building relationships with new families.
Each tutee is different, and I make sure to tailor my tutoring to the specific needs of the individual. With younger children I like to incorporate en element of educational play, as children learn more easily if they are also enjoying the tutorial session. With older students I also create an interesting learning environment, but also believe every student is capable of performing to the best of their ability so I push my students to achieve high grades.
Fun Facts About Me
I used to dive internationally for GB; my best title being British Junior Diving Championships (1st Place) (2010) or GB National Age Group Championships (1st Place) (2009). I also competed nationally and regionally in Artistic Gymnastics. I now coach diving and gymnastics. I focus primarily on dance now, specifically contemporary. I teach on the weekends and have choreographed for a number of companies.
My Client Testimonials
"Rosalind has been tutoring my son in A Level Psychology for the past few months. The sessions are usually a full day, teaching him the material from all three papers, as well as going over exam technique. Rosalind incorporates past papers as well as her own quizzes to mix it up and make sure that the information is being remembered. She also creates and drills essay plans, clarifying any material which he is unsure of. My son started the sessions with little confidence in his ability in psychology, I have always felt he was a reluctant learner, however, Rosalind engaged with him really quickly and there was a vast improvement in his ability to retain new information, as well as enthusiasm for the subject. With Rosalind’s direction and encouragement his confidence has grown, he is able to retain new information and summarise work in his own words. Evidence of his progression has been seen in his mock exam grades - going from D to A/A* (in the topics that Rosalind has done with him). On a personal level, Rosalind is a really lovely person - engaged, friendly, professional and always punctual. We have been so lucky to have her work with our son, she has been such a positive influence on him and he feels so much more prepared for his exams. I would wholeheartedly recommend Rosalind as a tutor or study buddy. Sincerely, Julia Little"
Eleven Plus English, Maths and Reasoning
"Rosalind tutored both our girls for their eleven plus exams in Maths, English, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning. The girls absolutely loved Rosalind and respected her hugely. She inspired them to work hard and achieve the results they wanted. Rosalind tutored them both weekly and also stayed with us for a week over the Summer Holidays and was an absolute delight to have stay. She has wonderful character and is a pleasure to have around. More importantly our girls both got into all their schools thanks to Rosalind's help. I would highly recommend Rosalind as a tutor. Megan Taylor"
Thirteen Plus Maths
"Rosalind tutored Tanya in the lead up to her ISEB 13+ Mathematics Examinations. Rosalind created a detailed revision schedule in which Tanya was able to hit all her targets in time before her exam. Rosalind gave Tanya the confidence she needed to perform well in the examination, and explained material Tanya didn't understand previously. Rosalind was extremely polite and punctual, and Tanya loved having her as a tutor. She created a huge impression on Tanya and we would recommend her as a tutor. "
Eton Entrance Preparation
"Rosalind is tutoring and mentoring our son for his Eton entrance examination and interview. Rosalind is well-informed and Tom respects her hugely. They work together to practise interview style questions and to prepare Tom for pressure environments. They also have worked on the examination, improving Toms memory and reasoning skills as well as Maths and English. Now Rosalind works with Tom to prepare him for his end of term tests and for his upcoming 13+ examinations. Sarah Hagharty "
Seven Plus English and Maths
"We were in England for 2 months during the summer vacation and Rosalind tutored our 6 year old in English and Maths as we are preparing him for the 11+ entrance exams to take later. Our son loved working with Rosalind and was motivated to learn every single day. She really improved his spoken and written English as well as covering a huge amount of additional maths material. We will be using Rosalind again next year when we return to London. "
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