Olivia S

My Passion & How I Inspire

At GCSE and above, I help to link up all the disparate bits of information floating around in the minds of students, so as to structure persuasive essays and give rigour and cohesion to intellectual thought. My approach is to balance content with strategy - making students feel calm and in control, confident of their own ability rather than mine. For 11+ I find helpful ways to remember stories, expand vocabulary and write with fluency. In both cases I take a special interest in the school and universities the student wishes to attend and tailor my approach accordingly.

My Experience

English tuition for 7+, 11+, GCSE, A Level and undergraduates

Interview technique and helping to craft personal statements

Editing and giving feedback on dissertations and manuscripts

Subjects That I Teach

  • ACT
  • ACT - Undergraduate
  • ACT - Personal Statement Preparation
  • Creative Writing
  • Creative Writing - Undergraduate
  • Creative Writing - Personal Statement Preparation
  • English
  • English - Undergraduate
  • English - Personal Statement Preparation

My Qualifications

PhD in Creative Writing commencing October 2020 at King’s College London

Visiting Lecturer in Creative Non-Fiction at King’s College London

Salerno European Book Award

Collyer Bristow Prize for Fiction Finalist

Passa Porta Writer in Residence

Publishing track record includes two novels and an essay collection

Journalism in publications including The New York Times, Financial Times and Guardian

English BA, First Class Honours (Trinity Hall, Cambridge)

Bateman Scholar, Cambridge

E.G. Harwood English Prize, Cambridge

Head Girl, City of London School for Girls

Academic Scholarship, City of London School for Girls

My Reviews

“Olivia came in at the eleventh hour, when everything seemed fairly overwhelming. She got on with our daughter like an older sister, whilst giving her a huge confidence boost and a plan of attack.”

Fun fact

I am obsessed with dogs, especially dachshunds!