I am a private tutor offering tuition to children from 5 – 18. My past tutoring experience is diverse and ranges from teaching young children to read and write, to building History of Art museum programs for adults. Having worked for art galleries in London, I am passionate about art and have found creative activities are a great tool to unlock the potential of young children (4 – 6), especially when they are learning to read and write. As a trainee psychotherapist with past experience as a support worker to troubled teens, I am also well placed to assist children and adolescents that struggle to stay motivated in school.
Past tutoring work includes:
Tutoring two fourteen year olds English in preparation to transition back into the English education system from the French system. March 2016 – present
Teaching an English child to read and write (aged 6), Monaco, March 2016 – current
Tutoring two Italian children (ages 4 & 6) English and running arts activities, La Turbie, January 2016 – current
Building and delivering a Museum History of Art program in London for a private individual, tailored to the client’s personal interests. London 2014 – 2015.
Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts, Arts Engagement officer for children (ages 4 – 12), Hay on Wye, 2014
Running weekly art clubs at state schools for groups of six children, in south London 2011 – 2012.
Weekly one-to-one tutoring and homework support for a six-year-old boy. Special support with Maths, English, History, Art and Geography. London, 2011 – 2012.
Teaching History of Art to English GCSE school groups in Rome 2009 – 2010.
Family tour guiding – The forum, Vatican and other monuments of art historical significance, Rome 2009 – 2010.
Tutoring English to two Italian girls (aged 7 and 10) for their summer holiday, Tuscany, 2008.
Kenyan orphanage – teaching English, Maths and Geography to 6 – 10 year olds, following an English primary school syllabus. Mombasa, 2007 – 2009.
“Poppy’s empathy, emotional intelligence and resourcefulness when dealing with the many traumatic incidents that our clients presented with, truly set Poppy apart. Poppy is a natural people person and never shy of overcoming any personal nuances to ensure she is readily available to be fully present in every intervention.”
“Poppy’s drive, enthusiasm, determination, curiosity and creativity to explore some of the underlying reasons a client may be finding it difficult to move forward was always paramount in her work.”
Subjects I teach
Reading, Writing and Arts Activities for children 4+
English Language and Literature up to GCSE
French up to GCSE
Drama and Theatre Studies – up to A-Level
History of Art – up to university level
2014 – 2016 Metanoia Institute/University of Middlesex
Core Skills in Therapeutic Competencies
2012 – 2013 Wallace Collection/University of Buckingham
Master of Arts: History of Art (Distinction)
2007 – 2010 John Cabot University
Bachelor of Arts: Art History
Art Writer, University Magazine
2001 – 2006 Cheltenham Ladies’ College
A Levels: History of Art (A), Drama and Theatre Studies (A), Philosophy and Ethics (B)
My Approach to Private Tuition
I have an individualised approach to my clients’ learning, which is carefully tailored to their objectives, interests and the way in which they learn. I encourage my clients to be curious and think around their subject, whilst adhering to the syllabus. It is hard to learn unless the content of your subject is able to engross you, so finding a way to make the subject relevant and exciting to the student is one of my primary objectives as a tutor.
If I am working with small children, I ask questions to ensure that they understand what they are learning, while also making it interesting and fun for them. With young children, I integrate arts into our lessons, as it is an important tool for them to express themselves, while also ensuring that they are engaged.
My video Introduction
I was on TV in the role of a Roman Slave girl to serve Sue Perkins and Giles Coren in an episode of BBC’s The Supersizers Eat… Ancient Rome!