What people say about English Elephant Tuition

Diana, Parent

Kim is an excellent teacher. She has made such a difference to our son’s understanding of the iGCSE English Language syllabus and his confidence in the subject has really grown with her help.

The analysis videos that she has made for each text are extremely detailed and Kim’s online lessons guide the students through the course, thoroughly preparing them for the exams.

We are so pleased to have found Kim and I whole-heartedly recommend her tutoring to anyone who needs support with this subject.

Rinku, Parent

Kim started tutoring my son towards the end of Year 12. He was struggling to even hit Cs.

Kim created a tailored structure for him, and went through each text in such depth and detail. He started becoming more & more able to deal with the rigours of English Lit A level.

Kim was amazing in every which way: she cajoled, inspired and instilled confidence in him, making him believe that he could achieve and, guess what, he did.

He’s just had his A-level results A*, he was achieving D & E before Kim started tutoring him.

She’s been beyond amazing.

I literally cannot say enough about her, or even praise her. Nothing I can say will ever do justice to what she has done for my son. She simply has turned him around. I can not recommend her enough. I just wish I had more children that she could tutor!!!!

Cheryl, Parent

Kim is an approachable, endearing and passionate English teacher, who delivers relaxed and informal small group classes:including the KS3 Home Ed group – which my daughter joined at the beginning of 2019.

My daughter’s course began with “Speeches to change the world” and I loved how this inspired her to research and write passionately about interesting topics: single-use plastics, healthy eating, added sugars, gaming, alcohol, black rights, etc. The class also analysed the speeches of Martin Luther King and Greta Thunberg.

The next term’s theme – “Shakespeare and Comedy” – went on to develop her understanding of the plots, characters and language used in the plays “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Much Ado About Nothing”, and then how these relate to modern RomCom films: “27 Dresses”, “Love Actually”, “Bridget Jones’ Diary”, etc.

Currently, the class is studying “The Hunger Games” book and exploring how the author uses language to set the scenes, portray the characters and form the plot; thus developing their own creative writing skills.

Not only have I noticed a huge improvement in the quality of my daughter’s writing, but also in her understanding of the world and general maturity. She looks forward to her weekly online lesson and also puts in a lot of effort when studying independently on the (optional) homework assignments.

I love the high-level of communication that Kim creates with both her students and their parents.

She offers positive and constructive feedback on submissions, as well as continuing to ensure that each child is placed in the most appropriate class.

I can whole-heartedly recommend English Elephant and expect to be continuing with this provider for English Language and Literature iGCSEs.

Thank you Kim!

Jo, Parent

My son started Year 10 worried that the amount of exams feeling his English GCSEs were overwhelming & impossible, yet by the end of the two years moved up 2 grades in both English Literature and Language. Kim’s a knowledgeable and experienced teacher.

She has an excellent understanding of the grade boundaries and each piece of work is assessed against these to track progress and focus on weaker areas. From the outset she found a way to connect with him to give practical techniques to improve his skills. Kim has a wealth of up to date revision aids that my child felt was fun and helpful thanks to its manageability and concise combination of key points to remember, analysis of language, form, structure. My son truly felt that such revision was vital to his successes since Kim broke the work down into sizeable chunks that allowed him to progress smoothly.

Naz, Parent

Kim has definitely had an impact on my son’s learning.

He looks forward to the classes, which are engaging and thought-provoking.

I have seen an incredible progression in his writing and analytical skills. I can’t reccomend her enough! Thanks, Kim!

Laura, Parent

I thought I would give Kim’s lesson a try with my son who I newly deregistered from school and all I can say is ‘wow’. She really interacts with the kids, and the work my son is now producing shows how much he enjoys the lessons.

I couldn’t recommend Kim enough; it is the best decision I ever made.

Sarah, Parent

Both my son and daughter love Kim’s classes and look forward to them each week.

They’ve both claimed that English is their favourite out of all of them, and I’m really happy with their progress. Kim’s feedback and communication is prompt, clear and professional. I’ve recommended her many times and will continue to do so.

Martina, Parent

Kim is an amazing teacher.

She engages the children and knows exactly where they are and what they need. I can’t recommend her enough, she has been amazing with both of my children. My kids are excited to attend her classes and have grown in confidence

Sabrina, Parent

Our daughter is currently doing the KS3 online classes with Kim.

Kim is a fantastic teacher, our daughter finds the lessons engaging and is thoroughly enjoying them.

We would highly recommend Kim and we have signed up to the next block of lessons with her.

Chloe, Parent

I have found Kim to be an exceptional tutor – caring and positive, always available for help and advice.

She is a encouraging but never pushy. My daughter suffers with anxiety and often struggles to get involved with discussions or answer questions – Kim allows her to go at her own pace. Homework is always marked quickly and with great feedback, but she doesn’t complain if not completed on time, or at all! (which is very helpful for us as it reduces stress). Kim ‘checks in’ regularly to see how things are going and seems to genuinely care. She clearly has a great knowledge in English Language and Literature and supports home education. I would absolutely recommend her as a tutor.

Kirsten, Parent

My daughter is doing Kim’s KS3 course.

She has never been particularly interested in English but she’s really enjoying it now!

Her confidence has massively improved in the last half term and she genuinely loves the lessons. The read along videos that Kim makes to accompany the lessons are really helpful, and the classes are friendly and fun.

Rebecca, Parent

Kim tutored my son Charlie for a few months before his GCSE. She was amazing .

Charlie’s target from school was a 3! Charlie got a 5, and that was because of Kim.

What she did in a few months was amazing. My only regret was not finding out about Kim earlier. Thank you, Kim. Xx

Alison, Parent

Kim is an amazing tutor who helped my daughter achieve what she needed to get those vital GCSE results. She gave her the encouragement that she needed & the help to make her feel she could do it & pass with flying colours. I totally recommend her as she is amazing !

Thanks to Kim my daughter passed with amazing grades, way more than she was predicted at school !

Thank you Kim we really do appreciate it x

Fiona, Parent

Kim is an exceptional tutor and highly recommended.

Our daughter started having fortnightly lessons with Kim at the beginning of Year 11. GCSE exams were fast approaching and and she was achieving 4’s and 5’s in school tests, not the minimum Grade 6 required to pursue her dream of a career in medicine. She had lost subject confidence and didn’t believe she had the ability to do well in either English Language or Literature. In a relatively short time Kim completely turned this around. Kim seeks to understand what motivates (or otherwise) the student and how they learn best, and tailors her lessons to the specific needs of the student. This together with an impressive arsenal of tools and techniques to draw upon makes Kim an exceptional tutor who is able to unlock the students true potential.

The proof they say is in the pudding, and in this case the pudding tasted very sweet indeed. Our daughter was absolutely delighted to have achieved a GSCE Grade 7 in English Language and an astounding Grade 9 in English Literature. Most importantly, not only did she achieve fantastic GCSE results but she now truly believes in her own ability

Thank you, Kim!

Clive, Parent

My son started English tuition sessions with Kim part way through Year 10. English has always been his weakest subject and consequently he lacks passion and enthusiasm for it. From his very first session I was completely blown away by Kim. She took time to understand what motivates my son, what interests him, what his likes and dislikes are. Kim does not use the typical one teaching approach fits all; all of her lessons are bespoke and tailored to the student. It very quickly became clear that tuition with Kim was certainly money well spent.

My son’s confidence increased and his work quickly improved. He got moved into a higher set at school and feedback from his English teacher was very positive. Kim is an amazing tutor and so patient.

My son actually looked forward to his weekly tuition sessions with her and, whilst he’s not sad that he’s sat his last GCSE English exam, he was sad to have had his last session with her this week.

Tina, Parent

Kim has been amazing.

English has always been my daughters weak point but after having her lessons with Kim she is so much more confident & has learnt so much.

I would 100% recommend Kim as a tutor. Not only is she a great tutor but a lovely person too.

Abby, Parent

Kim is an excellent tutor.

Since attending sessions with Kim my son has grown in confidence and has begun to take pride in his work.

Kim has a relevant and current approach providing a bespoke service for the needs of my son. Feedback is clear and consistent. I highly recommend him and can’t thank her enough.

Gary, Parent

I can’t recommend Kim enough. My son is dyslexic and has Asperger’s, and as a result struggles with English. Although he’s has only been having the tuition for few months, I’ve seen a lot of progress already. Kim puts a great deal of time and effort into preparing for the sessions, tailoring them to my son’s specific needs and interests, making them both informative and enjoyable.

The feedback and updates I receive following the sessions is excellent, and most importantly, my son enjoys the sessions and thinks they help him a great deal.

Both myself and my son highly recommend Kim.

Mrs S Mabbett, Parent and Associate Assistant Headteacher:

I have worked with Kim in a professional capacity for over a decade, and employ her as an 11 plus tutor for my child.  As a colleague, I witnessed first-hand her innovative and engaging lessons.  In her role as a line manager, she was personable, knowledgeable and inspirational. As a classroom teacher, she showed dedication, conscientiousness, passion and was professional at all times.  My child finds her to be patient and an excellent communicator, enabling her to make progress with ease. 

Overall, Kim is highly experienced, highly effective, highly reliable and committed to ensuring the best outcomes for her students.

Mrs P Harris, Assistant Headteacher:

Kim is a true professional who puts the interest of her students first. She is an inspirational teacher whose high standards ensure that every student she teaches makes transformational progress. Her dedication, commitment and knowledge are second to none. Have no doubt that your child’s English education will be in safe hands if you are lucky enough to secure Kim as your child’s private tutor.

Mr V Green, Headteacher:

Kim is an outstanding practitioner who has achieved great outcomes with students at A level, GCSE and in other year groups during her 14 years working at our academy. She has been a well respected member of staff by peers within the English Department and across the school.

Kim is meticulous in her planning, preparation, delivery and assessment of English and has helped many fine teachers new to the profession.

Students enjoy learning in her lessons.

Joshua, student:

I have had Kim as a one-to-one teacher for a little over a year now. During this period, she has taught me amounts of information and skills that I had not previously imagined I was capable of. While she teaches the content that is necessary, Kim also places high importance on providing her students with the essential skills that they will more than likely later require to decipher texts by themselves rather than being reliant on recalling notes from memory.

Kim’s teaching is of an excellent standard, but so is the relationship she builds with her students.

She maintains a very professional image while still building a strong rapport with her students, ensuring they are aware of their capabilities and the clear steps they need to follow in order to achieve their best. In this respect, Kim centres her lessons very much on adapting to the needs of her individual students – both their strengths and weaknesses.

Amelia, student:

Kim is an amazing teacher. At the beginning of Year 11, I was so unconfident and felt as though there was no hope for me. Throughout the year, she would do research on how young people learn best, and she would work with us to see which technique was best for each student. She gave up her own lunch breaks to work with the class.

She really cares for each and every one of her students.

Kim has perfectly mastered the ratio of discipline and friendliness. I looked forward to every lesson because she made everyone in the class feel comfortable. Without Kim, there is no way I would have walked out of my exam smiling. She is a caring, smart and talented teacher. My analysis skills were awful, and within 7 months they improved. She worked with me and never gave up on me. I’m so grateful to have had her.

Dana, student:

Thank you so much for teaching me over the last two years.

You have helped me to find a love for literature that I never really knew that I had; now, I’m going to study it at college and I’m so excited.

All of this is because of how much you’ve inspired me, and I’m so grateful that I had you as my tutor!

L. Hadlington, teacher and colleague:

Having worked with Kim for nearly six years, I can say that she is a fantastic teacher; she has helped me develop my own teaching since being my mentor and through subsequent years.  She is a dedicated, patient and creative teacher, who helps students in her own time as well as in lessons. The approaches she uses with learners are engaging and varied; she is always producing new ways to approach a topic and helping shape other members of staff with the support she gives to them. I have used many of the resources she has produced over the years and the ones displayed on the site; I have seen the progress of both my students and myself increase.

Her time as an examiner has been valuable to staff and students and this has been used to further help our students across Key Stages.

Vicky, student:

Kim is extremely supportive and a very understanding tutor; she is an expert in her subject. She has a strong passion for English and will provide you with appropriate tuition methods for your needs. Her tuition is always beneficial and filled with meaningful content. She ensures that you are receiving the best quality tuition possible, guaranteeing you the best possible grades.

As well as her exceptional lessons, her kind, friendly nature will make you feel comfortable and at ease.

H. Henderson, teacher, colleague and ex-student:

Kim is a diligent, dedicated and meticulous teacher. I have known Kim as both a student and a professional and her qualities are numerous. Her subject knowledge is second to none, and her strive for perfection is infectious. As her former student, I can definitely say that she had an incredible influence on my education and helped mould me into the person I am today. She is a wonderful person who has an amiable personality. She is trustworthy and uses many different methods to engage her students. These methods are exciting and they allow students to make rapid progress towards their potential.

She is a fantastic educator and makes a huge difference to the students she works with.

Madison, student:

Kim is a brilliant tutor. She is dedicated to her job and shares her passion for literature. She does her best to make literature interesting for students and she is well educated within her field.

Kim is everything you could want in an English Literature tutor.

Mr and Mrs Hadley, parents:

We would just like to say a big thank you to you for teaching our daughter English last year. She talks about you all the time and, through her, it is clear to see that you are a very dedicated teacher, as well as an excellent one. Our daughter didn’t have a good start at school and it’s taken most of her school life to build her confidence up and to believe in herself.

We, as her parents, know that you have made a bigger impact on her than any other teacher she’s ever had, and so, we are very grateful to you.

Thank you so much.