Hello, I’m Joycellyn akuffo – The Managing Director of Geek School Tutoring
I am a journalist with more than a decade’s experience. I have worked on some of the UK’s top women’s magazine titles – from BBC Good Homes to Cosmopolitan and Glamour magazine, as well as the more ‘serious’ business titles…more than 20 titles in all. My media background is very handy when helping children with the creative writing element of the 11 Plus preparation. There’s nothing more satisfying than looking at the amazement on the faces of the children I tutor when I show them how they can bring their words to life – and actually enjoy it.
I’m also a mother of two children, who have both successfully navigated the 11 Plus exams, I understand many of the parents’ concerns. I’ve been tutoring children for the 11 Plus (including mine) for the best part of eight years, and I know how to get the best out of them so they can start to shine – in time for those exams!
11 Plus Preparation: 10 Years Of Success!
Journalists have a way with words – we love to play with words, so a good understanding of English is required. Yes, other tutors can help children prepare for the 11 Plus, but these days, the competition is so stiff, and for every place at any school, five to 10 children are competing for each, so children need their writing to sparkle when they take an 11 Plus test.
We all know that children like to have fun. What better way to make what is, essentially, complex subjects like English, maths, and verbal and non-verbal reasoning (if they are preparing for grammar tests of the 11 Plus) enjoyable for children to learn? I don’t believe in engineering robots when preparing children for the 11 Plus – they need to be able to think and problem-solve from now, right to the end of their educational journey, so the foundation needs to be a good one.
An appreciation of nouns, adjectives, synonyms, and other clauses in the English language is just one part of the 11 Plus exam that children take. Another is delving into a story and blitzing through comprehension without the tears and confusion. All of this is achievable with an 11 Plus tutor who can break the subject matter down in an enjoyable and digestible way.
Then there’s the maths part: it is a subject that terrifies many, children and adults alike. I strongly believe that this is often due to poor teaching and a weak grasp of the fundamentals (times tables or basic operations like multiplication and division). As an experienced 11 Plus tutor, I aim to find and eradicate the root cause of the problem. Having an A-level in maths is a bonus, too. A good grasp of maths means I can break it down in a digestible form for children who excel under my tutorship. My career required me to work with figures, disseminate financial reports, manage budgets and costs, etc.
The verbal and non-verbal reasoning components of the 11 Plus exams are an extension of English and maths, respectively, giving or taking a few codes here and there. If the strange diagrams and letters confuse you, send your child to Geek School!
GCSE English, Maths and Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
Mix exam pressures and coursework, and relations with teenagers can become strained. It doesn’t have to be like that.
Working with year 10 and 11 tutees is all about empowering them, getting them to take control of their learning, and showing them how to manage their time effectively. This method has proven very effective over the years, with students achieving at least two grades above their predicted grades.
We provide tuition in all STEM subjects – English, maths and the three sciences. We also support students who struggle with GCSE English and maths to meet entry requirements for sixth form, college, apprenticeships and even in progress at work. We support 16+ students and adult learners with Functional Skills qualifications on our sister site, Functify Learning.