James M - tutor  

James M
Tutor in Gunnersbury, West London

£130.00 per hour

4.9
(55 reviews)
(55 reviews)
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About James

Cambridge graduate / 7+ to 16+ specialist / Exam Academy CEO

I cover school examinations from 7 plus to 16 plus. All of my students have won places at KCS Wimbledon, St Paul's, Hampton or Westminster. If you wish to discuss your situation I can arrange to call you prior to booking lessons. I have been active as a tutor for over 10 years and have focused my expertise around school entrance preparation - as a result, I can offer a depth of experience that few other tutors can match.

I cover most of the competitive schools in the London area including Westminster, St Paul's, Latymer, Merchant Taylor's, Tiffin, Eton and many more. As well as English, Maths and Reasoning, I also cover interview technique, exam strategies and confidence building.

I tutor one to one but also organise group mock exam sessions through Exam Academy - my exam preparation consultancy. I have helped many pupils get into their first choice of school and can provide excellent references from London and international based clients.

I offer a 'no strings attached' initial consultancy where I can answer any questions you might have.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Hourly rate: £130.00
Type of tutoring: In-person and Online
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4.9
(55 reviews)
(55 reviews)

Excellent Teacher

Written by Delrine M
James is a superb teacher. He is very efficient, he knows how to approach his students to make them confident towards their subject. He was helping my son for his BMAT exam; essay writing, and Aptitude and Skills papers. I am so happy with him. I will recommend James to anyone.
Outcome:
My son is going to sit for BMAT in November, I am sure he will achieve very well in his exam.

Fantastic Teacher

Written by Sima Mrs M
James has been teaching our daughter since last year, he is well qualified, dynamic and enthusiastic. He has what it takes to be an exceptional teacher.
Subject:
Philosophy (A-Level)
Outcome:
Grade ''B''

tutoring of the highest calibre

Written by Pascal C
James was invaluable to me in preparing for the Unit 4/Hume section of my philosophy A2 exam. My teacher at school had left us with something of a deficit of knowledge for this paper and James essentially had two weeks in which to teach to me Humes Enquiry, along with some possible criticisms and the essay technique required for the exam. He was absolutely brilliant in this regard, combining his ability to simplify and explain the more subtle points of Humes argument with a pragmatic approach to essay structure due to the very small amount of time we had to prepare. He helped me make notes on the text itself whilst also providing me with detailed and bespoke essay structures upon which to lay my own thoughts and the content of my essays. With his help not only did i achieve my first choice of university (Oxford) but i also achieved the first A* in philosophy at my school, in addition to receiving the highest mark in the year for the Unit four paper. I am in no doubt that without his help, my overall mark would have been horrendously dragged down by my lack of formal preparation for this paper. I cannot recommend him highly enough-efficent, friendly, organised and extremely intelligent.
Subject:
Philosophy (A-Level)
Outcome:
My first choice of university (Oxford) and i also achieved the first A* in philosophy at my school.

Very positive

Written by Yves D
James tutored our daughter for the 2014 11+ exams.
We found his approach to be very effective.
Whilst being kind and considerate, James managed to gain our daughter's full attention for the 90-120 minutes sessions which she actually enjoyed.
James had quickly a very good understanding of her strenghts and weaknesses and put in place a strategy to strenghten the areas for development.
He found a way to provide her/us with constructive feedback.
His experience with the 11+ exams for top London schools was also very valuable.
As a result, Zoe got offered 3 places.
I highly recommend his services.
Outcome:
Offers of 3 places.

James Mason 11+ Tutor

Written by Sophia K
James taught my daughter for her recent 11 plus examinations. He was absolutely brilliant. He is very bright yet totally humble and child friendly! He is reliable, timely, well presented, kind and extremely knowledgeable. He went out of his way, outside the session even, to present past papers and mark work. Her recent successes have been due to James help; especially bearing in mind, that however engaging, my daughter has mild dyslexia and ADHD and so was never going to be the easiest pupil! It did not phase James and he made an excellent rapport with my daughter; communicating her sessions directly with her which worked very well for us. I could not recommend him more highly.
Subject:
11 Plus
Outcome:
Successes in all 4 schools sat for.

Great Guidance !!

Written by Neelima P
We got in touch with James regarding guidance with my son's comprehension passages for 11plus at a super selective school in London. James took 6 class for my son. James guided my son in understanding exam technique by getting my son to do some very good passages both in prose and poetry. My son found his guidance very positive and encouraging. James also took a mock interview which helped my son get into the right frame of mind. Thank you James !
Subject:
11 Plus
Outcome:
Offered a place

Examberry

Written by Nav J
James's assistance was invaluable in securing A* / A GCSE English grades for my son. He was patient and flexible and adapted his teaching style to my son's needs. It was very important for my son to get these grades in order to secure his place at St Paul's sixth form. James was also very knowledgeable regarding the school's application process and selection criteria.

James also works for Examberry, the 11+ educational consultancy of which I am Director and Managing Partner. He has taught classes covering Maths, English and Reasoning for the last few years and has been one of the most successful tutors we have ever had, helping secure places for dozens of students.


Subject:
11 Plus
Outcome:
Highly recommended!

Highly competent tutor

Written by Azza E
James tutored our son for 18 months.

He is a fantastic tutor and built a great rapport with our son. He tailored his teaching to best fit our sons's needs and made a huge difference to his confidence and knowledge. We felt he took the time to get to know how our son and this has greatly benefited his learning.

James is reliable, patient and flexible. He provided great support and encouragement during the gruelling exam process and I have no hesitation in recommending him as a tutor.
Subject:
11 Plus
Outcome:
Our son was successful in securing a place at his preferred school.

GCSE

Written by Adelina C
James is very clear and specific in teaching his student on the exam skills. He is patient and always give positive comments to encourage student to reach the next level.
Subject:
English Language
Outcome:
A*

GCSE

Written by Adelina C
James is very clear and specific in teaching his student on the exam skills. He is very strong in the English Literature analytic skills and is able to pass on the skills effectively in less than 10 lessons. He is patient and always give positive comments to encourage student to reach the next level.
Subject:
English Literature
Outcome:
A*

Written by Teju T
Subject:
11+ Admissions

Tutoring for 11+ exams

Written by Andrea M
My daughter applied to a number of 'premier league' day schools and some boarding schools for entry this coming September. As the competition is becoming tougher, we decided to employ a private tutor. When I initially contacted James Mason, he replied very promptly which is always a good sign. When he came to meet my daughter, I already knew that he would be the perfect tutor - he was highly educated himself and came across as very friendly, patient and firm when he needs to be. My daughter went from being quite scared of doing complicated maths questions to being offered academic scholarships from 2 of the schools she had applied to, which was an amazing result. James was also full of tips about the schools we have applied to and what they are looking for in terms of their admissions procedure as well as interview techniques. At the end of all the exams, my daughter was offered a place at JAGS, Queen Anne's in Reading, St Catherine's in Guildford and Priors Field in Godalming. I would highly recommend James to anyone who needs a bit of help for 11+ exams.
Subject:
11 Plus
Outcome:
Offers received from JAGS, Queen Anne's in Reading, St Catherine's in Guildford and Priors Field in Godalming. Academic scholarship from Priors Field; art and academic scholarships from Que

Excellent tutor for 12+

Written by Nila B
James prepared our son for his English 12+ entrance exam. He has what every teacher should possess; dedication, patience and a full understanding of his students potential. Not only did he teach him the exam techniques needed but he also gave him the confidence to excel. He had a great rapport with our son and I would highly recommend him.
Subject:
English
Outcome:
offered a place

Tutor for 11+ exam

Written by Anu B
James tutored our son for creative writing and comprehension. He is excellent tutor. I would highly recommend James for 11+. Our son got offer in Tiffins.
Subject:
English (11+)
Outcome:
Got offer in Tiffins.

Written by Valerie S
Subject:
Basic Skills (11+)

Written by Dina K
Brilliant tutor
Subject:
Westminster School Admissions

Great tutor

Written by Eileen M
James worked with our daughter over 3 months to help her prepare for an 11+ exam at fairly short notice. He was friendly, prompt and very enthusiastic at each session and she really enjoyed working with him.
Subject:
11 Plus
Outcome:
Our daughter came close but didn't pass - though James felt she could have if there had been more time to prepare. However working with him built her confidence hugely and I recommend him highly.

Written by Andrea M
Subject:
11+ Admissions

Written by Tahera K
Subject:
11+ Admissions

James has a wonderful way with children!

Written by Lisa K
Subject:
11 Plus

Written by Anastasia D
Subject:
Common Entrance Admissions

Exam Preparation

Written by Tanya T
We are so pleased to have found James. He is very professional, knowledgeable and experienced. My son finds his lessons enjoyable and I can see he is making good progress. James has made an accurate assessment of my son's abilities and has a clear idea of what needs to be achieved.
Subject:
English (11+)
Outcome:
Very happy with progress

Written by Ingrid R
Subject:
11+ Admissions

Written by Sonnia P
Subject:
Other

11+

Written by Angela D
Excellent tutor
Subject:
11 Plus

Written by Lucy G
What a charming guy x
Brilliant with Ollie
Subject:
English Literature (GCSE)

Brilliance

Written by Alex D
James connect with my DS immediately and picked up on his weakness and areas to improve on.
Subject:
Eltham College School Admissions
Outcome:
TBC

Written by Elena P
Subject:
Westminster School Admissions

great first lesson

Written by Lanna G
fun and educational
Subject:
Colet Court Admissions
Outcome:
My son learnt quite a bit -

Written by Anna B
Subject:
Eleven Plus

Written by Alex D
Subject:
Eltham College School Admissions

Written by Lucy G
Excellent lesson thank you James
Subject:
English Literature (GCSE)

A great start

Written by Emma T
James was excellent with the children. He took time getting to know them and assess where they would most benefit from his help. Kind and clearly enthusiastic, the kids warmed to him straight away. A great start.
Subject:
Maths (mainly times tables and problems) and english (spelling and comprehension)
Outcome:
More lessons!

Written by Lingjie W
Subject:
Westminster School Admissions

Excellent targeted tutoring for 8+

Written by Surabhi M
James has been working with my son for the past year to help him prepare for 8+ assessment at KCJS. His approach of going to the basics of how to tackle tricky comprehension questions and story writing worked for my son who was struggling with English a little bit. With maths and reasoning as well he was able to identify areas of improvement and work specifically on those. And his small end of session feedbacks were most valuable for me to understand how my son was progressing.
Subject:
King's College Wimbledon School Admissions
Outcome:
Offered a place at KCJS at 8+

Written by Assel R
Subject:
11+ Admissions

Written by Caroline M
Subject:
St. Paul's School Admissions

Written by Sonnia P
Subject:
Other

Written by Hakim C
Subject:
King's College Wimbledon School Admissions

Fantastic tutor for SPJ and WUS

Written by Michael S
James is a top notch tutor that created 'sweet trouble' for us to make decision on whether SJS or WUS;)

His 'macro' control in terms of outlining the strength and weakness together with making a realistic study plan was a key to our 7+ success.

His commitment and attention to details were also excellent!

No hesitation for recommendations!
Subject:
Westminster School Admissions
Outcome:
Offers from St Paul's Junior and Westminster Under School

Written by Lisa W
Subject:
11+ Admissions

Written by Hakim C
Subject:
King's College Wimbledon School Admissions

Written by Lisa W
Subject:
11+ Admissions

Written by Chiara R
Subject:
English (11+)

Written by Anastasia E
Subject:
Eton College Admissions

Written by Anastasia E
Subject:
Eton College Admissions

Excellent

Written by James A
James is a great tutor with thorough knowledge of the syllabus and - more importantly - of the writing technique the examiners are looking for. His tutelage helped me enormously in getting the grades for my chosen university (Oxford). I couldn't have done it otherwise. Very effective, and despite the stress of sitting A levels the lessons were enjoyable and intellectually stimulating. Thanks a lot.
Subject:
Philosophy (A-Level)
Outcome:
Place at Oxford

Written by Wendy W
Subject:
King's College Wimbledon School Admissions

Written by On-yee T
Subject:
City of London School Admissions

Written by Pedro M
Subject:
11 Plus

Written by Maria W
James offered very clear and precise ideas about how to approach English papers of various kinds. My daughter found it very helpful and also thought his approach clear and engaging.
Subject:
King's College Wimbledon School Admissions

Written by On-yee T
Subject:
City of London School Admissions

Excellent tutor - highly recommend

Written by Wendy W
We would highly recommend James. We approached James to prepare our son to sit the 8+ Entrance exam for KCS. James was very quick to understand our son’s strengths and weaknesses and helped him to develop and further his reasoning, comprehension and creative writing skills. At the end of each lesson, James would always provide a brief summary of how each lesson went, what they did and advise on additional things we could do between each lesson. Our son felt prepared on the day of the exam and we were elated to be offered a place at KCS.
Subject:
King's College Wimbledon School Admissions
Outcome:
Offer from KCS

Written by Bindu P
Subject:
St. Paul's Girls' School Admissions

11+ exam

Written by Rachel H
James worked with my son to prepare him for his 11+ English exams. James showed him techniques to help him better prepare for the various papers he needed to sit. James was patient and always made my son feel that he was making good progress.
Subject:
11 Plus
Outcome:
My son was offered a place at City of London School for boys, which was our school of choice.

Highly recommended tutor for 11+

Written by Pedro M
We contacted James a few weeks before my son's 11+ exams and asked if he could assess our son, identify any weaknesses and address them in the few weeks left.

James was brilliant: he worked with my son for a couple of sessions, identified where he needed help, and helped him improve his skills, through targeted sessions and exercises.

James focused on Creative Writing and Grammar, and his help was beneficial and lead to an excellent outcome - offers for our 1st choice grammar and private schools.

Highly recommended!
Subject:
11 Plus
Outcome:
Offers for Kings College Wimbledon and Sutton Grammar
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Education and Qualifications

University

University of Cambridge
Philosophy / English
2.1

School

Manchester Grammar School
A Levels
  • Religious Studies
    A
  • History
    A
  • English Literature
    A
  • English Language
    A
N/A
GCSEs
  • Religious Studies
    A*
  • History
    A*
  • English Literature
    A*
  • English Language
    A*
  • Chemistry
    A
  • Biology
    A
  • Art
    A

Prizes and Scholarships

Unconditional offer to read English at Cambridge University
Highest grade in the year for English Literature GCSE at Manchester Grammar School (1998)
2005 Bright Futures Graduate award - 2nd in the country for a marketing paper on consumer trends. (£1000 prize)
Marketing training bursary awarded by the AQR (£5000 prize)

Other Qualifications

TEFL - Cert TESOL (90% - Distinction)

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