With the school holidays fast approaching and homework piling up, sometimes busy parents opt to have an experienced tutor to give them the piece of mind.
Exams can be worrying. Having the right tutor and the right preparation for exams is important to calm those nerves and enter the exam room full of confidence and in the correct frame of mind. Meet Veronique Fox-Baret, an educational tutor with over 15 years experience. She offers one to one tuition to children at all levels and abilities in English, Maths, Science, Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning, French, Spanish, Geography, RE and History.
May learning be as magical as Alice lost in Wonderland and may the children of today become the happy, balanced adults of tomorrow.
What made you start tutoring?
I grew up in Malaysia, (my Father was a pilot and my Mother was in the diplomatic service), where I was educated at the International School of Kuala Lumpur until the age of 12. I then attended a Roman Catholic Grammar school in York where I did my O/A levels, passing with 9 ‘O’ levels and 4 ‘A’ levels. I went on to read International Marketing and Modern Languages (French/Spanish), at Aston University in Birmingham, graduating with a 1st class honours in 1992. I started tutoring in 1997 after 6 years in the corporate world which left me very disillusioned as I was being groomed for general management but really wanted to specialise in brand strategy in mergers and acquisitions/restructuring which was closed to me at the time. I needed to do something more fulfilling and rewarding and had also always wanted to run my own business. My Mother had also been involved in education for over 30 years, so it was a natural progression to start working with and tutoring children. I also enjoyed the independence and freedom I had running my own business and being able to be totally objective and neutral when it came to advising parents regarding their children’s real ability with respect to entry into London’s leading independent schools.
What subjects/levels do you tutor?
I prepare students for the 7/11/13+ Common Entrance examinations and I also tutor French/Spanish to university levels. I am based in Kensington and tutor here and in Chelsea, Knightsbridge, Belgravia, Holland Park and Mayfair.
Do you tutor gifted children or children with special needs?
I have tutored both gifted children and children with learning difficulties like ADD/ADHD/dyslexia and dyspraxia. Last year I tutored a 10 year old girl with dyslexia and dyspraxia. She needed a lot of help to prepare for her 11+, so using certain methods from the Richard Davis foundation, I was able to help her gain access to St Edwards school in Oxford.
What advice would you give to parents regarding revision/homework and preparation for exams?
It is important to be really organised and to leave plenty of time for revision so as to avoid unnecessary stress/pressure on the child and the parents.Regarding homework, the same time each day should be set aside for this to be completed, ideally after a snack/rest.
What has been your biggest accomplishment in home tutoring?
My biggest accomplishment in home tutoring has been all the children whom I have been able to help substantially, to gain access to the schools of their choice, especially St Paul’s and Westminster, over the last 15 years. Recently I had a 12 year old boy from Nigeria who had D’s/E’s across all his 13+ subjects at school. We spent one month, 5hrs per day, intensely revising English, Maths, Science, RE, French, Geography and History. He gained access to Wellington boarding school
I love London because…
London is a vibrant, multicultural city which one never ceases to discover.It provides a rich backdrop to my tutoring with all the museums, musicals, activities for children and enables me to provide a seamless, integrated tutoring programme.