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Ferndown, dorset
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Member Since: 25/10/2018
Last Login: 3 days ago
Response Rate: 100%
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My Qualifications

Gypsy Hill College (University of London)
Teacher Traininf
Merit  (1970)

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How references rated Marnie

Eleven Plus£25---

Information about Marnie

I am a retired Primary school teacher (KS1 and KS2).

I am married and we moved to Dorset in 2018 to be nearer family.

My interests are family history, dressmaking and gardening.

Availability: After school, 3:30 to 6:00, on afternoons to be agreed with tutees.

I am usually available for tuition/ revision during school holidays.

Potential students should note that I teach only in my own study at my home in Ferndown.

I am very happy to take Year 4 children, as well as Year 5.

Willing to travel: Home Only

Experience: Very experienced, with almost 40 years` teaching in Buckinghamshire, most recently as a supply teacher.

For the past 30 years, I have also been a private tutor, specialising in preparation for the 11+ test. I can also tutor children of at least 7 years old. In my experience, younger children need short, learning periods, and not the longer weekly lessons which I normally give.

I have normally had up to 10 pupils every week in one-to-one lessons. I have additional references from previous families, together with an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Check, for parents to read when they visit.

Comprehension is a vital part of the English component of the tests, and often does not get enough focus in school classes or in commercial test papers. I am able to give this appropriate emphasis, with multiple-choice test work in every lesson.

As well as directing students to the most appropriate published books and tests, I can also offer them the following from my own resources:

Reading List - to help develop reading skills and comprehension

Vocabulary Lists - to practise spelling and encourage better comprehension

Focused Work Sheets - I have developed these to give more practice in standard types of question.

Please note that all my tuition takes place in my spacious study at home in.

In the 2020/1 school year, I had 7 children who entered the test and 5 reached the grammar school standard. I do not run entry tests for children starting tuition with me.

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Feedback For Marnie (14)

We have a total of 14 review(s) for Marnie.

Agnieszka (Miss)

5/5 Rating

Marnie is a warm, kind person, always punctual and very organized, communicative and patient. A great person.

Amy (Miss)

5/5 Rating

Eleven Plus Marnie has been tutoring my son since November and I’m very impressed with how she has engaged with him and has taken time to understand him. He thoroughly enjoys his time with Marnie and has even asked me if he can carry on going once he’s done his 11+! Marnie explains everything to him in a way that he understands and this has resulted in a big boost in confidence! I also have a daughter 1 year younger (about to start year 5) who started with Marnie in February and again is very comfortable and happy with her and looks forward to every lesson!!! I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a tutor.

Ali (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Marnie has been tutoring my son for a short time but, during this period he has enjoyed each session. He likes her calm manner and how she explains things really clearly. He feels he can ask her questions when he doesn’t understand, which he can’t always do in a school situation. He is beginning to grow in confidence and we have seen a change in his motivation for and understanding of, English.

Tutors Response :

Thank-you so much for your great reference, Ali. I really enjoy tutoring your son every week.


Rachel (Miss)

5/5 Rating

My daughter was very sceptical about having a maths tutor, especially as we commenced sessions online, however she came off the first lesson buzzing with excitement. Marnie has allowed my daughter to choose what she works on and her confidence has grown lots as a result. Marnie has been firm yet encouraging with her and we’re looking forward to what can be achieved ‘in person’ over the coming weeks. I would definitely recommend Marnie to any parent wanting some extra support to help their child return to school after ‘lockdown’, regardless of whether they plan to sit the 11+.

Maria (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

After six lessons with Marnie, my daughter is showing good progress in Maths. This is based on patiently explaining methods and carefully working through examples to build my daughter`s confidence. Marnie is also covering English and Verbal Reasoning, where she is using practice and tests to increase speed and accuracy. I am pleased with the work Marnie has done and would be happy to recommend her to other parents.

Andy (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Marnie is a retired teacher with many years of experience of dealing with junior school pupils. She has a gentle encouragement and coaching style. Since starting lessons 6 weeks ago, I have seen a big improvement in my daughter`s weakest subject, maths. Without hesitation, I would recommend Marnie for anyone looking for an 11+ tutor.

Tutors Response :

Thank-you Andy.

That`s a great reference. I love teaching Maths to your daughter.


Lindsay (Dr)

5/5 Rating

Marnie has been tutoring my daughter in preparation for the 11 plus for five weeks. She is genuinely interested in the way that my daughter thinks about things, and therefore gives her confidence in her own ideas. In the past few weeks she has also taught her new topics - including producing excellent new worksheets for her in Algebra.

Kate (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

My son has been having lessons with Marnie for a few weeks now and I couldn`t be more pleased. He comes out of every lesson really enthusiastic and his confidence has really improved. Marnie is very welcoming and accommodating and even in this difficult time Marnie has gone out of her way to make sure that lessons can continue (video call) so that my son doesn`t lose momentum.

Meda (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Very pleased with the service! 5*

Jane (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Our daughter has had four lessons with Marnie. It has been a success from the start. The atmosphere is firm and friendly, our daughter enjoys the clear, thorough approach that is used by Marnie. Progress most certainly has been made. Homework is realistic, our daughter enjoys being able to mark her own work and discuss it with Marnie. As parents we feel communication is very good, Marnie provides feedback via an exercise book, responds quickly to emails this tutor is great value for money! So glad we found her, she has so much experience. (I have been in teaching for 30 years myself.)

Jenni (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Excellent first lesson

Tina (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

My son is presently being taught by Marnie in preparation for the 11+. I read Marnie`s profile on Tutorhelp and I was particularly attracted to her emphasis and views on English comprehension. This is the area of the exam that my son needs the most one to one help with. It was a little bit daunting choosing a tutor from an online site but I am so pleased with my choice. Marnie`s knowledge of childrens learning, her experience of the 11+ learning materials and what the children need to know has really impressed me. Due to this knowledge, Marnie is extremely flexible and able to provide interesting and additional colourful learning materials. She is not reliant on the test papers alone as a resource and she will use her own resources too. I have also had the pleasure to see for myself Marnie`s child-centred teaching style and engagement with my son. I find her multisensory approach outstanding, heart warming and very engaging. My son loves learning with Marnie. My son`s teacher at school has said that whatever we are doing at home is working. I would highly recommend Marnie as an 11+ tutor.

Lucy (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Marnie has been an amazing support to my son in preparing to sit the 11+exam. He has grown in so much confidence and always comes out of his tutoring sessions with a smile on his face. It is clear that Marnie is passionate about helping pupils fulfil their potential and she quickly built a rapport with my son. I will also be booking tutoring sessions with Marnie for my daughter in the near future.

Matthew (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Marnie is helping our daughter prepare for the 11+, she has been extremely flexible with the timing of the sessions as well as taking our specific requirements.

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