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Ben (Tutor in Reading)

Reading, Berkshire
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Member Since: 06/09/2014
Last Login: 2 hours ago
Response Rate: 90%
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My Qualifications

The University of West London
1st  (2013)
University of Reading
English Literature
Thesis  (2011)

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Rates summary: 25.00 to 47.50 per hour
PrimaryKS3GCSEA-LevelDegreeAdult Learner
Eleven Plus£40-----
Entrance Exams£42.50£47.50----

Information about Ben

Hello and welcome to my profile.

Fully Enhanced CRB checked, I am a highly experienced tutor for 11+, Maths (KS1, KS2), and English (all levels) and Science. I particularly specialise in coaching students preparing themselves for 11+ entrance tests (Grammar schools and independent schools).

The students I have tutored/coached have managed to get to top grammar and independent schools: Reading Boys, Kendrick, Royal Grammar School , Eton College, Wellington College, Magdalen College School, Reading Blue Coat School, Reddam House, to name only a few.

I, therefore, take immense professional pride in my consistent record of achieving progress and success for `all` my students; this, in turn, has always resulted in their parents` satisfaction and peace of mind which is generously and kindly expressed in the feedback left - please scroll down to see feedback. I am equally humbled and empowered by the trust they have put in me and the way they have recognised and appreciated my devotion and hard work.

With my more than 10 years of tutoring experience and proud record, I offer my first-class private tuition services to
• Coach and tutor year 2, 3, 4 and 5 students preparing for 11 plus and/or Independent Schools Entrance Exams
• Help pupils to gain confidence in the areas they feel less comfortable
• Help and prepare pupils for a confident classroom presence and a higher SAT level in order to secure a place in the top Maths, English and Science groups in their secondary school
• Make learning joyful and develop skills and strategies for independent learning
• Supplement what is missing in mainstream schooling, which is mainly lack of tailored support
• Advise parents how to encourage efficient learning routines

I am warm and friendly and gear my teaching towards each pupil’s individual needs and provide an individual lesson plan for every single pupil. Building up confidence, encouraging independent learning and working on strategies to achieve better results in tests are the core elements of my teaching methods.

I am aware that Literacy (Reading Accuracy, Fluency, Comprehension and Spelling) and Maths are the building blocks of any academic success of any individual. I use everyday objects as well as high-end technology to make learning interactive, fun and relevant.

My rich and up-to-date archive of standardised and professionally designed papers/tests (based on national curriculum) and different formats (CEM, GL, ISEB, etc) enables me to assess/monitor the progress of the students and implement any changes needed. I do take into account that each student may have his/her own learning style. That is why my main focus is initially on identifying individual student needs and customising lessons and homework accordingly. Let`s see how I can help your child to achieve great test results and be a more confident and cheerful person at school and at home. I so much look forward to playing a part in your child`s ambitions and successes. To know more about my teaching method, just scroll down and read some of the feedback :)

I teach online via Skype or I can travel to students` homes.

Being Cambridge CELTA qualified, I also teach English as a second language, including Basic/Intermediate/Advanced English, English for job and visa application, English for IELTS preparation, academic English, and Business English.
Please notice that the fees stated are per hour per subject, without considering any home visit fees.

Availability: Weekday afternoons and weekends.

Willing to travel: 30 miles

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Feedback For Ben (37)

We have a total of 37 review(s) for Ben.

Gautam (Mr)

5/5 Rating

After looking at other reviews, I contacted Ben long back for helping my daughter in 11 plus preparation, but he was unavailable. He finally started giving my daughter lessons since July. As many other reviewers have mentioned, he gives contents suitable for the need of individual child. He has good knowledge in all areas of 11 plus - English, Maths and Reasoning. He helped my daughter in improving her exam techniques and boosting her confidence. I wish I came to know him a bit earlier. Despite his tight schedule, he has been flexible. He rescheduled my daughter`s lessons in a very short notice on my request.

Rose (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

I would 100% recommend Ben as a tutor. He is very professional, polite and makes the lessons for my boy enjoyable and easy to learn.Ben is a great tutor, very organised and has a very friendly approach and was able to motivate my son and helping him to prepare for the 11+. I highly recommend him.

Priya (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

We are very glad we found Ben . In a short period of time , Ben made a good assessment on my daughter`s status and have devised a plan suitable for her and started classes with her . With in few classes we have seen good progress in her.Ben is very patient with kids and teach them as per individual needs .My daughter totally enjoys his class .I would highly recommend Ben

Subathra (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Ben has been tutoring our son for nearly two months now. He is very dedicated and kind. He quickly assessed strengths and areas where there is room for improvement and takes a very tailored approach based on this. He appreciates the strengths making the child feel encouraged and at the same time works with the child towards improvising the weaknesses, Our son likes Ben’s teaching methods. We are happy with our choice.

Anitha (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Ben has been tutoring my son for 11plus for the past 2 months and we have noticed good improvement in my son.

Pannaga (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Ben has been working with my boys for past 4 months now and I couldn`t happier with my choice. My boys are really happy to be tutored by Ben. They feel that their confidence has increased and look forward to working with him. As parents we feel Ben knows child`s ability and aptitude like the back of his hand. When Ben started working with my boys I was really happy with his systematic approach towards the subject depending on the ability of the kids. It is not one size fits all approach but it is customized. Though being twins they are different and Ben has identified this and understood their uniqueness from the first session. He is a firm, fair as well as fun teacher and the kids seem to like this mixed quality. I couldn`t ask for more in a teacher and look forward to working with them. Thanks Ben.

Ragulan (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Ben has being tutoring my son for the past 4 months and he is very dedicated and show passionate about his work.
Within first few sessions he quickly identifies my son’s strengths and weaknesses and really helping him to turn the weakness into strengths. We also noticed improvements in our son`s attitude toward reading and also showing lot more discipline and commitments towards his homework.

Joshua (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Our son is really benefiting since Ben took over as his 11+ Tutor about 6 weeks ago. He has to work hard but it seems to be working, so far so good. Ben has quickly homed in on our sons weaknesses and is really helping him to turn them into strengths. Most importantly our son can see and feel the difference and benefit of 1:1 tutoring with Ben. Thankyou!.

Vlad (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Ben is a prime example of what a teacher should be, he is in a class of its own. He exceeded our expectations and we are grateful for the wonderful job he does.

We decided to work with Ben because of his positive reviews and we made an excellent decision.
You can except to work with a highly capable person who loves teaching and knows how to instill confidence in children and make them see learning as a positive experience.

Ben has been working with our son ( Year 4) for the past 3 months. We are very pleased with the progress he has made so far, he gained a lot of confidence in his own abilities and told us repeatedly that he now finds school easy. Our son is not a native English speaker and started school here straight into year 2 at which point he started to learn English. He used to complain on an almost daily basis that he felt overwhelmed at school and he has a hard time understanding, even though we worked with him daily to help him out. In his last school assessment his teacher told me she had a big surprise with his test results in Math and English and he performed above and beyond what she felt was his level. That is all thanks to Ben.

Our son looks forward to seeing Ben, he likes to do his homework because he understands and now has the ability to do it well. He told us he feels that the weekly 2 hours they spend together fly so quickly and are exciting.

I once overheard Ben explaining a concept to my son and I was amazed, he managed to articulate a rather complicated concept in a few words with crystal clarity. I thought about that for a bit and I don`t think I could have ever explained it so well in such a simple and easy to understand manner. That is a great talent for a teacher.

Malathi (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Ben tutored my daughter with her English lessons. He is a very dedicated and conscientious person. He has got a lot of passion for teaching; He was very thorough in ensuring that my daughter understood clearly what was taught. I have seen immediate improvement in her vocabulary and comprehension skills. It has also given my daughter a lot of confidence. I would not hesitate to recommend Ben to any children who need his help with their English lessons.

Sivasakthy (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Fanstatic teacher and using great methods to teach students depend upon their level. Thank you Ben for teaching my daughter xxx

Absar (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Brilliant tutor. We have been using Ben`s services for last 5 months and our daughter has really improved in her 11+ preparation.

Selvakumar (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Ben has taught my son for Eleven plus since September and I can see my kid doing his daily homework himself without expecting our help. We can see the way of reading has changed and now he looks for new words and try to find the meaning.

Most importantly, Ben develops the wrap over the kid and takes control of reading and writing completely, leaving us in the back seat to see he completes the daily homework. This is great, as we don`t want to study class 4,5 again or teach a different method than thought in school.

Individual approach, great advice, positive attitude.
Always on time, ready to help, very easy going, intelligent and kind. Thanks so much!

Shilpa (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Ben has been teaching my daughter from the past 4 months and I must say there is a huge improvement in her since the time he started tutoring her.He is very experienced and knowledgeable.He keeps his lessons effective,engaging and fun.We definitely plan to keep working with Ben.

Zeta (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Really happy to have met Ben has tutored my son which he found very enjoyable. He has great experience and knows very well what he is doing.
Would definitely recommend him.

Gail (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Ben has been tutoring Kyla for her 11+ for around a month now. She was previously at a group learning centre. I can see the results already and her results on past papers have improved by at least 10%.

Haroon (Mr)

5/5 Rating

We were very happy with the tuition that was given to Ibrahim in preparation for his 11plus. Ben was very professional in his approach and tailored the work in a manageable and structured manner suited to Ibrahims abilities. Ben made the lessons fun and enjoyable which kept Ibrahim engaged. Ben was always punctual and reliable and accommodated the family needs. Most importantly Ben always encouraged Ibrahim and was very positive in his approach which allowed Ibrahim to flourish and achieve a place at Reading Boys. Keep up the hard work Ben, you`re a star.

Tyrone (Mr)

5/5 Rating

My son recently started tuition with Ben and even after only a few sessions we can already see an improvement. Ben provides excellent tuition and sets clear and concise targets for my son. My only regret is that we did not start with Ben sooner. He is by far the best tutor my son as ever had. Highly recommended.

guolin (Mr)

5/5 Rating


Monica (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Ben has been tutoring my daughter and I can’t thank him enough. He quickly got the gauge of my daughter strengths and weaknesses.
He has a passion for teaching and takes pride in the results, he’s personable and easy to deal with.
I can’t recommend Ben enough and have done so to other parents searching for a tutor.
Thank you!

Sonya (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Top class tutor! Addresses the childs needs accurately. Fun to work with. Best tutor we have ever had. Highly recommend

Sridevi (Mr)

5/5 Rating

My son recently started tuition with Mr.Ben and we see a good progress. Ben is very kind, dedicated and supportive. He gives regular feedback and quickly identify the areas of improvements. He uses different techniques and we are happy and satisfied with his teaching. Being a full time working mom with a toddler, I was struggling to coach my son but now I am relaxed after starting classes with Ben. Thank you very much for all the help Mr.Ben. I would recommend him 100%.

Rebecca (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

My son is really like Ben even short time for tutor.He is patient and earnest.Also he is a strict tutor.He always makes full preparations for his classes and corrects my son`s homework carefully.Ben is a very good tutor.

See Ling (Mr)

5/5 Rating

My daughter has been with Ben for almost a year now and I noticed that she has improved tremendously. Ben was able to engage with my daughter right from the start and identified the areas where she needs improvement most.
Ben’s meticulous approach and techniques in teaching have benefitted my daughter immensely, particularly in her vocabularies and most importantly her self-confidence in the subject.
Would 100% recommend Ben to anyone!

Simi (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Ben has worked with our son for a couple of months now. He is very professional in his approach, firm and fair in his delivery. Within a few weeks, we have noticed an improvement in our son`s attitude toward learning and he is showing a lot more discipline and commitment to applying himself to his work. Ben`s support has been valuable in helping to shape some of the softer areas of learning in addition to the academic areas. Thank You for your help!

Ulya (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Ben is a great teacher. He is dedicated and shows passion for his work. He is strict however, the right amount needed and although my son had him for short while, we saw improvement.

Meghana (Ms)

5/5 Rating

Ben has been simply wonderful!
His thoughtful and tactful approach to keeping my little one engaged and interested is already helping her achieve more than her potential in such a short time that we have known him.
Thank you.

Sara (Mrs)

4/5 Rating

Ben comes with several activities in mind and this means that my child benefits from variation. He ensures my child settles to work quickly. He uses stickers and positive praise to motivate. Homework in the form of booklets and tasks are set in between each session, these are based on activities started in the sessions so his planning is evident.

Debbie (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

We hired Ben to help my son pass a school entrance exam. Top marks to Ben, my son has just been offered a place!
Within an 8 week period, Ben built up his confidence, and gave him the tools needed to prepare him for the test. Great tutor, would 100% recommend.

Naveen (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Mr Ben is pretty organised with his work . He has got some really good technique .

Ion (Mr)

5/5 Rating

We only know Ben for a short time but can definitely see the increased confidence and joy of learning awaken into my son. He started to move up the ladder on his subjects very well and is receiving daily teachers rewards, something missing before. All this progress I can only attribute it to Ben`s professionalism, dedication and calm presence. We strongly recommend Ben for any tutoring needs!

Tutors Response :

Yes, it has been a short time but it didn`t take long to see what a wonderful and welcoming family you are. A., I am sure, will keep shining as a bright star.

Annette (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

We have been impressed with Ben`s knowledge, experience and commitment. He is reliable and always turns up on time. Ben started tutoring our daughter only 4 months before the 11+ and he quickly identified her needs and developed a programme for her to follow and appropriate workbooks. Regardless of the outcome of the 11+, he has already helped our daughter feel more confident at school and set her up well for Year 6 and secondary school. Thanks Ben!

Tutors Response :

D. is a very talented girl and she sure will do well in her secondary education. It was refreshing to see your balanced view regarding D.`s education and what life can offer to her as a child. Wish you all the best.

Amol (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Ben`s commitment to teaching is exemplary. Although it has been a short period of time since Ben started, my 9 year old has been showing a noticeable improvement in his approach to English.

Tutors Response :

V.`s quiet way of doing things and my attempts to make him smile/laugh will always remain with me and will make me smile. He is a bright boy and I am sure he will have a very bright future too. Thank you all for always welcoming me so kindly.


5/5 Rating

I was able to see tremendous improvement in my daughter for 11+ exam. He knows the tricks to get the best out of the student. My daughter did enjoy the sessions with him and as a teacher, he is really good. So I will definitely recommend

Tutors Response :

Thanks Deba for the recommendation. A. came a long way and achieved a lot during the time I worked with her. I am happy that she managed to go to a good school. You all were so welcoming and nice. Thanks.

Tamar (Dr)

5/5 Rating

Ben has excellent teaching skills and my daughter significantly improved in class from lower to top groups. I`ve seen him working really hard with my daughter while preparing her for 11+ and he knows the tricks to make the pupil understand the exam technique and how to improve academically. He teaches in a very systematic way and the child really enjoys while studying with him. He soon developed good rapport with us and I would say he`s definitely a recommended one!

Tutors Response :

A. was a very hard working pupil; it was a pleasant experience to teach her and to know you as a family. I always felt welcome and appreciated which definitely affected my work. Thanks

Claire (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Good encouraging work ethic, conscientious and friendly. Recommended.

Tutors Response :

It was a special time, the time I spent with your child and got to know you all.

I hope she is doing well now in her secondary education.

Only recently did I find out that I can reply to the feedback, hence the late reply :)

Dave (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Ben very quickly engaged with our son, and identified the best way to support him in the realisation of his capabilities.
Ben has consistently demonstrated a great approach, supported by considerable skills in the evaluation, coaching and academic development of our 10 year old. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Ben.

Tutors Response :

It was a great pleasure to know you all as a family and to work with your smart child.

Only recently did I find out that I can reply to the feedback, hence the late reply :)

Wish you all the best,

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