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Teaching Children to Love Learning

I offer quality instruction in 11+ English, CEM and GL-Assessment Verbal Reasoning as well as English at KS3, KS4, and GCSE/IGCSE levels at reasonable prices from my Welwyn Garden City base and also online via Zoom.  I have the professional tools and experience necessary to meet your tutoring needs. Contact me today to learn more about my services.

What I do

What I Do: One-to-one, Classes, In-person & Online

Verbal Reasoning Tuition

Is your child preparing for the CEM or GL-Assessment 11+ exam? I offer extensive support and explicit vocabulary instruction to help your child achieve success at the exams. Through practical activities, your child will learn tips and tricks to enhance retention and application. 

Comprehension Tuition

I provide in-depth instruction and teach your child about reading comprehension and equip them with the skills to answer comprehension-style exam questions. My tuition is carefully designed to meet the individual needs of your child. 

Creative Writing Tuition

I tap into your child's innate creativity and teach them the art of writing. In a nurturing environment and through practical activities and exercises, your child will learn about and become confident in all aspects of writing. 

KS3 & KS4 English Language & Literature Tuition

GCSE & IGCSE English Language & Literature Tuition (for various exam boards).


Some of my students have gained admission into;

The Haberdashers' Aske's School for Boys

St Albans School

St Edmund's College, Ware

Dame Alice Owen's School

Haileybury School

Lancaster Royal

Grammar School

St Helen's Bushey

Who I Am

My name is Nkem Ivara. I am a member of the Tutor's Association and an experienced trainer/tutor.  I offer tuition in 11+ English, CEM and GL-Assessment Verbal  Reasoning, as well as English for KS3, KS4 and GCSE/IGCSE . I have a proven track record of designing and delivering training material to suit individual needs.  With this tailored approach, I have been able to equip children with the necessary skills to meet the challenges of the 11+  and GCSE examination system.  I appreciate the pressures involved in the exam process so I work in a manner which puts children at ease whilst challenging them to achieve their potential.

References available on request.

"Nkem tutored my son in  English for the 11+ independent schools entrance exams. She taught  him so much in a short time and made a tremendous difference to his confidence and performance. He did really well in his exams and got offers to two top private schools. I am so impressed with Nkem and would definitely recommend her as a tutor without hesitation ."

Gulay S.

"What makes Nkem different from other English tutors we've had is her ability to communicate with children and her passion to share her knowledge.  She makes creative writing understandable and doable.  My eldest daughter went from being scared stiff of writing to now being able to write with flair and an expressive style, all thanks to Nkem's patient and careful guidance.  She built up my daughter's confidence through breaking down creative writing into easy to comprehend blocks. We are very fortunate to have had her for our 11 plus prep which my daughter passed and gained admission at our preferred grammar school."

Lynn W.

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"Nkem is passionate about tutoring and this came across in the way she taught my son. She helped him gain a clearer understanding of English and challenged him to think independently, going over and beyond the call of duty when she felt he needed a push. I was very happy with her work because she showed a commitment to achieving high standards each time. To me, her passion for what she does gives her an edge."


Ibi O.


"Nkem is an absolutely fantastic tutor. I saw my daughter's creative writing and comprehension skills improve significantly in the short period she was with Nkem. Nothing was ever too much trouble for Nkem to explain in the simplest way. Her guidance was always detailed and thorough. We particularly appreciated the flexibility to have some of the lessons delivered via online conferencing eliminating the journey times. I'm delighted to say that my daughter got offers to all the schools she applied to including NLCS and Habs girls."

Kinika O.

"Nkem’s one of those fantastic tutors whose value goes beyond simple exam success. She’s nurtured and transformed my child’s writing skills. He looks forward to their lessons together as he gets so much out of it. Highly recommended!"

Julia L-R.

"There are a very few teachers who can actually teach children how to write creatively. Nkem is one of them and my child really enjoyed her sessions."

Ashwini S.

"The success of  the 11+ journey with my daughter wouldn't be complete without Nkem. My daughter for some reason seemed to have plateaued at some point in English. Nkem was able to motivate my daughter through her unique style of teaching literary devices  in a way that resonated with my daughter. Her useful hints and tips for NVR and Creative writing were used over and over in the run up to each exam and made the whole process more bearable . The end result was very rewarding with my daughter being interviewed in 5 of the schools she applied to, received 3 full offers and on the waiting list of one of the top 10 independent girls school in UK."

Lolade S.

 I needed a tutor to do a crash online lesson for my son, who had two 12+ exams scheduled. A friend introduced me to Nkem, I contacted her immediately. Even though it was tight, Nkem was still able to schedule slots for him for 2 weeks. I was worried, but she assured me all would go well. I am happy that my son got into his preferred school as Nkem was able to bring the best out of him.

Nkem is a professional tutor that brings out the best in children and will make them achieve excellent scores. Her charges are okay and is definitely worth the money. I will choose her to tutor my children anyway. 



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