Information About Katarzyna - Basingstoke teacher - (57 reviews)
This is how 4 referees rated Katarzyna:
Hi, my name is Kasia. I am a reliable, conscientious and enthusiastic tutor. I am highly effective and efficient.
I enjoy working hard together with my students and share my knowledge and experience with them.
I am currently studying for a PhD in Polish Literature. I specialise in Polish Literature and History of Art and teach Polish as a Foreign Language.
I offer focused one-to-one private tuition sessions for a professional person, who needs a fast track to Polish language.
• Worked with both adult students and children, groups and individuals;
• Worked alongside leading academics in the field of art and Polish literature as an assistant;
• Developed and presented conference papers; led panels’ discussions;
• Conducted research and analysis;
• Organised conferences;
• Assisted in books publications;
• Liaised with various departments to coordinate course content, internships, co-op experience, and curricular development.
My skills are based on solid academic background and 12 years of professional experience as an academic tutor and a school teacher.
I adjust my tuition to individual learning needs. I can either work in demanding and serious manner, or can emphasise more relaxed learning through play.
I tailor my lessons according to the student's preferred learning styles. I coach my students through the learning process, motivate them and use my analytical skills to provide them with a clear guidance.
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Additional Languages: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland (2013) - - PhD dissertation (Doctorate) (✘ Not On File)
- General Teaching Council of England (2012) - - Qualified Teacher Status (Professional) (✘ Not On File)
- Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland (2006) - - History of Art - Master of Arts (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
- Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland (2000) - - Polish Literature and Language - PhD Student , Master of Arts, (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
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They ask her questions they never ask me (I am Polish) and she has a way to explain things I take for granted… Very good teacher - advised us re: exam (thought about GCSEs - we now consider A-levels), books etc.
Simply put each lesson has been exemplary from start to finish.
Katarzyna herself is immensely knowledgeable, amiable, patient, a wonderful conversationalist, and is very passionate about each lesson, the topics discussed within them and language in general.
I would, without any hesitation recommend Katarzyna to anyone wishing to learn this most beautiful of languages.
I eagerly await the day that I can speak it with some elegance, and am certain that with Katarzyna supporting and teaching me I will get there. Thank you Katarzyna!
I have been made to feel very comfortable and very confident with learning Polish.
I find the lessons hugely helpful and I am picking things up more and more as we go along.
I couldn’t recommend Kat anymore, she has been super efficient and amazing value for money!
I look forward to seeing where we can get together!
Kasia has been able to create a safe and comfortable environment for us to work in and has made it a joy to practice what is often described as one of the most difficult language learn.
I will continue to benefit from her services for now and hope to continue to improve under her tutorage.
We were requested to pay fee for a lesson two days earlier than a lesson itself (against First Tutors recommendations) and we did.
Out polite request with regards to the area of support was completely ignored.Son was handed an A level past paper, which he already did at school, to do for a length of a full lesson. Zero effort of the tutor.
Katarzyna refused to do anthing else on the lesson and after 6 mins of our coversation we resigned from her services.
She was dishonest as she refused to refund a fee for a lesson, which did not take place due to her inability to compromise and support the student in the area requested.
We have had many tutors from this site, but this is an exceptional and shocking experience.
Thank you for sharing your opinion.
Unfortunately, our engagement lasted only 4 minutes during which time both, you and your son - Olek, outright refused to work or cooperate with any of my basic requests. Given that we do not know each other, the first lesson must be focussed around building a rapport, understanding my students’ level and using this information to allow me to provide a service tailored for their educational needs in the required capacity (in Olek’s case that would be A level). In my brief interaction with you, there was no intent on your part to engage with me on these terms in good faith. Sadly, you were quite willing to verbally abuse me instead, something what, you must admit, I cannot tolerate (in either a professional or personal capacity).
Your son takes the A level in May months. Since you booked one lesson per week, it would have given us only 7 hours to get ready. It’s not much. The rest of my A level students start a year or even two before taking the exam. Giving how late you decided to take the lessons, I think it’s understandable you were stressed out. Unfortunately, I am afraid, it doesn’t justify your unpleasant and unnecessarily rude behaviour. Learning is a process, it requires time. It can be frustrating, I understand that, but as a teacher I have no control over that aspect of learning. Teacher needs to interact with the students to assess their knowledge and understand what requires attention and help - it takes a moment. Then the students need time to learn. If you have given yourself and your son more time to get ready for the exam quite possibly you wouldn’t have made yourself so upset.
I didn’t have access to the paper your son took in school, so I didn’t know if it went well. I don’t cooperate with your son’s school, you knew that, nor was it provided to me by you. I couldn’t have given your son the exam papers from this year because the students will take them in May (we have February now). We didn’t really have a chance for me to demonstrate how I would have conducted the lesson if Olek had finished the test earlier. However, what I usually do with my other students, is to discuss their homework. My comments regarding Olek’s homework you received in an email I sent you after our 4 minutes encounter.
I most certainly didn’t ignore your requests regarding the area of support, that is, again, simply not true. I dare to point out that your request was to help your child to pass the exam. I didn’t really get the chance to do that, since our interaction took 4 minutes during which you mainly shouted at me. I hope the comments about Olek’s homework: punctuation, syntax, lexical content and the general composition of his essays were helpful. I can only guess that your aim is to achieve A**, there’s still some space for improvement. I needed to see more of Olek’s writing since those two I received were written on two completely different levels: B and D.
As you can see, I treat my duties as a teacher diligently and if you had given us more time, maybe you would have a better opinion about my teaching skills. Giving that our contact actually only lasted, I need to emphasise it - 4 minutes, plus those few unpleasant emails I received from you, I am not sure if you are in the position to judge my professionalism. You didn’t give yourself enough time to be able to do that competently. FirstTutor asks students to leave a feedback after three weeks, that usually would be at least 180 minutes of working with a teacher, for many of my students it means 540 minutes of working with me before giving me a feedback here.
Calling me dishonest is, unfortunately, a lie, and no emotional reaction can justify this accusation. I informed you about all the admin details two weeks before our lesson and you accepted the rules. You accepted my 48 hours cancellation policy. Cancelling a booked lesson 4 minutes after it started does not qualify as giving me those agreed 48 hours to book that hour for one of my other students. You wrote your son has 10 tutors, I guess some are from the FirstTutor. I don’t know the other tutors who work with you, so I don’t know what arrangements you have with them. I am afraid it’s not something I should be expected to know. First Tutor is a platform where different tutors advertise themselves. We do not work for FirstTutor, for that reason every time you ask someone for help here, you need to take into account that this person may work in a fashion which is different from what you are used to. I would risk a statement that it’s actually a good thing, because everyone can find something that suits them. Diversity can be a good thing, and even if you disagree, you must admit that it deserves some respect. You definitely didn’t demonstrate any respect towards me.
I didn’t refuse to do something else during the lesson, that is another untruthful statement. You were upset because I asked Olek to take the test and write an essay, and then you started shouting. You didn’t give me the time to do anything else.
I understand that you are upset, however I am not sure it’s reasonable to make me the person responsible for
our cooperation to fail. I have a well practiced approach to teaching, which I have refined over many years, and I believe my overall feedback speaks to this. I can reassure you that my professionalism and honesty are at the core of not only who I am, but also how I conduct my business, for those reasons I felt obligated to clarify some of the details from your feedback which were not true.
Dear Dorota, I have the impression that your personal idiosyncrasies clouded your judgment. It simply is not fair and it makes your feedback untrustworthy. You may be upset, you may dislike me as a person and you should have put it in your statement, that would be true. But I am not here to be liked. I am a teacher, I am here to help people learning, and that’s what should be assessed in a feedback. Your feedback should have been factual then it would be useful. I can only say: thank you for taking time to share your opinion. I wish we had both been spared this unfortunate experience. Sadly, and for the first time, I deeply regret working with a student.
Lessons are built around a series of short translations from English into Polish, which in my experience as a language teacher too is the best way to develop confidence in using and speaking a new language (which tends to be much better than working through a textbook together, or working through a series of small activities).
Katarzyna has an expert knowledge of grammar, and can break concepts down very clearly and manageably, while including relevant cultural and historical information, which helps it stick. Lessons are fast-paced, but Katarzyna can also slow down with particularly difficult sections. She also has an excellent teaching manner - she is very encouraging, lessons are funny, and she’s good at correcting mistakes. I’ve definitely noticed a significant improvement in my Polish, particularly in putting sentences together - the grammar focus has given me a stronger foundation in knowing what goes where, and in self-correcting while speaking.
In conclusion Katarzyna is one of the best I’ve ever had for languages - I would wholeheartedly recommend her lessons!
Kasia is positive, open and friendly. She encourages the student at all times and allows them to correct their own mistakes with gentle hints and open questions. She is well-prepared and has a lot of learning content available to her to make sure that lessons are productive and focused. She explains things well and provides written answers when the student is unable to correct themselves. These are very useful to review after the lesson is over.
Kasia gives a preview of what's to come so that the student can focus ahead on revision and learning prior to a lesson starting. She creates a positive atmosphere and is sympathetic in her attitude if there are any perceived issues or problems in general. She obviously wants the student to succeed and shows just enough disappointment when a student makes a mistake. She is prompt in responding to emails and very straightforward on all house-keeping issues, such as payments or lesson schedules.
Overall it's been an excellent start and I would recommend Kasia to any student at any level of learning the Polish language. Looking forward to be able to score Kasia a 5 next time!
She helps you believe in your own ability to learn and trust your own memory. A new way of approaching how we are usually taught.
She is extremely patient and a joy to work with.
We have many weeks learning together, which I’m looking forward too.
Friendly and professional. I recommend Kat to anyone.
Would highly recommend
Kat's approach to teaching has allowed me to have conversations with family and friends in Polish after the first lesson.
I would highly recommend Kat to anybody trying to learn Polish :)
Her lessons are an excellent mix of enjoyable and challenging. Anyone learning a language from scratch will know that it is difficult and if you're not doing it for a purpose or you're not finding it at least a bit entertaining, you are likely going to be dissuaded from learning and possibly give up. With Kat this just isn't the case, her lessons are engaging and challenging and make you work with the knowledge you've been taught thus far to formulate more complex phrases and sentences. These phrases then get expanded upon more and more and more. Students get a strong sense of satisfaction when you get things correct and Kat capitalises on this.
She also gets to know her students well. I didn't necessarily like my language teachers at school and didn't enjoy learning from them. With Kat, it doesn't feel like you're learning from a scary teacher, it feels more like you're learning from one of your friends who just happens to be awesome at speaking a bunch of different languages.
Overall I can't recommend Kat enough, she is an immense teacher who will get you where you need to be with your language of choice. If you're going to use a language tutor, look no further than Kat.
Kasia's approach to teaching is well thought through and tailored to my daughter's ability. Its not only about rigid learning, its about learning through fun, too. My daughter enjoys her lessons very much, more than ever and she has the experience of other ways of teaching Polish.
We are glad that we found Kasia.
Kat's lessons emphasise sentence construction over grammatical rules. This gets you thinking practically in the language itself, and really builds you up quickly. The grammar (which is nobody's favourite part of a language) is subtly introduced whenever it's needed rather than overwhelming you from the outset.
I'm incredibly happy with my progress so far, in terms of the sentences I'm now able to construct in Polish but also in terms of my own confidence when talking to Polish family and coworkers. I wish I could demonstrate the difference in my confidence levels before and after I started having lessons with Kat, because I think that would be the best recommendation I could possibly give her.
I strongly encourage anyone who wants to learn Polish to book some lessons with Kat!
A very friendly and casual approach to teaching is helping to put me at ease.
I would highly recommend Kasia to anyone looking for a tutor.
I look forward to each lesson and highly recommend. don't think, just get in touch with her!
We wanted to improve our linguistics to better communicate with family in Poland and build Polish as the children’s strong second language.
Kasia is very patient, welcoming and engages the children well. Her structured approach to the lessons also keeps them well entertained throughout the lesson.
We are very pleased with their progress and would highly recommend her.
The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly; the language is broken down in segments that are easily manageable.
I highly recommend Kasia for anyone wanting to learn the Polish language.
Thank you Sam.
I enrolled via First Tutors for a course with Katarzyna Leszczinska as I required further conversational practice. After talking in Polish for 15 minutes at the start of my first session Katarzyna assessed my abilityand an advanced course of tuition was immediately implemented at her suggestion.
Tuition takes place in a tranquil setting and is immensely enjoyable, productive and most beneficial from a reliable, organised, motivated, enthusiastic professional and highly effective tutor. I completely recommend Katarzyna for anyone's needs in the Polish language. Adrian, Tadley near Basingstoke.
I have already learnt a lot thanks to her fun and interesting teaching, I would recommend her to anyone wishing to learn the Polish language.
She is very patient, understanding and is flexible with bookings which is brilliant for me.
All the best Dave Carter
Kasia's teaching style is making learning a difficult language like Polish easy and more importantly fun! The atmosphere is relaxed and yet progress is clear each week!
I would definitely recommend Kasia to anyone looking for a tutor!
For personal reasons I've stopped lessons, but I now understand what my wife says to her family, whereas before not a clue!!!