Information About Laurence - Chesham teacher - (19 reviews)
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Laurence offers a discount of 50% on their first / introductory lesson!
Hello, hola, bonjour! I am a native French speaker from Normandy and a fully qualified French and Spanish teacher with over 27 years' experience teaching both languages at GCSE, A-Level and beyond. I have a proven record of helping students achieve grades beyond their highest expectations, with many of my A-level students attaining Oxbridge places. In my teaching career – half of that as Head of Spanish in a leading Grammar school in Buckinghamshire – I have twice been personally commended by Ofsted with my lessons graded outstanding and was subsequently selected to deliver training courses on raising standards and improving grades in teaching. I have tutored French and Spanish to students of all ages and abilities, from primary school pupils to undergraduates and adults, with a particular focus on GCSE and A-level. I am a very enthusiastic, dynamic and passionate tutor whose main motivation is to help and guide my students through the process of learning a language and encourage them to reach their goals whilst enjoying the journey.
-I am a highly experienced French and Spanish teacher, having taught these through to A-level in both the State and Independent sector since 1995 and can provide tutoring in either language on a one-to-one or group basis as required.
-I worked 13 years as Head of Spanish in a selective grammar school for girls with a proven record of outstanding results at GCSE and A-level and am fully conversant with current course structures and examination requirements.
-I also teach French to native French children aged 7+ living in the UK in a specialist bilingual school on Saturdays and have tutored others of a similar age in a more general capacity.
-I am experienced in preparing students for the Eton CE examination in French, the King's Scholarship Examination, and the Westminster School 16+ Entrance Examination.
-I have thousands of hours' experience tutoring French and Spanish to students at pre-GCSE, GCSE, A-Level and beyond. All of my tutees have achieved excellent examination results, every single one attaining at least a grade higher than predicted, often more.
The quality that defines me most is probably the innate empathy I feel for my students whether they simply lack confidence or have deeper issues to deal with. Some of my students are highly academic, cope well with a rigorous approach, and essentially just require the extension and organisation of their knowledge on their way to an Oxbridge place. But we also live in an age where school and examination pressures are continuously rising and taking their toll on students’ confidence and mental health. I provide a relaxed, supportive and fun learning environment where all students will flourish and with each lesson individually constructed and entirely based on their personal needs and goals. The teaching material I offer is modern, innovative and engaging and encourages each student to actively participate in their own learning.
All tuition is currently being offered online as well as face-to-face. This may be reviewed in the future, in line with government guidance on Covid.
- The pricing listed is for hourly one-to-one lessons.
- The initial consultation is free of charge.
- Group tutoring is available. Details on request.
- Special consideration is available for those who are temporarily unwaged or genuinely in need.
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Additional Languages: English (British), Spanish
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- University of Manchester (1996) - PGCE in secondary French and Spanish (PGCE) (✔ On File)
- Université de Mont-Saint-Aignan, France (1994) - Licence de LEA Anglais-Espagnol (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
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We reached out to Laurence after our son had lost all confidence in his learning and Laurence quickly reassured us. Right from the very first lesson, our son was feeling very much reconnected and engaged with his A-level Spanish. He always looks forward to his lessons with Laurence and especially enjoys her enthusiastic, focused but caring way of teaching. He has become confident in using techniques and processes that he hasn't grasped so well in school. Needless to say that our son's confidence in his A-level Spanish has flourished and he is back on track with his learning.
I think Laurence's uniqueness as a tutor comes from her incredible knowledge and expertise, her absolute professionalism, all counterbalanced with a very warm, friendly and exceptionally caring personality. She is truly one in a million and I can't recommend her highly enough.
I can throughly recommend Laurence to anyone looking for a tutor.
I believe any child would be fortunate to have a tutor as good as Laurence and have no hesitation in recommending her
From the first lesson I could see that Laurence had put a lot of work into her lesson plan, she is very organised and has set out a plan going forward. They have both progressed very quickly and have become much more confident. We are very happy with Laurence and I would definitely recommend her.
I can’t recommend Laurence enough. Every lesson is engaging, well structured and fun to cover the areas that my daughter needs to improve.