Information About Oliver - Knightsbridge teacher - (19 reviews)
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I am a recent graduate from Cambridge University, where I studied French, Spanish and Latin. I am a very strong linguist and writer, from a family of linguists, who enjoys engaging with students and working out the best way for them to understand new ideas (and have a good time doing so).
I am well travelled and I spend a lot of time with friends who aren't English (particularly French) so I know what it's like to learn a language not just at school but in the real world: by listening, concentrating, building confidence, and speaking.
I have always had an impeccable academic record (for example: 2 major scholarships to Charterhouse, 11 A*s at GCSE, 4 high A*s at A-Level) and I have a sound understanding of the various syllabuses. Something else important which sets me apart from the crowd is the fact that I have always known how to play exams and get good results. This is a knack which not everyone has!
It's not always about exams - some people want to learn languages to be able to speak them rather than just to get a certificate. I can help here too, with a flexible, personalised approach. In this scenario we would be free to focus on specific weaknesses and learn through interesting media.
Latin is a bit of an exception, obviously… Very few people can actually speak it!
Please do get in touch with me.
I have hundreds of hours' experience tutoring students at GCSE, AS, A-Level and beyond, in English, French, Spanish and Latin. I have also taught Latin as an after-school activity for primary age children (7-11), and have tutored others of a similar age in a more general capacity. In addition, I have coached for entrance exams and interviews, and taught English as a foreign language: all in all, a wide range of student ages and teaching remits. Those whom I have taught have always been extremely happy with my services.
I love language and I try to pass this on at all levels. Students often seem to lack self-confidence in their approach to languages, and this is somewhere I am able to help. It could be a young student struggling to get to grips with GCSE Spanish listening, or an A-Level or higher student who needs help making his or her analysis of Virgil's Aeneid more sophisticated and informed. I relish every point along this spectrum.
It is, of course, essential to review past papers and study the specific requirements for a given exam; however, this is not everything, and I believe that there are some more general principles which help across the board. For example, writing technique (essay structure and argument, for example) is an essential tool not limited to a particular section of a particular paper. Another important element of language study is translation, a skill which is often overlooked but which I believe is one of the best ways to improve every aspect of competence.
If the teaching is not academic - that is to say - not for a specific exam, my approach is slightly different: more free, more flexible, more fun! It would depend on the student and their tastes, aims, strengths, etc.
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Additional Languages: French, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- University of Cambridge (2014) - Modern & Medieval Languages (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
- Charterhouse School (2009) - A**, A**, A**, A* - Cambridge Pre-U (A-level equivalent) (School) (✘ Not On File)
- Charterhouse School (2007) - 11 A*s - GCSE (School) (✘ Not On File)
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My son's attitude from 'Latin is sooo difficult, don't like it' changed to ' WoW, it's actually easy & fun'
He is very professional, organised and enthusiastic about the subject. My Year 13 son is benefiting enormously from Oliver's English tutorials and for the first time has professed an appreciation of poetry!
Oliver is more expensive than other tutors but in our experience is most definitely worth it.
which makes this learning process all the more fun. His passion clearly rubs off and instills the love for learning the language correctly and in depth even more. I would now look forward to Oliver stepping up the pace and taking this up a few notches, for my child. All in all it has been a brilliant experience !.