Information About Paula - Hemel Hempstead teacher - (34 reviews)
This is how 3 referees rated Paula:
I am a native Spanish tutor from Valencia, Spain. My teaching career began in 1997 at a prestigious language school affiliated to Cambridge University.
I specialise in offering private language tuition to young students preparing for their Spanish IGCSE/GCSE and A Level exams, in a wide range of schools in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire including Berkhamsted School, St Albans High School for Girls, Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls, Dr Challoner's High School, Dr Challoner's Grammar School, Abbot's Hill School, Duncombe School, etc.
I am familiar and up to date with the new GCSE 9 - 1 grading system and confident teaching the recently introduced A Level units, books and films for both AQA and Edexel exam boards.
Many students have come to me with low and even failing school grades, often due to the poor way Spanish is taught in schools. After just a few sessions, they have seen significant improvement in their grades, a huge confidence boost and a new found love for the subject. Some of my students have won the Spanish Academic Award and many have come top of their class.
I appreciate that choosing the right tutor is a very difficult decision, so please take a look at my students' testimonials in the feedback section below, to find out about their learning experience and how I have helped them achieve and surpass their objectives.
I have worked as a language tutor for the past 20 years and have experience working in the following teaching environments:
- GCSE, IGCSE and A Level exam preparation. AQA, Edexel, OCR and Cambridge exam boards.
- Primary school- extra curriculum classes
- Private language schools - all levels
- Adult learning
- Business Spanish
- Degree and Post Graduate
- Guest lecturer at the University of Valencia
- Group and one-to-one private tuition
- Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE). Exam coaching and preparation for all levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2) adult and children qualifications.
My teaching method focuses on fostering my students' confidence and encouraging the learning to grow and blossom from within. I am enthusiastic, energetic, empathetic, patient and very resourceful. My lessons are tailored to suit my students' individual learning needs and objectives. My clients find my classes fun, memorable and very effective.
I am willing to travel to my students' premises but please note that I charge a £5 fee for any journey up to 5 miles each way and £10 travel fee for any journey that exceeds 5 miles each way. This is not only to cover my driving costs but also to compensate for my time, as I am unable to work whilst I am driving to and from students' homes. Thank you very much for your understanding.
From Jill - Rating 5/5 - Level: Expert Spanish:
"Paula has tutored my daughter for 3 years from AS to university level and we have been very pleased with the results. Mel became much more confident in speaking and was thrilled with her final A2 results. We have no hesitation in recommending Paula to others. I would also add that Mel always looked forward to her lessons which is, of course, an added bonus!"
From Shona - Rating 5/5 - Level: Expert Spanish:
"Paula has been tutoring me for A2 Spanish for the past year. I am happy to say that she has improved my confidence with tackling Spanish enormously and has always gone above and beyond with giving me her time, resources and help, which I have valued so much. Since Paula provided me with her own resources, it meant that I was able to see Spanish from a better angle, rather than have information just recycled from the internet which my school teachers seemed to prefer! In the past year I have been nominated for a Spanish award in my school, and I am sure that it was aided by Paula's help. I have had a really great experience with Paula tutoring me".
From Mishika Rating 5/5 - Level: Intermediate Spanish:
Absolutely Amazing Tutor!
Paula is fantastic!
She really goes out of her way to explain and organise every session with you. I could not have asked for any better! In one session, Paula explained grammar topics and boosted the confidence of my daughter! She even created worksheets and folders for revision. She is conscientious, a good planner and will immediately focus on what needs to be covered! Paula also has a nice, calm and friendly demeanour which many children would love. She immediately captured my daughter's interest and that helps a great deal in the learning a language process and doing well in the tests and examinations. So happy to have her!
From Helen - Rating 5/5 - Level: GCSE, intermediate Spanish:
"Paula was an excellent tutor for my daughter to boost her GCSE grade. Paula's resources, approach and interaction were excellent and Paula was able to assess areas of weakness quickly and accurately and tailor the tutoring accordingly. She has a great teaching style which gives the pupil confidence in their ability and my daughter felt able to tackle aspects of the GCSE exam, which had previously caused problems by referring to the learning strategies that Paula had shown her. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Paula to anyone who is looking for any level of Spanish tutoring. I only regret not finding Paula sooner."
For more client testimonials, please check out the feedback section below.
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Additional Languages: Catalan, English (British), French, Italian, Latin, Russian
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera (1999) - Communication Science and Media Studies (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
- University of Cambridge (1998) - English as a Foreign Language (Other) (✘ Not On File)
- Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera (1997) - Journalism and Public Relations (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
- Colegio La Purisima, Alzira (1994) - A Levels (Spanish, English, Spanish Literature, Spanish History, Spanish History of Art (School) (✘ Not On File)
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The resources she bought were incredibly useful and she always researched my topics further to provide me with more information and strengthen my arguments.
Paula is an incredibly reliable and friendly tutor, who made me feel comfortable and has greatly improved my Spanish vocabulary range, master of grammar and fluency.
My daughter is very comfortable with the Sciences and Maths but has always been a very reluctant learner of languages. Since having lessons with Paula she happily completes the targeted grammar exercises. This is such a huge reversal for someone who has hated every moment of learning both French and more recently Spanish. Now, however, she says she actually enjoys learning Spanish!
The lessons are conducted on Skype which gives us greater flexibility and makes it so much easier to fit into her out of school schedule. We don't waste time travelling and yet the sessions are still really interactive. Paula is able to use a bank of resources to explain and pinpoint areas in need of improvement. More important than that Paula has found a way of creating an encouraging environment in which my daughter isn't afraid to try.
Overall, I'm very happy with the lessons and only wish we had started sooner.
Apologies for my late reply. I had forgotten to respond until First Tutors reminded me.
Thank you very much for coming along and helping Olivia with her Spanish A level exam. Olivia looks forward to her lesson with you which is great. You are always reliable, punctual, happy and calm which is much appreciated. Olivia's confidence is growing!
We are so grateful to you for all your help and support.
My daughter had the pleasure of having 6weeks tutoring with Paula- prior to sitting her igcse Spanish Exams. She has thoroughly enjoyed her tutorials. Found them extremely beneficial.
A marvellous, very experienced tutor. I have been absolutely delighted, and very impressed!
Very friendly engaging and approachable manner.
Full of expert knowledge, advice, feedback, exam technique, and that extra attention to detail as a native Spanish speaker- which is exactly what we were looking for.
With pleasure, I highly recommend Paula, to any parent/student.
Our daughter is now much more confident in Spanish and is expecting a good grade in her GCSE. She has enjoyed it so much that she has now opted to take Spanish at A-level.
Paula is an extremely friendly and diligent tutor and we would not hesitate to recommend her to anybody looking for some Spanish tuition.
She was very reliable, always on time and very organized.
She was willing to go the extra mile and give extra work and help with homework.
She is very passionate about her subject.
I would definitely recommend Paula to anyone studying A level Spanish, she is one of the only Spanish Tutors that I have come across that knows the exam board very well, this includes the cultural texts (I am studying La casa de Bernarda Alba and Volver). Paula is not only an incredible teacher but she also has a heart of gold, I could not have asked for a better tutor!
She would also be an excellent group teacher.
Has inspired my child and helping her achieve her full potential
Thank you very much for your amazing feedback! I'm over the moon :-)