Need a helping hand? Call now to speak to an academic advisor: 0203 962 1468
Call now to speak to an advisor: 0203 962 1468


BA Japanese (Double First Class) University of Cambridge, 2014
MA Musical Theatre (Distinction) Royal Academy of Music, 2016

LRAM Teaching Qualification
JLPT Level 1
Best Actress Nominee, Stage Debut Awards 2017

I have worked as a private tutor for 7 years in the UK and Japan, teaching a wide variety of subjects to children and adults aged 4-50s, one-on-on and in groups. As a professional actor, I offer a unique, dynamic approach to tutoring. When desired, I can combine elements of self-confidence / public speaking training into my language and drama classes. I have worked with business professionals, actors, sportspeople, students and entrepreneurs to help them develop their language skills alongside their confidence.

Between 2013-15 lived in Japan for 18 months, whilst studying Japanese at Doshisha University and then later volunteering on rural farms across the country. I hold a BA degree from the University of Cambridge and an MA from the Royal Academy of Music. I have both stage and screen experience as a professional actor (Royal Lyceum Theatre, CBBC) and run drama and self-confidence workshops for children and young adults in London and Cambridge.

I offer online teaching, and have developed engaging, multi-media materials for all my subjects over the past year, for students aged 2 years old - adults.

Tutoring Experience

I have worked as a private tutor for 9 years, both with private students and through a number of tutoring companies (UK- and Japan-based). I now offer exclusively online teaching, having developed a strong, highly successful online programme for all my subjects over the past unusual year.

I use my own original textbooks and teaching materials for all subjects, offering an experience you won't find with any other tutor.

Through tutoring companies I have taught Japanese, EFL, Oxbridge Entry, 4-plus, 7-plus, Musical Theatre and Drama lessons. I have worked with children as young as 2 in formal tutoring settings (4-plus examinations / EFL / literacy) and have even greater experience working part-time in childcare centres, supporting children from just a few months old.

I have worked with language students of all levels, from beginners and casual learners, to degree-level learners. I am highly adaptable in my approach to tutoring and believe that there is no one-style-fits-all way to learn. I write thorough and detailed lesson materials for all individual students, regardless of subject, catering to their current abilities and future goals.

Tutoring Approach

I offer Japanese classes to students of all levels, specialising in beginners', GCSE and degree-level Japanese. I have coached students of Japanese through GCSE, A-Level, and degree level exams and every level of the JLPT qualifications. All my students have passed with a 9, A* or equivalent.

Japanese can be a challenge to master, and most of the textbooks on the market skip over the intricacies of the language. During 2020-21, I spent lockdown writing comprehensive, original textbooks for my Japanese students. At present, I offer bespoke materials for all my students, based on three main textbooks: beginners; intermediate & advanced; GCSE.

Using these textbooks allows me to:
a) edit and adapt materials for each student
b) develop online quizzes and interactive games to match each lesson I have designed (essential for effective online learning)
c) support students through beginners' level and through to GCSE and beyond (JLPT exams, A-Level). There is currently no official GCSE Japanese textbook, but I have developed a stream to guide students from beginners' level, through the GCSE spec and beyond.

As a non-native speaker, having been through the process of learning Japanese as an adult, I deeply understand the challenges that students face. As such, I can offer more support in learning methods, tips and tricks than a native speaker might.

I offer general interview training for all students applying for Oxbridge interviews, and support for students applying for Japanese at any university. After graduating from Cambridge University, I have coached many other students through successful applications to both Cambridge and Oxford. I can do subject specific interviews for Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, but more often provide collegiate and general interview practice and thinking skills training for students applying for any subject at any college.

As a professional actor, an emphasis on confidence, communication and creativity are embedded in all my sessions.
Some of the students with the best grades and prospects may struggle to gain a place at Cambridge or Oxford unless they understand the ethos behind the schools: an emphasis on individuality, independence and creativity.

I have taught English as a Foreign Language to students from Japan, Korea, France, Spain, Brazil, Portugal, Ukraine, Turkey and Russia. I create my own lesson materials and as such can offer tailor made classes to suit each unique student: from more formal grammar based lessons to conversation classes, colloquial English classes, business English and public presentation classes, copywriting and proofreading services. I always mix speaking, writing and reading practice into each class.

I am a professional actor, working on stage and screen, and offer group and individual drama and singing training. I studied Musical Theatre and Singing teaching at the Royal Academy of Music, where I also gained an LRAM teaching qualification. I offer Musical Theatre training for students of any level, specialising in sessions on Acting through Song. If you need particular support before an audition or drama school application, I can offer an intense set of sessions to help you through the process. I also hold grade 8 LAMDA Speech and Drama, and tutor students taking LAMDA Acting, Speech & Drama and public speaking exams. In September 2017, I was nominated for Best Actress at The Stage Debut Awards for my role as Alice in Anthony Neilson's Alice in Wonderland (2016).

I am Resident Drama Coach for the Keio Japanese Summer School which runs each year at Downing College Cambridge, running Drama and Creativity workshops for groups of 25-35 students at a time. I have 9 years' experience helping lead Drama workshops at summer schools, middle schools, universities and childcare centres in the UK and Japan for British, Spanish, French and Japanese students.

I have over 15 years' experience working with children, having grown up in a house that doubled as a childcare centre. I have supported children as young as 2 and 3 in learning English as a Foreign Language, and in practising for 4-plus entrance tests. At this age, all experiences can be an opportunity for children to learn, if they are presented in the right way. It is essential to connect with young children as individuals, finding out their unique likes, dislikes, interests and skills, in order to discover the best way for them to stay excited about all the things there are to learn in this world.

I offer Self Confidence workshops for groups of any number (private 1 on 1 sessions also available). These are tailor made, and can emphasise any combination of audition and interview skills, body confidence and/or strengthening personal intuition.

LanguagesEnglish (British), French, Japanese
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
References Available On File


Please log in to download free tutor resources.


Royal Academy of Music2016MastersStudying: MA Musical Theatre
University of Cambridge2014Bachelors1:1 BA Japanese Studies
Japan Educational Exchanges and Services2013ProfessionalLevel 1: Japanese Language Proficiency Test
Royal Academy of Music2019ProfessionalLRAM

Jessica's Feedback

Published feedback
Unpublished feedback (Usually negative)0
Rating from 2 references


Click here for more English (Foreign Language) tutors