I am a graduate in Medieval and Modern Languages (French and Spanish) from Oxford University, I am fluent in both languages, and I love teaching! I have worked as a private family tutor for over eight years now, specializing in providing Oxbridge-standard tuition, to clients at home and abroad. I teach a broad range of humanities subjects: French, Spanish, English Lit., history, history of art, philosophy, as well as practical exam skills: essay technique, revision methods, and exam practice. I also have considerable experience as a translator, and as a provider of TEFL (English as a Foreign Language) tuition. And finally, I specialise in the preparation of candidates for Oxbridge interview and entrance exams - in which arena, I am pleased to report that so far, I have a 100% success rate. Notwithstanding this record, I still consider the best testament of my ability as a tutor to be the opinion of my long-standing clients: it is immensely gratifying that I am frequently headhunted to fulfil challenging tuition briefs, as a result of their word-of-mouth recommendations. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any enquiries. I look forward to meeting you, and hopefully to teaching you!
Having worked for a variety of elite Oxbridge Tuition Agencies for a number of years, I was headhunted in 2011 by K & R Educational, a company specialising in child psychology-led tuition, and founded by the Abramovich family’s Personal Tutors. This opportunity allowed both my reputation as a Foreign Languages’ tutor, and my client list to grow by word of mouth, which prompted my move to freelance tuition. I have worked as a senior, private family tutor ever since, providing both targeted academic help, as well as more holistic cultural education, (e.g. arranging theatre trips/guided museum visits,) as per the needs of my clients. I also bring many years of experience to bear in the preparation of my students for a variety of national exams: 11+, 13+ both CE and scholarship, GCSE, AS/A2, IB, and university exams. In fact, by this point, I have taught everyone from a four year old to a forty-six year old - so please, don't feel shy about contacting me with your request!
Just as important as my own experience of teaching, is the fact that I myself have been tutored over the years, so I know what it's like to be on the receiving end. At school, I was tutored in French because I completed both A-Levels and A-level Extension Levels several years ahead of my age-group, and in Maths, because I was briefly struggling. Most recently at Oxford University, I have been privileged enough to receive many hours of one-to-one tuition from world experts in a broad array of academic disciplines: translation, philosophy of translation, literature, literary criticism, grammar, linguistics, phonetics, philosophy, essay-writing, to name but a few. I continued this practice on my year abroad from Oxford, where I once again sought daily language tuition to consolidate my language skills, and to fast-track my fluency.
As a result of this immersive educational background, I am passionate about broadening the intellectual horizons of my tutees. My lessons are designed to foster both self-confidence and pure technical ability, as I know both to be integral to lasting academic success. Beyond this, my aim is always to awaken and extend the intellectual curiosity of my tutees, in order to encourage them to learn and discover independently. To do this, I work to forge a strong professional relationship with each and every tutee, and I believe in tailoring my lessons to suit the different ways we all like to learn.
As I hope my personal testament of both having given and received tuition demonstrates, I am a firm believer in the benefits of personal tuition, as I will now explain:
Why is extra tuition helpful?
The school classroom is often a difficult place to learn in - particularly as regards Foreign Languages - it goes without saying that aptitudes and abilities range significantly. In addition, more often than not, class numbers make individual teacher-pupil attention impossible, with students increasingly encouraged to keep quiet, rather than to pipe up and make the mistakes they could learn from. This tends to lead to two types of scenario: in the first instance, brighter students remain unstimulated, become bored, and then stop learning. In the second, struggling students are left to flounder - all too quickly jumping to the conclusion that they are not 'linguists', or worse, that they are simply not 'academically gifted'.
Why is having language skills so important?
The world has changed, and we are now more than ever global citizens with global problems. Inter-linguistic/cultural communication is paramount, above all in the business world. In a cut-throat employment market, today's students simply cannot afford not to develop their language skills. Many city employers (e.g. banks, law firms etc) will now not consider you as an applicant without additional language skills (applications are done online, leave the 'Additional Languages' box blank -a required field-, and the computer refuses to submit your details). This attitude comes with statistical clout: Spanish is the Western World's fastest growing, and therefore most influential language after English. Speaking from personal experience, I have been given several valuable job/life opportunities simply because I spoke languages my competitors did not.
What is my approach to tutoring?
I wish to dispel the apocryphal notion that 'being a linguist' is something that can be either obtained or irretrievably lost in a school classroom; in my experience, there is no correlation. My policy therefore is to adapt to the needs of each individual student, whether this means re-engaging a mind through different learning techniques (studying bite-size pieces of literature is a non-irksome and intellectually stimulating way of developing grammar/vocab/oral proficiency), shoring up any grammatical gaps impeding progress, or focusing on a particular skill set e.g. oral communication, or target e.g. an examination. I am happy to help children/adults of any age and ability and I look forward to discussing your individual aims/goals.
|Languages||English (British), French, Spanish|
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|Oxford University (New College)||2009||Bachelors||Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages (French and Spanish) from Oxford University.|
|The King's School, Canterbury||2004||School||Advanced Extension Level: French|
|The King's School, Canterbury||2004||School||A-Levels: English (A) French (A) Spanish (A) History (A) AS Levels: English (A) French (A) Spanish (A) History (A) Chemistry (B)|
|The King's School, Canterbury||2002||School||GCSEs: English lit. (A*) English lang. (A*) Maths (A*) Double Science Award (A* x 2) French (A*) Spanish (A*) Latin (A*) History (A*) Music (A)|
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