This is how 3 referees rated Rosie May:
I am an enthusiastic, humorous and engaging tutor with all students - children to teenagers - with a passion for teaching in innovative, entertaining ways. English Literature Graduate from the University of York, studying a masters at Falmouth University.
For prospective English students:
I am very widely read and have a great knowledge on a vast range of literature from Medieval to modern, essay writing, language, punctuation and grammar and critical theories. I can teach English (whether that be language or literature) from primary to Alevel.
I have studied Spanish from the age of 10 and still practice it to this very day. At school I fought vehemently on controversial matters like the death penalty and critically analysed the films of Pedro Almodovar and currently at university I am reading Lorca's plays and poetry.
At school I taught both English and Spanish to younger students and to those who were struggling.
I volunteered in a dyslexic English class, helping the students to read and preparing for spelling tests etc.
With regards to Spanish I am currently tutoring a girl who is taking her Spanish GCSE - covering listening, reading and writing alike.
Below GCSE: When starting with the basics of English Literature the fundamentals include formulating a clear and precise argument. I advise those in year 7, 8 and 9 to concentrate on the art of creative writing - a skill essential for essay writing later in life. I would set lots of mini practice writing exercises, homing in on metaphors, similes and the technicalities of writing. Mastering punctuation early is also crucial.
GCSE: Reading and writing at GCSE is all about grasping the INTENTION of the piece. Whether that is writing to advise, argue, inform, explain or describe - each piece of writing has a specific purpose and that it what the examiners are looking for. I am definitely a believer in the motto 'Practice makes perfect' and remember doing over 30 past paper for my English GCSE. I would ensure my student did the same - writing only improves with practice. Ensuring the writing flows is also a skill the examiners look for.
A Level: A Level English Literature is also simply a case of practice. Being uncertain as to what exact essay will come up - you must be prepared to write on any possible topic and need to learn how to twist the question to suit what you have studied. I will ensure you practice the art of free writing - this is writing on the spot without any preparation. It brings out ideas from the subconscious that you may not have otherwise considered. Close reading is also crucial and I would practice this with you.
Below GCSE: Spanish for those in year 7, 8 and 9 is a door opening language. Basic vocal is key for the younger student. I would do regular vocab tests, flashcards, songs, small listening activities to get your child used to the Spanish sound and gradually the accumulation of small sentences.
GCSE: Spanish at GCSE is aided by a great memory. For the speaking exams I would ensure you prepare an extremely polished set of answers which we would practice endlessly till the accent and even intonation is perfected. The examiners love to see various set phrases in the writing exams that I would teach you and we would practice many listening activities to get your ear used to the pace and sound of the language. I always encourage my students to listen to the Spanish radio.
A Level: Spanish Alevel was always my favourite subject. However, the jump from GCSE to Alevel is definitely noticeable. In order to help the transition, reminding yourself regularly of vocab is crucial and I would ensure you knew all the possible words that could crop up. Not knowing a word in the essay question of your exam could prove fatal. The only way to achieve a perfect oral exam is practice - your argument must be forceful and convincing and you must be prepared with many key phrases to bounce back at the examiner in whatever scenario you may be confronted with. I would make sure you were confident in your ability to win your own argument.
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