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I am passionate about the English language and its literature, which I have studied all my life. It is a wonderful feeling to help a child to love a book or to enable an EFL student to understand a difficult grammatical rule. I love the fact that I meet so many new people, who are all so different and special in their own ways, through this job. As a parent myself, I understand how that every child has different ways of learning and needs and tailor my lessons to suit each individual.

About me: I am 38 years old and live in Twickenham with my husband and two children, a boy and a girl. As well as private tutoring for people of all ages and abilities, I run a copy-editing and proofreading business (Sam Szanto Copy-editing and Proofreading), working with individuals and businesses. I also write, and my poetry and stories have won prizes and been published online and in print.

My qualifications include a BA in English Literature from Warwick University and an MA in American Literature from Sheffield University, as well as an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University.

Tutoring Experience

I have worked as a private tutor for 10 years, with people of all ages and nationalities: from children as young as eight to mature students.

I have experience in helping children to prepare for admissions exams and interviews, including the 11+ and 13+ exams. I have also worked with numerous GCSE and A level candidates. I provide tutees with help to: understand the rules of grammar; improve their linguistic style; write essays or creative pieces; analyse literary texts; or prepare for an exam, piece of coursework or interview. The academic level of the children I have taught has varied immensely, but I have helped all of them in different ways; as well as raising their grades and helping them to pass an exam; many parents have commented that I have notably improved their child's confidence in the classroom.

For adults: I offer one-to-one classes in English language (EFL and native speakers), including IELTS. I have a 100% success rate in helping people to pass the IELTS exam. I offer bespoke classes to foreign students, working with them at their pace to improve all aspects of their English, from writing a business letter to speaking 'like a native'.

My recent successes include helping a number of children to pass the 11+ exam for acceptance into some of the top local (and UK) schools, including The Tiffin Girls' School, Hampton School for Boys, Lady Eleanor Holles and Nonsuch High School. Other notable successes are helping a student to pass the Oxbridge English entrance interview and enabling a GCSE student to improve his English Language grade from an E to an A*. I have also worked at one of the top independent schools in the country, City of London School for Girls.

Tutoring Approach

I am an enthusiastic, friendly and supportive tutor. I believe that everyone has the potential to improve their language ability. Everyone is a unique learner and as such, I recognise the importance of working with people at their own pace and conduct each lesson on a bespoke basis to get the best out of everyone. Even shy children warm to me very quickly, and it is a great pleasure to watch them bloom and to do better and better in every lesson. I have a great love of the English language, and of its literature, and aim to pass that on to my tutees. I always seek to raise my students' confidence levels and to make them believe that they can do well. I have been described by as a kind and thoughtful teacher and as reliable, punctual and pleasant.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (daytime)
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Bath Spa University2009MastersMA, Creative Writing
University of Sheffield2002MastersMA, American Literature
West Herts College2002ProfessionalPostgraduate Diploma: Public Relations
University of Warwick2000BachelorsBA (hons): 2:1, English Literature

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