As well as tutoring, I currently teach English to asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants at the Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre. In August (2019), I’ll be jetting off to Cambridge to teach English, public speaking, critical thinking, and leadership skills with BlueBridge Education. In my free time, I enjoy writing poetry and short stories and performing at open-mic poetry nights. I’m a big fan of books and films – some favourite writers include Ali Smith, Jorge Luis Borges, Carol Ann Duffy, and Sinead Morrissey, while on the film-front, I’ve just seen (and really enjoyed) ‘Sorry to Bother You.’ (Would definitely recommend!) I enjoy Latin dancing (salsa, bachata, and kizomba) and walking in the lovely county Down countryside. I'm also currently learning some Arabic.
I have been providing private tuition in person in French, Spanish, and English language and literature since March 2015, and also help students with essay writing, academic English, and Oxbridge applications. As a teacher of English as a foreign language, I have prepared and delivered over 1000 hours of in-classroom lessons, working with organisations that include a secondary school in Madrid (Oct 2016-June 2018) and BlueBridge Education (Aug 2018 and Aug 2017), a Cambridge-based provider of Oxbridge study experiences for Japanese students (aged 14-17). As a teacher with BlueBridge Education, I gained considerable experience in coaching students in the critical and independent thinking expected of Oxbridge students. I have a particular interest in literature, and can help students studying Francophone, Latin American, English, and comparative literatures.
I enjoy working with students of a wide variety of needs and interests, and tailor my lessons to meet the requirements and learning style of each individual. The content and format of the lesson will therefore depend on the student and the subject they wish to address. (That said, I often find it useful to base sessions on work I've given students to review beforehand). I'm happy to discuss your requirements and how we might meet them by private message, phone, or video call.
Re: Oxbridge Applications
Having applied to Cambridge as a student of a Northern Irish state school, I understand how daunting the Oxbridge application process can seem. However, with an understanding of what the application process entails, what Oxbridge professors are looking for, and what you can do to prepare, some of this anxiety can be alleviated. If you're a student aiming for top grades at A-Level, I'm happy to help you with the application and to work with you to prepare for the interviews.
I am passionate about languages and literatures, and continue to read, write, and travel as much as I can. At university, I achieved a high 2:1 (69%) in my degree and was awarded first-class grades for both dissertations of literary criticism that I completed during my third and final years respectively (8000 words, 77% and 10,000 words, 74% respectively). I was also awarded a ‘Mention of Special Excellence’ for my final-year French oral exam. During my year abroad (third year), I studied French literature (all masters-level courses) at one of the top universities in France, the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, where I achieved 30 ECTS while also writing a dissertation on the contemporary French author, Pierre Michon, for my home university. At school, I achieved 3 A*s at A-Level in Chemistry, English Literature, and French and I also came 3rd overall in French in the Northern Irish exam board, CCEA. At GCSE, I achieved 10 A*s and 1A. I have a particular interest in literature, and can help students studying Francophone, Latin American, English, and comparative literatures.
- Modern and Medieval Languages, B.A. Hons. (2:1, 69%), University of Cambridge
- A-Level: Chemistry A*, English Literature A*, French A* (3rd in CCEA exam board, Northern Ireland)
- AS-Level: Geography A
- GCSE: 10 A* (including English Language, English Literature, French, Mathematics, Additional Mathematics), 1A