I enjoy breaking down complex concepts into digestible bites and communicating it to others. I have practiced this skill throughout my career as a researcher and writer. This, combined with a passion for academic achievement, makes me an ideal tutor. I enjoy working with younger people and students and having had tuition while I was at school, feel eager about helping young people reach their full potential. I have experience teaching primary and secondary school children Maths, Science and English. I have also taught English as a second language. Having gained a BA degree from the University of Cambridge and a MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and being one year through a PhD at the LSE, I feel that I can offer excellent advice regarding university applications, personal statements and interview preparation.
I love helping my students work towards their goals. Whether they are improving their language skills for work and getting new jobs, planning or currently undertaking academic study, or learning a language to gain more familiarity with a different culture, I have helped my students to succeed through improving their language skills in Arabic.
I've studied 4 languages (English, Arabic, French and German), and am very familiar with the different challenges adults and children face with learning languages.
I recently become a GCSE Arabic examiner, and am currently translating a book from Arabic to English on the subject of social and economic development in Saudi Arabia.
I can help you with the following:
- Modern Standard Arabic
- Levantine Dialect
- Preparation for A-Level and GCSE exams
- Grammar and Vocabulary
- Learning the Arabic alphabet
- Everyday conversations
Mary's last completed GCSE Arabic job with Andrew: 1-2 hrs/week -
I am friendly, fun and caring.
A pleasant and respectful environment is what matters most to me and it is what motivates me to work happily. So, I try to create that wherever I go. I am frequently told I have a bubbly and helpful personality, which I hope is another contribution to creating a good relationship with my studentd.
I help my students feel comfortsble during their lessons. I make them embrace their language mistakes and help them realize that saying grammatically and/or phonetically incorrect sentences and words is a natural phenomenon. Everybody has some level of anxiety and/or concern when it comes to learning a new language, particularly when it is a "scary" language like Arabic. However, I believe in the importance of developing an immunity to that fear and creating a mindset that goes beyond learning a language on purely linguistic grounds. I address language learning with a focus on cultural practices, social interactions and identity perceptions, which I believe are essential elements in the process of language acquisition.
My experiences of tutoring in a school as well as teaching drama have taught me that people learn in different ways, and that it's important to be able to adopt a style of tutoring that works for your student. Not everyone gets everything the first time around (least of all me), but at the same time you don't want to spend ages on something you know you understand. As a tutor I am both patient and challenging, whichever is appropriate to the student and their circumstances.