I have taught everything from music theory to English as far afield as New York and Madagascar, in classrooms, 1-to-1 and online. I have a Congratulatory First in Modern Languages from Oxford and have been tutoring a range of subjects for the last 9 years. I also have experience of living, working and studying in both France and Germany. Although my style of teaching is friendly and laid-back, I take immense pleasure from academic achievement and from inspiring others to achieve their academic goals.
* 10 years experience as private tutor.
* Experience teaching teenagers and adults, from pre-GCSE to degree level.
* Prepared students for GCSEs and A Level with all major exam boards, including OCR, AQA, Edexcel and iGCSE.
* Also familiar IB syllabus at both SL and HL level.
* Assessor for OCR exam board, marking A level scripts in English Literature.
* Tutored and mentored student studying for BA in English Literature with the Open University.
* Mentored students with university applications (including Oxbridge).
* Several years experience providing proofreading to academics and professionals.
I think I make a good tutor as I truly understand what it is like to come from an educational background that provides little help to be the best that you can be. I am a trained peer supporter so know how to listen to you effectively and actually understand the problems you face! I also do like english a lot, even if it can be a hard subject - I do really enjoy tasks such as close reading or proof reading!!
I like to make learning a language an enjoyable experience, whether that be French or English. I have been teaching languages and music for the last 9 years to people of all ages and levels, in countries including; Wales, London, Italy, France, Belgium, Morocco and Costa Rica. I believe it should be fun, fulfilling and mainly conversational, alongside the study of grammar, writing and reading. I have the ability to adjust my teaching method in order to suit the learner, as I believe everybody comes at languages from a different angle; some from an aural perspective and others from a more grammatical understanding. It is important for me to understand the learners' approach so I can help them fully immerse in the subject. I believe that languages are a vital skill in this global world today and would love to help you improve and work towards fluency in either French or English. I am happy to teach the basics as-well as the following examinations; IBDP, GCSE, A-level and University Degrees in both languages.
Music tutoring; I tutor Music GCSE and A.S/A-Level, piano grades 1-7, voice (jazz/pop), composition and music theory levels 1-8.
I believe ultimately the study of music should be fun and fulfilling and that the fundamental basics of music (e.g. scales/understanding of harmony & theory/listening skills/analytical skills) are required in order to progress with excellence. Musical examinations are not essential in order to be a great musician, but they do help one improve technique, precision and theory. GCSE and A-level music may well be necessary in order to study music at university level, particularly at music conservatoires. I consider music to be mainly about training the ear and playing with meaning and expression.
I have 14 YEARS of TEACHING EXPERIENCE. This has encompassed ALL AGES (preschool to adults) and abilities (BEGINNER to POSTGRADUATE). Subjects I've taught are: GCSE & A Level (Music, Business Studies, Media Studies, Maths), British Primary School Curriculum (Maths, English), Admissions Tests (11+, 12+, 13+, 16+, SAT, GRE), American Elementary School Curriculum (Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, etc.), Preschool (Numeracy & Literacy), English proficiency tests (IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge YLE), Business English, Academic Writing/Composition & Presentations, English Conversation, Grammar, University & Job Applications, Project-Based Learning (PBL), Music Theory & Analysis, Improvisation & Jazz, Saxophone, & Piano. Additionally, I have worked in all kinds of SETTINGS at both public & private primary & secondary schools, universities, adult learning centres, cram schools, businesses, within the home (as a residential home school & a private tutor) and online (to students worldwide). In addition, I have served as the Head of English & PBL at a private elementary & junior high school, as the Academic Director of a test prep centre, and have provided educational consultancy & tutor training to Oxford's oldest tutorial college.
I have experience designing lessons for schools in Birmingham and London, including debating workshops designed to improve language skills and stimulate independent thought. I have also tutored a range of ages one-to-one, including students with learning disabilities.
I am familiar with the Oxbridge entrance exam for English and have guided friends and family in making applications.
I am a driven individual who is dedicated to helping those students who want an Oxbridge place, for physics or engineering, to get one. I am no pushover. I will ask you challenging questions and make sure that you are outside of your intellectual comfort zone, to coerce from you your very best performance when it is needed.
I am a CELTA-qualified teacher, English native speaker and Masters graduate with a broad range of teaching experience, including business English, teaching children and adults, exam preparation, intensive classes and project-based learning. I have taught various levels and class sizes and am skilled at adapting my methods to individual learners. In addition to English, I have taught French, German and Russian, all of which I speak at a C1/C2 level.
In a number of teaching roles, including my current one teaching adult refugees, I have gained experience with a wide range of learner groups and teaching approaches. Having worked sometimes with pre-set curricula but often with the freedom to design my own curriculum, I have built up experience in creating learning programmes that teach and assess material in an engaging, memorable and meaningful way. As a volunteer for online high school Sky School, where I've helped to build the 'English for Changemakers' module, I've gained an insight into how distance education works, what platforms are available for it, and how it can be made impactful for learners.
I have tutored previously, both gifted students and those that needed specialist assistance. I understand that sometimes it can be frustrating to not reach your full potential, and I understand the drive to succeed and the level of commitment required to get in to Cambridge.
I was not always an A* candidate, and understand the realities of not always finding things easy! The combination of skills I have acquired from teaching in foreign countries, studying education at Cambridge, and actually being a student means I am qualified to provide the necessary academic input, alongside building confidence, focus and motivation.
My experiences include teaching English, drama and running theatre workshops in the UK, France and India. Through studying Education with English and Drama at Cambridge, I am knowledgeable not only in effective teaching methodology, but also a range of subjects such as sociology, history, philosophy, psychology, English, theatre studies, film, and more broader concepts such as modernity, globalization, pluralism and global inequalities.
I have academic credibility: I just gained a 1st in my second year examinations.
Learning can be tough, and hopefully my open minded approach, friendliness and enthusiasm for learning can be of service! I am dedicated to enabling genuine understanding and confidence, rather than just a regurgitation of knowledge.
I have tutored three Oxbridge candidates- two of whom were successful, the other made it to interview rounds. I believe I can offer a realistic and valuable insight into the process itself, as well as acting as a strong and consistent support.