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Jara


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Jara


Jara

Jara is a friendly, experienced tutor who specialises in teaching Spanish and English as a Second Language.

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SUBJECTS TAUGHT

Spanish (Secondary, GCSE, A-level, Degree)

English as a Second Language (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)

Sociology (GCSE, A-level, Degree)

Philosophy (AS/A2, Degree)

EXPERIENCE

I have 6 years of experience as a private tutor, dividing my time between Barcelona and London.  My experience is concentrated on teaching Spanish and English as a second language.

Additionally, I taught English at a secondary school in Barcelona full-time from September 2013 - 2014. I have several years of experience as a professional translator, translating from English to Spanish in various subject matters. I am currently a professional reader for a publishing company based in Barcelona. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Universitat de Barcelona - MA in Contemporary Thought - first class.
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra - MA in Publishing - first class.
  • University of London, Birkbeck College - MA in Philosophy - first class
  • London School of Economics - MSc Philosophy of Social Science - high 2:1
  • Universitat de Barcelona - BA with a major on Sociology - first class (Academic Excellence Award)

Scholarships:

Throughout my academic career I have gained a variety of scholarships, including the Beca De Posgrado Caja Madrid, which is the most prestigious postgraduate scholarship awarded in Spain. Additionally, I was awarded a substantial scholarship from London School of Economics for my MSc, and was awarded the Beca De Posgrado Sa Nostra for my MA at Birkbeck.

APPROACH TO TUITION

I have a well structured approach which aims to uncover the student's weaknesses within the first few sessions. For example, underlying confusion about verb tenses often needs to be resolved before we can address more advanced issues. After the initial assessment, I devise a comprehensive improvement scheme, which includes continual assessment of the student's progression.

Additionally I am friendly and patient, and am careful to tailor lessons to my student's interests to keep them motivated and engaged.

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Aletta


Aletta


Aletta

Aletta is an energetic and enthusiastic tutor who impressed at interview with her friendly and encouraging teaching style.

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SUBJECTS TAUGHT

English: 7+, 10+, 11+, GCSE and A-level

Maths: 7+, 10+, 11+, GCSE

Media Studies: A-level

EXPERIENCE

After graduating with honours from the Research Master’s Media Studies (With Honours, 2013) I gained work experience as a lecturer in Film Studies, Philosophy of Science and Academic Writing at the University of Amsterdam. Alongside my work for the university I worked as a tutor, helping undergraduates reach their academic potential.

I have ten years of experience working with a wide range of students, including students with learning difficulties like dyslexia, ADHD and autism. Furthermore, having previously worked as an academic and motivational trainer for GCSE students, I bring a lot of knowledge and enthusiasm to the table.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • University of Amsterdam: BA Media and Culture 
  • University of Amsterdam: MRes Media Studies (with honours)

APPROACH TO TUITION

I am an enthusiastic tutor with a great skill for helping students to prepare for exams and deadlines in a fun and efficient way. I design results-based lessons that focus on boosting confidence and balancing academic progress with learning enjoyment. Central to my lessons are assignments that demand active engagement with a subject and help students grow into confident learners. The aim of a lesson is hence always twofold: by studying a certain subject in preparation of an exam, the student also acquires study skills that will prove useful in further education. 

TESTIMONIALS

"Aletta has been a great support to our son in his preparation for the City of London admissions test (11+). After weekly tutor sessions, he scored excellently in his test." 

"Aletta is currently tutoring 2 young primary students through our tutoring agency. One is a young boy who has ADHD, and one who is a young girl. Both students are preparing for 11+ exams in the future. I believe both students are expecting to and hoping to obtain placements to leading independent schools in London. Both parents have been delighted with Aletta's work so far. She is covering Maths, English, verbal and non verbal reasoning with them.

In our experience, Aletta has been a pleasure to work with - very professional, accommodating and patient."

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Alex


Alex


Alex

Alex is an experienced tutor who specialises in Music, Drama and English. His approach to tutoring focuses on engaging with students in a friendly manner to help them to fulfil their goals.

SUBJECTS TAUGHT

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MUSIC – 11+, 13+, GCSE, AS/A2, Degree

DRAMA - 11+, 13+, GCSE, AS/A2, Degree

ENGLISH – 11+, 13+, GCSE

VOICE – Beginner through Advanced

PIANO – Beginner

ACTING COACHING/AUDITION PREPARATION – All Levels

EXPERIENCE

My bulk of my experience lies in teaching music and drama. I have taught singing to a wide range of students and currently lead three youth choirs each Saturday for the Centre for Young Musicians in association with Guildhall School of Music and Drama

I have four years of experience in leading theatrical workshops for children of a variety of ages. Topics have included The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, as well as one that addressed the topics of Love, Hate and Bullying.

I have also supported several students with their 11+ and GCSE exams, focusing on English.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Royal Academy of Music (2014) - Postgraduate Diploma in Musical Theatre
  • Durham University, Hatfield College (2013) - BA Hons in Music - First Class
  • A Levels: Music (A), French (A), Latin (A)
  • AS Level: Theatre Studies (A)

BIOGRAPHY

Cambridge-born Alex is a tutor based in London. His specialist subjects include Music and Drama, which he tutors to degree level. Alex is also able to provide assistance with preparing for drama school and conservatoire auditions and can offer lessons in Piano, Voice and Oboe. In addition, he teaches English and Science to GCSE level, and is comfortable with most 11+ Common Entrance subjects. He currently tutors a varied spread of students in various areas of study. 

In the past, he has conducted workshops in Musical Theatre and Music to large groups of various ages, as well as tutored a handful of students in his hometown of Cambridge. As well as teaching, Alex is a professional actor and musician.

APPROACH TO TUITION

Alex approaches tuition with a lively, constructive and engaging energy. He aims to tailor each tutorial to the specific needs of the individual, in order to assist the student in reaching their full potential.

TESTIMONIALS

‘I have no hesitation in recommending Alex. In fact, when Alex had to leave us to take up his acting position for The Railway Children, we had two other tutors but did not think much of them and begged Alex to come back and slot Frederick in whenever he could.’ – (June 2015)

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Mark


Mark


Mark

Mark is an Oxbridge educated, experienced generalist tutor whose friendly and approachable manner makes students feel instantly at ease.

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SUBJECTS TAUGHT

Maths (11+, 13+, 16+, GCSE)

English (11+, 13+, 16+, GCSE, AS/A2)

Biology, Physics and Chemistry (11+, 13+, 16+ GCSE)

Philosophy (AS/A2, Degree)

French (Secondary, GCSE)

EXPERIENCE

I have been working as a private tutor for the past three years, teaching GCSE Maths, Chemistry and Physics as well as 11+ Maths preparation. I also have four years of experience working as a full-time teacher of A-level Philosophy, Sociology and Religious Studies at d'Overbroeck's Sixth Form College.

QUALIFCATIONS

  • London School of Economics - MSc Philosophy and History of Science
  • Oxford University, Brasenose College - BAHons Politics, Philosophy and Economics
  • Kent College - A-levels - Maths (A), Chemistry (A), History (B), German (A)

BIOGRAPHY

I am an enthusiastic and friendly tutor with a passion for learning. I studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University and subsequently completed an MSc in the History and Philosophy of Science at the London School of Economics. I am fascinated by the natural world and by scientific enquiry. When I'm not teaching or learning I enjoy foreign cinema, playing tennis, and strumming the guitar.

APPROACH TO TUITION

Once I understand exactly what a tutee hopes to achieve, (e.g. A* Maths GCSE, or simply understanding algebra) I have three main priorities as a tutor:

i) to identify a student's strengths and weaknesses through short tests

ii) to provide a course of study and assessment that will focus on the weaknesses and monitor progress

iii) to give the student belief in themselves and their abilities and to instil a love of learning

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Anna


Anna


Anna

Anna is a special needs education specialist who impressed us at interview with her engaging and sympathetic teaching style. She is passionate about literature and keen to help all students develop a love for English.

SUBJECTS TAUGHT

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English (11+, 13+, 16+, GCSE, AS/A2, undergraduate level)

English as a Second Language (beginner, intermediate, advanced)

Study support (ages 7 - 18, especially for children with SEN)

EXPERIENCE

I currently work full-time in a learning difficulties department at a college. Our students have a variety of special needs, including autism, dyspraxia, dyslexia, Down's syndrome and cerebral palsy. The majority of my time is spent working one-on-one with students, supporting them with English, Maths, life skills and socialisation. Previously, I spent three years teaching English as a Second Language at secondary school level. I was primarily based in a highly competitive English intensive school, Nishi Senior High, in Japan.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • University of Glasgow (2011) - MSc Classics and English Literature - 2:1
  • Albyn School for Girls (2006) - Highers - Art and Design (A), Classics (A), Modern Studies (A), English (B), Biology (B)

BIOGRAPHY

After finishing my degree, I moved to Japan to jump-start my teaching career and learn about a fascinating new culture. I taught English for three years, and subsequently decided to focus on children with special educational needs and moved back to the UK to accept a full time position at Westminster Kingsway College. I plan to pursue a degree in clinical psychology, specialising in children with autism.

APPROACH TO TUITION

I consider the most important element of tuition to be its interactive and communicative nature. My lessons are always extremely question-based, and I seek to guide the student towards unpicking a text for themselves rather than delivering a lecture.

I strongly believe in every child's right to education and am passionate about teaching individuals with special needs such as dyspraxia, dyslexia or autism. While tutoring I can draw on my wealth of experience with SEN to tailor each lesson to suit individual learning styles and needs.

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Matthew


Matthew


Matthew

Matthew is an experienced tutor who specialises in Physics, Maths and English. We are particularly impressed with his passion for knowledge and found his enthusiasm to be infectious.

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SUBJECTS TAUGHT

Physics (11+, 13+, 16+ GCSE, AS/A2, Degree)

Maths (11+, 13+, 16+, GCSE, AS/A2, Degree)

English (11+, 13+, 16+, GCSE, AS/A2)

Drama (GCSE, AS/A2)

Philosophy (AS/A2)

Politics (AS/A2)

EXPERIENCE

I have been working as a private tutor for over 7 years and have well over 3000 hours of tutoring experience.  I am especially accomplished in helping students prepare for 11+, 13+ and 16+ entrance exams since this type of tutoring is in high demand in London.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Cambridge University (2013) - Research Physicist in Quantum Computing
  • London School of Economics (2009) - MSc Philosophy and History of Science (Masters)
  • University of St Andrews (2007) - MPhys Astrophysics, 1st class (Masters)
  • Wallace Hall Academy (2002) - Scottish Advanced Highers (A-level): 4As (School)
  • Wallace Hall Academy (2001) - Scottish Highers (AS-level): 5As (School)

BIOGRAPHY

I used to work as a research physicist at Cambridge University. I have always have had a dual interest in the arts and sciences. I’ve written a novel and several full length plays and got into directing student plays and films at Cambridge. I now co-run a small production company making music videos and adverts and our first feature film is in production.

APPROACH TO TUITION

I am passionate about the subjects I tutor in and education in general. Knowledge is liberating and my subjects especially open many doors. They are not easy and require a willingness to work hard, but I strongly believe that anyone can get to grips with them if given the correct guidance. Most often the problem is not the student but a poor teacher, unresolved conceptual difficulties or lack of motivation. I want to fix these issues for you.

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Gerry


Gerry


Gerry

Gerry is a highly experienced teacher with 30 years of professional experience. As well as being friendly and approachable, his incisive questions help to bring his lessons to life and ensure the student's mind is working hard. 

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SUBJECTS taught

English as a Second or Foreign Language: Beginner, Primary, Secondary, GCSE, Advanced, Mastery and Expert

English: Key Stage 2 (ages 7 - 11) , Key Stage 3 (ages 11 - 14), GCSE / iGCSE,  A-level.

German: Beginner, Primary, Secondary, GCSE, Advanced, Mastery and Expert.

French: Beginner, Primary, Secondary, GCSE and Advanced

EXPERIENCE

Gerry has 30 years teaching experience in Germany and the UK where he’s worked as a tutor, teacher and lecturer. He has taught hundreds of students at different levels and is skilled at working with language learners at different stages (beginner to advanced) and with different abilities, building confidence and competence. He also works as an examiner, translator, proof-reader and British Council Ambassador to Schools.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Newcastle University: BA Honours in German with French, Dutch and Latin. Iii with a distinction in spoken German.
  • Newcastle University: Post Graduate Certificate in Education
  • Newcastle University: Master of Education
  • Newcastle University: National Qualification for Headship
  • Cambridge CELTA: Certificate for English Language Teaching

APPROACH TO TUITION

I'm an experienced tutor and believe learning should be enjoyable as well as challenging and interesting. Building a student's confidence, listening to them and meeting their needs is key to learning and progress. I agree an individual learning plan to meet the needs of each learner and review this regularly to ensure they are making good progress. I am recognised as a positive, highly skilled professional. 

TESTIMONIALS

" Gerry, I got my A Level results today, an A and 2 Bs. The A was in German! I really wasn't expecting that German would end up my best subject. Thanks for all the help you gave me!"  -- Daniel.

" Gerry, I've never had a tutor who has made me feel so comfortable. Under your guidance my confidence has grown and my learning has come on leaps and bounds. Thank you!" -- Julie.

 "Gerry's teaching was outstanding. He helped our son to improve his A Level Grade from a C to an A in just 6 months. He was always well prepared and tailored the lessons exactly to our son's needs. We would recommend Gerry without hesitation." -- Elizabeth and Rory, parents.

 "Gerry was extremely friendly and made every effort to explain patiently and to help us to learn everything we could. I felt very comfortable in his lessons and was able to ask him anything I needed to improve my English". -- Manu and Cristina, healthcare professionals.

 “Gerry gave me an intensive English course for 2 weeks. He is a very patient tutor who explained everything clearly so I’ve progressed much better than I expected. He really helped me to improve my English and I really enjoyed working with him!” -- Merouane, French engineering student.

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Tom


Tom


Tom

Tom is an experienced, lively tutor who uses a range of mediums to communicate effectively with his students. His background in art and comic design, alongside his biology degree, allows him to enliven science lessons with illustrations and humour.

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SUBJECTS TAUGHT

Biology: Key Stage 2 (ages 7 - 11) , Key Stage 3 (ages 11 - 14), GCSE / iGCSE,  A-level

Chemistry:  Key Stage 2 (ages 7 - 11) , Key Stage 3 (ages 11 - 14), GCSE / iGCSE

Physics: Key Stage 2 (ages 7 - 11) , Key Stage 3 (ages 11 - 14), GCSE / iGCSE

Maths: Key Stage 2 (ages 7 - 11) , Key Stage 3 (ages 11 - 14), GCSE / iGCSE

EXPERIENCE

I've taught students from Blatchington Mill, Cardinal Newman, Brighton College, BHASVIC, Dorothy Stringer, Greenfields, Brighton Steiner and Varndean as well as homeschooled students. I also take on undergraduates and mature students on foundation courses. I offer group sessions and outings to London museums, such as a trip to the Natural History Museum to see the Whales exhibition as a touchstone for natural selection and evolution. 

23 A in GSCE Science and Additional Science (Physics, Biology and Chemistry)

6 A* in AS and A-Level Biology

5 A in iGCSE Triple Science

2 homeschooled students sitting iGCSE

Group sessions for all years of BSc Biology at University of Sussex

4 individual students mentored at BSc Biology at University of Sussex

5 GCSE Maths

1 entrance exam for 11+ Maths

I also have lecturing experience running a comics and cartooning masterclass, was a student mentor during my Biology degree at Sussex and regularly led group study sessions. I've worked with children and have professionally led workshops, chemistry parties and Lego building clubs for 4-11 year olds.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • University of Sussex: BSc Biology, 2:1
  • Open University: s104 - Exploring Science, 1st

APPROACH TO TUITION

My approach is to first identify the specific areas that need work. I'll compose a lesson plan to be built around each area. For each lesson I use cartoons, humour and stories to encode information in a digestible form so that its principles can be better understood. I can then amplify this understanding with belt-and-braces memorisation by using a flashcard computer programme which I have come to find very useful. This is particularly effective for essay questions and exam preparation.

Individual sessions carry with them the luxury of tailoring a style that best fits the student. I am also skilled at keeping the interest of a group and can lead small classes.

Outside of classes I am happy to answer emailed questions and to mark small amounts of homework free of charge.