I'm an extremely passionate and experienced tutor. I am a polyglot, having learnt over 15 languages to various levels (of which I am at least conversational in 10) and I have an MA in French and Italian from the University of Cambridge.
My considerable language learning experience is very helpful in enthusing and helping my students. As well as languages, I love foreign cultures and so often use foreign music, films or reading in my lessons.
I am also an avid reader and sports enthusiast - I play tennis, badminton and football and sometimes squash and table-tennis. I'm a big Manchester United fan and one of my most embarrassing moments came when Manchester United were winning the title with 3 minutes to go in May 2012 and I got so excited that I changed my Facebook status celebrating our title victory in front of my friends, only for Man City to score 2 goals in 3 minutes to pip us to the title and leave me feeling very humiliated!
I have over 4 years’ experience as a tutor.
I have taught English as a Foreign Language, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Latin to various levels as well as English (Language/Literature) and Maths to 13+ level and below.
My teaching experience has allowed me the opportunity to get to know a range of different people from all ages and backgrounds, as I have taught students from 5 years old to over 60 years old and of all different levels!
I often develop great rapports with my students. One of my students, to whom I have been teaching French for over 3 years, achieved an A* in French GCSE under my guidance. I continue to teach her French for A Level and she said that the influence of my teaching was a big factor in her choosing to keep studying the subject.
The parents of an 11+ student, to whom I taught English, Maths, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning and with whom I had a great rapport, left me the following review (they also gave me five out of five stars): “An outstanding tutor who inspires great self-confidence in his pupil, who works with great calm and efficiency, utterly convincing, a true model for a young student.”
I hope to achieve similar results with you!
As a polyglot, I am extremely passionate about language learning, one of my favourite hobbies. My considerable experience as a learner means I know common pitfalls and difficulties for students, as well as how to explain these and break them down in simple terms.
My teaching style therefore revolves around enthusing my student by transmitting my passion for languages to them. I believe that, if a student sees the advantages of learning languages, whether this is communicating with foreign people or getting to know literature in a different language, they will start to learn proactively and so improve faster.
However, I do also have high standards. There are some language learning techniques that are more efficient than others and, given my experience, I’d like to think I’m well placed to know them!