I am a multilinguist with considerable experience in teaching languages to a diverse range of students. I am extremely passionate about my subject and committed to understanding and engaging with each new student's learning needs. I tailor my individual teaching programmes to ensure each student is able to develop and move confidently towards their goal, whether it be academic or personal. I choose to work with students who are committed to working towards their goal - they don't have to love the subject to begin with, they just have to want to improve, the love comes later, often when they discover how simple it can be and they start to see improvements in their ability and understanding! I have a 100% success rate in terms of my students improving their grades. Among my previous students are Yas, a Spanish GCSE student who went from a predicted D to receiving an A* overall in 14 months, Roderick, who with no prior teaching since his French GCSE 16 months before we began, received an A* at French A Level after 7 months of home-schooling with me and Kendall, a French IB student who went from grade 3/4 to achieving a final grade 6/7 in 20 months - she called me up in Guatemala on results day so I knew it must be good news! An article I wrote for The Telegraph on GCSE Modern Foreign Language revision: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationadvice/10779059/GCSE-MFL-revision-verbs-voice-and-vocabulary.html Testimonials: "James tutored both my daughters for GCSE Spanish and they both received A*. This was particularly impressive with my eldest daughter who was on a Grade D at the end of Year 10. James accelerated Yasmin's learning rapidly over 6 months in Year 11, and changed her attitude towards Spanish from a boring difficult subject to her favourite! Aside from his in-depth understanding of the curriculum and effective teaching techniques, James is a lovely person with a great sense of humour, and the girls really enjoyed his company. We'd highly recommend James to anyone wanting to improve their grades and language skills." Zaya F - Spanish GCSE "James was simply brilliant in giving my son confidence in his ability to learn languages, which ultimately led to GCSE success. He possesses a magical ability to build self-esteem. Invaluable. Fabulous. Very highly recommended." Donna G – French & Spanish IGCSE "James tutored me in French for just over a year for the international baccalaureate. Marked out of 7, I originally achieved 3-4s in all my examinations. James helped with reading, writing and oral presentations. He helped me to increase my confidence in speaking and also taught me invaluable techniques for verb conjugations. In the end I was able to achieve a 6/7 in my final IB results. Thank you James !" Kendall U - French International Baccalaureate "James was instrumental in getting my son to an A* for his Spanish A Level this year. Over a period of 8 months James worked to improve Omar’s original predicted grade of B, focussing on some core grammar which had been missed by the school and developing his reading, writing and oral skills. James often made himself available at short notice to review and offer feedback on Omar’s practice essays for the literature part of the course. We are delighted with the result and with the high level of professional service that James provides. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend." Mehta F - Spanish A Level “My daughter Chloe was struggling with Spanish during year 11, she failed her mock and was really worried. We found James and he worked steadily with her for the three months leading up to her GCSE. I’m delighted to say she achieved a 6(B)!! Incredible...a fail to a B in only 25 hours tutoring! Thank you James, she couldn’t have done it without you!” Beth W – Spanish GCSE James tutored my daughter for just over a year at French Pre-U. Our aim was to secure a comfortable distinction. James knew the syllabus inside out and ensured no stone had been left unturned in her knowledge and exam technique. We were delighted but not too surprised when the final result came back a D1. We’re thrilled with James, his approach and the care he brings to each session. Such a star. Mikael J – Cambridge Pre U French "James is an amazing teacher. He got my daughter to a B in French GCSE from a predicted D, and my son to a B in Spanish GCSE from a predicted E. This helped my daughter to get to UCL and put the Russell Group within my son's reach. His teaching style is unique. Within minutes of arrival, he had won the respect of both my teenagers. He made himself available at weekends and in the evenings both in person and over Skype. I am so grateful for his help. I highly recommend him." Rachel G - French & Spanish GCSE "James is an outstanding teacher - he taught my son to find his own motivation & the confidence he needed to excel in Spanish. He brings the language to life and creates a self sufficiency in study habits that was wonderful to observe - the GCSE process was made palatable and non daunting ! I would wholly recommend him to anyone looking for a tutor that cares about the child in the most holistic sense and leaves them with the skills to tackle languages independently post their time with him - he was an absolute star !" Shaleen Y - Spanish IGCSE "James is one of the best tutors I have ever met. He is clearly passionate about teaching and has such an engaging and enthusiastic manner. Anyone who is lucky enough to come across James has found a true gem. I cannot recommend him highly enough." Helen S - Spanish GCSE
I have been tutoring for more than seven years across a range of subjects and ages. I specialise in 11+/13+ common entrance exams; my students have attained places as Haberdasher's Aske's Boys School, Marlborough College, Benenden School and many more similar schools across the UK. I also specialise in English Literature and Language GCSE and A-Level, as well as Drama GCSE and A-Level. I have extensive experience teaching the new GCSE syllabus, with many of my students reaching their full potential and achieving 9s in both English Literature and Language. I have a Masters degree from the University of Kent in Creative Writing, where I spent a semester in Paris. Previous to that, I attained a BA in English and Drama at Queen Mary, University of London. All my lessons are goal oriented and tailored to the student. My first lesson will be a one-hour assessment session, followed by a feedback report to the student/parent and then a rough outline of the goals that need achieving. I work to understand the student's interests (especially for younger students) so the lessons can be fun, accessible and informative. I also provide monthly feedback sessions to review what goals have been reached, how the student is improving and next steps. I am currently writing my first novel, and I enjoy reading, drinking green tea and teaching.
In being a qualified teacher (having worked with all ages both in the classroom and one-to-one, from early-years to adult), I have grown a deep understanding of how people learn, how their needs differ, and how to be adaptable in approach to fulfil those needs. Being responsible for someone’s development requires true compassion and it is also a source of personal pride. Being a poet, I nurture in my students a love of English, which, when coupled with expert teaching, has consistently proven to be the foundation for academic success. I have also been an actor and drama workshop leader, and so I share my deep insights into theatre, especially the plays of Shakespeare, and help students bring any text to life. My evening schedule is currently very busy, but I do have more daytime availability. If you have any questions, it'd be lovely to hear from you.
I turned down a place at Cambridge University to study English and Drama at Bristol University. During my studies, I began tutoring students preparing for their various assessments. Upon graduating, I moved into full time tutoring, both online and in London. I worked in Dubai for two years, where I split my time between tutoring and freelance journalism work (I wrote for Forbes magazine, amongst others). Whilst in Dubai, I helped the three children of a Saudi Sheikh secure entrance to Le Rosey, a sought after Swiss boarding school. I have also undertaken residential summer placements, including working with two siblings on their 8+ and 11+ assessments in the south of France for a month, and I've worked with many children for the 11+ tests and preparation. My students cover a range of ages, backgrounds and nationalities. Recently, I have specialised my practice to online tuition.
I have tutored a range of students aged between 6 and 18 years old, teaching for a variety of circumstances - from KS1 to 11+ exams, right through to A-levels and Oxbridge applications. I graduated with a first-class degree in English, and so my greater passion and expertise lie in that subject, but I have also taught Latin and Philosophy to GCSE-standard, as well as Maths to Common Entrance level. Other non-academic interests include music and sport: I have taught guitar and coached football to students aged 3-15.
Private Tutoring; I am currently a private tutor in English to primary school children at Key Stage 2. From 2010-12 I also tutored GCSE and A-Level students in History, English, English Literature and History of Art. Teaching at University Level: In Autumn Term 2015, I planned and taught a course titled Sensory Encounters With Dress and Textiles to first-year undergraduates at the Courtauld Institute of Art. In the Autumn Terms of 2013 and 2014 I also taught an MA-level Core Methodology for History of Art course at the Courtauld Institute of Art.
I have completed the IGCSE and IB and am currently studying Psychology at King's College London. Experience: I have taught children with ADHD and Dyslexia for several years. Subjects taught were Math, English, Sciences and Humanities. I spent 1 year teaching an EAL class. I have also spent 2 years teaching the IB and helping in the preparation of essays and IAs for the IB. I am currently also teaching IGCSE, A Level and IB Teaching approach: After meeting the student I revise a personalised plan focusing on their strengths and weaknesses and keeping in mind personal goals. Over time I will adjust it based on performance so the student can achieve his/her aims successfully. I have helped students improve marks over time and take work from level 5 to 7.
I am currently studying Biochemistry at University of Oxford having finished schooling at North London Collegiate School where I gained 45/45 in the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme. I have had previous experience tutoring IB biology, chemistry, English, maths and economics as well as GCSE French, English, maths, biology and chemistry. I believe in altering my teaching style according to the student and have had experience in tutoring a variety of different academic abilities and ages. I am extremely organised and am happy to go above and beyond in regards to preparation and gathering resources to help the student. My experience in tutoring for IB and GCSE means that I am good at ensuring that all parts of the syllabus are covered and that the student is well informed of what’s expected in the exam. One of my IB students was recently admitted to Tufts University in Massachusetts while other students that I am currently tutoring for SAT are currently applying for numerous highly ranked American Universities.