I am a native French speaker. I'm a full-time freelance teacher and translator. I came to Edinburgh in 2002 to start my master's degree in Classics at the University of Edinburgh, and I loved the city so much that I never left!
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach French, Latin, Ancient Greek, Classical Studies and Philosophy.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I have a Licence Ã¨s Lettres (French and Classics) from the Sorbonne, and an Msc and PhD in Classics from the University of Edinburgh. In 2005, I took a Tutor Training Course with the University of Edinburgh ("Effective Tutoring").
- How much do you charge?
I teach exclusively online, and I charge £25/hour (I typically use Skype but I am open to other platforms). Discounts are available for paying for a block of lessons in advance.
- Where do you teach?
I also offer lessons over Skype (or other platforms if preferred), and I've been working with students in the Highlands, the US, Qatar, England, and Ireland.
- When are you available?
I am available Monday-Friday during the day and in the evening, and on Sunday afternoons. I am also available during school holidays.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I am very happy to teach all subjects from GCSE level to A-Levels/advanced Highers, as well as Undergraduate and Post-graduate level for French, Latin and Ancient Greek.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I can prepare students for all Scottish and English exams, up to the BA. I also have experience helping students work on their Post-Graduate dissertation, in terms of content, organisation and time-keeping, including in subjects I am not very familiar with, such as Law and Medieval History.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I typically send the student the exercises we will be working on together in advance, and teach them over Skype. I have also used google docs to work on exercises, so I can correct them as they write.
The Greek polytonic keyboard works on Skype, so even Ancient Greek can be taught online.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
I am very well organised and reliable. I always spend a lot of time preparing lessons so I can be ready to answer unexpected questions! I am also very adaptable, and enjoy working with various types of people, who have different motivations for learning. Tailoring the content of the lessons to the needs and abilities of the student is something that I always try to centre my work on. I have always received extremely positive feedback (and excellent exam results when applicable) from my students, but I also take criticism very well and am quick to change the content or rhythm of my lessons when I see a certain approach is not working.
In particular, I offer:
- Grammar revisions with appropriate exercises
- Exam practice, from GCSE/Highers to Honours level
- Conversation practice
- Essay techniques
- Translation techniques
- Literary analyses of passages
- Unseen practice (translating from Greek/Latin into English)
- Prose composition practice (translating from English into Greek/Latin)
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- What kind of experience do you have?
I have worked as a part-time Classics tutor at Edinburgh University since 2005, teaching undergraduate students Latin and Greek (from beginners' level to Honour translation courses) as well as Ancient philosophy, literature and mythology. I was responsible for the content of the tutorials, starting and moderating group discussions and marking essays and exercises.
After I graduated for my PhD in 2009, I set up as a private tutor and translator, working one-on-one with adults wanting to learn French so they could go on holiday to France and speak with people easily, as well as school or university students preparing for their exams in French, Latin, Greek and Philosophy (National 5, GCSE, Highers, A Level and university Honours levels).
I also have experience with teaching groups, as I teach business French for several Language schools (Simon & Simon, Cactus, Capital Business Languages), and adult classes in Latin, Ancient Greek, French and Philosophy for Edinburgh Council's Adult Education Programme.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
yes (Disclosure Scotland)
- Where and with whom did you train?
University of Edinburgh
- Tell me about some of your current students.
Among my current students are a South-African lady whose 3 year-old son is being brought up bilingual, so she needs French lessons to keep up! I also teach a 16 year old girl preparing her Latin GCSE, a group of 3 retired people wanting to learn Latin (they're a lot of fun), a 17 year old girl preparing her Advanced Higher French exam (I've been working with her since she was working on her Standard Grade exam), a young disabled woman who is studying Ancient Greek on her own, homeschooled 12 year old twins learning Latin, an American University student needing extra Ancient Greek lessons over Skype, an older man in England who wants help on his journey translating Virgil's Aeneid (entirely over email: he sends me what he's done so far, and I send him back a corrected version, with grammar explanations) etc.
• Licence Ã¨s Lettres, UniversitÃ© de la Sorbonne
• Msc and PhD in Classics
• recent Enhanced Disclosure Scotland check
Would highly recommend Deborah. We first used her for my eldest daughter who was studying Higher Latin as a crash course in 6th Year, and she had only ever done Latin for one year as a taster in 1st Year at High School. The studying was carried out face-to-face either in our home or at Deborah's. She got an 'A'. We used her again for her younger sister, exactly the same circumstances, although all the tuition was done online and my youngest daughter never met her face-to-face. Again she got an 'A'. Both girls enjoyed their time spent with Deborah and there is absolutely no doubt whatsoever, which both girls would confirm, that their achievements in Higher Latin would not have happened without Deborah's ongoing support. If you're thinking about using her, don't hesitate.
Deborah did a fantastic job of drawing out my kids, easing them out of their self-consciousness about speaking French, laid out a coherent structure, and assigned/covered prep work in-between sessions.
I wish I had started with her years earlier, she improved their French dramatically.
Deborah is a fantastic tutor, she helped me through my Latin A Level to get my predicted grade this summer. Her calm and thorough approach sets your mind completely at ease and allows you to make the logical steps needed towards your goal (in my case, translation). She is a genuinely lovely and kind person who will tailor the lesson to your needs completely and does so with assurance, never losing faith in your abilities. I genuinely couldn't recommend Deborah highly enough!
- Bea, a very grateful A level Student x
I had French lessons with Déborah over the last year and I thoroughly enjoyed them. She’s a very patient tutor and is always happy to adjust the lesson plans to suit her student’s needs. Déborah was also always happy to share any extra materials that could help with understanding of a subject. I highly recommend her!
Both girls feel confident and are full of praise for the solid knowledge that they gained from you. They both said that they feel that they actually understand Greek better so they do not panic if they get an unknown word or sentence as they can apply the principles that you taught them. We cannot thank you enough for all your help.
Aidan was so pleased with your session last night, we would be delighted to book you in for a weekly session if you agree?
Thank you for all your hard work and time spent with Imaan. It was pleasing to see her report card and the significant difference she made in her french from the start of the year until now.
Thank you so much for today's lesson. THANK YOU MORE for your continued time, efforts, support and patience while tutoring Oscar.
Please know we are very BLESSED to have crossed paths with you.
First of all, a huge thank you for the outstanding tutoring that you have proved in Latin and Greek.
On Friday, we received an e-mail from W. A. offering Abigail a sixth form place.
On Wednesday, we also received intimation from W. School that they are also offering Abigail a place. But more than that, as Westminster were so impressed with Abigail's entrance exam and interview performance, they have also offered her a Queen's Scholarship.
We are ever so grateful for all the help you have given both Issy and Jamie over the years; it has been so much appreciated and you are a very gifted tutor; thank you.
Wishing you every happiness and success.
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