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Amanda
« Eleni is a highly gifted communicator, in oral and written form, with unusually sharp insights into how language works and the relationships between different kinds of knowledge. This gives her excellent tools and materials as a teacher, and I can recommend her as a huge asset to any teaching team. Her attitudes to her work are impressively professional and I have always found her focussed and dedicated to the task. She is a delight to work with and I warmly recommend her to you. »
£45/h
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Lessons offered by Helen
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at her home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • English
  • Creative writing
  • 11+ School Exam Preparation
  • Dissertation and thesis preparation
  • 13 Plus
Levels
  • All Levels

Experienced Private Tutor offering lessons in English, all levels, Greek, Jazz, Pop Singing, in South East London

Methodology

Thank you for visiting my page. Please feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss tuition further.

- Which subject(s) do you teach?

I teach English, from KS1 up to graduate level, catering for A level (AQA; OCR; Edexcel), GCSE, IGCSE (First and Second Language), IELTS, Common Entrance Exams & Interview Preparation, 11+ 12+ 13+ , Verbal Reasoning, TOEFL, SATS, as well as QTS, Modern Greek and Pop/Blues/Jazz Singing.

I specialise in creative and academic writing as well as copy-editing and proofreading services.

I am a published short story writer.

I'm bilingual and I tutor in modern Greek, helping with conversational skills, grammar, writing and literature.

Lastly, as a working actor, I also teach drama, and can help with monologue/audition learning as well as vocal studies.

I am an active singer/songwriter.

My vocal tuition is specifically tailored to each of my students and includes but isn't limited to:

• Breathing exercises

• Extending singing range

• Creating character expression
• Maintaining vocal health

• Building confidence in performance

• Microphone technique
• Improvisation



Songwriting intensive lessons are also offered. Many of my students are already performing songs we have written during our workshops. I can also advise on recording/ performance and other relevant subjects.

- Tell me about your qualifications.

I have an MA in English Literature from Warwick University, a BA in English from Lancaster University, and an MA In Music Performance, for which I was awarded a scholarship, a distinction and the music prize from Kingston University. I've also completed six years of drama studies, including a year of training The Impulse Company with Scott Williams who offers Meisner based training in London. I also trained in P.E.M.( a contemporary German acting method) after having been granted a scholarship: (concealed information)

- How much do you charge?

My rates begin at £45.00/hr. A-level work as well as undergraduate or post graduate work is charged at £50.00/hr.

A-level English £50.00/hr
English as a Foreign Language (EFL) £45.00/hr (includes IELTS, TOEFL, SATS).
Essay Writing £45.00/hr (academic and/or creative writing)
GCSE English £45.00/hr

11+ Common Entrance Exam £45.00/hr
13+ Common Entrance Exam £45.00/hr

Key Stage 1 English £45.00/hr
Key Stage 2 English £45.00/hr
Key Stage 3 English £45.00/hr

Proofreading £50.00/hr

Songwriting £50.00/hr
Jazz/ Pop Singing £50.00/hr
Drama £50.00/hr
Creative Coaching £50.00/hr

Modern Greek £50.00/hr

Proofreading costs - Prices vary depending on the text that is to be proofread; for this reason, I must see the source text before giving a quote

CANCELLATIONS POLICY
All cancellations must be received (via telephone call, text or email) at least 48 hours prior to an agreed lesson time, in order to avoid forfeiting the lesson and being charged. Clients who cancel with less than 48hours' notice will be charged for the cancelled session. If a client does not show for an agreed lesson, the client will be charged.

- Where do you teach?

I generally tutor in my area, Charlton, Westcombe Park Station/Blackheath, Greenwich (South East London).

I also tutor online and these sessions are quite popular. Feel free to contact me for further details.

- When are you available?

My weekly schedule varies as I am busiest during secondary school half-term and holidays. At the moment I am available at various times during the week and weekends. Please get in touch for more details!

- Which ages and levels do you teach?

I teach primary, secondary graduate and post graduate level courses.

I also help writers with editing/proofreading and teach all general English conversational, writing and reading skills to students of all ages.

- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?

11+ 12+ and 13+ Common Entrance Exams & Interviews
A Level English Language & Literature
GCSE English Language & Literature
IELTS
TOEFL
SATS
GCSE Modern Greek
IGCSE
University English
BA English Literature
MA English Literature
Creative Writing
Academic Writing

- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.

Online tutoring is quite popular with my students. I am currently tutoring online on the following subjects:
- Singing/Songwriting
-Creative/Academic Writing
-IELTS
-GCSE English Language and Literature
-11+ 13+ Common entrance exams
-Interview Technique
-Presentation Strategies
-A Level Literature
-General help with Comprehension - Reading and Writing
-Conversational skills in English/Modern Greek.

The material/lesson plan is always pre-arranged. Documents are scanned and emailed to tutees. They in turn prepare for the lesson, and we share screens on Skype so that I can edit their work while they can see what changes I am making, and why, before the edited work is sent back to them.

- Do you have a personal message for students?

I've always believed that the best teachers are able to practice their craft and then teach it with the same passion. This is what I try to do. I love my work: writing, languages, music, performance and drama. What I love, I share with enthusiasm and and all the knowledge and experience I've so far been lucky enough to gain over the years. So if you're lacking in confidence or have a certain skill you'd like to develop, you've come to the right tutor. I can creatively tailor the lessons to your needs and help you improve with dedication and hard work. Thank you for stopping by!

Background

- What kind of experience do you have?

I work as an actor/musician/tutor and writer/editor.

My experience in the education sector spans a period of 15 years. Amongst other placements, I have worked as a part-time English lecturer at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus, teaching academic writing, creative writing and research skills. I have also taught English at The Grammar School in Nicosia, Cyprus. Additionally, I continue to work on a part time basis, for Tudor BEC College, and in the past have worked for Progress Tutoring & Education, Tutor house London Tutors, Fleet Tutors, Kensington & Chelsea Tutors, Holland Park Tutors & Greater London Tutors.

I have extensive editorial experience, having worked as copy editor for three years for View Magazine, an English publication in Cyprus. I was additionally editor of a newsletter produced by The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (NGO) in Cyprus, as part of my project administration and management role there from September 2006 to February 2008. Furthermore, I was co-editor of the publication Dialogues of Self and Other, sponsored by the Anna Lindh Foundation, in 2008.

My work as freelance writer, translator, proofreader and editor is ongoing; I have contributed material for publications and consumer product websites since 2005, and have published short stories, poetry and articles in the UK, Cyprus, France, Egypt and Spain.

As an active musician and actor, I also offer vocal tuition, songwriting courses, and can help with auditions/monologue learning/character preparation/text analysis.

Finally, I offer creative coaching via music therapy/performance and writing.

- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?

Yes.

- Do you belong to any professional organisations?

PRS -Performing Right Society

PPL -Phonographic Performance Limited

ISM - Incorporated Society Of Musicians

Mandy (Casting Call Pro)

VIDLA -Vocal International Distance Learning Academy

TES - Education/Teaching Resources

PEM - Perdekamp Emotional Method - Open Acting Academy, Germany

THE GUILD OF INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITERS & COMPOSERS

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £45/h

Details


Lessons offered by Helen
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at her home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • English
  • Creative writing
  • 11+ School Exam Preparation
  • Dissertation and thesis preparation
  • 13 Plus
Levels
  • All Levels

Helen's CV

• BA English (Lancaster University)
• MA English (Warwick University), MMus Music Performance (Kingston University), Drama studies at the City Lit
• DBS
• PRS/ TES/CASTING CALL PRO/MUSIC UNION/ GUILD OF SONGWRITERS AND COMPOSERS

10 reviews on Helen
  • 4.9/5

All our ratings are collected by us and are given in confidence, they correspond to a real experience.

10 recommendations

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Amanda

Eleni is a highly gifted communicator, in oral and written form, with unusually sharp insights into how language works and the relationships between different kinds of knowledge. This gives her excellent tools and materials as a teacher, and I can recommend her as a huge asset to any teaching team. Her attitudes to her work are impressively professional and I have always found her focussed and dedicated to the task. She is a delight to work with and I warmly recommend her to you.

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AYDIN

I met Eleni at a young writers workshop where I was asked to talk about my work at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus, as part of the Ann Lindt
Foundation. She was already a short story award-winner. Her imaginative, creative uses of language, her rigorous, meticulous approach and her sense of always aiming higher with her writing and other work is admirable. She has a sense of fun and able to engage with a large range of people. I have no hesitation in recommending her highly.

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Kapi, Year 9

Eleni is a fantastic teacher. She has helped me study, write and analyze poetry and many other forms of writing. Most of all though, she has greatly increased my overall confidence in English. She is very kind. I have honestly enjoyed and learned a lot from her.

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Renata

Eleni was my English tutor during my MA Publishing course at Kingston University. She was extremely helpful with editing my university work and dissertation. Eleni has a wonderful rapport with people of all ages. Her ability to connect with her students and her talent at teaching simple concepts, as well as more advanced topics, are both truly superior. I recommend Eleni to you without reservation.

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Hasan

My experience with Eleni was fantastic.I was utterly amazed how quickly I was able to improve my writing for IELTS within days.She is a very friendly ,dedicated and sincere teacher who guided me through my exam preparation and also provided me with useful tips and techniques to improve my writing.I would certainly recommend Eleni without a doubt for IELTS preparation,specially if you are trying to achieve high scores of 7.5 or above.

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Tony

Having lived in UK for a number of years, I never really thought about taking english lessons before. Since working with Eleni, I've improved my writing and grammar skills, She is a wonderful teacher, very punctual and very helpful. I feel comfortable with her because she is very patient. She really cares about your personal needs and focuses on that.

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Adam

I found Eleni reliable, patient and consistently helpful. Her
knowledge of English grammar and punctuation was very precise. While I originally asked her to proofread a book manuscript, she also provided some excellent suggestions for improving sentence structure, which in every case helped those passages to flow more smoothly. I would not hesitate to use her services again in the future or to recommend her to anyone.

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Kit

Anyone familiar with Eleni's writing and music would recognize her as a talented person whose creative approaches and enthusiasm are sure to reflect positively upon her students.

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Ollie

Eleni is very patient and understanding. She is a very good teacher because she teaches at my pace and has helped me improve my skills throughout the period I've had her. I'm glad to say I have now used these skills in my GCSE exams. Also, I have noticed a huge improvement and development in my writing. I enjoyed my lessons with Eleni very much and would recommend her as a first choice English tutor.

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Thomas

I met Eleni for my preparation for my first international conference in engineering science. As English is my second language I had to cope with different tasks. Eleni helped me improve my pronunciation quickly and successfully. I found her support excellent. She also gave me valuable advice on how to improve my presentation style. She is very approachable and patient, which together with the depth of knowledge in her subject and her teaching skills led to a well-invested hour during each week.

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