My name is Barbara Njau and I am an experienced teacher and private tutor for English.
I have five years’ experience in teaching English to primary, secondary school and A-Level students (KS1, KS2, GCSE, AS, and A-Level). I also hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which means that I am a fully qualified teacher and I have worked extensively teaching in private schools.
I have prepared students for 11+ and 13+ entrance exams, GCSE exams, A-Level exams, and Oxbridge entry exams, and all of my students have achieved two grades above their predicted school marks when they have sat their examinations.
I am a fully qualified English teacher as well as an an experienced private tutor. My teaching style is fun, accessible and my students walk away with great grades and a renewed passion for the subject!
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach English Language and English Literature at Primary School, Secondary School and Sixth Form College Level, as well as mature student level (for professional or personal self-improvement reasons). In addition, I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which means that I am a fully qualified teacher with experience in teaching in both private and grammar schools in London. I am qualified to teach English on all the major examination boards therefore you are in safe hands working with me!
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I have A* in English Language, English Literature and French at GCSE-level. I have A in English Language, English Literature and French at A-Level. I have a First Class Honours Degree in Politics from the University of Nottingham and a Masters in International Management and Business from King's College London. In addition, I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which means that I am a fully qualified teacher with experience in teaching in both private and grammar schools in London.
- How much do you charge?
I charge £80 per hour.
- Where do you teach?
I am aware that students usually like learning from the comfort of their own home, therefore I am mobile and I can teach from students' homes. I also teach from my home and I am available for online lessons.
- When are you available?
I am available between 9:00am and 10:00pm throughout the week.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach all ages: children at Primary School, teenagers at Secondary School and College, and mature students who are 20+.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I prepare students to sit their 11+ and 13+ examinations, as well as their GCSEs, AS Levels and A-Levels examinations. I also help mature students who wish to take IELTS classes for those examinations.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I teach online classes via Skype
I achieved 11 A*s GCSE (including A* in English and French). I studied English Literature, English Language and French at A-Levels (awarded A in all subjects), and I studied Politics and English at Nottingham University, spending a year studying in France (Sciences Po, Paris Univeristy / Institut d'études Politiques de Paris). I also hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in teaching, meaning that I am a qualified teacher.
I’ve been teaching and tutoring for five years, and my students walk away with high grades and a renewed passion for the subject!
- What kind of experience do you have?
I have extensive experience teaching students from Primary School level, through to Secondary School and A-Level. I am able to teach English from all the major examination boards and all my students consistently report achieving at least two grades above their predicted grade in school.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes - I have an Enhanced DBS certificate which I am happy to provide if requested.
- Tell me about some of your current students.
I reached out to Barbara as I was struggling with my English Language A-Level. I performed really poorly in my exams at AS Level and I became pretty desperate to find someone who was able to teach English Language at a high level, in a very professional but patient manner. Barbara stepped and with her support and guidance, I was able to get an A in my English Language A-Level and more importantly - I was accepted onto the University course of my choice: University of Exeter to study English Literature BA. She was amazing - well prepared, flexible with times, and she was always willing to meet me at a place most convenient for me.
- Jason Brown
Barbara is an outstanding tutor. I reached out to her, to help tutoring my 9-year old son. He is a bright spark but he has a lot of energy and he finds it really hard to concentrate for long in class. I reached out to Barbara to tutor him in English and French, and she was fantastic. She brought French language games for him, she gave him interesting English puzzles - as the conventional way of forcing him to sit down and read continuously for hours really doesn't work with him.
I really appreciate how she tailored her classes to suit his level of understanding, and he was able to creatively combine his energy with her French and English grammar games, to get better in class! Barbara really took a genuine interest in guiding and helping him, and she still comes in to tutor him regularly.
- Laura Morton
Barbara is currently teaching me English Language AS Level. I really struggled this winter to get decent grades in class tests in college, and I reached out to her just before Christmas. Have been having classes since this new year and she has been an ongoing supportive tutor - available when I need her, even on a last minute basis. Great tutor for English, and I am enjoying our evening tuition classes.
- Christiana Lucas
I engaged Barbara to support my daughter during her English GCSEs. My daughter particularly struggled with the English Literature side: interpreting poetry and long-form prose, and writing about it in a critical way. She was really struggling getting grades beyond a C but with Barbara's support she achieved an A in English. The support was invaluable and our daughter managed to get into the sixth form college of her choice. As a parent, I constantly worry if I'm spending too much on someone who is not very strong or supportive. I highly recommend Barbara - she was reliable, she always came to our home well prepared and her knowledge and expertise in respect to English Literature is amazing.
- Marta Sozynska
Barbara has been an incredible mentor and tutor; sharing her expertise and encouraging my daughter, who is she preparing to sit her A level English Language examination.
- Tania Talaga
Barbara has been tutoring English to my son for close to two years. My son has a learning disability and I needed someone who was patient and experienced in dealing with children with complex learning needs. My son is now 12 years old and Barbara has been tutoring him for close to two years. I really appreciate how patient and helpful she is, and how she makes her lessons very interactive for someone like him who is very smart - but just needs a bit of extra support at home, and at school. I recommend her if you are seeking someone to assist children and teenagers with educational special needs.
- Fabian Brown
Barbara is a very talented, well-spoken and professional English tutor who connected immediately with my 10 yo daughter thanks to her warm and adaptable personality. Her lessons were always very well prepared and she was able to come up with lots of different exercises to practice some of the challenging aspects of the 11+ English curriculum.
Always upbeat and smiling, yet very focused and results oriented, she was able to instill confidence in my daughter (for whom English is a second language). I particularly appreciated her prompt feedback post-sessions where she would keep me up to speed with respect to progress.
In conclusion, I only have high praises for Barbara and cannot thank her enough for all she has done for my daughter. I would definitely hire her back if my daughter, or her older 13 yo sister were ever in need of a little extra assistance in the years to come.
I have always been sceptical about tuition, but contacting Barbara was the best decision I made during exam season. She replied swiftly, asking for all the relevant information in order for her to help as soon as possible. My only regret was that I wish I had contacted her earlier in the year and had more time to work with her.
The great thing about Barbara was that she was not merely someone to help with essays (which is the area that I struggled the most with) but also helped me with my confidence - which is one of the most essential things when approaching exams.
Barbara also goes beyond what she has to do by supplying extra reading and areas to consider.
I would highly recommend her! She helped me so much, and should you choose her I am confident she will help you too!
Barbara has been tutoring English GCSE to my son for close to three years. My son has a learning disability and I needed someone who was patient and experienced in dealing with children with complex learning needs. My son is now 16 years old and Barbara has been tutoring him for three years. I really appreciate how patient and helpful she is, and how she makes her lessons very interactive for someone like him who is very smart - but just needs a bit of extra support at home, and at school. I highly recommend her if you are seeking someone to tutor teenagers with educational special needs.
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