I've been tutoring French privately since 2007 at all levels from KS3 through to A-level and beyond.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
- Tell me about your qualifications.
Holder of a first-class joint honours degree in French and Russian from the University of Sussex and resident for four years in Paris
- How much do you charge?
I charge £40 per hour for a lesson at my home. I offer discounts on lessons over an hour, or if lessons are block-booked and paid for in advance.
I do not charge for travel that is within 15 minutes walk from my home (approximately a mile). For longer distances, please do enquire, with your postcode, for a quotation.
- Where do you teach?
As the cost to the student can become prohibitive, I generally only travel to homes within a 2-mile radius of Shepherd's Bush. So this would include areas such as Holland Park, Hammersmith, Chiswick, South Kensington, Notting Hill, Earls Court, Chelsea, Bayswater and Acton
- When are you available?
I teach everyday, mornings, afternoons and evenings. However, I do not generally teach in the evening on weekends.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I have taught all ages from 11-years old upwards, so KS3, KS4/GCSE, AS and A-levels, and adult learners, beginners, 'false beginners', intermediate and advanced.
My degree level and post-degree experience mean I am very able to coach university students, particularly those struggling with the jump from A-level to first-year university level.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I have helped with selective school entrance exams, including the Westminster School Challenge, GCSE and IGCSE, AS-levels, A-levels, International Baccalaureate and Bachelor of Arts.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I am on Skype and have a webcam for online lessons. If you prefer to use a different internet telephone service, I'm sure that I can accommodate that!
I am available for help with essays and so on via correspondence on email - feel free to contact me with your needs. As a rough estimate, I would charge £20 to review and correct spelling and grammar issues in a 500-word essay. Stylistic advice takes longer and you may find it easier to book me for a lesson, either in person or via Skype to get the most out of my help.
I also do French- English and English-French translation. I charge £35 per 500 words, with a minimum charge of £35.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
It is important to tailor lessons specifically to a student's needs, but my general method is to engage him or her at a level just above their 'comfort zone'. Learning is about challenging yourself to do better, and it is crucial for a tutor to be supportive and encouraging, and also to keep the bar high.
Lessons can be conducted entirely in French, or in a mixture of English and French. I can work alongside a student's existing course (that is, from a textbook a student is already following), or we can use course books that I recommend.
Where the level allows, I like to draw upon material from contemporary sources such as French news magazines.
For "conversation classes", I find it is useful to base the discussion on an article or a book to help build vocabulary, and also think that incorporating grammar instruction (where appropriate) can be a good idea.
- What kind of experience do you have?
I've tutored 11-year olds preparing for entrance exams, GCSE, A-level students, and adults preparing the DELF exam, as well as those learning for business and pleasure.
This school year (2016-2017) my list of tutees has included three AS and A2-students (Edexcel and AQA), one Cambridge Pre-U student, one AQA GCSE student, one CIE IGCSE student, and one Common Entrance student.
Last year, two of my students sat the Westminster Challenge and were offered places - one of them on the Queen's Scholarship. Two other students successfully passed the Common Entrance exam and were admitted to their chosen schools, and several of my students received A* results in French at GCSE and A-level.
For A-levels, I have helped students with the following novels: Zola's ThÃ©rÃ¨se Raquin, FranÃ§oise Sagan's Bonjour Tristesse, Azouz Begag's BÃ©ni ou le Paradis PrivÃ©, Albert Camus's L'Etranger; plays: Racine's Andromaque, MoliÃ¨re's L'Avare and L'Ecole des Femmes; and films: Monsieur Lazhar, Au Revoir Les Enfants, Le Boucher, La CÃ©rÃ©monie, La Haine. I have also worked with a student studying the Algerian War.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
- Tell me about some of your current students.
This school year (2016-2017) my students have included three AS and A2-students (Edexcel and AQA), one Cambridge Pre-U student, one AQA GCSE student, one CIE IGCSE student, one Common Entrance student and two adults learning for pleasure.
Henry won a scholarship to Westminster. Exactly what he was aiming for.
We could not have asked for a better result - A*s! He got full marks for the reading paper. Thanks so much for all your help, and patience.
`Thank you so much for all your patient hard work - you taught her exactly the right stuff and there is no way she could have done it without you! I really didn`t think it was possible to teach the whole year 7 curriculum in a week but somehow you managed it. Chatting to the other parents outside the exam, most of the competitors went to good independents or had been tutored over a long period of time. You really knew not only what to teach but how to teach it, which shows you have exceptional skills.`
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