Modern Foreign Languages & Humanities

 



 



 

There is only one good, knowledge. ~Socrates

FRENCH



 

Benjamin: French

Biography

I am a passionate French teacher who loves languages above all.   I read Social and Political Sciences at the distinguished University Sciences-Po Paris and lived in Paris until 2014.   During my studies, I had the opportunity to spend one year in Vienna (Austria) to study Law.  Additionally, throughout my time at University, I worked in outdoor centres during the summer holidays where my love of teaching was first nurtured.  I continued my studies and graduated with a Masters in Public Administration.

Then, I decided to move to London to study acting. At this time, I also started writing plays and other texts: for me, writing is the perfect way to combine my passion for acting and for the French language. My professional life in London is now mainly divided between teaching French, writing and acting. 

Experience

I have always wanted to teach and to work with children, which is why I studied and successfully passed my Activity Leader Degree early and began working with children. I began tutoring French two years ago and am now passionate for it. I have been working with a range of students, from 7-year-old British children who had never heard any French before to French speaking adults who have never been at school and cannot read nor write.  Given the differing levels and abilities, I have developed a range teaching methods and strategies to cater for each student.  I enjoy establishing good relationships with my students and challenging them academically so that they reach their potential.


Other Interests

I love theatre, especially the classics such as Moliere and Shakespeare. I attend several plays a month and spend a lot of my free time reading.


 

LATIN & GREEK



 

Michael: English, Classics, Latin & French

Biography

I was born in Dublin and lived in Bonn and Brussels between the ages of three and thirteen before completing my secondary school education back in Dublin. My BA studies in Greek and Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin resulted in first-class honours and a gold medal for exceptional merit, and after completing a Master’s in Ancient Philosophy at Oxford I moved to Cambridge for a PhD in Classics. I submitted my thesis on metaphor in the tragedies of Aeschylus in September 2014 and was awarded the PhD in May 2015.
Since submitting I have been living in South London and working as a tutor and (from February 2015 to January 2016) part-time editorial assistant in the dictionaries department of Oxford University Press. Apart from tutoring, my focus in recent months has been on turning my PhD thesis into a book. Cambridge University Press expect to publish it, and the revised version will be ready to send off by the end of the summer.

Experience

As part of my PhD studies at Cambridge I had the opportunity to teach undergraduates both as a college supervisor and Graduate Teaching Assistant, and I quickly discovered that I have a passion for teaching. I was also fortunate enough to be asked to serve as an undergraduate admissions interviewer for four years. In my final two years at Cambridge I gained experience of second-level teaching for the first time by giving weekly extra-curricular classes in Latin, Ancient Greek and philosophy at a local school.
As a tutor, I have taught Latin and Ancient to students at all stages from 11+ to A Level. I have also taught 11+ and 13+ English, 13+ Maths, and 11+, 13+ and GCSE French. What I find so rewarding about tutoring is having the opportunity to tailor my teaching to the needs and interests of each individual student – it is amazing how quickly even the most reluctant student can develop a passion for Latin noun tables! In 2014-15 I also served as the Latin teacher for a GCSE student at Croydon Metropolitan College, and in Spring 2015 I devised and delivered the course ‘The hidden power of metaphor in everyday life’ to 12 students at a school in East Ham on behalf of the Brilliant Club educational charity.

 

Other Interests

I love reading, playing music (clarinet and saxophone), listening to music (mainly classical), and walking in the countryside.


 



HISTORY



 

Holly: History & English

Biography

I am a reliable, engaging and innovative qualified History teacher who is dedicated to getting the best results from her students. I combine a passion for teaching with a strong academic background.
I grew up in the UAE and, upon returning, was educated at King Edward's School, Witley, where I studied the International Baccalaureate. Later, I read English Literature and History at Durham University and was awarded a First Class Joint Honours degree.

Upon leaving university, I worked for Inghams ski specialists as a Sales Consultant before spending five months travelling across Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia.
I am a qualified Dinghy Instructor and, as such, I have taught on numerous International Competitive Sailing courses during holidays over the years.

Experience

In 2014, I trained as a Secondary History teacher at the University of Cambridge where I completed a Masters in Education. I now work as a History teacher at St Thomas More Language College in Chelsea. My interest in working within education was sparked when, during my time abroad, I worked as a Behaviour Mentor for a year at Sion-Manning Roman Catholic Girls School, improving students’ confidence in academic subjects as well as helping to improve their organisation and revision skills This role involved working with subjects across the curriculum, namely: Mathematics, English, French, History, Science and Religious Studies. As a result, I am particularly experienced at developing students' organisation and revision skills.

As a tutor, I tailor my approach for individual students, taking time to understand their particular strengths and weaknesses. I believe that it is the tutor's role to break down complicated concepts into manageable and simplified steps and, in doing so, to increase the student's understanding of a subject and their confidence in their own abilities. I am valued for my fun and logical approach to teaching and for observing and monitoring the academic improvements my students make.


Other Interests

I am a keen sportswoman who enjoys running, skiing, sailing and playing Netball. In my spare time, I love going to the theatre, reading, visiting museums and walking in the countryside.


 


 

Juliet: History of Art & English

Biography

I studied English, Theatre Studies and Biology for A-Level at Cranbrook School in Kent before gaining a 2.1 honours degree in History of Art from the University of Leeds. This gave me the opportunity to gain analytical skills and develop essay structure and style, resulting in an excellent grounding to assist children with analytical explorations in literature. During this time, I took several English Literature modules as electives. Following this, I gained a certificate in TESOL from Oxford TEFL in Prague, Czech Republic, and stayed in the city for two years as an English teacher. During this time I joined an English-speaking theatre company and performed in a variety of different plays.
 

Experience

I have experience teaching a wide variety of ages and levels. I am able to teach English from 7+ to 13+ and History of Art to GCSE and A-Level students.

Having taught English for the past six years, I began tutoring with Exceptional Academics a year ago.  In this time, I have tutored English from Year 4-6, preparing students for 11+.  I have also successfully assisted a student to gain entry into Marlborough College at Common Entrance.


Other Interests

When I am not teaching, I can be found dancing, acting, listening to music and reading.


 
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