I have been tutoring GCSE, IGCSE, AS and A2 students in French for the last 5 years. I have also tutored younger students, having tutored a year 3 and year 4 student over one summer, a year 3 student for 2 years. I also tutored a year 5 student for 3 years, whom I prepared to take the Common Entrance exam in French at the end of year 7.
In terms of the A2 and AS exams, I am experienced in the following boards: Edexcel, Wejc and AQA boards.
In terms of the IGCSE and GCSE, I am experienced in the following boards: Edexcel and AQA.
I have an extensive knowledge of French literature and cinema which is particularly useful in the French A2 exam. I am well used to Essay writing and will give useful tips to students about things such as essay structure and revision techniques.
I have also been tutoring SAT2 students, and students in the French curriculum at the The French Lycee in London.
I have experience in teaching pupils across all ages and nationalities (I recently taught Russian students, Chinese students, etc.).
I'm a native French Speaker, I was born in Paris where I went to school until the age of 18. I received a French Baccalaureate with Honours in 2007.
I studied Environmental Policy at the London School of Economics from 2007 to 2010, and I have been living and working in London ever since.
Tutoring many different students over the last few years has taught me that each student has a different way of learning, memorising and putting this knowledge into practice. I believe it is essential to adapt the content and pace of each lesson to each student and their progress. I always try to adapt my teaching style to the learning style of my students.
My personal approach is to keep a tutorial simple and structured. I discuss with the student and agree on a schedule for the lesson and spend a few minutes at the end of each lesson to review what has been learnt during the lesson. Along the course of the year I frequently review certain points that have been studied in previous lessons, to ensure the student is progressing steadily.
I consider myself patient and approachable, and will always ensure students understand, and feel they can ask questions if they don't. I am positive and particularly supportive towards students who may lack self-confidence, as I believe confidence is essential in succeeding in exams.
French is a difficult language to master, with exceptions in almost every rule, and for this, vocabulary lists and grammar exercises are essential. To keep students engaged I also like to use interactive resources such videos, newspaper and magazine articles, games/quizzes etc.
What I do when I am not tutoring
When I am not tutoring I spent most of my time managing my own business. In 2012, I set up an online business called Room for Tea, a peer-to-peer platform offering affordable rooms for young people moving to London to start work.
When I am not working or tutoring, I like to play sports, go to the cinema or theatre, read etc.
"My son got on extremely well with Milena. She has a lovely laid back style but is also thorough and focused. An excellent teacher!" Mother of previous student.
"Milena has been a wonderful teacher and the lessons have been really enjoyable and extremely helpful for Alice." Mother of Alevel French student
The tutoring sessions with Milena are are going very well and we are very pleased (Mother of A Level French student)
We are really happy with Milena – a very nice person (Mother of French IGCSE student)
“Milena is a hard-working and capable tutor. She was always punctual and well-prepared with interesting lesson materials. She clearly knows her subject very well” (Parent of Baccalaureate student)