I started tutoring during my undergraduate years to help a GCSE (OCR) student who was struggling with her French oral. Having been predicted a C, she ended up achieving an A* grade. This success which prompted me to seek out further teaching opportunities. I now work teaching English at both GCSE and A-level (most recently CIE/Edexcel GCSE and OCR A-level) and French (most recently AQA/OCR/Edexcel/iGCSE and Edexcel/OCR A-level). I can also assist, on the rare occasion, with Portuguese and drama.
I work as a freelance EFL teacher at language schools across London, having qualified to teach English as a foreign language in December 2012 (receiving a high 'Pass B' CELTA grade). I have taught children from ages 5-18, from a wide range of nationalities, backgrounds and abilities, and have been repeatedly hired to cover adult-learner classes at all levels. I have also recently tutored an adult learner studying for her CELTA.
As an EFL teacher, I have been complimented on my organisation, adaptability, and skill at adapting courses to make them relevant and interesting to students whilst making sure the fundamentals of the syllabus are always respected. Equally, my attention to detail when giving feedback to students focuses their attentions on how to practically improve, whilst my ability to create positive rapport with students has enabled me to motivate even the most reserved of pupils, allowing them to go on and succeed in IELTS exams.
I did a four year degree at the University of Cambridge, studying French and Portuguese for the first two years before I switched to English in my third year, receiving a 2.1 upon graduating in 2012.
This has left me with a varied set of language skills, and a wide knowledge of literature from several cultures. In 2012, I took my Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) at International House London, receiving a ‘Pass B’ grade.
I attended Highgate School in North London, taking Biology, English, French and Music for A-level, receiving 4 A's (all at 90% or above). At GCSE, I received the highest mark in the country for French, and received 9A*s in total.
I now tutor to remain involved in the academic world, and to help young learners fulfil their academic potential. I enjoy having flexible work around my work in theatre, and the opportunity to work with different people every day!
I have a naturally positive rapport with students that helps me to engage and manage lessons effectively. I am enthusiastic, approachable and dedicated, and I endeavour to present myself and run my classes in a professional and energetic fashion. I understand the pressures students can feel under in the run-up to exams, and, whether the student needs motivating or is already very keen, I enjoy using my background as an actor to develop lively methods of teaching.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I am a freelance professional opera and choral singer, working on a variety of projects with companies in and around London. I am a keen traveller, having journeyed solo across the United States and South America in recent years, and I enjoy meeting new people and learning from different cultures.
I have studied French and Portuguese to degree level, Russian to GCSE level, and taken classes in Italian at the Italian Cultural Institute. I also enjoy cooking, having trained at the Cookery School, at Little Portland Street.
"Oskar has been a great success. Holly finds him easy to work with as he has real structure to his teaching." Mother of GCSE French student
''Really interesting, bright guy – fantastic actor/director, in other words, great at ‘performing’ - a plus point for teaching! He helped Alex with her French Oral and was terrific''
(Helen, mother of 16 year old)