• 11+ English & Maths: ISEB, public school entrance exams and pre-test
• 13+ English: ISEB and public school entrance exams
• (I)GCSE English Language: Edexcel, CIE, AQA, OCR, WJEC
• (I)GCSE Spanish: Edexcel, CIE, AQA, OCR, WJEC
• A-level Spanish: Edexcel, CIE, AQA, OCR, WJEC
• English as a foreign language from Beginner - Advanced level
I have taken part in extensive training with Keystone and have a great understanding of the syllabus for 11+ English and Maths. For these pre-tests, I recommend building up a thorough knowledge of the syllabus and focussing as much as possible on comprehension, grammar and cloze procedure and mental arithmetic and word problems. I use a variety of activities to target the time pressured nature of the tests and problem solving.
As well as pre-test preparation I have done a lot of tutoring of the GCSE, AS and A Level Spanish syllabus for all exam boards, and I have experience teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) to many age groups and group sizes around the world.
After obtaining my A-Levels in Spanish (A), Biology (A) and Economics (A) at Bedales School, I went on to the University of Edinburgh to study Spanish. My third year at university was spent at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina in Buenos Aires, where I was able to perfect my spoken language skills. I returned to Edinburgh for my final year, achieving a First with Distinction in my Masters, then headed straight back to Argentina to do an intensive CELTA course. Finishing top of my class I launched into the teaching of English as a Foreign Language, as well as Spanish literature and language, which I continued for many years alongside my other jobs.
My career to date has not only encompassed much private tutoring, but also many years in the travel and hospitality world where I have managed large teams, been involved in high profile events, headed up company operations and budgeting, and travelled the globe on research trips. Education is where my true interest lies, however, hence my decision to join Keystone to private tutor on a full-time basis.
Private tutoring is a wonderful way to teach. Doing one-on-one lessons offers the ability to gear every moment to suit each person’s unique outlook, thus generally achieving quicker results. I believe the key is to first get an understanding of a student’s motivation, learning technique and interests, then plan and tailor classes carefully and accordingly. Situations and attitudes often change, however, so as a tutor it is also essential to be alert, empathetic and flexible to ensure the best results.
Hard work and dedication are also crucial to achieving your goal, and throughout my classes I look for ways to get students enthused and keen to put in the time, which will help them with independent study. It is only when I think they are working to the best of their ability that I am satisfied.
What I do when I am not tutoring
As well as being a professional tutor, I am a jewellery designer and silversmith, a lover of Latin American Literature (especially Mario Vargas Llosa) and a keen follower of outdoor pursuits such as hiking and trekking. You will generally find me in my studio moulding pieces of metal, or wading through big puddles in the country with my dog at my side.