• 11+ and 13+ tuition in English, Maths and Reasoning.
• English as a second language
Since taking a CELTA qualification in 2011, I have taught English as a Second Language at Twin International School (2011-2013 - age groups 6+), and then at Eurocentres Language School (2013 to present - 17+). In addition, I have taught teenage refugees/asylum seekers English and Maths to enable them to join mainstream schools.
I also teach and invigilate the IELTs exam, the standard English exam used for entry to university or medical school in the UK.
I have prepared many young students, over a period of ten years, for 7+, 11+ and 13+ entrance exams, at Alleyn's, Dulwich College, King’s, and City of London, all of whom were successful.
At Eurocentres, I have taken part in Safeguarding, and Cultural and Religious Awareness courses within Teacher Development sessions, and have completed a Special Educational Needs course, particularly relating to dyslexia.
After many years of working in the music industry in London, a New York art gallery, and writing series drama for all major TV channels (particularly for 8-14 age range), I found my real passion - teaching. Since I mainly teach English as a Second Language, I've got to know students from all around the world, and watching them progress in their studies, and preparing them for the very stringent exams, such as IELTS, which enable them to enter UK universities, or law, or the medical profession, has been so rewarding. As a bonus, I have been able to utilise my screenwriting skills to enhance lessons, get students involved in performances, and to devise study materials, which are used across all levels in my current school.
I tailor my teaching to the student's learning style, whether learning through doing, listening or observing, aiming to explain a topic thoroughly, demonstrate it on paper, provide examples, elicit any queries, and only then to encourage the student to solve similar problems. Once taught, I like to come back to the topic through pre-planned tasks, or set homework, to satisfy myself that the student thoroughly understands. Building confidence is crucial, particularly in a topic which the student has previously found too challenging or confusing. I also aim to build a strong rapport with the student, so that they feel confident to ask questions, with a view to building a curiosity in the subject, thereby enhancing their proficiency in the subject.
What I do when I am not tutoring
In my free time, I read and watch movies in French, in a bid to become more fluent in the language. In addition, I write short plays, which have been performed in small venues around London, and have undertaken three interior design projects in London and Kent, and my own house, garden and pond are ongoing projects.
"Working with Kristine has been brilliant for my daughter. It’s really building her confidence and they seem to be covering a lot of ground. I’m really pleased Kristine is so organised and she loves her lessons." (Mother of Year 5 student)
"Kristine was fantastic. My daughter really enjoyed the session. Thank you for putting us in touch with her."
''I'm pleased to tell you that my son got into City, due in no small part to you keeping him motivated and ''on task''. We really appreciate all your efforts, as his results really improved with your tuition''.
(Mother, 13+ student)
''I wanted to tell you that I passed my exam to get in the university. I thought I had to share it with you, because you were a really important part of it - you cannot imagine how happy I am right now. I approved in second place among 500 applicants. Thank you for the great lessons and your funny stories''.
''I enjoyed your lessons teacher Krissy, and I got 7.5 in the IELTs exam, so I'm applying to Kings to study medicine, which has been my dream all my life. Thank you for helping me from beginner level, and because you explained the grammar so well''.
''For my daughter it was a pleasure having classes with Kristine and felt very comfortable. Today she is still with her and seems to be quite concentrated in her conversation.''
''Both my son and my wife like Kristine and think highly of her teaching competence. Let's continue.''
“I think working with Kristine has been brilliant for my daughter. It’s really building her confidence and they seem to be covering a lot of ground. I’m really pleased Kristine is so organised and my daughter loves her lessons. Thanks”
“My daughter is making noticeable improvement already after the Maths sessions and we are very happy.”