I have over 5 years' tutoring experience and have made a successful career, thanks also to the testimonials from parents and students shown below.
I am a full-time tutor and have taught a variety of students. Their age ranges from 5 to over 60. Their location ranges from London, to their boarding schools, in the Far East, or America. The subjects covered include English, Maths, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Latin, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, Ancient Greek and English as a Foreign Language.
I also have experience teaching English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning to students who I have helped apply for many different schools, mainly at the 11+ and 13+ levels, as well as English and Maths to younger students (Year 1 to Year 4).
I have also revised and given feedback on students' personal statements for different university applications, particularly to Oxford and Cambridge, as well as provided interview practice with detailed comments, ratings and suggestions for improvement.
Many of my students have had great success and achieved the highest grade possible after being predicted a lower one. One particular student of French achieved a 9 in his GCSE after initially being very low on confidence in the subject and telling me that he was absolutely terrified of doing his speaking exam.
A number of my students have achieved top grades, including at 11+, 13+, GCSE, A Level and Oxbridge admissions.
Born and bred in London, I am far from the typical Londoner in that I am a polyglot and have learnt over 15 languages. I have taught 8 languages and Maths as well as prepared students for school and university admissions.
I grew up in North London, but went to secondary school at St. Paul's Boys, in Hammersmith. After achieving 11 A*s in my GCSEs there, including 5 A*s in foreign languages, I went on to study Italian (A*), French (A), Maths (A*) and Economics (A) for A Level, as well as doing Further Maths (A) up to AS Level.
I then completed my first degree in French and Italian at the University of Cambridge, where I obtained a 2.1 with a Scholarship for my first year results. My Director of Studies kindly stated: "Dhananjay is one of the most gifted students I have ever taught in 22 years at Cambridge University: his capacity to learn, understand and apply new languages, cultures and linguistic structures is simply phenomenal." I spent my Year Abroad at the University of Rome, where I also learnt Russian taught in Italian.
I am a full-time tutor and have taught a variety of students over 5 years. Their age ranges from 5 to over 60. Their location ranges from London, to their boarding schools, in the Far East, or America. The subjects covered include English, Maths, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Latin, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, Ancient Greek and English as a Foreign Language.
I am very grateful for the excellent testimonials that parents and students have left me, some of which are shared below.
I believe that flexibility is very much key to tutoring. I therefore tailor my approach to each individual student and their particular goals. I assess my students in the initial lessons and devise a plan to enable them to achieve their objectives. I monitor progress against this plan.
I try to transmit my enthusiasm for the subject to my student, as finding motivation is a big part of learning. As a fluent speaker of over 10 languages and with considerable language knowledge, I find demonstrating my passion quite easy and can enthuse students with similar passion. The success of this approach is validated by some of my students continuing lessons with me just for enjoyment, even after they have sat their final exams.
I try and see if my own approach to learning can be suitable for some students. My approach was summarised by my Director of Studies at Cambridge as "his essays, presentations and general attitude to learning was always an inspiration for the other linguists and often for myself and his other Lecturers. Dhananjay has been a top Cambridge student…”.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I am a full-time tutor, and am very committed to this field. I teach students based in the Far East in the mornings, students in the UK and USA in the evenings. I also teach over weekends.
In my spare time, I am very enthusiastic about sports, such as football and tennis, and playing guitar and have often bonded with students over our mutual passion for these.
1. (Mother of an 11+ student):
“An outstanding tutor who inspires great self-confidence in his pupil, who works with great calm and efficiency, utterly convincing, a true model for a young student.”
2. (Mother of a GCSE student to whom I taught French, German and Latin. He achieved grade 9 in all and continues to do lessons now for fun):
"I also want to thank you for the amazing work you've done with my son, and also for continuing to broaden his horizons."
"I think you, as someone who inspires him, are in a better position to offer him suggestions than I am."
3. (Mother of Spanish GCSE student on our first lesson):
"My daughter said that her class with Dhananjay was awesome!"
4. (Father of German GCSE student):
"My son is delighted and I think got on really well with Dhananjay."
5. (Mother of a 13+ student applying to St. Paul's):
"Dhananjay has been amazing with my son and he really enjoyed the interview practice with him. The questions he asked him definitely challenged his thought processes and encouraged him to dig deeper which I really enjoyed seeing."
6. (Father of a French student):
“I am just emailing you to let you know that my son’s lessons with tutor Dhananjay were very good. He was too flexible and professional.”
7. (Father of an 11+ student):
"Dhananjay has been extremely professional and reliable from the start, assessing our son's individual needs, working towards the goal of the 11+ assessment and providing us with confidence that over a set period, our son would be comfortable in achieving the best of his ability. Dhananjay clearly has high expectations and this comes across in a very calm and positive approach to his lessons. His lessons are delivered with confidence and intellect, providing real encouragement to obtain the best out of our son."
8. (Father of the same 11+ student):
"We would highly recommend Dhananjay as a highly skilled tutor. In our son's words, he is clever, funny and makes the work enjoyable."
9. (Mother of a French GCSE and A Level student):
“Overall, Dhananjay had an incredibly positive impact on her attainment levels in French - culminating in her getting the top grade at GCSE. Dhananjay is a talented linguist and gifted student academically. He has deep subject knowledge and I would recommend him highly as a tutor.”
10. (Father of a Spanish GCSE student):
“Dhananjay has made the lessons very enjoyable and has covered the content of the course comprehensively. His clear explanation of the material has contributed to my son achieving excellent marks in his coursework."
11. (Mother of 6 and 9 year olds to whom I taught English and Maths):
"We're absolutely happy with Dhananjay. He has so much patience with the kids. He is like an angel, I swear."
12. (Mother of a 9-year-old student leading up to 11+):
"Excellent tutor, extremely personable, much liked by my son. Can’t fault him."