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Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile. My name is Ricky; I am the head of languages at a mixed academy in Barnet and have been a private tutor for over 5 years now. I boast a 100% A*-A (9-7) pass rate at GCSE and A-Level and have seen over 25 tutees achieve their scholastic and personal goals in the past 2 years alone.
I am a personable, dedicated and professional tutor with a passion for languages and for teaching. I graduated from University College London (UCL) in 2012, with a 2:1 in BA Joint Honours French and German and I completed my Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Secondary Modern Foreign Languages, specialising in French and German, at the University College London Institute of Education in Russell Square: the world`s leading establishment for education. I hold full Qualified Teacher Status and I am DBS-checked.
A native English speaker, I speak fluent French and German, having studied both languages formally for over 12 years. I tutor across all key stages, from KS3 to adult learner and can also teach Spanish to KS4, having secured an iGCSE in Spanish as an adult learner. In addition, I also have a working knowledge of Hindi, Italian and Turkish.
I prioritise a `fun`, hands-on and highly tailored approach to tutoring, believing that language learning is something that, with expert guidance and careful planning, can be an exciting, challenging and highly rewarding experience.
Whatever the tutee wishes to achieve in their sessions with me, be it going over a certain grammar point or topic they are struggling with at school, revisiting core material prior to examination or simply learning their language of choice for conversational purposes - business or pleasure - I will go above and beyond to ensure that my tutee`s needs are met, offering tuition of a first-class standard. Communication, I believe, is key and to this end I will continually ask for feedback from the tutee on how they are finding the pace and content of lessons, adapting my methods to suit their individual needs each time.
I have extensive knowledge of all exam boards and syllabi, including AQA, Edexcel, OCR and Cambridge, as well as the IGCSE exam boards. I regularly attend courses to keep abreast of changes within the UK MFL curriculum, including the new languages GCSE 9-1 specification. I am also very familiar with the texts and films studied at A-Level, particularly for the AQA and Edexcel exam boards, (for instance `La Haine` and `No et moi` for French and `Goodbye, Lenin` for German) and I understand how to bridge the gap between GCSE and A-Level, which can oftentimes feel quite overwhelming!
I ensure excellent results by making lessons interactive as well as informative, using a range of resources and materials rather than relying on the textbook! I aim to build the confidence of tutees and will place an importance on improving their spoken fluency - after all, that is what learning a language is about!
Finally, I take particular pride in acting as a mentor to my tutees, and not just in their study of languages. I will do my all to help them plan and make best use of their time, giving them as many hints and tips as possible and it is going this extra mile that, I believe, makes me stand out as a private tutor.
Availability: Flexible availability weekdays/weekends.
Please get in touch to discuss times.
Willing to travel: 10 miles
Experience: I have been teaching on a formal and informal basis throughout my life, first as a private French and German tutor for GCSE students, amongst others, and subsequently as an English teacher in France and Germany during my university year abroad, working with individuals from KS2- to University-level. I have also worked for a globally reputable tutoring company, offering tuition for children in Mathematics and English.
As part of my PGCE course, I spent four months - (October 2014 to January 2015) - working as a French and German Teacher at The Latymer School, a mixed grammar school for 11-18 year olds in Edmonton, Enfield, as the first of my two school placements, teaching across the entire school range, from year 7 to year 13. I then moved onto my second school placement (February 2015 - May 2015) at East Barnet School in East Barnet, where I continued to work as a German and French teacher across the board, but focusing particularly on GCSE and A-Level German and French.
I completed my PGCE course in June 2015 and spent 2 years working as a teacher of French and Spanish at the multi-academy trust "Oasis Academy" in Enfield.
In September 2017, I moved to Copthall School as Deputy Head of Languages and am currently the Head of Languages there.