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Susie (Tutor in Stevenage)

Stevenage, Hertfordshire
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Member Since: 05/02/2014
Last Login: 17 days ago
Response Rate: 95%
Expected Response: < 2 hours

My Qualifications

150 hour TEFL Master Course
A  (2014)
The Open University
BA (Hons) MLS (Open) Modern Languag...
1st  (2013)

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Rates summary: 25.00 to 40.00 per hour
PrimaryKS3GCSEA-LevelAdult Learner

Information about Susie

Hi, I’m Susie. Languages are my absolute passion in life! Whoever you are, YOU CAN learn a language. My students range from age 11 to 72, from introvert to extrovert, beginner to advanced. It doesn’t even matter where you are in the world - I have students as far away as Australia, thanks to my online tuition through Skype and Zoom.

I’m a full-time tutor with over six years and 10,000+ hours of teaching experience. Most of my experience is on a one-to-one basis, as well as working with couples or small groups. My largest group was teaching English on a building site to over 20 Polish builders! Together we’ll build your skills and your confidence and banish the horrendous memories of school language learning; it can be fun, I promise. Let’s discover your true potential.

I have previously worked with an independent, online school to deliver individual tuition and group classes for both beginner and iGCSE level, as well as with a selection of private, online clients from around the UK, Europe and beyond. Online software such as Skype and Zoom enable conversation, messaging, file sharing, screen sharing, as well as live video and audio and for many people are more convenient and just as effective as face-to-face sessions. If you’re a technophobe, don’t worry, before I became a teacher, I was a retail manager for a large telecommunications company, so I can normally help with most technical issues too.

As a former student of the Open University, I fully understand the challenges of studying solo and of juggling work, study and personal life. I like to think that I’m like a personal trainer for languages; I will be your guide, show you how to achieve great results, but I won’t do the work for you. You get out what you put in; being able to set aside time to study or incorporate your learning into your daily life will be just as important as your lessons. If you can find a friend or family member to come along for the ride, I charge just £5 extra per hour for each person you wish to add to your lesson.

Some people may consider that my hourly rate is quite high; so why pay the extra? I’m a full-time tutor; this is what I do every day of the week, not just after my day job. This means you get my full attention, a huge range of resources which are available for use during lessons, great flexibility for lessons days & times, reliability, not to mention a range of online study materials which can be used on computers, tablets and mobile devices. I am also currently in the process of developing Instagram and YouTube video content so that you can continue to learn with me at home, when your lesson is over.

Subjects taught:

- French & Spanish: Beginner & intermediate, exam preparation for adults only.
- English as a Second Language (ESL/ ESOL students): All levels, including preparation for the following exams: Cambridge FCE, CAE, PET, IELTS General Training and Academic, PTE academic and ESOL access exams levels 1-3.
- CV clinic and dissertation guidance.

*New for 2020* Italian: I am very excited to be adding beginner Italian to my portfolio! I have a competent level of Italian, including a strong understanding of the grammar, which I use with my Italian friends and when travelling in Italy. If you are looking for beginner Italian for personal interest, conversation, casual use and travel, I can definitely help. I do not have any official qualifications in Italian, however my background in romance languages (Italian is a Latin-based language which, broadly speaking, I find to have a very similar vocabulary to Spanish with the grammar of French!) and my methodical nature means I would ensure that every lesson is thoroughly planned and carefully checked; I would never teach you anything I am unsure of, as this can be greatly detrimental. I am not available to help with exam preparation for Italian or to teach more advanced levels. My lack of qualifications in this subject and the fact that I am not fluent are the reasons that Italian lessons are offered at £10 less per hour than my other subjects. I firmly believe that the quality of the beginner lessons that I provide in Italian is the same as for French or Spanish.

What you can expect:
Your first 1 hour trial lesson completely free
A flexible approach & lessons tailored to suit you
A specialist in young adult and adult pedagogy
Flexible tutoring, Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm, Friday 9am-3pm.
Responses to all correspondence within 24 hours.
Development of all key language skills - reading, listening, speaking & writing
Follow my recommended course or cherry-pick the topics you wish to cover for specific purposes
Gain confidence with conversation for real-life essential situations, not just in a text book
Exam preparation and study tips
Discover the culture surrounding your chosen language too; music, film, festivals, celebrations & traditions
Learn modern colloquialisms, idioms and sayings that will impress the natives
Special multisensory lessons for dyslexia sufferers
A fusion of traditional and 21st century approaches to ensure you get the most out of your lesson
Exclusive access to all of my online teaching materials, accessible in class and at home for self-study
Corporate training sessions for businesses also available (please email for quote)
Skype & Zoom online lessons also available Happy to consider another software of your choice

Each of my lessons is designed with the individual in mind, tailored to their learning preferences. Whilst I will do my utmost to give the student all the tools necessary to succeed and to cover as much as possible from the syllabus, I do not make promises on the grades that will be achieved or GCSEs or any other exam, as this ultimately relies on the student’s self-study, revision and performance on the day. I do however pride myself on keeping students/ parents/ guardians informed on their progress, using the past papers as indicators of current level. This enables parents/ guardians to make informed choices about the amount of study necessary and provides the best support for the learner. I am always available should parents/ guardians have any questions or concerns.

Availability: Monday - Thursday 9am-9pm
Friday- 9-3pm

If travelling to the learner, additional travel costs may apply, subject to location.
Average cost: within Stevenage and the immediate surrounding areas - £5 extra per trip
Outside of Stevenage - please request a quote.

In your initial email, including the following information will speed up our correspondence time:
- Your motivations for learning
- Whether you wish to attend the lessons alone or share with a friend/ family member
- Your current level in the language, or whether you are a complete beginner
- Whether you are able to travel to my house for lessons, and if not, the name of the area where you live
- Your availability - which days and times you are available for lessons

Willing to travel: 15 miles

Experience: My qualifications:
Open University (2013) - 1st Class BA (Hons) Modern Language Studies
Open University (2012) - Diploma in French (Other)
Open University (2012) - Diploma in Spanish (Other)
150 hour TEFL/ ESL master course, accredited by ACTDEC
Understanding IELTS, British Council (6 week course)
Understanding language, University of Southampton (4 week course)
Cultural studies & modern languages, University of Bristol (4 week course)
Dyslexia & foreign language teaching, Lancaster University (4 week course)

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We have a total of 17 review(s) for Susie.

Mark (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Fantastic teacher, would highly recommend!!

David (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Susie is very organised, competent and likeable. We are convinced that our Spanish will improve considerably with her assistence

Tutors Response :

Thanks David! I`m really enjoying working with you both. :)

Cicily (Miss)

5/5 Rating

Susie is a wonderful Tutor, very professional and we are extremely impressed with her teaching.
thank you for getting Susie for my daughter.

Tutors Response :

Thank you so much, it`s easy when I`m working with such a lovely family. I love teaching Cathy!

Suhel (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Excellent knowledge, spots on mistakes you never aware of.

Thnx Susie

Tutors Response :

Thanks Suhel! :-)

Ian (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Susie is an excellent tutor. In the short time my wife and I have been having Spanish lessons she has identified the right balance between theory and practical and we are certain Susie will get us where we need to be with the language for when we move to Spain next year. Susie also gives Spanish lessons to our 9 year old son. She is very natural with him and put him at ease straight away. He looks forward to his lessons each week.

Tutors Response :

Muchas gracias Ian!

Sophia (Miss)

5/5 Rating

Excellent tutor with clear structure, great resources and very encouraging!

Tutors Response :

Muchas gracias!
Thanks for your kind feedback!

Ian (Mr)

5/5 Rating

My 13 year old nephew and I are taking Spanish lessons with Susie and it`s been a great experience so far, she`s well organised and makes learning a fun experience. I`d highly recommend her to anyone taking up a language!

Tutors Response :

Muchas gracias Ian! :-)

Rob (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Excellent tutor early days but I enjoy each lesson
Susie is very easy to listen to and always has well prepared lessons.thanks Susie. Rob

Tutors Response :

Gracias Rob :-)

anthony (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Made us feel relaxed and worked at a pace suitable to us.

Alex (Miss)

5/5 Rating

Susie is great because she tailors her lessons to what you want to learn and the pace at which you pick things up. She always has a good mix of activities planned and is very flexible. Highly recommended!

Tutors Response :

Thanks Alex, always a pleasure teaching you. :-)

Sarah (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Susie is passionate about French and teaching it, her enthusiasm is infectious. She connects well with my 15yr old daughter and has gone out of her way to give her extra tuition prior to an exam.

Tutors Response :

Merci Sarah, I`m so happy that I have been able to contribute to her success :D Thanks for your feedback!

Richard (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Susie is a charming and very bright lady.
She is very well organised and prepared. I am very much looking forward to continuing my language learning with her and feel confident she will be able to help my rather old brain absorb sufficient information for me to eventually converse in Spanish

Tutors Response :

Muchas gracias Richard eres muy simpático :)

Tobie (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Susie es estupendo! I have quadrupled the amount of Spanish know in a few months. She is a lovley person and is extremely passionate about what she teaches.
She is as keen to teach as you are to learn and is very flexible with her hours.
Susie is the best!

Tutors Response :

Muchas gracias Tobie!

steven (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Very friendly and approachable,relaxed and patient a great tutor looking forward to more lessons

Tutors Response :

Thanks for your feedback Steve, really appreciate it :)

Anna (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Susie is the best teacher I have ever had! She is a true professional and always very-well prepared for our lessons.

Mercedez (Miss)

5/5 Rating

I`ve been having lessons with Susie for some time now and I`m really happy with her tutoring. She makes me feel at ease and is very patient. She clearly has a passion for languages and it`s very obvious in her work. I`d recommend Susie to any level, I will be getting my kids to have lessons with her soon too.

mark (Mr)

5/5 Rating

only early with this tutor but i must say i am so pleased i found susie. she is an inspiration to my daughter. i would recommend her . thanks

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