my name is Katja.
I am a Native German free lancer working in London. Besides my other work, I have made private Tutoring one of my main sources of income and work, as I find working with students greatly rewarding and satisfying.
I graduated from (the German equivalent to) Grammar School with an A average after which I did my Bachelor here in London, graduating in the top set of my year.
I have been a private Tutor since 2009. At first it served as a way to support myself throughout school/ Uni and later on it turned into a field I now make a living from.
I enjoy teaching students of all ages and abilities immensely. Seeing someone develop throughout the course of our work together is extremely rewarding and the main reason I continued to work as a private tutor for all these years.
My main subjects are German, Maths and Physics.
Being a Native German speaker, I enjoy sharing my mother tongue with students from all around the world.
I have also always found great interest and joy in Maths and Physics so it is a main focus of mine to not only help my students improve their grades, but encourage them to find a greater
understanding and fun in the subjects they might have a lack of enthusiasm for.
My lessons are tailored to the specific need of my students. I follow their school curriculum to support their learning at school but alter from it, if I find a different approach to a certain topic would be beneficial to the student.
The same goes for my adult learner students. We all have a busy daily schedule and I acknowledge that, while still keeping a focus on the goal set in the beginning of our lessons.
In my opinion learning a new language or improving oneself in a certain subject is a team effort between the teacher and the student, which is exactly how I treat my lessons.
Availability: As a free lancer my availability varies.
Please get in touch to find out my current availability.
Willing to travel: 3 miles
Experience: Since 2009 I have been private tutoring students of different ages and abilities.
In the UK alone I have been teaching students from the age of 5 up to adult learners in German.
Included in those were children of German parents, who wanted help raising their children bilingually, as well as UK students, who need help improving their German skills in school and adults, who want to learn the language to raise their career opportunities.
My main focus group in Maths and Physics are students from the age of 11 to 18 (Levels KS3 to A-Level).
I am able to communicate material that might sound hard and unmanageable in school in a clearer way, so that most of my students get a much better and deeper grasp of the subject. They are then able to transfer these acquired skills to their work in school.
DBS (CRB) Check: Yes
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I`ve been having lessons with Katja for a couple of months now and am finding our lesson extremely helpful. As my A-levels are approaching, she has been very supportive and adaptable with what I need to learn and has made me feel more comfortable with German as a whole. Overall I feel that my German has improved with Katja`s help.
Tutors Response :
Thank you so much for your feedback, Izzy! It has been great working with you and seeing especially your writing skills improve.
Katja has been really great for my daughter. She has given her confidence and helped her for her mock exams. Katja is really flexible and when we have had to change our lesson at short notice this has never been a problem.
Tutors Response :
Thank you for your nice feedback, Emily! It has been lovely working with Ella!
Katja is a very professional german teacher and always makes sure her students engage with the topic.
I would recommend her for those wanting to learn german!
Katja was excellent at my introductory lesson. She made me feel at ease, listened to my goals and outlined a flexible way forward to suit my requirements as I am feeling my way in which this language will work for me. She also has a good way of bringing to life points she makes.
Tutors Response :
Thank you for your lovely feedback, Jane!
It was fun to meet you yesterday and Im looking forward to working together!
I am very happy with choosing to learn with Katja. She was welcoming and helped me past first lesson shyness :).
Tutors Response :
Thanks for your feedback Benjamin. It was so nice to meet you and Im looking forward to working and learning with you!
We only had the introductory lesson, but the accommodation was not suitable for tutoring a child of 9 years old and tutor was unable to commute to our home. We were unable to proceed. Katja was friendly and my daughter would have enjoyed being tutored by her, but unfortunately it was not meant to be.
Katja is very competent, helpful and her teaching method is effective.
Katja is an excellent tutor. There are other great tutors on this site but what I believe sets Katja apart is:
1) her stage training means she has an excellent, technical understanding of pronunciation - she is very good on where exactly to place one`s tongue, lips etc to produce those strange German sounds.
2) she is a native German speaker but also has excellent English and is therefore able to explain, in English, tricky grammatical concepts which someone with a poorer grasp of English would struggle to make clear.
3) she is very good on where colloquial usage differs from more formal ways of speaking which might, in some contexts, make one sound quaint or old fashioned. There are several habits I was taught in school which I am am unlearning!
4) Katja is flexible about what aspects of the language are taught in our sessions. I am comfortable learning vocabulary in my own time and as such we focus on grammar and conversation.
5) she is also flexible on when sessions take place, which is particularly useful as a freelancer myself.
Excellent tutoring. She is very flexible, which works well for my son. I love her method of teaching German and I feel more relaxed about the progress he is making in school since he started with Katja.