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Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP1
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Member Since: 30/04/2014
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My Qualifications

University of Cambridge
1st  (1999)
CEU San Pablo, Valencia, Spain
Communication Science
1st  (1998)

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Rates summary: 40.00 to 60.00 per hour

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Information about Paula

Hola amigos!

I am a native Spanish tutor from Valencia, Spain. My teaching career began at a prestigious language school affiliated to Cambridge University.

I specialise in offering private language tuition to young students preparing for their Spanish IGCSE/GCSE and A Level exams, in a wide range of schools all over the world (USA, Hong Kong, New Zealand), boarding schools in the UK and public schools in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire including Berkhamsted School, St Albans High School for Girls, Haberdashers` Aske`s Boys` School, Haberdashers` Aske`s School for Girls, Dr Challoner`s High School, Dr Challoner`s Grammar School, Abbot`s Hill School, Duncombe School, etc.

I am familiar and up to date with the new GCSE 9 - 1 grading system and confident teaching the recently introduced A Level units, books and films for both AQA and Edexel exam boards.

Many students have come to me with low and even failing school grades, often due to the poor way Spanish is taught in schools. After just a few sessions, they have seen significant improvement in their grades, a huge confidence boost and a new found love for the subject. Some of my students have won the Spanish Academic Award and many have come top of their class.

I appreciate that choosing the right tutor is a very difficult decision, so please take a look at my students` testimonials in the feedback section below, to find out about their learning experience and how I have helped them achieve and surpass their objectives.

Tutoring Experience
I have worked as a language tutor for over a decade and have experience in the following teaching environments:

- GCSE, IGCSE, A Level and Pre U exam preparation. AQA, Edexel, OCR and Cambridge exam boards.
- Primary school- extra curriculum classes
- Private language schools - all levels
- Adult learning
- Business Spanish
- Degree and Post Graduate
- Guest lecturer at the University of Valencia
- Group and one-to-one private tuition
- Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera (DELE). Exam coaching and preparation for all levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2) adult and children qualifications.

Tutoring Approach
My teaching method focuses on fostering my students` confidence and encouraging the learning to grow and blossom from within. I am enthusiastic, energetic, empathetic, patient and very resourceful.

My lessons are tailored to suit my students` individual learning needs and objectives. My clients find my classes fun, memorable and very effective..

Recent testimonials

From Jill - Rating 5/5 - Level: Expert Spanish

"Paula has tutored my daughter for 3 years from AS to university level and we have been very pleased with the results. Mel became much more confident in speaking and was thrilled with her final A2 results. We have no hesitation in recommending Paula to others. I would also add that Mel always looked forward to her lessons which is, of course, an added bonus!"

From Mishia - Rating 5/5 - Level: University Spanish

"Paula is absolutely lovely and has helped me with Spanish essays at university level. She has helped me on several occasional, has always been quick to respond and has been extremely useful! She`s very friendly and puts a lot of effort and time into helping her students".

From Michelle - Rating 5/5 - Level: Intermediate Spanish

"Myself and my two daughters have been having lessons with Paula 6 months now. The lessons are fun for the children whilst learning and I can`t believe how much we`ve learnt and retained in such a short time, Paula is patient and thorough and we always look forward to our lessons… Brilliant tutor would highly recommend."

From Debbie - Rating 5/5 - Level: Secondary Spanish

"Paula is great! My daughter is in year 8 and needs some extra support to be able to continue with Spanish which she is very keen to do. Paula has provided lots of support material to help Katherine and lots of encouragement too. Katherine is really enjoying the lessons and is growing in confidence as a result of them."

From Kim - Rating 5/5 - Level: GCSE Spanish

"Adam had a brilliant first lesson and came home full of enthusiasm - with a distinct increase in confidence. Thank you for inspiring Adam, it was great to seem him so happy and relaxed, he really felt a sense of achievement after just one hour with you".

From Pauline - Rating 5/5 - Level: Expert Spanish

"Excellent. My daughter needed exam specific help for her A2 paper and having visited Paula for 5 two-hour sessions, we are delighted with the tuition Paula has provided. Paula is so organised in her approach and quickly identified areas where my daughter most needed help. Specific work was set by Paula to improve her skills and she has gained in confidence as a result. Most importantly, Paula was familiar with the exam board and texts my daughter studies and so could get straight to it with no time wasted. I would thoroughly recommend Paula."

From Jo - Rating 5/5 - Level: International GCSE, Intermediate Spanish

"Started with Paula after my daughter`s school changed the teacher every term this school year. Paula was very welcoming, and assessed for weak areas before working on strengthening them. She immediately knew how best to work with my daughter and after only 3hrs of lessons my daughter has gone into her school exams with a new level of confidence. Very professional approach."

From Jane - Rating 5/5 - Level: GCSE, Intermediate Spanish

"Paula is lovely. She`s built an instant rapport with my daughter who is 14, and has been brilliant at helping her build her confidence. She is always well prepared with a variety of activities to do."

From Jennifer - Rating 5/5 - Level: Casual Learner Spanish

"I had lessons with Paula in order to improve on my intermediate level Spanish. I found Paula really easy to get along with and the lessons always flew by. Paula totally adapted the lessons to fit my interests, for example bringing reading and lesson material that matched my hobbies and interests, but which also improved my vocabulary and grammar. She is fantastic to talk with and I felt totally at ease. She is very flexible around when, where and for how long you want lessons and around your learning style and goals. I`d highly recommend Paula!"

To read more client testimonials, please take a look at the feedback section below. Thank you!

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Feedback For Paula (10)

We have a total of 10 review(s) for Paula.

Samantha (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

My daughter has felt very comfortable with Paula right from the start because she has a gentle and non pressured approach. She is very good at focussing on the areas that need particular attention and is very knowledgeable on the content of all the exam boards.

Mishika (Ms)

5/5 Rating

Absolutely Amazing Tutor!
Paula is fantastic!
She really goes out of her way to explain and organise every ssssion with you. I could not have asked for any better! In one session, Paula explained grammar topics and boosted the confidence of my daughter! She even created worksheets and folders for revision. She is conscientious, a good planner and will immediately focus on what needs to be covered! Paula also has a nice, calm and friendly demeanour which many children would love. She immediately captured my daughter`s interest and that helps a great deal in the learning a language process and doing well in the tests and examinations. So happy to have her!

Lynne (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

I have had two lessons so far with Paula, the lessons have been fun and I feel I have learnt a lot already. Paula has a very calm, kind personality and I wouldn`t hesitate to recommend her.

Michelle (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

I found Paula warm and professional not just with her approach of teaching Spanish but with her approach to tutoring.

She got on very well with my daughter and I am very excited at the prospect of further tutoring.

Helen (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Paula was an excellent tutor for my daughter to boost her GCSE grade. Paula`s resources, approach and interaction were excellent and Paula was able to assess areas of weakness quickly and accurately and tailor the tutoring accordingly. She has an great teaching style which gives the pupil confidence in their ability and my daughter felt able to tackle aspects of the GCSE exam which had previously caused problems by referring to the learning strategies that Paula had shown her. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Paula to anyone who is looking for any level of Spanish tutoring. I only regret not finding Paula sooner.

Shona (Ms)

5/5 Rating

Paula has been tutoring me for A2 Spanish for the past year. I am happy to say that she has improved my confidence with tackling Spanish enormously and has always gone above and beyond with giving me her time, resources and help, which I have valued so much. Since Paula provided me with her own resources, it meant that I was able to see Spanish from a better angle, rather than have information just recycled from the internet which my school teachers seemed to prefer! In the past year I have been nominated for a Spanish award in my school, and I am sure that it was aided by Paula`s help. I have had a really great experience with Paula tutoring me, so thanks so much!

Tommy (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Lessons have been going great, really enjoy them and i have learnt so much in such a short time.
Go to South America soon and thanks to Paula i feel so much more confident about addressing people in Spanish.
Would definitely recommend!

Anthony (Mr)

5/5 Rating

I am an adult learner and have been having lessons with Paula for five or so weeks. Paula is a very good teacher. She is enthusiastic, friendly and encouraging and I am thoroughly enjoying my lessons with her. I would recommend her without hesitation.

Amelia (Ms)

5/5 Rating

Paula is a fantastic teacher. I thoroughly enjoy our lessons and my Spanish has rapidly improved. Paula takes great care in preparing the lessons which are always tailored to my needs and wants. She is so encouraging and has a lovely manner. The amount of effort that she takes is really reflected in how much I`ve improved and how quickly.

Katie (Miss)

5/5 Rating

Fantastic spanish tutor. My daughter really enjoys the lessons and Paula really goes out of her way to make them interesting and relevant to her school work. My daughter is currently in year 10 preparing for her GCSEs and an exchange trip to Spain. Paula has been invaluable in helping with this.

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