I am passionate about communication and its value throughout life. Being of Colombian heritage and studying in France and England incubated my interests in language and culture, which I furthered by gaining a first class degree in Hispanic studies at King’s College London and a scholarship for my Mphil in Latin American studies at the University of Cambridge.
Consequently, I am very aware of the importance of education in broadening life prospects and those who taught me the necessary structure and work methods to fulfil my potential, and would like to return my gratitude in kind.
I have been tutoring students for ten years in preparation for A-Levels and GCSEs in French, Spanish, literature and history. I hope to hone my existing skills and complement my first-hand experience of education with solid theoretical backing and the training and advice from the best in the field. I aim to create a safe environment in which students can grow and learn the value of hard work, dedication and integrity.
As a tutor I have encountered numerous pupils who feel disconnected and detached from their schooling and struggle with the assessment structure. I have tried to inspire them by showing them the connections between the curriculum and everyday life but also to motivate them by empowering them to think critically about the material and even education itself, explaining the significance of the present task in the context of their overall development.
Technique and motivation are key to results: it is essential to engage the students and make them participate so they can overcome their fears and make progress. A sense of achievement is crucial, and consequently pupils often just need to understand what is expected and how to see shortcomings as positive challenges.
I find interacting with teenagers challenging and stimulating as I am always amazed by their inquisitiveness and love exploring how they relate to the world. I am particularly interested in helping young people develop through creative approaches, and have volunteered with the charity SPCO to help children aged 12 to 15 produce their own music videos and have assisted Woodcraft Folk’s after school activities.
Through extensive study and professional practice, I have acquired all the core linguistic skills required to be a tutor and I believe sharing this knowledge is very rewarding. Teaching has always been a substantial part of my life and whatever their interests, I hope to help students to reach their full potential and prepare them for adulthood. Understanding and managing rules and hierarchies, gaining a good work method and ethic, and the ability to formulate and structure one’s arguments and analyse one’s thoughts, are key life skills that can all be fostered through study. I hope to inspire my students and provide them with a healthy attitude to learning and challenges, and the desire to one day inspire and lead others.
I was raised bilingual (French and Spanish) but always had the desire to speak English and live in Britain. It was my enthusiasm for literature and language which first brought me over to the UK to study Hispanic studies at King’s College London, an interest which I later pursued through an MPhil in Latin American studies at Cambridge University. Now after years of working in the arts and education, I have decided to fully commit to my desire to help and support others with an MSc in Psychology. I plan to pursue my interest Clinical Psychology whilst working part time to grow in my passion with language acquisition and teaching.
I have privately and independently taught students since I was studying for A-levels in 1999, either as support for their GCSE’s or conversation classes. I found the work extremely rewarding and I take great pleasure in being precise and explaining the little complexities of language. I really enjoy helping students who have potential and just need a bit of support in order to succeed.
I found structure and work method are key to academic improvement. Knowing the right learning strategies can really make a difference and increase the pupil’s chances. A sense of achievement is crucial for pupils and consequently they often just need to understand what is expected of them and where their shortcomings lie. Nevertheless, the most worthwhile aspect of teaching is to make a difference with students who find it hard to meet the basic academic requirements.
Below is a selection of my past students, representative of my experience in Common Entrance (English Language), GCSE (French, Spanish, History), IB (French, Spanish, Literature, History) and A-level ( French, Spanish, History, Psychology, Essay Writing for Dyslexia).
Year 8 French – weekly support for a female student to keep her engaged in French and ahead of the curve at school.
BA Hispanic Studies: Maria – Essay writing for BA Hispanic Studies.
IB French Standard Level: Jack – Preparation for oral and written exam
IB French Higher Level: Ana – Revision.
IB French, Spanish, History: Laura – exam revision in French Literature, Spanish Language and History.
IB French: Paul – Teaching Literature in French for IB preparation.
Oxford Interview preparation: Harry – preparation for interviews and guidance with application.
IB Spanish and Cambridge Interview and Application preparation: Revision with Hugo for IB Spanish and guidance on Cambridge application process and how to best present himself and his skills/knowledge at interview.
A Level Spanish: Fred – Spanish tutoring and assistance with Cambridge Hispanic Studies application process.
A Level French: Tara – prepared and conducted the student’s Oral examination for A-Level.
AS French: Nina – French Independent AS Level.
AS Spanish: Tom – Revision for exam retake (Residential tutoring for a term).
AS Spanish: Kirsten – exam preparation through practice tests, conversation classes, exam techniques and vocabulary lessons.
GCSE French: Prina and Darshwana – After-school tutoring for one year. Focused on expanding the students’ knowledge of French and preparing their conversation French for travelling abroad. Results were always good but became excellent by the end of the year, both of them got straight A’s for GCSE.
GCSE French and Spanish: Rosie and Jack – GCSE and conversation French and Spanish tutoring for twins. They both achieved an A* in the exam (Residential tutoring over 2 years.)
GCSE French and Spanish: Rhoda – Residential tutoring for Spanish and French GCSE Level.
GCSE Spanish: Clara – GCSE Spanish Summer Revision Course
GCSE French and Spanish: Katie – weekly tuition over 2 academics years.
GCSE French: Andrew: Residential tutoring French GCSE to help with anxiety and confidence.
GCSE French: French residential tutoring for a year. Focused on expanding the students’ knowledge of French and preparing their conversational skills for travelling abroad.
French intermediate: Ahmed – adult conversation classes on politics in French.
French and Spanish intermediate: Ofer – Adult Conversation classes in French and Spanish for a year.
Spanish: Sandra, Hélène et Emilie: (12, 8, and 4 year old sisters) – homework supervision and training for classroom tests (each week end for 3 years), including basic Oral Spanish for the youngest child.
Intermediate: French and Politics adult conversation classes for a year.
Advanced: French and Spanish adult conversation classes for a year.
EFL: Isabelle: EFL for children beginners. Summer Intensive Course.
I am familiar with all major exam boards for subjects outlined above. In French and Spanish, this includes Edexcel and AQA.
In total, I have held over 40 permanent positions and have taught over 50 children.
Hobbies and Interests
I have a keen interest for literature, contemporary art, theatre, creative writing, singing, cycling and film production. I am passionate about literature, cinema and theatre. I speak French, Spanish and English and have travelled extensively through Latin America, Europe and Ethiopia.
”With Alice’s help Jack became interested in French and his grades quickly improved (from a C to an A*). She engaged with our son through fun and interesting lessons which resulted in him joining the advanced French class!” (Jane, mother of GCSE student)
“We really liked Alice’s style and approach, it has helped him especially to concentrate on exam techniques. We hope she will be available in the future” Spanish GCSE, Mrs M.
“I would highly recommend Alice, she is a dedicated and enthusiastic language tutor. Her tuition has been extremely helpful and encouraging to both of my daughters with their As and A2 French” A-Level French, Mrs S.