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Barbara N
Tutor in Aldwych, Central London

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Experienced English teacher with great results!

I am an experienced and fully trained English teacher and a private tutor.

I have six years’ experience in teaching English to primary, secondary school and A-Level students (KS1, KS2, GCSE, AS, and A-Level). In addition, I have a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which means that I am a fully qualified teacher with experience in teaching in both private and grammar schools in London.

I have prepared students for 11+ and 13+ entrance exams, GCSE exams, A-Level exams, and Oxbridge entry exams, and all of my students have achieved two grades above their predicted school marks when they have sat their examinations.

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE:

I achieved 11 A*s GCSE (including A* in English and French). I studied English Literature, English Language and French at A-Levels (awarded A in all subjects), and I studied Politics and English at Nottingham University, spending a year studying in France (Sciences Po, Paris Univeristy / Institut d'études Politiques de Paris). I also hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in teaching, meaning that I am a qualified teacher.

I’ve been tutoring for six years, and my students walk away with high grades and a renewed passion for the subject!

LOCATION:

I am available to travel to students' homes in Central, East, West and North London.
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Reviews and References

There are 23 reviews or references for Barbara.

Written by Marta S

Fantastic - highly recommended!

I engaged Barbara to support my daughter during her English GCSEs. My daughter particularly struggled with the English Literature side: interpreting poetry and long-form prose, and writing about it in a critical way. She was really struggling getting grades beyond a C but with Barbara's support she achieved an A in English. The support was invaluable and our daughter managed to get into the sixth form college of her choice. As a parent, I constantly worry if I'm spending too much on someone who is not very strong or supportive. I highly recommend Barbara - she was reliable, she always came to our home well prepared and her knowledge and expertise in respect to English Literature is amazing.
Subject:
English
Outcome:
A grade at GCSE and accepted into sixth form college of choice.
Written by Jason B

Professional and well prepared!

I reached out to Barbara as I was struggling with my English Language A-Level. I performed really poorly in my exams at AS Level and I became pretty desperate to find someone who was able to teach English Language at a high level, in a very professional but patient manner. Barbara stepped and with her support and guidance, I was able to get an A in my English Language A-Level and more importantly - I was accepted onto the University course of my choice: University of Exeter to study English Literature BA. She was amazing - well prepared, flexible with times, and she was always willing to meet me at a place most convenient for me.
Subject:
English Language
Outcome:
Achieved A in English Language A-Level and accepted into Russel Group university.
Written by Chris N

Amazing mentor and tutor - helped me increase my reading speed!

Barbara was an amazing tutor and mentor to me. She helped me prepare for my English GCSE summer exams and although I was really stressed, she helped ease me into preparing for my GCSE exams by taking me back to basics.
She was able to clearly explain ways to improve my comprehension, analysis, reading and writing. A really useful skill she taught me was how to skim read long passages, under time pressure, while also absorbing the key elements of the exam question. My reading speed rapidly increased, and she was incredibly patient and assuring - she really helped me raise my confidence before my exam. She was able to condense a lot of content into just a couple of sessions, and before I knew it, we spent several classes going through past papers and focusing in on perfecting my exam technique through practising past exam papers.
Subject:
English
Outcome:
Became a rapid reader, and improved grade average from D prediction to B in final GCSE exam.
Written by Laura M

Great tutor for Primary school students

Barbara is an outstanding tutor. I reached out to her, to help tutoring my 9-year old son. He is a bright spark but he has a lot of energy and he finds it really hard to concentrate for long in class. I reached out to Barbara to tutor him in English and French, and she was fantastic. She brought French language games for him, she gave him interesting English puzzles - as the conventional way of forcing him to sit down and read continuously for hours really doesn't work with him.

I really appreciate how she tailored her classes to suit his level of understanding, and he was able to creatively combine his energy with her French and English grammar games, to get better in class! Barbara really took a genuine interest in guiding and helping him, and she still comes in to tutor him regularly.
Subject:
French
Outcome:
High confidence in English and French subjects - I'm confident that my son is well on his way to passing his exams.
Written by Joshua O

Fantastic mature student support

Over a year ago, I had posted an advert online that I was seeking a French tutor, who could support me as an older, mature student. I would be moving to live in Lyon on a secondment with my job, and although my basic French was strong, I needed ongoing support in the lead-up to my departure to take me to an intermediate level - where I could hold conversations with people, understand conjugations beyond just present and past participles and improve my French speaking skills.

Barbara reached out to me - she has previously lived and studied in Paris and she had a fantastic knowledge of the French language: how to read, speak and also understand the tougher elements of the language like verbs and conjugations at advanced level.

She was able to teach me French in a way that was easy-going, conversational, and she also shared a lot of anecdotes about French culture. I highly recommend her if you are a mature student, interested in sprucing up your French skills. Merci beaucoup, Barbara!
Subject:
French
Outcome:
Advanced from basic French skills to intermediate French knowledge. Improved my confidence in speaking the language and general French communication skills.
Written by Christiana L

Great and supportive AS Level tutor

Barbara is currently teaching me English Language AS Level. I really struggled this winter to get decent grades in class tests in college, and I reached out to her just before Christmas. Have been having classes since this new year and she has been an ongoing supportive tutor - available when I need her, even on a last minute basis. Great tutor for English, and I am enjoying our evening tuition classes.
Subject:
English Language
Outcome:
More confidence in exam technique and knowledge of English AS Levels
Written by Fabian B

Ongoing special needs support for my son

Barbara has been tutoring English to my son for close to two years. My son has a learning disability and I needed someone who was patient and experienced in dealing with children with complex learning needs. My son is now 12 years old and Barbara has been tutoring him for close to two years. I really appreciate how patient and helpful she is, and how she makes her lessons very interactive for someone like him who is very smart - but just needs a bit of extra support at home, and at school. I recommend her if you are seeking someone to assist children and teenagers with educational special needs.
Subject:
English
Outcome:
Significant improvement in my son's spoken and written English
Written by Theodora W

GCSE

Barbara is an amazing tutor. I feel very blessed that I found her. I needed a tutor last minute.com to help guide and restore my sons cofident for GCSE English exam ...She is very professional tutor with a positive teaching ethics. efficient and puntual .her method of teaching was spot on.she taught at an excellent pace that suited him very well. Above all that she's a really nice person. Will highly recommend her. I have a new Son that has been transformed. Thanks you Barbara.
Subject:
English Language
Outcome:
Confidential resored / ready for him to do his best during GCSE
Written by Emily T

English Language AS/A2 tutoring

Barbara Njau
Subject:
English Language
Outcome:
Barbara is an amazing and lovely tutor - she always puts in so much effort into making tutoring sessions enjoyable and she is extremely helpful with giving constructive criticism. I highly recommend B
Written by Tania T

English Language AS/ A2 Tutor

Barbara has been an incredible mentor and tutor; sharing her expertise and encouraging my daughter, who is she preparing to sit her A level English Language examination.

Barbara is professional and very personable. I highly recommend Barbara to new students studying English.
Subject:
English Language
Outcome:
My daughter is approaching her exams with the confidence and knowledge of attaining the grade she needs to go to her first choice University.
Written by Les I

Excellent 11+ tutor

I reached out to Barbara during the summer to help my daughter prepare for her 11+ entry exams into Bexley Grammar School. She was speedy in her response, very reliable and efficient. Preparing under time pressure (we just had two months to get ready) was really daunting for us. Although I could help my daughter with the numerical reasoning part of the test, my English isn't so strong and Barbara made this process manageable. We just have a week to go before her exam, and my daughter has gone from feeling anxious to confident. I really recommend Barbara - she gave my daughter the confidence boost and targeted support she needed.
Subject:
11 Plus
Outcome:
Daughter feels confident for upcoming 11+ entry exam
Written by Qz H

Subject:
English Language (GCSE)
Written by Khemraj O

Subject:
English (GCSE)
Written by Christopher P

Excellent

Agnes found Barbara a really helpful and enlightening tutor and the set text notes she provided were invaluable.
Subject:
English Literature (A-Level)
Outcome:
We will be delighted to continue using her services
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SUPERB TUTORING FROM BARBARA N!

Our seventeen year old daughter wanted some help with her A level English Literature and we discovered Barbara on Tutorfair. After one lesson it was very clear that she had a really solid understanding of her subject and was able to communicate very enthusiastically her knowledge. Her comprehensive text notes are invaluable and Agnes very much loos forward to her next lesson.
Subject:
English Literature
Outcome:
Agnes considers herself very fortunate that she has been tutored by Barbara,
Written by Christopher P

Terrific Tutor!

Barbara is a wonderful tutor and enthuses Agnes with her knowledge and preparation.
Subject:
English Literature (A-Level)
Written by Janet P

Knowledgeable and organised

Barbara was a great tutor. She was knowledgeable, organised, focused and gave my daughter some great strategies to help her in her exams.

Subject:
English (IB)
Outcome:
The bookings were short term, for revision and to build confidence prior to the exam.
Written by Ingrid B

Exceptional tutor

Barbara has been tutoring my daughter for her GCSE English. She has been so helpful and is a really enthusiastic and inspiring teacher. She makes each lesson so interesting. I am very grateful to her.
Subject:
English
Outcome:
Understanding of Core texts much improved. Much better prepared for exams. Thank you
Written by Ingrid B

Fantastic and inspiring teacher.
Subject:
English (GCSE)
Written by Marta S

11+ Helped my daughter get into Henrietta Barnett School!

Barbara's tuition was first class. My daughter Mercy was so behind in her English - she scored really poorly in her English tests in school, and I was worried about her chances of getting into Henrietta Barnett School - which was really where I wanted her to go. The School is competitive and I was really worried Mercy wouldn't get the grades she needed in English to pass her 11+ entry for the school but Barbara made it happen for her. She came in with so many practice papers, I didn't have to spend anything on revision guides papers, she knew her stuff - and my daughter really turned things around for herself and got top marks in her 11+ exams. Barbara gave her that push and confidence and I can't recommend her highly enough!
Subject:
11 Plus
Outcome:
Mercy got into the secondary school of her choice!
Written by Catherine S

Got our son into Westminster School!

My son Tom really struggled through Primary school with English - it's not his favourite subject and for years we found it hard to get him focused enough to sit still and read, much less practice for his 11+ exams! Tom has always been a top student - particularly in Maths and Science. Yet English was the subject that always let him down. We wanted him to get into Westminster School and we feared his English marks would let him down. Barbara was not only excellent in focusing Tom - she came in prepared, she knew exactly what these exams were testing and what examiners were looking for, but more importantly, she got Tom motivated to do his best. We were incredibly pleased when he got accepted into Westminster School. Thank you Barbara!
Subject:
11 Plus
Outcome:
Passed 11+ exams and got into Westminster School
Written by Jay S

Professional tutor

I was looking for a mature professional tutor in English for my bright son as I wanted to address all the weaknesses before he writes his 11 plus for the GL and CSSE English. Glad I chose barbara for hsi tuitions. I am very impressed about the way barbara is tutoring him.

She made an initial assessment, found his strength and weaknesses and started to address these from week 1.
I can definitely find the improvement. The materials for homework are of high standard which put my son to a good challenge.
Subject:
11 Plus
Outcome:
The tutoring is ongoing. I am pleased to continue the sessions for my son with barbara for 11plus English.
Written by Ganesh K

Subject:
English (11+)
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Education and Qualifications

Barbara's education and qualifications are listed below.

University

Institution
University of Nottingham
Degree
Politics and English
Grade
First Class
Institution
King's College London
Degree
International Management, Masters
Grade
Merit

School

Institution
Saint Francis Xavier Sixth Form College
A Levels
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  • - English Language
    A*
  • - English Literature
    A*
  • - French
    A
  • - Religious Studies
    A
  • - Psychology
    A
Institution
Saint Francis Xavier Sixth Form College
AS Levels
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  • - French
    A
  • - English Language
    A*
  • - English Literature
    A*
  • - Psychology
    A
  • - Religious Studies
    A
Institution
Bishop Thomas Grant School
GCSEs
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  • - English Language
    A*
  • - English Literature
    A*
  • - French
    A*
  • - Maths and Science
    A
  • - Design and Technology
    A

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