Katherine S - tutor  

Katherine S
Tutor in Highbury, North London

£65.00 per hour

(15 reviews)
(15 reviews)
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About Katherine

Experienced Spanish Tutor

I am a graduate of St Andrew's University and a well-prepared, professional Spanish tutor who focuses on working with IB and GCSE students, preparing them for exams and support for oral / written coursework.

Whether you are looking for weekly classes, in-depth revision sessions over a couple of days, course-specific support i.e oral exam preparation, grammar/vocabulary reviews or confidence boosting pre-exams I am a highly experienced and professional tutor who works closely with my clients to achieve their goals. I have a flexible pricing structure, which can be adapted to fit your specific needs. See below.

I also have experience in and offer a selection of additional Spanish teaching options including interview preparation, university support, beginner Spanish course, business Spanish and Spanish for travel. See below.

Examples of my tutoring, teaching & Spanish experience:

- More than five hundred hours tutoring & teaching experience
- IB Spanish private tutoring (Ab Initio, Standard, Higher)
- GCSE Spanish private tutoring
- A-level Spanish private tutoring
- Beginner Spanish Course Teacher
- Spanish Interpreter in Cuba / Mexico / Guatemala / Peru / Argentina
- Interview preparation/language refresher courses for advanced learners
- TEFL I am a fully qualified TEFL teacher
- TEFL online teaching qualification
- Teaching English to classes 30+ in Argentina/Peru/Guatemala
- University level Spanish Coursework support
- University level Spanish Exam support
- University level Social Anthropology support and exam preparation

------------------------------------- IB & GCSE -----------------------------------------------

Having done both GCSE Spanish myself as well as IB Spanish higher I fully understand what it’s like to be a student faced with these exams, I can relate and understand both systems inside out. Outlined below are types of tutoring & revision packages that I offer for both courses.

--------------------------------------------- IB --------------------------------------------------

I have a deep understanding of the IB syllabus at all levels (Ab Initio, Standard, Higher) and can run either regular weekly classes or one-off in-depth revision deep dives over a weekend or during the holiday period.

Class by class basis - £65 per hour

If you book Ten weeks of regular one-hour classes in advance you will receive a 10% discount – During this 10-week programme, we will work to develop classwork, on-going course support, vocabulary, grammar, exam paper practice, speaking practice. A complimentary half hour initial session is required to establish tutoring goals following which I will send a comprehensive tuition plan.

------------------------- SPECIFIC IB TUTORING PACKAGES --------------------------

ORAL EXAM PRACTICE: This can be one of the most nerve-wracking parts of the entire course and often what is required is simply conversation time and practice. A five-hour package, all online face-to-face, in-depth practice, questions and preparation.

WRITING INTERNAL ASSESSMENT: four-hour package. 3 hours face-to-face planning, discussion, preparation & 1-hour writing edit & review.


PAPER ONE READING: Intensive revision session’s pre-mock exams or finals, past paper review, exam preparation, vocabulary building and exam best practice. A five-hour package, all online face-to-face.

PAPER TWO WRITING: Writing practice, format reviews, past paper practice sessions, key grammar issues, vocabulary building. A five-hour package, Four hours online face-to-face plus one hour offline editing/reading/marking.

GRAMMAR REVIEW: Ten hours to review all the possible grammar that could come up in the exams or oral exams – present, preterite, imperfect, perfect, pluperfect, future, conditional, por/para, ser/estar, subjunctive etc I have a set grammar ten hour course or I can adapt to bespoke to your needs. This can also be adapted to incorporate essential vocabulary learning. The ten hours can be spread over 2 days or can be carried out on a week to week basis.

--------------------------------------------- GCSE -------------------------------------------------

I teach all GSCE Exam boards, the following pricing structures are available. I am highly experienced preparing students for their GCSE exams. Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening. I have proven methods of preparing students for all of these exams and work with students to ensure their required grades.


Class by class basis - £65 per hour

If you book ten weeks in advance you will receive a 10% discount. Working to develop classwork, on-going course support, vocabulary, grammar, exam paper practise, speaking practise. A half an hour initial session is required to establish bespoke tutoring goals.

GRAMMAR REVIEW: Ten hours to review all the possible grammar that could come up in the exams or oral exams – present, preterite, imperfect, perfect, future, conditional, por/para, ser/estar etc I have a set GCSE grammar ten hour course or I can adapt to bespoke to your needs. This can also be adapted to incorporate essential vocabulary learning. the ten hours can be spread over two days or up to ten weeks.


Stuggling with one particular area of the Spanish GCSE Syllabus? All of the below are available as five-hour packages for £250. If you book more than one then they will be £200 per package.

PAPER 1 LISTENING: worth 25% of total grade. I have hundreds of listening practice exercises & materials to use to develop students for this paper.

PAPER 2 SPEAKING: worth 25% of total grade. This can be one of the most nerve-wracking parts of the entire GCSE course and often all that is required is simply conversation time, practice & confidence building.

PAPER 3 READING: worth 25% of total grade. Reading and responding, in both English & Spanish, to different types of written language.

PAPER 4 WRITING: worth 25% of total grade. Writing practice, format reviews, past paper practice sessions, translation, key grammar issues, vocabulary building. Includes off-line marking of practice papers & feedback.

------------------------------ OTHER SPANISH TUTORING -------------------------------

For all of the below, I offer classes starting from £30 per hour depending on requirements. Get in touch with your specific needs for more info.

INTERVIEW PREPARATION: Getting ready for an important interview where you’re going to need to speak Spanish? Role-play and practice available.

UNIVERSITY SUPPORT: Essay writing? course work review? presentation practice? Oral exam practice? Literature getting the best of you? Get in touch. I know your pain. I can help!

BEGINNER SPANISH COURSE: I have a ten hour intensive course for students keen to start learning Spanish. A targeted approach with pre-class work and post-class follow up. Start learning Spanish today!

BUSINESS SPANISH: Do you have a specific business need for you Spanish? Get in touch and I can build a bespoke course to fulfill your requirements.

SPANISH FOR TRAVEL: Traveling to a Spanish speaking country? Learn the basics you will need to get around and start up basic conversations. Easy and fast. None of the dull grammar, just the essentials.

SPANISH PRONUNCIATION: Already fluent but want to practice conversation and pronunciation? Get in touch with your needs, we can make this fun!

------------------------------ PROPOSAL FOR FIRST SESSION ----------------------

An half an hour initial session is necessary before embarking on any tutoring or for any of the above packages. Get in touch with times that works for you and we can schedule in an initial meeting & discuss pricing. GET IN TOUCH!

------------------- QUESTIONS ABOUT ONLINE TUTORING? ----------------------

Please note almost all of my tutoring is online via Skype or Facetime. Don’t be put off by this!! It allows for flexibility & efficiency for both parties. Clear communication from both sides makes this a highly effective way of learning with minimal disruption and no wasted travel time!

I have a qualification in online teaching & proven results. All students receive a pre & post class write up for every single class booked.

If you have ANY questions about how this works just drop me a line and I will get straight back to you.

------------------------------------------- HOME STAYS ---------------------------------------

I am available for live in placements in the UK or abroad for extended periods of time. Get in touch with requirements and we can take it from there. If you are looking for support beyond just Spanish I can also include English & Maths support up to age 13.


Any questions please don't hesitate to send me a message - there is no such thing as a stupid question! I look forward to meeting you.

Hourly rate: £65.00
Type of tutoring: In-person and Online
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Reviews and References

(15 reviews)
(15 reviews)


Written by Daniel M
Katherine is absolutely first rate. A perfect blend of strict grammarian but not pedantic and getting you quickly into your speaking stride without fear of criticism. She's encouraging and helpful but amusing and caustic when the opportunity presents itself. Thorough and methodical,the lessons fly by and you learn plenty without realising it. I'm a beginner and 4 lessons i already feel I can stumble around a little making a bit of sense. It's probably not true but confidence is key to any language learning and Katherine is helping tremendously with that. Give her a try!

5 star Spanish tutor

Written by Mark L
I decided to start learning Spanish later in life as a complete beginner and Katherine was a wonderful and enthusiastic tutor. Her classes were always well-prepared and well though out - carefully guiding me through the basics of speaking and understanding in an interesting and engaging way. I've always struggled with the grammar side of things and Katherine's ability to explain the impossible (in my opinion!) made her an invaluable resource for my learning. I have recently moved and we are continuing with classes over Skype - focusing on conversation and speaking which is working well.

I would highly recommend Katherine for anyone looking for a dynamic and resourceful Spanish tutor.
I started with basically no Spanish and I am now able to communicate and hold conversations whenever I go to Spain. The best outcome for me is the confidence I have been given to just 'give it a

Written by Katerina M
Just had a great lesson with Katherine. She had prepared well and really cared that I met my objectives for the class. She has experience, is warm and dynamic too.
Spanish (A-Level)

Written by Aparna P
Spanish (IB)

Katherine S

Written by Caroline L
Katherine has been tutoring my son for gcse Spanish and although only for a short while she has helped him a great deal with grammar and vocabulary basics. She has a lovely manner with him and is extremely encouraging and builds his confidence. He has learnt more with her in a few sessions than in 2 years at school!
Not relevant as he has not had his gcse yet!

Written by Aparna P
Spanish (IB)

Written by Alison W
Spanish (IB)

Spanish - IB

Written by Alison W
Katherine was a simply amazing tutor for my daughter! What we liked most was that she is highly organized, fully prepared, and an engaging tutor. My daughter looked forward to the sessions. Katherine helped with the Spanish conversation oral part of the Spanish exam and gave my daughter genuine confidence in the oral exam. We then re-engaged Katherine to help with the written part of the exam and again she helped hugely. It is particularly helpful that she is so genuinely nice and engaging so my teenage daughter really enjoyed the sessions and academically excellent, and in terms of encouragement Katherine was an enormous support. I can without hesitation highly recommend Katherine.
Awaiting IB results!

Written by Alison G
Spanish (IB)

Written by Jane H
Just had a few sessions so far but Katherine has really engaged my 14 year old son - she plans the lessons, adapts them to his needs and makes them fun. And also keeps us, his parents, in the loop with prompt clear communication
Spanish (GCSE)
We will continue to request lessons with her!

Written by Catherine M
Spanish (GCSE)

Excellent tutor

Written by Catherine M
The girls love their sessions with Katherine. She is giving them badly needed confidence speaking Spanish and fabulous material to help with their grammar. Thankfully Spanish is now coming to life for them. We couldn’t be more pleased.
Spanish (GCSE)

Very engaging and enthusiastic

Written by Gesine S
Katherine is very engaging and enthusiastic with a clear structure to her lessons which helps my daughter, 14 years, tremendously.
Spanish (GCSE)

Written by Susanna R
Spanish (Advanced)

Written by Marcia M
Spanish (GCSE)
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Education and Qualifications


University of St Andrews
Spanish and Social Anthropology
MA Hons 2.1


Prizes and Scholarships

TEFL Qualification
Online teaching Qualification
Alex Richardson Spanish Award, University of St Andrews
Gwen Bewsher Spanish Travel Award
Hugh and Monague Leney Trust Bursary
School Captain award - Sevenoaks School



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