Effective Teacher for Foreign Student
I have used Rahul multiple times to help me with my English. English is my second language and I did not have confidence writing and presenting in English. He taught me how to use correct English in my essays. When I couldn't write something properly, he would refine my English to the level of a native speaker.
He was also very patient to teach me how to speak English. He gave me the confidence to speak without fear. I know my English is not perfect, but I feel more confident speaking with a native speaker.
I recommend him to anyone who is learning English as a second language. Since he has lived in many countries, he is very used to speaking with foreigners and figuring out what we are want to say. He is a very good tutor.
Thank you Rahul for your patience and understanding in improving my English!
Increased confidence in writing and speaking English.
Rahul's Guidance Helped Me Get Into Imperial
What can I say? With Rahul's guidance and wisdom, I crafted a great personal statement which helped me get into Imperial. While my grades were already stellar, it was the application process that I had trouble with. Without help, I'd have written a lacklustre application packet. In comparison, my original personal statement did not read well!
Rahul was instrumental in getting my thoughts on paper. He got me to find experiences unique to me and then got me to put those experiences into my personal statement to convey why I was a good fit for the specific university in mind. In addition, Rahul helped tighten the writing before I sent off my applications.
In the end, my personal statement read more like an evocative story than standard personal statements that I've read or done in the past. Not only was I wow-ed by what I had come up with, I got multiple offers to masters' programmes across the country - including Imperial with a full studentship. I really owe Rahul much, much more than I received.
Got into a science master's programme at Imperial College London with a full studentship.
Master Tutor in Creative Writing
Rahul is without a doubt the most encouraging tutor I've ever had. I've been pursuing a creative writing degree, and I've always been plagued with self-doubt as well as writer's block for most of my life.
Working with Rahul was my antidote that unblocked me! He not only knew how to kickstart my creativity, he was very good at giving feedback. Most people give lazy feedback comments that aren't useful. But Rahul - being an accomplished writer himself - knew which questions to ask. Pointed questions that uncovered my blind spots, helped me fill out my characters, and clarify my narrative.
Not only was he such fun to work with, he helped me sculpt my work such that I received a distinction for my degree.
I fully recommend him for all you creative types out there. He'll not only improve your writing, he'll infuse you with newfound confidence in your writing.
Received a distinction for my creative writing degree.
Improved my son’s confidence and ability in English
When I initially contacted Rahul, he replied promptly and we proceeded to chat about my concerns with my son, who was finding his studies difficult.
When my son and I finally met Rahul, I had a sense he was going to be the perfect tutor. Not only was he highly-educated, he was able to hone in on my son’s challenges and adapt this tutoring accordingly.
Rahul was able to make my son’s subjects relevant to him. He found a way of changing my son’s views towards literacy and English, such that my son began to improve. His teachers began to notice the difference - his essays were well thought-out and refined.
My son’s confidence began to grow and this had a knock-on effect with his other subjects. While I had hoped for improved grades at school, Rahul surpassed my hopes and expectations by bringing a maturity and confidence I had yet to see in my son. My son now enjoys school more than ever before!
Without a doubt, I fully recommend Rahul.
Better marks and increased confidence for my 16-year old son.
I was extremely lucky to have Rahul as a tutor for my 9-year old daughter. Not only was he prompt in our initial communication, he spent the time first listening not just to me but more importantly to my daughter regarding the challenges she was having at school.
And then, he reached out to her teachers to stay consistent with words and process. And then he was able to creatively figure out how to unlock my daughter’s difficulties such that she now enjoys her English classes. We were so impressed by Rahul's high expectations yet nurturing approach that we pretty much “forced” him to tutor her in her math as well. It was mostly to help her get ahead and further enjoy the process of learning which Rahul brought to her.
Although he was hesitant at first, he went the extra mile in looking at the curriculum for math, did the necessary reading up, and then guided my daughter. Rahul has the knack of taking any idea, breaking it down into simple bits, and guiding / teaching by analogy so that my daughter could understand her school lessons. He made learning fun for my daughter!
Suffice it to say that I’m now a less worried father about my daughter’s performance in school! Rahul is worth his weight in gold.
Increased confidence and improved grades (Cs / Bs -> As).
He Made Lessons Fun for My Daughter
Brilliant tutor who not only got my six-year old’s confidence way up but also improved her English. Given Rahul’s background in film directing, I noticed he used a lot of specific film techniques (role playing and games) to teach my daughter. He made it fun for her and kept her attention throughout her lessons – that alone being a grand accomplishment. Highly recommend Rahul to tutor younger children, as he has bucket loads of patience, empathy, and focus without making lessons drab.
Made learning fun. Improved my daughter’s English. Got her to pay more attention in school.
Helped Me With My Presentation
Rahul helped me with my presentation. Not only did he give me constructive criticism, he also gave tips in presentation skills, public speaking, and English refinement.
He refined my thought process and ended up making my presentation more cogent. In essence, he directed me in producing a standout performance and made me feel absolutely confident that I would do well in presenting my ideas.
Successful presentation that effectively conveyed my ideas.
Reference for Raul G.
Raul taught the Television Production class during the two three week sessions of the TASIS England summer program. His high degree of professionalism and commitment, his pleasant personality and student centred approach, his enthusiasm and motivation reflected the great success of the course. In addition to fulfilling his academic obligations he was also very successful in his duties as a dorm parent which he fulfilled with equal care and responsibility.
We were very fortunate to have Raul join the faculty and look forward to his return in the future.
TASIS England Summer Program
Peer teaching observations and reference
I had the pleasure of working along side Rahul at the prestigious TASIS England summer school in Thorpe Surrey and as a professional business teacher and English teacher with many years experience, I can confirm Rahul's commitment, exemplary professionalism, and dedication to everything he does. This goes from his class structuring and management, to his child safeguarding and care skills, inspiring greater participation and motivation in peers and students alike. He has boundless energy and good sense in all aspects of teaching demands and working with others. He is respectful, shows humility and has a good working sense of humour in all situations.
Highly successful course, written, managed and taught by Rahul. Very positive feedback from students and management.
11 Plus Tutor Delivered Results
Rahul tutored my son for his 11+.
Not only was he able to impart easy-to-understand test-taking strategies for each section of the exam, he illuminated the mental processes behind tackling difficult questions in English, Maths and reasoning. He also spent multiple lessons mock interviewing my son, coaching him through potential interview questions.
Rahul's organisation and attention to detail in preparing for my son's 11+ was absolutely outstanding. He created a game plan from the outset with mini milestones, at which point my son would do a mock exam from Rahul's collection of 11+ past papers. Rahul could then chart my son's progress, spot his weaknesses and teach him what he needed to know for the next scheduled mock exam. Bit by bit, my son not only improved his mock test scores, he also did better at school!
Rahul was patient, entertaining and most of all inspiring to my son, who was offered a place at Westminster.
I fully recommend Rahul if you need a tutor for 11 plus prep.
Offered a place at Westminster.
English GCSEs - from 3s and 4s to 7s and 8s
My son was at a 3 / 4 level with his AQA English GCSE mocks, with his teachers saying he had trouble structuring his thoughts.
This was about the time I started looking for a tutor. With so many tutors to choose from, I ended up picking Rahul because of his writing background and his promptness, conscientiousness and care when responding to messages and phone calls. What a good choice it turned out to be.
Rahul not only was able to focus my son's attention but also inspire him. Rahul was able to unlock my son's stumbling blocks with organising his thoughts and writing essays. This was reflected in my son's final exam grades when he received an 8 for his English Language and 7 for his English literature. I would highly recommend Rahul!
GSCE final exam scores of 7 and 8 for English Lit and English Language
Excellent 11plus Tutor
We got in touch with Rahul to help our daughter with her non-verbal / verbal reasoning and maths for the 11plus exam at a competitive school in London. He inspired and educated my daughter as well as made her have fun, treating the exam as if it was some game that had to be won.
Not only did he teach her test-taking techniques, he improved her abilities in Maths such that her Maths in school improved as well. Moreover, he helped her make sense of the non-verbal and verbal reasoning sections, giving her the necessary code to tackle the questions.
He was also knowledgeable about the interview process, showing my daughter the type of questions they would ask. He even did multiple mock interviews with her, which were invaluable to her.
We are so pleased to have found Rahul, as he helped our daughter gain admissions.
Offered a place at a competitive school in London.
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My daughter struggled with her English, enough so that she had a burning hatred for it. It reflected in her GCSEs mocks, where she received a C and D. At about this time, we decided to get a tutor.
What convinced me to hire Rahul was our initial phone call, in which he confided that he too hated English when he was my daughter's age and didn't see the point in it. He says this and yet he's been shortlisted for the Academy Awards for his writing years later?!
He proved to be the right tutor for my daughter, because he had the patience to teach her how to write, as most writers write. In addition, he showed her all the building blocks of well-structured essays. With this newfound understanding, my daughter's confidence improved and her interest in English grew. This became the key for her improvement. In turn, I also noticed that her thinking became more refined as a result of the tutoring.
In the end, the proof was in the proverbial pudding with my daughter getting As in her GCSEs. She wouldn't have been able to do it without Rahul!
Complete Reversal in GCSE results and newfound confidence in English.