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Xita R.

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Philosophy and English literature (Bachelors) - Warwick University

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About me

Hello! I’m from Barcelona, and I’ve been raised around Spain, the United States and Italy. This has made me very open and absolutely enthusiastic about different modes of thinking, languages and literatures.

After graduating with top marks, I moved to England and started my degree on Philosophy and English literature - I soon became the Course Representative for my university. Although Philosophy and English are my two academic areas of expertise, I also tutor Spanish, which is my native language.

What else...? I am fluent too in Catalan, Italian, French and Portuguese, and I love creative writing – I have recently published my first play! Besides writing, I want to become a teacher in the future. I deeply appreciate the talented teachers who inspire me to educate myself and help others do so too.

MY EXPERIENCE:

I started tutoring during my last year in high school. I then taught in a charity organisation in Barcelona for a year. My experience now includes:

- Students ranging from age 4 to 55

- IB boards, British exam boards, casual learners, and language conversation sessions

- Proofreading, editing, and pre-marking in Spanish and English (e.g. personal statements, essays, etc)

- Translating documents into various languages, including my own literary work.

MY APPROACH TO TUTORIALS:

Every student’s level and pace are different, so the tutorials are tailored to the student’s specific needs and personality.

1. Language tutorials (Spanish – all levels)

From my own experience, a textbook will never teach you what a native speaker can help you witH - and neither will listening passively in a classroom if you are not actively and individually engaged in the conversation. This is why we will mainly practice your speaking and listening skills during the sessions. Now, if you are happy to, I will also give you fun writing assignments so you can practice grammar and spelling. Depending on your age and level there are different resources that can help, e.g. music, role-play, study of the Spanish culture, cuisine, etc. Getting better at a language is mainly about practice and confidence – luckily, the latter is achieved by the former, and I’ll be there to help.

2. Philosophy tutorials (IB, A level, GCSE, or equivalent)

In Philosophy, understanding is key, but there is also some technique to it: success is guaranteed by targeting exactly what each Philosophy subject or test is asking from you. So my tutorials will be a mix of both theory and practice. We can firstly go through the syllabus together, focusing on the topics you struggle with - I will make this easy and worthwhile. Then I can also provide you with specific exercises and study notes. Lastly, we can practice past papers so you can achieve top grades and learn as much as possible. 

3. English tutorials (IB, A level, GCSE, or equivalent)

Depending on whether you need a hand with English language, English literature, or are a casual learner, we will focus on different things. For many of my students their aim is boosting their grades - but this is done in an enjoyable, dynamic fashion. If you didn’t think studying English makes sense and is easy, you surely will by the end of our session.

I like to keep in close touch with my students so they feel supported at all times. Please contact me if you have any questions - I look forward to meeting you! 


Hello! I’m from Barcelona, and I’ve been raised around Spain, the United States and Italy. This has made me very open and absolutely enthusiastic about different modes of thinking, languages and literatures.

After graduating with top marks, I moved to England and started my degree on Philosophy and English literature - I soon became the Course Representative for my university. Although Philosophy and English are my two academic areas of expertise, I also tutor Spanish, which is my native language.

What else...? I am fluent too in Catalan, Italian, French and Portuguese, and I love creative writing – I have recently published my first play! Besides writing, I want to become a teacher in the future. I deeply appreciate the talented teachers who inspire me to educate myself and help others do so too.

MY EXPERIENCE:

I started tutoring during my last year in high school. I then taught in a charity organisation in Barcelona for a year. My experience now includes:

- Students ranging from age 4 to 55

- IB boards, British exam boards, casual learners, and language conversation sessions

- Proofreading, editing, and pre-marking in Spanish and English (e.g. personal statements, essays, etc)

- Translating documents into various languages, including my own literary work.

MY APPROACH TO TUTORIALS:

Every student’s level and pace are different, so the tutorials are tailored to the student’s specific needs and personality.

1. Language tutorials (Spanish – all levels)

From my own experience, a textbook will never teach you what a native speaker can help you witH - and neither will listening passively in a classroom if you are not actively and individually engaged in the conversation. This is why we will mainly practice your speaking and listening skills during the sessions. Now, if you are happy to, I will also give you fun writing assignments so you can practice grammar and spelling. Depending on your age and level there are different resources that can help, e.g. music, role-play, study of the Spanish culture, cuisine, etc. Getting better at a language is mainly about practice and confidence – luckily, the latter is achieved by the former, and I’ll be there to help.

2. Philosophy tutorials (IB, A level, GCSE, or equivalent)

In Philosophy, understanding is key, but there is also some technique to it: success is guaranteed by targeting exactly what each Philosophy subject or test is asking from you. So my tutorials will be a mix of both theory and practice. We can firstly go through the syllabus together, focusing on the topics you struggle with - I will make this easy and worthwhile. Then I can also provide you with specific exercises and study notes. Lastly, we can practice past papers so you can achieve top grades and learn as much as possible. 

3. English tutorials (IB, A level, GCSE, or equivalent)

Depending on whether you need a hand with English language, English literature, or are a casual learner, we will focus on different things. For many of my students their aim is boosting their grades - but this is done in an enjoyable, dynamic fashion. If you didn’t think studying English makes sense and is easy, you surely will by the end of our session.

I like to keep in close touch with my students so they feel supported at all times. Please contact me if you have any questions - I look forward to meeting you! 


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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
Spanish Language and LiteratureBacchilerato (Spain)EXCELLENT (10/10)
Western Art and LiteratureDegree (Bachelors)EXCELLENT (9,7/10)
EnglishBacchilerato (Spain)EXC (10/10)
PhilosophyBacchilerato (Spain)EXC (10/10)
PortugueseDegree (Bachelors)EXC (9,5/10)

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Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrices
English LiteratureA Level£26 /hr
PhilosophyA Level£26 /hr
Philosophy and EthicsA Level£26 /hr
SpanishA Level£26 /hr
English LiteratureGCSE£24 /hr
SpanishGCSE£24 /hr
English LiteratureIB£26 /hr
PhilosophyIB£26 /hr
SpanishIB£26 /hr
Spanish13 Plus£24 /hr
-Personal Statements-Mentoring£26 /hr

Questions Xita has answered

How do I make sense of Spanish conjugations since they are not as complex in English? And what's the best way to learn them so I use them well?

        1. The best way to learn the Spanish conjugations is to first understand their equivalent in English. 

In English, the verb in a sentence takes a slightly different form for each tense (e.g.: verb 'to want': 'I wanted', 'we would want', 'they will want'... etc). In Spanish the form of the verb also changes for each different subject, yes, even within the same verbal tense. Compare the past tense of the verb 'to sleep' in both languages:

English: I slept / You slept / He slept / We slept / You slept / They slept

Spanish: Yo dormí / Tú dormiste / Él durmió / Nosotros dormimos / Vosotros dormisteis / Ellos durmieron

In English, 'slept' is used for every possible subject, while in Spanish there is a special form for each possible subject. 

        2. Now, once you've understood this is the only added complexity to the Spanish conjugation system, you just need to learn the three different patterns to conjugate Spanish verbs right for each possible subject. These patterns vary according to which group the verb belongs to: the 1st group (verbs in the infinitive form ending in -AR), the 2nd group (ending in -ER), or the 3rd group (ending in -IR). Look at the obvious patterns, for example in the present tense:

- 1st conjugation group (-AR): e.g.: amar (to love), saltar (to jump), pensar (to think)...

Yo (I) amo / salto / pienso

Tú (you) amas / saltas / piensas

Él (he) ama / salta / piensa

Nosotros (we) amamos / saltamos / pensamos

Vosotros (you) amáis / saltáis / pensáis

Ellos (they) aman / saltan / piensan

- 2nd conjugation group (-ER): e.g.: comer (to eat), querer (to want), ver (to see)...

Yo como / quiero / veo

Tú comes / quieres / ves

Él come / quiere / ve

Nosotros comemos / queremos / vemos

Vosotros coméis / queréis / véis

Ellos comen / quieren / ven

- 3rd conjugation group (-IR): e.g.: vivir (to live), sentir (to feel), compartir (to share)...

Yo vivo / siento / comparto

Tú vives / sientes / compartes

Él vive / siente / comparte

Nosotros vivimos / sentimos / compartimos

Vosotros vivís / sentís / compartís

Ellos viven / sienten / comparten

       3. Lastly, there are some irregular verbs in every group, just like in English (e.g. ‘to be’: I am, you are, he is). These are worth learning by heart, as well as practicing them in conversation and with written exercises - this is the only way to learn irregular verbs from Spanish to English as well!

That it all there is to Spanish conjugations: a) look at whether the verb ends in -ar, -er, or -ir, b) look at which subject the verb is referring to, and c) recall the pattern for the group the verb belongs to + the person it refers to. Not so daunting anymore, right? (...right?!)

        1. The best way to learn the Spanish conjugations is to first understand their equivalent in English. 

In English, the verb in a sentence takes a slightly different form for each tense (e.g.: verb 'to want': 'I wanted', 'we would want', 'they will want'... etc). In Spanish the form of the verb also changes for each different subject, yes, even within the same verbal tense. Compare the past tense of the verb 'to sleep' in both languages:

English: I slept / You slept / He slept / We slept / You slept / They slept

Spanish: Yo dormí / Tú dormiste / Él durmió / Nosotros dormimos / Vosotros dormisteis / Ellos durmieron

In English, 'slept' is used for every possible subject, while in Spanish there is a special form for each possible subject. 

        2. Now, once you've understood this is the only added complexity to the Spanish conjugation system, you just need to learn the three different patterns to conjugate Spanish verbs right for each possible subject. These patterns vary according to which group the verb belongs to: the 1st group (verbs in the infinitive form ending in -AR), the 2nd group (ending in -ER), or the 3rd group (ending in -IR). Look at the obvious patterns, for example in the present tense:

- 1st conjugation group (-AR): e.g.: amar (to love), saltar (to jump), pensar (to think)...

Yo (I) amo / salto / pienso

Tú (you) amas / saltas / piensas

Él (he) ama / salta / piensa

Nosotros (we) amamos / saltamos / pensamos

Vosotros (you) amáis / saltáis / pensáis

Ellos (they) aman / saltan / piensan

- 2nd conjugation group (-ER): e.g.: comer (to eat), querer (to want), ver (to see)...

Yo como / quiero / veo

Tú comes / quieres / ves

Él come / quiere / ve

Nosotros comemos / queremos / vemos

Vosotros coméis / queréis / véis

Ellos comen / quieren / ven

- 3rd conjugation group (-IR): e.g.: vivir (to live), sentir (to feel), compartir (to share)...

Yo vivo / siento / comparto

Tú vives / sientes / compartes

Él vive / siente / comparte

Nosotros vivimos / sentimos / compartimos

Vosotros vivís / sentís / compartís

Ellos viven / sienten / comparten

       3. Lastly, there are some irregular verbs in every group, just like in English (e.g. ‘to be’: I am, you are, he is). These are worth learning by heart, as well as practicing them in conversation and with written exercises - this is the only way to learn irregular verbs from Spanish to English as well!

That it all there is to Spanish conjugations: a) look at whether the verb ends in -ar, -er, or -ir, b) look at which subject the verb is referring to, and c) recall the pattern for the group the verb belongs to + the person it refers to. Not so daunting anymore, right? (...right?!)

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