Calu M. IB Portuguese tutor, GCSE Portuguese tutor, A Level Portugues...

Calu M.

Currently unavailable: until 23/05/2016

Degree: Film and English (Bachelors) - Bristol University

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About me

I’m a second year student at the University of Bristol studying English and Film. I am originally from Brazil (born and bred!), but came to England to further my studies, and am fortunate enough to be here on a scholarship. In Brazil, I went to an international school where I completed and was awarded an International Baccalaureate Diploma with 38 points overall. For anyone who has done the IB or is in the middle of doing it, will know what a gruelling process it is – I am keen to help those that are in the position I was in. I understand how stressful and difficult the IB is, and am here to help students undergoing it with History, English, Spanish and Portuguese in particular; however I can also assist with extended essays, Theory of Knowledge, and any other general IB-related concerns. Despite having done the IB and not A-Levels, the skills and techniques acquired for languages and History are very similar, and I am therefore happy to help any A-Level students with these topics as well!

In Brazil, I did quite a bit of volunteer work. Perhaps the most relevant to tutoring was when I taught English to underprivileged children in Sao Paulo for a year. That taught me patience, how to plan a lesson, and how to best transfer my knowledge to others. On a more personal note, my friends and I used to exchange knowledge on topics – I struggled with Maths and Biology, and had friends that helped me; I would then help them with English and History, which they struggled with.

I am extremely enthusiastic, and believe that that is key when teaching – I am passionate about the subjects I teach, and am here to help those that struggle with it and hopefully transfer some of that enthusiasm to them. Because of the nature of the subjects, each class would be tailored to a specific topic the student wants to focus on. For instance, maybe a student is having difficulty with the causes of World War I – I would make sure to have my notes specifically on that, and spend the full hour on that topic if necessary. Two or three subjects could be looked at in an hour session albeit in less detail, perhaps more focused on practical knowledge. I am also happy to help with techniques related to oral examinations, essay-based examinations, and how to approach an essay question. I am also happy to speak to students about nerves, and how to remain calm before and during an exam.

Please don’t hesitate in getting in touch! I will be prompt in replying, and hope to give you the best support and help you can get.

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
English A Level £20 /hr
History A Level £20 /hr
Portuguese A Level £20 /hr
Spanish A Level £20 /hr
English GCSE £18 /hr
History GCSE £18 /hr
Portuguese GCSE £18 /hr
Spanish GCSE £18 /hr
English Language IB £20 /hr
English Literature IB £20 /hr
History IB £20 /hr
Philosophy IB £20 /hr
Portuguese IB £20 /hr
Spanish IB £20 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
English Language and LiteratureBaccalaureate7
MathsBaccalaureate4
BiologyBaccalaureate5
HistoryBaccalaureate7
Portuguese LanguageBaccalaureate7
Spanish BBaccalaureate7
Disclosure and Barring Service

CRB/DBS Standard

22/09/2015

CRB/DBS Enhanced

No

Currently unavailable: until

23/05/2016

Ratings and reviews

5from 1 customer review

Claire (Parent) April 12 2016

sorry James did not connect

Questions Calu has answered

How do you prepare for an oral examination?

This might sound obvious, but the best way to preapre yourself is by practicing alone. You will have a set number of texts, one of which you will be examined on, so make sure you know a brief analysis and key points for all texts - that way, you'll have at least some idea of what you could say...

This might sound obvious, but the best way to preapre yourself is by practicing alone. You will have a set number of texts, one of which you will be examined on, so make sure you know a brief analysis and key points for all texts - that way, you'll have at least some idea of what you could say if you were to get it. Actually practice a few of them aloud, just so you get into the habit of speaking within the 10 minute time frame. At the time of the actual examination, remember to stay calm (harder said than done) - you will have 10 minutes to catch your breath and jot down some notes, so make sure that you use that time efficiently. Bring with you highlighters or pens of different colours that you can use to underscore particular sections of the text. The best way to approach the oral analysis is by seeing it as a spoken essay: have a clear introduction outlining what you'll be describing, and go through each point coherently, concluding with an overall analysis. 

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