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Degree: Classics (Bachelors) - Cambridge alumni University

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ABOUT ME

I am a Cambridge graduate in Classics, currently on a Screenwriting MA at Scotland Screen Academy. I have also studied Comparative Literature at Sorbonne University in Paris. Learning languages and writing are my passions, and I’ve had the chance to share them with many students. I have been tutoring in Italy, France and the UK for the past four years, at both A-level and degree level. I offer tuition in French and Italian. I can also help with personal statements. 

FRENCH AND ITALIAN

I am bilingual in both French and Italian, as I was born in Italy but was lucky enough to attend a prestigious high-school in Paris.

Depending on what you need, we can work on grammar, reading, writing and listening skills. It is essential to understand how a language works and I like explaining it in a clear and concise way. But above all, learning languages is about practice and communication. I love having fun chats with students about topics that interest them, at the language level they feel most comfortable with. 

MENTORING - PERSONAL STATEMENTS

Writing a personal statement can be a real challenge. I have been there many times and I know what it’s like. I have a lot of experience writing my own personal statements and helping students edit theirs, especially for Oxbridge applications. I’d love to share with you what I have learnt about this process. There is not just one way of doing it right: the most important thing when writing this kind of document is finding your own voice and demonstrating your ability and passion in a clear, structured way.

I will carefully prepare every session based on what you know already, what you want to achieve and how you learn best. Every student matters a lot to me and I will definitely be ready to go an extra mile to help you!

I look forward to meeting you!

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
French A Level £24 /hr
Italian A Level £24 /hr
French GCSE £22 /hr
Italian GCSE £22 /hr
-Personal Statements- Mentoring £24 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
French Baccalaureate18/20
EnglishBaccalaureate17/20
PhilosophyBaccalaureate18/20
SpanishBaccalaureate19/20
LatinBaccalaureate20/20
Ancient Greek Baccalaureate19/20
ItalianBaccalaureate20/20
ClassicsBachelors Degree2:1
French and ClassicsMasters Degree1st
ScreenwritingMasters DegreeN/A
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Ratings and reviews

5from 23 customer reviews

Viktoria (Parent) October 7 2016

sle explains everything very well

Eilish (Student) September 20 2016

Very helpful and enjoyable.

Eilish (Student) November 28 2016

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Questions Lavinia has answered

How do I sell myself without bragging?

A personal statement must be a positive document that shows off your qualities and suitability for the course you are applying for. But it is also important to come across as honest and realistic. 1. Give evidence: don’t proclaim how good you are or how good other people think you are (teac...

A personal statement must be a positive document that shows off your qualities and suitability for the course you are applying for. But it is also important to come across as honest and realistic.

1. Give evidence: don’t proclaim how good you are or how good other people think you are (teachers, friends…). Be specific about your achievements, academic and extra-curricular. Never state that you have a positive attribute if you cannot provide evidence to support it. And whenever you can, avoid giving opinions about yourself and let the facts do the talking. 

2. Keep it relevant: don’t make a list of every single prize you have won since you were a child. Talk about recent achievements that show your interest for your specific subject or relevant transferrable skills (commitment, hard work, teamwork…). Make sure that whenever you mention something you have done, you also explain what you have learnt from it and how it can help you succeed in your studies.

3. Demonstrate your passion for the subject: examiners are looking for talent AND passion. What is it about your subject that makes it so interesting and worthwhile? There is no one right answer to this question. It all depends on your personality. When you talk about your studies and activities, always remember to explain why you enjoy them and why they are important to you. 

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What are reflexive verbs in Italian?

A verb is called reflexive when the subject performs an action on the same subject. For example, ‘I wash myself’ (in Italian ‘Mi lavo’) is reflexive because ‘I’ is both the subject and the object of the verb ‘wash’. In order to make an Italian verb reflexive, you put a reflexive pronoun befo...

A verb is called reflexive when the subject performs an action on the same subject. For example, ‘I wash myself’ (in Italian ‘Mi lavo’) is reflexive because ‘I’ is both the subject and the object of the verb ‘wash’.

In order to make an Italian verb reflexive, you put a reflexive pronoun before it. Reflexive pronouns in Italian are:

Mi                      Myself

Ti                       Yourself

Si                       Himself/Herself/Itself

Ci                       Ourselves

Vi                       Yourselves

Si                       Themselves

Reflexive verbs are more common in Italian than in English. Many verbs need the reflexive form in Italian, even if they don’t in English. Some of the most common ones are:

Alzarsi ‘to get up’

Ex: Mi alzo alle sette di mattina  ‘I get up at 7am’

Dimenticarsi ‘to forget’

Ex: Anna si dimentica sempre il mio nome ‘Anna always forgets my name’

Sedersi ’to sit down’

Ex: Ci sediamo sul divano ‘We sit on the sofa’

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