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Tom W.

Degree: MLang Modern Languages and Cultures (Masters) - Lancaster University

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About me

Hello! My name's Tom, I'm 18 years old and I'm an accelerated Master's student at the University of Lancaster; my degree is called 'MLang: Modern Languages and Cultures'. My major subjects are Spanish and Linguistics, and my minor subject is Philosophy. Although technically I'm in the first year of university-level study, I have effectively skipped my first year and I am working at a second-year level in Spanish already. As a person, I think the best way to describe me would be a serial perfectionist; I am driven, hardworking and totally dedicated to my passions (most notably Spanish grammar!). My determination for my own academic success is mirrored in my tutoring style; I go above and beyond what is taught in schools and what would be expected of me in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for my students. This may appear unnecessary, but the way I do things is far better than the way they are done in schools. I love my subject. To be more specific, I love language. My area of expertise is Spanish, and Spanish grammar is definitely what I love the most. It's hard to explain why, but I can provide a pseudo-metaphor to describe it: just as a model train collector will love his hobby, so do I love Spanish grammar. He will spend hours fussing over the intricacies of the different pistons and their efficacy; and I will spend hours learning of the intricacies of the use of the perfect and preterite tenses across the Hispanic world.

About my sessions

My sessions will be all about working towards a goal. I like to talk around a topic in order to hammer home what I'm trying to teach, but everything I talk about is always relevant and will always expand the linguistic mind of my student. In explaining use of the Spanish language, for example, I will always try to relate the technicalities back to the English language as a point of reference - something that has always proved very effective for my teachings and something which is not done enough in schools today. I always spend 40-60 minutes preparing for every session, and I will make sure to write pages upon pages of handwritten notes that I can deliver in the MyTutor lesson space (which might include drawings with fancy colours, diagrams or lists depending on how best my student learns, as everyone knows what works best for them!). Of course, a prerequisite for all this is to understand what the parent and student would like out of the tutoring experience. This is something that I make sure I fully understand from the Free Meeting that I will request before tutoring; would you like to brush up skills, have me teach new content or mark essays, or even like to polish your personal statement? I tailor my tutorials to individual needs and requirements, and spend a long time doing so, meaning you can be sure you will be receiving the best possible tutoring.

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
Spanish A Level £24 /hr
Spanish GCSE £22 /hr
English 13 Plus £22 /hr
Spanish 13 Plus £22 /hr
English 11 Plus £22 /hr
-Personal Statements- Mentoring £24 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
SpanishA-LevelA
Economics A-LevelA
Classical Civilisation A-LevelA
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Ratings and reviews

4.9from 19 customer reviews

NIRAJ (Parent) December 11 2016

Tom is so awesome someone give him a massage

Joanna (Parent) May 27 2017

it was fun and enjojabe

Joanna (Parent) May 19 2017

It was fun and enjojable.We learned a lot more new thing and a lot more about poetry

Issy (Student) April 27 2017

Really enjoyed the lesson today, i thought the 4 minute revision sessions on each topic was really useful as a memory refresh and was also fun! Thanks Tom :)
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Questions Tom has answered

How do I write a good essay in a foreign language?

This is something that can make the difference between a C and an A at A Level for languages. Speaking from my experience of Spanish A Level, there are a couple of things that you can do to up your writing game. 1. Speed up. I know this sounds counterintuitive, but if you spend too long think...

This is something that can make the difference between a C and an A at A Level for languages. Speaking from my experience of Spanish A Level, there are a couple of things that you can do to up your writing game.

1. Speed up. I know this sounds counterintuitive, but if you spend too long thinking about what words you're choosing or trying to use a particular structure (e.g. the subjunctive), you will lose what matters most: what you're actually trying to say. You can lose yourself and the semantics of the sentence very easily if you spend too much time staring at one line or one phrase. Just concentrate on getting what you want to get down on paper, and when you feel more comfortable, and start to gain greater written fluency, then you can take more time over it. Remember - you get more credit for what you say and how much it makes sense than how impressive your structures are in an A Level languages essay.

2. Learn to understand sentence structure. When you understand what you can do with a sentence, how they work in the foreign language you're learning (syntax works differently in different languages!) and what sounds good to a native, your essay writing will improve enormously. Learn how subordinate and coordinate clauses work in the target language. For Spanish particularly, a good understanding of relative clauses and relative pronouns is exceedingly useful. 

3. Keep it brief. Most language essays will have a tight word limit - mine were 400 words (+/- 10%) - so don't repeat yourself! Your examiner knows what a good point is, so don't state it at the start AND at the end of a paragraph. This goes for the introduction and the conclusion too - they aren't for merely talking about what you've written. Think about it: if that were their true purpose, their existence would be irrelevant. Instead, try to use them wisely. Use the introduction to make you sound clever - talk about the topic or title; discuss its nuances or define a word that might cause confusion. Use the conclusion to explain how and why you've come to the viewpoint you've come to in the essay. Coming down hard on one side of the argument can help you focus your argument and thus your conclusion, but if you're intelligent about it, you can sit on the fence in the conclusion and still write a great essay.

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What's the best way to learn verb conjugations?

The truth is, it varies from person to person. Some people like to get all colourful with their learning - they find that using differently coloured pens or differently coloured flashcards and notepads help to stick whatever they're learning in their mind. For others, repetition is key - just ...

The truth is, it varies from person to person. Some people like to get all colourful with their learning - they find that using differently coloured pens or differently coloured flashcards and notepads help to stick whatever they're learning in their mind. For others, repetition is key - just simply going over and over a verb table or a tense can do the job. What I found that worked for me is learning about the individual words themselves - learning the etymology or cognates of verbs and verb endings, I find, really facilitates mass-learning as each word begins to stand apart from the others; you really begin not just to know what you're trying to memorise, but you also begin to understand and appreciate the words themselves, making them stick out more, and easier to remember as a result. 

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