Isabel Z.

Isabel Z.

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Ba Hons Chinese Studies (Bachelors) - Leeds University

32 completed lessons

About me

Hi, I’m Isabel and I’m a third year Chinese Studies student at the University of Leeds. My experience with studying Chinese hasn’t always been an easy one, so I totally understand any struggles you might be going through with getting your head around one of the most difficult languages on earth!

I’ve been studying Chinese since I was 11 years old, and I have lost track of how many hours I’ve spent writing out the same characters again and again. I’ve learnt that when learning a language...

Hi, I’m Isabel and I’m a third year Chinese Studies student at the University of Leeds. My experience with studying Chinese hasn’t always been an easy one, so I totally understand any struggles you might be going through with getting your head around one of the most difficult languages on earth!

I’ve been studying Chinese since I was 11 years old, and I have lost track of how many hours I’ve spent writing out the same characters again and again. I’ve learnt that when learning a language, variety is so important. There really is no point wasting away hours of your day with the same boring styles of learning. You need to write, read, listen, speak, sing, draw, dance; whatever method helps you learn Chinese is the one we can incorporate into our lessons together. I’ve spent years plastering post-it notes with definitions written on them across my house, much to the annoyance of my parents! My aim is to help you feel confident with your approach to studying Chinese. With the right attitude, the results are sure to follow close behind.

I’m often asked by people, ‘but why Chinese?’ Regardless of what career you’re interested in, being able to speak another language is a major asset in your skill set. Don’t listen to people who say, ‘But everyone speaks English!’ Believe me, after having lived abroad for a year, I can assure you that everybody certainly does not speak English. 

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About my sessions

My first session with a student would always involve a discussion of their aims. I’d like to see some examples of their work, look at their textbook, so I could understand their current level. I think building a positive relationship with both student and parents is important, as these sessions should be helpful for everyone involved. The more parents understand about their students work, the more they can support them in achieving their aims.

It doesn’t matter if your aim is to get an...

My first session with a student would always involve a discussion of their aims. I’d like to see some examples of their work, look at their textbook, so I could understand their current level. I think building a positive relationship with both student and parents is important, as these sessions should be helpful for everyone involved. The more parents understand about their students work, the more they can support them in achieving their aims.

It doesn’t matter if your aim is to get an A* or a C on that upcoming exam. My aim is for you to meet and surpass your aims, whatever they may be. In my first session with a student I would like them to set three goals for the duration of our sessions together. Then, I would regularly review these aims, with small quizzes and worksheets. For example, if your aim is to learn a set of 40 words, then each week I would make sure we had learnt five of them. Tests don’t need to be scary; any quizzes or tests are just to monitor our progress together.

I know that sometimes it can be hard to motivate yourself. I remember when first faced with the vocabulary list for GCSE Chinese, I initially felt faced with an impossible task. However, I then broke that down into different topics, such as ‘travel’ and ‘hobbies’. From these topics I made flashcards, which I would then use to test myself. Whether at home or on the bus, I could always be practising and I had no need to feel stressed anymore. 

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Paul Parent from Didcot

20 Dec '19

Over these past few weeks Isabel has really been helping me in topics in am unsure about and i am feeling so much more confident with my Chinese skills, as my grades have also improved.

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Paul Parent from Didcot

31 Oct '19

She is always helpful with challenging structures and vocabulary and creates a very comfortable environment.

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Paul Parent from Didcot

17 Oct '19

Isabel has a great deal of knowledge and is very enthusiastic about all things Chinese and Mandarin this makes the lessons very enjoyable while at the same time working hard . recommended

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Rosie Student

16 Jan

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
HistoryA-levelA*
PsychologyA-levelA
HSK 汉语水平考试OtherLEVEL 5
ChineseA-levelA*

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Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrice
MandarinA Level£24 /hr
MandarinGCSE£22 /hr
Mandarin13 Plus£20 /hr

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