Zoe Gelber - Private Tutor in London
I graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2014 with a 1st class degree in English literature and Philosophy. During my degree, I spent a year studying at the University of California, Berkeley, which has given me an extensive understanding of the US college academic system. I have been teaching for the past 4 years, both privately - with a specialisation in English literature and language 11+ to A level, and in the non-profit sector, working as an academic support worker for the educational charity Into University. Most recently, I spent 2 years living in Mexico, teaching English to all ages, both privately and in a classroom setting. All of these experiences have given me a detailed understanding of the unique learning dynamics of different students, aged 5 to 50! I enjoy tutoring immensely, tailoring lessons to my students' interests, defining learning goals together helping to realise them, and making the learning process as enjoyable as possible.
Subjects I Teach
My Tutoring & Teaching Experience
I started tutoring in 2013, helping GCSE English literature students with essay writing and understanding. Since I graduated in 2014, I have tutored extensively in various subjects at 11+, 13+ common entrance exams, GCSE and A level, as well as volunteer teaching with groups of young people under 16. In 2015, I moved to Mexico, where I taught English language to students of all ages and abilities, both one on one and to larger groups. Since returning to the UK, I have been teaching principally GCSE students in various subjects (English literature/language, Maths, Triple Science, Music) in preparation for their summer exams, as well as several younger students. I continue to volunteer, teaching refugee women English once a week in North London.
My Approach to Tutoring
My approach to tutoring begins with getting to know each student - their interests, their perceived strengths and weaknesses and then together coming up with a set of learning goals defined by them. The most important aspect of tutoring is building a student's confidence in their own abilities, which I believe is best achieved in a relaxed atmosphere where they feel free to explore ideas, ask questions and are not afraid to make mistakes. For students preparing for exams, we work extensively on exam technique, breaking down what can often seem like an extremely daunting endeavour into manageable tasks where they understand exactly what is being asked for by the examiners. I am encouraging, very friendly and try to make my lessons as fun as possible, to help each student reconfigure their relationship to subjects they find challenging.
Fun Facts About Me
I love to play piano and sing, and am currently working on a jazz project with several friends of mine. I love Latin American music and culture, and am a bit of a salsa obsessive, so try to go dancing as often as possible! This September, I will be starting a Masters degree in Development studies at SOAS.