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Dr Déborah Natanson

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£ 25.00-40.00 p/h

Hello! I am a native French speaker and a full-time freelance teacher. I have a Licence ès Lettres (French and Classics) from the Sorbonne, and an Msc and PhD in Classics from the University of Edinburgh. After I graduated for my PhD in 2009, I set up as a private tutor and translator, working one-on-one with school pupils, university students, and adults. I specialise in grammar teaching, exam and translation practice, and conversation practice. I'm familiar with both the English and Scottish curriculum. I teach online, using mostly Skype, but I'm open to other platforms. Please contact me if you have any questions!

How would you describe your teaching style?

I am very well organised and reliable. I always spend a lot of time preparing lessons so I can be ready to answer unexpected questions! I am also very adaptable, and enjoy working with various types of people, who have different motivations for learning. Tailoring the content of the lessons to the needs and abilities of the student is something that I always try to centre my work on. I have always received extremely positive feedback (and excellent exam results when applicable) from my students, but I also take criticism very well and am quick to change the content or rhythm of my lessons when I see a certain approach is not working.

What qualifications do you have?

I have a Licence ès Lettres (French and Classics) from the Sorbonne, and an Msc and PhD in Classics from the University of Edinburgh.

Tell us about your experience...

I have worked as a part-time Classics tutor at Edinburgh University since 2005, teaching undergraduate students Latin and Greek (from beginners' level to Honour translation courses) as well as Ancient philosophy, literature and mythology. I was responsible for the content of the tutorials, starting and moderating group discussions and marking essays and exercises. After I graduated for my PhD in 2009, I set up as a private tutor and translator, working one-on-one with adults wanting to learn French so they could go on holiday to France and speak with people easily, as well as school or university students preparing for their exams in French, Latin, Greek and Philosophy (National 5, GCSE, Highers, A Level and university Honours levels). I also have experience with teaching groups, as I teach business French for several Language schools (Simon & Simon, Cactus, Capital Business Languages), and adult classes in Latin, Ancient Greek, French and Philosophy for Edinburgh Council's Adult Education Programme.

What locations do you tutor in?

I currently tutor online, and accept students from anywhere in the world.

What is your personal message to students?

I can prepare students for all Scottish and English exams, up to the BA. I also have experience helping students work on their Post-Graduate dissertation, in terms of content, organisation and time-keeping, including in subjects I am not very familiar with, such as Law and Medieval History. I pride myself in always finding a way to explain complex notion in a way that's easy to understand, where we're talking about the French subjunctive, sentence structure in Latin, or word endings in Greek. I specialise in grammar, translation practice and exam practice. In particular, I offer: - Grammar revisions with appropriate exercises - Exam practice, from GCSE/Highers to Honours level - Conversation practice - Essay techniques - Translation techniques - Literary analyses of passages - Unseen practice (translating from Greek/Latin into English) - Prose composition practice (translating from English into Greek/Latin)

CRB/Disclosure Certificate: Yes - disclosure Scotland
Home-based tutor: No
Travelling tutor: No
Online tutor: Skype, Facetime, Whatsapp
Subjects: Classical Greek GCSE/National 5 to post-graduate
  Latin GCSE/National 5 to post-graduate
  French GCSE/National 5 to post-graduate
  Philosophy GCSE/National 5 to A-Level/Higher