Elisa Mitrofan - Private Tutor in London
I graduated last year with a 1st in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford. My experience as a tutor extends across different levels and subjects, from teaching English as a foreign language to 11+ exams, and university entrance preparation. Throughout the years, I have worked with students on a wide range of curriculums to hone their skills and expand not only their knowledge, but also their interest and love for the subject. Having won a bursary to attend Wellington College in 2011, I studied the IB, and was one of the very few students in the world to achieve a maximum of 45 points. Some of the distinctions I was awarded for my academic performances include the Gavin Ewart Poetry Prize, the Verrall English Prize, the Music Essay Prize, and the Lady Emma Talbot Special Prize. I went on to earn a place at Oxford University where I read BA Honours in English Language and Literature. Following my Distinction in Prelims, I was awarded the Casberd Scholarship for outstanding results.
Subjects I Teach
My Education & Qualifications
University of Oxford, 2014 – 2017
English Language and Literature (BA): 1st
My Tutoring & Teaching Experience
I started tutoring in 2012, teaching English as a foreign language in Romania, whilst I was still at school. Since then, I have been helping students on a wide range of curriculums, from teaching GCSE Maths, to violin lessons, and Oxbridge preparation. My particular area of expertise is preparing students towards their English examination, with a specific focus on 11+ and 13+ entrance exams. My experience with young children stretches outside tutoring, from babysitting (4-11 year olds) to working with children with disabilities as part of summer volunteering programmes organised by Joni and Friends.
Example Tuition Assignments
For a few months, I coached Beatrix towards the 11+ entrance exams. With a great talent for creative writing, and a very mature understanding of textual complexities, Bea made rapid progress after learning how to give structure to her answers to comprehension- style questions in relation to the mark scheme, and understanding the level of detail and the specific literary techniques required in the creative writing tasks. Another area of focus was Verbal Reasoning, where Bea struggled with timing at first. After working out specific methods of approaching each different style of question, her speed and accuracy improved greatly. She got offers from both Channing and Francis Holland.
Over the course of a few weeks, I worked with Milo towards the 11+ entrance exams. Although very passionate about Maths, English wasn’t Milo’s favourite subject. Responding to Milo’s particular frustration with the inexact nature and seemingly unmanageable nature of the long answer part of the comprehension paper, we worked out a way to make English more like Maths by distilling it down to formulas. From dividing the number of marks to the number of points to be made, and following a repeatable structure of ‘Point Evidence Explanation’, to coming up together with creative writing tasks which contained a specific number of literary techniques, this method captured Milo’s interest by appealing to something he already felt confident in, thus helping him organise his thoughts on paper and greatly improve the quality of his answers.
For a few months prior to her IB exams, I helped Hannah with her preparation for HL English and SL French and Biology. As well as providing her with my own materials which synthesised the syllabus into bite-sized chunks of information, I also suggested mnemonic techniques for memorising large quantities of information, as well as notes-making tips. Specifically for English, I reviewed her coursework and helped her refine her already excellent ideas by suggesting additional reading and asking her challenging questions which helped her clarify the different facets of her argument. I also helped her with her personal statement and interview technique for her Oxford application. She achieved the stellar score of 45 points in the IB and is currently reading English Language and Literature at Lincoln College.
My Approach to Tutoring
I have always loved working with children and young people, and it’s always incredibly rewarding seeing them progress and achieve the results they were hoping for. I loved my subject at university, and had an amazing experience doing the IB, so I feel a kind of responsibility to return the opportunity I had in encountering wonderful, inspiring teachers who helped me achieve the best results I could have possibly imagined by nurturing not only my academic potential, but also my passion for their subject. What distinguishes me as a tutor is an ability to understand the child's specific needs, both personal and academic, and taylor my teaching methods to fulfil each child's academic potential and individual goals. Having been raised by a mother who also worked as an educational psychologist, my personal experiences have convinced me that often the best results are not only a question of investing a certain amount of work in preparation, but also, as importantly, of building confidence and a good rapport between student and teacher. My teaching style balances a thorough knowledge of results-driven exam techniques and an intellectual curiosity which flows beyond the immediate perimeter of the syllabus - in short, I aspire to make work feel like fun whilst fulfilling all the requirements of the curriculum.
Fun Facts About Me
Outside academia, I have been trained as a concert violinist since the age of 7, winning multiple national and international competitions, and performing as a soloist in various venues across Europe, including the Royal Albert Hall and Cadogan Hall. I still enjoy playing and teaching the violin, but I am currently working on a song album inspired by Romanian folk music. My other interests include painting, writing, acting, origami, pottery, photography and film, and she is currently working in fashion.
My Client Testimonials
" “Elisa didn't work with our son Oscar for a long period, however, she achieved great results in a short space of time. She quickly picked up where the previous tutor had laid off. She built a great rapport with him during the very first session and understood immediately why we were tutoring. Our goals were to increase confidence and encourage Oscar to challenge himself, rather than coasting through. He attends an excellent state primary, however, we just felt that some one to one attention would be a huge benefit. Elisa used Oscar's love of reading to inspire him and helped him to organise his thoughts when transferring them on to paper. She was careful not to overwhelm, but definitely hit these targets. We were always left with a sensible amount of homework and this clearly complimented the lesson that had just taken place. Elisa also suggested books that he might like to read and made the vocab tasks a lot of fun. Oscar always looked forward to his tutoring sessions, a true indication of Elisa's skills and enthusiasm! I would thoroughly recommend Elisa and can't thank her enough!” "
"Elisa worked with my daughter, aged 10, for around four months in preparation for her 11+ exams for English. My daughter said she was exceptionally helpful, and helped her focus on the type of questions she would face in her English exams and methods for improving her writing. My daughter found her patient, considerate and helpful in her approach. What is more, she made the sessions interesting enough that my daughter was able to concentrate and focus for 90 minutes, and come out happy and smiling at the end of each session! "
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