Lachlan Ayles - Professional Teacher in Central Barcelona
A young tutor with a very strong academic background and significant tutoring experience.
Gained an academic and all-rounder scholarship to Wellington College, where he achieved 13 A*'s at GCSE (2013), and 3 A's at A level (2015). Following this, he gained a place at the University of Oxford, Wadham College, to study Classics. There he specialised in Ancient History in his final year, achieving a strong 2:1 overall.
During university holidays he tutored privately for 3 years in a range of subjects at a range of levels (nearly all subjects from 11+ up to GCSE level). For one year he also served as a volunteer reader in a local school to kids aged 8+.
Following university he trained to be an English teacher to adult professionals in Barcelona. After this, he trained to teach English to kids up to teenagers at a language school in Barcelona. On the side he continues to tutor a wide range of subjects at a wide range of levels.
Subjects I Teach
- 11+ - Verbal Reasoning
- 13+ - English
- AS/A Level - Greek
- All levels - English as a Second Language
- Classical Civilisation
- English Language
- English Literature
- IGCSE and GCSE - English Literature
- Miscellaneous - Oxford and Cambridge interview practice and preparation
- Personal statement help
- Religious Studies
- Role Model
- Study Buddy
- Verbal Reasoning
My Education & Qualifications
University of Oxford, 2015 – 2019
Classics (BA): 2:1
School: Wellington College
Attended 2010-15; Prefect honours prize, 2015; Classics prize, 2015; College prefect, 2015; All-round scholarship, 2011; Academic scholarship, 2010; A Level: 3 A’s (2015) Ancient Greek - A Latin - A History - A IGCSE’s: 13 A*’s (2013) Ancient Greek - A* Latin - A* History - A* English literature - A* English language - A* Spanish - A* Mathematics - A* Chemistry - A* Physics - A* Biology - A* Geography - A* Religious Studies - A* Art - A*
My Tutoring & Teaching Experience
I spent the last 4 years (from 2015-19) studying Classics at Oxford. During these years I spent time tutoring children and teenagers between the ages of 10-18 years old. The Oxford one-to-one 'tutorial system' was influential on my teaching style, which became more focused and rigorous during this period, while also showing me how to understand the process of individual academic and personal development.
Since then I have developed my skills as a teacher when I moved to Barcelona, where I now work full time as a teacher of English. Working at two schools since I have moved here, I have experience both teaching adults in company classes, and children and teenagers between the ages of 7-16 years old. As one can imagine, teaching such a variety of ages and catering to each ones academic and pastoral needs has unique and varied challenges. Besides this, I received best-in-class training and certification at one of the top language schools in Spain. This is why this period has seen me grow from strength to strength as a teacher.
My Approach to Tutoring
My varied tutoring and teaching experience has provided great opportunities to finesse my own teaching style and pick up many techniques along the way!
Ultimately my approach to my students is based on 3 principles - empathy, patience and enthusiasm.
Fun Facts About Me
My name is Lachie (a name which people often mishear as Lucky, which is short for Lachlan, a Scottish name). I am 23 and I am full time tutor and teacher.
I have a range of interests - I play the guitar, produce electronic music and DJ a bit on the side. I am also passionate about the environment and have recently discovered a love for the outdoors (I grew up in a city so did not experience it fully when I was younger)
I love to talk to people and learn about their experiences which is why I am a keen traveller. I have been to many countries in Europe (western, southern and eastern), and Asia (Japan, India, Cambodia, Thailand).
I am currently living in Barcelona - I chose Spain because I love the culture and ethos of the country - everything is 'tranquilo' which I like! I'm currently trying to learn Spanish too (but it's taking a lot longer than I expected....)
Above all I want to laugh with people and have a good time!
My Client Testimonials
"Lachlan teaches with professionality and intensity. He’s very aware of the students´s evolution paying special attention to our weaknesses. Feedback from Svetoslav Hristov, a student while at Vaughan Systems Ltd
The classes have been varied and entertaining, in fact the time has passed without me realising! He is a very affable teacher and creates a super nice environment to learn. I think he is an excellent professor, and it is clear that he has taken his time, effort and has taken care to assimilate the philosophy of the teaching. Feedback from Irma Martínez to Vaughan Systems Ltd
Today I really enjoyed the class. We had two intense and efficient hours. The pace has been perfect and the objectives clear. I think he is one of the best teachers I've ever had. Feedback from Carmen Bermejo García to Vaughan Systems Ltd"
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