Stephanie has a 2.1 degree in modern history from the School of Oriental and African Studies, an MA in writing and she is an NCTJ-qualified journalist. Her tutoring background has covered tutoring A-level English Literature, English Language and history to UK clients, as well as tutoring primary and secondary English to a wide number of students both in the UK and overseas. She has also worked preparing foreign language students on an individual basis for the TOEFL, using a variety of essay-writing and verbal reasoning practice techniques, along with two years’ experience teaching the US English curriculum to classes in the U.A.E. In addition to her teaching and tutoring experience, she is a published journalist who worked in the regional press for two years, along with articles in various national media, including the Times and Resurgence magazine. She also worked as a professional bid and grant writer for a number of years for various human rights not-for-profits in the UK, including International Alert, Freedom from Torture and Room2Heal.
Stephanie’s particular area of speciality in tutoring is in coaching writing; academic writing, vocational writing and also creative writing (which she has found useful for improving other areas of writing).
Her personal approach to tuition is to take a creative approach which relies on engaging student’s personal interests, as well as enabling them to enjoy expressing themselves in written English. She also tries to improve overall language fluency by engaging them in varied English media and different formats of learning. There are a number of techniques that can be taught to improve both essay writing and creative writing, as well as general English comprehension, which in her experience, are most effective when they engage with the student’s personal goals and interests. She takes a wide-ranging and creative approach when engaging with different media. In her experience, every student enjoys expressing themselves and experimenting with ideas and storytelling, as well as learning from stories and reading what they enjoy; and these are prime vehicles for improving fluency, expression and mastery of the English language – which are often reflected in results across the board.
Stephanie writes fiction and non-fiction in her spare time, as well as being a keen yoga practitioner and music and travel fan. She is particularly interested in current and international affairs, ecology and cultural and philanthropic trends in the news, as well as trying to stay involved in various charitable causes. Stephanie speaks conversational Spanish.