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Helen Skarpari A-level English Tutor (South East London)

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  • Charlton Park (SE7) View on map
  • Last Logged In: 09 Jul 2018
  • Sex: Female
  • Can Travel To: City of London, Lewisham
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  • Professional Qualification BA English (Lancaster University)
  • Professional Qualification MA English (Warwick University), MMus Music Performance (Kingston University), Drama studies at the City Lit
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check DBS
  • Professional Membership PRS/ TES/CASTING CALL PRO/MUSIC UNION/ GUILD OF SONGWRITERS AND COMPOSERS
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Thank you for visiting my page. Please feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss tuition further.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach English, from KS1 up to graduate level, catering for A level (AQA; OCR; Edexcel), GCSE, IGCSE (First and Second Language), IELTS, Common Entrance Exams & Interview Preparation, 11+ 12+ 13+ , Verbal Reasoning, TOEFL, SATS, as well as QTS, Modern Greek and Pop/Blues/Jazz Singing.

I specialise in creative and academic writing as well as copy-editing and proofreading services.

I am a published short story writer.

I'm bilingual and I tutor in modern Greek, helping with conversational skills, grammar, writing and literature.

Lastly, as a working actor, I also teach drama, and can help with monologue/audition learning as well as vocal studies.

I am an active singer/songwriter.

My vocal tuition is specifically tailored to each of my students and includes but isn't limited to:

• Breathing exercises

• Extending singing range

• Creating character expression
• Maintaining vocal health

• Building confidence in performance

• Microphone technique
• Improvisation



Songwriting intensive lessons are also offered. Many of my students are already performing songs we have written during our workshops. I can also advise on recording/ performance and other relevant subjects.
Tell me about your qualifications.
I have an MA in English Literature from Warwick University, a BA in English from Lancaster University, and an MA In Music Performance, for which I was awarded a scholarship, a distinction and the music prize from Kingston University. I've also completed six years of drama studies, including a year of training The Impulse Company with Scott Williams who offers Meisner based training in London. I also trained in P.E.M.( a contemporary German acting method) after having been granted a scholarship: http://www.pem-acting.com/uk-programmes/scholarship-2014/
What kind of experience do you have?
I work as an actor/musician/tutor and writer/editor.

My experience in the education sector spans a period of 15 years. Amongst other placements, I have worked as a part-time English lecturer at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus, teaching academic writing, creative writing and research skills. I have also taught English at The Grammar School in Nicosia, Cyprus. Additionally, I continue to work on a part time basis, for Tudor BEC College, and in the past have worked for Progress Tutoring & Education, Tutor house London Tutors, Fleet Tutors, Kensington & Chelsea Tutors, Holland Park Tutors & Greater London Tutors.

I have extensive editorial experience, having worked as copy editor for three years for View Magazine, an English publication in Cyprus. I was additionally editor of a newsletter produced by The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (NGO) in Cyprus, as part of my project administration and management role there from September 2006 to February 2008. Furthermore, I was co-editor of the publication Dialogues of Self and Other, sponsored by the Anna Lindh Foundation, in 2008.

My work as freelance writer, translator, proofreader and editor is ongoing; I have contributed material for publications and consumer product websites since 2005, and have published short stories, poetry and articles in the UK, Cyprus, France, Egypt and Spain.

As an active musician and actor, I also offer vocal tuition, songwriting courses, and can help with auditions/monologue learning/character preparation/text analysis.

Finally, I offer creative coaching via music therapy/performance and writing.
How much do you charge?
My rates begin at £45.00/hr. A-level work as well as undergraduate or post graduate work is charged at £50.00/hr.

A-level English £50.00/hr
English as a Foreign Language (EFL) £45.00/hr (includes IELTS, TOEFL, SATS).
Essay Writing £45.00/hr (academic and/or creative writing)
GCSE English £45.00/hr

11+ Common Entrance Exam £45.00/hr
13+ Common Entrance Exam £45.00/hr

Key Stage 1 English £45.00/hr
Key Stage 2 English £45.00/hr
Key Stage 3 English £45.00/hr

Proofreading £50.00/hr

Songwriting £50.00/hr
Jazz/ Pop Singing £50.00/hr
Drama £50.00/hr
Creative Coaching £50.00/hr

Modern Greek £50.00/hr

Proofreading costs - Prices vary depending on the text that is to be proofread; for this reason, I must see the source text before giving a quote

CANCELLATIONS POLICY
All cancellations must be received (via telephone call, text or email) at least 48 hours prior to an agreed lesson time, in order to avoid forfeiting the lesson and being charged. Clients who cancel with less than 48hours' notice will be charged for the cancelled session. If a client does not show for an agreed lesson, the client will be charged.
Where do you teach?
I generally tutor in my area, Charlton, Westcombe Park Station/Blackheath, Greenwich (South East London).

I also tutor online and these sessions are quite popular. Feel free to contact me for further details.
When are you available?
My weekly schedule varies as I am busiest during secondary school half-term and holidays. At the moment I am available at various times during the week and weekends. Please get in touch for more details!
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach primary, secondary graduate and post graduate level courses.

I also help writers with editing/proofreading and teach all general English conversational, writing and reading skills to students of all ages.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
11+ 12+ and 13+ Common Entrance Exams & Interviews
A Level English Language & Literature
GCSE English Language & Literature
IELTS
TOEFL
SATS
GCSE Modern Greek
IGCSE
University English
BA English Literature
MA English Literature
Creative Writing
Academic Writing
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes.
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Online tutoring is quite popular with my students. I am currently tutoring online on the following subjects:
- Singing/Songwriting
-Creative/Academic Writing
-IELTS
-GCSE English Language and Literature
-11+ 13+ Common entrance exams
-Interview Technique
-Presentation Strategies
-A Level Literature
-General help with Comprehension - Reading and Writing
-Conversational skills in English/Modern Greek.

The material/lesson plan is always pre-arranged. Documents are scanned and emailed to tutees. They in turn prepare for the lesson, and we share screens on Skype so that I can edit their work while they can see what changes I am making, and why, before the edited work is sent back to them.
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
PRS -Performing Right Society

PPL -Phonographic Performance Limited

ISM - Incorporated Society Of Musicians

Mandy (Casting Call Pro)

VIDLA -Vocal International Distance Learning Academy

TES - Education/Teaching Resources

PEM - Perdekamp Emotional Method - Open Acting Academy, Germany

THE GUILD OF INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITERS & COMPOSERS
Do you have a personal message for students?
I've always believed that the best teachers are able to practice their craft and then teach it with the same passion. This is what I try to do. I love my work: writing, languages, music, performance and drama. What I love, I share with enthusiasm and and all the knowledge and experience I've so far been lucky enough to gain over the years. So if you're lacking in confidence or have a certain skill you'd like to develop, you've come to the right tutor. I can creatively tailor the lessons to your needs and help you improve with dedication and hard work. Thank you for stopping by!