I'm that strange species of person generated by shoving the following into a blender: health-freak, work-oholic, language nerd, literature and creative arts geek, life-loving productive bee.
The patience, empathy and clarity of my favourite teachers, an electric, student-focused passion. and what I believe is a terminal case of enthusiasm. I customise lessons to pupils' needs, listen deeply, and prepare lesson materials in advance. I aim not merely to foster proficiency in my students, but the tenacity to master their own learning and claim ownership of their lives.
• Matriculated with seven Distinctions
• Dean's List in my First Year at UCT
• Studying a BA in English Literature and isiXhosa Communication
• Tutoring professionally since 2014
• Certified ESL teacher
• Seven distinctions in my Matric year, the Faculty Entrance Scholarship to UCT, a position on the Dean's List for Merit in my First Year, ten years of performing, composing and recording as a jazz drummer, a growing body of original literature, mastering the art of living with chronic pain syndrome.
English Language and Literature is not just one of my University majors (I came second in my year), but a lifelong project sprouting from my passion for reading and writing blogs, novels, short stories and essays. One might say, it's my life.
Afrikaans didn't come naturally to me until I started committing myself. I began assisting peers at the senior high school level, and have since tutored primary and high school students in what is, to my delight, a beautiful and accessible language.
I've always excelled in History class (from source-analyses to critical responses) to which I owe much of my continued engagement with liberation movements. My focuses are postcolonial, green, feminist, queer and Left Libertarian political histories.
My Maths prospered throughout Primary and High Schools (typically 78-90%), although I switched to Maths Literacy in Matric once I knew I wouldn't need Maths in university. Happy to help with all Primary School Maths.
I earned only consistent Firsts and Seconds for the First Year Xhosa courses at UCT, which cover the entire high school NSC syllabus. I also have an extensive background in language education from beginner to advanced, in both English and Afrikaans.
I finished second in my year for English Literature at the University of Cape Town, due primarily to sensitive and committed reading skills, and a particular passion for essay-writing, after consistent As throughout my schooling.
I'm a qualified TESOL teacher (certified by the Cape Town TESOL Training Institute), have taught English to primary and high schoolers since 2014, and finished second in my year for English Literature at the University of Cape Town.
I earned only consistent Firsts and Seconds for the First Year Xhosa courses at UCT, which cover the entire high school NSC syllabus. I am more than comfortable to tutor at beginner level.
Nick will travel up to 20km from Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape to you.
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