My Passion & How I Inspire

I offer flexible Skype-based support to fit around the hectic schedules of the most ambitious students. My teaching is targeted and bespoke, with lessons planned in response to students' specific long- and short-term goals, dovetailing, where applicable, with what's covered at school.

For students in Mandarin, I particularly enjoy helping students develop their spoken communication skills (speaking, pronunciation, listening) and confidence in spontaneous conversation, grammar knowledge, and study skills for memorising vocabulary and characters. As a native English speaker who has learned Mandarin as a second language, I understand the technical - and emotional! - challenges learners face, and am ideally equipped to guide clients at all stages of this process.

My Experience

2014–: Mandarin Tutor, London and Online

I have coached four GCSE students towards an A*/A grade in their exam.

I delivered the full AQA GCSE syllabus for a client whose school did not offer Chinese.

I tailored a bespoke syllabus in Chinese for business for an adult complete beginner.

I adapted resources for a student enrolled in the US Advanced Placement programme.

2018: Classical Chinese Literature Tutor, Stanford at Oxford Programme

I designed and delivered a full-time tutorial course for a Stanford College undergraduate.

2016–2018: Modern and Classical Chinese Tutor, University, Queens, and Pembroke Colleges, Oxford

I prepared and delivered Modern and Classical Chinese tutorials for undergraduate students.

2017: English Teacher, Zhuoyue English College, Yangshuo, China

I prepared and delivered two weeks of dynamic, drama-based lessons for 7–9-year-olds.

2016: Classical Chinese Teacher, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford

I prepared and taught core-syllabus Classical Chinese language to 15+ undergraduates.

2016: East Asia Lecture Survey Lecturer, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford

I prepared and delivered three lectures on thought and literature in early China.

2012: Volunteer Interpreter and Mentor, Bread of Life Bakery, Langfang, China

I supported the staff’s English learning as well as their personal and professional development.

2012: Private English Tutor, Beijing, China

I developed a bespoke program of engaging, multimedia-based learning for a 9-year-old.

2012: English Teacher, private agency, Beijing, China

I developed and delivered multimedia lessons for a mixed-ability adult evening class.

Subjects That I Teach

  • English
  • Essay Writing
  • Mandarin

My Qualifications

Currently reading for DPhil Oriental Studies, Pembroke College, Oxford

MA Sinology (Distinction), SOAS, London

BA Chinese Studies (First Class Honours), St Anne's College, Oxford

My Reviews

I regularly receive superlative feedback. Most of my private tutoring relationships are maintained for a year or more, normally until the client completes their course and/or achieves their specified learning goal. My Oxford tutorial student from Stanford (2018) evaluated my overall performance at “5” out of 4 marks in official feedback, and my undergraduate Classical Chinese class (2016) nominated me for an Oxford University Student Union Outstanding Teaching Staff award.

My Video Introduction

Fun fact

I’m a portrait artist with a sales portfolio and I regularly pursue life drawing!