Christina first worked with our son after his Nat5 prelims and she developed and improved his French and Spanish to a point where he achieved extremely good results in his Nat 5s. She tutored him through his Highers and again his results were superb, especially for a typical teenage boy(!); she is a skilled tutor who knows instinctively how to get the best for her pupils. Like many, his Advanced Highers were interrupted by the pandemic this year but suffice to say both his parents aren’t entirely sure if our son would even have been doing them without Christina’s tutoring, encouragement and occasional telling of truths to our son! The result? An unconditional place at the University and course of his choice based on his 5th year result. Thanks Christina for all your hard work.
Alistair, May 2020
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Christina, thanks so much for all your help! It’s really appreciated. I couldn’t have done it without you!
From Kirsty, Higher French grade A 6/8/19
Christina tutored my son for both National 5 and Higher French and took him from failing at prelim to A grade in National 5 and 100% in speaking at Higher which resulted in an overall A grade. Christina is so organised and plans all of the lessons and sends a report to us after each lesson. The biggest compliment I can pay Christina is that my son really liked to go for lessons and never once complained. I am sure this is down to Christina being such an engaging tutor and being very encouraging to him. She also has an abundance of patience as well an being a brilliant tutor. I would highly recommend Christina for any student. I consider that we were very lucky to find her.
Michelle, Bothwell, Glasgow 8/2018
Christina Dowers is a marvelous tutor. As an extremely experienced teacher who clearly loves tutoring she knew how to direct my son and inspire him. She turned him from a C grade student at Higher to a firm A grade in both French and Spanish. I could not recommend her highly enough.
Coming back to French after fifteen years has been made so much easier with Christina’s personalised lessons, her friendly manner, and importantly her understanding of my busy work schedule. Her attitude is always positive, she is always patient, and summaries sent after each session have helped to reinforce what we have covered. Highly recommended, and indeed I have told friends and colleagues about her.
As a mature student I have found Christina’s style of teaching very supportive and encouraging. The lessons are easy to follow and are structured to achieve your goals. Christina creates a positive and relaxed learning environment which as a mature student I have found very beneficial. All lessons are followed up with an email on what has been covered and what to do for the next lesson which is really useful. I find the lessons a helpful and positive experience.
Christina was the third tutor I tried and by far the best. I could tell that she used to teach in schools because she was always very organised and each lesson was structured and methodical. We had a lesson plan each week and covered reading, talking, writing and listening. As a result, I found her lessons so much more effective than the ones I had had with previous tutors who had no formal teaching experience. I would definitely recommend Christina to other adult learners.
If what you are looking for in a tutor is someone who is friendly,approachable, punctual,professional and reliable then Christina fits the bill.
What’s possibly even more important for me is Christina’s wealth of teaching experience which means that she not only understands how to interact with my extremely anxious teenage son, but she knows the curriculum inside out. Having had experience with other tutors who were not teachers this makes all the difference as Christina’s knowledge and encouragement are
really helping my son to gain confidence in Spanish.
Karen, Research Fellow, Glasgow.
Christina is an enthusiastic tutor who inspired my daughter and gave her much needed confidence. She taught my daughter so much in a short time and spent time preparing for tutorials, tailoring them to my daughter’s needs.
I would highly recommend Christina as a French tutor for all levels.
Marie Joe, Bearsden
Christina has made a world of difference to our daughter’s abilities with Nat 5 French. Christina has a really professional approach to her tutoring, and is thoroughly organised for each session. She is totally reliable and punctual. Most especially for us, we have witnessed a profound difference in our daughter’s confidence to speak and understand French. With a pleasant non – intimidating manner, and an enthusiasm that inspires, Christina Dowers is an excellent tutor.
Christina tutored my daughter in higher Spanish. Her manner was wonderful ; my daughter found her motivating and knowledgeable. Christina’s teaching background meant she was knowledgeable about the higher requirements and was able to make use of up to date resources. She tailored the sessions to really focus on my daughters areas of need. In addition her flexibility and willingness to offer out of session support via email was much appreciated. I would have no hesitation in highly recommending Christina.
“Exam went so well! Used all the techniques you said to for the reading and added in everything instead of doubting myself haha! Got the translation too and essays went alright – will let you know my mark in August! Thanks so much for all your help Christina, you’ve been amazing! xx” (one of my Higher Spanish students)