“I am a student at the University of Manchester and needed some extra help with my exams. I have tried face-to-face tutors before, but I have never really succeeded with them. From the first lesson I knew that online tuition using Skype was for me. Fiona is extremely organised and emails the pupil with lots of different exercises on the topics you request, and what I found incredible and very helpful, was the fact that Fiona will mark and correct any work you send her, in her own time! She is so fast and reliable, she really is fantastic! I passed my exam (which would not have been possible without Fiona's help) and even now, when I do not even have lessons, Fiona still checks in with me that I am doing ok! I can't thank Fiona enough for all her hard work with me, and I couldn't recommend a better tutor! Thank you Fiona!”
Charlotte Caley – online Spanish tuition for degree exams (October 2010)
“Fiona tailors the work to the individual and her preparation is impeccable so that learning goes at a good pace. She uses a range of materials and the emphasis is on gaining a working knowledge of the language. After six months of weekly lessons with her I was able to make my way in Spain with a good degree of confidence and success.”
James Mogridge – conversation and grammar tuition (October 2010)
“Fiona has helped me immensely with my Spanish and has made it much simpler for me to understand, especially with grammar which I find very difficult. She is very understanding and offers fun approaches to learning. She has introduced flash cards to me, as I am having trouble with the verbs. I find them extremely beneficial and I use them all the time - as you can take them anywhere. If it wasn't for Fiona I would not have passed my first year."
Frances Agnew - degree level Spanish tuition (July 2010)
"In my mid 50's I started learning Spanish, attending beginner courses and listening to various CD's, then in 2009 I spent four and a half months in South America. Upon returning I needed to continue to improve my Spanish but courses only seemed available for beginners. I saw an advertisement for VLS and have been having lessons for 9 months. The lessons are enjoyable, well planned, structured for my level and contain a mix of exercises and conversation. Tasks are set for between lessons and checked. My confidence is improving as well as my ability.... I wish I had spent 9 months with VLS before South America."
Frank Hughes - conversation and grammar tuition (July 2010)
"I would definitely recommend Fiona as a language teacher, as well as Spanish as a language to learn. I started taking lessons because I work in the golf industry - Spain is a popular golf destination - and I have a lot of Spanish clients.
I have always struggled to learn languages, but Fiona gives me a lot of support, she has tailored the lessons to my work and she keeps my interest up. I enjoy the lessons and she, knowing I work full time, makes sure I have enough homework to keep me stimulated between lessons, without being overloaded. Muy muy bien."
Samantha Bland - Spanish for work (June 2010)
"I had several months of lessons with Fiona before taking and passing the Certificate in Billingual Skills. She really helped to build my confidence in Spanish, and my grammar skills have improved dramatically- I really enjoyed the lessons, and improving my level of Spanish"
Matt Ramscar - Institute of Linguists exam preparation (June 2010)
"I felt I needed more one to one tuition to help in the final weeks of revision leading up to my A2 exam. Fiona gave me lots of extra material that I would never have found elsewhere and helped me work through my weaknesses in the subject. This allowed me to gain the A level result I wanted and also meant that I have a far better command of the language than I did before her teaching. I would recommend Fiona to anyone wanting help with Spanish at whatever ability, as she has the patience of a saint!"
Abbey Williams, A2 Spanish (August 2010)
"I am so pleased we chose Fiona for my daughter’s Spanish lessons as she has been so patient and professional with her at all times and also very flexible as to the date and time of each lesson. We have been very impressed."
Gill Thompson-Collins - Spanish for children (August 2010)