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we are INICIO


EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE TUITION

 

From our Founder

“My early experiences as a tutor helped us to realise that traditional tutoring wasn’t ideal for inspiring confident learning.

So we created INICIO to make learning fun, positive and interesting. Instead of tutoring at a kitchen table, we bring students together in our own homely learning environments. 

Our approach is unique because your child feels relaxed alongside other students but is guaranteed one-to-one attention from their personal tutor. 

Our tutors are talented, vibrant and engaging. We believe we get amazing results because our tutors connect with students on a personal level and give them the opportunity to learn independently.”

Sarah Ludden-Roughley, Founder

 

Our Team


Our Team


 

Lead Mentors

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Charlotte wood FULL-TIME mentor in French, maths, English and business studies Interesting fact: Charlotte was a keen hockey player at University, playing for one of the University teams. Summed up in three words: Kind, friendly, approachable. Interests/hobbies: Loves visiting family and walking in the Lake District, and exploring new places. What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Business studies- financial ratios. French-irregular verb endings and remembering vocab. Maths- converting fractions, decimals and percentages. Why do you love teaching these subjects: Students at INICIO are always keen to learn and improve; it is so rewarding when a student says that they now really enjoy a subject!  

Charlotte wood

FULL-TIME mentor in French, maths, English and business studies

Interesting fact: Charlotte was a keen hockey player at University, playing for one of the University teams.

Summed up in three words: Kind, friendly, approachable.

Interests/hobbies: Loves visiting family and walking in the Lake District, and exploring new places.

What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Business studies- financial ratios. French-irregular verb endings and remembering vocab. Maths- converting fractions, decimals and percentages.

Why do you love teaching these subjects: Students at INICIO are always keen to learn and improve; it is so rewarding when a student says that they now really enjoy a subject!

 

Specialist Tutors


Specialist Tutors


 

Our Team

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SAM Science tutor - physics specialist Interesting fact: Sam is a chartered Physicist, with membership to the Institute of Physics. Summed up in three words: Patient, hardworking, with high expectations for self and students. Interests/ hobbies: Enjoys playing guitar and spending time with family. What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Electricity, radiation and momentum. Why do you love teaching this subject: Physics is great because the skills learnt can be applied to many different fields. INICIO students are very motivated and respond well to guidance- it's great to see them grow in confidence.

SAM

Science tutor - physics specialist

Interesting fact: Sam is a chartered Physicist, with membership to the Institute of Physics.

Summed up in three words: Patient, hardworking, with high expectations for self and students.

Interests/ hobbies: Enjoys playing guitar and spending time with family.

What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Electricity, radiation and momentum.

Why do you love teaching this subject: Physics is great because the skills learnt can be applied to many different fields. INICIO students are very motivated and respond well to guidance- it's great to see them grow in confidence.

Sanna English literature and language mentor Interesting fact: Sanna loves to bake sweet treats! Summed up in three words: Reliable, organised, positive. Interests/ hobbies: Enjoys baking, knitting and badminton. What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Essay structuring, key terminology/features, in depth analysis of texts. Why do you love teaching this subject: English literature and language are extremely important in terms of day to day living; students develop transferable communication and academic writing skills, preparing students for the expectations of university, as well as internships and even careers. 

Sanna

English literature and language mentor

Interesting fact: Sanna loves to bake sweet treats!

Summed up in three words: Reliable, organised, positive.

Interests/ hobbies: Enjoys baking, knitting and badminton.

What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Essay structuring, key terminology/features, in depth analysis of texts.

Why do you love teaching this subject: English literature and language are extremely important in terms of day to day living; students develop transferable communication and academic writing skills, preparing students for the expectations of university, as well as internships and even careers. 

Joanne Economics and accounting tutor Interesting fact: Joanne is a Master of the Arts in Accountancy and Finance. Summed up in three words: Friendly, passionate, approachable. Interests/hobbies: Enjoys playing hockey and competed for Aberdeen University. Keeping up to date with economic and political affairs, and reading economic and finance-related books. What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Exchange rates, International accounting standards - because of how they are written and . Incomplete records - working out what information is required and then presenting it appropriately. Why do you love teaching this subject: I love teaching these subjects as they are areas that I'm passionate about and I enjoy sharing that with others, sparking their interest.

Joanne

Economics and accounting tutor

Interesting fact: Joanne is a Master of the Arts in Accountancy and Finance.

Summed up in three words: Friendly, passionate, approachable.

Interests/hobbies: Enjoys playing hockey and competed for Aberdeen University. Keeping up to date with economic and political affairs, and reading economic and finance-related books.

What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Exchange rates, International accounting standards - because of how they are written and . Incomplete records - working out what information is required and then presenting it appropriately.

Why do you love teaching this subject: I love teaching these subjects as they are areas that I'm passionate about and I enjoy sharing that with others, sparking their interest.

ELLA Biology and chemistry tutor Interesting fact: Ella spends her free time illustrating. Summed up in three words: Honest, open, encouraging. Interests/hobbies: Cooking, playing video games. What three topics do students find difficult in your subjects: Chemistry- thermodynamics and molar calculations. Biology- intricate biochemical pathways. Why do you love teaching these subjects? It is very fulfilling to mentor students in their journey through secondary school or college. The best feeling at INICIO is when a student tells me after a session that they feel more confident with a topic.

ELLA

Biology and chemistry tutor

Interesting fact: Ella spends her free time illustrating.

Summed up in three words: Honest, open, encouraging.

Interests/hobbies: Cooking, playing video games.

What three topics do students find difficult in your subjects: Chemistry- thermodynamics and molar calculations. Biology- intricate biochemical pathways.

Why do you love teaching these subjects? It is very fulfilling to mentor students in their journey through secondary school or college. The best feeling at INICIO is when a student tells me after a session that they feel more confident with a topic.

ANDREA History and Politics tutor Interesting fact: Andrea was a teacher for ten years before leaving to write press communications for a children's clothing company. Summed up in three words: Likes a challenge! Interests/hobbies: Reading, writing and strength-training. What three topics do students find difficult in your subjects: Researching and writing the A Level coursework can be really challenging as it is a huge project to undertake. Political theory and exam technique for history can also be tricky. Why do you love teaching these subjects? History is so relevant to today and what is happening in the world around us.I love it when students make links between history and current events A Level History coursework: This is an extended piece of writing involving individual research and composition. It is one of the reasons why universities value History as an a Level subject as this project is very similar to a university dissertation format. It is only natural that students will find this challenging. Andrea has experience in supporting students through this process and can offer research and content guidance as well as help with structure, phrasing and reference citing.

ANDREA

History and Politics tutor

Interesting fact: Andrea was a teacher for ten years before leaving to write press communications for a children's clothing company.

Summed up in three words: Likes a challenge!

Interests/hobbies: Reading, writing and strength-training.

What three topics do students find difficult in your subjects: Researching and writing the A Level coursework can be really challenging as it is a huge project to undertake. Political theory and exam technique for history can also be tricky.

Why do you love teaching these subjects? History is so relevant to today and what is happening in the world around us.I love it when students make links between history and current events

A Level History coursework: This is an extended piece of writing involving individual research and composition. It is one of the reasons why universities value History as an a Level subject as this project is very similar to a university dissertation format. It is only natural that students will find this challenging. Andrea has experience in supporting students through this process and can offer research and content guidance as well as help with structure, phrasing and reference citing.

Yolanda Spanish tutor Interesting fact: Yolanda is a Spanish native, and worked in the tourism sector for many years after graduating. Summed up in three words:Responsible, committed,proactive.   Interests/hobbies: Enjoys reading, making puzzles and jogging. What three topics do students find difficult in your subjects: Conjugations of verbs, accents and pronunciation. Why do you love teaching these subjects: It's a good way to help spread my language and culture.   

Yolanda

Spanish tutor

Interesting fact: Yolanda is a Spanish native, and worked in the tourism sector for many years after graduating.

Summed up in three words:Responsible, committed,proactive.  

Interests/hobbies: Enjoys reading, making puzzles and jogging.

What three topics do students find difficult in your subjects: Conjugations of verbs, accents and pronunciation.

Why do you love teaching these subjects: It's a good way to help spread my language and culture.   

KEITH Science tutor: chemistry, physics and biology Interesting fact: Keith has a first class masters degree in chemistry, and is currently writing his PHD. Summed up in three words: Infectiously motivated, curious. Interests/hobbies: Philosophy, cooking and brewing. What three topics do students find difficult in your subjects: Magnets = black magic, Entropy = um, something to do with tidying my room? –and what’s so important about all these Electrons anyway? Why do you love teaching these subjects:  Who wouldn’t want to explain the Universe every day? And who better to explain it to than people that want to learn? And the cookies!

KEITH

Science tutor: chemistry, physics and biology

Interesting fact: Keith has a first class masters degree in chemistry, and is currently writing his PHD.

Summed up in three words: Infectiously motivated, curious.

Interests/hobbies: Philosophy, cooking and brewing.

What three topics do students find difficult in your subjects: Magnets = black magic, Entropy = um, something to do with tidying my room? –and what’s so important about all these Electrons anyway?

Why do you love teaching these subjects:  Who wouldn’t want to explain the Universe every day? And who better to explain it to than people that want to learn? And the cookies!

Kieran A-Level Law tutor Interesting fact: Kieran is currently learning to play the guitar. Summed up in three words: Fun, Positive and personable. Interests/ hobbies: Watching Liverpool FC, playing golf and guitar. What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Differentiating between murder and manslaughter, institutions of the European Union and presenting a logical and coherent argument using legal terminology. Why do you love teaching this subject: I enjoy Law as it is pertinent to everyday life. Law also encourages students to develop an opinion and construct an evidenced yet balanced argument. 

Kieran

A-Level Law tutor

Interesting fact: Kieran is currently learning to play the guitar.

Summed up in three words: Fun, Positive and personable.

Interests/ hobbies: Watching Liverpool FC, playing golf and guitar.

What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Differentiating between murder and manslaughter, institutions of the European Union and presenting a logical and coherent argument using legal terminology.

Why do you love teaching this subject: I enjoy Law as it is pertinent to everyday life. Law also encourages students to develop an opinion and construct an evidenced yet balanced argument. 

Aimee Psychology tutor Interesting fact: Aimee has competed in several half marathons. Summed up in three words: Energetic, friendly, encouraging. Interests/hobbies: Enjoys running and competing in races. Loves music and performing. What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Statistics, biology and methodical approaches. Why do you love teaching this subject: This is an area that fascinates me: I am very curious about how the human brain works, and how the environment and biology can influence the way we think.  

Aimee

Psychology tutor

Interesting fact: Aimee has competed in several half marathons.

Summed up in three words: Energetic, friendly, encouraging.

Interests/hobbies: Enjoys running and competing in races. Loves music and performing.

What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Statistics, biology and methodical approaches.

Why do you love teaching this subject: This is an area that fascinates me: I am very curious about how the human brain works, and how the environment and biology can influence the way we think.

 

GIULIA Italian and Japanese tutor Interesting fact: Guilia has worked in Japan as an Italian assistant teacher. Summed up in three words: Cheerful, helpful, welcoming. Interests/ hobbies: Sports, visiting new places and photographing them. What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Pronunciation and grammar: our accent and pronunciation is very different to English! Why do you love teaching these subjects: I enjoy teaching something I love and spreading my own language and culture around the world.

GIULIA

Italian and Japanese tutor

Interesting fact: Guilia has worked in Japan as an Italian assistant teacher.

Summed up in three words: Cheerful, helpful, welcoming.

Interests/ hobbies: Sports, visiting new places and photographing them.

What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Pronunciation and grammar: our accent and pronunciation is very different to English!

Why do you love teaching these subjects: I enjoy teaching something I love and spreading my own language and culture around the world.

Patty Spanish tutor Interesting fact: Patty is a Spanish native. Summed up in three words: Caring, patient, friendly. Interests/ hobbies: Dancing, yoga and spending time with family. What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Conjugations of verbs, learning vocab and speaking with confidence. Why do you love teaching this subject:  Spanish is my native language and I have a love for its culture, history and food. It is great to share this passion with my students, who are polite and really want to achieve in Spanish. .

Patty

Spanish tutor

Interesting fact: Patty is a Spanish native.

Summed up in three words: Caring, patient, friendly.

Interests/ hobbies: Dancing, yoga and spending time with family.

What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Conjugations of verbs, learning vocab and speaking with confidence.

Why do you love teaching this subject:  Spanish is my native language and I have a love for its culture, history and food. It is great to share this passion with my students, who are polite and really want to achieve in Spanish. .

Alexia Greek language tutor Interesting fact: Alexia is Greek native, and a Humanities teacher. She can also speak French. Summed up in three words : Friendly, effective and confident. Interests/ hobbies: Travelling and learning new languages (currently learning Spanish). What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Conjugations of verbs, genders and pronunciation. Why do you love teaching this subject: Apart from the obvious reason, which is being able to order delicious Greek food while enjoying the sunshine and shouting ‘OPA’, learning Greek can have many other important benefits too. Did you know that 12% of the English vocabulary is of Greek origin? You probably use Greek words already; you just don’t know it yet. Greek will help you to get a better understanding of your own English language. If you learn Greek you will also be able to get an idea about the fascinating Greek History and Ancient Greek Civilization. You’ll also get to learn a whole new alphabet which will exercise your brain, and will make any additional language to learn a lot easier.

Alexia

Greek language tutor

Interesting fact: Alexia is Greek native, and a Humanities teacher. She can also speak French.

Summed up in three words : Friendly, effective and confident.

Interests/ hobbies: Travelling and learning new languages (currently learning Spanish).

What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Conjugations of verbs, genders and pronunciation.

Why do you love teaching this subject: Apart from the obvious reason, which is being able to order delicious Greek food while enjoying the sunshine and shouting ‘OPA’, learning Greek can have many other important benefits too. Did you know that 12% of the English vocabulary is of Greek origin? You probably use Greek words already; you just don’t know it yet. Greek will help you to get a better understanding of your own English language. If you learn Greek you will also be able to get an idea about the fascinating Greek History and Ancient Greek Civilization. You’ll also get to learn a whole new alphabet which will exercise your brain, and will make any additional language to learn a lot easier.

Pippa Psychology tutor Interesting fact: Pippa has volunteered abroad teaching children with special needs. Summed up in three words: Enthusiastic, creative, approachable. Interests/ hobbies: Pippa enjoys sports including netball and yoga, and travelling whenever she can! What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Research methods-everyone struggles with this initially. Biopsychology and Schizophrenia as there are lots of biological terms to understand and remember.   Why do you love teaching this subject: There are always new studies being conducted and new findings- you never stop learning!

Pippa

Psychology tutor

Interesting fact: Pippa has volunteered abroad teaching children with special needs.

Summed up in three words: Enthusiastic, creative, approachable.

Interests/ hobbies: Pippa enjoys sports including netball and yoga, and travelling whenever she can!

What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Research methods-everyone struggles with this initially. Biopsychology and Schizophrenia as there are lots of biological terms to understand and remember.  

Why do you love teaching this subject: There are always new studies being conducted and new findings- you never stop learning!

Hanna German tutor Interesting fact Hanna is a German national and has over 30 years’ experience teaching German to students of all ages and backgrounds. She teaches beginners, business German, as well as GCSE and A-level. She has also been successfully teaching Intensive English and IELTS for several years, and is able to help students with dyslexia to read and write with various tested strategies. Summed up in three words: Thorough, reliable, positive. Interests/hobbies: Reading and walking her Border collie. What three topics do students find difficult in your subject:  Word order, changing prepositions, adjective endings. Why do you love teaching this subject: I find it very rewarding to see students applying their knowledge in real life situations such as phoning a friend, speaking in social circumstances confidently, or even ending up in a German university. For dyslexia support, it is great to see a student grow over time and become confident and self-sufficient with reading/writing tasks.

Hanna

German tutor

Interesting fact Hanna is a German national and has over 30 years’ experience teaching German to students of all ages and backgrounds. She teaches beginners, business German, as well as GCSE and A-level. She has also been successfully teaching Intensive English and IELTS for several years, and is able to help students with dyslexia to read and write with various tested strategies.

Summed up in three words: Thorough, reliable, positive.

Interests/hobbies: Reading and walking her Border collie.

What three topics do students find difficult in your subject:  Word order, changing prepositions, adjective endings.

Why do you love teaching this subject: I find it very rewarding to see students applying their knowledge in real life situations such as phoning a friend, speaking in social circumstances confidently, or even ending up in a German university. For dyslexia support, it is great to see a student grow over time and become confident and self-sufficient with reading/writing tasks.

TIYAN Maths and physics tutor Interesting fact: Tiyan has spent many years in leadership roles, working mostly with teenagers. Summed up in three words: Easy going, helpful and fun. Interests/hobbies: Firstly, I'm a musician; music plays a deep part of my personality, drumming to be precise. Also I have an eye for art and how it's expressed; ranging from film & photography all the way to architecture. What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Students often struggle with topics that deal with a lot of imagination, for example electricity, vectors and waves. I like imagination and I go the extra mile to help build understandng in this realm. Why do you love teaching this subject: I love teaching in general; these subjects are just an added bonus. I believe life can only be enjoyed to it's fullest when one has the appropriate knowledge and so I take pride in sharing my knowledge with anyone that's willing to listen. INICIO makes learning comfortable and easy in a very friendly and unique atmosphere.

TIYAN

Maths and physics tutor

Interesting fact: Tiyan has spent many years in leadership roles, working mostly with teenagers.

Summed up in three words: Easy going, helpful and fun.

Interests/hobbies: Firstly, I'm a musician; music plays a deep part of my personality, drumming to be precise. Also I have an eye for art and how it's expressed; ranging from film & photography all the way to architecture.

What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: Students often struggle with topics that deal with a lot of imagination, for example electricity, vectors and waves. I like imagination and I go the extra mile to help build understandng in this realm.

Why do you love teaching this subject: I love teaching in general; these subjects are just an added bonus. I believe life can only be enjoyed to it's fullest when one has the appropriate knowledge and so I take pride in sharing my knowledge with anyone that's willing to listen. INICIO makes learning comfortable and easy in a very friendly and unique atmosphere.

Boris Russian tutor Interesting fact: Ph.D. in Byzantine Studies (which means knowledge of Russian is a must because of the immense contribution of Russians to the field) Summed up in three words: Curious, lucky, loquacious Interests/hobbies: I am interested in Byzantine Studies and in the history of mediaeval Italy; in 18th- and 19th-century literature; and in music (baroque, classical and jazz); I love to cook and to walk. What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: The alphabet – at least initially; the cases; and the vocabulary. Why do you love teaching this subject: I love doing this because it allows me to spread knowledge and keep my mind alive.

Boris

Russian tutor

Interesting fact: Ph.D. in Byzantine Studies (which means knowledge of Russian is a must because of the immense contribution of Russians to the field)

Summed up in three words: Curious, lucky, loquacious

Interests/hobbies: I am interested in Byzantine Studies and in the history of mediaeval Italy; in 18th- and 19th-century literature; and in music (baroque, classical and jazz); I love to cook and to walk.

What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: The alphabet – at least initially; the cases; and the vocabulary.

Why do you love teaching this subject: I love doing this because it allows me to spread knowledge and keep my mind alive.

Cécile French and Spanish tutor Interesting fact: Cécile spent several years in Spain where she worked as a French tutor. As a French native, she speaks 3 languages at home: Spanish with her husband, French with her daughters but they only reply in English! Summed up in three words: Passionate, great sense of humour, curious Interests/hobbies: Music (David Bowie I love you), running and tennis (vamos Rafa!), French history, playing the piano (especially Erik Satie's works), writing and...wine (red Bordeaux, of course). What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: They are quite the same in French or Spanish: genders, reflexive verbs, pronunciation Why do you love teaching this subject: I've always loved teaching foreign languages, it´s a good way of immersing yourself in another culture, gastronomy, society values etc. And it's great to be able to do all that in such a nice environment at Inicio.

Cécile

French and Spanish tutor

Interesting fact: Cécile spent several years in Spain where she worked as a French tutor. As a French native, she speaks 3 languages at home: Spanish with her husband, French with her daughters but they only reply in English!

Summed up in three words: Passionate, great sense of humour, curious

Interests/hobbies: Music (David Bowie I love you), running and tennis (vamos Rafa!), French history, playing the piano (especially Erik Satie's works), writing and...wine (red Bordeaux, of course).

What three topics do students find difficult in your subject: They are quite the same in French or Spanish: genders, reflexive verbs, pronunciation

Why do you love teaching this subject: I've always loved teaching foreign languages, it´s a good way of immersing yourself in another culture, gastronomy, society values etc. And it's great to be able to do all that in such a nice environment at Inicio.