Testimonials

“So Matilda’s strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.”

– Roald Dahl, Matilda

The greatest gift that Gideon gave our son through online extra Afrikaans lessons is CONFIDENCE. Confidence in his ability to answer his grade 10 exam questions in a manner that is simple, yet will ensure that he achieves marks for his work. Confidence in understanding literature and interpreting language rules. After each session, our son beams after the session, telling us of new techniques and theory he learnt that was not covered in the private school he attends. After each session, there is a ‘lightbulb’ moment. Gideon has a unique talent to engage with the student in a manner which makes the child look forward to attending the next session and even ask for additional sessions during the upcoming holidays. His passion for his work and students is remarkable and he also takes the time to explain the process and areas with growth potential in a highly professional and patient manner to parents. We would have been lost without Gideon, he truly is a gift to our son’s education. We will expand Gideon’s services to English too and will definitely walk the challenging road of Grade 11 and 12 Afrikaans and English with Gideon every step of the way. 

– Madre Henderson

I enrolled my daughter for English HL and Afrikaans FAL with Gideon at the start of her matric year. The best decision I ever made. She passed both subjects with flying colours and she never stressed about the language component of the exams, which gave her the time to focus on her other subjects. I will be enrolling my son for gr11 and 12 with Gideon as well. Gideon’s knowledge and expertise as to what is required to excell in the languages are excellent. Knowing this would give me the peace of mind that my son will be well prepared for exams.

– Dalene Johnson

Gideon makes me understand so much quicker and explains the work very clearly. He has really helped me up my confidence levels. 

-  Gemma (Gr5)

I really enjoy Gideon’s Afrikaans classes because he explains the work in English and he helps me with my pronunciation. 

– Jessica (Gr5)

Gideon has been helping my son since grade 8 with preparation for his English and Afrikaans exams. He ensures your child is very well prepared for language, prescribed reading and poetry. He is passionate and enthusiastic and really cares about each student. I highly recommend him. 

– Angela Chemaly

I started Afrikaans lessons with Gideon to improve my marks. I passed matric with a distinction in Afrikaans. Lessons with Gideon definitely helped.

– Liam Botha

My son Rory, started with Gideon in Gr 9 for Afrikaans FAL due to him struggling at school. In Gr 11 he decided to enroll for English HL as well. He has shown significant improvement in both languages. He has grown in confidence through his one on one sessions with Gideon. This year everything was done online and Gideon was always prepared to go the extra mile for him . As a result of Gideon’s mentorship he’s able to work independently, which has been a godsend as he sits for his matric exams in 2020 . Thank you Gideon, you rock.

- Charmaine McLeod

Gideon has been my extra English & Afrikaans tutor for the past 2 years. Last year we had group classes of up to 3 students per class and Gideon explained the work in a different way in which my teachers at school did, and I understood it. During 2020 we did online classes in groups. My first year in high school has been quite difficult. We write our end of year exams next week and I am sure I will do well because I understand my work. Thank you Gideon

- Chris Rowe

When my boy came to Gideon for the first lesson of Creative Writing Course , he was 12 y.o. Writing an English test was a nightmare. Writing a story was a trap with no exit. It’s hard to believe that after only two lessons with Gideon my son said: “I think I’ve got it”. Gideon’s done what the school was not able to do in years. Since then there is no stress about writing. I do not know if my son will ever become a journalist or a writer, but I know for sure he is very confident about his writing skills. Now two years later he is still enjoying Gideon’s sessions. No pressure from parents’ side. “It’s fun!” – he says. Gideon has a gift of making it clear and exciting. If there were more teachers of this level at our schools, the world would have gotten many more great talents. Thank you, Gideon! What a privilege to have you as our teacher.

- Gala Strauss

I would highly recommend Gideon’s classes. The way he teaches and transfers information is exactly what students need. Classes are fun, yet productive. My daughter has never once complained about having to go to extra lessons. As a parent, I have complete peace of mind that all gaps are being bridged. My daughter joined Gideon for Afrikaans lessons in 2018. At the time of joining the language was a major struggle. She was in Grade 5, could not construct a sentence and she struggled to finish her tests and exams. Eight months with Gideon and the results were amazing. She is very confident in the language and even corrects me. This year she obtained her first distinction for Afrikaans. Gideon also assists with bridging any gaps that occur in English and she is now getting distinctions in English as well.

- Joanne Barnfather

Gideon is an absolutely amazing teacher and mentor. In grade 10 we started classes and over the next 2 years my marks went from low sixties to eighties. I highly recommend using him as a tutor as he is more than simply a wizard of English but also a good friend. English classes became far more enjoyable as he taught me to look at the art of English differently. 10/10 worth the money.

- Keegan Devine

Gideon is not only a friendly and inspiring tutor but also one that teaches with a passion. It is clear to see that he loves what he does, and because of this, it reflects onto his students. Being raised in a multi-lingual household made it difficult for me to understand certain aspects pertaining to English and Afrikaans and I struggled to get my grades where I wanted them. After tutoring lessons with Gideon I became motivated and found a new passion for English and Afrikaans which in turn allowed me to complete high school with straight A’s. 

– Michael (Parel Vallei High School)

Gideon is a great tutor. He has helped me get marks I didn’t think I could get for English. He tutored me for about 2 years and I’ve progressed well in those 2 years. There are some things he taught me that the teachers in my school haven’t. He explains the work well and does not move to the next part of work until we all understand it. He helped me uplift my marks a lot.

- Natalie (Grade 7)

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