I found Erika through my sister who had nothing but raving reviews about her German tutoring for her own HSC in 2015. As a German Continuers and Extension student myself, Erika was an absolute legend in improving my language skills in all aspects: reading, writing, listening and speaking! From the start of my weekly hour-long lessons in early May 2019, I was an extremely shy German speaker, however Erika managed to fix that so that I could confidently use my language skills in Germany at the end of the year. Every lesson I had with her (approximately 70 hours) was always entertaining and informative, and brought out great results in the HSC and on the streets of Germany. Erika is an extremely knowledgeable, patient and punctual tutor and I couldn’t recommend her more. If you’re looking for a way to improve your German skills, look no further than the native expertise of Erika! Vielen Dank <3 Bridget
I have been working with Erika for the past year, so to prepare myself for a move to Austria.
During this period she has taught me a lot in the form of speaking, reading and understanding the German Language. I have also been taught things in regards to English verbs, nouns and adjectives.
With German, i have learnt a variety of different attributes, from correct word order, time, possessive articles, past tense and so much.
I have been extremely happy with how my learning experience has developed and that I have been pushed to the right amount to learn new whilst retaining past learning.
Erika is an amazing person as well a teacher, and has accommodated to my specific learning abilities. Sebastian
I could not recommend Erika more highly! I had 22 lessons with Erika to prepare for German language exams for a humanities PhD at Yale University. This required Erika developing a specialised programme that focussed intensively on reading skills. She was exceptionally helpful when contextualising the learning materials and guiding me through translation exercises. Erika immediately identified my specific learning needs and tailored our lessons appropriately, and her experience, professionalism and dedication were always apparent. Her warm and friendly manner also made lessons a delight. You won’t regret studying with Erika! Daniel Swain
Erika is an awesome tutor! She is the best of the best! I've learnt more from Erika than any other German course - that includes learning German in Germany and Goethe-Institut! She is dedicated, highly knowledgeable and there is never a dull moment in class. I highly recommend Erika if you want to bring your German to the next level! Ellen Lung
I studied with Erika for 15 months in preparation for my HSC German Continuers and Extension exams. Over the months, my understanding of German grammar and vocabulary and my ability to formulate ideas and arguments improved dramatically. This was reflected in the evident rise in marks and rankings, so that I was able to maintain a steady 2nd place, which I had previously not been able to do. What set Erika apart, however, was not just the increase in knowledge I received, rather her active interest and enthusiasm, making lessons actually enjoyable and very meaningful. She was very punctual and looked over work prior to the lesson so that no minute was wasted. She offered alternative authentic expressions, which I would otherwise not have known. Overall, it was a genuinely pleasurable experience learning from Erika! Alana Tarrant
Erika Hild tutored my daughter (for both HSC German Continuers and German B1 exam preparation) during the HSC year about 1 hour each week (total of about 45 hours). Erika was very helpful in building my daughters confidence in the language as well as to increase her interest German. She helped her overcome the fear of writing in German and helped improve her grammar. Mekala achieved excellent marks in her HSC and great result in her B1 exam. Mekala is now so much interested in German that she wants to continue learning the language and also wants to go on a exchange program to Germany. Thanks Erika. Chitra Shanker
My daughter was chosen to be a Rotary Exchange student in Switzerland and needed German language tuition. Over 2.5 months she had 17 lessons with Erika and really made improvements in her level of understanding of grammar and syntax, as well as acquiring some spoken language skills. Erika has an abundance of experience in language tuition and her patient nature, pragmatism and good humour make her an ideal teacher for teenagers. I would highly recommend her services to others and gratefully appreciate the efforts she made to help my daughter achieve her required German language proficiency. Janelle and Amelia Craig February 2016
Erika Hild was my German tutor (for both HSC German Continuers and Extension) during my Year 12 studies (approx. 35 hours). I found Erika to be extremely helpful, as she provided me with lots of colloquial German phrases, vocabulary and grammar that I would have other whys not known, allowing me to stand out against other students. Erika strived to keep me working at the best of my abilities and made each session informative and entertaining at the same time. I am really appreciative of all the help Erika has given me and I can proudly say I achieved great marks with her help! I would definitely recommend her tutoring for both German students and future-travellers, as there is no better way to learn a language, than from a native speaker. Eliza G
I found Erika suited my needs as a German tutor as she tailored the sessions to my level of ability, and was effective in taking my German to the next level. The main area of improvement during our 7 sessions was my grammar. This is an area I have struggled with and she explained the difficult aspects clearly to me and helped me cement my learning with drills. Gavin Godfrey
I have been doing German since year 7 and did German Continuers and German extension for the HSC because it was always my favourite subject at school. I went on exchange at the end of year 10 for three months to Münster which also prepared me well for yr 12 german. I did 23 hours with Erika and i found the lessons extremely helpful for assistance for a few reasons. Erika allowed me to tailor my lessons to my needs, ability and what i was doing at school. This helped me prepare for exams or difficult grammar i wanted help with- i could ask her anything on the spot and she was able to help me in a clear way which wasn’t as convoluted or overwhelming as it was at school sometimes. Her knowledge as a native german is obviously optimal, and she was patient and relaxed, which meant i looked forward to my lessons. I would also write lots of practice essays or responses on past papers and she would go through them with me in detail, which meant i improved greatly throughout year 12. Lucy Booth
Erika was extremely helpful and really patient over the 42 lessons of IB German B (SL) this year. I wasn't feeling very confident in my abilities and what I appreciated most was that Erika was very focused on the areas where I needed work, and not only the German syllabus as a whole. She kept me on task and provided lots of additional support before tests and exams and this has made all the difference to me. I would definitely recommend Erika if you are serious about improving your German and need expert, supportive tuition. Thanks so much Erika. Chloë Hosking
Erika was an extremely supportive and helpful tutor over the two years I had her prior to an exchange in Germany, and onwards for HSC German Continuers. She provided help not only tailored to my specific weaknesses regarding grammar and writing, but also provided me with great insight into authentic german idiom, broadening my understanding of the culture and dramatically improving my ability to communicate in German - especially in terms of pronunciation. Her Skype sessions provided me with great flexibility in tutoring times, and her genuine warmth and sense of humour made learning an absolute pleasure. Her professionalism and patience are testament to her fantastic skills as a German tutor - I would highly recommend Erika to any potential language students, whatever their goal or ability! Lucy
Erika is the best German tutor I've ever had. She's extremely patient and highly skilled making her perfectly suited to students like myself who were not sure of their language ability. She's helped me fill many of my knowledge gaps in German that I didn't even know I had and is very flexible with her teaching methods allowing students to learn the way that works best for them. I'm extremely pleased with Erika's service and I wouldn't have done half as well as I did in my HSC for German (Continuers) if it wasn't for her. Marcus
I chose to study with Erika when i decided to do the I International Baccalaureate (IB) in year 10. I studied with her for 3 years and my German reached a level I didn't know I was able to. When I began my studies for German SL she was patient and guided me through even though I struggled at times. Erika being a native speaker was great because she knew so much about the language. Obtaining a 5 in German was all thanks to her teaching ability. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to study the language at any level. Brian Ager
Erika was always patient, always flexible, with both times and lesson style (skype or real life,) over the 2 years she assisted with my german tuition. Over the course of both university and coming back from a german course in Berlin she filled in the gaps of my german that I was missing, no matter how many times I needed everything repeated. I would thoroughly recommend Erika not only for her professional skills, but also her warmth and humour. Liz Gilleran
Throughout the latter half of 2013 I received tutoring from Erika for my HSC German Continuers course, and by extension, my own interest in the country and language. Our weekly sessions on Skype (and the flexibility that provided) from May to October improved my ability enormously. Despite joining my HSC studies fairly late, she was able to take my somewhat lackluster base knowledge, show me how to improve and cement what I already knew. Her patience, skill and politeness largely saved me from meltdown, and got me through the exams which I had been so afraid of. Furthermore, in light of my results it’s worth noting that my exam mark rose from my internal assessment mark (before I was with Erika) – in itself a testimonial to her skill. Erika’s personalised teaching style, extensive knowledge (of both German and English), and adaptable nature (switching focus between speaking, writing, grammar etc.) made learning easy and achievable. I would absolutely recommend Erika. Bonnie Sheldon
I chose to have a tutor to aid my studies in the International Baccalaureate (IB), in the IB German B SL course. For Over 2 years Dr Hild showed flexibility, punctuality and understanding in what I can confidently say have been the most stressful years of my life so far. This flexibility is epitomised in our ‘switch’ from lessons in-person to Skype lessons due to the long travel time. This increased my study time but sustained the quality and productivity of our lessons. Aside from the undeniable benefits of conversing with a native German, her vast knowledge of the language (and its forms) and her genuine desire to improve my level of German saw my results and enthusiasm improve throughout the 2 year course. For this reason I would strongly recommend Dr Hild to anybody studying German. Although my results have not yet been released, I can confidently say that whatever success I see will be largely due to the guidance, skill, vocabulary and what I call ‘Golden Sentences’ of Dr Hild! Mark Gabriel
After receiving tutoring for my HSC German continuers course my German has improved exponentially. This would not have been possible without the skill Erika brings. Erika is a fantastic tutor who's enthusiasm and patience has helped me further my studies and develop my knowledge of all aspects of the German language, especially my weakness - grammar. Erika is polite and punctual and makes learning accessible through the flexible nature of her lessons, shown with her willingness to host lessons both online and in person. This allowed us to focus on different aspects of the language over our 18 month tuition. Erika's extensive knowledge and resources were useful due to the varied nature of the course with Erika willing to plan lessons depending on the nature of the exam e.g. speaking exam. These resources and flexibility combined with Erika's dynamic attitude to learning have proved invaluable in preparing me for all aspects of the exam. I would wholeheartedly recommend Erika. Kimberley Hendry
I wanted to learn German for professional reasons, as I have business relations over in Berlin. I went into this process purely for business reasons,but Erika made it a joy and extremely interesting. Erika is very patient, professional and flexible, which are key attributes to teaching this language.In the 6 months I studied I was treated very well, with a polite, fun and courteous personality that Erika brings to each lesson. I would highly recommend Erika. Ryan James
Erika's German tutoring has been excellent, particularly for the HSC German Continuers and Extension courses. It was amazing how much I improved my skills over our time together. Her sessions are very flexible and convenient. I would recommend Erika to anyone at any German level! Lucy Horne
It is with great pleasure that I write a reference for Dr Erika Hild, who has been tutoring my son, Joshua for his IB Diploma program in the subject of German B. In the short time spent with my son, she has effectively managed to improve his IB band scores for German from Band 4 to a Band 6. Dr Hild is a highly qualified and an excellent tutor. She showed kindness, patience and step by step methodology to effectively deliver her tutorials. She was always accessible for discussion especially during exams period. Her ability to speak in the native tongue and subject knowledge is wide and full of breadth. Indeed, she was able to elucidate difficult terms, passages and exams questions clearly in the tutorials. Hence it is without hesitation that I recommend Dr Hild for a wonderful German tutor in IB Diploma. Dr Andy CS Liew MBBS BSC Med FANZCA
I first Met Erika in 2010 and again this year in 2012 to brush up on my German. She is an incredible teacher who genuinely cares that you are making progress and enjoying yourself whilst learning! She makes learning so fun! I truly had a great time in her lessons and thank her for her patience over the years. Hopefully, see you again soon! Jennifer Gwidz
When I met Erika in January I was living a life of glorious naivety at how terrible my German really was .She soon snapped me into reality and for the last 5 months ( 14 sessions altogether ) has guided me to a great level of grammatically perfect German ! I wanted to be at a suitable level to move to Berlin in July and be able to communicate at a decent level and Erika has amazingly got me there … I couldn’t ask for a better teacher , guide and friend that allowed this to happen . Erika du bist uberragend ! Stephanie Hubner
We are seniors planning to visit Germany & from past experience need to be able to communicate in German.
From Jan - May we have had 15 hrs of tutoring. Our knowledge of the German language has gone from stuttering a few words to being able to communicate. Learning German with Erika has been quite enjoyable as she has been able to explain the complexities of German grammar. Also, she has a great sense of humor. Malcom & Rosalind Oliver
I went from 0 German to having a conversation with my wife and understanding her....Erika is a wonderful teacher and her methods of teaching is first class. I recommend her to anyone who wants to learn German. Gokhan
"I spent 3 months learning German with Erika prior to moving to Germany. I did attend many other German classes at various language institutions before but was never 100% satisfied. I am amazed how much my German ability was able to excel in a very short period of time under Erika’s guidance. For the very first time, I actually felt confident that I have finally acquired a very solid foundation in the German language. I would recommend Erika to anyone who is serious about learning German." Mary Chiu
Having a native speaker as a tutor meant that I learnt not only about the grammar that I had been struggling with, but about idioms and customs that I had no idea about with my high school education. Tutoring was fun and I definitely feel like I have improved in my problem areas and I feel more confident in using my German. At first I was not keen on getting a tutor, but now I would highly recommend it to anyone considering tutoring- it has helped me much more than I thought it could. Danke Erika! Madeleine Kon
Erika was enormously helpful in my HSC preparation for both Continuers and Extension and I felt that both my German and confidence improved greatly! The online tuition using Skype made it a lot easier and more convenient, especially as Erika was always happy to be flexible with times. Having a native German speaker tutoring me was invaluable as I learnt a lot that my class teacher would probably not have known. Without Erika I would certainly not have been up to the challenge of the Extension monologue! Charlotte
My sons performance in German has improved markedly since he has started with Erika. In his words she is a "good teacher, friendly and makes an unenjoyable experience enjoyable". Judy Simpson
I am a high school student and Erika has tutored me via Skype for the last year. It has been fantastic! As an expert German teacher fluent in English, she has helped me to fully understand German grammar and has improved my speaking and listening skills dramatically. Erika always follows up lessons with an Email, including additional learning materials which have been invaluable. Her encouragement and careful and patient approach have made the tutorials a great pleasure and I look forward to them each week. I cannot recommend Dr Hild highly enough to anyone learning German. Jon
Erika Hild has been inspirational over the past 12 months with her enthusiasm and commitment. Her lessons are always organised and well structured. Her continued persistence has enabled me to improve my conversational skills, grammar and marks. Thank you Erika! Bianca
I started with Erika at the beginning of year 11. First we met face to face and then we continued our lessons online via Skype. Throughout the year we worked on grammar with which I had a particular problem. She patiently took the time to explain all concepts with me, and had many wonderful resources. She relentlessly sent me activities and really made an effort to help me improve. She helped me to improve my reading, writing and listening skills and I was able to top my class! This year in year 12 I feel very well prepared as we had already started last year. She has constantly helped me to challenge my level and help me improve. Every lesson she is enthusiastic and well prepared. I could not imagine a better German tutor. Isabel Giroud
Dr Erika Hild has been tutoring me for 8 months now. In the past, I had also learnt Spanish & French for many years from various teachers. However, no other language teacher compares to Dr Erika Hild! She is by far, the best language teacher I have ever come across. Her lessons are comprehensive, well structured, and fun. After every lesson, Dr Hild follows up with an email providing you with exercises & grammar documents to reinforce what you have learnt with her. Dr Hild tailors the work to suit you and your learning requirements, style and pace. Dr Hild is professional, reliable, courteous, patient and encouraging. Though Dr Hild’s first language is German, she is also fluent in English & possesses a strong understanding of English grammar, idioms, culture, etc and she is well able to explain the differences between the German and English language. I highly recommend Dr Hild to anyone who is wishing to learn German, be it for academic, informal or professional purposes. Elaine Kochetkova
I have been studying German for close to 8 months now with Erika at TT Tutor Time, and have found the lessons invaluable! Lessons are always prepared thoroughly. There is a strong emphasis on Grammar, and this was taught with great clarity. For the last 3 months, I had my lessons online on Skype, which was convenient for us both, and didn't at all hinder the efficiency of the lessons. I can thoroughly recommend TT Tutor Time! Nicholas Carter
I am a secondary school teacher and a mother of two who decided to enhance my skill set by undertaking a Certificate in Languages at University. Due to my other commitments I had to undertake the course as a distance education student and I found it very difficult to make sense of the course material posted out to me. There were no recorded lectures or tutorials to follow and I found I needed some help.
I started working with Erika Hild at the start of 2010 for an hour a week face to face. From the start she was understanding, supportive and friendly. It was a pleasure to come to tutoring.
Erika has an extensive knowledge of German grammar and an exceptional ability to clarify concepts by choosing approaches that suit the individual learner. I can clearly remember the “ah ha” moment I had when the function of Konjunctive II suddenly became clear to me. I had poured over text books, written notes and attempted countless exercises but it was Erika’s explanation that finally made the pieces fit together.
The support she offers with resources, emails, audio files and every day texts is invaluable. After every session I would find an email with the work covered that session, resources to help me and clear goals to direct my learning. We worked on grammar, speaking, reading, listening and writing. In every area Erika had the ability to support my learning and managed to identify my weaknesses and find solutions to the problems. As a teacher myself, I admire the commitment she has to her students and the sound approach she has to instruction. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone seeking a tutor. If you are committed to improving your skills Erika is the person to ensure you have the support needed to achieve your goals. Debbie Hanrahan
In only 18 weeks, Erika has taken us from zero to basic conversation in German. We have been pleased and surprised with our progress, which may be attributed mostly to Erika's superior skills as a teacher. When we move to Germany in November 2010 we have every confidence that we will be able to live comfortably there and build on the knowledge and skills she has given us. She has given us a fantastic grounding in the fundamentals of the language rather than rote learning of phrases which is invaluable. Joe & Amanda Lizier
I have received tutoring from Erika in preparation to my German HSC Continuers and Extension exams for one term now and I have improved significantly in my German studies. Erika's teaching tactics are professional and fun. Dr Hild ensures each lesson is filled with learning and she never fails to motivate me to do my best. She is extremely qualified and I highly recommend her to anyone who needs German tutoring. Evelyn Nassif
I have been learning German in a small group with TT TUTOR TIME for over 9 months. The lessons are well prepared and the classes are enjoyable. I am now well on my way to my goal of becoming fluent in German. Thank you! Grace Hopkins
I studied German with Erika for a number of months in preparation for moving to Germany to study. She was very adaptable to my needs and thoroughly planned each lesson based on my areas of weakness. I was preparing for the Goethe level B2 exam. Erika was very thorough with grammar. I always felt that every lesson was well prepared and useful and she would follow up on things during the week through emails. I am very satisfied with the period I spent learning from Erika and would recommend her to anyone looking for a personal but structured course. Bianca Muggleton
Erika's tutoring in German has helped me to re-gain confidence in my HSC Continuers studies. Her lessons are always well-structured, interactive and fun. She caters her lessons to suit the individual learner, and my progress in German under her tutelage has really surprised me! She is kind and punctual, and I feel comfortable discussing my difficulties in German with her. I would recommend her to any students struggling with German. Natalie Garlick
Erika helped immensely with my German for the HSC (continuers and extension). I would have not been able to do my oral exams for continuers and extension without her tuition. Her lessons were structured to my needs and I was able to sit all my German exams with confidence. She is punctual, accomodating with times and locations and her lessons are enjoyable. Kate Bombell
I have spent three months learning German with Dr. Hild. She has provided well-structured and engaging lessons with lucid exposition. Each lesson was designed to suit my learning style and pace. As a native speaker who has spent much of her life in Australia, Dr. Hild has a firm understanding of the idiom and cultural elements of the both the German and English languages. She is versed in English grammatical terminology. Dr. Hild is amiable, personable, timely and flexible in her approach. I highly recommend Dr. Hild to all students of German, both beginner and advanced. Simon Quinn
Erika is kind, professional, keen and obliging. She has surpassed our expectations in every way. Massive progress with each lesson! She is a gem. Cathy Kidd
Erika has been kind, enthusiastic and patient in helping me to improve my HSC German Beginners results. With Erika's help, i have been able to achieve results of 90% in comparison to my previous results of 50-60%. My overall confidence towards German has also improved - in the areas of speaking, listening and writing. Erika is always punctual, reliable and our lessons are always prepared, interesting and fun. Kathryn
Erika is very skilled at teaching- she is structured in her approach and very practical. She is also a lot of fun and the lessons are interesting and enjoyable. I have been impressed with her knowledge of learning styles and her ability to teach in a way that is specific to the learner. I have learned to speak German with a lot more confidence. She is organised, punctual and very kind. Rachel McGregor, Sydney.
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