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Ruthie Tilston

Fun. Energy. Passion. Excel!


  • Bachelor of Arts Anthropology, Graduated with Distinction
  • Masters of Arts in Applied Linguistics, Graduated with Honours
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Teaching Certificate

Ruthie grew up in a small village in Northern England and despite having lived in Canada for forty years, still has her British accent! At the young age of seventeen, she travelled the globe having decided that living and working in other cultures was an education unto itself. Ruthie settled in Amsterdam for five years, where she studied theatre and went on to perform in a self-written two-woman show during that time.

On moving to Canada, she embarked on her academic journey as a late bloomer! Her love for languages combined with her deep interest in cultural diversity inspired her to become an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor. She loves being a part of creating the learning environment with her students. Over the last seventeen years she has taught all levels of English language learners from beginners to those in graduate preparation classes. Ruthie has also worked one-on-one with high school students, helping them with their English writing and reading skills. In addition, she has tutored international academic students with all aspects of their essay writing, summary writing, reading comprehension and oral presentation skills.

Ruthie has a vibrant yet caring personality and thrives on helping her students excel. She brings her warmth and love of teaching and tutoring to every student. She believes that trust of a tutor must be earned, not assumed, and that a tutor needs to stimulate every learner in a safe environment to help them have the desire to learn and grow. Ruthie is still involved in theatre and is currently co-writing a play about the impact Covid-19 is having on human connection.

Ruthie specializes in Twistedly Tutoring in the following areas:

In Ruthie's own words:“Twisted Tutoring goes way beyond the basic abc’s of learning. It is a holistic approach that inspires the students to be involved in how they will become confident and trust their own abilities and instincts. The Twist encourages learners to feel motivated to succeed and evaluate themselves and their actions."