November 21


Interview with Cambridge Exam Coach Alexandra Finyakina


Welcome to the Cambridge Exam Coach podcast, where we talk about all things learning and teaching English as well as Cambridge exam preparation.

My name is Kristian and today I am going to talk with someone who is a highly-passionate, creative and resourceful teacher with more than 8 years of teaching experience.  She has passed both the LanguageCert C2 exam and the Cambridge C2 exam at grade A.

Moreover, she’s an enthusiastic teacher who always strives to inspire students, and I know this for a fact, because she’s helped me to prepare for the LanguageCert C2 exam with her outstanding videos on YouTube.

So, you can imagine why I’m honoured to have this inspiring woman on the podcast. Let me welcome from the beautiful city of Moscow in Russia, Alexandra Finyakina!

  1. Hello Alexandra. We know each other from YouTube, LinkedIn and email, and now we finally meet, albeit online. Thank you for joining me on the podcast. Can you give us your back story and tell the listeners where you’re from and how you became an English teacher?
  1. So Alexandra, your area of expertise is Business English and International Exams (IELTS, Cambridge Exams like CAE, CPE and BEC, LanguageCert). How did you get to doing this and why this specific area?
  1. I can clearly see that you’ve been working tremendously hard to become a great English teacher. And that brings me to an intriguing point: You are a non-native speaker (teacher) of English. I know that you’ve put a lot of work into your development. Which hurdles did you face when improving your English and how did you overcome them?
  1. How is exam preparation different from general English or Business English courses?
  1. Let’s talk a bit more about exams: In your view, what are some specific roadblocks/hurdles candidates need to watch out for when preparing for the exam? 
  1. What support and/or resources are available to prepare for the exam? What are your personal favourites?
  1. If you could only share one piece of advice for exam candidates, what would it be?
  1. What book (fiction/non-fiction) would you recommend to our listeners and why?
  1. What’s one thing that our listeners could do today to make a change to how they improve their communication in English?
  1. Where can listeners find you online?

If you would like to hear more great interviews such as this one or read articles which will help you pass the Cambridge exams, please go to and there you’ll find all that you need. 

Also, if you’re looking for a community where you can practice for the Cambridge exams at the same time as improving your English, you can head over to my Facebook group. Members can do exercises, listen to audio, participate in live sessions, ask questions about exam tactics and strategies, and, last but not least, help other group members become better at English.

If that’s of interest to you – and just to be clear, this is completely free of charge! – then go to my website and click on JOIN THE COMMUNITY.    

Alright, that’s a wrap! Thanks for being on the podcast today Alexandra! Stay safe everyone, take care of yourself, and each other. Bye bye!

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About the author 


Kristian is from The Netherlands and until the end of 2021 he's living in the beautiful city of Rotterdam. He is a CELTA qualified teacher who passed the Cambridge C2 Proficiency exam at grade A. When he's not working, he likes to chill out with music, a book, podcasts or an audiobook.


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