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German & French Tutor - Magdalena Hachula

Magdalena Hachula German (general) Tutor (South West London)

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  • Battersea (SW11)
  • Last Logged In: 09 May 2018
  • Sex: Female
  • Can Travel To: Bromley, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Richmond upon Thames, Westminster
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  • Professional Qualification BA of Honours from University of Stuttgart
  • Professional Qualification PGCE in German and French from Oxford University
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check DBS-checked
  • Professional Membership Member of the Tutors' Association
  • References References are available upon request


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Personal Message
I am a qualified French and German teacher (native speaker) who strongly believes that anyone can acquire the necessary knowledge in order to be able to hold a conversation in the language that he or she is currently studying, within a few months.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
My specialist subjects are German and French.

-GCSE German and French (all exam boards)
-IGCSE German and French (CIE; Edexcel and AQA)
-A-Level German (all exam boards)
-German and French at Prep School Level
-French Common Entrance exam
-All key stages for German
-IB German
-German at Degree Level
-Pre U German
-SAT German
-SAT French
Tell me about your qualifications.
-BA (with honours) (German Staatsexamen) from the University of Stuttgart.
-Post Graduate Certificate in Education ("PGCE") in Modern Foreign Languages (German and French) achieved in 2014 from the University of Oxford.
-CPD certificate on "Effective Online Tutoring" achieved in 2017 from University of Oxford.
What kind of experience do you have?
In total, I have taught French and German to over 200 students on a one-to-one basis. All of my students achieved their set goals. I have a good knowledge of various different teaching strategies and have gained teaching experience with all age levels, from beginner to high achiever. Not only have I tutored French and German, but I have also been able to provide help with subjects that are being taught at KS2 in prep schools in Germany and the UK. Furthermore, I have taught in schools, at university and in language centres in different countries around the world, i.e. in Canada, England, Germany and Switzerland.
Plenty of my tutees have been able to obtain scholarships for Eton and Harrow as they worked under specific guidance focusing on exam skills.
Those ones who I supported for their GCSE, A-Level and IB exams passed with excellent results, ranging from A* to B.
Some of my students passed the Westminster Challenge and were offered scholarships for this prestigious school.

I have worked as a private tutor in a tutoring agency in Germany and I have taught German beginner and advanced classes in the German Department at St. Francis Xavier University in Canada.
Due to my experience of teaching French and German in various countries, I have lots of classroom and one-on-one experience with a wide range of age groups. I have worked in a German Department of a boarding school (Felsted School) for two years.
How much do you charge?
Taking into account my experience and existing tuition workload, I typically charge £60. I generally do not charge for travel if within a reasonable distance from my location.
When I teach online lessons, I always offer a 30 minute trial lesson first (free of charge).
Where do you teach?
I typically tutor at students' homes in South West and Central London and on international placements. I also tutor online via Skype with the help of google sheets and google docs. I am familiar with Adobe Connect and Zoom and have worked with these platforms as well.
When are you available?
As a full-time tutor I am available on all weekdays, in the evenings and on Saturdays. During half-term, Easter and Summer tuition I am generally on placements abroad, but I endeavour to keep regular tuition in the UK via Skype during these periods.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
Prep School Level up to Degree Level for German (GCSE, 16+ exam, AS-level, A-level, IB-Level, SAT)
Prep School Level up to A-Level in French (GCSE, AS-level, A-level)
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
-GCSE (German and French)
-IGCSE (German and French)
-A-Level (German and French)
-IB (German)
-SAT (German and French)
-Westminster Challenge
-13+ exam (French)
-16+ exam (German)
-Pre U French
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Arrangements for online tuition are made via Skype. I also use google sheets and google documents which I share with the student during the lesson. This has become a popular, complementary and convenient choice when tutoring in person at any particular stage in the process may not be convenient.
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I am a member of the Tutors' Association, the professional body for tutoring in the UK.
Where and with whom did you train?
Post Graduate Certificate in Education ("PGCE") in Modern Foreign Languages (German and French) achieved in 2014 from the University of Oxford
Tell me about some of your current students.
Below is a very small selection of my past students whom I have taught in the past twelve years. My youngest students were 4 years old and the oldest student that I ever taught was 68.

Reception; French - Katja: Katja was in nursery when I started teaching her French via educational play like colouring, listening to music, singing songs and playing games. After having had lessons every weekend for half a year she is already able to respond in French when being asked simple questions. She understands most of what is said to her and has made great progress in a very short time.

Year 1; French - Vladimir: Vladimir, who is bilingual, has started learning French in Primary School and was not very keen about it from the start as he was also having Chinese lessons once per week. I have managed to get him interested in French by showing him short French cartoons every time we managed to get through a task. This reward system has worked very well with him as he enjoys watching the short clips and cartoons and knows that he only gets to see them when doing his task. He is very keen to see me every week, knowing that his lesson is not just something he needs to get through but something where he gets rewarded for his good effort throughout the lesson.

KS2; French - Renata: Renata is a very bright students who needs to be challenged accordingly to her ability. She enjoys speaking French a lot and whenever we learn new vocabulary or new grammar structures, we invent stories with these new words which we act out. This way she always remembers her newly learned words and enjoys the lessons. She is very keen to speak French and I always make sure to prepare a new plot which we can act out.

KS2; German - Lilly: Lilly spent some time living abroad in Switzerland with her family and was quite confident in speaking German. Unfortunately, her written work was rather limited and she made lots of mistakes in her texts and short essays. In order to apply for a drama scholarship which was offered by her school, she needed to improve her written German skills. I met her twice per week and by discussing her school day and writing down what she has done during the day, she quickly managed to get a grasp for the right grammatical structures and passed the scholarship exam. She was very happy about it and proud of herself as she though she would never be able to get this scholarship.

Year 4; German - Ambre: Ambre is a native speaker of French and lives in Geneva with her parents. Her parents wanted her to grow up bilingually and hence sent her to a German school in Geneva. She was struggling a lot with the language at the beginning and was not keen to learn German at all. I spent three months living with her and spoke German with her during the whole afternoon when she came home from school. In order not to put any more pressure on her after coming home from school, we played lots of games, spend time playing outside where I used German in a playful manner. This way she managed to learn German without any extra pressure. She has now passed her exams with great results in the German school.

KS3, year 7; German - Claudia: I have recently taught Claudia who is a student in year 7. She has started German and was not keen about it from the start as she had learned French in previous years and preferred it to any other language. I met her a few times where I introduced authentic German materials like German music and German TV shows which she devoured and is a keen German speaker now.

KS3, year 7; French - Lukas: I have helped Lukas to prepare for his end of year French exam. Lukas is a very bright young boy who is always looking for a new challenge. Hence, when teaching him, I had to assure a good variety of different challenging exercises in order to make sure that he was pushed at the right level. Lukas had his oral French exam where he scored an A* and is now awaiting to hear back about his results from the written exam.

KS3, year 7; French - Josh: When I started teaching Josh, he thoroughly disliked his French teacher at school and hence had difficulties with French from the start. When I started teaching him, I had to make sure to build his confidence first with short competitive exercises which he enjoys a lot. Josh has never done any homework and was scared to ask questions in class. Since I started teaching him, he was able to improve his French massively and has received over 70% in his last exam which is a very good indicator of his recent progress. His teacher in class has said that she can see that his attitude towards French is slowly changing and that he is more eager to participate in class than he used to be.

KS3; English - Stefan: Stefan's English grammar was very weak when I fist met him. He was unable to form a single correct sentence and hence his essays were very poorly written. By introducing comics to him which tend to have shorter sentences, he was slowly able to build his grammar knowledge through a fun and enjoyable way. He is a keen English learner now and has proven to himself that he can achieve great results by using learning methods that are suitable for him.

KS3; German - Joseph: Joseph is in his first year at Eton and was looking for some additional support with his GCSE German. Although he is only in Year 9, they have begun the GCSE course and he is keen to ensure that there are no gaps in his knowledge as he is a scholar and eager to do well. I usually meet him in his holidays and we have very long sessions where we cover grammar and vocabulary work at the same time. Joseph is a very keen learner and due to his previous grammar knowledge in Latin and Greek, he is able to transform his existing knowledge and match it with new topics. He is constantly performing at a high level and I need to make sure to provide him with relevant cultural work like books, movies and music which can be combined with his curriculum.

KS4; French - Henry: Henry was a very good Frech student with a B grade who wanted to get an A in his French GCSE exam. I met him once per week where we looked at previous GCSE exams in order to prepare him for the final exam. He was very eager to go through lots of past papers and his perseverance paid off as he achieved an A* in the end which made him very proud and he even chose French for his final exam.

GCSE; German - Ivan: I have recently prepared Ivan for his upcoming GCSE exams. He is currently working on getting an A* in his exams, although his current grade is a B. We met every day during half term and he was working on different exercises in order to boost his exam technique. At the end of the week we did a whole mock exam and he scored an A. He is confident that with some more work he will be able to get the A* he is longing for.

GCSE; French - Max: Max has recently written his French GCSE exam and is confident to be able to achieve a B. When I first met him, he struggled a lot with his grammar and had a very limited vocabulary. We spent a few hours daily reviewing grammatical topics and then doing relevant past papers. At the beginning he struggled a lot with the exercises but was getting more and more confident as we spent a dedicated time with each exercise where grammar and vocabulary was consistently reviewed and discussed.

GCSE; French - Amy: I have prepared Amy for her oral French GCSE exam. She was panicking about the exam as she was predicted an E grade. I met her during her holidays and spend a couple weekends with her and in the end she managed to achieve a C grade. It was important to boost her confidence first before studying for the exam. Once she overcame her fear of failing, she was quite eager to push herself and proof to her teacher that she can do much better than predicted. I managed to help her to overcome her panic attacks by providing short exercises and build on her previous knowledge.

A-Level; German - Hugh: Last year I taught German to a student who was a strong candidate and wanted to achieve a B grade in his A Level exam. I knew that he just lacked a bit of confidence that was hindering him getting an A grade. Whenever I met him for his lessons I encouraged him to try harder exercises and when he realised that he was able to manage them, his confidence rose and he achieved an A* in his German A Level exam.

Undergrad student at Oxford University; German - Fei: Fei was taking German lessons at the Language Center and needed some extra help in order to prepare a presentation at the end of the course. I met her twice a week in order to help her with the writing that needed to be done for the presentation. Fei managed to prepare a very good piece of work and won the first price out of 25 students. Throughout her preparation time, I guided her by giving her new input and helped her with new ideas that she researched and used for her presentation.

Undergrad at StFX University; German - Brandon: Brandon was a beginner of German when I first met him. German was the first foreign languages he has ever learned and he was struggling with the grammar of it. By meeting him once a week and going through material in class, he was able to repeat all the exercises that were done in class and felt more confident to ask questions. At the end of the course he scored 85/100 in his final test and was very happy about his success. Although he was not very keen at the beginning of the course to continue German in his second year, he took German in his second year as well and has recently reported that he decided to go to Germany for an exchange term. His hard work paid of and he was very proud of himself.

Degree student at University of Buckingham; French - Sarah: Sarah did not do A Level French at school and was finding her French course very challenging. When I first met her, I assessed her previous knowledge and we worked out a revision plan for her which would help her to close existing knowledge gaps but at the same time help her to keep up with the requirements of the course. Sarah scored 68% in her first exam, managed to get 77% in her next exam and is now working on getting a first degree in French. She would have never thought that it was possible to close existing gaps and still keep up with her course work. However, she is a dedicated student and has proven to herself that she is able to achieve her goals with some help. I am very confident that she will get a first degree in French.

I have also tutored online to students in Singapore, Istanbul, Kuwait, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
Do you have a personal message for students?
I look forward to working with anyone who either needs to prepare for an exam or who just wants to learn or improve their German or French. Before booking lessons, I always meet my students on Skype for a quick chat in order to discuss their current level and requirements.