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Helen McMahon BA Hons CIM (PGCE) - GCSE French Tutor in West Drayton

Helen McMahon BA Hons GCSE French Tutor (Uxbridge)

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  • Professional Qualification BA Hons Marketing with French
  • Professional Qualification CIM, PGCE and BTEC in Performing Arts
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check Full CRB checked and cleared
  • Professional Membership GTC (Teachers Association) and CIM (Chartered Institue of Marketing)
  • References References are available upon request
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Personal Message
I'm an experienced GCSE English and French tutor since 2004. I can guarantee that I can push my students up at least three grades from when they started under my guidance, tuition and direction.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach French from Primary, GCSE, AS/A2 Level Degree, Conversational and Business French.
I have a very flexible approach and my specialty is in accuracy of correct pronunciation of French.

AS and A2 Level Business studies
University Marketing
Interview Skills
University Entrance
Business Skills
GCSE and Business English
13+ Exam (Common Entrance)
Tell me about your qualifications.
B.A. Hons Marketing with French, Middlesex University
Certificate in French from Alliance Francais Paris, France
BTEC in Performing Arts, College of North West London
Chartered Institute of Marketing. (CIM)
Currently completing my PGCE
A levels ( Irish Leaving Certificate)
GCSE'S ( Irish Intermediate certificate )
What kind of experience do you have?
My students include those from Eton College, St Paul's Juniors, Merchant Taylor's, Harrow School, Durham University, St Helen's, Cambridge University, Langley Grammar, Upton Park Grammar, Haberdashers 'Aske's Boys', Oxford University, Brunel University, Tiffin Girls School, vyners school,Beconsfield high school and Wycombe Abby School.
I have 13 years experience teaching French to adults and children and teenagers.
I have over 25 years experience speaking fluent French and 5 years of them has been has been spent living in Paris, France.
I have a very flexible approach and use phonetic methods as my specialty is in accuracy of pronunciation.
All my lessons follow a detailed planned structure including assessment using higher level thinking skills, speaking, listening reading and writing and homework only if requested.
I have been teaching French to children from the ages of 2 yrs and adults up to 72 yrs either solely or within a group environment these include Reception, Primary, secondary, GCSE, AS/A2 levels, Degree conversational and Business French.
How much do you charge?
FIRST HALF HOUR COMPLIMENTARY (FREE) taster on first lesson booked. I also charge 45p per mile travel fees round-trip. I am also trained as a secondary school teacher so am up to date with the current exam requirements including the New 1-9 Grading.

Discounts for groups wanting to learn together.

I have trained as a French secondary school teacher on a PGCE teacher training course and I have also lived in Paris for 5 years. Please see some of my references from my former students to verify my excellent teaching successes. I also have been a fluent French speaker for a number of years. and I am up to date with the UK educational system as I have taught in many secondary schools in London with up to 32 students and on a one to one basis too.
I explain exactly what each exam board requires as I am an expert on EDEXCEL, AQA, WJEC and OCR exam boards and fully up to date with their assessment criteria and examiners marking top tips. I also work on the new GCSE examboard EDUQUAS and the New 1-9 Grading syatem.
Where do you teach?
I am have taught in St John Fisher School on teaching french on a weekly basis for 5 years.
I have also taught up to 32 students in various secondary schools in London.
I also teach in Business Premises and currently teach 12 adults French during their lunch breaks using structured lesson plans.
I can teach students in the privacy and comfort of their homes.
I have my own transport so therefore can travel to students homes and carry books, teaching materials and I use power point presentations from my laptop to engage students who are familiar with IT. I use visual, kinetic, auditory and aural methods to suit each individual.
I use tailored lesson plans to suit the individual with a detailed structure progressing to the desired level required.
When are you available?
I am very flexible as I am a full time private tutor / teacher, I work around my clients and am available mornings, afternoons and evenings 7 days a week.
I have over 13 years experience with exam boards including New 1-9 Grading ,AQA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC CIE IGCSE EDUQUAS etc...
I also teach during school holidays and GCSE and AS/A2 level resits.
I currently teach French to students with dyslexia, Asperger's Syndrome and ADHD.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
18mths to 4 years Early Years Foundation French.
5yrs to 7yrs French club (KS1),
8yrs to 14 yrs Primary French club (KS2, KS3),
14yrs to 18yrs Secondary French GCSE, AS/A2 Levels (KS4, KS5).
Adults conversational French
Degree French
AS and A2 Level Business Studies
Marketing Degree level.
Interview Skills as I was a Head Hunter in Telecomms.
Supply Teaching in Secondary Schools in London
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
AS and A2 Levels
Degrees and Masters
University Entrance
11+ and 13+ Common Entrance
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes I have a current CRB as I teach in primary and secondary schools in London.
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Skype webcam
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
GTC ( Teachers Association )
CIM ( Chartered Institute of Marketing )
Where and with whom did you train?
(PGCE) St Marys University College Twickenham, London.
BA Hons Business Degree with French at Middlesex University, London.
BTEC in Performing Arts College of North West London.
Certificate in French from Alliance Francais Paris, France
Head Hunter in Telecoms in Interview skills.
University Entrance preparation for BA Hons and PGCE.
Tell me about some of your current students.
I have ran a French club in a Primary School in Perivale, UB6. (13 students) for 5 years continuously.
am currently teaching 33 students including children and adults and groups.
I have 7 GCSE French Higher Paper students from (Eton College and Merchant Taylor's and St Helen's )
I have 12 adult students on a one to one basis.
I teach a group of 8 adults at their work premises in Slough
I also have 8 students doing AS and A2 French and A2 English
I have 4 students from (Oxford University) doing Marketing and I proof read University assignments and dissertations

I also run 3 mini separate French clubs with 4, 3, 2 and I from ages 4 -11 yrs)
Do you have a personal message for students?
Learn French from a very experienced fluent French speaking teacher BA Hons CIM (PGCE)

I make my lessons fun using music, games, dance and PowerPoint presentations from my laptop.

It is compulsory in all Primary schools in England for children to take up another language such as French so get ahead and get your child ready for the changes which have been implemented in all primary schools since 2010.