French (General, KS3, GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR, IGCSE, A Level AQA, A Level Edexcel, A Level OCR, IB Standard Level and IB MYP)
German (General, KS3, GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR, IGCSE, A Level AQA, A Level Edexcel, A Level OCR, Pre-U, IB Standard Level, IB Higher Level, IB MYP, Advanced Placement, Undergraduate and SAT)
Maggie has worked with children aiming to attend the following schools:
After graduating from secondary school in Germany, Maggie attended classes at the University of Stuttgart where she studied English, French and Politics. She graduated with the first state exam (equivalent of a bachelor’s degree of honours, 2:1) in English and Politics. She also finished her undergraduate studies in French.
Due to her curiosity for different cultures she also studied at St. Francis Xavier University in Canada. During her studies, she participated in a seminar which was in cooperation with St. Xavier`s College in Mumbai, India. The seminar included an excursion to the college in Mumbai and contained field work with Indian students in and around Mumbai.
As Maggie studied politics at university, she was involved in local politics in her hometown, amongst others being the first female chairwoman of the youth party. Furthermore, she was given the incredibly amazing opportunity to work for an MP in the German Parliament which she did whilst still finishing her degree.
As a French and German tutor Maggie often hears her students say that learning languages is very hard and that knowing English will help you to get around in the world.
However, even a little knowledge of another language can make a difference in attitude when one meets people from other countries. Speaking another language helps to break down barriers and helps to build confidence.
Maggie’s approach to tutoring French and German is very systematic. For her it is crucial to ensure that the foundations of the language are well established, i.e. taking a rigorous approach to grammar, sentence construction and vocabulary building. She likes using authentic materials like newspaper articles, songs, movies, accident reports and interviews, which make her students curious and acquiring a language becomes fun rather than just a difficult task.
Whenever Maggie taught in the past, she has always been able to build a strong personal relationship with her tutees and helped them to build their confidence. Her tutees feel secure to ask questions and to achieve their set goals. She is able to challenge her tutees at the right level and hence they are able to push themselves and achieve great results. Due to her long tutoring experience, she has learned that knowing the right learning strategies, tailored to every single student's skills, can really make a difference and increase the pupil’s chances to achieve his or her goals. A sense of achievement is crucial for pupils and consequently they often just need to understand what is expected of them and where their shortcomings lie.
Furthermore, Maggie loves researching child and young adult psychology, focusing on literature on how best to help different children learn. She finds this a fascinating subject and loves the challenge of understanding the needs of all different children and young adults that she teaches. Recently, she attended an online workshop at Harvard Graduate School of Education with the title "The Opportunity of Bilingualism: Serving Today’s Young English Language Learners".
In total, Maggie taught over 200 students on a one-to-one basis. All of her students achieved their set goals. She has a very good knowledge of various different teaching strategies and has gained teaching experience with all age levels, from beginner to high achiever. She has taught in schools, at university and in language centres in different countries around the world, i.e. in Canada, England, Germany and Switzerland.
Maggie has tutored at a variety of levels and subjects including:
-(I)GCSE German and French (all exam boards)
-A-Level German (all exam boards)
-German and French at Prep School Level
-German and French in Reception
-All key stages for German
-German at Degree Level
-French at Degree Level
-A-Level French (Edexcel and AQA)
-Westminster Challenge (French)
Maggie has lots of classroom experience teaching German and French as she has worked in a variety of different schools. She has taught in the state as well as the independent sector.
Maggie qualified to teach German in 2014, and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from University of Oxford.
|University Name||Name of degree||Year of graduation|
|University of Stuttgart||1. Staatsexamen English and Politics (equivalent of BA of Honours 2:1)||2012|
|University of Oxford||PGCE (German and French)||2014|
|University of Oxford||CPD - Effective Online Tutoring||2017|
Maggie taught German IB classes at Felsted School and is familiar with the German IB curriculum. She has also tutored plenty of students from different IB schools all around the world, amongst others in the UK, Turkey and India.
Knowing how stressful the IB course can be for students, she has developed some excellent resources that help students to gather their information in a very effective way and hence they are able to succeed at a high level.
"Magdalena was of real help to my daughter in improving both her written and oral French. She was punctual, thorough and communicated well."
Tuesday, 29th August 2017
"Maggie is wonderful! She is the utmost professional and has raised the standards of my sons' language abilities substantially. She is exceptional on every level.
Friday, 3rd February 2017
Mother of two German and French students
"I am happy with Maggie, she is very organized
and utilizes our session effectively.
Monday, 5th December 2016
Adult student being taught French
In this blog, Maggie will discuss the importance of regular language revision - even when school is out for the summer. She will give some tips on how to implement language revision throughout your summer break in a fun, quick and easy way.
Maggie August, 2018
Have you just finished your MFL GCSE mock exams and feel unsure what to do now? In this blog post, Maggie will give you some valuable tips on how to improve your vocabulary further and how to manage the more challenging tasks at the end of the reading and listening papers.
Maggie March, 2018
In this Blog, Maggie discusses the difficulties of moving from the I/GCSE to the IB or A-Level German course. Lots of students find the switch quite challenging but with some tricks and tips students can make a smooth (and successful) transition.
Maggie June, 2017
If you decided to take the German Subject Test (SAT German), you have already made a very good decision. Taking the test will allow you to show that you have some excellent language skills and that your reading and writing skills can be conducive to your chosen field of study in the future.
Taking the test will help you to complement your admission portfolio and will also give you a good head start if you are taking any introductory German courses at university as well.
Maggie March, 2017
Amassing a good range of vocabulary is key to scoring highly in your German IB. This is particularly true for the oral element of the exam when you will be asked to form and voice an opinion. In this blog, Maggie sets out some top tips for how you can best prepare for the interactive oral assessment. Having a few key expressions up your sleeve and reading widely around your chosen topics could get you well on your way to acing the exam!
Maggie November, 2016
No matter whether you have chosen to take the German Language B Standard Level (SL) or Higher Level (HL) exam, you will certainly be aiming to achieve the highest possible grade. Many students think that in order to achieve a 7, you must be a genius and have reached a level of German which only native speakers can reach. These simple tricks will help you on your way to acing your exam and achieving that seemingly impossible grade 7.
Maggie September, 2016
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