I found Nick through school friends; he came highly recommended by many past pupils who had attended his classes in previous years – and now I see why. From the initial contact I could tell Nick (a French native), was not only a very experienced teacher but also very dedicated and passionate about his work and really nice to deal with. I was struggling a bit before joining his classes; averaging a H4 (at a push) and was unsure about what class level to attend, but Nick quickly determined this and while I was apprehensive at first, I soon found I was well able for the class and so glad I trusted his judgement. By the end of the 1st term I found both my vocab and understanding had increased hugely and I was finally able to enjoy and have fun speaking the language. Nicks has many years of experience with Leaving Cert requirements and knows exactly what to focus on. It may seem a little daunting at first with the vocab but after just ‘one week’, I found I could understand more & more & it gave me so much confidence. He is extremely dedicated and passionate about getting students the grades they need and if you are the same and do the homework he suggests each week, this is definitely achievable. In just two terms, I went from a H4/H5 to a H2 in my Leaving cert! Which I never thought possible, especially in that timeframe. I know if I had joined his class in 5th year I would have achieved an H1. I would also highly recommend doing the one to one mock orals he provides and attending the listening comprehension classes too – these really helped me! I guarantee, if you do the homework he gives you each week and take on board what he sets the focus on – you can achieve great results! I highly recommend Nick – to anyone hoping to improve their French, he is the best!
Emma O’Sullivan – H2. Dun Laoghaire – Leaving Cert 2018
I started to go to Nick in the September of 3rd year. I instantly began to see improvements in my French. Nick has perfectly planned out the year in advance and explains how his system works, making it easy to see the work set out for you the year ahead. Nick’s planning works with the system of the junior cert. In my case I was willing to put in the work for my French result but I wasn’t sure how to study the language. I think studying for a language when you are not fluent in it, can be very difficult, as there is so much information and things to learn. It’s such a long almost impossible thing to know everything when studying for a language exam. That’s when I found Nick’s study notes came in hugely handy. He gave you a manageable amount of information to learn for each week which he sourced mainly from past papers. If you keep up with the work he gives you, you are guaranteed to get the grade you wished for.
Aoife Linnane – A. Dun Laoghaire – Junior Cert 2018
Nick is fantastic! Going into 6th year, I honestly did not know how to have a conversation in French and I was dreading my oral exam. By the time it came around, Nick had me fully prepared and confident going in. He takes a personal interest in each of his students, constantly encourages you to fulfil your potential and teaches you how to obtain most marks out of every section of the paper. Nick is a funny guy, his enthusiasm, energy and motivation makes his classes really enjoyable. Thanks Nick, 100% couldn’t have done it without you. Merci beaucoup!
Jodie McCann – H2. Glenageary – Leaving Cert 2018
“Attending Nick’s grinds helped my French to improve immensely, leaving me feeling well prepared going in to my leaving cert exam. I found his preparation for the oral particularly helpful as the oral aspect of the exam was always the part I struggled with most. He helped me to overcome my nerves and I became much more confident speaking the language. His notes are unique, filled with lovely idioms and phrases, as well as being exam focused, up to date and relevant. I now study Global Business (France) in DCU and I can’t thank Nick enough for not only helping me to succeed in my leaving cert but also fostering a love of the French language.”
Gráinne Clarke, H2, Trim, co. Meath – Leaving Cert 2018
I attended Nick’s French grinds from the end of 5th year and all throughout 6th year as I had found myself struggling with the subject early in 5th year, particularly the pronunciation for the oral . Nick was really encouraging and took a personal interest in all of his students . His notes and vocabulary for each section of the exam were excellent . I was delighted to go from a H4 to a H2 in my Leaving cert exam thanks to the help of Nick .
Matt McKenna, H2, Dalkey – Leaving Cert 2018
I started Nick’s French grinds at the beginning of 3rd year and managed to receive an A in my Junior Cert which would not have been possible without Nick’s help and support. He’s a fantastic French tutor and his approach to teaching is very simple and easy which made the subject much easier to understand . He was always well prepared for each class and gave excellent notes which covered every aspect of the paper. They really helped me with the revision of my French during the year and were especially useful coming up to the exams. Not only was Nick encouraging , passionate and supportive but he was also very humorous. This humour added to the atmosphere of the classes making them much more enjoyable. Nick helped me build up my confidence in the language and reach my full potential! I would highly recommend him to anyone!
Rachel Glennon – A. Dublin 18 – Junior Cert 2018
I attended Nicks grinds for both fifth and sixth year and I thoroughly enjoyed his classes. It is obvious that he cares about his students and ensures that every student reaches their full potential. I did not do French classes in school and only attended one grind a week with Nick. However thanks to his exam-focused classes and excellent notes I managed to get a H1. I would definitely recommend all students studying French to attend Nicks classes and I believe any student would find them both beneficial and enjoyable thanks to Nick’s enthusiasm and humour!
Des Duggan – H1. Sandymount – Leaving Cert 2018
Nick is hands down the best French grinds teacher in Dublin, his understanding of the leaving cert and French language is one of a kind. He cares for his students and pushes them to improve each week. In sixth year, I started the French grinds with Nick. I was at a H5 grade before the grinds, small tips and phrases enhanced by French to a H2 in the leaving cert. It was an honour to learn from him and I would highly recommend other students to take up the grinds.
Hugo Murray – H2. Kilmacud – Leaving Cert 2018
“I cannot recommend Nicks French classes enough, from constantly struggling with French through school to always barely passing exams with Nicks help and constant support trough 6th year I was finally able to achieve a grade I never imagined I could get! Nick takes a personal interest and care in every student and makes each student feel valued. His exam focused techniques really allows students to excel especially under the pressure of the leaving cert! I’m extremely grateful for all Nicks help and support and without could not have achieved the grade I did!
Lucy Duggan – H3. Trim, Co Meath – Leaving Cert 2018
Nick really helped me get through my junior cert French exam. I found nick to be a friendly and helpful teacher who is completely focused on helping his students get the best grade they possibly can . His classes are small and completely exam focused which is extremely helpful, he also does regular tests which helped me to improve my grade and gain a better understanding of the language .He gives out great notes on topics such as the letter postcard and note he also gives out extra phrases which give you an edge in the exam. Nick helped me to enjoy French and I would not have been able to achieve this grade without his guidance and help.
Emma Doyle – A. Bray, Junior Cert 2018
I attended Nick’s French grinds throughout 5th and 6th year and found them thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end. Nick’s classes were exam focused while always retaining a friendly atmosphere. I looked forward to the class and left every week knowing I had improved. Nick prepared us so well for every aspect of the exam and ensured that we were confident. Nick truly cared for every student and always encouraged us to work at the best of our abilities. Thanks to Nick, I grew to love the subject as well as the language and couldn’t have been happier with my result in the end.
Sibéal McGloughlin – H2, Dalkey, Co Dublin – Leaving Cert 2018
Nick’s classes are small. The classes and the content are all geared towards the exam. He produces very detailed notes, he conducts regular tests- all of which ensure success in June! Thank you Nick.
Emma Brennan – A, Carrickmines, Co Dublin – Junior Cert 2018
I attended Nick’s French grinds from the beginning of sixth year. I found his classes both exam focused and enjoyable. Nick’s enthusiasm and encouragement kept me motivated throughout the year and gave me a love for the language. Thanks to Nick’s oral, written and aural notes and exercises, I was fully prepared for the exam. He gave me a boost of confidence in my ability to speak and write in French and thanks to him I received a H1 in the Leaving Cert. I couldn’t recommend him highly enough.
Sara Alexander Leacy, H1 – Blackrock, Co Dublin – Leaving Cert 2018
“I found Nick’s class incredibly informative and helpful throughout 6th year and especially in the run up to the final exam. Beforehand, I was nervous about trying a French accent, but Nick’s encouragement allowed me to speak out in French which really helped me in the oral exam in April. Nick provided us with amazing, unique material and phrases for the written exercises and prepared us for endless question that could be thrown at us. The class was always enjoyable and entertaining which made it easier to learn more in a comfortable environment and made me look forward to the class each week! Nick is incredibly dedicated to each student in the class and knows how to help each student improve individually. Over the course of the year, I went up two Grades in French and thanks to Nick I got a H2 in the Leaving Cert which I couldn’t have been happier with”.
Keara Curtin – H2. Loretto Abbey Dalkey – Leaving Cert 2018
I was really struggling with French in school at the start of sixth year but within a few weeks of going to grinds with Nick my standard of French had improved massively. I had to travel over an hour to and from Nick but it was so worth it. His notes were so exam focused and his preparation for the orals made everything so much easier. He pushed me to get a H1 in french and I’m now going on to study business and french in Trinity.
Orlagh Keegan – H1. Scoil Mhuire, Trim – Leaving Cert 2018
“All the help I received from Nick over the last year was second to none. Going into sixth year I was seriously considering dropping to ordinary level. I started doing grinds with Nick though in September of sixth year and I immediately started to feel the difference. His excellent notes, enthusiasm and true love of the language really shone through. I was overjoyed seeing my french result and I would not have been able to do it without Nick!”
Ted Halligan – H3. Foxrock – Leaving Cert 2018
“I started Nick’s grinds in sixth year and worked on improving my french through reading / listening comprehensions each week. Not only were his classes fun but I believe he helped me jump from a H5 to H3”
Barry Mac Gabhann – H3. Sandyford – Leaving Cert 2018
“I started French grinds with Nick at Christmas of 6th year. I had little confidence in my French and I was barely getting a H4 in school. With Nick’s help, I saw my standard of French improve week by week. I found his weekly grinds extremely helpful especially when it came to the oral exam. His notes and tips helped me to gain confidence in both the written and spoken French language. All of Nick’s classes were 100% exam focused which meant that there was no unnecessary learning. For the oral exam, Nick had me prepared really well and I never struggled to answer any question that was asked. I certainly would not have been able to achieve the grade I got without Nick’s help. My only regret is that I didn’t start with Nick from the beginning of 6th year.”
Jack Small – H2. Blackrock, Co Dublin – Leaving Cert 2018
I began doing french classes with nick at the start of sixth year and although I did not study french in school I felt very confident going into my french exam thanks to nicks exam preparation techniques. The 1 hour and fifteen minute classes consist of important exam related information with notes on all aspects of the exam such as the written paper, reading paper, listening and oral examination. He also prepared me fully for my oral exam by carrying out mock orals which covered all aspects of the exam.
Louis Twomey – H1. Blackrock, Co Dublin – Leaving Cert 2018
I attended Face à Face for both 5th and 6th year of school and I can safely say that Nick brought the subject to life through his passion, preparation and commitment as a teacher. He helped me achieve a grade I would’ve never thought of achieving two years ago.
James Dillon – H2. Stillorgan, Co Dublin – Leaving Cert 2018
I attended Nick for French grinds for my sixth year of school. Previous to this I was failing French. I found Nick to be an excellent teacher who went over and above to help myself and the other students to improve our level of French both verbal and written. I was very happy to achieve a H3 in my French leaving cert with thanks to Nick.
Niamh O’Regan – H3. Leopardstown, Co Dublin – Leaving Cert 2018
I’ve been a grinds student of Nick and would not have achieved the results I did without his help. His classes were interactive, comprehensive and never boring! He also gave me super tips on how to approach studying French for my Leaving Cert. I received a H2 in my Leaving Cert with his help. Both my older brother and sister had similar great experiences with Nick! I would highly recommend Nick for extra lessons.
Lulu Molloy – H2. Blackrock, Co Dublin – Leaving Cert 2018
“I started attending Nick’s grinds in the last few weeks of 5th year. Prior to this I was hugely struggling with French and was close to giving up on it altogether. However, throughout 6th year I began to enjoy the subject due to the manner in which Nick approached his classes and I went on to achieve a grade that wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for his grinds.”
Jack Macey – H3. Glenageary – Leaving Cert 2018
I was considering dropping french as a leaving cert subject because I felt that I wasn’t making any progress in it until I went to Nick. He completely transformed the way I approached the language and no stone was left unturned in preparation for the leaving cert exam. I am delighted to say that I got a H2 in French and will be studying Business and French in Trinity.
Lexi Kilfeather – H2. Slane, Co Meath. Rathdown School – Leaving Cert 2018
“Doing the French classes with Nick really helped me re-enforce what I was learning in school. I particularly found all the French oral classes with a Native French speaker very worthwhile”.
Liam McMahon – H2. Enniskerry – Leaving Cert 2018
I began taking french grinds with Nick at the beginning of 6th year as I was struggling to get above a H6 in my school tests. I found my grades gradually started to rise over the course of the year. The preparation for the oral and aural Leaving Cert exam was really helpful and gave we a lot of confidence going into the exam. I was very happy with the classes and found Nick organised and encouraging. My only regret was that I hadn’t started the grinds in 5th year.
Rory Geoghegan – H4. Stepaside – Leaving Cert 2018
I attended french grinds with Nick for sixth year. I found them really helpful and particularly the preparation for the orals. The mock orals Nick did with us, really helped me to focus in on my weaknesses. Specific topics for the orals and the written exam were covered very well and his notes were excellent. I was really hoping to get a H2 and I got a H1 which I was delighted about.
Michael McGagh – H1. Dalkey, Co Dublin, Blackrock College – Leaving Cert 2018
“I would highly recommend Nick to anyone looking to improve their level of French and who wants to achieve a good grade in the Leaving Cert. Nick was really helpful to me in bringing up my standard of French from a H5 level to a H2 in the Leaving Cert. I found his oral notes brilliant and a key part of bringing up my grade. I would also praise Nick’s ability to communicate with his students and how he genuinely cares about them.”
Cormac Spain – H2. Dun Laoghaire, Clonkeen College – Leaving Cert 2018
Nick’s classes and his way of teaching made it a lot easier for me to study French. His knowledge of the Leaving Cert course and the marking scheme, along with his notes, really helped me to achieve the grade I wanted. I found him very encouraging and motivating and I would highly recommend him. Thank you Nick!
Tom Maher – H2. Stepaside – Leaving Cert 2018
Nick has extensively dissected the Junior Certificate syllabus, exam papers and marking schemes. Each week he will guide you through the weeks comprehensive notes and re test you the following week. His system is simply built but skilfully condensed leaving you confident in all aspects of the course walking into the state examination. He is enthusiastic, passionate and above all has a great sense of humour and this, along with small class sizes just works. I could not have achieved this without his guidance.
Sadhbh Daly, Blackrock. A – Junior Cert 2017
I started with Nick at the beginning of fifth year and I saw an immediate improvement in my French. Due to the small class size, it made it easy to engage with Nick, and there was always a positive atmosphere in his classroom. Nick made me actually enjoy learning the language and without him I wouldn’t have got near my grade. Nick is a funny man,a brilliant teacher and above all a great guy. Cheers Nick!
Matthew Cahill – H2, Blackrock, Leaving Cert 2017
I attended Nick’s French Grinds for two years. In that time, we went through countless comprehensions, both listening and written. I was given excellent notes that covered all topics that could have come up on the written expression and journals. Nick also offered a 10 weeks oral exam preparation with tips and excellent notes which allowed me to succeed in the oral and give me a great head start going into the leaving cert. Along with weekly tests that ensured all the information was covered, I was thoroughly prepared for the French exam in June.
Eleanor Moore – H3, Sandycove, Leaving Cert 2017
Going into fifth year, I had a very poor level of French. With Nick’s comprehensive and exam focused notes on vocabulary and relevant topics my French improved immediately! I was confident going into the written and oral exam that there would be no question or topic too difficult for me to handle. The additional oral classes were hugely beneficial to me improving my spoken French. The small class sizes meant I was able to ask a question on anything that I was unsure of. Nick’s understanding of the marking scheme was also a huge advantage to me when preparing for the French leaving. I would absolutely recommend these grinds to anyone looking to achieve their best possible mark in French!
Maria Eirin O’Hurley H1, Coláiste Íosagáin, Leaving Cert 2017
I started doing grinds with Nick at the start of 6th year. I found his enthusiasm and continuous support very motivating. His easy to read notes provided me with everything I needed to get the best I could in the written expressions, reading comprehensions and the aural. I found the oral classes, notes and mock orals especially helpful as I struggled with confidence in speaking French but going into the oral I couldn’t have been better prepared more confident . Thanks for all the help Nick, I couldn’t have done it without your guidance.
Matthew Wilson H2, Ballycullen, Leaving Certificate 2017
I would highly recommend doing grinds with Nick in preparation for the leaving cert. I started grinds after Christmas in 6th year and was pleased with the small class size. I felt very confident going into the oral exam as Nick had covered every topic and had arranged numerous mock oral exams for us in the lead up to the real thing. My pronunciation greatly improved because of Nick. He gave us great notes filled with useful phrases. He prepared us for every element of the exam. I found the classes very informative and enjoyable as Nick is enthusiastic and has a great sense of humour. My only regret is that I didn’t start doing grinds with Nick earlier.
Julia Buckley, Blackrock H3, Leaving Cert 2017
I joined Nick’s class at the start of 6th year in preparation for my Leaving Cert. Nick’s classes made French enjoyable and I looked forward to attending them. My level of French improved greatly thanks to the organisation and structure of the lessons as well as the continuous monitoring of progress. As a result of this I achieved a H2 in the exam and I am confident in recommending Nick’s classes.
Athena Koumarianos, Dalkey, H2, Leaving Cert 2017
Nick’s class took me from a C to an A in French. The notes are thorough and easy to understand. I’m very glad that I took this class!
Martha McKinney-Perry, Cabinteely, A, Junior Cert 2017
Over the course of 6th year,I attended weekly grinds with Nick. His attention to detail is incredible. Every single aspect of the course is taken care of. The oral which many students dread is cleverly prepared for by Nick. The excellent notes supplied by him coupled with the optional but worthwhile mock orals provided me with the confidence to perform well when it came to the exam. In regards to the written exam, the methods used by Nick provided me with the best chance to flourish with the tricky reading comprehensions and the often unpredictable written expressions. Even the aural which a lot of teachers often neglect is looked at in detail by Nick. The small classes allow for maximal intake of knowledge. Nick’s humour and unique teaching methods mean that every class is enjoyable. Thanks to Nick, my expression, comprehension and vocabulary in French vastly improved and ultimately aided me in getting a H2 in French. If you are willing to put the work in I would highly recommend Nick’s classes to anyone.
Tom Cordial H2, Leopardstown, Leaving Certificate 2017
I first started doing weekly French grinds with Nick at the beginning of Sixth Year and cannot recommend him highly enough. The classes are both entertaining and informative and I immediately noticed an improvement in my French. The sessions are exam-focused and greatly added to my understanding of the language, as well as how to approach the Leaving Cert itself. Nick is an experienced and dedicated teacher who will undoubtedly help you reach your goal.
Daniel Wall H1, Cabinteely, Leaving Certificate 2017
Nick is extremely professional with the classes with regards to organisation, goals etc. He kept me motivated to do well in French. The oral traning was a real game changer for me because it gives you so much confidence going into your oral exam, especially how you are taught to deal with unexpected or strange questions on the spot, and most of the content you learn is transferable to the written exam. His notes are superb and you leave the class feeling so ready to take on the leaving cert. I couldn’t have done it without him! Merci!
Ruairí Egan H2, Blackrock, Leaving Certificate 2017
I cannot recommend Nick highly enough.I started grinds with Nick at the beginning of sixth year and I found his classes extremely helpful and exam focused. Each week Nick was extremely organised and enthusiastic which helped me to stay motivated with my work throughout the year. I know I would not have achieved this grade without Nick !
Keela Sexton H2 ,Blackrock , Leaving Certificate 2017
I did my leaving cert in 2017 and took French as an extra subject with Nick. I only had one class a week but Nick’s notes, enthusiasm and preparation for the oral exam were excellent and enough to prepare me for the tough exam. The oral preparation was especially good with French people taking one on one classes with me. I achieved a H1 (A1) in the leaving cert and now have a strong love for the language. I know that that wouldn’t have happened without Nick:)
Cliodhna Duggan H1, Dublin, Leaving Certificate 2017
I started doing French grinds with Nick in 5th year and continued with them until the end of 6th year. My level of French massively improved thanks to the structure that Nick gave and all of the extra vocabulary which was very useful in my reading comprehensions and in the written expression.
My confidence in the oral also increased with the continued assement in this area, I would definitely recommend these grinds to students with all levels of French.
Lauren McGrath H2, Monkstown, Leaving Certificate 2017
I started grinds with Nick at the beginning of fifth year. Nick’s consistently helpful and informative notes made studying for the exam so much easier and enjoyable. The oral practice classes were absolutely amazing. These made the real oral exam less daunting, which made me a lot more confident in my own French. If you struggle with any aspect of French, Nick will have easy-to-read notes that cover every topic imaginable on the exam. Every class was enjoyable and Nick’s humour made French a lot easier to learn. I would recommend Nick’s classes to any student.
Robert Johnston H1, Blackrock, Leaving Certificate 2017
I attended Nick’s classes over a year and received excellent notes and other useful information. The notes were easy to understand and follow, and were explained very well by Nick. The class size was small which allowed each student to get great attention. This helped improve my grade immensely.
Freya O’Byrne H2, Kilternan, Leaving Certificate 2017
Nick transformed my ability and confidence in French. His extensive knowledge of the Leaving Cert exam, and how it is marked, allowed me to reach my target of a H2. Nick has every area of the exam down to a tee, and I credit my success to his notes and teaching. As well as this, his classes are thoroughly enjoyable and always had a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The small size of the class allowed me to ask questions whenever I felt lost on a topic. Nick made french easy to learn for me, a student who’d previously struggled to reach their full potential in the subject. I am very thankful that I chose to attend Nick’s classes. If you are looking for a french grind that will pin point exactly what it is that you need to do in order to achieve your target grade, then look no further. Nick is your man.
Graeme Scaife H2, Booterstown, Leaving Certificate 2017
Nick is a great guy and an experienced teacher. His course is highly focused on the LC exam, whilst being fun. I would highly recommend face à face, especially if the student needs more oral and aural practise.
Sean Desmond H2, Monkstown, Leaving Certificate 2017
I began classes with Nick in January of sixth year. His notes are amazing and cover a wide range of topics which allowed me to feel confident going into the exam. I was always rusty with the grammar section of the paper butNick made sure that I was fully prepared before sitting the paper. I would recommend these classes to anyone and every one as they cater to all of levels of French. I guarantee that you will know the layout of the French paper off by heart and you will be a master of the marking scheme after going to these classes.
Eva Twomey A1, Blackrock, Leaving Certificate 2016
I started grinds with Nick last September for the duration of sixth year. Before attending Nick’s classes, I was at a very poor standard of French and was considering dropping to Ordinary Level. However, I quickly began to enjoy learning French through the help of Nick’s guidance. His enthusiasm , humor and attention to detail helped me to drastically improve my level of French and I’m sure I wouldn’t have achieved a B2 without him. I thoroughly enjoyed working with Nick and would highly recommend him to any student.
Fergal Whitely, B2, Blackrock, Leaving Certificate 2016
Grace Boyd, A1, Mount Merrion, Leaving Certificate 2016
I really hated French. Now, I really love it. I struggled with the classes in school and made little progress in 1st year. Then I started with Nick. His classes are small, exam focused and enjoyable. With Nick’s help I was prepared, ready and confident going into the Junior Cert Exam. Now, French is my favourite subject. Thank you Nick.
Layla Crosbie – A – Booterstown, Junior Cert 2016
I started weekly grinds with Nick at the start of 6th Year. He was a wonderful help throughout the entire year. To me what made Nick stand out were his incredibly focused, comprehensive and easy to understand and learn notes. Furthermore he made the oral part of the exam so manageable. Prior to starting with Nick my confidence in my spoken French was low but when I actually had my oral exam I felt fully prepared and confident.
I can’t recommend Nick highly enough! He genuinely cared not only about improving our grades but also developing a love for French and I feel he succeeded on both of these fronts!
Philip Johnston A1, Mount Merrion, Leaving Cert 2016
I started with Nick’s classes at the begining of 6th year with a very low standard of french.I managed to scrape a D in my 5th year summer exams.Throughtout 6th year I listened to Nick and did exactly as he advised and managed to obtain a B1 in my leaving certificate.I genuinely owe it all toNick and am certain I would not have achieved such a high grade without his help.He is a great instructor and knows exactly what is needed to succeed in leaving cert french.
Mícheál Cronin-B1,Ballinteer,Leaving Cert 2016
I started french grinds with nick in 5th year as I was barely passing higher level french, with Nick’s help I received a B1 in my leaving certificate. I would recommend these classes to anyone who struggles with french and is looking to improve for the leaving cert. The notes created by Nick are very well constructed and concise making them simple to learn. These classes also greatly improved my performance in the french oral examination, before I began these classes I could barely pronounce any french words and i dreaded the oral but within just a few weeks of Nick’s help i felt much more confident and prepared . I would absolutely recommend these classes as not only did they help me improve my grades greatly but the classes were always fun and engaging
Ellen O’Shea, A1, Shankill. Leaving certificate 2016
Absolutely fantastic classes, went from having low B grades in class to getting A grades, I would definitely recommend any leaving cert french student take these classes, especially if you find french difficult to speak and write, like I did! The notes given at every class were constructed in a way that made them easy to learn and very useful, you must give these classes a try!
Celia Reynolds A2, Blackrock, Leaving Cert 2016
Nick is very very exam focused, he does regular tests, which improved my french hugely. This is what got me an A in the Junior Cert. So happy! Thank you Nick.
Sinéad Sullivan, A, Stillorgan. Junior Cert 2016
I started weekly grinds with Nick at Christmas in 6th year. I found his weekly grinds extremely helpful especially when it came to the oral exam. His notes and tips helped me to gain confidence in both the written and spoken french language. He is a terrific teacher and without his help I would not have achieved a B1 in french.
Jenny McDonnell,B1, Blackrock, Leaving Cert 2016
I started French grinds with Nick at the beginning of 6th year. I had no confidence in my spoken or written French and I was barely getting a D in school. But that all changed very shortly. Nick gave me the confidence and the belief in myself. I enjoyed every class and thanks to him I recently started a BA in French in UCD.
Erin Keenan, C1, Bray, Leaving Cert 2016
I started French grinds with Nick in fifth year and stayed with him right until the end of sixth year and I could not recommend him highly enough. The classes were always exam focused and Nick made them very interesting and relevant. On the day of the exam I was able to answer any question there was on the paper very comfortably. For the oral exam, Nick had me very prepared and I never struggled to answer any question that was asked. I would not have been able to achieve the grade I got without Nick’s help.
Sinéad Dalton, Blackrock, A2 – French Leaving Cert 2016
I studied French with Nicolas Gries. His classes were excellent. They also kept me interested. He gave us the tools to sit the exams and achieve a result. He taught me proper study techniques, without which I might not have achieved my first choice in the CAO.
Joey Leddy, Cabinteely, B1 – French Leaving Cert 2016
Nick was brilliant help, and after 2 years of not doing french, he managed to bring my grade from a fail to a B. I found the classes straight to the point and his method of teaching really worked for me. I gained a lot of confidence from his class, thanks nick!
Clodagh Talbot, Dublin , B1 – French Leaving Cert 2016
I began grinds with Nick at the beginning of 5th year. Before I commenced, my standard of French was very low and I had no confidence in my abilities. With NIck’s help, I saw my standard of French improve week by week. The subject changed from a chore, to something that I enjoyed and was comfortable with. All of Nick’s classes were 100% exam focused which meant that there was no unnecessary learning. From the start, Nick took an interest in each pupil individually, and gave everyone the help they needed. I managed to obtain a mark in the Leaving Certificate that I never would have expected, all thanks to Nick.
Evan Farrelly – A2, Blackrock, Leaving Cert 2016
I started grinds with Nick in February of sixth year and due to his notes on a wide range of topics and guidance, including regular exam-type tests, I felt confident and prepared going into the exam. Nick offers great guidance through the entire French paper, is personally invested in each student and wants each student to achieve their full potential. I would highly recommend his grinds to anyone who is struggling with the language or simply wants to better their grade.
Rachael Benéid A2, Dundrum, Leaving Certificate 2016
If you want an A1 in leaving cert french then Nick’s french grinds are definitely your best option. I joined Nick’s grinds after Christmas of sixth year.At this stage, spoken french was my downfall. I struggled to get through sentences without loads of uh’s and um’s as well as many silent pauses. However thanks to Nick’s guidance and his spectacular notes (which I’m considering framing) I was able to enter the french oral confident with my level of spoken french. His notes on written expressions and the comprehension work we did in class also helped transform all my school assignments from B1/B2 standard to A1’s. Nick’s enthusiastic, energetic, yet attentive, teaching style makes following the classes easy and his unbelievable knowledge of the state exams, means his students are as prepared as one can be by the time June comes around. He is by far the best french teacher I have ever come across and I can’t thank him enough for his dedication to his french classes.
Daniel Dunleavy-A1, Blackrock, Leaving Cert 2015
I started grinds with Nick in preparation for my leaving cert. I scraped a pass in my junior cert and was worried I would have to take the subject at ordinary level. However with Nicks help my French hugely improved, Nick is exam focused and has a great understanding of what is needed to succeed in the leaving cert. He’s extremely professional and encouraging. He’s attentive with each of his students and he continuously monitors progress to target any areas his students are struggling in.Nick took the stress out of leaving cert French for me, as long as you do the work he gives, there’s no doubt your French will improve. I rose from a C3 grade to a B1 in my leaving cert.
Cliodhna Reidy – B1, Dun Laoghaire, Leaving Cert 2015
I really got to love French as a result of attending Nick’s classes. Nick had a great way of motivating me as languages were never my strong point. I felt that he took a personal interest in all of us in the class. He provided the “icing on the cake” for me as my result far exceeded my expectations. I would certainly recommend Face à Face French Grinds.
Michael Reidy – B1, Dublin 4, Leaving Cert 2015
Before I started going to Nick for French grinds I was a D student , after all the hard work and Nick’s encouragement, I succeeded in reaching my goal as a B student. Along with having a wonderful experience due to his great outgoing personality that provokes a good atmosphere I learned a lot and thanks to him I am studying French in college .
Katie Power-B3, Sandycove , Leaving Cert 2015
I had failed French for my junior cert and been failing ever since! I had no foundation of writing or speaking French and I was lost altogether. A friend recommended me to Nick and so I began my grinds with him ! After only 6 weeks I saw a massive improvement in my grades! I continued with Nick for most of 6th year and received a B3 in my leaving cert higher French exam.Nick’s way of teaching is beyond clever and designed to focus on getting leaving cert results which is why it works ! I cannot thank him enough.
Sam Kane – B3, Monkstown , Leaving Cert 2015
Starting a French grind with Nick in September was one of the best decisions I made in Sixth Year. This gave us extra time to cover a huge range of essay topics, meaning I had pre-prepared the main ideas and vocabulary behind all of my written expressions in the actual Leaving Certificate (by Christmas)! Nicks understanding of how Leaving Cert French is marked, early preparation, malleable phrases and general teaching techniques gave my written and oral French the backbone it needed to feel secure in an A1 without too much prior stress or cramming.
Rory McCluskey – A1, Blackrock, Leaving Cert 2015
I started with Nicolas March of 2015 in my sixth year of school . I definitely recommend Nick as a French teacher . His love of teaching , continued enthusiasm , motivation and support combined with top class notes helped me gain confidence for the exam . Thanks Nicolas for making French so enjoyable,
I now look forward to my college experience .
Gabrielle O Gliasain – B1, Dundalk Co. Louth, Leaving Cert 2015
When I first started attending the classes in February I was a C student at best. However with the help of Nick’s tutoring and excellent notes, I managed to achieve a B1 in the Leaving Cert. French was made a lot easier with Nick’s help. The classes were also very enjoyable and a lot of banter was had.
Jack Flynn – B1, Dalkey, Leaving Cert 2015
Before I started grinds with Nick I struggled a lot with French. I was a low C/ D student and was finding every section of the Leaving Cert Exam very difficult. Within a month of the grinds not only did my grades improve at school but I also began to enjoy class a lot more. With Nicks help I achieved a B3 in the Leaving Cert and also found a love for the language. It took an hour to drive to the grinds every week but it was defiantly worth it! I would recommend Face a Face grinds to everyone as they are enjoyable and very exam focused!Thanks so much for your help Nick!!
Becky Stokes – B3, Greenhills , Leaving Cert 2015
I decided to go to Nick half way through 6th year, before his grinds I struggled with French and rarely scraped a B grade, but thanks to his concise notes combined with his comprehensive understanding of the leaving cert and its marking system I was able to achieve an A2 in my final exam.
Patrick Ward – A2, Clontarf, Leaving cert 2015
I started with Nick about a month or so into sixth year, and up to this point I had no confidence in my French and my teacher was continually telling me I wasn’t fit for honours and should be doing pass as I was failing every test. This all changed very quickly as Nick simplified the leaving cert French course so that I understood exactly what I needed to learn, his handouts were easy to understand and he was always motivating me and supporting me with any difficulties throughout the year! I ended up getting a B2 in the Leaving Cert at Higher Level as I had the confidence and belief in myself that I was able to achieve it, this was all due to Nick, I can’t thank him enough!
Luke Mooney – B2, Rathfarnham, Leaving Cert 2015
I started Grinds with Nick a few months into sixth year and he hugely helped me with my French, not only did he provide really helpful notes, but he made the classes enjoyable and covered all the essential topics for the exams and gave us vocabulary for many topical subjects. He is a brilliant teacher who I would highly recommend!
Claire Maguire – B1, Bray, Leaving Cert 2015
If you are looking to improve your French and to get the grade you want,Nick is the answer. Before going to Nick I was struggling massively with passing higher level French and my average grade was 38% throughout 5th year, then I went to Face à Face grinds . Nick does not only give you exceptional notes about the leaving cert French course, but he is encouraging, uplifting and most importantly humorous. I can honestly say that Nick made learning French fun and without him I wouldn’t have got a C1 in higher level French.
Mark O’Connor – C1, Cabinteely, Leaving Cert 2015
Before I joined Nick’s classes, I was a low C student at best. After only a few of Nick’s weekly classes, I noticed a significant improvement in my skill and confidence in French, and my motivation in all subjects. Nick’s encouragement helped me greatly. French quickly became my favourite subject and I looked forward to each class at Face à Face. Thanks to Nick I have gotten my first choice in college and a lasting interest in French, which I hope to continue studying. Merci, mon ami!
Robert Duff – B2, Monkstown, Leaving Cert 2015
Before going to Nick I was a low to mid C student. I had an extremely limited knowledge of what was required of me for the leaving cert French paper, not to mention an even more limited knowledge of the French language in general. After working with Nick weekly for most of the year I could see my confidence in my ability increasing – as well as my grades in exams. Nick’s exam-focused notes cut down the amount of study time needed for success in French. I attribute much of my success in the leaving cert in general to his fantastic motivation, which focused me in all subjects – not just French. Without him, I probably wouldn’t have gotten my first choice, and most definitely wouldn’t have had an A in French.
Robert Cahill – A2, Blackrock, Leaving Cert 2014
When I started with Nick after Christmas I was a C student and really wasn’t enjoying French at all. Nick is a great teacher and I had serious fun in every grind. We went through every section of the course until I was really confident with all of it, and manage to get an A2 in the Leaving Cert Higher Level which I was incredibly happy with. I would definitely recommend Face a Face – French Grinds to everyone! Cheers Nick.
Cormac Berkery – A2, Dalkey, Leaving Cert 2014
I decided in fifth year that I would study French as a subject outside school. The grind I went to for that year hardly improved my French at all, so coming in to Nick at the beginning of 6th year, I had a very low standard of French, hoping to achieved a C at most. Over the year we practised written and oral French and with Nick’s help and positive encouragement all the way through, I achieved an A2 in the end. Nick’s classes are not only extremely helpful when aiming for a high grade in French, but also a fun, stress free environment, which is particularly important towards the end of the year. I would definitely recommend Nick’s classes to anyone studying French.
Jenny O’Mahony – A2, Blackrock, Leaving Cert 2014
I took up French for the first time at the beginning of 6th Year, and came toNick hoping to scrape a D. But with his enthusiasm, encouragement, and wonderfully concise and helpful notes, I improved week after week and ended up with Higher Level A1! I couldn’t have done it without him and his brilliant grinds. Merci, Nick!
Roisin Walters – A1, Bray, Leaving Cert 2014
All through secondary school French was my worst and least favourite subject. My grades rarely exceeded Ds. Coming into sixth year I was in fear of failing but weekly lessons with Nick improved my grades and, specifically with Nick’s style of teaching, my confidence. With his help I managed to get a B2 in the leaving cert which I wouldn’t have dreamt of the year before.
Roddy Fitzpatrick – B2 – Dalkey Leaving Cert 2014
I came to Face à Face with only seven weeks to my Leaving Cert! I had gotten a B in Higher level in the mocks and my teacher in school felt this was a fair reflection of my ability. I wanted to do better, but wasn’t confident that I was capable of doing so. However, after my first lesson with Nicolas, he convinced me that I had the ability to achieve more. As well as being a fantastic teacher, Nicolas is a great mentor. He takes an interest in you as a person, giving his own very ‘French’ advice on school, exams and life after the Leaving Cert. On the day of the results, I got my A in French and that was truthfully down to Nick. But along with my A, Nicolas gave me perspective and realization that life doesn’t end with your Leaving Cert result, whatever you get, it’s really only just the beginning!
India Murray- A2, Blackrock, Leaving Cert 2014.
Nick is a native, a gifted and committed teacher. He prepares each lesson throughly in advance and has the talent of making them fun. His passion for the french language and culture is contagious. He is totally focused on the student and will modify the course depending on their need and ability. It is thanks to Nick that I got an A in honours French in the Leaving Cert.
Nicholas Morgan – A2, Dun Laoghaire, Leaving Cert 2014
Having Nick as a teacher gave me much more confidence with French. He knew exactly what the examiners wanted and had amazing notes to help. He proved invaluable in the oral classes especially and I know I would not have received this grade without him. Nick also gave me a love for the French language which I hope to use in the University and in my future.
Cliona Walsh – A2, Stillorgan, Leaving Cert 2014
I walked into Nick in 6th year struggling to reach that 40% in Higher LevelFrench. Not only that, my French teacher was on my back trying to convince me to drop to ordinary level. But I couldn’t, I needed the points. Face à Face not only transformed my understanding of French as subject for the Leaving Cert but also the way I spoke it and wrote it. Nick gives the lesson that is personal but you walked away with a universal understanding of French you may, like me, not had before you went in. He went through Oral, Aural, Written, basically rules and tricks that most French teachers either don’t know or don’t tell. Most importantly he’s a friend. A motivator. And a brilliant Grinds teacher.
Luke Fitzpatrick – C3, Donnybrook Leaving Cert 2014
When I decided to go to Nicks French classes, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. The minute I walked into his classroom, he was really helpful. I found myself progressing week after week. I thought his classes were fun and engaging to be a part of. He shows he is a person who cares about his students and wants them to succeed. So, with Nick’s help my grade improved and I would have no hesitation in recommending his service. Merci beaucoup Nick.
James Byrne – B1, Killiney Leaving Cert 2014
I really enjoyed Nicks French classes and the notes were a huge help especially in the Oral, he had you prepared for every question. I had always struggled with Higher Level French and had failed the mock, but with his notes and encouragement I ended up with a C2 in the Leaving Cert Higher Level. I would recommend Nick to any student studying French. Thanks Nick!
Ruth Shaw – C2, Sandymount, Leaving Cert 2014.
I would definitely recommend Face à face French grinds to anyone who is struggling with Higher Level French. Nicks enthusiasm, dedication and commitment in every single class benefitted me greatly. His classes are structured excellently with the notes being brilliant handed out in each class. He simplified the course down to make me fully understand what was needed to obtain a good grade. Every class was very enjoyable which made the learning easier. Thanks so much Nick.
Donal Lane – B3, Killiney,French Leaving Cert 2014
Before coming to Nick I was hovering around a C3 in my written and oral French. I was struggling with my comprehension and my confidence. French was by far my least favourite subject and I hated sitting down to study it. I heard about Face à Face Grinds from a friend and decided to give it a go. This was the best decision I made during 6th year. Over the 12 sessionsNick systematically went through every part of the Oral exam. He broke down what felt like an endless wall of grammar and vocabulary into bite-size, easy to learn chunks. Walking into my French oral , I had never been so prepared or confident for an exam in my life. What had been 10 minutes of torture and pigeon French in my mocks transformed into a fluent and informal chat. I can safely say that this was the best possible start to my Leaving Cert. Nick gave me the confidence I needed to work harder, not only in French but in all the subjects I took. I continued with Face à Face after the oral for help with the written exam. I began to genuinely enjoy studying the language and learning more about the French culture. Face à Face grinds gave me more than just A1 in my Leaving Cert. I now have a real appreciation for and understanding of French
Patrick Finlay, Monkstown, A1 – Leaving Cert 2013
I would recommend Nick to anyone! He is an energetic, enthusiastic and dedicated teacher who really gave me the confidence to stick with Higher Level French. Before I started with Nick I was certain I would drop to Ordinary level but from the first lesson with Nick, I began to consistently improve across all aspects of the subject. I ended up getting a Higher Level B2, a grade I never thought I could have achieved. Thanks Nick I could not have done it without you!
Stephen Power, Dun Laoghaire, B2- French Leaving Cert 2013
I began classes with Nick 10 weeks prior to my leaving cert. Working with him really helped me reach my full potential in French. His extensive knowledge of the Leaving Cert course provided me with phrases and vocabulary, for both my oral and written exams, that ultimately led to me receiving an A2 in French. I would highly recommend him to anyone!
Garry Ringrose, Blackrock, A2 – French Leaving Cert 2013
Face à face French Grinds really helped me get through my junior cert exams. That seventy five minutes a week went a long way, and without it, I would not have achieved the grade I received in my Junior Cert exam. I got an E in my French mocks, but with Nicks help and lots of hard work I scored a B at higher level in the real exam itself! Nick is there to guide students to the best of his ability so they can work more effectively at home. He teaches you the best ways to study, with techniques and phrases for exam questions such as the note, and the letter and so on. I would highly recommend these grinds to anybody wishing to get higher marks then they are currently getting. I myself will be returning for those grinds for my leaving cert because they helped so much! Nick is quite a calm teacher, and can help out with any question or queries you may have about the exam. These grinds help build confidence for exam situations, as well as improving your overall French itself!
Jack Magee, Glenageary, B – French Junior Cert 2013
I started grinds with Nicolas Gries after I failed my mocks. I got 33%.I found Nicolas to be an amazing and friendly teacher.He taught me how to study effectively. After a week or two my confidence in French increased dramatically, but, most importantly I found I no longer hated the language. Thanks to Nicolas I got a B at higher level in my Junior Cert.
Joey Leddy, Cabinteely, B – French Junior Cert 2013
Working with Nick greatly improved my French throughout the year. I had always struggled with languages throughout my years in school, but once I began working with Nick my results in French quickly began to improve. With Nicks grinds I went from a low C student to get a B1 in the Leaving Cert, something I would never dream of, before working with Nick. I strongly advise everyone to work with Nick because he will get you to fulfil your potential.
John Slowey, Dalkey, B1 – French Leaving Cert 2013
I was struggling a lot in French for my Leaving Cert. I did my October exams, but failed miserably. My teacher constantly insisted that I should drop down to ordinary level. However, I was determined to stick with higher level. Then I met Nick. Thanks to him, I went on to get a C3 in my Leaving Cert in Higher Level. Nick’s teaching method simplified the course and made learning French easier. I would strongly recommend Nick to anyone who wants to improve their grade in French.
Jamie Doherty, Knocklyon, C3 – French Leaving Cert 2013
Since there is no set course for French, I found it quite hard to study for it comprehensively, but through weekly one to one sessions with Nick, his experience and knowledge of the subject gave me a direction and he made it so much easier. I ended up with an A2 in honours, and I couldn’t have done it without Nick. Merci mon ami!
Conal McCluskey, Blackrock, A2 – French Leaving Cert 2013
Before starting my grinds with Nick, I was constantly getting low C’s in Leaving Cert Higher French, but with Nick’s help, I achieved a B2. Nickmakes the subject fun, and he makes sure his students are comfortable with a topic before moving on. He really helped me with my Oral examination too, as he helped with pronunciation, and covered everything that could be asked in the Oral. I would strongly recommend Nick’s grinds to anyone! Thank you Nick!
Brian Maher, Monkstown, B2 – French Leaving Cert 2013
I found that by working with Nick on a weekly basis my french improved greatly throughout the year. Any difficulties I had in class were sorted out straight away and in the end my leaving certificate result reflected Nicks huge commitment to the development of my level of french. His expertise is invaluable.
Jack Dempsey, Dalkey, B1 – French Leaving Cert 2012
I really enjoyed my lessons with Nick. He gave me great help in both the written and the oral in a way that only a native french speaker could. Merci Nick.
Jack Ó Faoláin, Booterstown, A1 – French Leaving Cert 2012
I decided to get french grinds in sixth year and couldn’t have been luckier to find Nick. I was a ”D” student when I first met him but as a result of his dedication and patience while teaching me, I ended up winning my schools award for french as well as obtaining a B1 grade in the exams. His lessons are always relaxed and enjoyable making the language a pleasure to learn. My written and aural french improved immeasurably over the year and I owe it all to him! Thanks so much Nick!!
Brendan Clarke, Killiney, B1 – French Leaving Cert 2012
The grinds with Nick really helped both my written and spoken French. He helped build my vocabulary and my confidence in speaking and understanding the language. My only regret is not starting them earlier!!! I would recommend these grinds to anyone studying French, especially to those who are in 5th and 6th year.
Laura O’Flynn, Blackrock, B1 – French Leaving Cert 2011
I was considering dropping to pass French last Easter. A friend who was getting grinds from Nick recommended him to me. I got a C1 in honours French thanks to the work I did with Nick”
Jessie Gallagher, Cabinteely, C1 – French leaving Cert 2011