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Florianne H.

Degree: English Literature (Bachelors) - Durham University

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About me

English Literature graduate from Durham University, author, journalist, proofreader, and fluent French speaker.  I'm available to tutor English Literature, English Language, and French, for both native English speakers and ESL students.  I can help with personal statements, essays, and Extended Project Qualifications. 

French Experience - Born and lived in Paris, parents fluent in French. - Went on a French exchange in Year 12 where I worked in a primary school. - Lived and studied French in Toulouse for three months. - Level B2 French Language from Alliance Francaise.   

English Literature/Language Experience - Author of two 90,000-word novels. - Former Books Editor of Durham's student newspaper, Palatinate, Tab writer, and Editor of my school magazine, Dux. - Interned at Penguin Publishing, The Daily Telegraph, NME, TvTimes, The Sun, Absolute Radio, and Marie Claire. - Winner of the Graham Landucci Prize for Exceptional Performance in English Literature and the Hunter Davies Journalist Award.  

Teaching Experience - Tutor for five years. - Taught French in a primary school in London and English in a primary school in Paris. - Worked at Barracudas children's camp.- Led creative writing workshops at Durham University. - Worked with autistic children and my local Brownie group.

About my sessions

My aim during the sessions is to make them fun and personal, full of anecdotes and interesting facts to aid memory.  This is something you cannot get in classroom situations where the teacher cannot dedicate their time to one pupil. Most importantly, I'm hoping my love of and enthusiasm for my subjects will inspire my tutees, a love that can only be gained through my years of experience.  I think visual and interactive tasks are important, which means I'm a great fan of worksheets and activities that I will prepare before every lesson and tailor to the needs of the pupil.  For pupils doing exams, I will source past papers that we can practice during the sessions.  In terms of homework, I am happy to prepare and set pieces depending on what the parent(s) require.   Lastly, no task is too challenging, so contact me with any tutoring request...I look forwards to meeting you!

Subjects offered

English GCSE £24 /hr
English Language GCSE £24 /hr
English Literature GCSE £24 /hr
French GCSE £24 /hr
English 13 Plus £24 /hr
English 11 Plus £24 /hr
-Personal Statements- Mentoring £26 /hr


English LiteratureDegree (Bachelors)2:1
English Literature A-levelA2A*
Spanish A-levelA2A
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5from 229 customer reviews

Joy (Parent) August 21 2017

She was really good. would definitely recommend.

Joy (Parent) August 15 2017

She was really good. I learnt so much more about English.

Tim (Parent) May 13 2017

Thanks very helpful again !-)

Lee (Parent) May 1 2017

An excellent tutor. Exudes enthusiasm, is passionate about her subject and passes that on. Her tutorials are enjoyable, to the point, and her guidance excellent. She is totally reliable, always willing to go the extra mile and we very much appreciate the help she gives. Very highly recommended.
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How do I form the present subjective in French?

French Present Subjunctive   First thing to know – the subjunctive is not a tense but a mood.  So if you’re getting a bit moody struggling through the subjunctive, keep reading…   Regular verbs   The present tense subjunctive is formed by conjugating –ER, -IR, and –RE verbs into the prese...

French Present Subjunctive


First thing to know – the subjunctive is not a tense but a mood.  So if you’re getting a bit moody struggling through the subjunctive, keep reading…


Regular verbs


The present tense subjunctive is formed by conjugating –ER, -IR, and –RE verbs into the present third person plural (‘they’ or ils), removing the ‘ent’ ending and then adding the endings (-e, -es, -e, -ions, -iez, -ent) to the stem.


·      For example:

To say “it is necessary that the government understand the importance of secondary education” you take the infinitive of the verb ‘understand’ (comprendre), conjugate it (compredent), make it into a subjunctive stem (comprend-) and then add the first person singular ending, ‘e’.



Il est necessaire que* le gouvernement comprende l’importance de l’education scholaire. 

*Remember – if you’re stuck on when to the use the subjunctive, it is always placed after ‘que’.


·      Another example:


It is important that the girls finish their homework tomorrow.

Il est important que les filles finissent leurs devoirs demain. 


Nasty Irregulars


Of course, life is never that simple.  You’ve got to tackle the irregular verbs too, especially as there are many commonly used ones in the subjunctive.  The most important ones are être, avoir, faire, and aller.  Although there is a slight pattern in the subjunctive endings, as with all irregulars you just have to learn them, as the stems look quite different from the original infinitive.


Être: je sois, tu sois, il soit, nous soyons, vous soyez, ils soient.

Avoir: j’aie, tu aies, il ait, nous ayons, vous ayez, ils aient.

Faire: je fasse, tu fasses, il fasse, nous fassions, vous fassiez, ils fassent.

Aller: j’aille, tu ailles, il aille, nous allions, vous allies, ils aillent. 

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