Tim H. GCSE French tutor, GCSE Spanish tutor, A Level French tutor, A...

Tim H.

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Degree: Modern Languages (French with Spanish) (Bachelors) - Exeter University

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About Me

I'm a student at the University of Exeter where I study primarily French and Spanish. I'm completely fascinated by languages to the point that I procrastinate by learning other languages that I don't officially study, namely Portuguese, German and Japanese! I've lived in France for a year studying and working, and have also spent three months studying in Spain, where I grew to be really comfortable using both of these languages. I'd love to get students interested in languages too and show them how fun it can be, as well as solving some of those grammar related frustrations you may have.

I'm qualified as a teacher of English as a foreign language and I've also had experience as a live-in tutor of English in France and also helping first year students here at university with their French work.

What will the sessions be like?

This will depend on what you want to get from the sessions. I'm happy to help you with any of the four key skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) depending on which you find most difficult. For reading and listening, we can use texts or videos online and break them down together to find useful vocabulary and to help you understand the global meaning. For writing, we can work on some key essay phrases and how to structure your arguments. I understand that speaking can be intimidating so I'd like to create a relaxed environment where we can talk together at a pace that suits you. If grammar is your main concern, I can provide clear, simple explanations and follow these up with exercises and also with getting you to use the new grammatical points in context, so that they become useful and meaningful to you.

What now?

Please send me a 'Webmail' or book a 'Meet the Tutor Session' and we can talk about how you hope to improve.

I look forward to meeting you!

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
French A Level £20 /hr
Spanish A Level £20 /hr
French GCSE £18 /hr
Spanish GCSE £18 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
FrenchA-LevelA*
MathsA-LevelA
ChemistryA-LevelA
BiologyA-LevelA
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CRB/DBS Standard

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Questions Tim has answered

How do I know whether to use por or para?

Because these words are both translated to English with 'for' it can be difficult to choose between them at times. In order to choose correctly, there are several rules to remember, here are the most important ones: Por 1) For a duration of time: Estudié por dos horas - I studied for two hou...

Because these words are both translated to English with 'for' it can be difficult to choose between them at times. In order to choose correctly, there are several rules to remember, here are the most important ones:

Por

1) For a duration of time:

Estudié por dos horas - I studied for two hours

2) The reason for something:

Estoy cansado por falta de sueño - I am tired because of a lack of sleep

3) Frequency

Voy al cine dos veces por semana - I go to the cinema two times a week

4) In passive sentences

El edificio fue construido por Juan - The building was constructed by Juan

5) To thank someone for something

Gracias por la ayuda - Thank you for the help

Para

1) Purpose of an action/goals

Estudio para aprobar los examenes - I'm studying in order to pass the exams

2) Recipient 

Este regalo es para Maria - This present is for Maria

3) Deadlines

Los deberes son para el viernes - The homework is for Friday

4) Physical destinations

Voy para Chile mañana - I am going to Chile tomorrow

(Note you can also say 'Voy a Chile mañana' here)

There are more situations that require 'por' and 'para' but these are some of the most important ones. To help you remember, think that 'por' generally looks backwards to the reason why something happened, and 'para' generally looks forwards towards the goal or purpose of an action. However, the only way to master these is to memorise the rules and different situations in which you use 'por' and 'para'.

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