Katherine M. A Level French tutor, GCSE French tutor, A Level Italian...
£18 - £25 /hr

Katherine M.

Degree: Modern Languages & Cultures (Bachelors) - Durham University

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About me

About Me:

I am studying for a degree in French & Italian at Durham University. I have always been fascinated by languages, how they work, and the cultures attached to them. I even hold the unpopular opinion that grammar can be fun! 

I have a fair amount of teaching experience:

I have worked as a volunteer education officer at my local Wildlife Trust since 2014, teaching school children about the natural world and leading birthday parties

During my A-levels I tutored students at my school in French, Biology and Chemistry

I have given numerous piano lessons

I am a cheerful, positive person, and I am very patient, friendly, and dedicated as a teacher. I am innovative, and I will adapt my teaching style according to your learning preferences. I genuinely want to help you to become more confident so that you can achieve your goals

My Tutorials:

With languages there many different aspects that need to be understood and practised compared to other subjects, which is why I believe one-on-one tutoring is so effective.

Unlike a school teacher, I can devote all of my energy and attention to your learning alone for the entire lesson. A lot can be achieved in 55 minutes when you are the sole class-member, and hopefully you will have fun! (I’ll try my best anyway!)

During our sessions, you will guide what we cover. I am happy to help you with whatever you like, but here are some suggestions of how I can be of service to you:

I CAN:

Help you with anything you’re struggling with

Improve your understanding of grammar

Work on your pronunciation and fluency 

Practice speaking with you in the target language

Help you to memorise things, such as vocabulary and conjugations

Advise you on how to improve your homework and coursework

Proof-read coursework so that we can correct any mistakes together

Guide you through practice exam papers

Revise with you!

I can also provide you with moral support and encouragement. It is my priority to boost your confidence, and ensure you don’t become stressed!

I CANNOT:

Do your homework for you, as much as I would love to! However I can certainly help you, provide advice, and also check for any mistakes before you hand it in!

It is very important to me that you enjoy my lessons, and come away from each session feeling positive and confident in your abilities.

Want to study languages at university?

Good on you! Languages are a fantastic skill to have, and are useful in almost any career path. I can offer impartial advice and answer any questions you have about studying languages at university. Also I’d be happy to help with your personal statement if you think it needs improvement or checking!

Ready to get started?…

If you have any questions, send me a ‘WebMail’ or book a ‘Meet the Tutor Session’. Remember to let me know which exam board you are using, and what you need help with.

I look forward to meeting you! À bientôt! 

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
French A Level £20 /hr
Italian A Level £20 /hr
French GCSE £18 /hr
Italian GCSE £18 /hr
French 13 Plus £18 /hr
-Personal Statements- Mentoring £20 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
BiologyA-LevelA*
ChemistryA-LevelA
FrenchA-LevelA*
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Questions Katherine has answered

How can I tell when I need to use the subjunctive?

In your written exam, you may need to conjugate verbs correctly but without being told which tense they should be, or whether or not they should be in the subjunctive. Instead of trying to memorise the hundreds of different expressions that require the subjunctive in French, the good news is ...

In your written exam, you may need to conjugate verbs correctly but without being told which tense they should be, or whether or not they should be in the subjunctive.

Instead of trying to memorise the hundreds of different expressions that require the subjunctive in French, the good news is you can actually make an educated guess to tell if the subjunctive is needed!

It all depends on the mood behind the phrase (because of course the subjunctive is know as a mood rather than as a tense). The subjunctive is generally used to express a lack of certainty, a probability, or an emotion or feeling.

To demonstrate this I will now give you some examples of common subjunctive phrases that express:

Lack of certainty 

il est possible que - it is possible that…

douter que - to doubt that…

ne pas être sur que - to be unsure…

il n’est pas probable que - it is improbable that…

An aim or wish

afin que - in order to…

pour que - in order to…

vouloir que - to want…

préférer que - to prefer…

souhaiter que - to wish that…

Condition

pourvu que - provided that…

à condition que - on the condition that…

jusqu’à ce que - until that…

c’est nécessaire que - it is necessary that…

There are some exceptions, because as you probably know by now, French can be very complicated and sometimes it doesn’t make sense!

For example there are a number of phrases that are not subjunctive, such as ‘je pense que…’, BUT then as soon as you put it in the negative, you get: ‘je ne pense pas que…’ which IS a subjunctive phrase! 

If you want to learn why, and to understand these rules completely, book a session and I’ll be happy to help! 

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How do I know whether a verb takes 'à' or 'de' as a preposition?

Unfortunately, like with many things in French, the prepostition that a verb or phrase takes is something you just have to learn by heart! Fortunately, below I have made a list of the verbs and prepositions that you will most likely encounter/ need to use on a regular basis! À aider à - to h...

Unfortunately, like with many things in French, the prepostition that a verb or phrase takes is something you just have to learn by heart!

Fortunately, below I have made a list of the verbs and prepositions that you will most likely encounter/ need to use on a regular basis!

À

aider à - to help to…

apprendre à - to learn to…

arriver à (faire quelque chose) - to manage to (do something)…

commencer à - to begin/to start to…

continuer à - to continue to…

s’habituer à - to get used to…

réussir à - to succeed at…

De

avoir besoin de - to need…

choisir de - to choose to…

conseiller de - to advise to…

décider de - to decide to…

essayer de - to try to…

oublier de - to forget to… 

parler de - to talk/speak about…

refuser de - to refuse to…

If you remember all of these, it should help you a lot in your studies, as they are commonly used!

If you would like help putting them into sentences or would like to learn some more, please arrange a tutorial!

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2 months ago

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How do I know whether a verb takes 'à' or 'de' as a preposition?

Unfortunately, like with many things in French, the prepostition that a verb or phrase takes is something you just have to learn by heart! Fortunately, below I have made a list of the verbs and prepositions that you will most likely encounter/ need to use on a regular basis! À aider à - to h...

Unfortunately, like with many things in French, the prepostition that a verb or phrase takes is something you just have to learn by heart!

Fortunately, below I have made a list of the verbs and prepositions that you will most likely encounter/ need to use on a regular basis!

À

aider à - to help to…

apprendre à - to learn to…

arriver à (faire quelque chose) - to manage to (do something)…

commencer à - to begin/to start to…

continuer à - to continue to…

s’habituer à - to get used to…

réussir à - to succeed at…

De

avoir besoin de - to need…

choisir de - to choose to…

conseiller de - to advise to…

décider de - to decide to…

essayer de - to try to…

oublier de - to forget to… 

parler de - to talk/speak about…

refuser de - to refuse to…

If you remember all of these, it should help you a lot in your studies, as they are commonly used!

If you would like help putting them into sentences or would like to learn some more, please arrange a tutorial!

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