Maddison S. A Level French tutor, GCSE French tutor, GCSE English tut...

Maddison S.

£20 - £25 /hr

Studying: French and Linguistics (Bachelors) - Oxford, Lady Margaret Hall University

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About me

I am a French and Linguistics student at the University of Oxford. Ever since I can remember, language has been my passion, and everything language-related has interested me - so much so that I aspired to study it at one of the best institutions in the world! I can help with a wide range of issues in French language like grammar and translation, and I read French literature reguarly for my degree as well so if you have any questions regarding further French and help with settling into the higher levels of French in education I can definitely help you! 

As for Oxford admissions and the MLAT, since I am a student at Oxford I have had experience not only with the Language Admissions Tests but also with the interview process that takes place for language students so I would love to help - and definitely encourage - students with applying to Oxford. It really doesn't have to be as scary as it might seem.

If you are interested in brushing up or maintaining your French skills with me, or improving your chances at an Oxford offer and interview, get in touch on this website and let me know what level you're at and what you're struggling with. I would love to help and can't wait to hear from you! 

I am a French and Linguistics student at the University of Oxford. Ever since I can remember, language has been my passion, and everything language-related has interested me - so much so that I aspired to study it at one of the best institutions in the world! I can help with a wide range of issues in French language like grammar and translation, and I read French literature reguarly for my degree as well so if you have any questions regarding further French and help with settling into the higher levels of French in education I can definitely help you! 

As for Oxford admissions and the MLAT, since I am a student at Oxford I have had experience not only with the Language Admissions Tests but also with the interview process that takes place for language students so I would love to help - and definitely encourage - students with applying to Oxford. It really doesn't have to be as scary as it might seem.

If you are interested in brushing up or maintaining your French skills with me, or improving your chances at an Oxford offer and interview, get in touch on this website and let me know what level you're at and what you're struggling with. I would love to help and can't wait to hear from you! 

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About my sessions

In my sessions it is the student's choice what we do. I have had sessions going through past papers, having conversations in French, going through grammar structures, and just generally chatting about what their aims are. All of my sessions are specifically catered to each student and I will give any supplementary work depending on whether I believe the student needs it - like I said, discussion with you is the first step to figuring out where we both are and then I can tailor our sessions perfectly for you. 

In my sessions it is the student's choice what we do. I have had sessions going through past papers, having conversations in French, going through grammar structures, and just generally chatting about what their aims are. All of my sessions are specifically catered to each student and I will give any supplementary work depending on whether I believe the student needs it - like I said, discussion with you is the first step to figuring out where we both are and then I can tailor our sessions perfectly for you. 

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5from 13 customer reviews
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George (Parent)

October 19 2017

Went far beyond her duty to help me- I'm very grateful!

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Alice (Student)

July 18 2017

Explained everything well, very helpful

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Harinder (Parent)

April 4 2017

Excellent support given to my son. Really happy. 5 + star tutor. Many thanks Maddison

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Harinder (Parent)

December 7 2016

Fantastic tutor, lucky to find a good tutor to help my son with his GSCE's. Thanks for all your help and support.

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
FrenchA-level (A2)A*
English Literature A-level (A2)A
HistoryA-level (A2)A*
Psychology A-level (A2)A (AS)
Extended Project Qualification (Linguistics based)A-level (A2)A (AS)

General Availability

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Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrices
FrenchA Level£22 /hr
FrenchGCSE£20 /hr
-Oxbridge Preparation-Mentoring£22 /hr
-Personal Statements-Mentoring£22 /hr
.MLAT (Modern Languages)Uni Admissions Test£25 /hr

Questions Maddison has answered

How do I form the passé composé?

The passé composé is one of the past tense forms in French. It is used to describe events that happened and finished in the past - for example, I ate a sandwich is j'ai mangé un sandwich. To form the passé composé, you need two things: the auxiliary verb and the passé composé form of the verb you're trying to conjugate. 

The auxiliary verb will be 'avoir' or 'être'. Most French verbs take avoir - so, your first chunk of forming the passé composé is the present tense of this verb in whatever appropriate form for person. For example: j;'ai, tu as, il/elle/on a, nous avons, vous avez, ils ont. 

There are a handful of French verbs that take être, however. There is an easy way to remember these: they are the DR MRS VANDERTRAMP verbs! Devenir, revenir, monter, rester, sortir, venir, aller, naître, descendre, entrer, rentrer, tomber, retourner, arriver, mourir, partir. It might seem like a lot to remember but if you keep trying to memorise you will be fine! Here you just use the present tense form of être like you did with avoir - so, je suis, il/elle/on est, nous sommes, vouz êtes, ils/elles sont. 

For regular French verbs forming the passé composé is quite easy for the next step - ER verbs need their ER chopping off, and an é adding on. IR verbs have their IR chopped off and an is added. RE verbs have their RE chopped and replaced with a u. For example: manger = mangé, finir = fini, rendre = rendu. There are quite a few irregular verbs such as faire, boire, even the auxiliary verbs themselves are difficult - but with practise we can memorise them and they'll stick in our brains! 

In terms of agreeing our passé composé, the verb at the end doesn't need to agree with the subject (eg je or elle) unless the auxiliary verb is être. 

EG: j'ai mangé une pomme et elle a mangé une pomme VS je suis sorti et elle est sortie. 

Happy conjugating!!

The passé composé is one of the past tense forms in French. It is used to describe events that happened and finished in the past - for example, I ate a sandwich is j'ai mangé un sandwich. To form the passé composé, you need two things: the auxiliary verb and the passé composé form of the verb you're trying to conjugate. 

The auxiliary verb will be 'avoir' or 'être'. Most French verbs take avoir - so, your first chunk of forming the passé composé is the present tense of this verb in whatever appropriate form for person. For example: j;'ai, tu as, il/elle/on a, nous avons, vous avez, ils ont. 

There are a handful of French verbs that take être, however. There is an easy way to remember these: they are the DR MRS VANDERTRAMP verbs! Devenir, revenir, monter, rester, sortir, venir, aller, naître, descendre, entrer, rentrer, tomber, retourner, arriver, mourir, partir. It might seem like a lot to remember but if you keep trying to memorise you will be fine! Here you just use the present tense form of être like you did with avoir - so, je suis, il/elle/on est, nous sommes, vouz êtes, ils/elles sont. 

For regular French verbs forming the passé composé is quite easy for the next step - ER verbs need their ER chopping off, and an é adding on. IR verbs have their IR chopped off and an is added. RE verbs have their RE chopped and replaced with a u. For example: manger = mangé, finir = fini, rendre = rendu. There are quite a few irregular verbs such as faire, boire, even the auxiliary verbs themselves are difficult - but with practise we can memorise them and they'll stick in our brains! 

In terms of agreeing our passé composé, the verb at the end doesn't need to agree with the subject (eg je or elle) unless the auxiliary verb is être. 

EG: j'ai mangé une pomme et elle a mangé une pomme VS je suis sorti et elle est sortie. 

Happy conjugating!!

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