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Maddison S.

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

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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 am a very friendly and approachable tutor and have experience helping secondary school students with their English skills. I hope that now I can help you with your French and/or English! My sessions: During sessions with me, the content that we cover will be entirely up to you. If you want to work on conversation skills and speaking, grammar, constructing sentences or even on your translation and exam skills, I can help. 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!  I really want to make the study of language fun and exciting for you, because it definitely is to me. Maybe I can find another student who loves practising grammar as much as I do!! I need help with English, not French.  Since I am studying French at university, I read a lot of French literature and the skills that I use in analysis and essay writing are entirely transferable into English literature. I studied English literature at A Level and received an A grade including As in all of my modules. I have a huge passion for literature whether it is English or French and like to think that I can help pass on this passion and understanding to you. As for English language, as a Linguistics student I am fasincated by all things language-based and personally loved my GCSE course. I would love to help you get a better understanding of English language and I believe by choosing me to help you, you will get not only detailed help but also the enthusiasm of someone who has dedicated their life to language!   I'm applying to Oxford and I have to take the MLAT. Can you help? 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 (and Cambridge). It really doesn't have to be as scary as it might seem, and hey, if I did it, you can too!  What next? If you are interested in brushing up or maintaining your French or English skills with me, 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! 

Subjects offered

French A Level £22 /hr
English GCSE £20 /hr
English Language GCSE £20 /hr
English Literature GCSE £20 /hr
French GCSE £20 /hr
-Oxbridge Preparation- Mentoring £22 /hr
-Personal Statements- Mentoring £22 /hr
.MLAT (Modern Languages) Uni Admissions Test £25 /hr


English Literature A-levelA2A
Psychology A-levelA2A (AS)
Extended Project Qualification (Linguistics based)A-levelA2A (AS)
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5from 8 customer reviews

Alice (Student) July 18 2017

Explained everything well, very helpful

Harinder (Parent) April 4 2017

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

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.

Harinder (Parent) October 26 2016

Really helpful. Thanks
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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 ...

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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