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Adam R.

Degree: French and German (Bachelors) - Oxford, The Queen's College University

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About me

Hi there!

I am a second year linguist at Oxford University. Although French and German are my speciality, I take a strong interest in all facets of education: arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences.

In order to excel in one's studies, I believe that a love of learning is most important, and I aim to pass this on to all of my students.

As a teacher, I am patient, interactive, and enthusiastic. During time spent tutoring children from the ages of 5 to 18, I have learnt that every student is unique, and requires a specific method of teaching.

The Tutorials: The student's needs are at the heart of my sessions. I am happy for you to choose which topics we will cover, and am likewise confident in suggesting subjects myself.

What now? If you would like to know more, send me a 'WebMail' or book a 'Meet the Tutor Session' through this website.

I look forward to meeting you,


About my sessions

Languages are an incredibly diverse subject, involving listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, literature and cultural understanding at the highest level.

At secondary school level I will aim to foster enthusiasm and confidence for expressing oneself in a foreign language. As we progress, grammatical accuracy becomes increasingly important. Literature is all about knowing your texts well. Once this has been achieved, I will be able to complement your knowledge thereof with the relevant context, literary terms, exam technique to make your essays stand out.

MLAT: Language is my forté; I came in the top 10 for the Oxford entrance exams and will be happy to pass on the grammatical knowledge and exam technique required to excel in the MLAT. I can also assist with the personal statement and the other facets of the UCAS process.

As for the other subjects, I am happy to discuss these during our ‘Meet the Tutor’ Session.

Subjects offered

French A Level £20 /hr
German A Level £20 /hr
Chemistry GCSE £18 /hr
Economics GCSE £18 /hr
English Language GCSE £18 /hr
English Literature GCSE £18 /hr
English and World Literature GCSE £18 /hr
Extended Project Qualification GCSE £18 /hr
French GCSE £18 /hr
German GCSE £18 /hr
Politics GCSE £18 /hr
Science GCSE £18 /hr
French 13 Plus £18 /hr
German 13 Plus £18 /hr
Science 13 Plus £18 /hr
.MLAT (Modern Languages) Uni Admissions Test £25 /hr


English LiteratureA-levelA2A
Government and PoliticsA-levelA2A
General StudiesA-levelA2A
Extended Project QualificationA-levelA2A
French and German Preliminary ExamsDegree (Bachelors)DISTINCTION
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How and when do I use the French past historic?

The French Past Historic Introduction In French, the past historic (aka the passé simple or the preterite) is used to describe actions completed in the past, similar to the perfect tense. Key Differences between the past historic and perfect tense 1) The past historic is used in only in fo...

The French Past Historic


In French, the past historic (aka the passé simple or the preterite) is used to describe actions completed in the past, similar to the perfect tense.

Key Differences between the past historic and perfect tense

1) The past historic is used in only in formal writing and exceptionally formal speech. The perfect tense, on the other hand, can be used in both speech and writing, formal and informal.

2) The past historic describes events which are 'detached' from the present. The perfect tense, by contast, has more of a link to the present.

For example, if I were to begin a historical, written factfile with the sentence: 'Voltaire was born in 1694.' I would use the past historic, 'Voltaire naquit en 1694', because it has no obvious connection to the present.

However, if I were to explain why I am supplying you with this sample question, I would use the perfect tense, 'Je vous donne cet exemple d'une question, parce que j'ai décidé de travailler chez mytutor', because my decision to work for mytutor is very much attached to the present action of providing you with this sample question.


As with all language, learning there will always be irregular forms of verbs which must be committed to memory. However, there are some broad rules for forming verbs in the past historic:

-er verbs:

- je donnai         

- tu donnas      

il/elle/on donna

nous donnâmes          

vous donnâtes

ils/elles donnèrent

Verbs which have an irregular stem, such as manger and lancer keep their stem apart from when the ils/elles form is used:

- je mangeai           - ils mangèrent

- je lançai               - ils lancèrent

-ir verbs

- je finis

tu finis

il/elle/on finit

- nous finîmes

- vous finîtes

- ils/elles finirent

-re verbs

- je vendis 

- tu vendis

- il/elle/on vendit

- nous vendîmes

- vous vendîtes

- ils/elles vendirent

Many French verbs have a past participle that ends in 'u'. For some of these verbs, such as lire (lu); concevoir (conçu); devoir (dû). Some of these verbs use the past participle for their stem.

- je lus

- tu lus

- il/elle/on lut

- nous lûmes

- vous lûtes

- ils/elles lurent 


- The past historic is used mostly in formal writing.

- It is used to describe completed actions in the past, which are detached from the present. Thus it is used with the imperfect tense: 'I was playing football when I broke my leg' -> 'je jouais au foot quand je me cassai la jambe'.

- You can study A level French without using it, with the importance on being able to recognise it. The perfect tense can be used in its place. 

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