Jessica  H. A Level French tutor, GCSE English Literature tutor, A Le...
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Jessica H.

Degree: Modern Languages (Bachelors) - Durham University

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Having just done my French A-Level, I can help explain some of those trickier grammar points, or go through your GCSE oral presentation with you (I've already done so for both my siblings!). I can equally help you to explore French poetry and novels, and make you love French literature as much as I do! I’m equally passionate about English literature, having studied A-Level English, and have also written an EPQ on the Albigensian Crusade, so I am very willing to show you the best methods to get top marks in your essay writing.

Although I love languages, I am aware of how scary orals can be and have experience helping pupils prepare for exams, having run a French clinic at sixth form. I know that everyone learns differently, so I would be glad to develop sessions tailored to your exam board and your own way of learning, whether that be through pictures, games or written explanations.

I hope I can help you, so if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to book a free meet the tutor session with me!

Subjects offered

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Extended Project Qualification A Level £20 /hr
French A Level £20 /hr
English GCSE £18 /hr
English Literature GCSE £18 /hr
French GCSE £18 /hr

Qualifications

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FrenchA-LevelA*
English LiteratureA-LevelA*
GeographyA-LevelA
Extended Project QualificationA-LevelA*
General StudiesA-LevelA*
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How should I revise English?

It may seem like a stupid question, but how do you learn a book? The best advice I can give is the following........ 1) READ IT! Ideally you should read it once before you study it in lessons, and at least once again afterwards. If you do this then you will automatically increase your underst...

It may seem like a stupid question, but how do you learn a book?

The best advice I can give is the following........

1) READ IT! Ideally you should read it once before you study it in lessons, and at least once again afterwards. If you do this then you will automatically increase your understanding of the text as you will notice more of the text's techniques once you already know its plot and meaning.

2) DIVIDE THE TEXT INTO 3/4 THEMES. In whatever way takes your fancy; typed up notes, mind maps or something else. Under each heading you should have ten to twelve quotes which illustrate the theme, and explain techniques used in the sentence to do this. Then briefly mention context.

For example if I was revising Of Mice And Men I might choose 'The American Dream' as a theme, and underneath it I would have the following quote: 

' "O.K Someday - we're gonna get the jack together and we're gonna have a little house and a couple of acres an'a cow and some pigs and -".'

Then I'd write a few lines explaining what this quote shows, even if it isn't relevant to the theme....

- The relationship dynamic between Lennie and George, where George is always is a position of responsibility as Lennie acts like a child.

- The humbleness of their dreams- they aren't looking for riches or wealth beyond their wildest dreams but simply to have their own home and to be self-sufficient.

- It's always George who tells this to Lennie- George later reveals he is weary of telling it. By the end he realises they won't ever achieve their dream.

Finally I'd add a note on context .....

In 1930s America itinerant workers made up a large part of the population as farmland was overused and subsequently lost its fertility. As a result farmers lost their jobs and had to take up work wherever they could find it. George and Lennie are examples of these.

3) PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT. Try having a go at past papers and ask your teacher to mark them to see how you do. By the exam you should have done a couple, and at least one in timed conditions.

GOOD LUCK!

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Why do past participles that take 'avoir' sometimes agree with the noun?

The answer is the preceding direct object. Take the sentence the boy ate the apple. Here we have a subject (the boy), followed by the verb (ate) and then the object (the apple). So the sentence would be as follows..... Le garçon a mangé la pomme. HOWEVER If the object comes before the verb...

The answer is the preceding direct object.

Take the sentence the boy ate the apple.

Here we have a subject (the boy), followed by the verb (ate) and then the object (the apple).

So the sentence would be as follows.....

Le garçon a mangé la pomme.

HOWEVER

If the object comes before the verb, that is it precedes the subject which does the action to it, then the past participle has to agree in gender (masculine and feminine) and in number (singular or plural) with the object.

So it would become.........

La pomme a été mangée par le garçon.

Because pomme is feminine the past participle 'mangé' has an extra 'e' to make it agree.

The preceding direct object is useful to show off your knowledge of the french language, and also allows you to place the emphasis on the object in a sentence, by placing it at the start, rather than the subject.

 

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