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Hi looking for advice from people who have done or are doing A-Level French

I'm currently in year 13 with predicted grade A* and exam board edexcel.

I'm really hoping to achieve this A* and just wanted some tips on how to best prepare and revise for exams to get this grade. What did/do you find most helpful like past papers or revising vocab or essay plans etc? Also any speaking exam prep tips? I know everyone will be different I just thought it would be useful to get opinions!

Thanks! :smile:
Original post by ellie0112
Hi looking for advice from people who have done or are doing A-Level French

I'm currently in year 13 with predicted grade A* and exam board edexcel.

I'm really hoping to achieve this A* and just wanted some tips on how to best prepare and revise for exams to get this grade. What did/do you find most helpful like past papers or revising vocab or essay plans etc? Also any speaking exam prep tips? I know everyone will be different I just thought it would be useful to get opinions!

Thanks! :smile:

Speaking as a French teacher:

If you are already predicted an A* then I would make the recommendation that you make a priority of revising your grammar really thoroughly to guarantee you actually achieve it. Grammar is a weak spot with just about everyone and you can really stand out to the examiners if your knowledge of grammar is well above the average.

You need to be able to do all your tenses without thinking about them, conjugations have to be 100% correct. These are easy to revise, as are basics such as personal pronouns (me, te, le/la/lui etc but also y and en), relative pronouns (qui, que, dont, ce que, ce qui, use of preposition + lequel), use of du/de la/des and de on its own. Practice stuff like agreement of adjectives, agreement of past participles - make sure you understand the rules.

There is a brilliant grammar book that you can get which is geared for self-study: https://www.amazon.co.uk/French-Grammar-Essential-Sixth-Beyond/dp/095706120X

Beyond that:

- Go through your essays and texts and make sure you understand the main ideas and opinions, as well as the arguments to support those opinions.

- Read, read and read. And then read some more. Not just about your topics, but anything. Any contact you have with French will help you build up your vocabulary and understanding of structures.

- Listen to some French - about 20 minutes to half an hour - every day if you can manage that. Le Journal en français facile on the RFI website is really useful as there is a transcript in case you get stuck.

- Try to speak some French every day. If you can, have lunch with your classmates and agree to speak French then - even just ten minutes a day will build up fluency and confidence. The nearer you get to your exams, the longer you can make your now really useful lunch break!

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