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1. Learn vocabularly regularly - little and often is the best way.
Following a lesson, look over vocabulary and learn any new words.
2. Learn how to use a dictionary and use it regualrly. Look words up and check words yourself, don't wait for your teacher to find mistakes.
Using a dictionary:
a) You are trying to find out what 'des as de volant' means. You know that volant means a steering wheel. Look up as and you find 3 meanings.
- Roman coin
- ace (cards, dice)
- ace/star (sports)
You choose number 3 because 'Des as de volant' is the name of a road-side cafe in the passage you are reading.
b) You are checking your work. You have written 'la problème'. This looks feminine as it ends in e but when you check in the dictionary it is masculine (s.m = singular masculine) i.e. problème.
3. Revise grammar regularly. Look over grammar points following a lesson and learn structures which are new to you.
4. If you miss a lesson, ensure you collect the work and catch up on what you have missed.
5. Ask for further explanation when necessary, also extra work for your areas of weakness. Don't be afraid to ask questions or admit you don't understand. Your teacher may assume you are OK if your don't say anything.
6. In class, participate, contribute, support for your own benefit. Read newspapers (in English as well as French) so you develop lots of ideas on modern issues which will stand you in good stead for discussion or essays.
7. Be self-disciplined, hand work in regularly, keep to deadlines and organise your private study time sensibly. Try to match your lesson time with your private study time i.e. 3 hours of lessons = 3 hours private study.
8. Organise your notes well in a filing system. Review them regularly. Be prepared to read and research on your own initiative - do not expect to be taught everything.
9. A visit to France is highly recommended.
10. Enjoy yourself! It's a lot of work but will be really rewarding and worthwhile if you persevere.