Private French Tutoring
Since 2005, we have helped students improve their confidence and grades in French, AP French, and SAT II in French. Our clients have even included other professionals in the field of education - teachers, Ivy League professors, and members of the Princeton University administration. Whether your child is struggling or simply looking for enrichment tutoring, our exceptional French tutors will create a customized approach tailored specifically for your needs. After each session, you'll receive a detailed progress report to track your child's improvement (view a real recap from one of our French tutoring sessions).
What Parents Say about Our French Tutors
The parent of a ninth grader at the Lawrenceville School contacted us help her son improve his French skills. He was generally a very good student, but had been struggling with a higher-level French class mostly reserved for sophomores and juniors. We matched the son with Nina, a chemistry major at Princeton University who grew up in a French-speaking family and had studied the language for seven years. After their first session, the mother wrote us:
“Nina, Thanks so much. Stephen really liked your tutoring style.”
Please visit our testimonials page to read what other parents have said about our amazing tutors. We receive messages like these every week!
Why Princeton Tutoring?
The BEST French Tutors – Our rigorous recruiting and testing process ensures that we have the best tutors in French as well as all other subjects. Our tutors are former valedictorians, founders of volunteer groups, and top athletes, who are deeply engaged in a multitude of activities and will bring that same high-level commitment to your child’s education.
The Most Effective Matching Process – No need for you to scroll through dozens of potentially unqualified tutor profiles. Our experienced staff will match you with the tutor who will be the perfect fit for your child’s unique needs.
Post-Tutoring Recaps – Session summaries keep you in the loop, help you track progress, and give you peace of mind.
Satisfaction Guaranteed – We have an impressive track record of increased grades and confidence, and many of our clients are returning customers or referrals. This is why we can offer the best guarantee in the industry.
What further differentiates us from the competition is our genuine desire to help your child succeed. Both Kevin and I started tutoring in high school and continued throughout our college years at Princeton and beyond. We chose to tutor because it was extremely rewarding and something we truly enjoyed.
Princeton Tutoring was born out of the early successes of our former clients and our desire to provide high-quality tutoring to other families. We understand better than most what parents are looking for, what children need, and which qualities make the best tutors.
Thank you for considering us. We look forward to speaking with you and working with your child to help fulfill his or her academic potential.
Why Do Students Struggle with French?
The most common aspect of French that students have trouble with is pronunciation. French has many sounds that don’t exist in English, and it takes time and practice to be able to hear the sounds and learn how to shape them with your mouth. Moreover, the way different French vowels are pronounced changes often, and there are many rules for when various sounds are and aren’t pronounced. All of this can be very confusing.
The other primary challenge of French involves syntax – that is, how various words and other parts of the language are arranged to form phrases, sentences, etc. Pronouns, for example, are used differently. Also, French is a heavily inflected language, meaning that the endings of words frequently change depending on context. English is only a slightly inflected language, which means we aren’t used to thinking about word endings as much as is necessary with French.
One of the best ways to improve speaking ability is to…practice speaking! However, most students don’t have much opportunity to speak French outside of the classroom. And when they do, they may be hesitant to do so for fear of making grammatical mistakes or mispronouncing words.
Tutoring in a one-on-one setting puts the student at ease and facilitates more conversation. Students are encouraged to speak and to make mistakes. If possible, we like to conduct tutoring sessions entirely in French.
Our stellar French tutors have helped many students improve in class and grow comfortable with the language. Some of our tutors have studied in France, come from French backgrounds, or have spent time in French immersion schools. And, some of them are national French award finalists and winners of various speaking contests. All of them are enthusiastic about sharing their love of the language with others.
How Princeton Tutoring Can Help
- Understand Your Needs
- You will have a consultation with one of our partners or directors, all of whom are experts in education.
- We will identify your goals, and learn more about your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses, learning styles, personality, and interests.
- Make a Perfect Match
- Our partners have more than 15 years of experience matching clients to the right tutors – and we are VERY good at it.
- Customized French Tutoring
- Each tutoring session is tailored specifically for your child’s unique needs.
- While working through homework problems and preparing for tests, your tutor will explain confusing concepts and address any gaps in fundamental knowledge.
- Proper study skills, organizational skills, and learning techniques are emphasized and reinforced at every session.
- Post-Tutoring Recaps
- After every tutoring session, you will receive a detailed progress report to keep you informed.