Revision guides

LAST UPDATED: 2018-04-23


QUIZZES = you may find it useful to prepare using the the vocabulary pages at the end of each chapter and the ebook’s audio flashcards

TEST 1 = on ch. préliminaire + ch. 1

TEST 2 = ch. 2

TEST 3 = ch. 3

TEST 4 = ch. 4

FINAL EXAMINATION = everything up to the end of ch. 4


folon-yestothoughtGENERAL GUIDANCE

The good news about FREN 101 & 102 exams is that you should not have any revision to do; none of the sorts of “studying” that are needed in some other kinds of course and academic field.

French is a language; and language-learning is more like music or sport than, say, biology or economics. Language-learning is cumulative—with new knowledge building on previous acquisitions—and happens and is reinforced through regular practice. If you have been to class, worked in class, and worked on your online exercises outside class: ideally, doing some French every day: then you should be well prepared for all the quizzes, tests, and exams in FREN 101 & 102.

What more can you do?
Work on the online exercises: revision for tests and exams is one of the reasons you have multiple attempts and no deadline for them!

You can also do other exercises in iLrn (these are optional, in that they do not count towards your grade), and redo exercises worked on in class from the textbook (and indeed other exercises from the textbook too; these, too, are optional and do not count towards your final grade).

Work in shorter intensive stretches (maximum 20 to 30 minutes), with regular breaks. Set an alarm or a timer, to ensure that you have a break for at least 5-10 minutes every hour. Eat. Sleep. Exercise, especially outdoors in the fresh air. (If your parents and other family tell you this all the time: give them a hug from me.)

Read, watch, and listen to some French every day: even 5 minutes of skim-reading newspaper headlines online. Any French, from any Francophone place, on any subject. This is also a good excuse to watch a movie in French (in French, preferably with sub-titles in French too).

BONUS: some useful practical general tips and advice from Timothy Gowers (Mathematics, University of Cambridge) > scroll down to “General study advice”


“Self-tests” and “Practice” in iLrn may be helpful: I would recommend doing these together with one or two other students. These are mainly intended for practice before the final exam, rather than chapter tests, but if you are working with some other students in a study-group this is good material on which to work.

The “Reprises” sections at the end of some chapters, accompanied by their videos and exercises. These are in iLrn > Media Library > pick whichever chapter you are working on, or go through them all one by one > “Les Stagiaires.”