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Degree: English Literature (Bachelors) - Durham University

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Hello! My name is Annie Davison and I am currently studying English Literature at Durham University. I would love to help any student who wants some help with either English Literature or Classical Civilisation.

I decided to start tutoring as I thought I would be good at communicating helpful ideas and advice, since I am also very passionate about drama and do a lot of it in my spare time from my studies. Similarly, I work at a large tourist destination in Northumberland, where I teach children in various different activities from arts and crafts, to drama and sport. As a result of these experiences I feel that I am good at listening and communicating, at answering questions in a precise and easy to understand manner, and would be an enthusiastic tutor!

At school and university I have studied a large amount of texts which I believe have given me the skills I need to be an effective and helpful tutor.

At GCSE and A Level English Literature I studied the AQA courses, where I read and analysed literature which ranged from poetry, to war texts, to the gothic genre, to aspects of narrative. 

At A Level Classical Civilisation I studied the OCR course, where I read and analysed literature which ranged from epics (The Odyssey, The Iliad, The Aeneid), tragedy (Agamemnon, Trojan Women, Medea, Ajax), and comedy (The Frogs, Lysistrata, The Swaggering Soldier, Psuedolus)

At University, I study six modules: English Language and its History, Introduction to Poetry, Introduction to Drama, Introduction to the Novel, The Heroic Age, and Classical and Biblical Backgrounds. Here, I have analysed a vast number of texts, some of which have built upon the knowledge of texts I have already studied (i.e. The Odyssey, The Iliad, The Aeneid, the works of Marvell)

In my tutorials, I want to troubleshoot specific problems. This could range from having trouble writing essays, to understanding how the exam works, to analysing specific texts for the whole hour, or how to revise, or comparing a number of texts to each other. I will draw upon my experiences of having tutors at University for some inspiration, but will also add my own ideas of using other material to inspire a student. I may ask for a student to write a list of questions that they may have for me, and similarly, by the end of the tutorial, I may have a list of questions that I think would be beneficial for the student to take away and think about. 

I look forward to working with you and achieving the best possible exam results! :) 

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
Classical Civilisation A Level £20 /hr
English A Level £20 /hr
English Literature A Level £20 /hr
English GCSE £18 /hr
English Literature GCSE £18 /hr
Geography GCSE £18 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
English LiteratureA-LevelA
Classical CivilisationA-LevelA*
GeographyA-LevelA*
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Questions Annie has answered

How can I stop 'feature spotting' in an exam?

'Feature spotting' is a term that teachers often throw around in classrooms, and sometimes never fully explain. This can lead students feeling confused and frustrated. This was a problem that I used to have, before I established what  'feature spotting' actually was. Basically, 'feature spot...

'Feature spotting' is a term that teachers often throw around in classrooms, and sometimes never fully explain. This can lead students feeling confused and frustrated.

This was a problem that I used to have, before I established what  'feature spotting' actually was.

Basically, 'feature spotting' is when you simply name the different techniques used by an author in a piece of text. So in a question such as 'Compare how Marvell uses language to present ideas and feelings in 'To His Coy Mistress'', instead of analysing the way that the features work you will simply state what Marvell uses.

Feature spotting - 'The structure of To His Coy Mistress is split up into 3 stanzas. Marvell uses exaggeration here. He then uses explicit imagery here, to back up the exaggeration. He then uses alliteration here.'

 

Answering the question - 'Marvell structures To His Coy Mistress as a three pronged attack upon the female addressee, starting in the first stanza by using flattery and extremely exaggerated imagery. 'I would / Love you ten years before the flood, / And you should, if you please, refuse / Till the conversion of the Jews.' The images that Marvell conjures up - the notion of the speaker's love existing before the Flood, and for it to last until the conversion of the Jews - is farsical as the whole idea is that the Flood happened an impossibly long time ago, and Jews do not convert. This imagery helps to present the idea that the speaker in To His Coy Mistress loves the addressee for a particularly long time, due to the farsical, unimaginable comparisons that Marvell is alluding to. 

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