I’m Emma, an English and Related Literature student at the (often cold, but always cheerful) University of York. As such, I can confidently offer tutoring in English Literature and English Language – two great passions of mine!
I first discovered tutoring during sixth form, throughout which I was a voluntary mentor, tutoring pupils both within and outside school. I taught everything from grammar and spelling, to essay writing and poetry analysis. It was a pleasure to watch the students I was helping grow in confidence as their results and attitudes towards the subject improved. I also have experience teaching younger students as a voluntary classroom assistant at my local primary school. Through these endeavours, I have gained a real understanding of the responsibilities of a teacher, as well as an appreciation for hard-work and a student's dedication to learning.
However, my love for English is not confined to the academic. Encouraged by the progress and engagement of my ‘mentees’, I ran my school’s creative writing club which allowed students to explore their own creative potential outside the curriculum. It was incredibly rewarding to see these students develop their ability and attain recognition for this through entering competitions and sharing their work.
My previous experience has shown me just how fulfilling and productive one-to-one tutoring can be, and I am consequently eager to share my own knowledge and tips with anyone who wishes to develop their skills in this field. Although academic progress is the priority, I also believe it is important to encourage students to engage with the subject in a way that allows them to derive joy from the texts they read and pride in the writing they produce themselves.
I welcome any enquiries about how I can help with any problems you may be having and look forward to hearing from you soon.
|English Literature||A Level||£24 /hr|
|English Language||GCSE||£22 /hr|
|English Literature||GCSE||£22 /hr|
|English and World Literature||GCSE||£22 /hr|
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There are several methods you can consider when learning to write an analysis of an unseen poem. My first piece of advice is to practice analysing poems quickly and succinctly, in exam conditions, in the run-up to your exam. During these practice sessions you should try to use different methods of approaching the poem in order to ascertain which one works best for you.
One method is the TAILS system; this acrostic can be used to remind you of key elements on which to focus. T is for 'theme', L for 'language', and so on. This can help you to structure your answer and ensure you cover a wide range of poetic devices, meaning you will meet the marking criteria for a really successful answer. Other methods could involve picking out recurring themes and patterns from poems you already know, so you can look out for similar techniques in poems you have never seen before. Familiarising yourself with specific and technical terminology will impress the marker and hopefully demonstrate a developed understanding of the text. So, try to learn buzz words that will wow the examiner, but be careful to use them only where relevant!
It can be extremely useful to spend five to ten minutes at the beginning of your exam reading and re-reading the poem and question. I would advise reading them through at least twice - and carefully - before proceeding to annotate. Once you have annotated the poem, pick out three of your best and most relevant points. If you do this before you start writing, you will be able to construct a well-structured and developed essay, through explaining in the introduction what your thesis is, as well as how you can support your statement. This way, the hard work is out of the way nice and early, allowing you to focus on your writing.
It is crucial to remain calm; whilst an unseen poem can seem daunting and impenetrable at first, by following this advice and preparing extensively beforehand, you can avoid nerves and develop the confidence and ability to excel in this task.see more