Degree: English Language and Literature (MA Hons) (Bachelors) - Edinburgh University
A short introduction:
Hi, I'm Pat and I'm a motivated student at the University of Edinburgh. I study English Literature (MA Hons). Literature is my all-time passion and I enjoy nothing more than discussing it and helping others study it.
Due to having undergone rigorous admissions processes, I completed my ELAT to a high-level performance and was invited to Oxford interviews; I was also accepted into other Russell Group Universities such as Exeter and Durham.
I have helped several classmates and friends write and edit their Personal Statements, and have a thorough knowledge on how to write a good one (having edited my own 15 times!). My friends now study in universities such as Oxford, York, UBC, and the like.I have also previously tutored maths formally, and edited several dozen English essays, thus sharpening my own skills.
During the sessions, we will use mindmaps, bullet points and highlighting, because in all of the subjects I cover, organization is key. It helps to form associations quickly so that essays can be better organized and written faster. I will help with any questions you have but also make sure that your knowledge goes beyond the core basics and has the finesse that examiners are looking for. I will help you sharpen your vocabulary, give you tips and tricks on how to write effective essays, and help you build your confidence in these subjects.
Book a session
The easiest way to meet me is to book a Meet-the-Tutor session or send me a Webmail. Let me know what you'd like to cover and what exam board you're studying. I look forward to helping you!
|English Literature||IB||£20 /hr|
|.ELAT||Uni Admissions Test||£25 /hr|
|English Literature HL||Baccalaureate||6|
|German B SL||Baccalaureate||6|
|Extended Essay (English Literature)||Baccalaureate||A|
|ELAT||Uni Admissions Test||49/60|
|Before 12pm||12pm - 5pm||After 5pm|
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Debbie (Student) October 31 2016
Sheela (Parent) October 24 2016
Constance (Student) February 18 2016
Valeria (Parent) June 25 2016
Most people are tempted to start with a quote; I would strongly advise against it. You only have a certain amount of space to spend discussing literature, so start off immediately by talking about it, straight from the first sentence.You can incorporate quotations later, wherever relevant. In your introductory beginning, discuss what it is about literature that sets it apart for you. Later on, you can show why you're suited to the subject, but start off by talking about why it is important to you. Avoid clichéd beginnings that talk about how you've always loved reading; discuss what it is about literature in the here and now that makes it special rather than your nostalgic bond with it.see more
Make sure you're planning the paragraph separately first; use bullet points. Start off by identifying which theme you're going to discuss in this paragraph. Underline a few quotes from the poem that contribute to the theme, and analyse them. Once you've picked up on the main points of the theme, the techniques and the effects of the techniques, structure your paragraph according to that.
Discuss what the theme is, what the poet chooses to say about it. Once you've identified the theme and discussed the theme, use a full quote (no short fragments), and discuss the quote in detail. Pay attention to how the poet chooses to convey their thoughts. Talk about the literary devices that the poet has used, and what their effects are. How do they manipulate the tone? How do they add to or take away from the central theme? Finish off your paragraph by stating the relation of the effect to the theme.
How it relates to your grades:
In the IB it's always important to remember that the examiners want evidence for every point you make, and it's important to make sure that you explain and develop your evidence fully in order to score the highest marks. Articulation and clarity are highly lauded.see more
Remember you have only 90 minutes to get through the ELAT, and structure accordingly. Be familiar with your strengths beforehand: are you more comfortable analysing prose or poetry? Spending too long making a decision on your choice of analysis can cost you valuable time. Read through all of the material once; make a swift decision as to which two you can compare. If you see a writer you've studied before in class, pick that. This means you are already familiar with their style and techniques and will be able to discuss it well.
I would advise that you pick two texts rather than three so as not to spread yourself too thinly over the time given. Make a brief plan in which you compare and contrast the central themes from the two writers in each paragraph. Once you've got a basic plan, write swiftly, and try to leave some time for drafting your conclusion at the end. You want to leave the examiners with a good final impression!see more