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Degree: History (Bachelors) - Oxford, New College University
Hi I’m Freddie and I’m currently studying History at the University of Oxford. In both academic and non-academic terms history has always been my passion, in my tutorials I hope to develop not only skills needed to excel in exams but a similar passion and understanding of history independent of school or college.
I have plenty of experience in personal coaching and teaching having coached water polo for five years at a variety of levels and ages, from twelve year old beginners to my peers pushing to get onto national squads. This experience means I can adapt to a variety of different ways of learning and know how to get the best out of 1 to 1 tuition.
Each session will be structured around your own personal goals and understanding, if there are any particular areas you wish to focus on, or any goals you already have, these will of course be the first thing we try to work towards.
History obviously requires a focus on essays however in order to foster the skills and habits of a good historian we will not only look at writing and critiquing essays but other skills such as how to read effectively, summarising arguments, writing concisely, analysing primary and secondary sources, historiography and applying historical theory to your own essays.
A key part in applying and preparing for history at university is changing the way you approach the subject. University level history often requires a very different way of thinking than you may be used to, from how you approach reading and understanding all the way to actually writing history. If you are planning on applying for history and need an idea of the skills you will need to develop at university, need help with UCAS or University entrance tests then I can help you with things such as historiography, how to analyse texts and how to begin to develop your own understanding and theories.
If you have any questions you can use the site to send me a ‘Webmail’ or book a ‘Meet the Tutor’ session. Please could you tell me what exam board you are doing and/or any specific areas or exams you need help with.
I look forward to our tutorials together!
|English Language||GCSE||£18 /hr|
|English Literature||GCSE||£18 /hr|
|.HAT.||Uni Admissions Test||£25 /hr|
|History||Uni Admissions Test||70|
|Sports, Exercise and Health Science||Baccalaureate||7|
SY (Parent) August 30 2015
The History Aptitude Test is designed to test the way a prospective Oxford Historian approaches and analyses new information and uses their own knowledge to compare and contrast different arguments. To this end candidates need to be able to recognize key historical themes and ideas and pull them out of previously unseen arguments as well as have an understanding of a much broader concept of historical theory. To a large extent candidates need to think ‘outside the box’, meaning instead of looking at the paper at face value, they need to dig for greater historical understanding in the texts provided by appreciating context, counter arguments and purpose. Whilst detailed knowledge of a variety of periods of history is key to the large essay in the first part of the paper, candidates may need help in developing and encouraging the ability to garner as much possible information from a piece of text as possible.
Having successfully been through the HAT and my first year at Oxford I can see the connection between the skills that are required of candidates in the HAT and how that applies to study at Oxford. For any potential candidate I would look to work primarily on analysis skills, how to articulate another author’s argument or a counter-argument for the first part of the paper as well as looking at how general historical theories, beginning by understanding them, why they were theorized and when, as well as how they can apply to a variety of different periods and events. The second part of the paper requires coaching in how to think about information and what we can draw from it, focusing on thinking around ‘facts’, placing them in context and drawing more information than can be seen in any number of traditional readings of the text.see more
IB History places an emphasis on different skills than traditional A-levels, it is a course designed to test your historical method rather than your factual knowledge. If we take the coursework as an example, candidates have to write an essay but not in the normal sense, it is divided into a series of sections that require both individual thought and to be placed in the essay as a whole. The design of these sections is to force candidates to not simply rattle of an idea, support it with ‘facts and conclude, but to engage with the nature of sources, think around the reading and ‘facts’ and to think with a greater awareness of historical themes and theories. This is a microcosm of the IB history course which demands more from the candidates own way of thinking than the A-level does.
In obtaining a 7 in Higher level IB I had to learn how to think in this manner and did so successfully, using it not only whilst sitting IB exams but also in my application for Oxford University and my first year of study there. This has given me an exceptional viewpoint as to what skills an IB historian has to develop differently to my peers who did the A-level. I not only understand these skills but also understand how to teach them, having undergone teaching in them at both college and university level.
The similarities between a good IB historian and a university level historian are remarkable and I believe that I can offer focused coaching in changing the mindset of how an individual approaches history that is demanded by both the IB and university.see more