John A.

John A.

£24 - £28 /hr

History and Economics (Bachelors) - Oxford, Wadham College University

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About me

I have recently graduated with a 'Double-First' in History and Economics from Oxford, where I tutored part-time. And I'm now studying towards an MPhil in History at the University of Cambridge.


I scored the A* in all of my 11 GCSEs and 4 A-Levels (in History, German, Maths and Russian). At University I was top of my year in first year and averaged one percent below the top mark in finals. With my expertise I can guide students through difficult problems and explain them all from multiple angles.


I didn't always enjoy academia, though, and it wasn't until quite late that I began to find it so rewarding. So I know how challenging school can be and love seeing students progress. And having tutored since school, channeling students' interests and efforts so they are well used is something I find hugely rewarding.


I have recently graduated with a 'Double-First' in History and Economics from Oxford, where I tutored part-time. And I'm now studying towards an MPhil in History at the University of Cambridge.


I scored the A* in all of my 11 GCSEs and 4 A-Levels (in History, German, Maths and Russian). At University I was top of my year in first year and averaged one percent below the top mark in finals. With my expertise I can guide students through difficult problems and explain them all from multiple angles.


I didn't always enjoy academia, though, and it wasn't until quite late that I began to find it so rewarding. So I know how challenging school can be and love seeing students progress. And having tutored since school, channeling students' interests and efforts so they are well used is something I find hugely rewarding.


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About my sessions

My lessons will (of course!) vary depending on a student's understanding. Lessons can involve explanations of the 'basic' facts or solution techniques needed for a particular problem. Or, when they are ready, I will often taken students through sample questions - fine-tuning exam technique and making them familiar with harder sorts of problems.


In the early stages progress comes by seeing an increasing familiarity with a topic and ease of responding to questions (sometimes given as small exercises between lessons). And, at a more advanced level, this can be gauged with past-papers.


My ideal lesson is when a student gives sends me the topics and questions they are having most difficulty with. And by the time of the lesson, I can think of the best way to explain them - making sure the student gets what he/she needs

My lessons will (of course!) vary depending on a student's understanding. Lessons can involve explanations of the 'basic' facts or solution techniques needed for a particular problem. Or, when they are ready, I will often taken students through sample questions - fine-tuning exam technique and making them familiar with harder sorts of problems.


In the early stages progress comes by seeing an increasing familiarity with a topic and ease of responding to questions (sometimes given as small exercises between lessons). And, at a more advanced level, this can be gauged with past-papers.


My ideal lesson is when a student gives sends me the topics and questions they are having most difficulty with. And by the time of the lesson, I can think of the best way to explain them - making sure the student gets what he/she needs

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
HistoryA-level (A2)A*
GermanA-level (A2)A*
MathematicsA-level (A2)A*
RussianA-level (A2)A*

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Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrices
EconomicsA Level£26 /hr
HistoryA Level£26 /hr
EconomicsGCSE£24 /hr
HistoryGCSE£24 /hr
MathsGCSE£24 /hr
History13 Plus£24 /hr
Maths13 Plus£24 /hr
Oxbridge PreparationMentoring£26 /hr
HATUniversity£28 /hr

Questions John has answered

Stalin’s failure to abide by the agreements made at Yalta and Potsdam caused the Cold War? (IGCSE 2016)

Tackling a question - especially in a high-pressured exam environment - it can be very helpful if you start with a structure and plan; and then use this to arrange your knowledge of a topic as it 'pops into your head.' -- Intro: Quickly outline the terms of the agreements at Yalta and Potsdam; and those which Stalin didn't abide by. This will instantly show the examiner you are confident with the syllabus. And will help you think of why/why not this wouldn't have caused the cold war - and help jog your memory of any causes you might have forgotten. Outline these competing causes (for best marks, show how one cause makes another less important). Then give one sentence of what you are going to argue. For top marks think about different ways to elevate and relegate different causes.E.g. Trigger factors (factors which were necessary in the short-term but only mattered because of larger long-term factors)-- Main Body: Three paragraphs. In your plan make sure you have written down your beginning and concluding sentences. These should streamline your argument and make sure you are always evaluating (crucial for top marks). E.g. Para 1 Beginning: Stalin's failure to abide by agreements breached trust between the Western and Eastern allies, making future diplomatic cooperation harder and a Cold War more likely. Para 1 Ending: As such Stalin's failure to abide by agreements was an important cause of the Cold War. Para 2 Beginning: However, the Western Allies' aggression also contributed to the cold war; indeed, Stalin would have abided by his agreements if the Allies hadn't offered Marshall Aid money to Eastern European countries. Para 2 Ending: As such, Western aggression reduced trust between America and Russia; and encouraged Stalin to go back on his agreements. It is therefore a more important factor in the cause of the cold war. -- Conclusion: 'To conclude, there were multiple factors which caused the cold war. Here explain how they interrelate. But cause 1 and 2 would not have mattered or even happened if it were not for previous allied aggression. As such, Stalin's failure to abide by agreements was only one of a number of other secondary causes. Tackling a question - especially in a high-pressured exam environment - it can be very helpful if you start with a structure and plan; and then use this to arrange your knowledge of a topic as it 'pops into your head.' -- Intro: Quickly outline the terms of the agreements at Yalta and Potsdam; and those which Stalin didn't abide by. This will instantly show the examiner you are confident with the syllabus. And will help you think of why/why not this wouldn't have caused the cold war - and help jog your memory of any causes you might have forgotten. Outline these competing causes (for best marks, show how one cause makes another less important). Then give one sentence of what you are going to argue. For top marks think about different ways to elevate and relegate different causes.E.g. Trigger factors (factors which were necessary in the short-term but only mattered because of larger long-term factors)-- Main Body: Three paragraphs. In your plan make sure you have written down your beginning and concluding sentences. These should streamline your argument and make sure you are always evaluating (crucial for top marks). E.g. Para 1 Beginning: Stalin's failure to abide by agreements breached trust between the Western and Eastern allies, making future diplomatic cooperation harder and a Cold War more likely. Para 1 Ending: As such Stalin's failure to abide by agreements was an important cause of the Cold War. Para 2 Beginning: However, the Western Allies' aggression also contributed to the cold war; indeed, Stalin would have abided by his agreements if the Allies hadn't offered Marshall Aid money to Eastern European countries. Para 2 Ending: As such, Western aggression reduced trust between America and Russia; and encouraged Stalin to go back on his agreements. It is therefore a more important factor in the cause of the cold war. -- Conclusion: 'To conclude, there were multiple factors which caused the cold war. Here explain how they interrelate. But cause 1 and 2 would not have mattered or even happened if it were not for previous allied aggression. As such, Stalin's failure to abide by agreements was only one of a number of other secondary causes.

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