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Elena O.

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Degree: Combined Honours in Art (History & History of Art) (Bachelors) - Durham University

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About Me:

I am a History and History of Art student at Durham University. I have always been passionate about increasing one’s knowledge and understanding and have a passion for learning and I hope this will be seen in my tutorials.

I am very friendly and patient and understand the difficulties which come with learning however big or small. I am half spanish and speak spanish at home. I have spent six months in Chile teaching English to students from the age of 7 to 50. I also taught in Venice. During my gap year, I not only travelled but also volunteered and was au pairing for a while.

The Sessions:

During tutorial, you will set what we study. Before the tutorial I will send you an e-mail ask what you want to focus on for that tutorial so that I can prepare an interesting and fun lesson!

In humanities subjects, it is important to cultivate the ability to be critical and creative, however it is also important when facing an exam to have a system/plan of how to respond. Through tutorials we shall focus on developing your techniques and anything you wish to improve.

Depending on your preferred method of learning we shall work through problems as a team until you are confident to explain it back to me. I like to make my tutorials very interactive and will use many different methods to explain a concept.

I hope you will find the tutorial enjoyable! It easier to learn when you are having fun and History, Spanish and Politics are really interesting subjects! If you don’t think so already, hopefully after a few tutorials you will!

What next?

If you have any question, send me a ‘WebMail’ or book a ‘Meet the Tutor Session’ through this website! If you tell me the exam board and what you want to work on I’ll be able to help you even more!

I look forward to hearing from you!

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
Spanish A Level £24 /hr
Government and Politics GCSE £22 /hr
History GCSE £22 /hr
Spanish GCSE £22 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
HistoryA-LevelA*
Government and PoliticsA-LevelA*
SpanishA-LevelA
ArtA-LevelA*
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Questions Elena has answered

How should I analyse a History source question?

Answering History source questions can be very difficult! To successfully answer you have to combine several skill (your own knowledge, ability to notice and understand elements of the source and analysis of its background). Uff! But don’t worry, if you follow the simple steps below and the ex...

Answering History source questions can be very difficult! To successfully answer you have to combine several skill (your own knowledge, ability to notice and understand elements of the source and analysis of its background). Uff! But don’t worry, if you follow the simple steps below and the example you will know how to do it in no time!

You will learn even faster if you find the source below and analyse it as you go through the steps.

EXAMPLE (EG) - Cartoon Source from AQA exam in 2001 ‘Clemenceau the Vampire’

DETAILS

Write down details about the source (however small or obvious).

EG                                      

Write down details about the source

Sick young woman

An evil vampire is sucking the woman’s blood.

Weapons laid to one side

Two bats outside the window.

The curtains are blowing & the window is open.

A bed

Write down your own knowledge about events at the time

Germany had just been defeated in WWI.

Treaty of Versailles had been signed on 28 June 1919.

Treaty was written by the ‘Big Three’ and imposed on Germany.

Clemenceau wanted to ruin Germany

INTERPRET THE SOURCE

Make quick notes of what you think these details represent?

EG

Sick young beautiful woman- Germany is a wonderful country, but due to her defeat is very weak

An evil vampire… - The Vampire stands for Clemenceau. He is a wicked, evil man who just wants to hurt Germany.

< >is sucking the woman’s blood. - …just like Clemenceau (by taking reparations/ land from Germany) is killing Germans by ‘sucking the life blood’ out of Germany.

Weapons laid to one side -The Treaty of Versailles made Germany reduce her defence (planes, submarines, and most of the army and navy)

Two bats outside the window – Represent Britain and America who are helping Clemenceau, and waiting to take their share.

The curtains are billowing & the window is open - Germany cannot defend herself. Vulnerable to other countries swooping in and taking what they want from defenceless Germany.

A bed – Perhaps suggests that Clemenceau is violating Germany when she cannot defend her honour. This sexual element makes what he is doing appear much more immoral and disgusting.

THE SOURCE AND ITS USEFULNESS

What are your first thoughts about how useful it is?

REMEMBER: Your answer must relate to the question and how useful it is

EG How useful is it?

Useful

Useless

REMEMBER: A source is never completely useful or useless?

THE CAPTION AND ITS RELIABILITY

EG: “A cartoon with the title ‘Clemenceau the Vampire’

From the German newspaper Kladderadatsch (July 1919)

The figure lying on the bed represents Germany.   Clemenceau was Prime Minister of France in 1919.   He is shown as a vampire sucking the blood out of Germany.”

THINK: Every word they include has been chosen for a purpose

It might tell you about the reliability of the source

Is it what it appears to be?

Who made it?

When…was the person present at these events and when was it made?

Why was it made?

EG

WHO drew the cartoon, and where did he come from? A German newspaper cartoonist

WHY? (Motivations) He would probably have hated the Treaty like other Germans.

WHAT… are they trying to say? They would be biased against the Treaty, commenting that it is too harsh and that it is wicked and unfair?

Question: How does the caption effect the reliability of the photograph?

Is it..Reliable because it’s from the right period?

        Unreliable as it’s a cartoon?

        Reliable as it’s from a newspaper?

REMEMBER:

Date: Maybe right but doesn’t make it reliable, it just begins to make it useful.

Designed: Sources can be designed/set up to show things that never really happened. Even photographs can be altered post-printing.

Author: Will have had reasons/motivations which may make the source unreliable

REMEMBER: The question asks about usefulness, not reliability

HOW USEFUL IS THE SOURCE?

Is it:

< > because it is unreliable? Authors biased information

< > because it tells us about the authors view? EG The propaganda the government was creating.

REMEMBER: Biased information is not an accurate record of events, but is useful evidence of an attitude at the time (EG Evidence of German propaganda).

HOW USEFUL ARE PROPAGANDA SOURCES?

They tell us what the government wanted people to think.

Link this to your knowledge and provide historical detail to make complete sense of the source

Think about the purpose of the propaganda

REMEMBER: You have to work through the unreliability of the source and use your own knowledge of the event to set the biased source in context and define its usefulness

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What is an infinitive?

The infinitive, is word you will often hear in your Spanish classes (especially when studying grammar) and so it’s very important that you know what it is! The infinitive is the basic form of a verb. In Spanish, infinitives always end in –ar, -er, -ir. In English, the infinitive usually refer...

The infinitive, is word you will often hear in your Spanish classes (especially when studying grammar) and so it’s very important that you know what it is!

The infinitive is the basic form of a verb. In Spanish, infinitives always end in –ar, -er, -ir. In English, the infinitive usually refers to the “to + verb” form of the verb such as “to cook” (cocinar) or “to paint” (pintar). Alone the infinitive doesn’t indicate a tense (when the action is taking place) or who is performing the action of the verb ad to do so it must be conjugated.

The infinitive form of the verb is (with most verbs) used as the stem for their conjugations. To conjugate regular verbs, you simply remove the infinitive ending ( -ar, -er, -ir) to find the stem, and then add the tenses ending.

Buscar (to look for) > -ar > Stem = Busc

Comer ( To eat) > -er > Stem = Com

Vivir (To live) > -it > Stem= Viv

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