Tom B. GCSE English Literature tutor, A Level English Literature tutor

Tom B.

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Degree: English Literature (Bachelors) - Durham University

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About me

About me:

I'm a second-year English student at Durham University, which always makes for a nice, long train journey from South Wales. In  my spare time, I try to write short stories for student-run literary magazines, like the popular 'From the Lighthouse'; I also play for my college football team every weekend. This combination offers me a good balance, and a welcome break from my studies. 

Having an English tutor for a mother - although at times frustrating - has provided me with an insight into teaching, and allowed me to cultivate an understanding of how to interact with students to ensure they get the most out of lessons.

The sessions: 

I will, in short, aim to guide students through the text they are studying, endeavouring to resolve any critical, contextual or general textual problems that may arise.

Having been through the GCSE and A-level process myself, I know that the prospect of tackling an entire novel in the space of a few hours can often prove daunting, but careful planning and preparation are simple methods for ensuring success. With this in mind, I will be happy to work through an essay plan, which I often found to be invaluable when it came it to the exam.

For coursework, I can provide advice on structuring your essay and the content it needs to acquire a good mark. Unlike an exam, a coursework essay, more often than not, requires a lot of editing to ensure the final product is a polished piece of analysis of which you can be truly proud. In light of this I would be happy to provide feedback, to help improve the overall coherency or ensure that the content of the essay is concise and absolutely necessary. 

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
English Literature A Level £20 /hr
English Literature GCSE £18 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
English LiteratureA-LevelA*
HistoryA-LevelA*
GeographyA-LevelA*
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5from 1 customer review

Mathew (Parent) February 2 2016

Good Lesson

Questions Tom has answered

How do you achieve a higher mark for an A-level essay?

As an examiner makes their way through a vast array of exam scripts, written largely on only a few set questions, they are, understandably, relieved to find an answer that stands out from the rest (for the right reasons). Originality, without stretching your reading of the text, is, therefore,...

As an examiner makes their way through a vast array of exam scripts, written largely on only a few set questions, they are, understandably, relieved to find an answer that stands out from the rest (for the right reasons). Originality, without stretching your reading of the text, is, therefore, important if you are aiming for an A/A*. There is, of course, no easy solution - but, generally, you want to respond imaginatively to the question, to prove that you not only possess the knowledge required, but also the enthusiasm.

If, for example, you were answering a question on 'blame and forgiveness' in 'Long Day's Journey into Night' - a play by Eugene O'Neill - you may wish to propel yourself in a new direction, using existing criticism as a springboard. Rather than merely confirm the theories of others, you actively contribute and exhibit an ability to think for yourself. In her commentary on the play, Margaret Loftus Ranald notes that O'Neill ‘observes the Aristotelian unities scrupulously’. This is, of course, true; but you can go a step further by discussing the possibility of a fourth unity - blame, which irrevocably ties together the three male figures in the play. Your essay now has a clear, original framework that can be easily fleshed out, as you explore the various ways in which this new unity is presented.

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