Alastair F.

Alastair F.

£20 - £25 /hr

History - PhD (Doctorate) - Durham University

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About me

My name is Alastair, and I am studying a PhD in History. For me, the joy of history is the stories that you can tell and share with other people, which is something I would like to share through my tutoring. For this reason, history can be genuinely enjoyable to study. While studying, I want to tutor in order to have more conversations about the subjects I am passionate about; not only because it is enjoyable, but because everybody’s thoughts are important, and anyone can learn by sharing in these conversations. I look forward to learning as well as teaching my subjects.

I hope to use my experiences of taking exams and making applications to help inform my tutoring. I would have benefitted greatly from having somebody to talk to directly about what I was learning, so that I could identify those areas in which I was struggling and consolidate my strengths. I understand that talking about oneself and one’s studies can be very daunting, so I would like to provide a safe tutoring space where the experience is directed as much or as little by the student as they feel comfortable – having this control is important for a successful studying environment.

Aside from academic study I wish to bring my experience of improv (which I co-run workshops and shows at university) to my tutoring, as it provides many key skills such as quick, critical thinking and self-confidence which can be applied to studying, as well as that all-important sense of fun.

My name is Alastair, and I am studying a PhD in History. For me, the joy of history is the stories that you can tell and share with other people, which is something I would like to share through my tutoring. For this reason, history can be genuinely enjoyable to study. While studying, I want to tutor in order to have more conversations about the subjects I am passionate about; not only because it is enjoyable, but because everybody’s thoughts are important, and anyone can learn by sharing in these conversations. I look forward to learning as well as teaching my subjects.

I hope to use my experiences of taking exams and making applications to help inform my tutoring. I would have benefitted greatly from having somebody to talk to directly about what I was learning, so that I could identify those areas in which I was struggling and consolidate my strengths. I understand that talking about oneself and one’s studies can be very daunting, so I would like to provide a safe tutoring space where the experience is directed as much or as little by the student as they feel comfortable – having this control is important for a successful studying environment.

Aside from academic study I wish to bring my experience of improv (which I co-run workshops and shows at university) to my tutoring, as it provides many key skills such as quick, critical thinking and self-confidence which can be applied to studying, as well as that all-important sense of fun.

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About my sessions

My tutoring sessions will be designed around the needs of the individual student, as nobody knows how you learn best better than you do. However, I am willing to offer advice of my own based on which learning techniques have worked for me. My lessons shall be structured primarily as discussions with the student, where we can identify areas that need work and consolidate areas of strength. These will be backed up by shared resourced to help illustrate the ideas being put across, for those students who work better with visual learning. At the end of each session I shall agree with my student what we intend to work on next time, so that both of us can prepare for the next lesson with all the resources and learning we can, although I would encourage students to come with questions that have come up since the previous lesson even if they were not prepared. History is an excellent subject to study because so many of the themes are interconnected, therefore over the course of the sessions previous subjects will crop up that give the opportunity to revise old material and work it into our expanded knowledge. I shall also encourage a brief recap of previous material at the beginning of each session, which gives the student a chance to review the work and identity any areas which they may still be unsure about. This is a structure onto which the student is welcome to add their own ideas and learning techniques, to help craft the learning experience which is best for them.

My tutoring sessions will be designed around the needs of the individual student, as nobody knows how you learn best better than you do. However, I am willing to offer advice of my own based on which learning techniques have worked for me. My lessons shall be structured primarily as discussions with the student, where we can identify areas that need work and consolidate areas of strength. These will be backed up by shared resourced to help illustrate the ideas being put across, for those students who work better with visual learning. At the end of each session I shall agree with my student what we intend to work on next time, so that both of us can prepare for the next lesson with all the resources and learning we can, although I would encourage students to come with questions that have come up since the previous lesson even if they were not prepared. History is an excellent subject to study because so many of the themes are interconnected, therefore over the course of the sessions previous subjects will crop up that give the opportunity to revise old material and work it into our expanded knowledge. I shall also encourage a brief recap of previous material at the beginning of each session, which gives the student a chance to review the work and identity any areas which they may still be unsure about. This is a structure onto which the student is welcome to add their own ideas and learning techniques, to help craft the learning experience which is best for them.

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Andrew Student Lesson review 9 Dec, 10:00

9 Dec

Alastair makes English an interesting subject to learn.

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Alexander Parent from Mytishchi Lesson review 28 Nov, 18:00

28 Nov

My son gets now better marks at school due to Alastair's lessons.

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Alexander Parent from Mytishchi Lesson review 25 Nov, 10:00

25 Nov

Alastair manages to make a student feel more confident. It helps a lot when acquiring new knowledge.

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Alexander Parent from Mytishchi Lesson review 18 Nov, 10:00

18 Nov

My son is making progress. I'm happy.

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
Medieval HistoryA-level (A2)A*
English Language and LiteratureA-level (A2)A*
MathsA-level (A2)A
PsychologyA-level (AS)B
Extended Project QualificationA-level (A2)A*
History - BADegree (Bachelors)2:1
History - MADegree (Masters)MERIT

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Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrices
HistoryA Level£22 /hr
EnglishGCSE£20 /hr
HistoryGCSE£20 /hr
LatinGCSE£20 /hr
HistoryUniversity£25 /hr

Questions Alastair has answered

What are the different tenses in Latin?

The tenses in Latin are as follows:Present - An action that is happening right nowFuture - Something that will happen in the futurePerfect - A completed actionImperfect - A continuous, repeated or incomplete action in the pastPluperfect - An action already completed in the past (ie. even further back in time than the Perfect tense)Future perfect - Something in the future at a stage after it has happened (ie. the point in time between the Present and Future tenses)Of these, the first 4 are the most important.The tenses in Latin are as follows:Present - An action that is happening right nowFuture - Something that will happen in the futurePerfect - A completed actionImperfect - A continuous, repeated or incomplete action in the pastPluperfect - An action already completed in the past (ie. even further back in time than the Perfect tense)Future perfect - Something in the future at a stage after it has happened (ie. the point in time between the Present and Future tenses)Of these, the first 4 are the most important.

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What is juxtaposition?

Juxtaposition is the deliberate placing of two contrasting words or concepts next to each other, in order to create a stark comparison. It is very often done in writing in order to highlight their differences.Common examples include light and dark, good and evil, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" (Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities)This doesn't have to be in writing either; if a waiter gave you a plate in a restaurant with a pork chop and a chocolate cake on it, you would note the juxtaposition of the two very different foods.Juxtaposition is the deliberate placing of two contrasting words or concepts next to each other, in order to create a stark comparison. It is very often done in writing in order to highlight their differences.Common examples include light and dark, good and evil, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" (Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities)This doesn't have to be in writing either; if a waiter gave you a plate in a restaurant with a pork chop and a chocolate cake on it, you would note the juxtaposition of the two very different foods.

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2 months ago

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Why was the battle of Hastings fought?

Harold Godwinson and Duke William of Normandy fought the battle of Hastings in 1066 over the crown of England - the winner would get to be king. They were fighting because both of them claimed that they ought to be king after Edward the Confessor, who had died earlier in that year. Harold had been earl of Wessex - an important nobleman in England - during Edward's reign, and claimed that Edward had declared him to be his successor on his deathbed. However, Harold had no blood relation to Edward or the royal family. William, on the other hand, was eligible for the throne because he was a distant cousin of Edward the Confessor, and he claimed that both Edward and Harold had promised that he would be the next king. When Harold took the throne, William was angered and invaded in order to claim the throne which he believed was rightfully is. It is impossible to know whether Harold really did swear an oath to William in 1064, although we know he was in Normandy at that time.When William invaded England he began to burn the countryside in the south of England as part of his invasion, in order to draw Harold into a battle where he could take the crown. As he was invading a foreign country, William needed to draw his enemy into a battle before his army's supplies ran out and he would have been forced to return to Normandy. Harold, who had only just defeated Harald Hardrada, king of Denmark and another claimant to the throne, at Stamford Bridge in the North, was forced to march his army hard to the south in order to defeat William. Not only did he need to stop William from burning his country, but he also needed to defeat him as a rival for his throne; while William lived, there would always be people who supported him as king of England over Harold. For Harold to have a secure reign, he needed to be the only claimant to the throne of England. The two armies met at a place called Battle, just outside of Hastings, both knowing that they needed to fight this battle, and in order to win the throne of England, they needed to win.Harold Godwinson and Duke William of Normandy fought the battle of Hastings in 1066 over the crown of England - the winner would get to be king. They were fighting because both of them claimed that they ought to be king after Edward the Confessor, who had died earlier in that year. Harold had been earl of Wessex - an important nobleman in England - during Edward's reign, and claimed that Edward had declared him to be his successor on his deathbed. However, Harold had no blood relation to Edward or the royal family. William, on the other hand, was eligible for the throne because he was a distant cousin of Edward the Confessor, and he claimed that both Edward and Harold had promised that he would be the next king. When Harold took the throne, William was angered and invaded in order to claim the throne which he believed was rightfully is. It is impossible to know whether Harold really did swear an oath to William in 1064, although we know he was in Normandy at that time.When William invaded England he began to burn the countryside in the south of England as part of his invasion, in order to draw Harold into a battle where he could take the crown. As he was invading a foreign country, William needed to draw his enemy into a battle before his army's supplies ran out and he would have been forced to return to Normandy. Harold, who had only just defeated Harald Hardrada, king of Denmark and another claimant to the throne, at Stamford Bridge in the North, was forced to march his army hard to the south in order to defeat William. Not only did he need to stop William from burning his country, but he also needed to defeat him as a rival for his throne; while William lived, there would always be people who supported him as king of England over Harold. For Harold to have a secure reign, he needed to be the only claimant to the throne of England. The two armies met at a place called Battle, just outside of Hastings, both knowing that they needed to fight this battle, and in order to win the throne of England, they needed to win.

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2 months ago

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