Louise Howland H. GCSE English Language tutor, A Level English Langua...

Louise H.

£30 - £30 /hr

Studying: English Language and Literature (Bachelors) - Oxford, Jesus College University

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About me

About Me:

I'm Louise! I've recently graduated with an English Language and Literature degree from Jesus College, University of Oxford and will start teaching abroad in the next few months. The nature of the course allowed me to read a wide range of English Literature, from Chaucer in the middle ages to the beginnings to Modernism with T.S Eliot. This means that my thorough understanding of most periods allows me to impart my learning to younger students. Besides my understanding, I'm excited to ignite passion for Literature instudents of all ages, as I believe this subject has the potential to be an incredibly exciting endeavour; it is simply a matter of showing students how and why. 

Having been tutoring for two years - both in person and online - I have gained invaluable experience when it comes to enthusing and educating my students. I believe it is important to bear in mind that every individual learns differently, and I take time (outside tutorials) to ensure that I can meet these needs using a variety of methods. 

Be it The Catcher in the Rye or Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, I am here to show students why literature is an infitintely exciting and stimulating subject, whilst ensuring that they meet all the marking criteria to ensure success in coursework and exams.

About Me:

I'm Louise! I've recently graduated with an English Language and Literature degree from Jesus College, University of Oxford and will start teaching abroad in the next few months. The nature of the course allowed me to read a wide range of English Literature, from Chaucer in the middle ages to the beginnings to Modernism with T.S Eliot. This means that my thorough understanding of most periods allows me to impart my learning to younger students. Besides my understanding, I'm excited to ignite passion for Literature instudents of all ages, as I believe this subject has the potential to be an incredibly exciting endeavour; it is simply a matter of showing students how and why. 

Having been tutoring for two years - both in person and online - I have gained invaluable experience when it comes to enthusing and educating my students. I believe it is important to bear in mind that every individual learns differently, and I take time (outside tutorials) to ensure that I can meet these needs using a variety of methods. 

Be it The Catcher in the Rye or Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, I am here to show students why literature is an infitintely exciting and stimulating subject, whilst ensuring that they meet all the marking criteria to ensure success in coursework and exams.

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The Sessions:

I will use a range of methods such as analogies and mind-maps, to help you improve in a specific area. We will repeat this until you have a deep understanding and express enough confidence in the area to move on. Whilst this may be challenging, I can guarantee that you'll feel so much better as you progress. English Literature is a truly wonderful subject and I hope these tutorials help you see that!

I'm applying to Oxbridge for English Language and Literature..Help!

If you're thinking about applying to Oxford, please do mention it and we'll take 15 minutes or more  going through the application process. I have helped students with their personal statements before (2 of which actually got a Cambridge interview!) and have a lot to do with Access in my college (I'm a student ambassador which means it's my job to offer information and advice about Oxford). It's really not as scary as you think, and my sessions are a relaxed environment where we can talk about what it means and what has to be done if you're thinking of applying.

The Sessions:

I will use a range of methods such as analogies and mind-maps, to help you improve in a specific area. We will repeat this until you have a deep understanding and express enough confidence in the area to move on. Whilst this may be challenging, I can guarantee that you'll feel so much better as you progress. English Literature is a truly wonderful subject and I hope these tutorials help you see that!

I'm applying to Oxbridge for English Language and Literature..Help!

If you're thinking about applying to Oxford, please do mention it and we'll take 15 minutes or more  going through the application process. I have helped students with their personal statements before (2 of which actually got a Cambridge interview!) and have a lot to do with Access in my college (I'm a student ambassador which means it's my job to offer information and advice about Oxford). It's really not as scary as you think, and my sessions are a relaxed environment where we can talk about what it means and what has to be done if you're thinking of applying.

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4.7from 3 customer reviews
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Arun (Student)

April 9 2016

Very informative and incredibly helpful. Would definitely recommend!

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Arun (Student)

April 2 2016

A very informative lesson. Exceptionally well planned and was extremely helpful. Would recommend to anyone.

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Arham (Student)

April 17 2016

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
English Language A-level (A2)A
English LiteratureA-level (A2)A
HistoryA-level (A2)A

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Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrices
English LanguageA Level£30 /hr
English LanguageA Level£30 /hr
English LiteratureA Level£30 /hr
English LiteratureA Level£30 /hr
English LanguageGCSE£30 /hr
English LanguageGCSE£30 /hr
English LiteratureGCSE£30 /hr
English LiteratureGCSE£30 /hr
HistoryGCSE£30 /hr
HistoryGCSE£30 /hr

Questions Louise has answered

How do I effectively analyse a quotation in a text?

When writing an essay, it is imperative that you close read quotations from the set text you are studying. However, this can be tricky- particurarly if you are not familiar with poetic devices, rhetoric and key literary terminology. My advice to students would be to compile a list of these features and ensure you are familiar with them before you approach a quotation or passage. Once you have fully understand these terms, feature spotting will not be too difficult. 

The three rules of analysing a quotation are as follows:

1) Contextualisation.

Whilst you can assume that the reader of your essay is familiar with the text you are discussing, it is important that you tell them which part of the text the quote can be found. This does not mean summarising the plot, but simply refreshing the memory of the reader. 

2) Presentation.

If you are quoting individual words or one line, it is more impressive to interweave it into one of your own sentences. For example,

The Wife of Bath introduces her discussion of “wo that is in mariage” by claiming that “Housbondes at chirche dore I have had fyve”.

3) Explication.

Here is where you feature spot. Using the terminology you are familiar with, find literary devices that the writer uses in one line or even a couple of words and then explain their significance. Why does Shakespeare's use of chiasmus support your argument? Identify the feature and then explain why it is relevant to your argument. This sounds a lot easier than it is, but practise really does make perfect in this case. 

Top tip: Try analysing one line of your set text a day to get used to feature spotting.

When writing an essay, it is imperative that you close read quotations from the set text you are studying. However, this can be tricky- particurarly if you are not familiar with poetic devices, rhetoric and key literary terminology. My advice to students would be to compile a list of these features and ensure you are familiar with them before you approach a quotation or passage. Once you have fully understand these terms, feature spotting will not be too difficult. 

The three rules of analysing a quotation are as follows:

1) Contextualisation.

Whilst you can assume that the reader of your essay is familiar with the text you are discussing, it is important that you tell them which part of the text the quote can be found. This does not mean summarising the plot, but simply refreshing the memory of the reader. 

2) Presentation.

If you are quoting individual words or one line, it is more impressive to interweave it into one of your own sentences. For example,

The Wife of Bath introduces her discussion of “wo that is in mariage” by claiming that “Housbondes at chirche dore I have had fyve”.

3) Explication.

Here is where you feature spot. Using the terminology you are familiar with, find literary devices that the writer uses in one line or even a couple of words and then explain their significance. Why does Shakespeare's use of chiasmus support your argument? Identify the feature and then explain why it is relevant to your argument. This sounds a lot easier than it is, but practise really does make perfect in this case. 

Top tip: Try analysing one line of your set text a day to get used to feature spotting.

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