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

Louise H.

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

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About me

About Me:

I'm Louise, a second year English Language and Literature student at Jesus College, University of Oxford. From a young age, I have always been fascinated by literature and studying at Oxford has enabled me to read everything from Chaucer to T.S Eliot. Having earned a 2:1 in first year preliminary exams, my acacdemic success in the field is ongoing and I'm excited to share my passion and skills with willing students.

Oxford is often presented in the media as an intimidating university, but I assure you that most of these opinions are simply myths! I am very friendly and approach all my tutorials with patience and understanding- it takes time to learn and practise the subject. I have always expressed an interest in teaching, from mentoring year 11 students in my old high school to teaching kids English whilst AuPairing for 6 weeks last summer. I aim to make my tutorials fun and incredibly interesting whilst simultaneously ensuring that you'll be challenged academically.

The Sessions:

When it comes to tutorials, I will plan ahead as much as possible and meet with you online with a lesson prepared. It's important that we are in contact before the tutoring session so you can explain to me your weak areas and I will make sure that they are the focus of the tutorial. For instance, if you are struggling with analysing quotations we will pick one from the text and unpick it together. 

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.

What next?

If you have any questions, send me a 'WebMail' or book a 'Meet the Tutor Session'! (both accessible through this website). Remember to tell me your exam board, your set texts and what you're struggling with.

I look forward to meeting you! :)

Subjects offered

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

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
English Language A-LevelA
English LiteratureA-LevelA
HistoryA-LevelA
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Ratings and reviews

4.7from 3 customer reviews

Arun (Student) April 9 2016

Very informative and incredibly helpful. Would definitely recommend!

Arun (Student) April 2 2016

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

Arham (Student) April 17 2016

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 fea...

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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