Katie U.

Katie U.

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Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (Bachelors) - Birmingham University

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Currently I am studying Philosophy, Religion and Ethics at University of Birmingham. By taking these subjects it really expands the way I think about morality and ethics as well as how other people begin to construct their reasoning through moral frameworks often different to my own. 

The influence my degree is having upon the nature of my philosophical questioning is two-fold: my critical reflection now extends outwards from questioning my own spirituality to gaining a deeper understanding of how others justify morality. 


My A Level experience was rewarding for me and it would be fantastic to be able to help others achieve the grades they want. To be able to go to the first choice of University is the ideal situation for most people and the whole process can be extremely exciting and uplifting.


As an athlete, I have competed in cross country and road running competitions throughout my education and now compete for my University team (BUAC), therefor I understand that there are other aspects to young people’s lives than academics alone. Consequently, tutoring can be an incredibly valuable time for an A Level student with additional commitments, it is for this reason that I will strive to make my lessons effective and concise enough in order for the student to feel they receive productive experience with me.


Currently I am studying Philosophy, Religion and Ethics at University of Birmingham. By taking these subjects it really expands the way I think about morality and ethics as well as how other people begin to construct their reasoning through moral frameworks often different to my own. 

The influence my degree is having upon the nature of my philosophical questioning is two-fold: my critical reflection now extends outwards from questioning my own spirituality to gaining a deeper understanding of how others justify morality. 


My A Level experience was rewarding for me and it would be fantastic to be able to help others achieve the grades they want. To be able to go to the first choice of University is the ideal situation for most people and the whole process can be extremely exciting and uplifting.


As an athlete, I have competed in cross country and road running competitions throughout my education and now compete for my University team (BUAC), therefor I understand that there are other aspects to young people’s lives than academics alone. Consequently, tutoring can be an incredibly valuable time for an A Level student with additional commitments, it is for this reason that I will strive to make my lessons effective and concise enough in order for the student to feel they receive productive experience with me.


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Firstly, fact-retention via discussion. Students can learn to make their own connections and by doing so will retain the theory better. Having said that, some theories do require learning terms to be utilised later, I would encourage the student to construct some mnemonics.

Weak areas will be the starting point for topics to cover, they can choose the pace, with more time dedicated to the more difficult theories (eg, Ethical Egoism). We can discuss identifying and employing better practices (eg, revision cards, quizzes). Constructing effective essay takes time and a logical framework with effective planning. The best method to improve essay writing is consistently writing essays.

Formally measuring progress is done via essay marking.Informal assessment methods (eg. trying to remember the mnemonics) can also be effective in boosting self confidence and can provide an idea of methods working best for the individual.Lastly, ensuring the subject matter is relatable is key for staying engaged. As a young person myself I try link my theory to references I remember. (eg. Ethical Egoism is like the “Kanye West” of ethics)

Hopefully I can inspire them to work to their maximum potential in order to achieve their grades. By setting an example of someone who did so and was successful in getting an unconditional offer to their first choice for University, and can say confidently that I am happy to be studying subjects I have passion for.

Firstly, fact-retention via discussion. Students can learn to make their own connections and by doing so will retain the theory better. Having said that, some theories do require learning terms to be utilised later, I would encourage the student to construct some mnemonics.

Weak areas will be the starting point for topics to cover, they can choose the pace, with more time dedicated to the more difficult theories (eg, Ethical Egoism). We can discuss identifying and employing better practices (eg, revision cards, quizzes). Constructing effective essay takes time and a logical framework with effective planning. The best method to improve essay writing is consistently writing essays.

Formally measuring progress is done via essay marking.Informal assessment methods (eg. trying to remember the mnemonics) can also be effective in boosting self confidence and can provide an idea of methods working best for the individual.Lastly, ensuring the subject matter is relatable is key for staying engaged. As a young person myself I try link my theory to references I remember. (eg. Ethical Egoism is like the “Kanye West” of ethics)

Hopefully I can inspire them to work to their maximum potential in order to achieve their grades. By setting an example of someone who did so and was successful in getting an unconditional offer to their first choice for University, and can say confidently that I am happy to be studying subjects I have passion for.

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Neil Student

6 Mar

Enjoying lessons with Katie, just starting out in philosophy but already have meaningful discussions on different topics

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Taejah Student

17 Feb

Great lesson! She's knowledgeable and helped me answer exam questions in detail :)

17 Feb

Katie's reply

Thank you Taejah!

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Ano Student

8 Feb

really helpfull session

17 Feb

Katie's reply

Thanks for the great review!

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Ellyana Student

6 Feb

She's very informative and knowledgeable! Really feel like I'm being listened to.

6 Feb

Katie's reply

Thank you, I'm glad you feel this way! See you for our next lesson soon.

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
Religious StudiesA-level (A2)A
EPQ (How Successful are the Sikh and Islamic Feminist Movements?)A-level (A2)A*
English LiteratureA-level (A2)B
PsychologyA-level (A2)B
Physical EducationA-level (AS)B

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Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrice
Extended Project QualificationA Level£26 /hr
PhilosophyA Level£26 /hr
Philosophy and EthicsA Level£26 /hr
Religious StudiesA Level£26 /hr
Extended Project QualificationGCSE£22 /hr
PhilosophyGCSE£22 /hr
Philosophy and EthicsGCSE£22 /hr
Religious StudiesGCSE£22 /hr
Personal StatementsMentoring£26 /hr

Questions Katie has answered

"Freud simply misunderstood religious belief" Evaluate this view (30 marks)

To those without faith, certainly some aspects of religion and religious belief seem outdated and with the advancements in the fields of psychology, alternative explanations for religious belief have emerged. Freud did this in his work "Totem and Taboo", "The Future of an Illusion", and "Civilisation and it's Discontents" but has come under criticism as having missed the point and misinterpreted religious belief throughout parts of his work.One suggestion he makes is that religious belief is an "infantile response" to the need for a 'father figure' as well as to address our eschatological issues. This could perhaps be too simplistic when faced with the overwhelming examples of great Christian theologians and philosophers who's faith directly influenced them. One such theologian is Thomas Aquinas- Freud's claims seem insubstantial against this as Aquinas' arguments for the existence of God do not necessarily seem to be an "infantile response". Therefor, it could be suggested that Freud ignored the intellectual aspect to faith and the idea that religious belief can provoke philosophical questioning in a framework beyond something child-like.To those without faith, certainly some aspects of religion and religious belief seem outdated and with the advancements in the fields of psychology, alternative explanations for religious belief have emerged. Freud did this in his work "Totem and Taboo", "The Future of an Illusion", and "Civilisation and it's Discontents" but has come under criticism as having missed the point and misinterpreted religious belief throughout parts of his work.One suggestion he makes is that religious belief is an "infantile response" to the need for a 'father figure' as well as to address our eschatological issues. This could perhaps be too simplistic when faced with the overwhelming examples of great Christian theologians and philosophers who's faith directly influenced them. One such theologian is Thomas Aquinas- Freud's claims seem insubstantial against this as Aquinas' arguments for the existence of God do not necessarily seem to be an "infantile response". Therefor, it could be suggested that Freud ignored the intellectual aspect to faith and the idea that religious belief can provoke philosophical questioning in a framework beyond something child-like.

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