Currently unavailable: until 13/09/2016
Degree: English Language and Literature (Bachelors) - Oxford University Alumni University
This year (2015) I completed my Bachelor's degree in English Language and Literature at Balliol College, Oxford, and I am currently working on my Master's in Modern and Contemporary Literature at St. Andrews. I have been lucky enough to have had some excellent tutors at school, college, and university, and I have come to realise that the most important thing for a tutor to have is enthusiasm and love for their subject. This love I have, and I hope to share with others.
I went to a state school myself - just up the road from my house, in an underprivileged part of Cornwall - and I have since returned there to help with tutoring younger children during school holidays, in the hope of encouraging them to fulfil their academic potential in sometimes unpropitious circumstances. Similarly, I have sought to help with Oxbridge applications, as well as university applications more generally. UCAS doesn't need to be a nightmare! Over the last couple of years I have worked with the Access team at Balliol, who aid students from local schools in their applications and understanding of the university application process.
Sessions will be tailored to your needs. You will guide me as to what it is you are looking at in class, or in preparation for exams, or even just what you are interested in, and I can then conduct the lesson accordingly.
In Literature - as well as in History and Classics in fact - I believe in text based learning. I think the most exciting and engaging way to study literature is practically. For instance, we might take a poem, or a passage from a book, or historical document, and look closely at the language together. What is happening? Everything we need to know about a piece will be found there, and by beginning with close reading we can then expand our understanding outwards. Both at GCSE and A Level, the exams provide opportunities for you to show your understanding of the subject matter, the texts. I will always encourage you to be a sensitive reader, and I am always interested to know what it is you see in a piece of writing - I may well learn something from you too!
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 and what you're struggling with.
I look forward to meeting you!
|English Literature||A Level||£24 /hr|
|Classical Civilisation||GCSE||£22 /hr|
|English Language||GCSE||£22 /hr|
|English Literature||GCSE||£22 /hr|
|-Oxbridge Preparation-||Mentoring||£24 /hr|
|.ELAT||Uni Admissions Test||£26 /hr|
|English||Bachelors Degree||1st Class Honours|
Igor (Parent) June 6 2016
Connor (Student) June 4 2016
Tori (Parent) March 16 2016
Matt (Student) March 16 2016
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