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Isaac N.

Currently unavailable: until 13/09/2016

Degree: English Language and Literature (Bachelors) - Oxford University Alumni University

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About me

About Me:

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. 

The Sessions:

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 For instance, we might take a poem, or a passage from a book, or historical document, and look closely at the language together.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!

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 and what you're struggling with.

I look forward to meeting you!

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
English Literature A Level £24 /hr
Classical Civilisation GCSE £22 /hr
English Language GCSE £22 /hr
English Literature GCSE £22 /hr
History GCSE £22 /hr
-Oxbridge Preparation- Mentoring £24 /hr
.ELAT Uni Admissions Test £26 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
EnglishBachelors Degree1st Class Honours
HistoryA-LevelA*
English LiteratureA-LevelA*
English LanguageA-LevelA
Classical CivilisationA-LevelA
Disclosure and Barring Service

CRB/DBS Standard

No

CRB/DBS Enhanced

No

Currently unavailable: until

13/09/2016

Ratings and reviews

5from 22 customer reviews

Igor (Parent) June 6 2016

Great tutor! I recently got my GCSE grades: I got a high A* in English Language, and nearly 100% in English Literature. Thanks Isaac for all the help and great lessons!

Connor (Student) June 4 2016

He's very thorough and stays on topic at all times. He helps you figure it out along the was instead of just telling you the answers.

Tori (Parent) March 16 2016

Fantastic teaching as always.

Matt (Student) March 16 2016

We're very pleased with Isaac's approach to tutoring.
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Questions Isaac has answered

In what ways might we consider 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' by T.S. Eliot a Modernist poem?

A:  We might first consider the form of the poem. Does there appear to be any strict metre or rhyme scheme? No, there does not. We can however see that Eliot is toying with rhyme and metre in places, in ways that his Edwardian predecessors tended not to. The third line of the poem is perhaps ...

A: 

We might first consider the form of the poem. Does there appear to be any strict metre or rhyme scheme? No, there does not. We can however see that Eliot is toying with rhyme and metre in places, in ways that his Edwardian predecessors tended not to. The third line of the poem is perhaps one of the most famous lines of poetry in the twentieth century. The evening is described as being 'spread out against the sky/ Like a patient etherised upon a table'. What rhetorical device is being used here? A simile, because it is 'like', as opposed to a metaphor, where something becomes something it is not. Eliot's comparison of the night to a patient etherised - or aneaesthatized - upon a table immediately brings in a modern, scientific sensibility, and destabilizes any preconceived expectations of what a 'Love Song' is supposed to be like.

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