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Laura G.

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Degree: English Literature (Bachelors) - Exeter University

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About me

Hi! I am a second year English student at the University of Exeter, eager to help with any queries or hardships you may be suffering with.

I have always had a passion for English and all things to do with reading and writing. With experience in teaching primary and secondary school students in Kenya, I feel that I have gained specific expertise in helping young people approach tricky exam questions and overcome that frustrating topic that’s been baffling you for weeks.

What I can help you with 

I am approachable, friendly and understanding – you never have to worry about asking with me, no question is too simple!

I am specifically equipped to help you with English, whether that be at GCSE level or A Level. If you choose to ask for my help, the sessions will cover whatever you need guidance with - whether that be simply help with grammar or more complicated issues, such as how to structure a coherent argument in a sophisticated essay. With an A* in A Level history, I can also be of help in this subject as I know how difficult it can be planning those essays and remembering all those dates!

Working together, we will experiment with all sorts of different learning and revision techniques until we find what’s best for you. Hopefully in the end you will become an expert at the very subject that’s been troubling you… and you’ll find it fun!

What about University? Can you help me with that?

Applying to Uni is very stressful and at times confusing. Having been through it myself, I am more than happy to provide you with advice and guidance and to help you give that personal statement the extra flourish it needs!

So…

If I sound like the sort of person who could help you, drop me a message or book a ‘Meet the Tutor session’ through this website.

Good luck with your studies and I can’t wait to meet you!

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
English A Level £20 /hr
English Language A Level £20 /hr
English GCSE £18 /hr
English Language GCSE £18 /hr
History GCSE £18 /hr
English 13 Plus £18 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
EnglishA-LevelA
HistoryA-LevelA*
PhilosophyA-LevelA*
Disclosure and Barring Service

CRB/DBS Standard

08/10/2014

CRB/DBS Enhanced

No

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Questions Laura has answered

How do I approach an essay question in an exam situation?

Sitting down at your desk in the exam hall can be extremely daunting. Months of preparation, cramming and anxiety have lead to this moment and it's natural to feel overwhelmed and panicked. The most important thing is to stay calm.  Take a few deep breaths, clear your head and when you open th...

Sitting down at your desk in the exam hall can be extremely daunting. Months of preparation, cramming and anxiety have lead to this moment and it's natural to feel overwhelmed and panicked. The most important thing is to stay calm. 

Take a few deep breaths, clear your head and when you open the exam paper, read the questions carefully. Do not just rush towards the first one that looks appealing - sometimes a question that looks really difficult at first can be cleverly picked apart and analysed when given a bit of thought. 

Ignore what everyone else is doing around you. If the girl next to you looks like she's writing 100 words a minute, don't panic. The most essential thing to remember when you sit down to do your exam is to PLAN. It can be really tempting to just spew everything you've revised onto the page as quickly as possible, but this is the worst thing to do. You'll end up with an essay that is disorganised, frantic and veering off course. 

Jot down the first things that come to mind, the basic points and quotations that will be useful for the question. When you've quickly brainstormed this, make a structured plan, detailing (in a sentence or two) what you are going to write in each paragraph. This will limit any panicking, prevent waffling and ensure that you have a coherent, flowing essay.

This being said, timing is everything. If your exam is an hour long, do not spend any more than 8-10 minutes reading the question and making the plan - you want to optimise the amount of time you have to write a sophisticated essay. 

Ultimately, to stay calm in an exam situation you must completely ignore what everyone else is doing around you. It's easy to panic when you see that smart guy in your class asking for another sheet of paper when you're only half way through your first. Remember that everyone works at a different pace and if he hasn't taken the time to gather his thoughts and structure his essay, his work will be lengthy but jumbled and rushed. Don't be scared to ask for a spare piece of paper for your plan at the beginning of the exam - having this beside you is a lot easier than writing it in the back of the answer book, for example. 

Take deep breaths, gather your thoughts and read the question carefully. Try not to panic and don't be tempted to start writing the essay immediately. Plan, plan, plan - it might seem tedious, but it will prevent your brain from veering off course and producing a messy, rambling and unfocused essay. 

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