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Degree: History and English Literature (Masters) - Glasgow University

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Hi, I'm Shani and I am a second-year student currently studying English Literature, English Language, Japanese and History at the University of Glasgow, working towards a Masters in History.

English Literature and History are both huge passions of mine, both being subjects which rely heavily on the ability to argue your case convincingly. In particular, I love Gothic, Dystopian and Fantasy literature and Irish and British history.

I strongly believe that the best way to learn these subjects is through discussion, so I am very keen to hear the opinions of all of my students. I hope that my tutorials can be more informal and discussion-based instead of just throwing information at you. It is very important to have your own voice when studying English and History and so I hope that I can use my knowledge and experience to guide you to find your own passions and interests and give you the chance to show your own individuality.

However, it is also crucial to have a strong starting point, so I will also teach the basics, broaden your vocabulary specific to the subject and teach you how to crack the enigma code that is the exam.

I look forward to tutoring you in the future and sincerely hope that it is a fun as well as educational experience.

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
English A Level £24 /hr
English Literature A Level £24 /hr
English and World Literature A Level £24 /hr
History A Level £24 /hr
English GCSE £22 /hr
English Language GCSE £22 /hr
English Literature GCSE £22 /hr
English and World Literature GCSE £22 /hr
History GCSE £22 /hr
English Literature IB £24 /hr
History IB £24 /hr
English 13 Plus £22 /hr
History 13 Plus £22 /hr
-Personal Statements- Mentoring £24 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
HistoryA-LevelA
English LiteratureA-LevelA
Drama and Theatre StudiesA-LevelB
Media StudiesA-LevelA
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29/07/2015

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Ratings and reviews

4.9from 15 customer reviews

Ivars (Parent) November 11 2016

Our son really enjoyed classes with Shani. She explained everything clearly and helped him understand the topic. He said she was very enthusiastic and easy to talk to. He learned a lot and felt very at ease with her! Many thanks to to you Shani!

Elena (Parent) May 20 2016

Wide range of topics was covered in one lesson, pleased

H (Parent) February 28 2016

my daughter really enjoyed this session with the tutor.As Shani,explained the poem in an intresting manner.This really helped my daughter,as she always struggles with analysing and identifying hidden meanings and techniques throughout the poem.thank you Shani.

Denise (Parent) February 18 2016

My daughter was delighted with her session with Shani T. It was very informative and she really enjoyed the discussion about the text. Shani had prepared a lesson tailored to Olivia's needs as per her free 15 minute discussion . A great confidence boost. Thanks Shani. We'll be looking to book further sessions .
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What is the use of iambic pentameter?

When you are analysing poetry or Shakespeare, iambic pentameter will probably be something you hear quite frequently. It is important that you don't just tell the examiner that a poem is in iambic pentameter, but also why you think that the poet decided to write it like this. Don't just say so...

When you are analysing poetry or Shakespeare, iambic pentameter will probably be something you hear quite frequently. It is important that you don't just tell the examiner that a poem is in iambic pentameter, but also why you think that the poet decided to write it like this. Don't just say something like "because it is a sonnet". That will not get you very many marks.

Although it is ​important to identify what kind of poem you are dealing with, the majority of your essay should focus on WHY you think the poet decided to use that technique there. Usually, iambic pentameter has a metaphorical use as well as just a structural one.

For example, a poem about horses could use iambic pentameter to make the reader think of the sound of hooves when a horse is galloping. In a poem about boredom, iambic pentameter may be used to make the poem sound monotonous like its subject.

It is also interesting to consider the absense of iambic pentameter where it would usually be. For example, Shakespeare tends to write mainly in it. However, for his lower ranking characters (usually the fools of his play), he can write in prose. This suggests that these characters are not as eloquent or well-educated as the higher ranking ones. In "Hamlet", Shakespeare makes the prince speak in prose when he would usually speak in iambic pentameter. Why is this? Is it because Hamlet is trying to trick people into thinking that he has become a fool?

Also, you may be familiar with the famous line from the same play:

"to be or not to be? That is the question"

It starts off in iambic pentameter ("to be or not to be"), but then "that" is also stressed, which draws attention to it because it broke the iambic pentameter.

As well as identifying where iambic pentameter is, make sure to also show where it is not and say why you think that is the case. This will strengthen your analysis about Shakespeare or poetry.

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