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Francesca B.

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Degree: Creative Writing (Masters) - St. Andrews University

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About me

Hello! Francesca here, MLitt student at St Andrews and Cambridge graduate with over ten years of teaching experience (yes, I started young!), an oversized love for too many languages and literatures, but only one goal: helping you achieve yours.

My background:

I grew up in Rome, where I attended an excellent state school, graduating with 100/100. After completing a Diploma in History of Art and Modern English Literature at the University of Cambridge, I went on to read Classics at St. John's College. 

Afterwards, I worked as Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Bristol, before beginning an MLitt in Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews (2015-16).

My experience:

I have tutored in Latin, Greek, Italian and English both in Italy and the UK, but I can also command the attention of an entire class: in 2012 I spent the summer in Hong Kong teaching English to students ranging from 5 to 18 years old, and absolutely loved it. I have tutored busy professionals in Italian, and led workshops in secondary schools across Scotland for a local charity. Right now, I'm preparing to lead my first workshop in creative writing for undegraduates at St Andrews, which I'm very excited about.

My tutoring highlights? Helping one of my pupils go from D to A for his Latin A-levels, seeing one of my students achieve a First in her second year exams at a Russell Group university, and helping an Italian student, whom I had been tutoring since she was 12, navigate UCAS and get into all of her dream courses.

My method:

Getting to know you is a top priority: what motivates you? What kind of a learner are you? What do you find hard or boring? Once we have that covered, we move on to your goals and your timeline: a quick fix doesn't have to be lower quality than a nine-month course, it's all about making the most of the time that you do have. Even after we start, nothing is set in stone: if something isn't working for you, there are so many other learning styles we can try! I will always try to find something original or interesting that you may not have known about your subject before: there is always a way in ;)

Subjects offered

Classical Civilisation A Level £24 /hr
Classical Greek A Level £24 /hr
Italian A Level £24 /hr
Latin A Level £24 /hr
Classical Civilisation GCSE £22 /hr
Classical Greek GCSE £22 /hr
Italian GCSE £22 /hr
Latin GCSE £22 /hr
Classical Greek IB £24 /hr
Italian IB £24 /hr
Latin IB £24 /hr
-Personal Statements- Mentoring £24 /hr


ClassicsDegree (Bachelors)2.1
Diploma di Esame di Stato (A-level equiv.)A-levelA2100/100
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Ratings and reviews

5from 3 customer reviews

Louise (Parent) April 27 2016

Thanks Francesca,lovely to hear Noah's fluency slowly returning ! I think this is really going to help him.

Louise (Parent) April 23 2016

Thanks Francesca, That was a lovely first session. It is not easy to engage a nine year old for an hour, and it so keeping him focused and interested for the session is a real skill. It was lovely to hear his confidence and conversation improve during the hour. We look forward to the next session. Many thanks, Louise and Noah

Louise (Parent) May 18 2016

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Questions Francesca has answered

How active a role does Penelope play in the Odyssey?

         Scholarship is still divided on whether Penelope is an agent or a subject. In a famous passage in book 19, Odysseus (still disguised as a beggar) compares his wife'skleos to that of a good king under whom both human society and nature prosper and flourish. Penelope, however, is the fi...

         Scholarship is still divided on whether Penelope is an agent or a subject. In a famous passage in book 19, Odysseus (still disguised as a beggar) compares his wife's kleos to that of a good king under whom both human society and nature prosper and flourish. Penelope, however, is the first to refuse the attribution of kingly status, her arete and beauty were destroyed when Odysseus left for Troy, if and only if he were to come back to protect her, her kleos would be greater and nobler. It is worth pointing out that Penelope talk of kleos only when referring to herself and her husband jointly, but of arete when referring to herself alone. She does nothing but reinforcing the conventional gender roles.

         In a famous article, the scholar Helen Foley highlights Penelope's supposed 'kingly function', which consists in getting gifts from the Suitors (for the purpose of renewing the wealth they are slowly eating away) and goes as far as to claim that she takes on the dissolution of quarrels (also a kingly function). But both these actions are not actually very successful, and make more sense if we see them as clever teasing aimed at stalling the Suitors. Can flirting be considered as active a role as administering justice or managing the household? But if the latter two are the functions Penelope is performing, why do both she and her family constantly complaining that the Suitors are making their own laws and laying waste to the house of Odysseus? Clearly, she is not very successful in her attempts to take control of the situation.

         However, she does seem to be much more active when it comes to preventing the suitors from actively taking over the house, by being extremely subtle in their seduction. One famous example is the trick of the web: having promised the Suitors that she would marry one of them when she had finished weaving a funeral shroud for her father-in-law Laertes (an action which has the effect of showing her in a very positive light too), every night she undid the weaving she had completed during the day – which kept the Suitors at bay for three whole years.

         If we accept the ambiguity of how much Penelope has been doing to keep the suitors' interest alive, we cannot but conclude that she does indeed play an extremely active role in the Odyssey. Being extremely clever, she never makes that final step (i.e. being unfaithful to Odysseus by marrying one of the Suitors) which would have brought ruin to her and destruction of integrity of the household. In this sense, she truly is the wife of Odysseus – which of course is a total re-establishment of conventional gender roles which see the wife as more of an extension of her husband than a person with her own merits and demerits.

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