My name is Veleka and I'm a first year Philosophy and Politics student at Durham University. I would describe myself as highly energetic and very positive, but I am also very demanding and dedicated to help every student achieve their very best. I am extremely interested in productivity and "smart" learning and I always aim to enhance and improve my learning as well as to inspire others to do the same.
I have tutored Bulgarian Language online before, so I have some teaching experience, and I aspire to work as a teacher abroad for at least a few years after I finish my degree.
I got three A*s in my A-level exams and I think a lot of that was thanks to the skills and techniques which I had acquired in preparing for my exams, skills and techniques which I will pass on to every student to help them prepare most effectively. Knowledge and understanding of the material is also very important, and I will aim to ensure that every student leaves each session having learnt and understood the material better.
In preparation for each session, I would expect the student to send me the topic/difficulty that s/he would like to address so I can offer him/her the very best support and explanations possible. The sessions will be very much student-led, as all of the subjects which I teach require a lot of independent and critical thinking.
I can provide notes and supporting materials for most of the subject areas which I address. I also like colour-coding to ensure a visual engagement with the topic at hand.
Uni Application and Personal Statement:
If you are unsure which universities to apply to or which course would best suit your interests, I could help guide your research in that respect, helping you make the best possible choice on the matter.
I could also provide support through your personal-statement writing process, as this is something many students tend to struggle with.
If you are interested in working with me or 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 am looking forward to working with you!
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|English Literature||A Level||£20 /hr|
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While there is no formula that can guarantee good results, there are some preparation strategies that may help one improve his/her odds for exam success:
1) Re-read the text and your own class notes and pay special attention to important scenes - this is perhaps the most important form of preparation, as it refreshes the content of the whole piece, thus allowing one to apply contextual knowledge of the whole text in his/her essay, and it helps with remembering more complex vocabulary characteristic of the writer.
2) If any new interpretation ideas come to mind while re-reading, run them by your teacher - this is important, as experimenting with new ideas in the exam may be quite risky. One's teacher would have a better idea of what the examiners may be looking for and therefore could help the student decide whether his/her new point would be a good time investment in the exam.
3) Read analyses and criticisms of the piece as well as of the author's other works - while background knowledge should not be the main concern of the student during the exam (as it is a lot more important for him/her to focus on the provided passage), it is a necessary feature if one wants to achieve really high marks.
4) Write as many essays on different topics as possible - Past papers are crucial for exam preparation because they make the writing process more automatic which helps deal with stress during the exam.
5) Looking at marking schemes can be helpful in trying to identify key elements that examiners are likely to be looking for. However, for literature, trying to predict the criteria is very difficult, and for that reason the student should not allocate too much time to it.see more
From my personal experience, the best way to plan an essay is as follows:
1) Write down all the points you can think in relation of the question, separating them into two categories: arguments supporting the argument provided in the question and arguments refuting it
2) Add examples related to those points
3) Choose the most relevant points which you will develop in full paragraphs
4) Connect supporting points to refuting points based on relevance
5) Order your points in a coherent way to prove your point
6) Write your essaysee more
Effective use of graphs is almost guaranteed to bring you extra points in the exam. There are a few things to help you use them well.
1) Use relevant graphs. There is no point, for example, drawing a Demand and Supply graph in a macro-economics essay. Graphs take time so make sure when you draw one it helps you advance your argument.
2) Make the graph big enough (at least 1/3 of the A4 page) for clarity.
3) Label everything clearly.
4) If you have more than one graphs, label the variables with different letters. For example, if you have a graph on the short run aggregate demand and the long run aggregate demand, make sure you don’t label each with simply AD – use SRAD and LRAD or AD1 and AD2, so that when you refer to them in your essay it is clear which graph you are referring to.see more