Hi! My name's Jordan, I am a recent English Literature graduate from The University of Exeter. I am currently working as a part-time Teaching Assistant alongside my tutoring, and hope to start teacher training next year. I have always had a passion for Literature and spend most of my free time reading! I am friendly, patient and dedicated to helping others.
I have lots of experience in proofreading, editing and advising on assignments. At university I was selected to work at the Writing Centre which offered help in writing academic essays, preparing presentations and preparing for exams. This mainly involved holding 1-to-1 sessions with other students as well as preparing and presenting the occasional workshop, usually on essay structure and exam prep. My interest in pursuing a career in teaching means that I also have some classroom experience. I'm happy to help with GCSE and A-Level studies as well as University applications. I can also offer designing specialised exam revision timetables.
What can I help with?
Our tutoring sessions will be lead by you, covering specific aspects of the course that you are struggling with, or just things you'd like to improve on! As exam season is ahead of us, I'd also be able to help with revision techniques and exam advice. I am also able to read and offer constructive feedback on written work, whether it's an essay plan, draft or completed piece of work. Reading pupils' work and advising on grammar, structure, clarity and content is all part of my job at the Writing Centre, this is a particular area that I would be delighted to provide help in. Sometimes all it takes is a second pair of eyes to help! I am also able to proofread and offer constructive feedback on any personal statements or practise exam questions etc.
Get in touch!
I'm more than happy to answer any questions or queries, just drop me a message or set up a 'Meet the Tutor' session where we can talk through what areas you'd like to focus on. Please let me know which subject and level you are studying at, and if applicable which exam board you are with.
Hope to hear from you soon!
|English||A Level||£22 /hr|
|English Language||A Level||£22 /hr|
|English Literature||A Level||£22 /hr|
|English Language||GCSE||£20 /hr|
|English Literature||GCSE||£20 /hr|
|Media Studies||GCSE||£20 /hr|
|-Personal Statements-||Mentoring||£22 /hr|
|English Literature and Language||A-Level||A*|
|English||Bachelors Degree||High 2:1|
|Before 12pm||12pm - 5pm||After 5pm|
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Writing an essay under exam conditions is daunting, the pressurised environment can sometimes make you forget what you're doing altogether! Here's some tips on planning and structuring an exam essay:
It's been said many times, but one of the most important things you can do is read the question. Make sure that you read the question properly, at least 3-4 times to make sure you understand what the exam is asking of you. Then, make sure your answer is tailored to this question. It may sound silly, but it's very easy to end up not properly answering the question when you're in an exam and have revised particular aspects of your text.
The best way to approach this is to decide what your main point is going to be at the start. Let's take this exam question as an example:
Explore the significance of the aspects of dramatic tragedy in the following passage in relation to the play as a whole.
So, let's pick out the key parts of this question. Firstly, it is asking you to 'explore', this might mean that you consider many different aspects and approaches before coming to your conclusion. It might help to phrase this question differently: How is dramatic tragedy being created? And Why? In this way, you need to analyse, through a close reading of the passage, how Shakespeare is making the scene dramatic. Then, you need to link this to your wider point of why Shakespeare is making the scene dramatic. Your final point could be something as simple as, "Shakespeare heightens the dramatic impact of tragedy through the dialogue between Lear and Kent, which demonstrates Lear's madness"
Your essay plan may look something like this:
Introduction: Introduce the passage of the play you are studying, where is it situated within the play? what has happened before/after? (notice how the question asks you to link to the wider play - here's a great place to show off your knowledge!) then, state what your main point is?
Paragraph 1: Dialogue (what dialogue is Shakespeare using? is it dynamic, is there imagery or themes that crop up throughout the play? why is this important?)
Paragraph 2: Character/Relationships (who is in this scene? are they family, friends or enemies? why is this important?)
Paragraph 3: Setting (where is this scene set? is it dramatic? how does it add to the tragedy? why is it important?)
Paragraph 4: Mood (what is the mood of this scene? how is it created? are there visual/aural effects? why is it important?)
Conclusion: conclude by briefly summarising your main points, and link it back to your bigger point, "Shakespeares use of dramatic tragedy through the plot, the relationships, the setting and the mood is significant because..."
You may notice that at the end of each paragraph I have asked: "why is this important?" The exam question asks you to "explore the significance", using this structure will help you to keep in mind the bigger question and help you keep coming back to your main point.
Remember, planning in an exam is just as important as writing. With a good plan, you can keep on track and maintain a strong essay structure. Make sure you dedicate some of your time to planning, you could even plan which quotes you want to use and where to help save time when writing.see more