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About me

When GCSE pupils get in touch with me asking for systematic revision preparation or a quick procrastination session, I always prioritise 1 key technique. I call it the 'extension method' which works repeatedly from what my previous tutees tell me. Not only did they all manage to attain the grades they wanted, but they saw significant progress in their quality of written and spoken language in the longterm.

Because it is true that if you are aiming for top marks in GCSE English Language, English Literature, History, Classical Greek, Latin, or French, you need good writing skills. These allow you to keep the question in focus and make your response convincing - so much so that the examiner just *has* to give you those marks!

This is the aim of the 'extension method': to equip you with a skill that is as key as knowing the material from the textbook. The goal is to help you cultivate the autonomy and the correct attitude needed to decode and use knowledge.  

As for me, I am third year Classics student at the University of Edinburgh, passionate about the Arts and Humanities. I have the joy to be taught one of the most enriching disciplines at one of the greatest places. And having had inspiring tutors myself, I have the even greater joy to share the knowledge I have gained with others. 

When GCSE pupils get in touch with me asking for systematic revision preparation or a quick procrastination session, I always prioritise 1 key technique. I call it the 'extension method' which works repeatedly from what my previous tutees tell me. Not only did they all manage to attain the grades they wanted, but they saw significant progress in their quality of written and spoken language in the longterm.

Because it is true that if you are aiming for top marks in GCSE English Language, English Literature, History, Classical Greek, Latin, or French, you need good writing skills. These allow you to keep the question in focus and make your response convincing - so much so that the examiner just *has* to give you those marks!

This is the aim of the 'extension method': to equip you with a skill that is as key as knowing the material from the textbook. The goal is to help you cultivate the autonomy and the correct attitude needed to decode and use knowledge.  

As for me, I am third year Classics student at the University of Edinburgh, passionate about the Arts and Humanities. I have the joy to be taught one of the most enriching disciplines at one of the greatest places. And having had inspiring tutors myself, I have the even greater joy to share the knowledge I have gained with others. 

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About my sessions

Based on the approach introduced above, I provide a series of tutorials to give your revision a boost. Here's an example of a series for GCSE Literature:

*Analysis technique presentations*

- Analysing effects presentation

 - Structuring your paragraph: the extension method

- Elaborating and giving definitions

- Exam practise and questions

 - Understanding sensory language

*Content coverage presentations*

- Creating your PRP (Personalised Revision Presentations) of the text(s)

- Selecting and using key quotes from the texts

- Themes, symbols and motifs in the texts

Of course, individual sessions focusing on a topic of your choice are also an option.

So far, I am extremely proud to have achieved top grades with my previous pupils, including a notable record of five A*s in History, English Language and French, in my first year of tutoring here at MyTutor.  

For further infromation on the above, feel free to get in touch through a message or by booking a free ‘Meet the Tutor Session’. I will be delighted to hear from you about how I can best help. 

I look forward to meeting you! 

Based on the approach introduced above, I provide a series of tutorials to give your revision a boost. Here's an example of a series for GCSE Literature:

*Analysis technique presentations*

- Analysing effects presentation

 - Structuring your paragraph: the extension method

- Elaborating and giving definitions

- Exam practise and questions

 - Understanding sensory language

*Content coverage presentations*

- Creating your PRP (Personalised Revision Presentations) of the text(s)

- Selecting and using key quotes from the texts

- Themes, symbols and motifs in the texts

Of course, individual sessions focusing on a topic of your choice are also an option.

So far, I am extremely proud to have achieved top grades with my previous pupils, including a notable record of five A*s in History, English Language and French, in my first year of tutoring here at MyTutor.  

For further infromation on the above, feel free to get in touch through a message or by booking a free ‘Meet the Tutor Session’. I will be delighted to hear from you about how I can best help. 

I look forward to meeting you! 

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Qazafi (Parent from Slough)

May 24 2018

Had our last lesson with Maria today. My son's exam is tomorrow and can't thank Maria enough for the solid preparation. Awesome teacher and you won't go wrong if choose her.

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Qazafi (Parent from Slough)

May 13 2018

Maria has been preparing my home schooling son for his English Literature O'Level exams for the last 3 months. She has plenty of passion and energy for this subject and has been very flexible with our haphazard schedule. Cant recommend her enough. Thank you Maria.

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Mina (Parent from London)

April 29 2018

Excellent

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Wisam (Student)

February 2 2018

Before I had decided to take up tutorials for English, I had felt out of touch with the subject. My interest had faded, I started to read and write less and my grades were falling. I had completely neglected the subject. But as soon as I took a tutorial with Maria, I realised why I used to love the subject. Maria took my interests (for me it was painting) and related it to my writing and understanding of the various concepts. I have received so many important tips and methods that I had never even learned about before in school. What stood out the most to me is that she managed to spark an interest in me that I thought had gone away. I now feel like there is hope for me to pick my grades back up and do better. She is a brilliant tutor and I highly recommend!

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
English LiteratureA-level (A2)A*
HistoryA-level (A2)A
PsychologyA-level (A2)A*
FrenchA-level (A2)A

General Availability

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Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrices
Classical GreekA Level£26 /hr
LatinA Level£26 /hr
Classical GreekGCSE£24 /hr
EnglishGCSE£24 /hr
English LanguageGCSE£24 /hr
English LiteratureGCSE£24 /hr
FrenchGCSE£24 /hr
HistoryGCSE£24 /hr
LatinGCSE£24 /hr

Questions Maria has answered

How do I get top marks in my GCSE History essay?

Although different examination boards seem to have different requirements from pupils when it comes to approaching essay writing in GCSE History, below we will provide some practical tips that are applicable across all boards. 

A first step is to writing a good GCSE History essay is to read the question very carefully. However sophisticated your argument may be, if it does not answer the question it will not give you top marks. Consistency and focus are key requirements here.

You also need to consider the different skills you need to demonstrate to the examiner. GCSE History requires two main areas of skills according to most syllabuses: knowledge and understanding of the history you are studying, and critical and reflective thought. A good historical essay will have a good balance of these two sets of skills. The best way to achieve this balance is through a good structure that will combine facts with a coherent analysis that is tailored around the essay question. 

Finally, remember that enjoying writing the essay can make the final outcome enjoyable for the examiner too. Finding the right balance between sincere interest in what you are writing and strict self-criticism can help you achieve a highly refined answer to a historical question. 

Although different examination boards seem to have different requirements from pupils when it comes to approaching essay writing in GCSE History, below we will provide some practical tips that are applicable across all boards. 

A first step is to writing a good GCSE History essay is to read the question very carefully. However sophisticated your argument may be, if it does not answer the question it will not give you top marks. Consistency and focus are key requirements here.

You also need to consider the different skills you need to demonstrate to the examiner. GCSE History requires two main areas of skills according to most syllabuses: knowledge and understanding of the history you are studying, and critical and reflective thought. A good historical essay will have a good balance of these two sets of skills. The best way to achieve this balance is through a good structure that will combine facts with a coherent analysis that is tailored around the essay question. 

Finally, remember that enjoying writing the essay can make the final outcome enjoyable for the examiner too. Finding the right balance between sincere interest in what you are writing and strict self-criticism can help you achieve a highly refined answer to a historical question. 

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