Laura S. A Level History tutor, GCSE History tutor, GCSE English tuto...

Laura S.

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Degree: History (Bachelors) - Oxford, Balliol College University

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About me

About Me:

Hi! I am a history student at Balliol College, Oxford. I have always loved talking about and analysing ideas and texts, so I love nearly all humanities, like English and Politics, but my absolute passion is History...I promise its realy good fun! 

I am friendly and engaging and I hope to show you how rewarding my tutorials can be! I have been lucky enough to be taught at a St Paul's Girls' School, which emphasised a balance between exam preparation and discursive, intellectually challenging teaching. 

The Sessions:

Our tutorials will be based around what you want, so let me know if there is anything in particular you would like to cover.

My past experience tutoring both English, and to a greater extent History, have shown me that just chatting to someone else about different ways of appoaching a question or idea is an organic and fun way to cover new ground and memorise concepts for the exam. This is basically all I do for my degree so I get a lot of practice!

Of course, the nitty gritty of markschemes and assessments is something I can also help you with. Even if I haven't studied your exact period or text, I will read up on it for you and can almost definately help you with structuring your essays, presenting arguments cogently and building your confidence in your writing.

History Aptitude Test (Oxford):

This is (not to boast!) my real area of expertise. Having got 81% on the HAT (ok so that is boasting) and having informally tutored two of my my friends in their (sucessful!!) applications for Oxford, I would absolutely love to start helping others in what can be initially be a quite tricky and ominous paper.

I'm applying to Oxford... Can you help me?!

Personal Statements:

Having been through the UCAS process recently myself, I know how daunting Personal Statements can be. But I have been lucky enough to have gone through an extremely detailed and comprehensive programme of advice and mentoring which I hope to pass onto you. With a structured approach we can put something together that puts across your interest as well as your abilities, while hopefully not being too clichéd!

If you want, I have a tried and tested structure and balance of extra curricula versus academia which I can tailor to help you depending on your choice of univeristy. For example, while Durham or York love hearing about your sports achievements, the lovely people at Oxford only really care about your school work!

Oxbridge Interviews:

I also went through the Oxbridge interview process myself last year. I am happy to give advice for most humanities regarding technique and do a practice interview for history. 

That will give you a rough idea of how the interviews work, as well as make you feel more comfortable and hopefully a bit less nervous. I know when I went through the process, having talked to someone who had done it already really, really helped. 

What next?

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to get in contact. Just send a ‘WebMail’ or book a ‘Meet the Tutor Session’, I hope I can help.

I really look forward to meeting you!

Subjects offered

History A Level £20 /hr
English GCSE £18 /hr
Government and Politics GCSE £18 /hr
History GCSE £18 /hr
-Personal Statements- Mentoring £22 /hr
-Personal Statements- Mentoring £22 /hr
.HAT. Uni Admissions Test £25 /hr


History A-levelA2A*
English Literature A-levelA2A*
Government and Politics A-levelA2A*
Mathematics A-levelA2A
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Questions Laura has answered

What is the best way to structure a history essay in an exam?

Remember, a question in an exam is about what you know, not what you don't know. Make sure that you shape your answer to show off the breadth of your knowledge, while keeping focused on what the question wants you to demonstrate. Familiarity with your board's course specification and markschem...

Remember, a question in an exam is about what you know, not what you don't know. Make sure that you shape your answer to show off the breadth of your knowledge, while keeping focused on what the question wants you to demonstrate. Familiarity with your board's course specification and markscheme will help with this. The best thing to do is go into the exam with some general structural plans that you can rely on.

There are basic tips that will ensure your argument flows and adds clarity to your answer. For example, always open your paragraphs with a qualitative statement and close it with a mini-judgement backed up by evidence at the end. In fact, some markschemes specify that candidates cannot reach the top band if they do not make regular and nuanced judgements throughout their essay. You want to make it easy for a tired and busy marker to recognise you know what you're talking about and award you marks by setting out your argument as clearly as possible.

From personal experience the introduction to an essay is more important than a conclusion, as you should have made your central argument clear from the introduction and made judgements throughout, the conclusion is more of a summing up of an already apparent line of reasoning. That being said, if you're running out of time always prioritise reaching some kind of conclusion over continuing with your paragraph; again many markschemes specify that an ultimate judgement is needed for the essay to be awarded top-band marks. Although some teachers suggest you should not reveal the ultimate outcome of your essay in your introduction, I would personally recommend setting out your entire argument in an exam situation, especially if tie is a factor, the intent of your essay can at least be shown.

Once you've got these basics down, there are flourishes you can add to really stand out to the examiner and bump your grade up to an A*. For example, opening your essay with a salient quote from a contemporary which exemplifies the peculiarity of the era or phenomenon you're discussing or an event which you see as a turning point in your course. 

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