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Degree: MPhil in Modern British History (Masters) - Cambridge University

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About me:

I'm a student at the University of Cambridge doing a Masters in Modern British History. I have a strong passion for History, English Literature and Economics (all of which I still study to some extent), and I also have extensive Maths experience from school and from my research.

I am a patient teacher who can help you both with specific gaps in your knowledge, and more general troubles you may have with your subject. I have experience tutoring GCSE Maths, and I have also spent a lot of time teaching fellow students in other areas, such as how to make a student newspaper when I was a senior editor.

The lessons:

You will decide what we cover. The aim of the game is for you to improve in the areas which you are struggling in, so the lessons will be guided by you.

I will use a variety of different explanatory tools - from analogies to diagrams to examples - to explain any issue you may have, such as a key concept, good essay technique, or a gap in your knowledge. By the end of the lesson, I will make sure that you can explain what we have been discussing clearly and accurately back to me, so that we both know that you understand it and will remember for the future.

Hopefully, these lessons will also be fun. I loved these subjects at school, and I hope you will too by the end of these sessions.

Oxbridge Uni Application?

I've just finished a three year History course at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, and graduated with a Double First. As somebody who has been through the application process myself, and who knows loads of people who have also successfully applied, I would love to explain Oxbridge applications, and give tips, advice and encouragement!

What next?

If you're interested or have any questions, send me a 'WebMail' or book a 'Meet the Tutor Session' through this website.

Make sure to tell me your exam board, and what it is you're finding difficult!

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
History A Level £24 /hr
Economics GCSE £22 /hr
English Literature GCSE £22 /hr
History GCSE £22 /hr
Maths GCSE £22 /hr
.HAT. Uni Admissions Test £26 /hr

Qualifications

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MathsA-LevelA*
HistoryA-LevelA*
EconomicsA-LevelA*
English LiteratureA-LevelA*
HistoryBachelors DegreeFirst
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5from 6 customer reviews

Witold (Parent) July 13 2016

Clear and useful advice about interpreting the mark schemes to get the best grades.

Witold (Parent) July 4 2016

Very good advice about structuring my essays writing a substantiated argument.

Farisha (Parent) August 26 2016

excellent

Emilia (Student) July 13 2016

The tutorial contained very detailed information on properly organising your answers in order to get the best possible grades.
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Questions Colm has answered

Do you need to quote other historians in exams?

In most A Level mark schemes, this is not a requirement. Examiners are looking for you to demonstrate your understanding of key historical concepts and ideas, show that you understand the significance of a question(it was asked for a reason), show the ability to explain and analyse those idea...

In most A Level mark schemes, this is not a requirement.

Examiners are looking for you to demonstrate your understanding of key historical concepts and ideas, show that you understand the significance of a question (it was asked for a reason), show the ability to explain and analyse those ideas in relation to the question (rather than just narrate or describe), develop your ideas within the essay and write a clearly structured argument which follows for the reader.

None of these requirements demand that you unthinkingly parrott other historians.

However, depending on how you learn, associating key ideas or arguments with particular historians or groups of historians can help you remember the core parts of your course. Also, it is an easy way to show historical knowledge.

Ultimately, if you learn in a way that suits memorising other historians's quotes, then it can be very helpful. But it's not required.

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What are "x" and "y" and why are they used?

The letters "x" and "y", or any other similar letter in an equation, are examples of unknown variables.  What this means is that we don't know their value, and often the aim of the game is to work this out. You've been using unknown variables for ages. For example, if you were given a basket...

The letters "x" and "y", or any other similar letter in an equation, are examples of unknown variables

What this means is that we don't know their value, and often the aim of the game is to work this out.

You've been using unknown variables for ages. For example, if you were given a basket and told that: a) it had 20 pieces of fruit; b) it only had bananas and apples in it; and c) it had 12 bananas in it, then you can work out that the basket had 8 apples.

This can be shown using unknown variables - the principle is the same:

When x = apples...

12 + x = 20 

x = 20 - 12

x = 8.

More complicated equations work on the same principle - it's just a way for us to find out a value we need to know!

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6 months ago

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What's the difference between a histogram and a bar chart?

A bar-chart is a graph where the height of the bar measures the frequency of a particular category which that bar represents. For a histogram, however, the height is the frequency density. This means that the area of the bar is the frequency. These are usually used when the category is a rang...

A bar-chart is a graph where the height of the bar measures the frequency of a particular category which that bar represents.

For a histogram, however, the height is the frequency density. This means that the area of the bar is the frequency. These are usually used when the category is a range (e.g Ages 5-10, 10-15 and so on).

For histograms: area = frequency = frequency density x width of the bar's category.

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