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Degree: English Language and Literature (Bachelors) - Oxford, Trinity College University
About me: I’m a second year student at Oxford reading English. Not only do I have a passion for my subject, but I genuinely love learning – this is something I want to pass on by sharing my skills and subject knowledge with those I tutor.
A couple of years ago I went into a History exam and completely blanked all the facts I’d crammed for the topic. However, I managed to get by with exam technique. As a result of this experience, I know the importance of polishing technique and understanding what is needed for the exam. I want you to be able to approach each subject with confidence.
During my time at school, I worked informally to tutor students who my teachers did not have time to help in class, in addition to helping my friends with their work. In this way, I was able to adapt my teaching to the individual students and help them to approach the class in a more confident way, something I want to replicate for you.
The sessions will be tailored to you, and led by what you want. In class, this is not the case, as the teacher doesn’t have time to focus on each student individually, but that is what these sessions are for. We will go through all your concerns about individual topics or the subject in general and consolidate this with practice questions and essay plans. You might have figured out how you learn best already, in which case I will adapt the sessions to this, so that we can maximise their effectiveness. I want to make these sessions fun and the subjects engaging. To this end, we can explore beyond the curriculum, linking your interests with the working process.
Please get in touch by sending a message or booking a ‘Meet the Tutor’ session so we can talk more about how I can help you and I can answer any questions you may have. I look forward to working with you to make the most out of your subjects!
|English Literature||A Level||£20 /hr|
|English Literature||GCSE||£18 /hr|
|German||13 Plus||£18 /hr|
|History||13 Plus||£18 /hr|
|Latin||13 Plus||£18 /hr|
|.ELAT||Uni Admissions Test||£25 /hr|
|Before 12pm||12pm - 5pm||After 5pm|
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Firstly, it’s important to remember that this isn’t a doctorate or university thesis – you don’t have to write something entirely original. But obviously, you also don’t want to just repeat a critic’s arguments. There are two main ways of doing this: language analysis and responding to critical arguments.
Language analysis is the clearest way of being original – it’s rare that a passage has been entirely analysed. Or if it’s a poem which has lots of close readings on it, try linking it with another poem from the selection which is not its most obvious pair. These oblique references also strengthen your essay as it shows you have read and understood more than just a central few poems. Very brief references to non-set texts will also impress the examiner as it shows that you have not limited yourself to the prescribed texts (though be wary of making this element too big).
Alternatively, responding to a critic’s argument can also make your essay stand out. Don’t go overboard though – it’s not usually a good idea to scorn their entire argument. Rather, pick at one element of their argument which seems unconvincing. For example, you could look at A. C. Bradley’s famous criticism in his book Shakespearean Tragedy which has been discredited by many critics, though is still held to be one of the most important works of Shakespearean criticism. This would give you an opportunity to acknowledge the wealth of critical debate, while showing that you have not just accepted a critical reading as the ‘right’ reading.see more
Unfortunately, this tends to require rote learning. However, many of the example words used have a certain rhythm to them which makes this easier, such as the Latin 2nd person neuter, bellum.
Beyond just reciting, you can consolidate and check what you’ve learnt by filling in as much of a blank table as you can (which will also highlight any particular groups that you may struggle with). Or you can take an unseen passage of text and try translating it, but analysing the endings of all the verbs, or whichever grammatical part you are looking at, which is called parsing.see more