Hi, I’m Emily and I study German and History at Durham University. I have always been fascinated by all things historical, from castles to old books. I’ve studied a variety of historical periods, covering (among others) the Protestant Reformation, the First and Second World Wars and the Tudors.
I have just got back from ten months living abroad in Germany as part of my course and am now even more fascinated by Deutschland: the language, literature and culture. I studied English Literature at A-Level and am an avid reader (massive Shakespeare fan) so can also tutor in English.
I am very helpful, patient and friendly. During my time abroad I worked for three months in a children’s home and I volunteered in a German grammar school so I have plenty of experience helping with homework and teaching, both in English and German.
How do I teach?
Der, die or das? Learning a language can seem like a daunting, never-ending task when you’re faced with endless vocab lists and grammar sheets. The sessions are guided by the students, focusing on the specific areas that you find difficult, such as writing, speaking and listening. I also provide revision of areas sometimes glossed over in the classroom, such as grammar re-caps. Insightful analysis of German literature and/or films is often expected at A-Level and I offer sessions on improving essay writing skills (in both German and English).
Wait, why did the policy of appeasement fail? History can seem overwhelming when you have to know so many different facts. In the sessions I focus on both content and essay structure. Essay writing skills are crucial for attaining a high grade in History and I offer guidance on planning, clear introductions, impressive conclusions and concise, analytical answers. In the sessions, historical events are approached from a critical, questioning perspective, so that students examine “why” a specific event was so fundamental, not just memorising the date it occurred.
Oh no, not Shakespeare! The sessions are structured and tailored around the areas which you feel least confident in, whether it’s looking at the themes in The Merchant of Venice, or advice on how to write the perfect poetry analysis, filled with impressive terminology to wow examiners.
Above all, I aim to make the sessions enjoyable and useful so that students achieve the highest grades possible. By the end, I hope you will confidently be able to explain to me the areas you once dreaded going over in class. Please get in touch if you have any questions and I look forward to meeting you.
|German||A Level||£20 /hr|
|History||A Level||£20 /hr|
|English Literature||GCSE||£18 /hr|
|Before 12pm||12pm - 5pm||After 5pm|
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Vocab learning can be very dull when you're faced with pages and pages of suggested vocab to memorise in preparation for your exams. However, it is possible to make your vocab learning enjoyable (promise!) and enhance your understanding of the German language. Here are my top five suggestions:
1. Make post-it notes with the German word/phrase written on one side and the English translation on the other. Stick each note on a different door/cupboard around your house (it's best to use the doors you open the most, for instance, the fridge). Before you open the door you have to say the German followed by the English translation, pretty soon you'll know them all!
2. Use the website 'Quizlet'. You can create online flashcards, play vocab games and it even generates tests for you to track your progress.
3. Learn tricky phrases to the tune of your favourite song. Replace Taylor Swift lyrics with German idioms and you'll soon have them learnt. Also, listen to music in the target language. There are some great bands and artists out there that sing in German and once the lyrics get into your head, you've found another great resource for vocab learning.
4. Tailor your vocab learning to something that interests you. Find your favourite quotes from TV shows or films in the target language or make vocab diagrams in areas that interest you, such as sports or food. You'll find it easier to remember the vocab and every word/phrase will come in handy!
5. Listen to the news in your target language. For German, I really recommend listening daily to the 'Tagesschau in 100 Sekunden' (simply type into Google). Alongside learning more vocab, you'll improve your listening skills and keep up to date with international news, all within one hundred seconds.