Hi, I’m Tess! I’m an International Relations student at the University of Birmingham. I’ve always had a great passion for Politics and find it a subject that constantly surprises me. My secondary passion is History which I fortunately have a few modules in within my degree. I hope I can influence some interest into these subjects which can sometimes get stigmatised as dull. I’m a Politics Department Buddy Scheme mentor so I’m becoming more experienced in teaching and advising both academically and with student life.
I’m chatty, friendly and understanding. I have experienced myself the efforts to push yourself to reach your goals and empathise with the frustration of not getting something first time, but hopefully I’ll help make this experience easier. I have done work experience in my local primary school, volunteered in Nepal developing a rural school and teaching basic Maths and English and have worked two months in an American summer camp whilst instructing high ropes and looking after a bunk of 11 girls.
During the sessions, we’ll start by you establishing the main aims of each session. All subjects I mentor in (Politics, History and English) are very broad and we need to set a few small goals per session in order to effectively understand the subject more.
I will use a variety of teaching techniques. When it comes to key dates and facts I’ll be using a variety of flash card methods including some online mediums you can keep using at home without me! I’ll also advise on effective time management which I believe is key to learning and revising.
As all my tutor subject often have essay based assessments we will also do also cover essay writing methods and I set work such as marking short essays, figuring out essay titles from their introductions, and general essay writing practise.
I intend to make these sessions enjoyable! 55 minutes is a lot of time to learn and I want to make that fun as well as rewarding.
Trying to get into Uni is tough - let me help!
I got an unconditional offer from the University of Birmingham when I applied and I like to think that was because of my fun filled personal statement. I’ve been through the UCAS system and know how tedious it can be and I’m more than happy to pass on my knowledge of the experience and on how to write a fab personal statement.
If you have any questions, send me a 'WebMail' or book a 'Meet the Tutor Session'! (both accessible through this website). Please tell me your exam board and what you're struggling with so I can plan the most helpful session I can.
I look forward to meeting you!
|English||A Level||£20 /hr|
|English Language||A Level||£20 /hr|
|History||A Level||£20 /hr|
|Politics||A Level||£20 /hr|
|English Language||GCSE||£18 /hr|
|English||13 Plus||£18 /hr|
|History||13 Plus||£18 /hr|
|English||11 Plus||£18 /hr|
|-Personal Statements-||Mentoring||£20 /hr|
|Before 12pm||12pm - 5pm||After 5pm|
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The British government is made up of two houses: the Hosue of Commons (the lower house) and the House of Lords (the upper house). The House of Commons is often seen as more important and active than the House of Lords. The House of Commons is made up of MPs voted for by a constituency. The party with the majority of MPs voted for in an election (usually held every 5 years) wins the election meaning the head of that party becomes the Prime Minister.
Laws are passed through the House of Commons and then the House of Lords - both houses vote on laws to pass them or delay them or to dissolve them - we can go into that in more detail later.
A good way to understand how MPs and the Prime Minister act is to watch Prime Ministers Question Time broadcasted by the BBC on Wednesdays.see more
I know in history you feel the amount of dates, names, battles, deaths and key events is overwhelming. I found gauging a strong interest in the time period helped me learn dates more effectively. Go over flashcards a little then watch some documentaries or historical films about your specific time period of interest then go over your flashcards again and you'll find you know them better. Learning the context behind the dates and facts is crucial.see more
Don't try and learn all the theories!! Choose at least one from each area relevant. eg positivist theory , post positivist theory, ect. Look at past papers/essay questions - you'll be able to see how much knowledge is required for a good answer. For me the key knowledge I usually needed was in the neo-neo debates. Don't waste time revising all the theories when you only need to know about one theory from a certain area. I know theory can be boring and overwhelming but narrow down what youre looking at and always find one key theorist per theory you're looking at to provide some primary examples.see more