Alina K. GCSE English Literature tutor, GCSE French tutor, 13 plus  F...

Alina K.

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Degree: Modern and Medieval Languages (French and Italian), with a year abroad studying History of Art at the ENS, Paris (Bachelors) - Cambridge University

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About me

Hi! I'm Alina, a Modern Languages student at the University of Cambridge who has just spent a year in Paris studying History of Art. I have one year left until hopefully going on to do a Masters in History of Art. 

I am passionate about learning, and know how important it is to have teachers who inspire enthusiasm for a subject so that revision and homework is more stimulating and less of a chore. I have tried to infect all my past tutees with the love I have for my subjects, whether 3 and 8 year-old brothers to whom I taught English last year, or my adult refugee student from Afghanistan to whom I taught French and English. 

I am able to help students at any age with English Literature, French and History of Art, as well as Personal Statement advice. After redrafting my Personal Statement nine times, I received offers from Cambridge, UCL, Bristol, Edinburgh and Durham, and would be delighted to pass on any tips. Having studied abroad, I would also be more than willing to help students wanting to study overseas. 

Finally, I am dyspraxic and therefore understand how difficult it can be to cope with a learning disability in a learning environment. With the right support, I believe that nothing can stop you achieving if you set your mind to it!

Please feel free to get in touch with any queries, and I look forward to meeting you.

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
English Literature A Level £20 /hr
French A Level £20 /hr
History of Art A Level £20 /hr
English Literature GCSE £18 /hr
French GCSE £18 /hr
History of Art GCSE £18 /hr
French 13 Plus £18 /hr
.MLAT (Modern Languages) Uni Admissions Test £25 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
MathsA-LevelA (AS)
English LiteratureA-LevelA*
History of ArtA-LevelA*
FrenchA-LevelA
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How do I structure a comparative essay?

A comparative essay should be made up of equal parts of the texts or poems you are writing about, going into detail about each of the topics but also making comparisons and contrasts throughout. There are two ways to go about this: firstly to talk about each text/ poem in a separate paragraph,...

A comparative essay should be made up of equal parts of the texts or poems you are writing about, going into detail about each of the topics but also making comparisons and contrasts throughout. There are two ways to go about this: firstly to talk about each text/ poem in a separate paragraph, or secondly to structure it by theme and alternate paragraphs discussing each text/ poem in relation to the theme. These should be much shorter paragraphs than the first. 

For example, if comparing and contrasting two poems, the two structures might be:

1. Intro - poem 1 - poem 2 - Conclusion

2. Intro - theme 1 in poem 1 - theme 1 in poem 2 - theme 2 in poem 1 - theme 2 in poem 2 - Conclusion

The second one perhaps shows more flair, as you are making comparisons and contrasts throughout whilst also going into detail, and it shows you have really thought about the themes and structure, but the first is definitely more simple to manage, especially during a time-pressured exam!

Best of luck!

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