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Degree: Drama and Theatre Arts (Bachelors) - Birmingham University

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About Me

I'm Katy and I currently study Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham. Along with my incredible passion for drama, singing and performance, I have also studied (and have a great love for) English Literature/Language, Spanish and History. 

Me as a Tutor

I have taken on tutoring responsibilties at various times during my school career and I am incredibly patient; I will go over things as many times and in as many different ways as it takes for you to be confident that you understand it enough so that you would be able to teach it to someone else. The subjects that I studied at GCSE and A-Level hold an important place in my heart so you can be sure I will always tutor with passion and enthusiasm! 

What I Can Help You With

In addition to answering questions about and covering general subject content, I can look at different ways of explaining things so that you feel as confident as you can be about what you have to know. You will guide the session by starting with any questions or topics you need help with. We can then look at exam technique and questions with the best way to tackle them. I will also give you tips with how best to approach exam season and how not to let panic take over your life! 

*Make sure you let me know the exam board you are on for that particular subject and also any topics you especially want me to focus on (if you know!) so I can ensure that I am aware of the correct information that I need to cover in the session.*

I look forward to meeting you!

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
Drama A Level £20 /hr
English GCSE £18 /hr
English Literature GCSE £18 /hr
French GCSE £18 /hr
History GCSE £18 /hr

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English Literature/LanguageA-LevelA*
Drama and Theatre StudiesA-LevelA
SpanishA-LevelB
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What are the typical recurring themes in Shakespeare's plays?

There are many different themes running through each individual Shakespeare play but here are some of the most common and most recognisable and you can apply at least a couple to whichever Shakespeare play you are studying.  Power Most, if not all, of the plays include some kind of fight for ...

There are many different themes running through each individual Shakespeare play but here are some of the most common and most recognisable and you can apply at least a couple to whichever Shakespeare play you are studying. 

Power

Most, if not all, of the plays include some kind of fight for power. Whether it is political power (such as in Richard III) or power within families (there is alot of this in King Lear). Just look at who is fighting for the power, who they are fighting it for and how those characters are portrayed (evil, heroic, mad etc.)

Nature

Nature can primarily refer to the immediate, physical nature around us, such as in a pastoral comedy like As You Like It (in this play look at how the forest community is contrasted with that of the court). However it can also refer to human nature (such as the Nature vs Nurture argument in King Lear) and the nature of the society that we live in (Macbeth).

Love and Relationships

This is a BIG one as it is a theme examined in pretty much every play. There is romantic, irrational love (an obvious one - Romeo and Juliet, but also Hero and Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing), dutiful and tactical love (King Lear), mix-ups in love which could show the sometimes fickle nature of it (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night) and even love that goes unrecognised by the characters until the very end (Benedict and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing.). These are just some of the forms of love in Shakespeare's plays but chances are you can apply it to a lot of the situations that occur.

Conflict

In a lot of Shakespeare's plays, there is physical conflict as the History plays (and some of the Tragedies such as Julius Caeser) actually tell the story of real battles. However, conflict can also be applied to conflict within families (Again, King Lear - there's lots of themes within this one! - but also Romeo and Juliet with the family conflict ultimately causing the tragic death of their children), conflict between lovers (Much Ado About Nothing) or even just emotional conflict (Hamlet). 

So these are just a few of the big themes and hopefully you can apply at least one or two to the particular play you are studying. 

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What is a "PEE" chain?

You begin with the "P" which is "Point" and here you make a statement. For example, "Cats are the best household pets for young families".  Then, the first "E" is evidence. Here is where you state the facts which support your statment. For example, in the same case, you could use "They don't ...

You begin with the "P" which is "Point" and here you make a statement. For example, "Cats are the best household pets for young families". 

Then, the first "E" is evidence. Here is where you state the facts which support your statment. For example, in the same case, you could use "They don't need regular walks". 

The final "E" is explain. Here you explain why the fact or evidence you have provided supports your assertion (Point). With the same point, you could say "This means they are low maintenance therefore the parents don't need to worry too much about the cat and can keep their children as a priority". 

To make your answer a higher level response, you can add "L" to the end of the PEE chain which is "Link". Here you link your whole paragraph (The Point, Evidence and Explanation) to the original essay question. So with the mini and very simple paragraph we have created, the question could have been "Cats make the best all-round pets. Discuss". 

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When would I use the subjunctive tense?

In Spanish, the "subjunctive" is described as a "mood" rather than a tense. It can be quite difficult to get your head round but it's just about remembering its different uses; actually forming the tense and remembering the endings is simple. It is used: -After a wish, piece of advice or a re...

In Spanish, the "subjunctive" is described as a "mood" rather than a tense. It can be quite difficult to get your head round but it's just about remembering its different uses; actually forming the tense and remembering the endings is simple. It is used:

-After a wish, piece of advice or a request. For example, after querer que or aconsejar que.

-After an expression of emotion. Such as me gusta que or lo siento que.

-After anything that expresses uncertainty or doubt. E.g Dudo que or Es probable que.

-After a statement that says something should happen, an implication of intention or a description of the conditions of something happening. For example, para que or a pesar de que.

-After cuando or hasta (but only when talking about the future).

-It is also used in some forms of the imperative but you will look at that when studying this form on its own.

There are also some set phrases which you can add into your work if you are having trouble getting your hang around it. Such as Ojala sea... which is translated as "If only it were...". 

Also, you might have noticed that alot of the phrases which "bring on" the subjunctive include "que" - this might help you recognise when the subjunctive needs to be used!

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