Matthew L. GCSE History tutor, A Level History tutor, GCSE English La...

Matthew L.

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Degree: History (Bachelors) - Newcastle University

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About me My name is Matt Larkin, I am currently in my third year of a History degree at Newcastle University. I am extremely passionate about the subject and know from personal experience the importance of a passionate teacher, and I hope, as a result of my passion, I can instil some passion for History into you. I am a friendly and approachable individual and am able to explain complicated concepts into a simple and cohesive way in order to severly aid understanding. I have previous experience as a one on one tutor, helping school children when i was in college. I thoroughly enjoy tutoring and helping people to achieve their true potential, it is one of the reasons why I wish to become a teacher once I graduate. My Approach to Tutoring Sessions I will tailor each session for each student's individual needs. This may include covering the syllabus, practising exam papers, learning how to structure essays, whatever you wish to take from the session I will be more than happy to try and make this happen. One extremely effective way I have found to help students is to make them try and teach me the subject, if they are unable to do this then have not fully understood the topic and therefore needs more work. This exercise also helps monotony ensuring it is not me who is doing all the talking and allows the tutee to speak. I also love English Language and Philosophy and Ethics, I thoroughly enjoyed studying them both at A Level and continue to have a great interest in them still today. As a result I’m knowledgeable on what it takes to write a good essay. I am also able to offer some top tips and revision techniques which will help when it comes to revision helping to ensure the Examiners give those top marks!

Subjects offered

History A Level £20 /hr
English GCSE £18 /hr
English Language GCSE £18 /hr
History GCSE £18 /hr
Philosophy and Ethics GCSE £18 /hr
-Personal Statements- Mentoring £22 /hr


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Religious Studies: Philosophy and EthicsA-levelA2A
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How to analyse a source?

Analysing a source at first often feels like a daunting task, especially because it is unseen material, but it needn’t be! If you simply focus on what the question if asking you to do and structure it in an effective manner, then there is no reason to be worried. A source based question can be...

Analysing a source at first often feels like a daunting task, especially because it is unseen material, but it needn’t be! If you simply focus on what the question if asking you to do and structure it in an effective manner, then there is no reason to be worried. A source based question can be separated into four main parts which can also be used for the basis of a solid essay structure.

How to structure my essay

1) Context - The W’s

Why was the source written?

Who was the source written for?

Who was the source written for?

When was the source written?

What does the source say? (be brief)

Answering all of the aforementioned questions in your first paragraph will give a solid basis of the background and context of the source.

2) Providence

This part links directly with the previous part and does not always warrant a new separate paragraph. In this part you should question whether the source is biased or not and whether the source is factually accurate. Is the source an example of propaganda? This should all be addressed. Do not be afraid to critique the source, as long as you can back up your opinion with evidence.

3) Analysis

This is the most important part of your essay and you should spend the most time here. You should pick two or three main points of interest from the source you wish to discuss. You should quote directly from the extract, but only segments never full sentences. You should then analyse this quote discussing the implications and significance of the quote. Remember not to just simply reword what the source already states.

A simple formula for your sentences you may follow could be:

‘The source states… which implies… and this is significant because…’

4) Wider implications

If you have the time, this is a great opportunity to show off your knowledge. In this part you should place the source into the wider context and the significance of the source as a whole. For example, if the source is an extract from the Communist Manifesto this source at the time of its publication was not that important, it was not until later that the text became incredibly important. This should all be acknowledged and is an integral part of analysing a source.

Top tip

Timing is incredibly important! Make sure everything you write is relevant to the question, answer what the question is asking of you, not what you want the question to ask! This will help ensure you pick up as many marks as possible. 

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