Isobel B. GCSE English tutor, GCSE Psychology tutor

Isobel B.

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Degree: English and Drama (Bachelors) - Birmingham University

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About me:

Hi, I'm a second year English Literature and Drama student at the University of Birmingham! From a young age, books and plays have been the most interesting part of my education and daily life. I am truly passionate about both subjects and hope that I can help you love them as much as I do.

I have been teaching children dance since I was 15 years old, so have several years' experience teaching children from the ages of 3-14. I also took part in a tutoring programme within the Psychology department of my sixth form, where I individually tutored several students who were struggling with AS Psychology during my final year. I consider myself a friendly, approachable and patient individual.

Sessions:

The sessions will revolve around your needs. I believe that succeeding in both English and Drama relies highly on confidence and I aim to instil this confidence in you! Using a variety of techniques including diagrams, quick-fire tests and new, innovative revision techniques, I aspire to give you the information and understanding necessary for you to gain true confidence in your own ideas as, with essay-based subjects, this can be the hardest bridge to cross. 55 minutes is a long time when you're focussing on exactly what needs work!

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
Drama A Level £20 /hr
Drama GCSE £18 /hr
English GCSE £18 /hr
Psychology GCSE £18 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
English LiteratureA-LevelA
DramaA-LevelA
PsychologyA-LevelA*
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Questions Isobel has answered

How should I approach an extract question?

The key thing to remember when approaching extract questions is to stay calm! It is easy to panic when faced with a question like this - as long as you know your text well and have practised sufficiently, you are going to be fine! To begin, read the extract in front of you carefully and take t...

The key thing to remember when approaching extract questions is to stay calm! It is easy to panic when faced with a question like this - as long as you know your text well and have practised sufficiently, you are going to be fine!

To begin, read the extract in front of you carefully and take time to think about it on its own before moving on to the question. Once you have done this, read the question and highlight any key words relating to specific characters, themes or mood, as this will help remind you where to focus your essay as you write. 

Having done so, re-read the extract with these key ideas in mind. Try and highlight quotations that you believe are relevant to these ideas. At this point you should also be looking out for any literary devices (such as metaphors, hyperbole or alliteration) that the author is using. 

In terms of essay structure, I would suggest using a 'PQE' method, so that each paragraph contains a clear point (Steinbeck presents Curley as an aggressive character), a quotation to support this ("his hands closed into fists"), and an explanation, which should expand on your point and highlight any literary techniques being used (adverb 'coldly'). An A/A* answer may also link this point to a further example. For instance, I may use George's reaction to Curley as further evidence of his threatening nature ("George was tense and motionless").

It is important that while writing your answer you are consistently referring back to the focus of the question - the key words/ideas that you highlighted initially. You may want to refer back to these at the end of every paragraph to make sure that your point is relevant to the question being asked - when writing an essay it can be easy to lose focus and this will significantly reduce your score.

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