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Degree: Viking and Anglo-Saxon Studies (Masters) - Nottingham University

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Hello! I'm Amy. I know that choosing a tutor is incredibly difficult (I've received tutoring before too!), so I'm going to give you some information about myself, my experience, and about my style of tutoring to hopefully make things easier for you! About Me I've just graduated from Keele University with a First Class (Hons) BA in English with Creative Writing, and I'm now at the University of Nottingham studying for my MA in Viking and Anglo-Saxon Studies. As my studies suggest, I love reading - when I was little I'd get in trouble at school for reading while the teacher was talking. I was a very rebellious child, as you can see. Sport is a big part of my life too; I've played and coached tennis, and I've recently taken up lacrosse, which I love. Travelling is incredibly important to me too, I've lived and worked in France, Oman and Iceland - and I want that list to grow! Experience in Teaching and Tutoring I worked as a TA in France and Oman, which really ignited my love of teaching in general. I taught a number of English lessons during my fortnight at the French primary school, and had several one-on-one reading sessions with the children. The school in Oman was bilingual and took the British curriculum, so I was able to teach English language and literature as opposed to English as a foreign language. At the Omani school I took students out of class either individually or in groups in order to work on various tasks and to help improve their reading and writing skills. I am therefore well-used to working with students in a one-on-one environment. I decided to pursue my desire to teach during my undergraduate degree, and therefore completed a 120-hour TEFL course. This equipped me with a wide range of teaching skills, and I decided to take a longer course in order to be trained in online/telephone lessons and lessons for children. I also tutored my brother through his GCSE English Language and Literature exams, and his grades rose from predicted B-Cs to two As.  My Style of Tutoring I am approachable, friendly, and understanding, and I really want you to feel like you can come to me with any problem or query whatsoever! I absolutely adore my subject, and really love helping people out with it in any way I can. We will discuss what you would like from my sessions, and I will tailor them to your level and ability in order to achieve the best results possible. We will approach things that you find difficult at a pace which you can handle, but I will challenge you as much as I can! To give some examples of ways that I can help you, I can: - Read your essays then go through them with you, showing you ways to improve - Help you to understand concepts that you have found difficult in class - Show you how to write an effective essay - Show you how to read and analyse difficult texts - Help you with your creative writing - Show you how to approach unseen poems I can't, however: - Show you how to stop your hand hurting after writing a two and a half hour English exam. I wish I could, but I don't think it's physically possible.  So if you think I can help you, please get in touch! Let me know what you need help with and preferably what exam board you're on, and we'll be good to go. Thanks for looking at my profile, and good luck with your studies!

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English Literature A Level £24 /hr
English and World Literature A Level £24 /hr
English Literature GCSE £22 /hr
English and World Literature GCSE £22 /hr


English LiteratureA-levelA2A
Government and PoliticsA-levelA2A
English with Creative WritingDegree (Bachelors)First
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4.9from 37 customer reviews

Laura (Student) June 18 2017

Good as always :)

Laura (Student) June 11 2017

Great as usual :)

Laura (Student) May 7 2017

Really interesting and fun - Concentrated well the whole way through :)

Laura (Student) March 2 2017

Engaging - helped me plan my essay which I am going to do tomorrow
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Questions Amy has answered

The language that the author/poet/playwright is using is really difficult. How can I understand it?

First of all, don't worry - reading texts which were written four hundred years ago was never going to be easy! Even the most acclaimed scholars had that moment where they first opened their copy of The Merchant of Venice and thought, huh?! So to begin with, don't be too hard on yourself. It t...

First of all, don't worry - reading texts which were written four hundred years ago was never going to be easy! Even the most acclaimed scholars had that moment where they first opened their copy of The Merchant of Venice and thought, huh?! So to begin with, don't be too hard on yourself. It takes time to get your head around language that you're not used to, and that's ok!

Let's have a look at The Merchant of Venice. Don't worry if you don't know the story, you don't need to for this explanation. Have a look at this quote, where Bassanio is describing a painting of his love, Portia:

Bassanio:... Here in her hairs

The painter plays the spider and hath woven

A golden mesh t'entrap the hearts of men

Faster than gnats in cobwebs. But her eyes-

How could he see to do them? Having made one,

Methinks it should have the power to steal both his

And leave itself unfurnished.

(Act 3, scene 2, lines 123-129)

First of all, and this is the most important part of this whole answer, read, reread, and reread it. Yes, it's fairly time consuming, but trust me - if you keep going over a sentence that you don't understand, you're far more likely to capture a glimmer of meaning than if you read it once and write it off as being too difficult. 

If you still don't understand it after reading it a few times, highlight and look up all of the words you don't know. This actually has two functions - if you go to highlight some troublesome words and find very few or even none, then you can be assured that you will be able to work out what your text means - it's written in language you understand, after all! In this case, however, there are a few words which could potentially trip you up, so let's have a look at them.

hath - this is simply another way of saying 'has'.

t'entrap - words are often put together like this or are shortened by people like Shakespeare, and it usually serves to keep the rhythm in what they're writing. Think of the apostrophe as hiding (usually) a vowel, and you should be able to work it out! So in this case, Shakespeare means 'to entrap'.

unfurnished - looking up this word gives you two results: 

1. (especially of a house or flat available for rent) without furniture.

'an unfurnished apartment'


not supplied.

'he is unfurnished with the ideas of justice'

We're all rational people, so we can work out that the second definition is the most relevant when it comes to the quotation we're studying. 

Defining all of the problematic words and terms used in a text doesn't necessarily solve its complexity straight away, however. The last stage, and the hardest one, is to think. Think about what the author, poet, or playwright is actually saying. So let's have another look at the quote, in two parts this time, and including our newly defined words.

'Here in her hairs / The painter plays the spider and has woven / A golden mesh to entrap the hearts of men / Faster than gnats in cobwebs.'

We can now clearly see that Shakespeare is using a metaphor to describe the painting's artist drawing Portia's hair, and that men become attached to and ensnared by it.

Now, the second part of the quote.

'But her eyes- / How could he see to do them? Having made one, / Methinks it should have the power to steal both his / And leave itself not supplied.'

Here we can see that, in some cases, simply changing the word to its dictionary definition doesn't work. This is where we have to really think and try and work out what he's actually trying to say.

Let's start with 'But her eyes- / How could he see to do them?'. We can change the vague word 'do' to 'paint', for it is the artist who is doing the action. So it turns into 'how could he see to paint them?', which makes things a little easier. 'Having made one, / Methinks it should have the power to steal both his' - read this out loud, try to work out what words could be missing, and reword it in a way which you understand. 

'Having painted one [eye], I think it should have the power to steal both [of] his [eyes]'

Finally, 'And leave itself unfurnished'. Well, let's think about this logically. In this hypothetical situation, the artist has painted one beautiful eye, only for it to steal both of his eyes. Only one eye has been painted. The eyes are therefore unfinished. So the quote becomes:

'But her eyes- / How could he see to paint them? Having painted one eye, / Methinks it should have the power to steal both of his eyes / And leave themselves unfinished.'

It doesn't have to make complete sense, it is essentially a work of translation after all, but the point is that you can read and understand it.

So, to reiterate:

1) Read, reread, and reread the bit that you're struggling with.

2) Highlight and look up all of the words you don't know.

3) Think logically.

And remember, don't worry about it not making complete sense at this point. If you decide to analyse the quote further then it will become a lot clearer. All that matters now is that you can read and understand it.

I hope this helps!

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