Olivia B. GCSE English Literature tutor, A Level English Literature t...

Olivia B.

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Degree: English Literature (Masters) - Bristol University

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My name is Olivia Bailey, and I am currently an MA student studying History of Art at the University of Bristol. Earlier this year I completed my BA degree in Ancient History, also at Bristol. I have always been heavily interested in history, culture and literature, and I feel confident that such enthusiasm cannot fail to rub off on my students; it is my believe that to teach a subject you must truly love it, if you have any hope of inspiring similar sentiments in your pupils. It is my hope that because I am so interested in Literature and Classical studies, I can show younger students how interesting and inspiring those subjects can be.

I realise that the tutors can play an integral role in the shaping of a student's educational career. If a student does not like a subject, or feels challenged by it, they may become unenthused, or stop trying to master it altogether. This could be a terrible waste of potential, and could impact their educational decisions further down the line. With that in mind, I understand the full weight of the responsibility that comes with agreeing to teach someone, and will not take it lightly. I am determined, but patient and easy to get on with, and I hope that this will make learning a stress-free experience. I have experience teaching young children to learn English in an international school, so I know that encouragement and tolerance are key to learning process. 

My sessions would be based on whatever my students felt they needed help with most - I want you to dictate the course outline, because no one knows their strengths and weaknesses more than the pupil themselves. When teaching English Literature, I will teach the key skills of analysis of literary form, structure, and analysis, as well as aiming to broaden the students knowledge of the genre by inspiring an interest in related texts relevant to their topic. In Classical Civilisation, I will give a basic grounding of the ancient Greek and Roman political and cultural contexts, as well as ensuring students become familiar with key figures, events and texts.

I hope overall that the sessions will be fun, and will rekindle a love for learning that might possibly having been lost to students.

Subjects offered

English Literature A Level £20 /hr
Classical Civilisation GCSE £18 /hr
English Literature GCSE £18 /hr


Ancient HistoryDegree (Bachelors)2:1
English LiteratureA-levelA2A*
Classical CivilisationA-levelA2A
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How should I go about analysing an unseen text?

The most important factors to analyse in any text are form, language, and structure. Form refers to the medium through which the text is presented - is it a poem? A chapter from a novel? An autobiography? A play? All these contexts will effect the way we percieve a text - a play for example, i...

The most important factors to analyse in any text are form, language, and structure. Form refers to the medium through which the text is presented - is it a poem? A chapter from a novel? An autobiography? A play? All these contexts will effect the way we percieve a text - a play for example, is intended to incite certain reactions in an audience, whereas an autobiography will want to impart certain truths (or fictions) in its individual readers. Form also refers to the genre of the text - Romantic; Renaissance; comedy; tragedy, etc. Form is important for thinking about authorial intent.

Structure refers to the technical construction of the text. This can mean the length of the text, the way it is laid out (particularly in poetry, which may use varying stanza lengths or techiques such as enjambment), the chronological order of the text (is a plot interrupted with lots of flashbacks?), and the narrative perspective.

Language, of course refers to the words used. One should consider here whether the author uses formal or colloquial language, what techniques he uses to get his words to have a certain effect (for example assonance and alliteration), whether the language reflects a certain time period, and how far metaphor and metonymy are employed to create double meanings.

Also key when looking at a brand new text, is to highlight the themes raised in the text. Explore how these themes are expressed, how they move the action along, and how far they relate to the genre of the text. Always bring in any contextual knowledge you have about the author, time period or genre. Be sure to analyse how far the author's work is in keeping with the genre within which it is categorised, or how far it represents an innovation in that genre. Above all be sure to read both the text and the question carefully and fully, to avoid making any mistakes in the wording.

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