Fionn O. GCSE English Literature tutor, A Level English Literature tu...

Fionn O.

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Degree: PGCE Secondary English (Masters) - Newcastle University

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I am a trainee Secondary English and Drama teacher at Newcastle University.

In June, I graduated from Newcastle University with a 2:1 in English Literature. During my three years at University, I worked at a Children's Book Museum so have experience with children younger than Secondary school level too. 

Since I was young, I have had a love for anything to do with reading and writing. Throughout my time at University, I have been driven to help enstill this love in others, through tutoring, storytelling and - of course - culminating in my embarkment onto my PGCE. 

As well as academic achievements, I have benefited from a lot of practical experience to help with tutoring English and Drama through my involvement in creative writing, performance and storytelling. Therefore, I am equipt with many tools with which to tutor students of English, Media and Drama. 

I am a friendly, approachable person and have been told I'm funny, which students certainly appreciate and benefit from. 

As well as my work within English and Drama, I have been coaching athletics and cross country since I was 14. This has given me even more approaches to teaching my academic subjects. 

I look forward to meeting you soon, thanks for coming to find out more about me!

Fionn 

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
English A Level £20 /hr
English Literature A Level £20 /hr
Extended Project Qualification A Level £20 /hr
History A Level £20 /hr
English GCSE £18 /hr
English Literature GCSE £18 /hr
Extended Project Qualification GCSE £18 /hr
History GCSE £18 /hr
English 13 Plus £18 /hr
History 13 Plus £18 /hr
English 11 Plus £18 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
English LiteratureBachelors Degree2:1
English LiteratureA-LevelA*
HistoryA-LevelA
English LanguageA-LevelB
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01/07/2016

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01/07/2016

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How do I create a piece of descriptive writing?

Imagine you're reading a book: they're not all the same. There are good features of writing to describe which can help you, and check-lists you can follow, but ultimately your piece of descriptive writing will be unique to you. That's what is so good about it; you can be as creative as you wan...

Imagine you're reading a book: they're not all the same. There are good features of writing to describe which can help you, and check-lists you can follow, but ultimately your piece of descriptive writing will be unique to you. That's what is so good about it; you can be as creative as you want. 

A good place to start is to think about how you open your piece. What is it about? You might want to open with a snappy introductory sentence, for example, which would allow you to write more as you continue writing. 

e.g. It was dark. The clouds around the turrets were the only source of light in the sky, and I wondered how they looked so peaceful.

Sure, 'It was dark.' doesn't seem like a very exciting sentence, but followed by the development it sounds intense, spooky and fits the theme of spooky descriptive writing. 

Next, you should think about inserting some literary devices, for example similies, metaphors, alliteration, list of three. Literary devices simply allow you to make your writing sound more sophisticated and interesting and can be really easy to include in your writing once you think about them. 

Using these techniques will help you write a brilliant piece of descriptive writing to win you big marks in English!

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What are good tips for learning a lot about key characters?

If you have read and understood the text you are studying, you will be able to identify key scenes/chapters with that character present. Once you have identified those key scenes, which should be made clear by your teacher or tutor, you should set about learning at least three key quotations f...

If you have read and understood the text you are studying, you will be able to identify key scenes/chapters with that character present. Once you have identified those key scenes, which should be made clear by your teacher or tutor, you should set about learning at least three key quotations from those scenes/chapters. 

Next, you should mind-map those quotations, one by one, and list all the literary techniques they use and what effect they have on the reader. Following this, you should use a different coloured pen to link that quotation to another part of the text. Knowing these links will allow you to score even more on your GCSE paper. Once you have your sheets of paper on each quotation, you can use these for revision, to create flash-cards, and of course in your practise essays. 

While you are doing all of this close analysis, you will be learning loads more about your studied text too. So there you have it: a really easy way to expand your learning of key characters for GCSE! 

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