I am a Philosophy, Politics and Economics first year student at the University of Exeter from Brentwood in Essex. Before university I studied at Westcliff High School for Boys which is an Academy Grammar School in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.
Whilst at Westcliff I achieved 7A* and 6 A's at GSCE in a range of different subjects then went on to study Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics), Economics and Mathematics at A Level and achieved an AS in German. My favorite subjects were RS and Economics because I found the content extremely interesting and my teachers managed to make me even more interested.
Before GSCE I was told that I would not achieve well in RS as I struggled in RE lessons in years 7-9. However, once I got into GCSE I instantly found the subject more interesting and by the end of year 10 I was awarded the school’s 'Religious Studies Award' for achieving 100% in my end of year examination. I went on to love the subject and to get 100UMS in GCSE Ethics, 96 UMS in GCSE Philosophy, 100 UMS in AS Philosophy, 100 UMS in AS Ethics, 93 UMS in A2 Ethics and 85 UMS in A2 Philosophy putting me 2 UMS off an A* in A2 Religious Studies. I was disappointed that I was so close to my target but I loved my subject regardless and I was proud of my achievements. I used my enjoyment to good use and represented the department on open days, taught a revision a class of 30 GSCE students on a Monday Lunchtime and a group of around 15 AS students on a Thursday Lunchtime. I therefore have experience in teaching this subject and it is something I love to do. The reason I say this is because I want to say to whoever is reading this that no matter what people tell you or how good you think you are; you can always be better; the key is hard work and enjoyment but enjoyment is arguably more important. My goal therefore is to try and make you enjoy whatever subject you wish for me to teach you so that you enjoy doing the extra work but I will also show you some tricks and ideas in order to help you get around doing too much work because a lot of the time there are certain things you can learn that can be used for many questions instead of learning answers to every specific question.
I hope you contact me if you have a problem in any of my listed subjects as I would be happy to help. I enjoy teaching and other than what I have already mentioned I was also a mentor for Mathematics at school which was one on one, and I founded and then ran as the second ever Regimental Sergeant Major, my schools Combined Cadet Force. Whilst being a member of this establishment I had to teach every week and completed the week long Senior Cadet Instructors Course in order to learn how to deliver a lesson. I do therefore, technically, have a teaching qualification and I would love to use it in order to help you achieve your very best.
During the sessions you will decide what we cover and I will add in anything I think is necessary for your understanding. We will start with basic understanding, then exam technique then exam questions themselves. I will tailor the structure of the lessons to meet your needs and wants and I am flexible in doing that. Of course I will not be available 24/7 as I am in lectures and tutorials at University but I will reply as soon as I can as I know that the quicker the reply the better.
The help I give does not always have to be content based. What I mean by this is that I can give you advice on University applications, 11 plus options, Personal Statement queries and anything else that you see fit! Any question you give me I will try my very best to answer.
If, after reading this, you have any questions, send me a 'WebMail' or book a 'Meet the Tutor Session'! (both accessible through this website). Remember to tell me your exam board and what you're struggling with.
If you decide to book in a session with me then I look forward to meeting you, if not then good luck with the rest of school!
|Philosophy and Ethics||A Level||£20 /hr|
|Religious Studies||A Level||£20 /hr|
|Philosophy and Ethics||GCSE||£18 /hr|
|Religious Studies||GCSE||£18 /hr|
|Maths||13 Plus||£18 /hr|
|Religious Studies||13 Plus||£18 /hr|
|Maths||11 Plus||£18 /hr|
|-Personal Statements-||Mentoring||£20 /hr|
|Religious Studies (Philosophy & Ethics)||A-Level||A|
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The key to answering a question like this is to know a basic policy that HM Government has implemented recently. You can have a few policies that you remember so that when a question like this comes up you instantly know what to say. One of the points I remembered for Economics at school was as follows:
'An effective policy to reduce inequality in the United Kingdom is for the government to use the tax system. A current policy that could prove to be effect is to increase the Personal Tax Allowance. The Conservative Government believes this is an important way of getting people out of taxation and reducing inequality. This policy is significant as it directly affects the incomes of low income earners. The UK Personal Tax Allowance was £10600 in April 2015, is £10,800 now and will be £11000 by 2017. In these two years it is estimated there will be a tax cut for 27 million people, whilst 3.7 million people will be taken out of income tax all together. Taking low income earners out of taxation means that their real disposable income increases, they can purchase more goods and services (which is significant as low income earners are net savers) and therefore increase not only their living standards but their overall wealth. This policy should therefore reduce inequality in the UK as it helps low income earners earn more.'
This paragraph can be molded to be used for many macroeconomic questions; it can be shortened or changed (to for example say how this policy would increase economic growth) in order to suit the chosen question. Therefore the main point you need to remember is the current change in the Personal Tax Allowance rates that can then be applied to many different questions.
The format of your answers should be 'KAA' followed by 'Evaluation'. KAA is Knowledge, Analysis and Application. This means you identify the point or policy, then explain it then add some real world context to it. So in this paragraph you would identify the policy as increasing the personal tax allowance, then explain how this will reduce inequality, then your application would be quoting the figures. If you do all of this, then you should get full marks for your paragraph but if you forget to do all parts then your mark may be capped so having structure is vital. The next paragraph would be an evaluation paragraph where you say what is wrong with the policy, what could be improved or what a better policy could be. This paragraph above could even be used as an evaluation paragraph by saying that. for example, it would be a better policy than increasing income tax for the highest income earners as this decreases the incentive to work and after the Conservatives decreased income tax from the 50% top rate to 45%, tax revenue actually increased (mention Laffer Curve).
For more information about structure or answering questions like this please visit my page and contact me for more help,
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