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Lucy L.

Degree: History (Bachelors) - Exeter University

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About me

About me:

I am currently a history student at Exeter University. I love the study of my subject and hope you will too! The most important part of my tutorials will be sharing this passion and making sure learning is as fun as possible given the stressful nature of exams at GCSE and A level. I am really friendly open and approachable (I promise!) and have experience teaching and mentoring other students. During my A levels I was the Head Girl for the school which meant I was heavily involved in the wellbeing of students aged 11-18, I also tutored younger years in literacy skills and A level students in both history and media studies on a casual basis. I have now been tutoring with MyTutor for approximately a year and have completed many tutorials (the updated figure is on my profile) all with 5 star feedback! This has earned me premium status as a top tutor and I cannot wait to continue my tutorials.

I am currently studying a wonderful mix of history but love the Medieval period and the Crusades in particular. My areas of expertise for tuition are the Crusades, Modern Britain 1914-2007, World Wars 1 & 2, Witchcraft, British Crime and Punishment and Hitler's Germany.

* These are just a few of my favourite areas (I've studied lots more!) so please get in contact if you have a query about another area - I may be able to help!

About my sessions

Tutorials will be tailored based on our initial discussion in the 'Meet the Tutor' session. They will focus on areas you have identified to me and will go through both specification content and key essential skills like essay writing, exam and revision techniques. I tend to teach the content using the lesson space, web links and historians (at A level). The session will usually finish with 5 minutes of questions and planning for the next session (although I thoroughly encourage asking questions throughout!). After the content itself has been taught, I would follow up with a few sessions (dependent on requirement) to go through practice essay questions, exam technique and the likes. After each tutorial I always send through a detailed set of notes for whatever has been discussed during the session as well as some useful further reading or summaries to look through. 
When it comes to written sessions I will usually recommend a 'Meet the Tutor' session to discuss expectations. After you've sent through your work I will go through it and type up my feedback in a separate document which will be sent back to you by an agreed deadline. You are then free to message me with any queries and set up video tutorials to talk through any parts in further detail. This will also be the process for help with personal statements.

Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrices
History A Level £26 /hr
History GCSE £24 /hr
-Personal Statements- Mentoring £26 /hr

Qualifications

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HistoryA-levelA2A
SociologyA-levelA2A
Media StudiesA-levelA2A
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5from 56 customer reviews

Pretam (Parent) June 7 2017

Amazing tutor. Direct and to the point of your weaknesses. See for yourself.

Kate (Parent) March 8 2017

She is very clear and methodical in the way she teaches. She is well prepared and a lovely person.

Sushila (Parent) March 4 2017

Have read your reviews, really pleased Lucy, with Alex engaged and asking questions I know he is learning. thank you.

Adrian (Parent) February 20 2017

Absolutely amazing, helped out beyond all expectations and completely turned around my whole grade potentials. Really fast responses and really professional.
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Questions Lucy has answered

What is the best way to structure an A level history exam essay question?

At A level it is best to keep the essay structure simple and clear for the examiner even though your analysis and thought processes should be more complex than GCSE level. Although each question will be slightly different, as a general rule I would recommend this structure: Introduction You ...

At A level it is best to keep the essay structure simple and clear for the examiner even though your analysis and thought processes should be more complex than GCSE level. Although each question will be slightly different, as a general rule I would recommend this structure:

Introduction

You should start with an introductory sentence about the topic that should make clear to the examiner what the question is. Outline your argument/structure for the essay by saying something along the lines of: 'There are conflicting arguments regarding [insert topic] which fall under the main categories of [insert factors you will discuss in main body]. However the most influential factor was [insert the factor you will argue is the most important.]

Remember the introduction should be short, sweet and concise!

Main body

There is no set number of paragraphs but I would reccommend a minimum of 4 paragraphs but aim for 5! Write 2 paragraphs first regarding your chosen important factor, and then 1 paragraph for each of the other paragraphs. In terms of sentence structure it is a good idea to follow a PEAL (point, explain, analyse, link) structure to make sure you hit all of the marking criteria. The link is what most people forget in the essay structure but it is essential to a professional and focussed essay - examiners really go for it! Basically it means you link the point you have made directly back to the question and your overall argument (i.e. most important factor) before moving on to the next point. It is good to this at the end of each paragraph too.

Conclusion

Conclusions should (as the name suggests) conclude your essay so make sure you are not introducing new ideas or evidence. Instead, it should be further explanatory analysis of what you have already said in your essay! Make sure you are not repeating yourself, but try to justify your argument and how the evidence has supported this overall. Make sure your judgement is really clearly signposted to the marker and try not to 'sit on the fence' by not choosing one factor overall. It does however show a deep understanding to suggest that factors had a cummulative effect (as long as you maintain that one was the most influential!) or contributed to the impact of other factors etc. so the key is to show a relationship between factors rather than analysing them separately like you will have done in the main body of the essay.

There you go - a whistle stop guide to A level history essays! This is obviously just a guideline and is very brief so for further help structuring essays and arguments (or if you have any questions about this post) please do not hesitate to contact me for a tutorial.

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Why did people join the First Crusade?

The easiest way to split this question is by factor: economic/material gain, religious devotion, legal reasons, social reasons. In terms of historians, the more outdated view was that economic reasons were more important but the modern viewpoint is that people joined for religious reasons. You...

The easiest way to split this question is by factor: economic/material gain, religious devotion, legal reasons, social reasons. In terms of historians, the more outdated view was that economic reasons were more important but the modern viewpoint is that people joined for religious reasons. You can choose which ever factor you want as the most important as your essay though.

This is obviously a very cut down and brief summary so your actual essay should include more detail and analysis as well as understanding of the topic. I would recommend organising a tutorial to go over this essay so I can explain points in more detail for better understanding!

Summary of key points to include: 

Religious devotion

Spiritual

(Modern view – Asbridge)

. Riley-Smith and Bull  à evidence from the Charters – people sold everything.

. Raymond sold everything and took his whole family

. Appeal of Jerusalem e.g. Jesus and Holy Sepulchre

. Godfrey of Bouillon took monks with him

. Bertrand of Moncontour gave up monastic lands  he illegally owned so his soul was pure

Social 

. Feudal system à chain reaction after nobility joined e.g. Count Raymond of Toulouse was  the first Prince to join at Clermont.

.  Violence of knights à  was permitted on crusade, desirable.

. Family history of  pilgrimageà Count Robert II of Flanders’ dad had developed links with Alexios I on pilgrimage in 1089 and Rob felt he should carry that on

Political 

To escape legal proceedings in the West e.g. interest on debts was cancelled.

. Count Hugh of Vermandois was the King of France’s (Philip I) brother who had fallen out with the Pope (committed adultery) so Hugh went to show the Kings willing

. Duke Robert  of Normandy was the brother of William II of England who wanted to see him go and so raised a special tax in England to allow this.

Economic/material gain

(Traditional view)

. Personal advancement à Bohemond of Taranto was a second son and had failed to gain lands in the Balkan invasion with his father in the 1080s. He left crusade at Antioch. “Stand fast all together, trusting in Christ and the victory of the cross because today, please God, you will all gain much booty.”

. Soldiers received a wage à could collect booty “But not to excess” (Pope)

. Drought and poor harvest (1090s) à  nothing to lose. Pope: “land of milk and honey.”

Evidence it was not actually material gain:

Raymond of Toulouse was one of the richest secular Lords in France and a first born son

. Philips: Cost 4  x a knights annual income to go on crusade

. Plunder belonged to Lords  of which there where 200 out of 50-100 thousand crusaders

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