William R. GCSE English tutor, 13 Plus  English tutor, 11 Plus Englis...

William R.

£22 - £24 /hr

Studying: Combined Honours in Arts (Bachelors) - Durham University

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Hi, I'm Will, a second year Durham University Student. I currently study Combined Honours in Arts so: English, Philosophy, International Relations and History.  As you might be able to tell from my range of subjects, I love all things essay based, and have written and planned enough over the last nine years to be able to help students at all levels!  I'm personable, patient, enthusiastic and will make sure that I do whatever I can in order to achieve the desired results- be it help with a particular essay, provide a revision strategy, aid in understanding specific concepts or help with personal statements. The next step: If you have any questions at all feel free to send a 'WebMail' or book a 'Meet the Tutor Session'! (via this site). Remember to tell me your exam board and what you're struggling with so we can focus in the right areas!  I look forward to meeting with you!  Hi, I'm Will, a second year Durham University Student. I currently study Combined Honours in Arts so: English, Philosophy, International Relations and History.  As you might be able to tell from my range of subjects, I love all things essay based, and have written and planned enough over the last nine years to be able to help students at all levels!  I'm personable, patient, enthusiastic and will make sure that I do whatever I can in order to achieve the desired results- be it help with a particular essay, provide a revision strategy, aid in understanding specific concepts or help with personal statements. The next step: If you have any questions at all feel free to send a 'WebMail' or book a 'Meet the Tutor Session'! (via this site). Remember to tell me your exam board and what you're struggling with so we can focus in the right areas!  I look forward to meeting with you! 

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The session: The direction of the session will be entirely determined by your needs- I will personally cater for individual requirements, learning styles and ensure that by the end of the hour you will feel in a much stronger position to tackle whatever it was you needed help with! I can remember all too well how intimidating many of the humanity subjects can seem at first, so think its crucial to enjoy work, so will make sure lessons are fun, instructive and personally tailored! I have studied a wide range of subjects during my academic life, so if you have any questions on what I am able to cover please feel free to ask!  The session: The direction of the session will be entirely determined by your needs- I will personally cater for individual requirements, learning styles and ensure that by the end of the hour you will feel in a much stronger position to tackle whatever it was you needed help with! I can remember all too well how intimidating many of the humanity subjects can seem at first, so think its crucial to enjoy work, so will make sure lessons are fun, instructive and personally tailored! I have studied a wide range of subjects during my academic life, so if you have any questions on what I am able to cover please feel free to ask! 

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5from 18 customer reviews
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Kshama (Parent)

November 6 2017

William always plans really well in advance for the lesson, follows coherent structure, and really gives a lot of constructive feedback.

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Kshama (Parent)

October 28 2017

William really helped structure my essay. He explained it very coherently, which helped me understand. It was a very very helpful lesson.

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Suzette (Parent)

April 17 2017

Really helpful, easy to ask questions and get good responses from and effective! Thanks

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Aravind (Student)

April 13 2017

The IB, despite what some might think, is very much a rigid curriculum. IB History is a topic that has to be approached very specifically and very pragmatically. Will gets that. I was facing difficulties with my structure for Paper 2; he gave me a basic formula and introduced it in a way that really, genuinely makes sense. Thanks, Will!

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
PhilosophyInternational Baccalaureate (IB)6
HistoryInternational Baccalaureate (IB)7
EnglishInternational Baccalaureate (IB)6
Maths International Baccalaureate (IB)7
German Ab InitioInternational Baccalaureate (IB)7
BiologyInternational Baccalaureate (IB)7

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Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrices
EnglishGCSE£22 /hr
English LiteratureGCSE£22 /hr
HistoryGCSE£22 /hr
PhilosophyGCSE£22 /hr
Philosophy and EthicsGCSE£22 /hr
EnglishIB£24 /hr
English LiteratureIB£24 /hr
HistoryIB£24 /hr
PhilosophyIB£24 /hr
-Personal Statements-Mentoring£24 /hr

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How can I structure a good IB philosophy essay?

How can I structure a good IB philosophy essay?

Regardless of how many brilliant ideas you bring to the essay, without the best structure you will struggle to push for those top grades. Not only does a good structure make reading the essay easier (think happy examiner) but it also allows you to develop your arguments more deeply, and ensure that sufficient counter points are bought forward.

Every essay should begin with an introduction. It need not be overly long (you’ll be under time pressure as is), but try and do the following: unravel and state the key philosophical concept at the heart of the question; locate any issue raised by the concept; put the question into wider context and importantly state your stance on the question and how you plan to go about exploring the question.

You can now move onto the body of the essay, this will comprise of about 3-4 paragraphs, depending on how long you have and how much material you have on the topic.

Each paragraph should begin with a sentence that explicitly states what the point is you are about to make in relation to the question (and will keep you focused).

 From there you must demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the point by outlining the views of the philosophers in question, or the argument outline that you will discuss. This is the point where you can demonstrate the depth of your knowledge- but don’t overload this area, as the next part is where the high-end marks come from.

After running through the key points of the argument it is now your job to make a clear central point which is linked to the question. This should use the material you’ve just given to create a justified point. For higher marks it is recommended to think of counter examples to your point, then assess the overall point at the end of each sentence.

A conclusion should be deduced from the body of the essay, and thus not bring any new material in. Use this paragraph to bring the points you’ve made all together in a punchy and hopefully convincing way! 

How can I structure a good IB philosophy essay?

Regardless of how many brilliant ideas you bring to the essay, without the best structure you will struggle to push for those top grades. Not only does a good structure make reading the essay easier (think happy examiner) but it also allows you to develop your arguments more deeply, and ensure that sufficient counter points are bought forward.

Every essay should begin with an introduction. It need not be overly long (you’ll be under time pressure as is), but try and do the following: unravel and state the key philosophical concept at the heart of the question; locate any issue raised by the concept; put the question into wider context and importantly state your stance on the question and how you plan to go about exploring the question.

You can now move onto the body of the essay, this will comprise of about 3-4 paragraphs, depending on how long you have and how much material you have on the topic.

Each paragraph should begin with a sentence that explicitly states what the point is you are about to make in relation to the question (and will keep you focused).

 From there you must demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the point by outlining the views of the philosophers in question, or the argument outline that you will discuss. This is the point where you can demonstrate the depth of your knowledge- but don’t overload this area, as the next part is where the high-end marks come from.

After running through the key points of the argument it is now your job to make a clear central point which is linked to the question. This should use the material you’ve just given to create a justified point. For higher marks it is recommended to think of counter examples to your point, then assess the overall point at the end of each sentence.

A conclusion should be deduced from the body of the essay, and thus not bring any new material in. Use this paragraph to bring the points you’ve made all together in a punchy and hopefully convincing way! 

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