Natalie W.

Natalie W.

£22 - £26 /hr

English Literature (Bachelors) - Durham University

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About me

Hello! I'm a third year English Literature student at Durham University, a course which I have loved and strongly encourage people to apply for. I have always had a passion for reading and writing, as well as delving into the analysis of novels, poetry and drama. I also love getting people enthusiastic about reading and literature, something which I think is important for students during GCSE and A Level as often the stress of exams and university applications can eclipse the enjoyment of...

Hello! I'm a third year English Literature student at Durham University, a course which I have loved and strongly encourage people to apply for. I have always had a passion for reading and writing, as well as delving into the analysis of novels, poetry and drama. I also love getting people enthusiastic about reading and literature, something which I think is important for students during GCSE and A Level as often the stress of exams and university applications can eclipse the enjoyment of the subject.


By the end of my time at school and sixth form I felt that I had finally worked out of how best to revise and approach exams for myself, however it was a long process of trial and error. Therefore I would like to help others find what works best for them, by using what works for me or other methods I have tried to find their best personal method so the daunting prospect of revision and exams can be made a little less intimidating.


I am also very familiar with the anxiety which can accompany revision and exams and how that can make the process much harder on the student, so I think that being an enthusiastic, encouraging and understanding tutor is key for helping the student improve.


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About my sessions

My tutorials will have a simple and flexible structure to them so that the needs of the student can be best met, particularly if new topics of concern come up between tutorials. They will begin with a short introduction to what the session will cover and what the student wants to get out of it and a recap of what was covered in the previous tutorial (if applicable) to consolidate knowledge. Then in the bulk of the tutorial we will cover the topics for that week, going through different method...

My tutorials will have a simple and flexible structure to them so that the needs of the student can be best met, particularly if new topics of concern come up between tutorials. They will begin with a short introduction to what the session will cover and what the student wants to get out of it and a recap of what was covered in the previous tutorial (if applicable) to consolidate knowledge. Then in the bulk of the tutorial we will cover the topics for that week, going through different methods for essay writing/revision/exam preparation or other concerns which could help the student. At the end of the tutorials I think it is useful to have a short recap or informal test on what was covered in the session, as this will also help with consolidation of the information. Finally to end the tutorials I would ask the student what they would like to cover in the next tutorial, so I can prepare for it in the interim.


To help the students achieve their goals I think it is important to have a clear idea of what their goals are, and make sure they are realistic and specific so they are not too difficult and/or disheartening to reach. Having easily measurable goals like this will also make it easier to measure progress. When I was revising for exams I found it very useful to teach what I was revising to someone else, as doing so can highlight any gaps in your own knowledge as well as improving your grasp of the subject as you explain it to someone else. Therefore, I think that having the student teach the content they have learnt back to me at the end of tutorials as a test or every few tutorials would be an effective way to help them achieve their learning goals, as well as being a good way to measure their progress.


Personally I think that one of the key ways to encourage learning is to keep the bigger picture in mind, as repeatedly revising one small area of a subject for an exam question can be tedious and frustrating. However, it greatly helps to keep in mind the purpose of the exams or coursework you are studying for, which may be to get into a dream university or to get an ideal job, as this can improve motivation.


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Really helpful and constructive points made! Thank you for a great first tutorial!

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
English LiteratureA-levelA*
HistoryA-levelA*
Religious StudiesA-levelB
Art and DesignA-levelB
English LiteratureDegree (Bachelors)2.1

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Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrice
English LiteratureA Level£26 /hr
EnglishGCSE£24 /hr
English LanguageGCSE£24 /hr
English LiteratureGCSE£24 /hr
EnglishUniversity£26 /hr
Personal StatementsMentoring£26 /hr
English13 Plus£22 /hr

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