Alastair A.

Alastair A.

£20 - £22 /hr

Modern History and Russian (Bachelors) - St Andrews University

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About me

After two years dedicating myself to learning French and German, I made the crazy decision to set aside both languages in favour of Russian. Though I really enjoy learning Russian, I am keen to keep my hand in with both languages, so this tutoring scheme will be beneficial to me, too!


I understand the difficulties of learning languages. Not only are you part of a small minority (languages tend to be an unpopular option!) but you are also faced with the grim reality of gramm...

After two years dedicating myself to learning French and German, I made the crazy decision to set aside both languages in favour of Russian. Though I really enjoy learning Russian, I am keen to keep my hand in with both languages, so this tutoring scheme will be beneficial to me, too!


I understand the difficulties of learning languages. Not only are you part of a small minority (languages tend to be an unpopular option!) but you are also faced with the grim reality of grammar structures which you definitely did not sign up for when you took them up. However, it is important to remind yourself how exciting it is to be able to use languages in real life situations. If nothing else, I would like to keep my students engaged and enthusiastic.


Equally, history can seem stale at times, especially in a classroom environment and under the pressure of exams. I think it is really important to make a bit of extra effort with history. Reading interesting books and articles, for instance, is a really good way of maintaining your enthusiasm for the subject. The more passionately you can write about a topic, the more flowing your essays will be.


When I am not burying my head in a Russian dictionary, I enjoy running and playing the guitar. I am also part of the Officer Training Corps, though I am not a very committed member!

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About my sessions

Languages:


For my own exams, I used a lot of flashcards for learning vocabulary. At the start of every lesson, I plan to share the flashcard sets that I made up on Quizlet in my last year at school. А lot of students struggle with writing in a foreign language because it feels unnatural or else they lack inspiration as to what to put down. Ultimately, the marker is far more interested in the language you have used than what you have to say; there is an almo...

Languages:


For my own exams, I used a lot of flashcards for learning vocabulary. At the start of every lesson, I plan to share the flashcard sets that I made up on Quizlet in my last year at school. А lot of students struggle with writing in a foreign language because it feels unnatural or else they lack inspiration as to what to put down. Ultimately, the marker is far more interested in the language you have used than what you have to say; there is an almost formulaic approach to these writing pieces which will guarantee you a good mark. If a student has an oral exam that they want to prepare for, I would be very happy to practise with them.


History:


I am very aware that students will be covering a wide range of history topics, and I will not pretend to know everything there is to know about all different areas of history. However, I have a lot of experience with exam style questions, which, for history, can be a bit cryptic. I will emphasise the use of language in essays as it is essential to sound fluent and authoritative to prove a point. It is important to engage with extra historical material, especially if you are aiming for a high mark. Therefore, I will make sure to recommend useful articles and books.


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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
HistoryScottish Highers / Advanced HighersA
FrenchScottish Highers / Advanced HighersA
GermanScottish Highers / Advanced HighersA
MathsScottish Highers / Advanced HighersA

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Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrice
HistoryScottish Highers£22 /hr
HistoryA Level£22 /hr
FrenchGCSE£20 /hr
GermanGCSE£20 /hr

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