Sam C.

Sam C.

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BPhil Philosophy (Masters) - Brasenose College, Oxford University

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About me

I graduated from Oxford in the summer of 2016 with a First Class Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), finishing 7th overall in my year. I was also awarded a Gibbs Prize for my finals performance in Philosophy. During my time at Oxford as an undergraduate I was awarded an Exhibition and later a Scholarship for my work in philosophy and politics. I currently study the BPhil in Philosophy (Oxford's flagship 2-year philosophy course) at Brasenose. Coming to university, I realis...

I graduated from Oxford in the summer of 2016 with a First Class Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), finishing 7th overall in my year. I was also awarded a Gibbs Prize for my finals performance in Philosophy. During my time at Oxford as an undergraduate I was awarded an Exhibition and later a Scholarship for my work in philosophy and politics. I currently study the BPhil in Philosophy (Oxford's flagship 2-year philosophy course) at Brasenose. Coming to university, I realised that the main questions I was interested in were normative ones, both in politics and economics. The 'why are things the way they are' interested me, but it was the 'should they be this way' that excited me. This is what initially attracted me to philosophy. My interest has since widened to all-things philosophy. I have previously marked entrance exam essays for the University of Oxford, and I am happy to look over students' past work. Any preparation documents that I make for the tutorial I will also be happy to share with the student if I think they might prove useful.

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About my sessions

My sessions will be dictated by the student's wants and needs. I would start by asking what their aims are, what potential problems they envisage that might prevent them from achieving them, and the topics they are likely to want to cover. I would be happy to receive a piece of their work in order to identify whether I thought their worries were justified and in order to assess what the student can improve on. But, this is not necessary. Depending on what the student is studying or revisi...

My sessions will be dictated by the student's wants and needs. I would start by asking what their aims are, what potential problems they envisage that might prevent them from achieving them, and the topics they are likely to want to cover. I would be happy to receive a piece of their work in order to identify whether I thought their worries were justified and in order to assess what the student can improve on. But, this is not necessary. Depending on what the student is studying or revising at that time, I could structure a session around a question, an essay, a theme, or a particular philosopher (or a combination of them). We'd start with the basics or, if an essay had been sent, minor things regarding the essay, before moving onto the deeper, more interesting questions. My approach would be question-led and I'd encourage my students to express what they are thinking (whether they consider it silly or not) and ask them to verbalise their thought-process. This is a particularly useful method both for student and tutor and is one that characterises Oxford tutorials. It helps us understand why we think what we do and encourages us to be self-critical. This strengthens our ability to justify the positions we hold and makes for clearer thinking which is invaluable when it comes to exams. It is also a great source of objections to our own views, which are critical in any good essay.

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Napatra Parent from London

1 Oct, 2018

Great lesson! very insightful

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Ranjit Student

11 Jul, 2018

Very insightful and informative session.

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Ranjit Student

11 Jul, 2018

An excellent session.

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Nicolas Student

13 May, 2018

Another really good tutorial!

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
Philosophy, Politics and EconomicsDegree (Bachelors)1ST
HistoryA-levelA*
MathsA-levelA
English LiteratureA-levelA

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Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrice
PhilosophyA Level£28 /hr
Philosophy and EthicsA Level£28 /hr
PhilosophyGCSE£26 /hr
Philosophy and EthicsGCSE£26 /hr
PoliticsGCSE£26 /hr
PhilosophyIB£28 /hr
PoliticsIB£28 /hr
PhilosophyUniversity£28 /hr
Oxbridge PreparationMentoring£28 /hr
Personal StatementsMentoring£28 /hr

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