Catharine K. A Level History tutor, GCSE History tutor, GCSE English ...

Catharine K.

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Degree: History (Bachelors) - Exeter University

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About me

 
About Me:
 
I have always been enticed by the past. I knew that Henry VIII had six wives, and WWI ended in 1918, however, it wasn’t until questioning how and why these events affected my life that my passion for history expanded. This appreciation of the relevance of history beyond the dates is something I hope my tutorials will infuse. 
 
My current work as a history mentor to first years, and a volunteer in an archive makes me comfortable explaining new topics and prompting discussion at new and unfamiliar levels. 
 
The Sessions:
 
When studying History, lack of basic understanding is rarely the issue. The difficulty is how knowledge is applied to specific questions. This is an invaluable skill to develop early at GCSE.  
 
During the sessions, you will guide what we cover. As history encompasses a variety of areas and approaches, each session will cater to your individual needs and strengths. 
I will always encourage you to make connections and approach events from different perspectives. At Alevel, there will also be a focus on reading outside the textbook. 
 
Areas of Knowledge: 
 
I am comfortable tutoring European History post-Rome, and American History 1800 – 1970.
 
Using primary sources is a particular strength, and am happy to spend time looking at sources used in coursework or exams! 
 
What’s next? 
 
If you have any questions, feel free to get in contact. I am currently available for students! 
 
History is an extremely diverse subject and I hope my sessions will teach you how creative you are as a historian!
 
I look forward to hearing from you! 
 

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
History A Level £20 /hr
English Literature GCSE £18 /hr
History GCSE £18 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
HistoryA-LevelA
English LiteratureA-LevelA
MusicA-LevelA
Disclosure and Barring Service

CRB/DBS Standard

14/10/2014

CRB/DBS Enhanced

No

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Questions Catharine has answered

How do I analyse primary sources?

Analysing primary sources is one of the most important and interesting parts of studying history as they give you an insight into the topic you are studying through the voice/s of contemporaries who experienced the period.   A primary source can be anything which survives from the past: a writ...

Analysing primary sources is one of the most important and interesting parts of studying history as they give you an insight into the topic you are studying through the voice/s of contemporaries who experienced the period.  

A primary source can be anything which survives from the past: a written document; a painting; a monument; a film; or even the landscape.

When analysing a primary source it is firstly important to consider the background of the source:

·         What is this source? (A diary/ letter/ painting/ statue/ court case/ etc.)

·         Who produced/ wrote this document?

·         When was this document written?

·         Where was this document written (Not always relevant.)  

·         Who is the target audience/ whose voice is this source representing?
 

Once you have considered the background of the source, the content of the document can be analysed:

·         What does the document show?

·         What themes/ arguments are most important and why?

·         What light does the content shed on wider issues/ people/ events of the time?

·         What can this source implicitly reveal through reading between the lines?

·         Consider the appearance (especially when working with an original source): What does the document look like? Why is the information presented in a certain way? How much skill has gone into producing the document? Can the handwriting indicate anything about the author?  
 

By analysing the background and content of the source, you are able to begin to build up a picture of the author’s thought worlds. However, primary sources are never that simple to unravel, and often present a subjective view, even unconsciously. Before drawing any firm conclusions, historians have to carefully evaluate the information provided and consider the wider context in which this source was written.
Some questions to ask are:

·         What you know about the author, and does this affect how they may be presenting events? E.g. are they a Catholic writing during the time of the Protestant Reformation?

·         What does their rhetoric (language and word choice) tell you?

·         Are the views/information in this source confirmed in other sources, how and why?

·         Does the information in this source fit with what you know about the period, how and why?

·         Does the source present individual/ local/ national events? How does this affect how representative it is?  

·         What is NOT mentioned by the author, and why?

·         What types of information does this source not give you? What are the limitations of using this type of source?

Sources are often used to answer a specific question. By considering all aspects of your analysis as one you will be able to offer a carefully evaluated response! 

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