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Stephanie R.

Degree: Theology (Masters) - Exeter University

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About me

I've worked with mytutor for almost 3 years because I want to take this opportunity to help others achieve the best grades they can in subjects that I have gained so much from and enjoyed whilst doing so. Researching and writing about philosophical and theological issues is my passion, so much so that I am pursuing a career in academic lecturing in universities. Teaching and inspiring students, then, is something I am truly committed to. I have graduated with a high 2:1 BA in Philosophy & Theology from Exeter, completed an MA from Exeter (grade pending) and I am now about to begin a PhD in Theology at the University of Birmingham. My area of specialisation is Christian ethics in relation to human rights and ecology, however I have retained a great interest in philosophical debate too. At A level I received an A in RS (Edexcel board), A in History and an A* in English Literature. In addition to this I also have A in AS level Critical Thinking (which is of great use in constructing sound philosophical arguments) and A in my Extend Project Qualification entitled 'Is homosexuality a sin? Examining various Christian denominations's beliefs and their philosophical justifications.’ As an experienced tutor, I feel confident with my knowledge of the courses and what examiners want in an essay! I am most familiar with the OCR and Edexcel courses, however I have also tutored AQA and Irish and Welsh boards. I have also applied to be an examiner for Summer 2018.

About my sessions

In my experience, students tend to know where their strengths and weaknesses lie and once they know these there is often a clear way to help them improve through these online tutorials. I have a vast portfolio of notes and revision techniques if learning and understanding content is the problem. If a student tells me which topic they are struggling with I will be able to prepare a tutorial that is specifically designed to help the information click with you! If it is more of an essay style or exam technique issue then I have found that essay planning and perfecting is the best way to tackle this. I will help to pull out the important information from the topic and guide you to develop your own arguments that are strongly supported. If your goal is to ensure you receive that A*, then I think debate and stretching knowledge is the most important. Whilst we go through topics, we will stop to debate the difficult ideas and I don’t mind playing devil’s advocate! Also, as I have studied all of these topics myself at university, I will seek to widen your knowledge so that your essays stand out from the crowd. I would be thrilled to not only help you to achieve your goals in this exam, but to also to help you remember why you chose Religious Studies.

Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrices
Philosophy A Level £30 /hr
Philosophy and Ethics A Level £30 /hr
Religious Studies A Level £30 /hr

Qualifications

SubjectQualificationLevelGrade
HistoryA-levelA2A
English Literature A-levelA2A*
Religious StudiesA-levelA2A
Philosophy & TheologyDegree (Bachelors)2:1
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Ratings and reviews

5from 45 customer reviews

Rebecca (Parent) November 23 2016

As always 5 star, thank you!

Natasha (Student) June 20 2016

Stephanie has been an incredible tutor whose enthusiasm for both Philosophy and Ethics has inspired my own interest in the subject. I have enjoyed every tutor session that I have had with her and what made it even more enjoyable was the fact that she catered every session towards my own strengths and weaknesses so that I gained a greater confidence in the areas that I found difficult. I was able to request what topic I wanted to go over for each session and Stephanie was able to format the lessons in a way that perfectly targeted the kind of AS/A2 questions that are asked in the exam. Any exam past questions that I felt were particularly difficult I addressed to Stephanie and we were able to tackle them together. I was also able to give any past paper essays that I had done to Stephanie so that she could look over them and give me feedback on areas that I needed to improve on. Thanks so much Stephanie!

Natasha (Student) April 6 2016

Stephanie gives notes on each topic that are straightforward and can easily be converted into an essay format.

Natasha (Student) February 8 2016

I understand Religious Language a lot better now that I've covered it with Stephanie
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Questions Stephanie has answered

What is Kant's Categorical Imperative?

The Categorical Imperative was devised by Immanuel Kant to provide a set of requirements a maxim (or motivation) must pass in order for the action to be considered a moral obligation. When a Categorical Imperative is established it becomes one’s moral duty to carry out the action under any cir...

The Categorical Imperative was devised by Immanuel Kant to provide a set of requirements a maxim (or motivation) must pass in order for the action to be considered a moral obligation. When a Categorical Imperative is established it becomes one’s moral duty to carry out the action under any circumstances. When carrying out this action, the individual’s primary motive should always be duty according to Kant; this is because we can decipher what our duty is by using our reason. Human’s ability to reason is what deciphers us from animals and so, logically, must be part of being a moral agent. Reason is objective and universal for humanity and so is a reliable and reasonable basis for a moral theory.

The Categorical Imperative is determined by referring to three formulations. The first formulation, namely the Formula of the Law of Nature, insists that we should act ‘only according to that maxim’ which could be universalised. This means that we must be able to universalise a principle without contradiction. If this is not possible, we can logically assume that the act is immoral as it is counter to reason. If a rule is not universalisable then others will not be free to act from the same moral principles, and Kant strongly believed that autonomy and freedom were essential to being a moral agent. The second formulation (The Formula of End in Itself) ensures that you never treat others or oneself ‘merely as a means but always as an end’. To use someone merely as a means to some other end is to exploit their rationality, and we should value everyone as rational beings. Lastly, the Formula of a Kingdom of Ends asks for us to ‘act as if a legislating member in the universal Kingdom of Ends’. The Kingdom of Ends is a world in which everyone acts from categorical imperatives, and although we may not live in this world, we must act as if we are. According to this formula we must act on the assumption that everyone will follow the rules you make through your actions. If the intended action passes each of the formulations it is a categorical imperative and thus is not only right, but a moral obligation. 

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