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Studying: Theology (Doctorate) - Exeter University

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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 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.

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 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.

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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.

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.

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Angela (Parent)

November 8 2017

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Angela (Parent)

October 25 2017

Thank you Stephanie, Abby seemed very happy with her first lesson and is looking forward to her next lesson.

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Yetty (Parent)

September 26 2017

The first tutorial was very informative, she explained the difficult elements very clearly so we could fully understand them.

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Rebecca (Parent)

November 23 2016

As always 5 star, thank you!

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
HistoryA-level (A2)A
English Literature A-level (A2)A*
Religious StudiesA-level (A2)A
Philosophy & TheologyDegree (Bachelors)2:1
TheologyDegree (Masters)PASS WITH MERIT

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Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrices
PhilosophyA Level£30 /hr
Philosophy and EthicsA Level£30 /hr
Religious StudiesA Level£30 /hr
Philosophy and EthicsGCSE£30 /hr
Religious StudiesGCSE£30 /hr

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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 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. 

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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