Darren D.

Darren D.

£20 - £22 /hr

History & Portuguese (Bachelors) - Leeds University

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Hello! My name's Darren and I'm a third year History and Portuguese student at the University of Leeds.

As the 2016 winner of Best First Year Portuguese Student and recipient of a summer scholarship in Lisbon, I believe that I have shown the cultural awareness, academic capability and work ethic required to be an excellent tutor. Winning two awards as Editor of my sixth form newspaper and recognition of Outstanding Commitment at 'A' Level further highlight my desire to always better myself and keep learning.

An appreciation for history and languages give us a more nuanced understanding of the world around us. Fundamentally it is impossible to engage in current affairs and try to shape their future developments if we do not understand the historical context behind them. Similarly, although English might be the 'global language' we risk missing out on some incredible cultures and being able to access them if we do not endeavour to learn their languages. Respect for a language and its complexities allows us to become more conscientious and culturally intelligent individuals. On an everyday level, if you travel to a foreign country it's always nice to be able to get by - whether this be on public transport or even ordering food!

I currently volunteer alongside my university studies, having dedicated over 250 hours of work to a listening service.

Hello! My name's Darren and I'm a third year History and Portuguese student at the University of Leeds.

As the 2016 winner of Best First Year Portuguese Student and recipient of a summer scholarship in Lisbon, I believe that I have shown the cultural awareness, academic capability and work ethic required to be an excellent tutor. Winning two awards as Editor of my sixth form newspaper and recognition of Outstanding Commitment at 'A' Level further highlight my desire to always better myself and keep learning.

An appreciation for history and languages give us a more nuanced understanding of the world around us. Fundamentally it is impossible to engage in current affairs and try to shape their future developments if we do not understand the historical context behind them. Similarly, although English might be the 'global language' we risk missing out on some incredible cultures and being able to access them if we do not endeavour to learn their languages. Respect for a language and its complexities allows us to become more conscientious and culturally intelligent individuals. On an everyday level, if you travel to a foreign country it's always nice to be able to get by - whether this be on public transport or even ordering food!

I currently volunteer alongside my university studies, having dedicated over 250 hours of work to a listening service.

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About my sessions

The arts and humanities are incredibly rich subjects that require constant work. Although people say that unlike the sciences, we cannot simply learn a formula and use it, learning how to write an excellent essay is a similar process. Emphasising strong structures, arguments and analysis, I will ensure that students go beyond merely describing events. It is imperative that we have a strong understanding of key facts and dates, but the best historians will use these within the framework of a coherent argument. A grasp of historiography becomes more and more important the further you progress as a historian, being able to process primary and secondary sources, as well as arguments from established scholarship.

I will measure progress using various criteria. Of course, increased attainment is the key objective. However, I will encourage students to read and research more, so that they can appreciate the subject more. If we understand and respect these disciplines, we will be able to better use the information we have found. As an editor, I will also measure how the student's writing style has developed. Even the best arguments can fall apart if they are poorly articulated.

Language learning is a continuous process, and a firm grasp of grammatical principles is key. Vocabulary tests and grammatical exercises will be the primary means of measuring progress. Conversation in the target language will also aid the student.

The arts and humanities are incredibly rich subjects that require constant work. Although people say that unlike the sciences, we cannot simply learn a formula and use it, learning how to write an excellent essay is a similar process. Emphasising strong structures, arguments and analysis, I will ensure that students go beyond merely describing events. It is imperative that we have a strong understanding of key facts and dates, but the best historians will use these within the framework of a coherent argument. A grasp of historiography becomes more and more important the further you progress as a historian, being able to process primary and secondary sources, as well as arguments from established scholarship.

I will measure progress using various criteria. Of course, increased attainment is the key objective. However, I will encourage students to read and research more, so that they can appreciate the subject more. If we understand and respect these disciplines, we will be able to better use the information we have found. As an editor, I will also measure how the student's writing style has developed. Even the best arguments can fall apart if they are poorly articulated.

Language learning is a continuous process, and a firm grasp of grammatical principles is key. Vocabulary tests and grammatical exercises will be the primary means of measuring progress. Conversation in the target language will also aid the student.

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
PsychologyA-level (A2)A*
HistoryA-level (A2)A
PhilosophyA-level (A2)B
Portuguese OtherB2 (CEFR)

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Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrices
HistoryA Level£22 /hr
HistoryGCSE£20 /hr
PsychologyGCSE£20 /hr
Personal StatementsMentoring£22 /hr

Questions Darren has answered

Describe the key features of the Revolutions of 1989 (6 marks)

The collapse of communism in the Eastern Bloc was brought about by a combination of economic instability, social unrest and political turmoil, which culminated in the Revolutions of 1989. Chronic debt had crippled the Eastern Bloc in the 1980s and the countries' Communist governments had to impose austerity measures, leading to civil unrest as many of the affected programmes had previously protected and improved living standards. In Poland, the workers' union Solidarity emerged as an opposition movement to the government which led to Jaruzelski's government imposing martial law in 1981.  Poland was the first country to revolt against a delegitimised government in 1989. A domino effect followed, as Hungary, East Germany, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia and Romania all revolted. Poor economic planning and recessions led to dissent and hostility against the governments that that had caused price rises and wage stagnations. A desire for a complete overhaul of political systems and economic structures across the Eastern Bloc meant that citizens, who had lost confidence in the Communist regimes that governed them, rose up against themThe collapse of communism in the Eastern Bloc was brought about by a combination of economic instability, social unrest and political turmoil, which culminated in the Revolutions of 1989. Chronic debt had crippled the Eastern Bloc in the 1980s and the countries' Communist governments had to impose austerity measures, leading to civil unrest as many of the affected programmes had previously protected and improved living standards. In Poland, the workers' union Solidarity emerged as an opposition movement to the government which led to Jaruzelski's government imposing martial law in 1981.  Poland was the first country to revolt against a delegitimised government in 1989. A domino effect followed, as Hungary, East Germany, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia and Romania all revolted. Poor economic planning and recessions led to dissent and hostility against the governments that that had caused price rises and wage stagnations. A desire for a complete overhaul of political systems and economic structures across the Eastern Bloc meant that citizens, who had lost confidence in the Communist regimes that governed them, rose up against them

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