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Hi there! My name is Jake Cowley and I am currently a student at the University of Exeter taking International Relations. History and English were always my favourite subjects at school and, whilst they tend to be viewed as the ‘boring’ subjects by many students, I hope I can encourage you to see them from another angle in order to ensure you pass your exams with flying colours.

Having spent two thirds of my life abroad, I can safely say interacting with others, particularly those who are younger than me, has become an integral part of my personality. From teaching English to children in Uganda, to coaching sports in Cambodia, I have extensive experience in formulating my knowledge in a way others can understand easily.

Wait, so how will this work?
 

During our sessions together, I want you to lead the way. This is about your learning and your weaknesses, so we will only cover what you feel necessary to do the best you can in your forthcoming exams.

This is not an extension of school, so don’t worry! I was in your position just a few years ago so I know what revision can be like sometimes. I want to make our sessions as fun as possible through the use of quizzes, diagrams, exercises and most importantly, each other!

I really hope we can have some truly awesome sessions together where we can both learn from and teach one another.

Wait, so what now?

 If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me through ‘WebMail’ or, better yet, arrange a ‘Meet the Tutor’ session to speak with me in person.

I can’t wait to meet you!

Wait, who is this guy?
Hi there! My name is Jake Cowley and I am currently a student at the University of Exeter taking International Relations. History and English were always my favourite subjects at school and, whilst they tend to be viewed as the ‘boring’ subjects by many students, I hope I can encourage you to see them from another angle in order to ensure you pass your exams with flying colours.

Having spent two thirds of my life abroad, I can safely say interacting with others, particularly those who are younger than me, has become an integral part of my personality. From teaching English to children in Uganda, to coaching sports in Cambodia, I have extensive experience in formulating my knowledge in a way others can understand easily.

Wait, so how will this work?
 

During our sessions together, I want you to lead the way. This is about your learning and your weaknesses, so we will only cover what you feel necessary to do the best you can in your forthcoming exams.

This is not an extension of school, so don’t worry! I was in your position just a few years ago so I know what revision can be like sometimes. I want to make our sessions as fun as possible through the use of quizzes, diagrams, exercises and most importantly, each other!

I really hope we can have some truly awesome sessions together where we can both learn from and teach one another.

Wait, so what now?

 If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me through ‘WebMail’ or, better yet, arrange a ‘Meet the Tutor’ session to speak with me in person.

I can’t wait to meet you!

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
English A: Language and Literature HLInternational Baccalaureate (IB)7
Biology SLInternational Baccalaureate (IB)6
Spanish B SLInternational Baccalaureate (IB)7
Mathematics SLInternational Baccalaureate (IB)5
History HLInternational Baccalaureate (IB)6
Economics HLInternational Baccalaureate (IB)6
Extended EssayInternational Baccalaureate (IB)A
Theory of KnowledgeInternational Baccalaureate (IB)A

Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrices
BiologyGCSE£18 /hr
EconomicsGCSE£18 /hr
English LanguageGCSE£18 /hr
HistoryGCSE£18 /hr

Questions Jake has answered

How can I effectively include historiography in my history essay?

Teachers often talk about using historiography to make your essay appear more academic in order to achieve top marks. However, this can often be easier said than done. There are several things you can do to ensure you can more easily weave historiography into your essay.

Firstly, it may be helpful to remember quotes or at least the opinions of several historians on several of the topics that are likely to come up in your exam. Whilst this may seem tedious and time-consuming at first glance, including quotes or at least the opinions of popular historians will impress examiners. 

In terms of weaving these quotes into your answer, it is often useful to use them to further a point you make on your own. For example, if you were to say "one could argue that Hitler's rise to power was due to his charismatic persona.” historiography could be used to enhance this point by stating that "historian, Ian Kershaw, also believes that....."

Although a student may achieve an impressive history essay through the use of knowledge, structure, and analytical skill, historiography, in the right circumstance can be regarded as the icing on the cake and therefore cannot be left out.

Teachers often talk about using historiography to make your essay appear more academic in order to achieve top marks. However, this can often be easier said than done. There are several things you can do to ensure you can more easily weave historiography into your essay.

Firstly, it may be helpful to remember quotes or at least the opinions of several historians on several of the topics that are likely to come up in your exam. Whilst this may seem tedious and time-consuming at first glance, including quotes or at least the opinions of popular historians will impress examiners. 

In terms of weaving these quotes into your answer, it is often useful to use them to further a point you make on your own. For example, if you were to say "one could argue that Hitler's rise to power was due to his charismatic persona.” historiography could be used to enhance this point by stating that "historian, Ian Kershaw, also believes that....."

Although a student may achieve an impressive history essay through the use of knowledge, structure, and analytical skill, historiography, in the right circumstance can be regarded as the icing on the cake and therefore cannot be left out.

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3 years ago

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How can I ensure I am answering the given question throughout the essay?

A common yet frustrating issue that examiners find with essays under exam conditions is that the candidate fails to answer the question to the desired level. This may be due to a misinterpretation of the question itself, or, more commonly, because of what is simple known as ‘waffling’. To avoid this when writing an English essay, there are several key tips to keep in mind.

Firstly, it is important to make a clear reference to the given question in both the introduction and conclusion. This way, the examiner can see in your introduction that you are planning on exploring the question throughout the essay with chosen evidence and that you will eventually come to a concise and supportable answer to that question in your conclusion.

Secondly, it may be useful for you to make reference to the question after every piece of evidence or paragraph you give in favour of your opinion. (i.e. “In light of the evidence presented, it could be argued that…..”.) This will make it easier for the examiner that you are staying on track.

Lastly, remember that your examiners are human and that they want to give you top marks, provided that you give succinct points that are supported with valid pieces of evidence.

A common yet frustrating issue that examiners find with essays under exam conditions is that the candidate fails to answer the question to the desired level. This may be due to a misinterpretation of the question itself, or, more commonly, because of what is simple known as ‘waffling’. To avoid this when writing an English essay, there are several key tips to keep in mind.

Firstly, it is important to make a clear reference to the given question in both the introduction and conclusion. This way, the examiner can see in your introduction that you are planning on exploring the question throughout the essay with chosen evidence and that you will eventually come to a concise and supportable answer to that question in your conclusion.

Secondly, it may be useful for you to make reference to the question after every piece of evidence or paragraph you give in favour of your opinion. (i.e. “In light of the evidence presented, it could be argued that…..”.) This will make it easier for the examiner that you are staying on track.

Lastly, remember that your examiners are human and that they want to give you top marks, provided that you give succinct points that are supported with valid pieces of evidence.

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3 years ago

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What are the key differences between plant and animal cells?

There are several important differences between plant and animal cells that will be key to remember in the exam. Namely:

- Plant cells have a rigid cell wall whereas animal cells have a cell membrane 
- Plant cells contain large vacuoles in their cytoplasm whereas animal cells may only contain small vacuoles in their cytoplasm

- Plant cells contain chloroplasts to perform photosynthesis whereas animal cells will not.

- Animal cells contain centrioles whereas plant cells do not. 

There are several important differences between plant and animal cells that will be key to remember in the exam. Namely:

- Plant cells have a rigid cell wall whereas animal cells have a cell membrane 
- Plant cells contain large vacuoles in their cytoplasm whereas animal cells may only contain small vacuoles in their cytoplasm

- Plant cells contain chloroplasts to perform photosynthesis whereas animal cells will not.

- Animal cells contain centrioles whereas plant cells do not. 

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3 years ago

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