Nathan A.

Nathan A.

£22 - £26 /hr

International History and Politics (Bachelors) - Leeds University

35 completed lessons

About me

Hi, my name is Nathan and I am currently a second year student studying International History and Politics at university. I studied both History and Politics at A Level and quickly realised that this was an area of study that I wanted to continue with as I am very interested in current affairs. I applied for my course particularly because it is one of the few in the country that focuses specifically on 20th and 21st century political history which is my specialty (although I can cover other areas). I remember finding the jump between GCSE and A Level difficult when studying for exams, but practicing essay technique over and over eventually made things a lot easier for me and prepared me well for university. I am a big music fan and when I am not studying I am going to gigs or hosting a music show on my university radio station. 

Hi, my name is Nathan and I am currently a second year student studying International History and Politics at university. I studied both History and Politics at A Level and quickly realised that this was an area of study that I wanted to continue with as I am very interested in current affairs. I applied for my course particularly because it is one of the few in the country that focuses specifically on 20th and 21st century political history which is my specialty (although I can cover other areas). I remember finding the jump between GCSE and A Level difficult when studying for exams, but practicing essay technique over and over eventually made things a lot easier for me and prepared me well for university. I am a big music fan and when I am not studying I am going to gigs or hosting a music show on my university radio station. 

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I would normally begin my Online Lessons by establishing what the student feels is going well with their studying and what they are having difficulty with. I would also like them to do a small piece of written work just so that I can get an idea of what level they are working at and where they are perhaps losing marks. This would then be the basis for measuring progress throughout the tuition period- with a clear set of targets and recurring written assessments the student should be able to see themselves improving. I find that with History and Politics, revision struggles are normally either difficulty remebering content or difficulty writing essays. I aim to teach students some simple and easy to grasp tips to improve this aspect of their revision. The main objective is to establish a relaxed and comfortable learning enviornment in which the student can acknowledge their own strengths and visible see their progress.

I would normally begin my Online Lessons by establishing what the student feels is going well with their studying and what they are having difficulty with. I would also like them to do a small piece of written work just so that I can get an idea of what level they are working at and where they are perhaps losing marks. This would then be the basis for measuring progress throughout the tuition period- with a clear set of targets and recurring written assessments the student should be able to see themselves improving. I find that with History and Politics, revision struggles are normally either difficulty remebering content or difficulty writing essays. I aim to teach students some simple and easy to grasp tips to improve this aspect of their revision. The main objective is to establish a relaxed and comfortable learning enviornment in which the student can acknowledge their own strengths and visible see their progress.

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Yves Student

3 Nov, 2018

excellent

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Sina sophia Student

23 May, 2018

Really great advice

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
History A-level (A2)A*
Politics A-level (A2)A
English LiteratureA-level (A2)B

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Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrice
Government and PoliticsA Level£26 /hr
HistoryA Level£26 /hr
HistoryGCSE£22 /hr

Questions Nathan has answered

What is “sustained judgement” and how can I make sure I have it throughout my essay?

Unlike most GCSE history essays where you present the for and against cases for the question and come to a judgement in the conclusion, sustained judgement means you are letting the reader know throughout the essay what your answer to the question is. For example, if my question is “what was the main cause of the end of the Cold War?” and I have decided that my answer is the policies of Gorbachev I need to make it clear from the introduction through to the conclusion that this is what I think. One simple way to sustain your judgement is to briefly challenge the points/factors in your essay that don’t agree with your overall conclusion. You can do this in one or two sentences. Going back to my previous example, if one of the other causes of the Cold War I mention is the policies of Ronald Reagan then I can briefly challenge it by explaining why I think it is a less important factor e.g. “However, Reagan’s policies would not have had as much effect if it wasn’t for the accommodating nature of Gorbachev etc.”. In just a brief sentence I have reminded the reader which factor/cause I believe is the answer to the question. Doing this consistently throughout your essay is likely to get you into higher grade boundaries and will come in handy at university. Unlike most GCSE history essays where you present the for and against cases for the question and come to a judgement in the conclusion, sustained judgement means you are letting the reader know throughout the essay what your answer to the question is. For example, if my question is “what was the main cause of the end of the Cold War?” and I have decided that my answer is the policies of Gorbachev I need to make it clear from the introduction through to the conclusion that this is what I think. One simple way to sustain your judgement is to briefly challenge the points/factors in your essay that don’t agree with your overall conclusion. You can do this in one or two sentences. Going back to my previous example, if one of the other causes of the Cold War I mention is the policies of Ronald Reagan then I can briefly challenge it by explaining why I think it is a less important factor e.g. “However, Reagan’s policies would not have had as much effect if it wasn’t for the accommodating nature of Gorbachev etc.”. In just a brief sentence I have reminded the reader which factor/cause I believe is the answer to the question. Doing this consistently throughout your essay is likely to get you into higher grade boundaries and will come in handy at university.

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