Paddy S.

Paddy S.

£18 - £20 /hr

English Literature (Bachelors) - Bristol University

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Hey! My name is Paddy and I am a final year English Literature student at the University of Bristol.

English Literature is unique in its ability to encompass so many aspects of the world. It helps us to look through the eyes of some of the most gifted minds in history to explore key issues that have come up over time. It is fascinating that despite the constantly changing world we live in, we can still feel a connection with something written hundreds of years ago. No other subject transgresses time on such a human level.

I enjoyed English exams at school. There is something hugely rewarding about getting to grips with a text and understanding its intricacies. Learning quotations, context, and writing essay plans are all skills I still use, and originally learnt for my public exams.

However, I did not apply for English Literature originally when applying for university. I did one year of French & Spanish before switching to English. Having applied for university twice, I am familiar with the UCAS process. I am also offering Spanish tutoring, as it is a subject I have kept up to a high level, and have included in my current semester of study.

I am a committee member of my university's cricket club, and captained the 3rd XI in the 2017 season. I have co-hosted a radio show which discussed sporting matters, and I write for the university newspaper - notably in the sports section.

Hey! My name is Paddy and I am a final year English Literature student at the University of Bristol.

English Literature is unique in its ability to encompass so many aspects of the world. It helps us to look through the eyes of some of the most gifted minds in history to explore key issues that have come up over time. It is fascinating that despite the constantly changing world we live in, we can still feel a connection with something written hundreds of years ago. No other subject transgresses time on such a human level.

I enjoyed English exams at school. There is something hugely rewarding about getting to grips with a text and understanding its intricacies. Learning quotations, context, and writing essay plans are all skills I still use, and originally learnt for my public exams.

However, I did not apply for English Literature originally when applying for university. I did one year of French & Spanish before switching to English. Having applied for university twice, I am familiar with the UCAS process. I am also offering Spanish tutoring, as it is a subject I have kept up to a high level, and have included in my current semester of study.

I am a committee member of my university's cricket club, and captained the 3rd XI in the 2017 season. I have co-hosted a radio show which discussed sporting matters, and I write for the university newspaper - notably in the sports section.

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About my sessions

I will adress English Literature sessions and Spanish sessions differently.

For English literature, I believe discussion and debate are integral when studying. Originality of ideas is not only something that examiners look for, but also it helps ignite a passion for the subject. On a personal level, what a text is saying can differ massively from person to person. I am a very keen planner of essays, and I will happily run through essay technique: be that the essay itself or how to plan one. I believe that plans are the most important part of essays, the same way as preparation for exams is. Exam preparation consists of several aspects: I will look at textual content, contextual analysis, characters, themes, summaries. Given the open discussion I will encourage, I will never force my own direction on a session. I will begin each session by asking which area is the most challenging, and will go about discussing that.

For Spanish, areas of study differ hugely. I will discuss vocab-learning techniques, grammar, and uncover ways to make the language more enjoyable. I have always enjoyed grammar in particular. For many students, I understand that foreign language study seems like a chore, but there are techniques that I have learnt over the years to help make it more enjoyable. I believe past papers are a hugely beneficial way to prepare for language exams, and I will happily go through the papers and mark schemes with tutees.

I will adress English Literature sessions and Spanish sessions differently.

For English literature, I believe discussion and debate are integral when studying. Originality of ideas is not only something that examiners look for, but also it helps ignite a passion for the subject. On a personal level, what a text is saying can differ massively from person to person. I am a very keen planner of essays, and I will happily run through essay technique: be that the essay itself or how to plan one. I believe that plans are the most important part of essays, the same way as preparation for exams is. Exam preparation consists of several aspects: I will look at textual content, contextual analysis, characters, themes, summaries. Given the open discussion I will encourage, I will never force my own direction on a session. I will begin each session by asking which area is the most challenging, and will go about discussing that.

For Spanish, areas of study differ hugely. I will discuss vocab-learning techniques, grammar, and uncover ways to make the language more enjoyable. I have always enjoyed grammar in particular. For many students, I understand that foreign language study seems like a chore, but there are techniques that I have learnt over the years to help make it more enjoyable. I believe past papers are a hugely beneficial way to prepare for language exams, and I will happily go through the papers and mark schemes with tutees.

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
English LiteratureA-level (A2)A*
FrenchA-level (A2)A*
SpanishA-level (A2)A*
Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) in French and SpanishOther2:1

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English LiteratureA Level£20 /hr
SpanishA Level£20 /hr
English LiteratureGCSE£18 /hr
SpanishGCSE£18 /hr

Questions Paddy has answered

How do I include quotations in essays?

There are several ways of including quotations in essays. I believe the best way is to use lots of quotations and ensure that they are embedded in your answer as to keep the argument smooth. Here is a good example of embedding quotations: - When Humpty Dumpty 'had a great fall,' the author is demonstrating... Here is a bad example: - When the author writes that Humpty Dumpty 'had a great fall,' we are shown that... Constant inclusions of short quotations is a great way to show off your vast knowledge of the text, and is a way of consistently showing off your awareness of the importance of providing textual evidence to support your arguments. Longer quotations can be used as well, and sometimes it is appropriate to separate them from the rest of the text. For example: - Much can be said from the following quotation: 'Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall; All the king's horses and all the king's men Couldn't put Humpty together again.' From the quotation, we can see that..... This separation allows for the essay to not be disrupted by large banks of quotations. This keeps it structurally interesting, and also can lead onto more detailed discussion of the quotation.There are several ways of including quotations in essays. I believe the best way is to use lots of quotations and ensure that they are embedded in your answer as to keep the argument smooth. Here is a good example of embedding quotations: - When Humpty Dumpty 'had a great fall,' the author is demonstrating... Here is a bad example: - When the author writes that Humpty Dumpty 'had a great fall,' we are shown that... Constant inclusions of short quotations is a great way to show off your vast knowledge of the text, and is a way of consistently showing off your awareness of the importance of providing textual evidence to support your arguments. Longer quotations can be used as well, and sometimes it is appropriate to separate them from the rest of the text. For example: - Much can be said from the following quotation: 'Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall; All the king's horses and all the king's men Couldn't put Humpty together again.' From the quotation, we can see that..... This separation allows for the essay to not be disrupted by large banks of quotations. This keeps it structurally interesting, and also can lead onto more detailed discussion of the quotation.

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When do I use the preterite and when do I use the imperfect?

If you imagine a timeline (would draw out a line on the whiteboard here), the imperfect appears at some extended period over this. It is important to remember that the imperfect encompasses the ideas: something that you used to do, something that you were doing. Eg. I was playing football - Jugaba al fútbol. I used to play football - Jugaba al fútbol. On the same timeline, the preterite would come at one specific point. The imperfect is a continuous act, the preterite is a definitive act. Eg. I was playing football when my mum arrived - Jugaba (imperfect) al fútbol cuando llegó (preterite) mi madre. Eg. My mum was arriving when I said hi - Mi madre llegaba (imperfect) cuando yo dije (preterite) hola.If you imagine a timeline (would draw out a line on the whiteboard here), the imperfect appears at some extended period over this. It is important to remember that the imperfect encompasses the ideas: something that you used to do, something that you were doing. Eg. I was playing football - Jugaba al fútbol. I used to play football - Jugaba al fútbol. On the same timeline, the preterite would come at one specific point. The imperfect is a continuous act, the preterite is a definitive act. Eg. I was playing football when my mum arrived - Jugaba (imperfect) al fútbol cuando llegó (preterite) mi madre. Eg. My mum was arriving when I said hi - Mi madre llegaba (imperfect) cuando yo dije (preterite) hola.

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