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Thank you for looking at my profile. I am a Durham University graduate with BA (2016; First Class) and MA (2017; Distinction) degrees in English Literature. Since 2017 I have been based in London working on an AHRC-funded PhD at UCL. My research is on eighteenth-century women classicists and I am comfortable teaching both classical civilisations and english literature.
I pride myself on academic excellence, achieving an 'outstanding' grade in both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. My BA dissertation was awarded the Jubilee Prize for best dissertation in the department. I was recently shortlisted for the BBC/AHRC 'New Generation Thinker' competition.
I teach a wide variety of ENGLISH LITERATURE, and am widely familiar with all the popular exam board specifications, especially AQA. I particularly specialise in four key areas:
1) Early Modern - Shakespeare (all plays); Renaissance drama (John Webster, Thomas Middleton, William Wycherley and Ben Jonson); Metaphysical Poetry (Andrew Marvell and John Donne), and John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester.
2) Eighteenth Century - Alexander Pope and Eighteenth-Century Comedy (Goldsmith and Sheridan).
3) Victorian Literature - Charles Dickens, Henrik Ibsen, Thomas Hardy, Alfred Tennyson and Arthur Conan Doyle.
4) Post-War Literature - Ian McEwan, Jonathan Coe, Ted Hughes (with Sylvia Plath), Philip Larkin and Tony Harrison.
I have also worked on American Poets - such as Robert Lowell and Robert Frost - and achieved a strong mark in the compulsory Theory module that was part of my degree, and so offer tuition in theories such as Feminism, Post-Colonial studies, Queer Theory, Animal Studies, Postmodernism and on the Literary Canon and Value.
If a writer or topic you want/need to study is not covered in the list, please drop me a message as the above is merely an indication of my subject specialisms.
I also have a tried and tested way of tutoring ENGLISH LANGUAGE GCSE.
For CLASSICAL CIVILISATIONS (OCR), I specialise in the following modules: 'The World of the Hero', 'Greek Theatre', 'Imperial Image', 'Love and Relationships' and 'Democracy and the Athenians'. However, do get in touch if a module you want covered is not listed above.
For HISTORY (GCSE), I offer essay feedback and exam preparation tutorials.
I also teach PERSONAL STATEMENT WRITING, CV SKILLS and STUDY SKILLS, and offer a specialised COURSEWORK FEEDBACK service for A-Level English Literature and History. For more information, do get in touch!
I have taught several students over the past few years, helping them reach their goals and achieve the grades they wanted. I am easy to get on with and am very aware of the different skills needed to do well in English Literature and Classics.
I am also a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant in UCL. Last year, I taught on the first-year 'Narrative Texts' course in the English Literature Degree. This year, I am working in UCL's Writers' Lab, specialising in essay writing, study skills and research. Furthermore, I spent three years as a Student Ambassador for Durham University, working on their Widening Participation summer schools amongst other outreach activities, and so I am acutely aware of how to help students achieve a place at university.
In September, my first revision guide will be published. This guide will focus on the 'Love and Relationships' poetry cluster that is part of AQA's English Literature GCSE. A second guide on Priestley's 'An Inspector Calls' will hopefully follow soon after. Both focus on how to write top grade essays in your GCSE exams.
I set an initial task, often a commentary on a poem, which gives an indication of the student's strengths and weaknesses. Whether it be an exam essay, a poetry commentary or a creative writing exercise, every week I set homework to ensure students are constantly writing.
I ask two things of my students: that they are fully alert during our tutorials and that they complete all homework to the best of their ability. Other tasks may be basic research tasks or answering detailed questions on a text, but I'll never ask them to do something that we haven't at least touched on during our sessions.
In exchange, I always provide thorough feedback on each piece of work completed and provide handouts at each session designed by myself so that the students have their own revision guide at the end of a unit. I am an exacting tutor with a friendly face - I approach all my students with a warm, patient, and comfortable manner that also rigorously challenges them academically. Only a combination of all these factors, I believe, will see the best results!
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|Colchester Sixth Form College||2013||College||A Levels- A* in Psychology; A in English Literature and Medieval History, B in Classical Civilisations. Also a B in Biology (AS Level).|
|Durham University||2016||Bachelors||First Class Honours Degree in English Literature.|
|Durham University||2017||Masters||Distinction in English Literary Studies|
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