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My name is Millie, and I am a PhD student in English Literature, at the University of York. I completed my undergraduate degree at Cardiff University, and my Masters at Oxford, and my research now focusses on eighteenth century literature. I am passionate about literature, but aware of its difficulties, and I find nothing more rewarding than seeing a student’s relationship with written texts grow and develop.
Teaching English as a foreign language, preparing individuals for exams based on specific texts, and leading first-year seminars.
My approach is student-led, in that I work with the student to fix certain goals, whether that is to achieve a certain grade, improve comprehension and discussion, writing techniques, prepare for exams, or to broaden an understanding of literature for pleasure. I also work with the student to achieve those aims in a way that is appropriate for their learning style. I bring ideas for revision and study, but take the cue from the student, to find the ways of studying, revising and accessing the text that work best for them.
Alongside focussing on specific goals, and using particular methods tailored to the individual student, I believe that the benefits of studying English literature go beyond graded exams. Literature is a subject with many dimensions - for example, it entails the study of people and emotions, of culture, of narrative technique, language, and writing, and of history and current affairs. This means that there is something of interest in it for everybody. Studying or revising for an exam means that the student establishes a close relationship with a certain text or set of texts, and my approach is to ensure that they work with the text in a way that interests them, to ensure that their relationship with the positive one, and results in achieving their goals.
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