Stuck on writing essays? Finding the reading hard? No idea how to analyse poetry? Not sure how to improve your grade? I’m here to help. Whether you’re at GCSE, A Level or University, my English Lit sessions will dramatically boost your confidence, enjoyment and your grades!
Literature is an amazing subject; it helps us to better understand humanity and the nature of society as a whole. This ethos always underpins my English Lit tuition. What’s more, I strive to make sure students grow to love their texts by the end of the course. I had one student who absolutely hated Shakespeare’s King Lear when we started, and by the end of her exams she asked if she could come back for more Shakespeare lessons so I could teach her his other plays for fun!
I studied English Literature at the University of Bristol, and ended up with a First Class Honours. But it wasn’t all plain sailing; I realised at the start of the course that there was so much I didn’t know, and my dyslexia and slow reading pace was really making things difficult!
It’s not going to be so hard for you. We can work on your weakest areas – be that planning, analysis or something else – and turn them into your greatest strengths. I’ve developed an effective learning process for Literature: we’ll break it down into key ideas so it’s easier to manage – themes, quotes, context, essay technique and more. You won’t have to suffer the same pain I went through, I’ll make sure of it!
Texts / Exam Boards
I teach a range of texts and exam boards (AQA, CIE/Cambridge, OCR, CCEA, Edexcel, Eduqas/WJEC).
From 2017-2018, I was an AQA English Examiner, and I previously worked closely with the CIE syllabus as Head of English for Cambridge Home School. However, I’m equally confident in teaching all these exam boards.
Shakespeare – Macbeth, King Lear, Richard III, Romeo + Juliet, Merchant of Venice, Anthony + Cleopatra, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale & more
Other Drama – Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Sarah Kane, Oscar Wilde, John Webster, Henrik Ibsen, Wole Soyinka & more
Poetry – Robert Frost, Seamus Heaney, TS Eliot, Gillian Clarke, Carol Ann Duffy, Owen Sheers, Keats / Shelley / Byron / Blake (Romantic Poets), John Donne, Alexander Pope, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes & more
Novels – The Bronte sisters, F Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Ian McEwan, Bram Stoker, Angela Carter, Jane Austen, Chinua Achebe, Kazuo Ishiguro, EM Forster, Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce & more
I’m always happy to develop lesson plans on new texts; even if I haven’t taught them before I’ll make sure to put the effort in before we begin lessons to achieve a high level of understanding in them.