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Christopher (Tutor in Leicester)

Leicester, Leicestershire
Home Town: Leicester
Member Since: 21/07/2016
Last Login: 6 months ago
Response Rate: 100%
Expected Response: < 2 days

My Qualifications

The Shakespeare Institute, Universi...
PhD  (1982)
University of Cambridge
MA  (1978)
The Shakespeare Institute, Universi...
MA  (1975)
University of Cambridge
2:1  (1974)

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The type of tutoring work I seek is in English Literature: GCSE, A level and Higher Education (not Primary School/Keystage level English). My speciality periods are medieval through to the eighteenth century, with particular interest in Chaucer, the Gawain poet, Shakespeare and his contemporaries, Jacobean tragedy, the metaphysical poets, Marvell and Milton, Swift and Pope. I have a number of techniques to offer that make easier what some students find difficult (e.g. Chaucer`s language, Shakespearean verse). You might say that I most like to teach literature that precedes that perennial favourite, the 19th century novel. Nevertheless I have considerable experience of teaching the whole range of literature through to contemporary work.

I have particular expertise in drama from early medieval up to the present day and can offer an actor`s and director`s perspective as well as that of a literary critic. Additionally, I have a strong interest in the development of the sonnet from inception to the present day and am a writer of sonnets, mostly in the form of dramatic monologues.

My approach is geared to the student and starts with an assessment of the ability to express ideas both verbally and on paper, as that is often where student difficulties originate and for which there is no `quick fix` just a few weeks before exams. Understanding is key, but so is expression.

My free advice for anyone struggling with literary questions is twofold:
1. Read a (quality) newspaper every day – especially the opinion sections – starting now! There you will find stories and arguments, written in short sentences, developing towards conclusions. Concentrate on how these are presented more than what the content is. Gradually the techniques of expressing ideas will seep into your consciousness.
2. Pretend you are a lawyer. Take major characters in turn from a set book and explain to `the jury` what they did, why they did it, who and what influenced them, what they felt about it and how it changed them (if it did). At each stage present some evidence from the text (character`s words, author`s descri ptions, actions and events etc) to prove that what you say is true.

Availability: I can be fairly flexible as to times of tutorials. £10 off the first tutorial.

A note on travel: within Leicestershire up to 20 miles distance will usually be without charge, but greater distances, travel outside of the county and certain combinations of time and distance that mean travel takes considerable time (e.g. city centres in rush hour) are subject to negotiation.

Willing to travel: 20 miles

Experience: After my PhD at the Shakespeare Institute, I taught English at Merchant Taylors` School, Northwood, and subsequently was Head of English at Leicester Grammar School. I left school teaching to pursue commercial writing as a copywriter and subsequently ran my own graphic design company, while for a number of years being also a part-time tutor in English Literature for the Adult/Continuing Education departments of Leicester and Warwick Universities. I have also engaged in creative writing.

My private tutoring experience has largely been with A level students and above, but GCSE English Literature obviously falls within my compass.

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