Subjects I teach
History of Art
> I am currently working with two A-Level students (History of Art, AQA). Lauren is trying to push her grade up from a B to an A*, and Jack is aiming to move his grade up from a B to an A. The topics we are working on range from the Renaissance up to Postmodernism. I have been concentrating on exam technique with both students.
> I am working with A-Level student Hanna (History, AQA). She is studying the Russian revolution and Elizabethan Britain. I have also been assisting her with the coursework option on American Civil Rights. She is aiming to push her grade from a D to a B. We have been working together to consolidate the content she was taught at school, and to break it down into memorable factors for the exam.
2015 and earlier:
> I coached Yichi (London School of Economics, MSc in Social Anthropology) with an essay on Chinese philosophy. With English as her second language, she struggled with the course reading list as well as articulating a strong argument in writing. I edited her first draft for its structure, spelling, grammar and clarity of argument.
> I coached Robert (Central Saint Martins, final year BA) with his final year dissertation. He received a 1st on the essay, and in his degree overall. He wrote about Lucian Freud, and the relationship between artist and sitter, with reference to post-structural theory. I met with Robert four times; once during the research stage and then three times after he had started drafting. I suggested books for his bibliography, as well as helping him to locate them in London libraries. I drew on my knowledge of art historical arguments to help him to expand his ideas and articulate them in an academic manner. In terms of the drafting itself, I suggested ways that he could improve the structure of his essay, the clarity of his argument and checked them over for spelling/grammar.
> I helped Rebecca (Central Saint Martins, final year BA) to achieve a 1st on her dissertation, and a 1st in her degree overall. She wrote about the 20th century Russian Avant-Garde. I coached Rebecca in exactly the same way as Rob, except that our meetings were held over Skype. We spoke once during the research stage and then three times after she had started drafting. I suggested books for her bibliography, and helped her to locate them in London libraries. Rebecca struggled most with condensing her research into a concise essay. I helped her to consider her sources objectively.
> In 2012 I coached Sarah with her History A-level at Richmond School. She achieved an A in her final exams, after being predicted a B by the school. I assisted her with revision techniques, such as breaking the content down into factors, and wrote practice essays with her. We followed the mark scheme closely to ensure that she understood exactly what the examiner was looking for. I also helped Sarah with her personal statement, which secured her a place at Edinburgh University to study Archaeology and Anthropology.
The Courtauld Institute of Art, London
BA (Hons) History of Art, 1st Class
Law Society President
A-Levels (AAA): History, Fine Art, Religious Studies (Philosophy and Ethics)
I recently completed a four month research internship with Christie’s. In October I will start an MA in History of Art at Oxford University.
My Approach to Private Tuition
I achieved a first class degree from the world’s top research institution for the study of art history. During my time there I developed a distinctive writing style, excellent study skills and the ability to articulate an argument successfully. I believe that communication skills are the key to tutoring.
My approach to tutoring is very similar to the way in which I study myself. I will follow the mark scheme and course content carefully for optimum success in exams. Second to this, I encourage wider reading and discussion to consolidate an understanding of the course content used in class. With exam revision I remind students to identify relevant and irrelevant factors and to break their revision down into memorable bullet points. With coursework essays I remind students to consider their writing against what is asked of them in the mark scheme, ensuring that they fulfil all criteria for the top mark bracket.
“I can’t thank Bea enough for her time, I was over the moon when I opened my results” – Robert Wallace (BA student, Central Saint Martins, 2015)
“I just wanted to let you know Martha received a first (72%) for her dissertation on the decline of Marie Antoinette! We’re really thrilled for her and wanted to thank you for your valuable help and support.”
I’m going to sail all the way from the UK to the Mediterranean sea during the summer!