James N

English Language and Literature (Bachelors) - Wadham College, Oxford University

16 completed lessons

About me

I have just graduated from Oxford with a 1st in English Language and Literature.


My degree covered all of English Literature from 650-the present day in extensive detail. This includes coursework on Conrad and Fitzgerald, Shakespeare’s plays, and Woolf and modernist cinema. As this last demonstrates, English can interlink with quite literally every other subject.


As a result of this interdisciplinary potential, I have maintained my interest in History and Philosophy, and can confidently teach both to GCSE standard.  My love of English dates back to when I was doing my own GCSEs. It was then that I realised that English is not about learning set answers from a textbook. Rather, it is a subject of radical self-discovery and self-expression; anyone can read a book or poem and come up with their own unique and entirely brilliant interpretation, far better than anything you will find in any textbook.


I remember the pressures of learning for the exam. Having been through it all myself, I will strive to develop every student’s personal areas of interest to make the study of English as enjoyable and personalised as possible. 

About my sessions

Initially, we will identify individual interests, current levels of proficiency, areas of difficulty, and preferred learning techniques. From all this, together we will structure a programme of learning which is customised to the individual student, at a pace and intensity which is just right for you.


This could involve compiling and discussing a bank of quotations together, writing or going over paragraphs to prepare for exams, or simply discussing ideas about a text, from which we can gather revision material. In each tutorial I will go over an unseen passage of poetry or prose. Not only is this an integral component of any English exam, but it will improve your critical faculties and vocabulary, and increase your confidence at deciphering the meanings of a text. Additionally, I will take each student beyond the set-texts into the contextual world of the books or poems being studied.


By introducing carefully selected passages from critical, biographical and historical materials and related texts, I will expand the horizons through which we study English. By these means, every lesson we will be pushing to develop a more sophisticated understanding of the set-texts themselves, giving you a broader insight than many other students. This will take very little time and effort, but can yield invaluable results.


Progress will be measured by means the close reading, practice exam-style essays, and evaluative conversations.

Personally interviewed

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