Jo B.

University: University College London

Degree Subject: English language and literature

Location: London

Teaching Subjects:
English language and literature: University Q&A, Personal Statement
A-Level: English literature, English, English language and literature
IB (HL): English literature, English, English language and literature
IB (SL): English literature, English, English language and literature

About Myself

Hello there! My name is Jo and I am a second year undergraduate student at University College London, reading for a BA in English Language and Literature. I live in Camden with my flatmates, who are all also English students at UCL.

I studied the IB Diploma at The Abbey School in Reading, one of the top IB schools in the UK, from 2012 to 2014 and achieved my diploma with 43 points overall.

English HL - 7
History HL - 6
Latin HL - 7
Maths Studies SL - 7
Chemistry SL - 7
Global Politics - 7
Core - 2

I was awarded a commendation for my performance in first year exams, as I came in the top ten in the department. I was also awarded a commendation for achievement in my tutorials and term essays during the autumn term of my second year.

English literature is my passion, and I plan to do both a masters and a doctorate, and become a professor of Medieval English Literature.

Tutoring Approach

I believe that the most important part of studying English is developing your own critical approach to literature. I like to work with a combination of past papers and wider reading, and encourage students to begin to see thematic and linguistic patterns for themselves.

I believe in alternating between close reading, and wider thematic discussions, so that students learn to answer exam questions through their own creativity. It can seem difficult to prepare for English exams, but I have developed several systems in order to help my friends and I revise for our degree papers.

I have a strong background in Latin and Greek texts, and I currently study Anglo-Saxon and Middle English, and I like to draw on this knowledge to help students who might not have had the advantage of studying classics.

Most importantly, I am organised and hard working. I am also intending to spend the rest of my life studying and teaching English Literature, and so it would be hard to find a tutor who cares more about the subject!

Teaching Experience

I am a student mentor at the UCL Academy school in north London, inspiring A Level students to read more widely and engage more deeply with literature.

I am also a tutor with Ivy Education, an elite tutoring agency based in London. I was the first person without a degree to be accepted to the agency as a degree is usually required, but they were impressed with my commitment to teaching English and so accepted me as a tutor.

I informally tutored many of my friends in the IB programme, and was known as the Personal Statement 'wizard' at school.

Extracurricular Interests

I enjoy debating and public speaking, and attended the national finals of the European Youth Parliament in 2013 as my team's summary speaker.

I also love animals, and horses in particular. Before moving to London, I trained polo ponies and hunting horses.

Unsurprisingly, I read a lot, but I also enjoy cooking and spending evenings in with my friends, talking about books.