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Lessons offered by Helena
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at her home
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • English
  • Reading
  • English Literature
  • 11+ School Exam Preparation
  • Dissertation and thesis preparation
  • Modern Literature
Levels
  • All Levels

I have recently submitted my doctoral thesis in English literature at the University of Oxford and am an experienced school and higher education tutor

Methodology

My sessions are individually tailored for the needs of each student and I customise my teaching methods accordingly. We will begin each lesson by setting a number of manageable goals, and these learning objectives will determine the content of the tutorial, before being returned to at the end of the class to make sure they have been understood and achieved. I believe that it is important for each tutorial to fit within a broader framework, so that there is a cohesive overall feeling and that links can be drawn between each individual session. Broader, termly objectives will be outlined and these targets will be returned to so that students understand their overarching development as the weeks progress.

Experience

I recently submitted my doctoral thesis in English literature at the University of Oxford, which was fully funded by a competitive scholarship, and before that I gained a Masters in history and an undergraduate degree in English literature and history of art. I am a native English speaker who has experience teaching in all of these subject areas and people of all ages. I am passionate about reading and writing, which is reflected in my academic interests, and believe that my enthusiasm for learning is infectious!



I have also worked as an admissions tutor for the University of Oxford and its colleges, selecting candidates in the faculties of English, history and modern foreign languages, so will be able to assist with the writing of personal statements. While studying for my A levels, I completed the Extended Project Qualification and Critical Thinking examination, so will be able to help tutor these areas too.



I believe that I can help you or your child fulfil their academic potential. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any further questions.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £30/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : £160
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : £310
Lessons offered by Helena
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at her home
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • English
  • Reading
  • English Literature
  • 11+ School Exam Preparation
  • Dissertation and thesis preparation
  • Modern Literature
Levels
  • All Levels

Helena's CV

Helena Kaznowska
BA (Hons), MA, DPhil (Oxon, pending), AFHEA

Education

2014-March 2018 UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
DPhil, Faculty of English Language and Literature
Fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (scholarship total £75,750)

2013-2014 UNIVERSITY OF YORK
MA, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, Faculty of History
Grade: Distinction (average grade: 81, top of the year)

2010-2013 UNIVERSITY OF YORK
BA (Hons), English Literature with History of Art
Including a six-month period on the Erasmus Scholarship at the University of Bologna, for which I was awarded full marks ‘cum laude’ in each module undertaken.

Biography

I am a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of English at the University of Oxford working towards a career as a tutor. I am a creative, enthusiastic, and friendly individual, and one of my greatest strengths is my ability to interact and collaborate with others. Examiners have described my DPhil thesis as ‘intellectually sophisticated and extremely thorough’, ‘elegantly argued’, and ‘a significant contribution to knowledge’. I have developed excellent research and teaching skills through my academic pursuits and I hope to make use of these qualities fully while working as a tutor.

Masters course modules

• Dissertation, Summer Term 2014 (grade: 84)
• Public History, Spring Term 2014 (grade: 80)
• Theatres of Revenge, Spring Term 2014 (grade: 72)
• Reading the Renaissance, Autumn Term 2013 (grade: 75)
• Approaches to Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, Autumn Term 2013 (grade: 75)

Academic awards

• Winner of the University of Oxford’s Chancellor’s Essay Prize 2018
• Shortlisted for the Gordon Duff Essay Prize 2018 (winner will be announced Aug. 2018)
• Winner of the Arts and Humanities Research Council fees and stipend scholarship 2014-2018
• Winner of the Santander Academic Award 2017
• Twice winner of the Renaissance Society of America stipend 2015 and 2016
• Nominee for the University of Oxford’s Vice-Chancellor’s Social Impact Award 2016
• Nominee for the National Trust Everything Speaks Award 2016
• Winner of the John Fell Academic Fund 2015
• Winner of the University of York Award for outstanding personal development 2013

Teaching experience

Academic tutor, ‘Writing Feminisms, Feminist Writing’, Faculty of English, University of Oxford, Spring Term 2016
• Co-taught the six-week option module for thirteen third-year undergraduates. Conducted two-hour weekly seminars, marked two 3000- to 5000-word essays per student, and held two thirty-minute tutorials for each student over the course of the term.

Academic tutor, ‘Objects as Subjects in Eighteenth-Century Literature’, Faculty of English, University of Oxford, Autumn Term 2014
• Co-taught the six-week optional module for seventeen Masters students as part of a collaboration between the Faculty of English at the University of Oxford and the Ashmolean Museum. Conducted two-hour weekly seminars and advised each student on their 5000- to 7000-word essays. Responsible for the construction and maintenance of the course website – a dedicated space for news, resource provision, seminar discussion summaries – and the circulation of teaching materials and group presentations.

Classroom English language teacher, Formart College, Bologna, Aug. 2011-Dec. 2011
• Taught English to classes of thirty-five young adults aged between thirteen and eighteen. Delivered a semester of classroom lessons, ran tutorial sessions for smaller groups of five, and provided one-to-one tuition. Other responsibilities included marking student work, conducting individual oral assessments, and invigilating written examinations.

Instrumental teacher, Harpur Music School, Bedford, Oct. 2007-Oct. 2010
• Responsible for the individual tuition of twenty-two students of violin, viola, flute, piano, and music theory. Prepared students – who ranged from five- to seventy-five-year-olds – for ABRSM musical examinations.

Teaching qualifications and training

• Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Jan. 2017-ongoing
• Attended the Faculty of English’s Developing Learning and Teaching course, University of Oxford, Jan. 2016-Jan. 2017
• Attended the Humanities Division Developing Learning and Teaching course, University of Oxford, Oct. 2015-Dec 2015
• Attended the three-day Preparation for Learning and Teaching course, University of Oxford, June 2015

Public engagement through academia

Historical game designer and workshop leader of ‘Renaissance Top Trumps’ at the ‘Heroes and Villains’ event, Ashmolean Museum, 29 Jan. 2016
• Researched, designed and produced a custom-made card game of Top Trumps, exploring the heroes and villains of Renaissance plays. The event welcomed over 2000 visitors and our workshop, with fifteen games stations, occupied the Ashmolean’s Italian Renaissance Gallery.

Public lecture, ‘The Winter’s Tale: Celebrating Christmas in the Seventeenth Century’, Geffrye Museum, 3 Dec. 2015
• Organised, researched and presented a free forty-five-minute public lecture on festive celebrations in seventeenth-century England, accompanied by an early music choir.

Public lecture, ‘Songs and Stories of Geffrye’s London’, Geffrye Museum, 18 Nov. 2015
• Co-ordinated, researched and delivered a pay-for-entry ninety-minute public lecture on music and society in the seventeenth century. This sold-out event was accompanied by an original musical performance with award-winning early music folk music duo, Alva.

Historical workshop assistant, ‘Culpeper’s Herbal Remedy’, Geffrye Museum, 6 June 2015
• Assisted in the lecture and practical, hands-on event, which gave members of the public a chance to make their own historical remedies and natural cosmetics.

Historical workshop organiser and leader, ‘“This booke is mine”: Decorating Renaissance Books’, University of York, 14 June 2014
• Organised and managed an activity centre for children in collaboration with three other postgraduate students as part of the University of York’s annual Festival of Ideas. Taught practices of Renaissance book making, paper folding, marginalia, sewing and decoration through a selection of hands-on craft activities.

Professional responsibilities

Academic Historical Consultant, National Trust, Jan. 2015- Sept. 2017
• Devised high-quality, informed interpretation that increased visitors’ enjoyment and understanding of National Trust properties. Conducted thorough research of primary and secondary material at Uppark House and Gardens in West Sussex. Organised and led workshops with Directors of the Trust, and participated in panel discussions about how academic research can be effectively incorporated into heritage institutions. My research was nominated for an Everything Speaks award from the National Trust.

Curatorial Exhibitions Researcher, The Geffrye Museum of the Home, July 2014-July 2017
• Worked closely with the Museum’s Curatorial and Engagement departments to devise a new Christmas exhibition for the 1630s room. Produced a 20,000-world research document that provides advice about the most historically accurate decorations, food, music, and gifts in this festive display. Gained valuable skills working with collections in a museum setting, and acquired thorough archival and database management skills.

Admissions Officer, University of Oxford, Nov. 2014-Dec.2014
• One of four academic staff conducting the undergraduate admissions procedures for the Faculty of English Language and Literature, Modern Foreign Languages, and History departments for St Peter’s College. Participated fully in the training course provided. Assessed over thirty UCAS applications, writing samples, and the Oxford’s own English Literature Admissions Test examination scores.

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