My main approach to tutoring is to get my students to feel energised and confident in their own ability to succeed and do well. I encourage my students to be forward thinking about their goals: what do they want to achieve and why? In my first free lesson most of the time will be spent understanding what the student wants and how we can achieve their goals.
While I do follow a basic structure, and offer guidance when needed, I encourage my students to assess their own strengths and weaknesses throughout the duration of their tutoring with me. My tutoring style is very much centred around negotiation: I do not dictate or force my students to follow a single approach; I adapt and work based on what suits them. In all, I encourage my students to be creative, think independently and come to their own conclusions about the past.
Though I adapt to suit my students' needs, I do follow a basic methodology when tutoring. Principally, I prioritise improving students' weaknesses, with either a knowledge-based or exams-based approach, depending on what needs work. With exam preparation, I have many techniques for answering questions, remembering and revising content, and how to write efficiently. With developing knowledge and skills, I tend to break down large topics and work through them logically.
I am a fourth-year PhD student in Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh. Before coming to Edinburgh, I completed my BA in History at Oxford Brookes University and completed a MSt in History at the University of Oxford.
I have tutored on first- and second-year undergraduates courses in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh (where I was nominated for an Edinburgh University Students' Association Teaching Award in 2017-18); and I am a lecturer in History at the University of Stirling, where I teach my own course to summer school students.
While I tutor on the subject of History, much of my time is spent helping students develop their essays; and I have experience in providing detailed feedback on essay structure, argument and writing style.
Doctor of Philosophy in Scottish History, University of Edinburgh (2016-Present).
Master of Studies in British and European History, from 1500 to the Present, Kellogg College, University of Oxford (2015-2016). Grade achieved: Distinction.
Bachelor of Arts in History, Oxford Brookes University (2012-2015). Grade achieved: First-class honours.
Lecturer, University of Stirling (July 2019 – August 2019; July 2020 - August 2020)
A lectureship post two days per week at the International Summer School, University of Stirling. Responsibilities and achievements included: • Sole responsibility for creating and designing the module from first principles: themes, structure, course webpage on CANVAS, handbook, assignments, and class exercises. • Delivering all lectures and tutorials to twenty students. • Encouraging student participation through tutorials and class debates. • Providing both written and verbal feedback on student coursework. • Successfully designed and delivered the course while continuing with PhD research.
Tutor, University of Edinburgh (September 2017 – May 2019)
A postgraduate teaching post leading weekly tutorial of groups of first- and second-year undergraduates within the School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. Responsibilities and achievements included:
• Leading small tutorial groups of 12 students per week.
• Encouraging student participation through oral communication.
• Providing constructive written and verbal feedback on student work
• Nominated for a EUSA Teaching Award for the 2017-18 academic year.
• Was invited to write a reference for a student who had applied to do an exchange year abroad at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Peer-reviewed in an academic publication
Ciaran Jones (ed.), 'An Account of a Confession of Raising the Devil at Irvine on 10 February 1682', in 'Miscellany of the Scottish History Society, vol. XVI' (Edinburgh, forthcoming June 2020)
Ciaran Jones, Review of 'Fairies, Demons, and Nature Spirits: 'Small Gods' at the Margins of Christendom', edited by Michael Ostling, Journal of Religious History, Literature and Culture, vol. 5 (2019), 137-40.
Ciaran Jones, Review of 'Satan and the Scots: The Devil in Post-Reformation Scotland, c. 1560 - 1700', by Michelle D. Brock, Journal of Religious History, Literature and Culture, vol. 4 (2018), 154-56.
Ciaran Jones, 'Isobel Watson, Perthshire: fairies and witchcraft in 1590s Scotland', 'history Scotland magazine', vol. 20 (forthcoming, March/April 2020)
Ciaran Jones, 'The Realities of Demonic Belief in Early Modern Scottish Witch Trials', Scottish History Network, 9 (2017) (concealed information)
Runner-up award, Jeremiah Dalziel Prize in British History, University of Edinburgh (2019) - Awarded £1000 for one of the best essays relating to the study of British history, broadly defined, submitted by a PhD student in the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.
The Rosbery Prize, Scottish History Society (2018) - Awarded £350 from the Scottish History Society for the best transcription and scholarly apparatus of an unpublished manuscript by a postgraduate student or early career researcher.
The Jenny Balston Scholarship, University of Edinburgh (2016-19) – The scholarship is awarded to new PhD students at the University of Edinburgh. It covers an annual stipend payable at Research Council rates (£14,298) and tuition fees are also paid, tenable over three years. Awarded to those undertaking a PhD in History based on academic merit.
Graduate Training Fund, University of Edinburgh (2016) – Awarded £77 to undertake relevant doctoral training in palaeography at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK.
Kellogg College Research Support Grant, University of Oxford (2016) – Awarded a value of up to £250 to undertake historical research related to my Master’s dissertation at the National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK.
The Oxford Brookes History Prize, Oxford Brookes University (2015) – Awarded for outstanding contribution to historical research by an undergraduate student.
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