The Difference between A-level & O-level Literature

It is about time an A Level Literature tutor enumerates and elaborates the differences between O level and A level Literature.

“Understanding the differences is the first step to doing well for
this wonderful subject.”

As an experienced and dedicated A level Literature tutor, I have realised the importance of  ensuring students know the contexts to improve and deepen our understanding of the texts.  This is one of the open secrets of doing well. It is also one of the major difference between A-level and O-level Literature. As an A Level Literature tutor, I am committed to helping students understand the text in a perceptibly profound manner and interpreting questions to know what are expected and the way to writing out the answers.

One Crucial Difference

Contexts

Having an A-level Literature tutor who knows the differences makes the key difference between an effective and a non-effective A-level Literature tuition session.

Answering Techniques

The “Peel” method which is so ingrained in our students does not apply for answering questions for Literature in English. Students has to give that up, letting go the usual repetitive linking sentence at the end of the elaboration for each point.  Whenstudents write correctly, they will get the marks they want. In this regard, the A level Literature tutor will spare no efforts to role-model and provide scaffolding to enable students to answer the question in such a way to score.

All 7 new texts for 2016 and 2017 onwards are now taught! Only place in SG that can provide this service for students!

I believe in giving more than my best to my students and have now completed reading all the new texts! Yes all seven of them!  What is more I am giving  unprecedented discounts to those who will be calling me for the first time for Lit and Humanities tuition for O- and N-level exams. The offer lasts till end of April. Hurry as places are limited! For a sample of the areas covered, I have chosen Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. In my sessions on the book, the areas covered are as follows:

  1. key insights on George Bernard Shaw, the playwright, activists and self-anointed saviour of society
  2. a brief outline of his colourful and eventful life, focusing on his creed and the various causes he championed and supported.
  3. a close insightful study of issues raised in the play such as the social divide, class conflict, transformation, the status of women, gender issues, etc
  4. theme tracking
  5. insightful and profound comments and interpretations of the play, plot, characterisation, themes and issues
  6. language and wordplay in the text and many others ( some of which are my trade secrets)

Last but not least I role-model a lot to show them how to analyse questions, and answer them. I do impart certain secret skills to give them that edge in the exams and of course for most of my students,  I teach them sentence skills and essay organisation as well because in the final analysis, Lit students need to write very well.

Importance of consistency and continuity in Language & Humanities tuition sessions

Having the same teacher/tutor is important for Language, Literature and Humanities tuition. Now and then there may be some rough areas, try to work them out rather than dismiss the tutor immediately.

 

Sometimes homework is needed now and then. t is normal for students to be wary about receiving homework from tutors. A responsible tutor will give homework now and then especially when exams are approaching.

Regular changes of teachers and tutors are disconcerting because of the disruptive effects on the sessions and students.

It takes time to build up rapport and for the tutor or teacher to earn the trust and confidence of the students, so having a succession of different tutors is a no-no for students. It also takes time for the tutor to help the students and to see results of that help.