english literature tuition

Literature and Humanities tuition – expanding the titles and scope

lithistorygeogpicIn the last two years as well as 2016, twenty new titles will be added to the list of texts I am teaching for Literature. They include “A Christmas Carol”, “Emily of Emerald Hill”, “Wonder”, “Hamlet”, “I’m the King of the Castle”, “Boom”, ” The Tempest”, “24 Favourite One Act Plays”, “A Man for All Seasons”,  ”An Enemy of the People”, etc.

Many students are getting help in Geography, History and Social Studies from me. Even for IP Geography and History, schools are refreshing the syllabuses regularly.

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Reading fees and subject registration fees

Sometimes reading fees are charged for new texts and a small subject registration fees are charged per subject every semester. Title fees per text is also charged in lieu of new texts if the texts has been previously taught by me. All these fees are non-refundable regardless of whether the sessions are terminated by the tutor or the parent.

Unbelievable offer for unseen prose and poetry for JC and IB students 98761777

Call us now to find out about the two-sessions  during the first week of December on the unseen section of the Lit paper now. At the 2 hour session we go through the following:

  • advanced poetic devices
  • introduction to popular literary and cultural theories
  • mapping literary and cultural theories onto poems and prose
  • organising and crafting well-organised essays with insights.
  • acquiring a literary vocabulary


All JC packages come with complementary email/phone consultations

All JC packages come with complementary email/phone consultations

My JC Lit students can call me for consultation on the phone or via email in between sessions. There is no charge at all. JC Lit is demanding and sometimes a 2-hour session a week is not sufficient. Hence we give one free email/phone consultation every week.  This is an unbeatable offer and has helped our students tremendously. Call us now at 98761777 to find out more.

English Literature tuition: Pearl S Buck’s “The Good Earth”

When I saw the title on the new Literature syllabus, I could not help but sigh. “Good Earth” – how many times have I read thee? Let me count the times. The first time was when I was in my teens and I have reread it a couple of times since. This is a controversial book, not least because it contains the views of China through the eyes of an American woman before World War II that had captured popular imagination back then. Many people, especially the West saw China through Buck’s eyes for close to half a century. In the words of Hillary Spurling, “The Good Earth opened a door between American and Chinese worlds that had been firmly closed.”




English Literature tuition: “Cry The Beloved Country” by Alan Paton

O-level Literature Tuition on "Cry The Beloved Country"

A moving masterpiece by a man of faith.

I love this book. My eyes turned misty at a few junctures in the narrative – that foregrounds the pain and the sufferings of the disintegrating tribal society and the courage and idealism of Stephen Kumalo, the protagonist in the story. Paton has expressed his desire to write books “that would would stab South Africa in the conscience”;  in”Cry the Beloved Country”, he  has certainly achieved that. The novel is a masterpiece – one that shares the same stage as “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, a text that has dominated the Literature syllabus for more than thirty years.

In the meanwhile, I feel that this is an ambitious text for ‘O’ level Literature because it is relatively thick compared to the other texts. My edition contains 245 pages but that is only because the font is about 8 points! Compared to “Fasting, Feasting” and ‘Chrysalids”, this book can be heavy because of the sheer volume.

As an aside, thankfully, South Africa has come a long way since the days of the novel.