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.
The Importance of Contexts
Having an A-level Literature tutor who knows the socio-economic contexts makes the key difference between an effective and a non-effective A-level Literature tuition session.
The “Peel” method which is so ingrained in our students does not apply to questions for Literature in English. Students have to give that up, letting go the usual repetitive linking sentence at the end of the elaboration for each point. Analysis and interpretation replaces mere explanation. Mdm Yu, the 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.