A-Level Philosophy Tutor (AQA 7172)

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I'm a highly experienced and successful independent A-level Philosophy tutor for the AQA board's A-level philosophy.

I'm a full-time, independent philosophy tutor; so my time is devoted solely to my private students: I'm not squeezing you in at the end of a hard day, or at weekends!

I'm frequently asked "What do you need to do to get an A or A* at A-level Philosophy?". It is in answering that question that I've devised, and developed over the years, my recommended tuition system.

It is a well-established fact of educational psychology that relatively little information is absorbed in lectures or watching instructional videos.

Rather, genuine progress is made through the virtuous cycle of reading, thinking and writing about some topic; and then reflecting on the detailed, contextual comments of an expert.

Occasional tutorials can then be inserted, strategically, when the learning need dictates. This also has the advantage of making the tuition budget go much further!

If you require tutorial support for your AQA A-level philosophy, then by all means email me: (AQA) A-level Philosophy Tutor Enquiry

Philosophy Tutor for AQA Philosophy A-level (7172)

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My system of online A-level Philosophy tuition, is delivered via a combination of Skype and email. It's central focus is on the 25-mark essay questions that have been causing difficulties for students since they were introduced in the last AQA Philosophy syllabus iteration.

Once students are clear about the demands of the 25-mark question, their note taking improves, which in turn also improves their grades for the 12-mark questions.

The A-level Philosophy Tuition System comprises four elements:

  • 25-mark essay-writing masterclass,
  • 25-mark essay writing practice,
  • occasional 12-mark question topic tutorials,
  • mock exams and timed, hand-written essays.
If you would like to discuss your A-level Philosophy study plans, then by all means email me: A-level Philosophy Tutorial Enquiry

How to get an A* in A-level Philosophy

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I'm often asked how to get an A* in A-level Philosophy. Students come to me who feel they have prepared well for their mock exams and yet still didn't achieve the A* that they hoped for. My first response is to ensure that they are getting the fundamentals right: Are they allocating time proportionately to the different question types? Have they revised by preparing checked essay-plans for the 25-mark questions? Do they understand the nature of philosophical argument as it is described in both the AQA A-level Philosophy Aims and Assessment Objectives?

Next I encourage students to study the top-level of the marking schemes that are available. Three criteria stand out: precision, logical links and lack of redundancy. For the 25-mark questions there is also the requirement for a sustained argument.

My essay-writing masterclass is designed to bridge the gap to A* by helping students consistently meet these demanding criteria.

If you'd like some extra A-level Philosophy tuition to help you bridge the gap to an A*, then simply email me for details of my availability: How to get an A* in A-level Philosophy Email

How to Write the A-level Philosophy 25-mark essays

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My philosophy essay writing masterclass imparts the core knowledge and skills required to answer the AQA's troublesome 25-mark exam questions in the appropriate style. This includes an introduction to the examiners' assessment objectives. My student's essay writing skills are then honed by writing a series of essays, carefully selected to develop their understanding of each topic systematically. IN doing so they accumulate a bank of high-quality, vetted essay plans which they can revise from.

Each 25-mark essay is returned with:

  • contextual comments,
  • overall summarising comment,
  • breakdown of grades against the relevant assessment objectives,
  • an overall grade for the essay.

So each essay is a rich, formative learning experience: the breakdown against assessment objectives is particularly useful in showing where effort must be concentrated.

We have occasional tutorials, of course; to introduce a new topic, or to discuss an essay that has not gone too well: but the bulk of the student's efforts should be on developing the core skill of writing exam-style essays.

As the exams approach, we switch to hand-written, timed essays under exam conditions, addressing mock questions

If you would like to improve your marks on the AQA Philosophy 25-mark essays simply email me for my availability for the essay-writing masterclass: How Write A-level Philosophy 25-mark Essays Email

How to Study for the A-level Philosophy 12-mark Questions

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My advice is to treat each 12-mark A-level Philosophy explanation question as preparation for a complementary 25-mark argument question. I therefore set my students a 12-mark question as preparation for a related 25-mark question. This ensures that they understand correctly the essential nature of the philosophical position they will be probing next in the accompanying 25-mark question.

Students should also be aware of the mark scheme criteria for the 12-mark questions that emphasise precision and lack of redundancy with correct use of technical philosophical language.

My detailed contextual and summary comments show students precisely how to improve their answers. Just a few example exercises are often all that is needed.

If you need help studying for the AQA Philosophy 12-mark "Explain" questions then by all means email me for my availability: How Study A-level Philosophy 12-mark Questions Email

How to revise for A-Level Philosophy (AQA 7172)

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A-level philosophy revision, like all of your exam preparations, should be driven by the AQA assessment objectives: A01, A02 & A03.

I therefore recommend organising your revision materials — including notes from books, classes, podcasts, videos etc. — into sections for each of the objectives.

If you subsequently discover that, on a certain topic, you have little material to help you satisfy one or more of the objectives, then you know where to concentrate your effort.

Generally, when revising for A-level philosophy, students tend to neglect A03 at the expense of the other two objectives.

If you'd like help revising for your AQA A-level philosophy exams, then by all means email me: A-level Philosophy Revision Enquiry

A-level Philosophy - Epistemology Tutor

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Epistemology is often taught poorly by philosophy teachers without a proper grounding in the theory of knowledge. Fundamentals, such as the distinction between practical and theoretical knowledge, the concept of a proposition, and the logic of necessary and sufficient conditions are not properly introduced.

I was an epistemology tutor at the University of Oxford and have extensive experience of helping students overcome the conceptual challenges that the topic presents. Usually all it takes is single epistemology tutorial to iron-out any difficulties.

As well as my own epistemology revision materials I can recommend various free, but reliable internet sources.

If you would like help with the AQA Philosophy Epistemology unit, email me for details of my philosophy tutor services: A-level Philosophy - Epistemology Tutor Email

A-level Philosophy - Moral Philosophy Tutor

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In my experience the most challenging aspect of the A-level Philosophy Moral Philosophy unit is meta-ethics. There is considerable scope for confusion by conflating three possible ways of drawing the cognitivism/non-cognitivism distinction. What is seldom recognised by tutors is that this requires the appropriate grounding to have been given in the epistemology unit.

Having taught moral philosophy at the University of Oxford, and having been an external A-level examiner for ethics, I understand and appreciate the special difficulties the topic presents. Often a single meta-ethics tutorial is sufficient to make the logical relationship between the different meta-ethical theories clear.

I also have various readings, essay plans and revision materials available for the moral philosophy unit, as the exams approach.

If you're having difficulties with the Moral Philosophy unit of the AQA's A-level Philosophy, email me for details of my availability: A-level Philosophy - Moral Philosophy Tutor Email

A-level Philosophy - Metaphysics of God Tutor

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I taught the Philosophy of Religion paper at the University of Oxford, and have been an external examiner for A-level Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, so I appreciate the conceptual difficulties posed by the A-level Philosophy Metaphysics of God unit. It is the spirit of the times in which we live that their is a lot of trite, superficial God-bashing by public commentators. For students striving for an A or A* in this unit, it is crucial to appreciate fully the subtlety and nuance of many philosophical positions with respect to the metaphysics of God.

As with meta-ethics, in the Moral Philosophy unit, the religious language topic requires a proper grounding in epistemology in order properly to grasp the distinction between cognitivism and non-cognitivism with respect to religious language.

My various Metaphysics of God revision materials, essay plans and tutorials have been honed to address and resolve these impediments to understanding.

If you need help with the AQA Philosophy Metaphysics of God unit simply email me for details of my availability: A-level Philosophy - Metaphysics of God Tutor Email

A-level Philosophy - Metaphysics of Mind Tutor

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My masters degree at the University of Cambridge was in Artificial Intelligence, and my doctorate at the University of Oxford was in the Metaphysics of Mind, and I went on to teach the Philosophy of Mind paper there. So if you want to improve your grade to an A or A* in the Metaphysics of Mind unit, I understand very well the various sophisticated arguments proposed to explain the nature of mind.

I have various revision materials, essay plans and tutorials available, accumulated over many years' experience of teaching the metaphysics of mind, to help you achieve your academic goals.

If you need help with the A-level Philosophy Metaphysics of Mind unit then I'd be delighted to receive your email: A-level Philosophy - Metaphysics of Mind Tutor Email
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