Also teaches in Glasgow/Ayrshire areas of Scotland, on-line
Rates: Up to standard grade and GCSE age: 15GBP per hour (cheque) or 18GBP (Paypal); Higher/Advanced Higher, A-level and Adult Learners 18GBP (cheque) and 20GBP (Paypal); University level 20GBP (cheque) and 22GBP (Paypal)
With BA(Hons) and MLitt degrees already under my belt, I am presently undertaking a PhD at The University of Glasgow and am very passionate about my subjects. My undergraduate degree in Media: Theory and Production allowed me to cover many aspects of the media including journalism, cinema, television, radio and theatre from both practical and theoretical perspectives. My Master of Literature degree allowed me to take the theoretical aspects learned at undergraduate level and apply them to both written and visual media by analysing a range of visual cinema and academic critical writings on cinema. Both degrees also included dissertation pieces: at the commence of the BA (Hons) I produced a 10,000 word piece looking at the deeper social and psychological aspects of 1940s melodrama and for the MLitt I undertook the task of presenting Gene Kelly as not just a talented on-screen performer, but also as a fine auteur of cinema, in a 15,000 word thesis. During the postgraduate degree I ran a screening class, a seminar on star studies, hosted a lecture on star-as-body and took part in three postgraduate symposiums. During my undergraduate degree I had 20 articles published in various society newsletters and magazines including The Sinatra Music Society, The International Crosby Circle, Movie Memories and The John Wayne Film Society. I also undertook a placement at CML (Community Media Limited) in Glasgow where I worked as a reporter for several local newspapers. I am presently undertaking research from my PhD, working on several short stories and completing my first collection of poetry. I have been a lyricist since the age of 11 and am presently a member of the International Songwriters Association. I have penned in the region of 500 songs in this time. I am also working on a collection of pencil sketches and canvas paintings of classic Hollywood stars, completed works include Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Doris Day and Tyrone Power. I have also started freelance writing for Helium, with most of my articles being rated no.1 in their categories. I have been teaching on-line via Alpha Tutors since August 2006 in a range of subjects including Journalism, English Language and Film Studies. I am rated a 10/10 tutor.
Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) running weekly seminars on film and television history, analysis, theory, etc. and grading essays at the end of the semester.
Sep 2011 - Mar 2012
UNIVERSITY TUTOR AT GLASGOW UNIVERSITY
Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) running weekly seminars on television history, theory, etc. and grading essays at the end of the semester.
Nov 2010 - Apr 2011
I am a personal tutor rated 10/10 by Alpha Tutors. I became a personal tutor at the commence of my Masters degree and since then have been teaching various subjects on-line. I am presently teaching English Language,English Language and Media Studies to several GCSE and A-level students; I have been teaching Journalism to a communications expert for the government; and have also taught Film Studies to an overseas student needing help to analyse both written and visual media for her 15,000 undergraduate dissertation on music in cinema. I have also supervised two Media Studies honours dissertations.
I have recently become a freelance writer for Helium and most of my articles are rated no.1 in their category. They are on a variety of subjects including movies, music and literature.
PhD in Film Studies (presently undertaking)
University of Glasgow
Presently undertaking a PhD at The University of Glasgow which will look at new approaches to star studies, the Studio System and it's breakup in regards to classic Hollywood cinema and MGM in particular. This should answer questions of masculinity, audiences, historical aspects of cinema and social aspects of USA before, during and after World War II as well as readdress the careers of 'lost' stars of this period.
MLitt in Film and Television Studies
The University of Glasgow
My postgraduate degree allowed me to become more independent in both study and research methods and gave me more freedom to concentrate on the aspects of cinema which interested me as an individual. During the MLitt I gave a lecture on 'the star body', conducted a screening class and presented papers at three postgraduate symposiums. I also produced a 15,000 word dissertation hoping to prove Gene Kelly not just a performer but also an auteur of cinema.
BA (Hons) in Media: Theory and Production
The University of Paisley
My undergraduate degree allowed me to look at many aspects of the media including photography, cultural studies, visual communications, advertising, theatre studies, media law, video and radio production, etc. In third and fourth year I was able to narrow my focus and specialised in journalism and film studies. I had work experience in a newspaper office and wrote a 10,000 word dissertion on the deeper social and psychological aspects of 1940s melodrama.