Dr Harriet Beadnell: Tutor of History
WE TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN OUR HAND-PICKED TEAM OF TUTORING PROFESSIONALS. HERE’S A LITTLE MORE ABOUT OUR ASSOCIATE TUTOR, DR HARRIET BEADNELL!
WELCOME TO THE TEAM! WHAT’S YOUR BACKGROUND?
Thank you, I am delighted to be joining Signature Tuition as an Associate Tutor!
I have spent the past year training to teach history in secondary schools with the Outwood Institute of Education and recently qualified with a PGCE with Distinction and QTS from Durham University.
Before this, I spent three years teaching Undergraduate students as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of York, while completing a PhD in History. My thesis explored the representation and identity of Second World War veterans since 1945. I also hold an MA in Public History and a BA in History.
Alongside my academic career, I have gained experience in a range of sectors, including working in magazine publishing and the media.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A SIGNATURE TUITION ASSOCIATE TUTOR?
I was inspired to become a tutor because I truly believe in the power of one-to-one and tailored learning in increasing subject knowledge and confidence.
While working as a classroom teacher, I experienced first-hand the difficulties facing teachers who are not always able to provide tailored learning to every student when teaching in large groups. Tutoring bridges this gap, by giving a bespoke learning experiences to students, that can complement the teaching they receive in school or college. My main aim is to help students achieve their academic goals through personalised learning and to help build their confidence in studying history. I am inspired to help make a difference and I relish the ability I have as a tutor to create custom-made lessons and give specialist support.
WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVOURITE BOOKS?
1. THE GREAT WAR: MYTH AND MEMORY BY DANIEL TODMAN
Todman’s book was one of the first to open my eyes to studying the history of warfare through the lens of memory and remembrance. The Great War: Myth and Memory examines how perceptions of the First World War have shifted over time and how dominant images of the conflict have emerged.
2. CONSUMING HISTORY – HISTORIANS AND HERITAGE IN CONTEMPORARY POPULAR CULTURE BY JEROME DE GROOT
This book is one of my all-time favourites and was invaluable when I studied for my MA in Public History. De Groot explores how society ‘consumes’ history in a variety of contexts. From heritage to online genealogy, the book gives an insight into how the public engages with history in all its forms.
3. FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY BY SUSAN JEFFERS
Alongside learning about history, I really enjoy reading self-improvement books. I believe that there is always scope to learn and grow as a person and have found Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway one of the most inspiring books I have ever read. The book encourages readers to realise that fear is an important part of personal development. I would recommend this book to anyone, especially to my students who may be feeling daunted by applying for an internship in a new city for example, or when thinking about trying something new for the first time.
WHAT’S YOUR MOTTO FOR LIFE?
I truly believe that ‘anything is possible’, with hard work, patience and having the confidence to seek guidance when you need it to help you achieve your goals.
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