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We provide audio tutorials/educational podcasts for GCSE and A Level subjects that are exactly aligned to the curriculum, can be listened to as and when required and are delivered in a manner that resonates with today’s students, full of music and sound effects. They have been designed as a resource that complements teaching, giving both students and teachers a short and sharp alternative which will enhance the learning experience through the power and flexibility of audio.

We provide audio tutorials/educational podcasts for GCSE and A Level subjects that are exactly aligned to the curriculum, can be listened to as and when required and are delivered in a manner that resonates with today’s students, full of music and sound effects. They have been designed as a resource that complements teaching, giving both students and teachers a short and sharp alternative which will enhance the learning experience through the power and flexibility of audio.
Plot and Structure of the History Boys

Plot and Structure of the History Boys

This audio tutorial looks at the what are the main events during the History Boys and, importantly, what is the purpose of these events in the play? It also examines what conventions of theatre does Bennett use and why, it considers the different time frames in the play, the juxtaposition of key events to create effect and how characters address the audience directly.
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Structure and Form - Jekyll and Hyde

Structure and Form - Jekyll and Hyde

This audio tutorial examines the structure and form of Jekyll and Hyde and why this is important in light of your GCSE. We also ask the questions of what makes a narrator un/reliable and how are the letters used to help progress/complicate the narrative? The plot of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is delivered through multiple narratives, making it both compelling and sometimes confusing. The tutorial introduces the concept of the unreliable narrator and highlights the multiple narrative perspectives of the novella. It examines the mixture of first person and unidentified narrative voices, supernatural content, lack of trust, suspense etc. It defines the epistolary form and the Gothic and discusses the circulation of ‘truth’ through content of letters, the will and cheques, relating to concepts of evidence in detective fiction.
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Themes of Jekyll and Hyde

Themes of Jekyll and Hyde

This audio tutorial looks at the major themes of Jekyll and Hyde, including primitivism and violence, rationality and science, respectability and the creation of the ‘other’ through language and physical descriptions. It explores the difference between public and private selves, not only the duality of persons but also spaces – the city, private rooms, public streets, laboratory. Finally it looks at critical responses to the novella, including a few key quotes regarding ‘Monster theory’, Gothic fiction and detective fiction.
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Context of The History Boys

Context of The History Boys

Here we pose and answer key questions regarding the context of The History Boys including What contexts are there in the play, how does Bennett’s personal context affect the play and what contexts does Bennett use and to what effect? The contexts include social context: class, female to male ratios, 1980s England, Leeds and educational institutions. Literary context: comedy, naturalistic and realistic drama, epic theatre, meta-theatrical and wider literary context: songs, films and poetry
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The History Boys - The Boys' Characters

The History Boys - The Boys' Characters

Here we pose and answer key questions about the characters of the boys in The History Boys. What are Posner, Dakin, Scripps and Rudge’s roles? How do their characters develop? Are the other four boys’ characters established and the boys’ relationships with Hector and Irwin. It discusses Posner’s homosexuality, Dakin's confidence, how Scripps is religious and Rudge being the least intelligent. It also analyses how future jobs show life progression, whilst the other boys are not very established characters which is reflected in future professions.
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The Context of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

The Context of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

This audio tutorial will examine the kinds of context within Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and why context is useful when understanding the novella. It gives a brief background of major issues of Victorian period, including scientific advancement, social control and colonialism and how the author harnesses these contexts. It also addresses the issues of public vs private selves, the duality of man, Darwinian contexts and the Victorian ideals of society.
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The History Boys Revision Bundle

The History Boys Revision Bundle

Included in The History Boys Revision Bundle are 5 audio tutorials which will help you prepare for your examinations. The audio tutorials will cover the following: An introduction and context, the Characters , the plot and structure, the genre, and themes.
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Narration and Analysis of Mother, Any Distance and Walking Away

Narration and Analysis of Mother, Any Distance and Walking Away

This audio tutorial narrates and then examines 2 of the key poems within the AQA Love and Relationships poetry cluster, Mother, Any Distance and Walking Away. It looks at how poets create a sense of distance. It will examine the content of the poems, the language – place and distance / nature / the everyday and finally the structure and form.
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Introduction and Genre of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Introduction and Genre of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Welcome to the first of our audio tutorials on The Strange Case Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Here we give a brief introduction to the novella, examine what genres does it fit into, what are the key themes and why is it a worthwhile book. We introduce the author Robert Louis Stevenson, examine the genres involved including Gothic, Detective and Victorian Sensation Fiction and summarise the themes of Duality, Identity, Science, Religion, the Other, Animalism and Public vs. Private. We also look at the critical response to the book and ongoing adaptations.
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Frankenstein Revision Bundle

Frankenstein Revision Bundle

This revision bundle for Frankenstein includes an introduction to Frankenstein, analysis of the main characters, the structure and form of Frankenstein and it's context.
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Narration and Analysis of Eden Rock by Causely

Narration and Analysis of Eden Rock by Causely

This audio tutorial examines how Causley creates a sense of loss with the poem Eden Rock. It looks at the content of the poem, the language and the everyday, sense of time and place and discusses the ambiguity of the ending. As with all poems it also analyses the form and structure of the poem.
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Introduction to Frankenstein

Introduction to Frankenstein

Welcome to our introduction to Frankenstein. This is a great resource for those who wish to listen and learn about Frankenstein, especially for those teaching and taking English Literature GCSE. In this introductory podcast we at the genre of Frankenstein and explores Gothic Horror, Science Fiction and Romanticism. It looks at how it was originally conceived as part of a ‘ghost story content’ between friends, how we define Gothic Horror and what is ‘The Modern Prometheus’? The podcast can be played at the start of a lesson or students can listen to it before a class to prepare them. It is also a great revision tool.
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Podcast on the Structure and Form of Frankenstein

Podcast on the Structure and Form of Frankenstein

This podcast on the structure and form of Frankenstein discusses the epistolary form, the two unreliable narrators and the framing of the narrative. The podcast provides a detailed analysis, as well as being full of music and sound effects to create a compelling and informative listen.
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Podcast on the Truman Doctrine

Podcast on the Truman Doctrine

This podcast looks at how the USA attempted to contain the spread of Communism and it discusses Containment theory, Isolationism and the spread of Communism in Eastern Europe. Great for both teachers and students who are looking at an alternative way of learning via listening.
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Podcast on the Marshall Plan

Podcast on the Marshall Plan

Listen to the Marshall plan being explained and how the USA gave economic assistance to Europe to try and stall the threat of the spread of communism. Designed for those studying GCSE History as an alternative way of learning by using the power of audio.
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A Podcast on the Formation of Nato

A Podcast on the Formation of Nato

This podcast looks at the formation of Nato and why it was formed, especially in the light of communism versus capitalism. This podcast has been designed to be both entertaining and informative, using music and sound effects to really bring it alive. It has been specifically written for those taken History GCSE and can be used as a great revision tool.
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A Podcast on the Origins of the Cuban Crisis

A Podcast on the Origins of the Cuban Crisis

This podcast examines the origins of the Cuban Crisis. It is a short, sharp and concise audio tutorial outlining all the key factors, including the communism, the Bay of Pigs, Soviet involvement in Cuba and more. It is great for both the classroom and for revision purposes. It has been designed to help GCSE History students get a full grasp of everything they need to know in an easily digestible format.
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Podcast on Communist Coup in Czechoslovakia

Podcast on Communist Coup in Czechoslovakia

This podcast examines the history behind how the Eastern Europe fell under the Red shadow? It looks at the Red Army, Coalition governments, the fate of Masaryk and defenestration! Designed for those taking GCSE History and to complement what is being taught in the classroom.
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