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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.
Context of Pride and Prejudice

Context of Pride and Prejudice

In this podcast we analyse the historical context of Pride and Prejudice, including the Napoleonic wars, the position of women and class structure.
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Analysis of Characters in Pride and Prejudice

Analysis of Characters in Pride and Prejudice

Detailed podcasts on the characters in Pride and Prejudice, including Elizabeth, Darcy, Bingley, Jane, Wickham, Lydia, Charlotte, Mr Collins, Kitty, Mary, The Gardiners, Mr and Mrs Bennet, Lady Catherine and Colonel Fitzwilliam.
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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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The History Boys - Themes

The History Boys - Themes

This audio tutorial looks at the key themes The History Boys. How does each teacher represent contrasting educational philosophies? We examine how Hector, Irwin and Mrs Lintott teach and how the boys respond to their different methods of teaching. How is the theme of history explored in the play? We examine how time jumps around in the play and discussions about historical events. Does Bennett give a bleak view of sex and sexuality? How relationships and love are described and affect the characters and the role of Mrs Lintott in an all male dominated play.
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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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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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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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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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Characters in The History Boys - The Teachers

Characters in The History Boys - The Teachers

What is each teacher’s role in the play? What does each character represent? We examine the relationships between teachers and boys and analyse the different teachers including Irwin, Hector, Mrs Lintott and the Headmaster. We look at how each represent a different philosophy of education.
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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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Main Characters of Frankenstein

Main Characters of Frankenstein

In this podcast, part of the Frankenstein series by Audiopi we are introduced to the main characters, including Victor Frankenstein, The Monster, Robert Walton and Elizabeth, Frankenstein's wife. With Frankenstein we examine the similarities with other Gothic Horror characters, such as Dr Jekyll, and how he begins the book as an ‘innocent’ but is ultimately destroyed by his exploration of forces beyond humanity. Additionally, we analyse his pursuance of education and individual gain. We look at the child and parent relationship with the monster has with Frankenstein, the orphanage and interaction with child characters, the monster's appearance versus reality and vengefulness versus compassion. We discuss Robert Walton and how he serves to deliver the tale of both Frankenstein and the Monster and how he also represents ‘Young Victor’ pursuing new knowledge. We also look at the importance of Elizabeth as a background character.
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