Online History Tutor Michelle Feeney
We thought you might be interested to hear what our online history tutor, Michelle Feeney thinks about a range of topics. Michelle is one of our tutors for Secondary and IGCSE History. Here are the questions we asked her and as you might expect there is a lot of history in her answers!
Who are your heroes?
Martin Luther (The German Reformer!) because he stood up to an institution and changed History forever!
What’s your favourite fact or piece of trivia about History?
Hershey wrappers helped the Vietcong defeat the Americans in the Vietnam war… the US troops would drop them in the jungle while eating and looking for the VC. Yet, the VC tracked them!
Do you have any personal experience with homeschooling or distance learning,
or was Wolsey Hall your first real encounter with it?
I had tutored before but Wolsey Hall is my first real example of homeschooling and being an online history tutor! However, if I ever move to a different country (or have children) I will homeschool my own child to take IGCSE History early.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever seen in a museum?
I first visited the Museum of London when I was 8 years old on a school trip and I have never forgotten the model of the great fire of London! It looks a bit dated now but I still visit, watch it and think about how that first inspired me in history. Also, I love everything about the Checkpoint Charlie museum in Berlin!
What’s your favourite TV show at the moment?
I really don’t have time for watching TV at the moment but I cant resist Downton Abbey when it’s on – I never miss an episode!
If you could have dinner with any famous person, alive or dead, who would it be?
It would definitely be with one of the Jack the Ripper victims… I would love to ask the victim who Jack really was and solve one of the biggest mysteries of British history!
Finally, based on your experience at Wolsey Hall Oxford, what’s the biggest piece of advice
you’d give someone just starting a history homeschooling or distance learning course?
ALWAYS make sure you read all the paper advice beforehand – this will really help with structuring essays, especially for students who have only learned facts and short answer questions in history.