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English Literature for life

The obvious way to study an 'A' level English Literature set text is to know it in detail, understand and enjoy it,... More »
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  • Essay writing tip - planning is essential!

    Alex Jeffery Essay Writing Tutor (South West London) Picture
    Almost every essay tutor will tell you this, and for good reason - because we see how it works all the time. The best essays are always the ones that have been planned well in advance. Conversely, the poorer ones are those where the writer has gone too soon into writing, without thinking of...
  • Preparing for the Exam - GCSE Maths

    India Ringer GCSE Maths Tutor (North London) Picture
    I understand that preparing for exams can seem extremely daunting, particularly at GCSE when you have such a large number to prepare for! With maths, you need to break down the subject into easily manageable topics. Then you can revise each topic individually. You should go through the basics...
  • Revision tips for March Editor's Pick

    Chris Downing A-level Maths Tutor (Exeter) Picture
    March is the month for not panicking! Don't panic! (Old cultural reference.) I am going to start by saying that exams are not that important. They are important but not 'that' important. The most important thing is your health and well-being. If you do not look after your own health then you...
  • Maths is not difficult, just tricky

    Graham Prior GCSE Maths Tutor (Reading) Picture
    Confidence and understanding are often the things missing  for students of Maths. My method, is to base anything new, on previously learned material. For example, most students know how to find the area of a rectangle, but not perhaps of a right angle triangle. So I show them a rectangle and...
  • To Tutor or Not to Tutor?

    Emma Storey 11+ exam Tutor (South West London) Picture
    Supplementary tutoring ~ Striking the right balance  "Children left exhausted by endemic tutoring culture" - Telegraph "Private tutoring is damaging our pupils" - Independent "Does your child's tutor pass or fail" - Sunday Times "Hiring private tutors is insane" - Times As these newspaper...
  • Poetry - Essay and Commentary approach

    Catherine Hamilton A-level English Tutor (North West London) Picture
    In this article I will be demonstrating a possible approach to the poetry of Philip Larkin. I will also be demonstrating an approach to an unseen commentary on the poem 'Long Distance II' by Tony Harrison.  'Ritual in Philip Larkin's Collected Poems' The multifaceted nature of ritual, its...
  • No Such Thing as CAN'T

    Maroulla GCSE English Tutor (Enfield) Picture
    The plaintive cry of 'Miss, I can't do this', is banned from my students' lips. They are simply not allowed to use it.  'Can't' implies defeat, an inability to complete a task, it's giving up.  Instead, the mantra is: ' I can do this, but I need a bit more help to understand it...
  • A-level English - good grammar is essential

    Adaku Parker A-level English Tutor (South East London) Picture
    A-level English isn't just about reading, although there is a lot of reading required and improving your reading speed is key. What is also really important is that the student has an excellent command of written English. When I was in school, English grammar was taught across the country....
  • Reading Books to Children

    Anna Fergusson Early Years Education Tutor (West London) Picture
    In my current job of Teaching Assistant I often read books to children during Circle Time. The choice of books that I read is very important and I try to tie them in with topics that I have discussed with the children at certain times during their lives eg: a birth of a new baby or maybe a...
  • The Positive Impact of Examinations

    Sara Cottingham 11+ exam Tutor (North London) Picture
    Title: The positive impact of national examinations on education quality in conflict affected states: Learning from a case study of primary and secondary examinations in Puntland and Somaliland 2005-2012 Authors: Sara Cottingham (Executive Director, Africa Educational Trust) & Dr. Rod Hicks...

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  • If there's one book for dyslexia. . . Editor's Pick

    Hilary Burt Dyslexia Tutor (Brighton) Picture
    If there's one book I'd recommend it's The Dyslexic Advantage by Dr Brock L. Eide and Dr Fernette F. Eide. So much has been written in books and...
  • What Is An Essay For, Anyway?

    Toria Banks Essay Writing Tutor (South East London) Picture
    A lot of students at A level and at university are perceptive, intelligent young people willing to work hard to understand their subject area, but...

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