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A-level English

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Learning How to Read Poems

In my teaching career, I’ve seen school pupils, A-Level students and even English undergraduates show extreme... More »
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Research project for creative writing and drama

From the production programme of the new theatre play called Muscovado, that I commissioned, developed and directed... More »

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  • Recommended Reading for Chemistry A-level

    David Doran A-level Chemistry Tutor (South West London) Picture
    I recommend the following book for A-level Chemistry: Calculations in AS / A Level Chemistry by Jim Clark It has 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon after over 100 reviews, and according to the TES, 'Calculations in AS and A Level Chemistry fills a gap in the market and provides excellent coverage of...
  • What is Organic Chemisrty?

    John J Newman A-level Chemistry Tutor (Stevenage) Picture
    Organic Chemistry is the chemistry of nature. In aliphatic chemistry, we deal with compounds derived from natural resources from underground (oil and gas), whereas aromatic chemistry is all about compounds derived from nature overground (plants, herbs etc). In aliphatic chemistry we have...
  • Where are you going, where have you been?

    Julia Gomez A-level English Tutor (East Central London) Picture
    “Where are you going, where have you been? From daydream to nightmare” In 1966, in literary magazine Epoch, American writer Joyce Carol Oates published Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been, which would be brought to cinema screens – titled Smooth Talk – in 1988. In this tale Connie, a...
  • Tuition - The New 'Bubble'? Editor's Pick

    Miss Abhi GCSE Maths Tutor (Watford) Picture
    I often ponder on the question: "Is tuition indispensable in order to achieve academic success?" To those who proclaim a categorical 'yes!' I thank you; you are why I can make a living as a full-time tutor. Yet, I grow concerned that in the space of a few years, sustained tuition has become an...
  • Writing a Philosophy Essay Editor's Pick

    Dr Tim Pritchard A-level Philosophy Tutor (West London) Picture
    When writing a Philosophy essay, your task is two fold: (1) explain a viewpoint clearly, (2) evaluate that viewpoint. As a useful template, you can split the task into three parts: Present, Explain, Evaluate. Present the view which you will be discussing. Give a brief outline of the...
  • A level Chemistry: which exam board? Editor's Pick

    Nick Jack A-level Chemistry Tutor (Sutton) Picture
    Having taught all four A level Chemistry exams available, i.e. Edexcel, AQA, OCR and OCRSalters I can offer some advice as to the pros and cons associated with them. Firstly the most contentious: OCRSalters. This is an ambitious exam which can be rewarding for very able students because of the...
  • STEP

    Michael Steele University Entrance Coaching (Stevenage) Picture
    STEP (Sixth Term Examination Paper) is either a requirement or strongly encouraged for students wishing to study Maths  at a number of top universities including Cambridge, Oxford, Warwick, Bristol, Bath and Imperial College London. It is designed to challenge students beyond that required...
  • Speaking German: Practice Makes Perfect Editor's Pick

    Aisha Rafique GCSE German Tutor (St Albans) Picture
    Based on my own experience, this is one of the most important skills to practise from the outset which helps improve your fluency in learning a foreign language. You implement the knowledge of grammar that you are learning from textbooks and the vocabulary memorised. With consistent practice,...
  • Individuality and different learning styles

    Steve Roberts GCSE Maths Tutor (Newport) Picture
    There is one thing that always fascinates me when I am working with learners on a one-to-one basis. Each pupil works in a completely different way to the other. It amazes me how school teachers can cater for everyone when there is so much difference even in a small group. There are also many...
  • Work on your speed for a top grade

    Gerard RM A-level Maths Tutor (South East London) Picture
    Top Tip for Top Grade I meet many students who feel satisfied when they understand a mathematical concept, and feel no need to practise further. Though it's important to understand concepts for relevance, problem-solving and a foundation for further understanding, for a top grade in exams it...

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  • Getting The Most Out Of Magnetic Letters

    Beverly Brown Dyslexia Tutor (Coventry) Picture
    Why not try word building with magnetic letters as a tool to aid memory of common spelling patterns? These can be bought as individual letters or...
  • The importance of music

    Michelle C Gibson Special Needs Music Teacher (Wolverhampton) Picture
      In my 18 years of teaching, I have seen a decline in the significance of Music as a National Curriculum subject in schools.  It fills me with...

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