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Words of Advice

So, you have to get a 6.5 in the IELTS exam?  A 7.5! An 8.0! You want to make sure your...
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Successful One to One Teaching

My experience of one to one English language tuition is that it is one of the most challenging...
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Word Journey

I developed a fun way to improve word recognition and usage skills - called "Word Journey" The...
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Review of 'English Pronunciation in Use'

Review of English Pronunciation in Use Intermediate: Mark Hancock. 2003. CUP. Despite being...

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  • Helpful English puzzles

    Charlotte Watson Key Stage 2 English Tutor (Sutton) Picture Many exams or tests contain little challenges to show you can think 'outside the box'. We are so used to being drilled for comprehension questions or creative writing essays that we forget that our brain can work in other ways. If you do not exercise your brain with puzzles and challenges that...
  • Exam Essays: Put Yourself in the Marker's Shoes

    G A Potts University English Tutor (North West London) Picture With the new academic year just beginning, exam season seems a long way off. However, having spent much time earlier this summer marking papers, exam technique has been on my mind a lot over the past few months, and I thought this would be a good opportunity to articulate some thoughts and...
  • Learning a Language

    Felicity McDevitt Business English Teacher (North London) Picture The best way to learn a language is to go and live in a country where it’s spoken. Then you are surrounded by that language and can absorb it naturally as you see and hear it used in context around you.  Even if you have no interest in learning, you are forced to come to terms with it if you...


  • Analysing Poetry Editor's Pick

    Alex Deamer A-level English Tutor (North West London) Picture Analysing a poem, particularly under exam conditions, can prove a daunting task. Here I have outlined a basic approach that I find useful. It is not intended to be exhaustive, a poet may utilise additional literary devices; nor is it exclusive, there are numerous ways to read a poem....
  • It has to be relevant!

    Doja Sowunmi Key Stage 2 English Tutor (Enfield) Picture My first term as a teacher was an interesting one. Days went slowly, children sat reluctantly in my classroom watching the clock tick (although not being able to tell the time) hearing every word I was saying but not actually listening to a word. "Repeat what I just said Daniel!" Daniel shrugged...
  • Don't PANIC!!!

    Poppy Hulse GCSE English Tutor (South East London) Picture I write this on the morning of GCSE results day 2016; a morning that 16 year olds past and present associate with dread, fear and overwhelming anxiety. I had a message from one of my tutees parents yesterday who said their daughter "is too anxious to get any words out of her," my chatterbox...