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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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The Imaginative Power of McEwan and Murdoch

‘It wasn’t only wickedness and scheming that made people unhappy, it was confusion and...
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The Golden Key to English

There is a language that gives to whoever knows it a much deeper understanding of both English...
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Useful Online Resources for A-level English

Most A-level students probably spend more time on the internet than I do, which is no mean feat...

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  • First World War Literature

    A-level English Tutor (Redhill) Picture In order to succeed in this unit, it is vital that you undertake a programme of wider reading. Below is a reading list of suggested titles. The first book on the list is my 'must-have'. It provides a comprehensive view of the contexts relevant to the study of First World War literature and a...
  • Tutor and Student

    A-level English Tutor (Milton Keynes) Picture For the moment, before I can rustle up a better article, I should like to touch on the relationship between tutor and student. For me (although married to a former headteacher), I bring my adult teaching methods into the relationship. One of the assumptions I bring is that the person I am with...
  • Shakespeare's Sonnets.

    Key Stage 3 English Tutor (Bristol) Picture As an actor and playwright Shakespeare was one of the most prolific contributors of his time. Of the many plays which he is understood to have written thirty-nine are still available to us in printed form. In addition to these now well-known and often performed plays Shakespeare also left us...

 

  • Why I Became a Teacher.

    Elizabeth English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (South West London) Picture It's a wonderful thing to speak several languages and teach them to other people, helping others to learn foreign languages. I am fluent in 4 languages. I fell in love with English when I was in Year 5 and we started to learn a foreign language at school. I was lucky enough to have English....
  • Poetry as Therapy

    A-level English Tutor (North West London) Picture Poetry as Therapy It doesn't take long in life before one realizes that life itself is a bit indefinable, and more stressful than we'd been warned we'd find it. We all know that people take certain measures, including certain substances, to try to cope and carry on. I have a suggestion which...
  • Why I Became a Tutor

    English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Nottingham) Picture I studied for a BA Honours English degree at the University of North London. I lived and studied in a very cosmopolitan area and, in my third year at university, lived in a shared house where I was the only native speaker. I really enjoyed talking to my housemates and helping them to improve...