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GCSE English

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How to Write an Intro to a Comparative Essay

Often my GCSE students are thrown when they first find themselves confronted by an essay asking...
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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100 Hours of Awareness

My students often ask me, "how can I improve my English?" "Well," I say, "you're here, aren't...
IELTS

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IELTS is not just an English exam!

I know it is difficult for students from other countries to see the IELTS test as anything other...
Key Stage 2 English

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Speaking in front of an audience

“But my child or teenager is already a first language English speaker!” I hear you say. Yes,...

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  • 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...
  • 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...

 

  • Shakespeare for Children

    Poppy Hulse GCSE English Tutor (South East London) Picture As part of my second year studying English at degree level I spent four months closely examining a different Shakespeare play every week. I read what felt like every Shakespeare play referred to in popular culture. Studying and writing about them in great depth. Reading one 16th century play a...
  • My Experience with Flexi Schooling

    Stephen Barton-King Key Stage 2 English Tutor (North London) Picture My Experiences with Flexi schooling She is fully of empathy, wise beyond her years, kind, artistic and a delight to be with, but when my six year old daughter started struggling in year one, we made the decision with support from her school to try flexi schooling. The aim was to increase her...
  • The Curious Case of A-Level English

    Hannah Knight A-level English Tutor (North London) Picture Thousands of 17-18 year olds will be receiving their A-Level results tomorrow. A good proportion of these will be collecting English Literature grades and amongst them will be two of my students.  Both of them were diligent, conscientious and engaged in our lessons. They both enjoyed exploring...