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Revision: a list of dos and don'ts

DO Plan what you need to revise and decide on when Break each...
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Erm.. Sir... when is Barack Obama going to die?

Things were going swimmingly. I had that lovely, tingling, teacher's 'buzz' that comes when you...
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Writing a Good Essay

Writing a Good Essay Many of my students find writing an essay a daunting task. Getting to grips...
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Rhythm in Poetry - Can you read the metre?

Rhythm in Poetry There are lots of things to look for in a poem: similes and metaphors, images,...

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  • Formal and Informal writing

    Louise Swain GCSE English Tutor (Milton Keynes) Picture When it comes to writing in English, there are two main styles of writing - formal and informal. Consider these two examples: Example 1: Thank you for taking the time to meet with our team regarding the role of Administrator. Unfortunately, our team did not select you for further consideration...
  • Mastering GCSE/IGCSE Poetry

    Ruth Mitchell GCSE English Tutor (East London) Picture Year 10 and 11 students can feel overwhelmed when faced with a brand new poem to read. Taking a steady, step-by-step approach can really help ease any alarm. You might want to consider the following when facing either a poem you need to learn and know well or an unseen poem you are studying for...
  • Why poetry should not be feared

    Tina Raymond GCSE English Tutor (Ilford) Picture “I hate poetry, I just don’t get it” - the words I hear week after week from students who have to get to grips with short pieces of text that apparently seem like they are written in a different language. If you speak English, what makes poetry so difficult? If you can read a book or a play, why...


  • Good Grammar is a Life Skill

    Gwendolyn GCSE English Tutor (Hull) Picture In a world of instant communication where abbreviations and acronyms have become the preferred way to verbalize, it’s never been more important to instil an appreciation of correct grammar into the minds of our children. It will not only give them the confidence to communicate in an adult world...
  • 'Academic' vs 'Creative' subjects Editor's Pick

    Elizabeth Pywell GCSE English Tutor (York) Picture I re-read this article today and got very, very annoyed. It’s about the government’s EBacc, about ‘academic’ and ‘creative’ subjects and about how a ‘rigorous’ education is more important than an artistic one. To me it’s funny that English is considered one of the ‘hard’ subjects that makes...
  • A Mind for Learning

    Simon Clive GCSE English Tutor (Norwich) Picture 'They say travel broadens the mind, but first you must have the mind’.  So wrote G.K. Chesterton (from The Shadow Of The Shark in The Poet and the Lunatics). To benefit from any learning experience, including travel, one requires a mind that is prepared to deal with the voice inside that...