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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...
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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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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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Revision: Quality not quantity.

Hi Parents/Students,With all kinds of examinations approaching, parents and students alike often...

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  • 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...
  • The New GCSE - Is Reality Starting to Bite?

    Christine Thomas GCSE English Tutor (Durham) Picture I know we need to move on and in some respects it is pointless comparing but having just supported a North East school to prepare their Year 11 for IGCSE and for AQA cert in Literature, and then in addition to this put schemes of work and teacher training in place for the current Year 10 to...

 

  • Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Poet Editor's Pick

    Jane Davis GCSE English Tutor (Harrow) Picture Teaching poetry for English Literature exams can be a challenge. Thanks to rap music, and the increasing number of spoken word and performance poetry venues, poetry may now seem more accessible and even enjoyable. There is still an enormous difference between finding pleasure in a poem and...
  • Private Tuition - How do I know who to hire?

    Laurence Dalton GCSE English Tutor (Coventry) Picture Private tuition is something that most parents entertain at some stage of their child's education. Most parents feel that private tuition is something that will help complement learning that is taking place at school and make a significant difference to examination outcomes. They are correct....
  • How to think - for essay writing and for life

    Henry Dingle GCSE English Tutor (Bristol) Picture I feel like I have something of a genuine revelation to make to you all in this article, for those of you working in education, with an interest in education, or both! It is THE secret key for guaranteed success in all academic performance. What makes it a revelation, as I am sure you...