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"Before you were mine", by Carol Ann Duffy

BEFORE YOU WERE MINE by Carol Ann Duffy I think this is a very moving poem. A daughter...
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The Poetry Flower - How to Read and Compare Poems

Are you puzzled by poems?  Ticked off with techniques?  Maybe you are also a little bit tired...
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5 Tips for Writing a Stellar GCSE English Essay!

GCSE English is fun! It's exciting, dynamic and helps you get the best understanding of people,...
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Sound and Fury: An Introduction to Shakespeare

The very first thing any student of Shakespeare should learn is this: Shakespeare was a...

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  • English: A Precious Art Form

    Molly Cowell GCSE English Tutor (Chelmsford) Picture "Shakespeare is boring." "When will I ever need to know what an adjective is?" Just two examples of quotations that you could pluck from an English class anywhere in the country at any given moment in a school day. I've heard variations of this before, and, in the moment, it is really hard to...
  • Tips on analysis

    Emma Pajak-Sim GCSE English Tutor (Gloucester) Picture In my 14 years of teaching English, one of the most frightening things for students is how to analyse language effectively. This is clearly very important for English Literature GCSE but also for English Language. The quality of your analysis also makes the difference between an A* and a G! It...
  • 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...


  • 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...