How to reach for the A* in your English Literature exam:1. When given an extract in your Literature exam, it is important to be precise in your analysis- pick 5 of the most important thematic words.2. Make perceptive connections- link these words to relevant words across the novel/play. Can you...
Last week myself and another tutor held a forum with our students to decide which books we would choose to read. This is a difficult decision to make considering that everyone has such different tastes.
Before the forum, I had already thought to the two books that I wanted to read, which were...
For many years I did not watch ‘The Simpsons’. Nevertheless, as my children got older it was initially a relief that they wanted to view because it was something we could all watch together, and I no longer had to endure Cbeebies on loop. Aunty Mabel visiting the sewage farm was a memorable low...
Take the following example:
'He was imprisoned in a room. It was dark. He felt cold, and the ceiling was grey.'
It's clear and it's simple, but it's not very interesting to read.
Isn't there a more interesting story to tell? Saying a room is dark doesn't tell you much about it; it doesn't evoke...
Most of the students find it very hard to successfully and effectively handle PEE (Point, evidence and explanation) paragraphs in GCSE English. I often tell my students that developing PEE paragraphs is the key skill in English, and strong response in demonstrating this skill can make a...
When I first started teaching I didn’t put much emphasis on handwriting. As long as I was able to read the work then I was happy, after all, how many people really hand write these days?
During my five years between graduating and retraining as a teacher I hardly picked up a pen, other than to...
The beauty of poetry lies in its lyrical, resonant and abstract language and the gift of the 'poetic licence'. As long as you can justify your reasons and responses using the P.E.E.E.C Paradise formula ( the 'C' stands for Context- it is where those extra marks lie for A* candidates), the marks...
Something that I am asked increasingly as the GCSE exams approach is "will it lose me marks?" The answer is sort of. Let me explain what I mean.
When the examiner opens your paper to start marking you have zero marks. As they read each paragraph, the examiner looks for the key assessment...
What does the Underground Man mean when he says ‘to be conscious is an illness’?
In this essay I will explore two aspects of consciousness that Dostoevsky’s Underground Man, from Notes from the Underground, finds problematic, in fact so problematic as to call it ‘an illness’. The first is...
Are you puzzled by poems? Ticked off with techniques? Maybe you are also a little bit tired of the formula for poetic analysis known as ‘Point, Evidence, Effect’ or ‘P.E.E.’ Don't get me wrong - I use P.E.E. myself sometimes, because it works. Make a point; quote evidence then...
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