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Basic Creative Writing Tips

Take the following example: 'He was imprisoned in a room. It was dark. He felt cold, and the ceiling was grey.' It's... More »
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Revision: Quality not quantity.

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  • The Simpson, A Literary Inspiration For All? Editor's Pick

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    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...
  • Basic Creative Writing Tips Editor's Pick

    Jon Lynes GCSE English Tutor (Croydon) Picture
    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...
  • PEE in English

    Harry Jamal GCSE English Tutor (East London) Picture
    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...
  • How important is handwriting?

    Philippa Briscoe GCSE English Tutor (Luton) Picture
    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...
  • Writing About Poetry

    Emily Prince GCSE English Tutor (West London) Picture
    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...
  • But will it lose me marks Miss?

    Philippa Briscoe GCSE English Tutor (Luton) Picture
    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...
  • Dostoevsky's "Underground Man"

    Olivia Allen GCSE English Tutor (East London) Picture
    What does the Underground Man mean when he says ‘to be conscious is an illness’?[1] 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...
  • The Poetry Flower - How to Read and Compare Poems Editor's Pick

    Catherine Paver GCSE English Tutor (Twickenham) Picture
    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...
  • GCSE English can be fun!

    Neha Doshi GCSE English Tutor (East London) Picture
    You might be thinking, 'What an outlandish statement! How can GCSE English possibly be fun?' Well, let me tell you why - because watching movies and being an active user of different media forms can actually help you on your way to success! The challenge that many students face when it comes to...
  • Revision on The Ancient Mariner by Coleridge

    Carol Leach GCSE English Tutor (York) Picture
    Revision session on The Rime of the Ancient Mariner   1. Assessment Objectives (AOs) Remember: Assessment Objectives assess skills and knowledge.   Objective: How question key words assess your skills and knowledge on the text.   AO2 = WRITERS’ TECHNIQUE How the writer uses language, form...

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