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The Literature of Depression

The literature of depression has a long and distinguished pedigree. While we will never really...
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Exploring the Effects of Language

Say a lot about a little As a teacher of GCSE, IGCSE, A level and IB Diploma English...
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Useful Online Resources for A-level English

Most A-level students probably spend more time on the internet than I do, which is no mean feat...
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The Importance of Languages

Why is it so important to study languages? The English have shown a historic reluctance and...

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  • Reading for Love In Secondary School

    Helen Murphy A-level English Tutor (Brighton) Picture It seems obvious to suggest that students who achieve highly in English and English Literature at Secondary school read a lot. They have the habit of reading and they have had the habit of reading since they were very small. Success in English is easier for them because they understand innately...
  • Poetry Analysis 101: Forming Associations and Tex

    Oli Delgaram-Nejad A-level English Tutor (Manchester) Picture Poetry Analysis 101: Forming Associations and Textual Evidence The Horses I climbed through woods in the hour-before-dawn dark. Evil air, a frost-making stillness, Not a leaf, not a bird— A world cast in frost. I came out above the wood Where my breath left tortuous statues in the iron light....
  • What's In An Essay? Editor's Pick

    Natalie Kondratii A-level English Tutor (South West London) Picture The cultural impact the tradition of essay writing has left cannot and should not be underestimated. In his recent collection of essays, Essayism, Brian Dillon makes a case for essay writing by describing the genre's two sided nature: as an instruction manual and an elusive, intuitive mode of...

 

  • Online English tuition is the future

    Deborah Snow A-level English Tutor (Slough) Picture  Online tuition allows you to access the best inspirational teachers who love their subject, according to the international business magazine, Forbes. For today’s digital natives online tuition is replete with advantages. Geographical location no longer matters and timings matter less too. ....
  • What Does "Thinking Outside The Box" Mean?

    Hannah Congdon A-level English Tutor (Twickenham) Picture It's taken me a long time to realise what the nebulous phrase "thinking outside the box" means in practice, specifically in the practice of studying English Literature. The phrase itself has become the very kind of dry cliche that it instructs against. Being told to "think outside the box" is...
  • Who is Othello?

    Sue Harding A-level English Tutor (Manchester) Picture In AQA’s mark scheme, AO5 requires you to ‘Explore literary texts informed by different interpretations’.  This means you must explore how Shakespeare constructs the character of Othello, arrive at an interpretation, and be prepared to support it. It is important to read critics’ views,...