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IELTS

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So You Need To Pass IELTS?

Until you need an IELTS score, you've probably never heard of it. And it seems to have a...
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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Volunteering - a great way to improve your English

Trying to practise English in London can be a frustrating task. With so many languages spoken in...
Key Stage 1 English

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Listening to children reading - simple or not?

  One of the most regular activities that primary schools ask parents to do is to listen to...
A-level English

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Analysing Poetry

Analysing a poem, particularly under exam conditions, can prove a daunting task. Here I have...

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  • How to Wow your Examiner

    A-level English Tutor (Manchester) Picture So you have a coursework deadline or an exam looming. Don't panic! Although this is easier said than done, as soon as you put the piece of work into perspective, you can begin to tackle the issues surrouding it. Here are some tips: 1) It is normal to be nervous. Particularly if this is your...
  • What all English Students Should Be Reading

    A-level English Tutor (Nottingham) Picture It is important to have a thorough knowledge of your main/recommended text, be it a classical novel or the recommended English textbook. For English Literature students, it is essential to memorise at least three key quotes from each text which cover various themes in the text. For English...
  • Importance of Skills

    Key Stage 3 English Tutor (Leeds) Picture Hi young friends! It is quite obvious that everybody has different learning abilities. Some do very well in exams with a few hours of study while others work for longer hours and still manage to achieve only average marks. The secret of scoring well in exams lies in the simple word "skills"....

 

  • What They Don't Teach You at School

    GCSE English Tutor (Sheffield) Picture From my experience of teaching in mainstream education for ten years I have discovered that many students have difficulty in knowing what to do. Many have the knowledge to do well in subjects, but lack the confidence and skill to get the information down in a coherent way. How many times have...
  • First World War Literature

    A-level English Tutor (Redhill) Picture In order to succeed in this unit, it is vital that you undertake a programme of wider reading. Below is a reading list of suggested titles. The first book on the list is my 'must-have'. It provides a comprehensive view of the contexts relevant to the study of First World War literature and a...
  • Tutor and Student

    A-level English Tutor (Milton Keynes) Picture For the moment, before I can rustle up a better article, I should like to touch on the relationship between tutor and student. For me (although married to a former headteacher), I bring my adult teaching methods into the relationship. One of the assumptions I bring is that the person I am with...