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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...
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English A-Level Reading List Advice

Reading for Pleasure … and Preparation: Advice to A Level English Literature Students "The man...
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The Tutor’s role in SATs

SATs are a hot topic of political debate and media speculation at the moment. Everyone has an...
A-level English

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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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  • Helpful English puzzles

    Charlotte Watson Key Stage 2 English Tutor (Sutton) Picture Many exams or tests contain little challenges to show you can think 'outside the box'. We are so used to being drilled for comprehension questions or creative writing essays that we forget that our brain can work in other ways. If you do not exercise your brain with puzzles and challenges that...
  • Exam Essays: Put Yourself in the Marker's Shoes

    G A Potts University English Tutor (South East London) Picture With the new academic year just beginning, exam season seems a long way off. However, having spent much time earlier this summer marking papers, exam technique has been on my mind a lot over the past few months, and I thought this would be a good opportunity to articulate some thoughts and...
  • Learning a Language

    Felicity McDevitt Business English Teacher (North London) Picture The best way to learn a language is to go and live in a country where it’s spoken. Then you are surrounded by that language and can absorb it naturally as you see and hear it used in context around you.  Even if you have no interest in learning, you are forced to come to terms with it if you...

 

  • It has to be relevant!

    Doja Sowunmi Key Stage 2 English Tutor (Enfield) Picture My first term as a teacher was an interesting one. Days went slowly, children sat reluctantly in my classroom watching the clock tick (although not being able to tell the time) hearing every word I was saying but not actually listening to a word. "Repeat what I just said Daniel!" Daniel shrugged...
  • Don't PANIC!!!

    Poppy Hulse GCSE English Tutor (South East London) Picture I write this on the morning of GCSE results day 2016; a morning that 16 year olds past and present associate with dread, fear and overwhelming anxiety. I had a message from one of my tutees parents yesterday who said their daughter "is too anxious to get any words out of her," my chatterbox...
  • 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...