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Writing a Good Essay

Writing a Good Essay Many of my students find writing an essay a daunting task. Getting to grips...
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A Template for successful GCSE creative writing

I was a naughty pupil – I saw school as a social event and failed Maths – I sat with my best...
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How to Revise for GCSE English

"But Miss, how do I revise for English?" Students often assume that 'revision' equates to...
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The Poetry Flower - How to Read and Compare Poems

Are you puzzled by poems?  Ticked off with techniques?  Maybe you are also a little bit tired...

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  • How to Revise for GCSE English Editor's Pick

    Farihah Chantler GCSE English Tutor (East London) Picture "But Miss, how do I revise for English?" Students often assume that 'revision' equates to memorising a list of facts and regurgitating them in a written exam. However, in the world of closed book exams and unseen texts, the new specification of GCSE English demands that students become...
  • GCSE English Literature Revision : The Smart Way

    Edward Mason GCSE English Tutor (Guildford) Picture   "I've got all of those texts and poems to revise. I don't know where to begin." We've all experienced it (well most us mere mortals anyway). There's a sinking feeling and an urge to run away from revision when it all seems too much and somehow impossible. I mean, how on earth do you revise a...
  • Teaching The Individual

    Clare Jaap GCSE English Tutor (Brighton) Picture Have you ever read 'Naming of Parts', a poem by Henry Reed (1942)? If, like me, you are a daydreamer, then you will understand precisely what Reed is saying, and I urge you to read it! Some of my happiest times at school were when the sun shone in through the classroom window and I could listen...

 

  • English Renamed?

    Katharine Thexton GCSE English Tutor (Lancaster) Picture Part One English – it's a word on a timetable. It's what you do in that hour. Just like geography, history, drama? Not exactly. In geography you know what you're likely to be seeing and doing – or trying to. You might find it hard but you know what to do - learn facts, understand concepts, and...
  • Reading As A Way Of Learning For GCSE English

    Madeleine C GCSE English Tutor (Coventry) Picture Teaching 16 year old Agricultural students GCSE English, has been an experience for me. I found all they want to do is be outside, or talk about tractors. Being cooped up in a classroom was torturous for them. And as I knew nothing about farming or tractors, it was apparent for me that I was...
  • Let’s Revise GCSE English Language!

    Jude Vale GCSE English Tutor (Bath) Picture It’s that time of year again! The ‘dreaded GCSE mocks’ are here and many students are now busily revising and preparing themselves. Unfortunately English is one of those subject areas that can be rather problematic especially when you are faced with an overwhelming pile of study and not...