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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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Why Is It Important To Study English?

Since becoming a teacher seven years ago the biggest obstacle I have found I have had to...
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In Search of Originality

In Search of Originality In terms of progressing pupils to improve GCSE Examination standards...
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Rhythm in Poetry - Can you read the metre?

Rhythm in Poetry There are lots of things to look for in a poem: similes and metaphors, images,...

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  • The Dreaded Public Speaking For GCSE English Editor's Pick

    Fleur Shepherd GCSE English Tutor (West London) Picture It is totally natural for your heart to beat faster and for your forehead to break out in a cold sweat at the thought of standing up in front of a room full of people and having to deliver a speech. This fear can be made even worse when you are being assessed on the talk you are about to give as...
  • Revising Poetry for GCSE English Literature

    Mary Tanton GCSE English Tutor (Tonbridge) Picture "Poetry is so difficult! I don't understand it. We did it at the beginning of Year 10 and now I can't remember any of the poems. What shall I do?" Unfortunately in tutoring English Literature, many of the students I come across have pretty much given up trying, as they see it as an impossible...
  • They're, Their and There! Editor's Pick

    Joanna Sanderson GCSE English Tutor (Manchester) Picture Strangely enough, for one of the most widely spoken languages around today, there remain some nuances of the English language which elude even the most nimble or confident of its linguists.  Even if it's possible to navigate around the semi-extinct conventional usages of "one" instead of "you",...

 

  • English Revision Tips

    David Cummings GCSE English Tutor (Uxbridge) Picture DO  Plan what you need to revise and decide on when Break each subject down into sections and decide which need most work Create a timetable that makes sure you cover the subject and all its sub-sections by the time that exam day arrives Make time slots, and try to get one...
  • speaking and listening....

    Laura Pasternack GCSE English Tutor (West London) Picture When Ofqual, the body that regulates standards of public examinations, announced that speaking and listening would no longer be allowed to add any marks to the overall grade at GCSE, there was a mixed response from students and teachers alike. Some teachers were relieved; it's almost impossible...
  • Why Is It Important To Study English? Editor's Pick

    James Powers GCSE English Tutor (Sunderland) Picture Since becoming a teacher seven years ago the biggest obstacle I have found I have had to overcome with most students is context. Not simply the context of a particular novel or poem but the context in which they live. I find that children born in the last 15 or so years have grown up in such a...