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Revision: a list of dos and don'ts

DO Plan what you need to revise and decide on when Break each...
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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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The Dreaded Public Speaking For GCSE English

It is totally natural for your heart to beat faster and for your forehead to break out in a cold...

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  • Revision Techniques -VAK

    GCSE English Tutor (Sheffield) Picture No one pupil learns the same as the next, yet we insist on launching them into a classroom day in day out, in the vain hope that in Year 11, they will manage to gain the 'correct' number of GCSEs. We all learn differently and as a teacher, I adapt my teaching to the requirements of individual...
  • GCSE English Exam Tips

    GCSE English Tutor (East London) Picture We all know how stressful revising for GCSE English exams can be, but it really is true that planning and preparation are everything! Here are my top 6 tips for PREPARING for your GCSE English exams: Get to know your syllabus well and make a list of problem areas: Whether your ...
  • Have a Plan!

    Clare Ereira GCSE English Tutor (Salisbury) Picture Students often underestimate the value of planning in exams. It is easy to feel pressurised by that ticking clock, seeing minutes seeping away while you 'waste' time planning your answer, particularly when you know that the plan will not be marked. Everything within you cries out "Let me get...


  • My 7 Principles for Effective Marking

    GCSE English Tutor (Norwich) Picture My 7 Principles for Making Marking Effective. PRINCIPLE 1 Marking is intended to help pupils progress, therefore comments will be constructive and positive. However, if a negative comment has to be used, it will be balanced by improvement targets and encouragement. PRINCIPLE...
  • Compare and Contrast (Rossetti, Hardy, Achebe)

    GCSE English Tutor (Manchester) Picture Remember Remember me when I am gone away, Gone far away into the silent land; When you can no more hold me by the hand, Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay. Remember me when no more day by day You tell me of our future that you plann'd: Only remember me; you understand It will be late...
  • The Reasons Why I Became an English Tutor

    GCSE English Tutor (Manchester) Picture I became an English tutor because English is a subject that I not only have a great deal of knowledge in, but I enjoy it. I feel that in order to be a good tutor, you have to enjoy what you are teaching. I also enjoy working with different people, and the satisfaction that comes with it. To me,...