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Writing An Analytical English Essay

Writing a good essay is like following a recipe; use it as a guide and throw in a bit of...
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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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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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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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  • Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Poet Editor's Pick

    GCSE English Tutor (Harrow) Picture Teaching poetry for English Literature exams can be a challenge. Thanks to rap music, and the increasing number of spoken word and performance poetry venues, poetry may now seem more accessible and even enjoyable. There is still an enormous difference between finding pleasure in a poem and...
  • English: A Precious Art Form

    GCSE English Tutor (Chelmsford) Picture "Shakespeare is boring." "When will I ever need to know what an adjective is?" Just two examples of quotations that you could pluck from an English class anywhere in the country at any given moment in a school day. I've heard variations of this before, and, in the moment, it is really hard to...
  • Tips on analysis

    GCSE English Tutor (Gloucester) Picture In my 14 years of teaching English, one of the most frightening things for students is how to analyse language effectively. This is clearly very important for English Literature GCSE but also for English Language. The quality of your analysis also makes the difference between an A* and a G! It...

 

  • Formal and Informal writing

    GCSE English Tutor (Milton Keynes) Picture When it comes to writing in English, there are two main styles of writing - formal and informal. Consider these two examples: Example 1: Thank you for taking the time to meet with our team regarding the role of Administrator. Unfortunately, our team did not select you for further consideration...
  • Mastering GCSE/IGCSE Poetry

    Ruth Mitchell GCSE English Tutor (East London) Picture Year 10 and 11 students can feel overwhelmed when faced with a brand new poem to read. Taking a steady, step-by-step approach can really help ease any alarm. You might want to consider the following when facing either a poem you need to learn and know well or an unseen poem you are studying for...
  • Why poetry should not be feared

    GCSE English Tutor (Ilford) Picture “I hate poetry, I just don’t get it” - the words I hear week after week from students who have to get to grips with short pieces of text that apparently seem like they are written in a different language. If you speak English, what makes poetry so difficult? If you can read a book or a play, why...