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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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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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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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  • Building Towards Your Goals

    GCSE English Tutor (Exeter) Picture    The overwhelming problem exhibited by students when they arrive for their first tutoring experience is lack of self-confidence. Many of them say to me 'I'm rubbish at English' or I'm rubbish at spelling/writing/grammar'. How a young person has come to this negative conclusion of themselves...
  • Answering Questions on Poetry

    GCSE English Tutor (North West London) Picture When answering questions on poetry there are several things to consider: - When the question asks you to "consider the language" this is how the poet helps to convey his ideas to the reader.  This is done through TONE, IMAGERY, RHYTHM, SOUND, MOOD AND REPITITION.  Always give examples of where...
  • How to teach essay writing in a way that works Editor's Pick

    Karina LQ GCSE English Tutor (South East London) Picture When I was doing my teacher training, something I really struggled with was how to teach kids to write great essays. Part of my struggle was that essay writing had – as far as I could remember – come quite naturally to me. Sure, I had occasionally come across the odd stumbling-block – how to...

 

  • How important is handwriting?

    GCSE English Tutor (Stevenage) Picture When I first started teaching I didn’t put much emphasis on handwriting. As long as I was able to read the work then I was happy, after all, how many people really hand write these days? During my five years between graduating and retraining as a teacher I hardly picked up a pen, other than to...
  • Tutoring to the Test

    GCSE English Tutor (Stevenage) Picture Hi, I’m Philippa and I tutor to the test.  There is a beautiful dream that us English teachers have about how students can learn to love and appreciate our subject. About how students will read books because they love stories and about how they will one day understand that capital letters are...
  • No Such Thing as CAN'T

    Maroulla GCSE English Tutor (Enfield) Picture The plaintive cry of 'Miss, I can't do this', is banned from my students' lips. They are simply not allowed to use it.  'Can't' implies defeat, an inability to complete a task, it's giving up.  Instead, the mantra is: ' I can do this, but I need a bit more help to understand it...