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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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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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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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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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  • 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...