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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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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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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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  • Parents! Don't panic! Help is at hand!

    Tracy Goodyear GCSE English Tutor (Birmingham) Picture There’s no doubt, GCSEs and the challenges they bring are an ordeal for all parties involved. For young people, it is probably the first time they have written/ produced something that isn’t marked by their teachers (and that's scary!); for parents, it is an anxious time too- you see the...
  • GCSE Fears! And choosing the right tutor

    Tracy Goodyear GCSE English Tutor (Birmingham) Picture Parents, frantic after a recent Parents’ Evening, often approach me, explaining that their child may not get the grades they want or need for the next stages of their education. So- they use Google and look for a tutor who may be appropriate for their child in these last crucial months of their...
  • Sound and Fury: An Introduction to Shakespeare Editor's Pick

    GCSE English Tutor (South West London) Picture The very first thing any student of Shakespeare should learn is this: Shakespeare was a playwright. If you think that seems simplistic, think again! For although most of us know Shakespeare through dusty old textbooks, endless essays and notes, Shakespeare himself wrote largely for a population...


  • Building Towards Your Goals

    Gillian Crimp 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...