Conjunctives and Conjunctions…. Help!

Excellent Grammar Bites article from TES… https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-views/grammar-bites-how-teach-difference-between-a-conjunctive-adverb-and

Embracing Technology!

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Can you argue?

Here’s an activity to help with transactional writing for the GCSE non-fiction pape. It helps GCSE students construct an organised and effective argument. Enjoy!

Motivation!

As the day approaches when hundreds of children will be sitting down to do their 11Plus exam, the sigh of relief from tutors, parents and even the children themselves, reverberates around the county. A year’s hard slog, sometimes two, has finally come to an end. So, as a tutor, one of the big obstacles to 11Plus success is how to keep motivation going. However bright and dedicated th…

The Importance of Proofreading

As red pen underlines yet another simple spelling mistake, followed by the unmistakable groan from my student, ‘oh, why didn’t I see that the first time!’, this is when the importance of proofreading rears its ugly head once again.

Whatever the level, age, or examination, proofreading must be one of the most essential techniques a student can…

Irony - How to Get that A*

Having just sent off hundreds of marked GCSE papers back to the exam board, I am left with a lasting impression of some excellent, riveting and sophisticated writing. However, to achieve that A* grade the students had a tough challenge. As the mark scheme states, the students must ‘employ a tone that is … manipulative, subtle and increasingly abstract’. On top of that, th…

Reading Record

A problem that I come up against as a tutor, is how to keep track of my students’ reading. Also, the students find it frustrating when I fling the question at them, ‘so what happened in your book this week?’ and their mind goes blank. So I created a reading record to go in the back of their Rule Book. This record should be completed at least weekly, some of the keen ones …

How to Revise for GCSE English Lit/Lang

As exams approach, giving students a growing sickening weight to their hearts, the importance of revision remains absolute. However, ‘you can’t revise for English really,’ has been a common retort for English teachers, up and down the country, to hear from their Year 11 students. These students risk jeopardising their English grade with a dangerously cavalier approachR…