How to Study Gothic Literature: Setting and Themes

Why study Gothic literature? Before we consider how to study Gothic literature, it is worth considering why it is important.  A quick look through the various GCSE, IGCSE, A level and IB English syllabuses reveals that the Gothic genre appears frequently.  It is a

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Analyse a novel: Part 2

Following on from last week’s article Analyse a novel: part 1 here is the second part of the series.  In this article we will look at 3 more ways to analyse a novel.  All of these are important elements in understanding the novel you

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analyse a novel

Analyse a novel: part 1

I’ve been asked by our Facebook followers to write an article on how to analyse a novel.  This is a big topic, as for GCSE, IGCSE, and especially for A level or IB, students will need a range of analytical and critical skills to

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PEE paragraphs: why are children taught PEE?

If you have a child at a UK school or an international school you will probably have heard of PEE paragraphs.  They are a very common, almost ubiquitous tool for teaching children to write analytical essays.  However, parents are often confused about what they

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English Essays

7 Ways to help your teenager with English essays

I have often heard parents say that they’d like to help their teenager with an assignment, but they’re not sure exactly how.  The new GCSEs and A levels have muddied the waters even further, as most parents are now unsure exactly what is being

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Understand your child’s GCSE, IGCSE or A level

It is hard to understand your child’s GCSE, IGCSE or A level if you do not have a background in education. Parents often tell us they are completely confused by the courses their children study at school.  This is perfectly understandable, as the GCSE/IGCSE

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Language Skills: how we can learn from the world around us

Turning accidental language learning into fun practice Like language skills, all subjects come with practical applications in the ‘real world’. Classic examples include mental maths being handy when calculating the expected cost of supermarket purchases. Whilst having a good knowledge of written English and

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Stress and Anxiety: 10 ways to help your child

Stress and Anxiety – What’s the difference? At this time of year, many of our children will be experiencing stress and anxiety. This blog clarifies the difference between stress and anxiety and provides 10 ways you can help your child create good mental health

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Exam anxiety: How to keep calm during exams

Exam Anxiety: Before the exam Get good rest Avoid exam anxiety by getting a good night’s sleep before every exam day. You might be tempted to stay up cramming until late, but it is usually a mistake. You will think better and be calmer

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