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Six essential ways to improve your essay writing skills.

Improve your essay writing skills. In a recent survey of university and college academic staff, they identified the interrelated skills of writing and critical reasoning as the two most important skills for success in education and the ones most often lacked. Writing and developing

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Soggy bottoms and extended metaphors - a blog by helen currie, a subject expert at the tutor team

Soggy Bottoms and Extended Metaphors

Soggy Bottoms and Extended Metaphors – how to approach poetry analysis Mary Berry-style You’re about to eat a cake that a friend has baked for you. It’s one you’ve never tried before. With the first delicious bite you take in the new flavours –

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How to analyse poems using SMILE

Any student studying at a UK school or an International school will have to analyse poems in English Literature, because the GCSE and IGCSE exam boards have a collection of poems (anthologies) to be studied.  At least one of these poems will need to

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Frankenstein free lesson

Free GCSE English Lesson: Frankenstein

This post is a free GCSE English lesson designed to get you and your teenagers discussing books.  If you work through this post you will see I have given you a PDF version of the book and I have given you questions to discuss

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7 ways to help your child succeed at English

Get them reading to succeed at English The single most important thing you can do to help your child succeed at English is to encourage them to read.  By the time they get to GCSE/IGCSE they will need pretty advanced reading skills, to be

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Jekyll and Hyde

Jekyll and Hyde: a free GCSE English Lesson:

This is the second in the series of free English lessons designed to get you and your teenagers discussing books.  This week we will be looking at the 19th-century novel Jekyll and Hyde.  This is probably the most popular 19th-century novel chosen by schools

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Free Lessons for Home Learning: English Part One

English Part 1:  Free Lessons on 3 American Classics  However strange things may be at the moment with all our children learning from home, there is definitely scope for you to become involved in (and to understand) your children’s education like never before.  Therefore,

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How to get high grades in English Literature

English Literature students often ask how to get high grades in GCSE, A Level or IB.  Usually they are doing ok, but they desperately want to write a top-grade essay. They just don’t know how.  In this article, we will explore a relatively simple

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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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