Preparing to sit IGCSE English this summer? In this blog, Isabel sets out how to gain top marks in Paper 3 - Directed Writing and Composition for pupils sitting English - First Language (0500) in Summer 2019.
Schools are keen to emphasize the importance of wide and ambitious reading for students sitting the 11+. If you are unsure what constitutes ambitious reading for this age group, here are some of the best books for 10-year-olds, along with suggestions for what to read next.
Schools are keen to emphasize the importance of wide and ambitious reading for students sitting the 13+. If you are unsure what constitutes ambitious reading for this age group, here are some of the best books for 12-year-olds, along with suggestions for what to read next.
English is a compulsory part of Common Entrance in almost all cases, but it can be difficult to know how to prepare for the exam. This blog gives guidance on the syllabus and likely requirements of the exam as well as advice on how to help prepare your child.
You do not have to compromise on inspirational teaching and learning when you teach online. Here are two ideas, one focused on reading skills and the other on writing, to make technology an asset and not an obstacle to learning English.
Isabel September, 2017
In this blog, top English tutor Isabel demystifies the unseen text and sets out 5 simple steps that will help you to demonstrate how you have mastered the art of practical criticism. As obvious as it sounds, reading the text is a great place to start! Students can often panic and put pen to paper before really understanding the text in question.
Isabel October, 2016
If you decide to study English literature beyond GCSE, it is important that you ask yourself "why" and justify your choice. Whether you are a bookworm wanting to pursue your love of literature, or see the subject as a way to develop your communication skills, there really is no right answer.
Isabel October, 2016
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