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English exams – Get the basics right: Part 1

Although the small things in life seem so trivial and unimportant, neglecting them can have massive consequences. The footballer who doesn’t tie their laces; the singer who doesn’t do a soundcheck; the teacher who doesn’t check ICT before an important … Continue reading

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Higher English Close Reading – The last question

In a time out of mind the last question of the Higher English close reading paper used to be seriously intimidating. After 44 marks-worth of questions completed, you would then have to answer a 6 mark evaluation question. Given that … Continue reading

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Higher English critical essay – topic sentence – transitional words

  Writing in a way that in interesting should not be completely forgotten about when you’re writing your Higher English critical essay. A bit of creativity and style mixed in with the purpose is good. Ideally, essays about English should … Continue reading

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Higher English close reading – Evaluation Questions

Evaluation questions are the most difficult of all the questions you’ll face in Higher English close reading. Fortunately, if you don’t like evaluation questions, now that the last question has been changed from a comparative evaluation question to a summarising … Continue reading

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Higher English – Finishing your critical essay

A disappointing ending carries more weight than it is worth. You know what it is like when you watch a film or read a book. You have really enjoyed the film or the book, then you get to the end … Continue reading

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Higher English – Using shorter quotations

Shorter might not be better; it’s not worse, but for some people, it can be easier. For some, learning large chunks of quotation isn’t going to happen, so learning more quotations but smaller ones might. To use short quotations in … Continue reading

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Higher English – The Handmaid’s Tale – Understanding

A popular text for Higher English is The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. It is a contemporary classic. Partly because the writing is skilled, partly because the issues and themes in the book were relevant in the 1980s, and still … Continue reading

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Higher English Folio – Persuasive Essay Introduction

It’s late. She (or he) has been working all day and has done another four hours since returning home – and they cooked the tea! They’re fed-up reading essays. Bored to death with reading essays. They all start the same … Continue reading

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Higher English Close Reading – Tone Questions

In Higher English Close Reading Tone is structure, usually sentence structure, and word choice. In an Higher English Tone question you will usually be asked to identify a writer’s tone or attitude and then explain how that tone has been … Continue reading

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Tae Kwon Do and Jose Mourinho – passing Highers at the grade you want

This is part of a series of blogs that focuses on the attitudes of mind, behaviours and actions that a person can use to be successful at an English course. It’s practical stuff that, if applied, will have a practical … Continue reading

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