Passing Higher English

How do you get the grade you want at Higher English? What grade do you want for Higher English?


There is no magic wand. The grade you want will not appear just by wanting it. But it definitely will improve your chances of getting the grade you want if you know what grade you want. This is a big … Continue reading

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Preparing to write a Higher English (or National 5) Persuasive Essay for folio

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The Higher English persuasive essay and the National 5 English persuasive essay do not differ much in structure and hardly differ at all in the things you have to do as preparation. As you would expect, the Higher English persuasive … Continue reading

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Hamlet – a fascinating character and a great play for Higher English

Hamlet in black

Hamlet is one of the greatest plays ever written. It’s not easy to explain why it is such a great play. Many people think that the plot is so flawed that it is amazing it works at all. It seems … Continue reading

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Eden Hazard doesn’t play unless he trains, neither will you in Higher English – a list of 10 KPIs for Higher English


Eden Hazard, the Chelsea FC football player, does not play in the match unless he trains. Jose Mourinho made that quite clear this week. To miss a training session means you are dropped from the team, at least as far … Continue reading

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Increasing ‘Cultural Capacity’ for Higher English (and National 5 English)


When we talk about ‘cultural capacity’ we mean the knowledge, ideas, experiences and reflection that an individual has. If, as a thinking person, you have thought about life, then you will probably have some insights into different aspects of life. … Continue reading

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English exams – Get the basics right: Part 2

As in the last post, this post focuses on making sure you follow simple steps to exam success. A lot of this is commonsense. However, this is what goes out the window when you’re sitting the biggest exams of your … Continue reading

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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 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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