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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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Higher English – Personal/Creative Writing Folio Piece: See the world through a grain of sand

‘To see a World in a Grain of Sand’ – William Blake The above quotation can be interpreted in many ways and here’s one: if you understood everything about a grain of stand – molecular structure, atoms, fields, protons neutrons, … Continue reading

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Standard Grade English – Ten Tips on giving a talk

It’s round about now, when the Standard Grade English folios are close to being completed (you can have them checked by myetutor), that a form will be sent to each Teacher of English asking them to fill in a Standard … Continue reading

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Higher English – Referencing a prose text

Every argument needs evidence. No evidence. No argument. No pass at Higher English. It really is that simple. The Higher English essay criteria used by the SQA states that candidates must ‘reference’ the text. This can mean quotations, either large … Continue reading

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The power of continued focus

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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Failing Higher English Close Reading? What to start doing now.

Close Reading is the true test in Higher English to a large extent. It is possible to be trained or train yourself to pass essays. Practise again and again, know your text and have experience of the tasks, and you’ll … Continue reading

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Higher English – have a basic structure for your English critical essay

It’s important to have a structure for a Higher English critical essay. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4DWBjVsJws Once you have the structure you can bend its rules, or even break them, but it’s important to know what those rules are. Just like Picasso. Picasso … Continue reading

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It is quite possible to work without results, but never will there be results without work…

The run up to Christmas was immense and I was so tired when we eventually got to the holidays. I find myself sleeping deeper and deeper as the term ends and the holidays approach to the point that you are … Continue reading

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Tutors getting £50 000 a year cannot add the missing ingredient known to Lincoln

Tutoring has always been an expensive business. A tutor would cost a wealthy family a salary, room and board back in the old days. Nowadays it seems that a good tutor can receive up to £50 000 a year with … Continue reading

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Higher English – The key to a good Higher English essay…

      It’s strange how little things can make such a big difference. This is often because little things represent bigger things. Like, for instance, contextualising a quotation in your critical essay. When you contextualise (introduce) a quotation in … Continue reading

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