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About Higher English Tutor

This profile is a platform for a range of Higher-experienced English teachers to post information that will help students, and their parents, with preparing for students' Higher English exams. By following the below advice, we are confident that a student can improve their English grade, but individual motivation, perseverance and other factors must also be taken into account. This platform presents an approach to Higher English; we do not claim it is the only approach. It has worked successfully for other students.

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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Higher English Folio – Creative Writing: Setting and Character are more important than plot

If you want your creative writing piece to achieve a good mark, then it is wise to focus on setting and character. Given the word limits for your Higher piece, 1300 words, then having a plot where too much happens … 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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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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Higher English – 4 things you should know for analysis in a poetry critical essay

Higher English poetry critical essays are not analysed the in the same way as a Higher English prose critical essay or a Higher English drama critical essay. For the analysis part of your critical essay, you have to do what … Continue reading

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Higher English – Understanding and Responding to the Higher English Task

The Higher English critical essay task is different from the Standard Grade, Intermediate 1 or Intermediate 2 tasks. It asks you to cover two points in your essay, not one. Step 1 – the first part of the task is … Continue reading

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Sentence Structure in Higher English Close Reading

Sentence structure questions are fairly straightforward. Avoid falling into the trap of explaining what a sentence means. A sentence structure question is an analysis question which mean that you are basically identifying techniques and writing about their effects – idea, … 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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How many quotations should you memorise for a Higher English exam?

It all depends how thorough you want to be and how impressive you want to be, when it comes to memorising quotations. We won’t lie: people have received a grade A in Higher English and not used any quotations. They … Continue reading

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