Higher English Tutor

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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.

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 find that you can pass them. However, the skills required to succeed in Close Reading are built-up over years. Years of reading challenging texts will make the Close Reading exam a walk in a park or mission impossible. No one, if they have a limited of knowledge of words, can learn the required amount of vocabulary that could come up in the Higher exam. The good news is that if you’re sitting in a Higher English class you probably have most of the vocabulary. What you need, if you’re not passing at the moment, is the ability to understand more complex sentences and more distinction in understanding ideas.

This isn’t easy either, but in a few months, if you’re dedicated you can improve substantially at this. The key is to be determined enough to read and write everyday in the months remaining before the exam…

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