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Choose Your Words Carefully.

There were clouds down by the river today. It had been a hot summer and the clouds came as a shock after endless days of bright, blue skies and sunshine. The clouds brought to mind ‘Both Sides Now’, written by Canadian songwriter, Joni Mitchell, in 1969, in which she reflects on the different ways of…

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Making a Start with the Descriptive Writing Question

AQA have made it clear that you may not have a choice between Descriptive and Narrative Writing for Question 5 on Paper 1 of their GCSE English Language examination. So it’s really important that you feel ready to tackle Descriptive Writing just in case that’s all that’s available on the exam paper. Students often seem…

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Which one’s Which?

You’re just about to tackle Paper 2 on the GCSE English paper and you’ve been given two sources to read.  One from the 19th Century Non Fiction and one from the 20th or 21st Century Non Fiction. I’d always assumed it was easy to tell which was which. Until recently when I heard a Year…

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Making Sense of Mock Exams in GCSE English

Sometimes it may feel that those GCSE English mock exams are all a bit too much. Are they really necessary? This new video offers you 3 main reasons why they’re important for you. Thanks to Sam Walkerdine from https://www.theanfieldwrap.com for making this video.

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Making a Start with the Structure Question

You rattled through Paper 1,  Question 1 listing four details as instructed. This was a straightforward information retrieval question and there’s no reason, carelessness aside, why you shouldn’t get the full 4 marks. Next, you tackled Question 2 and this was definitely as little harder. The question began with the word How so you knew you had…

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Descriptive Writing Tips for GCSE English

The descriptive writing question on your GCSE English Language paper carries a lot of marks and can make a big difference to your final grade. This blog post with free download sheet will provide you with an explanation of how to produce an original piece of descriptive writing in response to the question. In addition,…

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Recent Student Feedback

We’re proud of the work we do and that’s why we always like to receive student feedback. Here are some recent comments from a range of Year 11 students who are all studying for the GCSE English Language examination. One student reported valuing the work done to help familiarise him with the questions he’ll be…

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Practise descriptive writing for the GCSE English Language exam.

The descriptive writing question on Paper 1 carries a lot of marks so it’s certainly worth practising this to maximise your score. Typically, the GCSE English Language exam paper will provide you with a photo and ask you to describe something as suggested by the picture.  In light of today’s winter storms lashing the U.K., now…

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Sweat Like A Robot – Improving Your GCSE English Exam Performance.

Scientists in Japan have created a humanoid robot that can work out and even sweat just like a human. These new robots can be used as crash test dummies and to design muscle analytics for athletes and sports. It’s all about reducing risk and improving performance. Got me thinking about how we could apply this…

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Be Your Own Google

We all like to look our best, play our best, and be our best. It’s human nature. But try just a little too hard to impress and it can backfire. Your GCSE English exams are no different, especially when it comes to vocabulary choices. Here are a couple of examples from a Year 11 student…

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