We have comprised a list of the top 10 English exam revision tips, we believe can benefit you:
- Make sure you read the whole passage that a comprehension question relates to. Do not try and guess which parts of the text are the most relevant, as you are likely to end up missing something important that may be necessary for the questions.
- Read the question carefully! If it asks to answer ‘in your own words’, then use your own words. Do not highlight chunks from the text unless that is what the question is asking you to do.
- Practice writing timed essays. Managing your time in an English exam is crucial, especially if the whole exam is comprised of just one or two questions.
- Spend a few minutes planning a brief structure of the essay you are going to write, and try to stick to your plan as closely as possible. This will help to ensure you have included everything required of you. Your English tutor will be able to help you with both essay planning and essay writing.
- Ensure you know your key text to a high level of detail. Although this sounds obvious, it has been known for people to have written about the wrong text in an exam. Make sure you know what you have been studying, especially the plot, the major and minor characters and the key themes.
- Use annotations and highlight key passages in the text. This will help you remember things that you may be struggling with, and will allow you to spot them quickly when rereading the text.
- Practise using official past papers. Although the questions may differ, these will help you manage your time and structure your essays correctly, as well as to get a sense for the style and content of questions commonly asked. Your English tutor will be happy to provide these for you.
- Always ask your English tutor to mark any mock papers you do, and ask them to show you how and where you went wrong. This will help you to avoid repeating mistakes.
- Include quotations from the text to support your point. Make sure they are not long chunks of text, but concise sentences that relate directly to the point you are trying to make.
- When you have finished writing, make sure you reread your answers to ensure all spelling and grammar is correct. There are likely to be small errors that arise naturally when you are writing large amounts of text, and marks are awarded for high attention to detail. Your English writing skills are being tested as well as your content knowledge.
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Most A-level candidates will receive their results next Thursday, while GCSE results are due out on Thursday 22 August.
Teenagers are being warned to keep “assertive” parents away from the telephone as they try to secure university places after getting their results. The Girls’ Schools Association, which represents around 180 private schools, said parents increasingly saw it as their duty to take over on results day but the GSA said this risked sending out the incorrect message to universities. The GSA’s advice to teenagers is that they should take the lead themselves rather than letting their parents handle it.
Results day is followed by the clearing process which sees would-be undergraduates matched to spare places on degree courses, this year it is expected that more universities will use the clearing system due to government changes to admissions rules mean institutions will be able to recruit additional students with top grades – ABB or better.
Results day is not the time to be nervous on the telephone and it’s certainly not the day for letting your parents fight your battles for you, if you have to ring universities to confirm or renegotiate your place, it goes without saying that it must be you who calls. A factor to consider is that allowing your parents to call on your behalf could quite possibly send the wrong message about your maturity and commitment. Needless to say, parents should still be a part of the process as they can provide support that can only be of help to their children, but it’s true that sometimes they need to step back.
For instance, if a mother or father makes the phone call to a university, then suggests that they have a child who may need spoon-feeding, a trait which is commonly disconcerting to universities. However, that doesn’t mean parents should just step back and leave their children to get on with it; if their child has just missed a university place they will be upset and need guidance, try to boost their confidence and leave them to make the call themselves.
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England risks a shortage of science and maths teachers next summer, meaning that tutoring in London could be sought after.
The government’s new School Direct scheme is recruiting too few trainee teachers in key subjects. Even though the scheme was coping well in many of the arts and humanities subjects, it was failing to recruit trainee teachers in science, mathematics and technology (S.T.E.M.) subjects.
Some three-quarters of trainee physics teacher places on the scheme are unfilled but the government promotes that the number of physics teacher trainees are now at their highest level since records began.
The Facts and Figures:
There are two training routes on School Direct – salaried and unsalaried.
For physics, three quarters of salaried and unsalaried trainee places were still empty at the start of August. In chemistry and maths, some sixty percent of salaried places and unsalaried places were unfilled. Recruitment for trainee biology teachers was stronger, with 71% of salaried places filled but only 43% of unsalaried places.
School Direct is a very new scheme and although successful in some areas, it has been much less so in shortage subjects such as physics. The government wants almost ten thousand new teachers to train on the scheme instead of at universities, and is cutting payment to university departments which train science teachers.
With this fall in recruitment of S.T.E.M. staff, science tuition in London may see a rise in uptake.
It is not clear exactly why there are such large differences between subjects, but it could be said that it would be wise to offer both schools and universities some breathing space and reduce School Direct quotas to allow time to develop a better understanding of the process and to enable us all to learn from this year’s lessons.
The Bright Side:
A Department for Education spokesman said: “School Direct is proving extremely popular, by May around 22,500 people had applied for 10,000 places, and applications continue to rise.”
This year we have seen an increased number of highly qualified graduates and career changers move into science and maths teaching, with the number of physics teacher trainees now at the highest level since records began.
The government have been making some progress, as initiatives to recruit physics teachers have seen dramatic gains in recent years. However, with the supposed lack in S.T.E.M teachers, this change may have come too late to affect current students. We’ve heard of how the Government is making the exams harder, predominantly in Maths, so we at Greater London Tutors have made sure to offer tuition in maths in this time of need.