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Need to pass your GCSE English Language first time round?

Thursday, October 28th, 2021

GCSE English Language is a sought-after qualification which you HAVE TO PASS at GCSE level. Along with Maths, English Lang is part of the retake system students enter up to age 18 in the UK – if they’ve not achieved grade 4. Both English Language and Maths GCSE are entry requirements to A Levels, Further […]

Get on top of your Literature Revision

Thursday, February 6th, 2020

Have you noticed that GCSE literature texts seem to swallow up so much lesson time in your first GCSE year? With everything on your plate, it’s fairly typical to reach year 11 feeling totally overwhelmed by what you seem to have FORGOTTEN! As the dreaded mocks approach, questions such as ‘Who is Macbeth again..?’ and […]

Achieve your English GCSE the Easier Way

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

Since posting, ‘Can you really revise GCSE English?’ it’s interesting to note that this remains a core subject which many students continue to struggle with. But why? Many of our local students across Manchester and Cheshire tell us that the combination of Language and Literature swallows up so much time. It can take weeks to […]

Why it is vital to learn reading skills for exam success

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

Hot on the heels of our popular recent post on Dyslexia, we’re back to help your child access reading and harness helpful tools. One of the biggest problems our 121 tutor team come across is children who struggle to process information – and therefore answer questions correctly under exam conditions. Some children sitting SATs, Entrance […]

Can you really revise GCSE English?

Friday, January 4th, 2019

It is an age-old myth that you can’t revise for English. More so than ever, it’s essential that you do well in your English GCSE, as it’s a core subject qualification which further Education colleges and sixth forms expect you to have under your belt. That’s why you need to: Get to grips with the […]

Is writing a write-off for your son?

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Is writing a write-off for your boy? Research shows that there is still a gender gap between boys and girls. In fact, girls are twice more likely than boys to get writing outside of lessons. Plus, girls enjoy writing far more than boys in school. Is your son the same? It’s a worry as writing is an essential […]

Which GCSE subjects do you NEED to pass?

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Have you just sat your mock exams? If so, or you are about to, you might be worried about how you’ll do in the ‘real’ exams coming up in just a handful of months. Mock exam results can be a shock to the system. Achieving below C grades can cast your immediate study plans in doubt. And if you […]

Why is GCSE English such an important subject?

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

English GCSE is a core subject – compulsory for every student. If you don’t achieve a C grade at 16, you have to stay in education until aged 18 to re-take. But why? 1. Communicate your way into the future Being able to express yourself clearly, hold a conversation, persuade others and think critically are much-needed assets in […]

Summer holiday catch-up for GCSE and A-Level students

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Now that the exam season is all but finished, it might be time for your older children to think about how they can use the summer holiday break to get a head start, catch up and/or improve on areas where they haven’t performed as well as they might have wished. This is particularly important for […]

Get to grips with English Literature GCSE

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

In our last post we looked at some tips and tricks for success at GCSE English. Today it’s the turn of GCSE English Literature. It’s important to clear up the confusion that exists between the two subjects. GCSE English is a compulsory subject for school students. It covers a range of skills that are broadly […]