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For a long time, our director has been passionate about the pursuit of becoming sustainably friendly, and she incorporated these principles into her classrooms, office spaces and home. She even wrote and published a book a few years ago on how to become sustainable on a budget.


It seemed only natural that this passion was brought into our business.

Right from the beginning, we decided to be paperless. All of our communication is electronic, even the resource packs we provide our tutors. While we are aware that using electronic devices has a negative impact on the environment the emissions from these devices are lower and preferable to the emissions caused by having a hard copy of everything we have in our office.

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The importance of student confidence

What is more important in a student’s education than English, maths or science?
Confidence.
Student confidence is the most underrated area of education. Often it is neglected, leaving some of the nations most intelligent students believing they can’t. Or worse, thinking they are stupid.

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In my many years as a qualified teacher and then as the director of Evergreen Tutoring Services, I have encountered thousands of students who are held back by a serious lack of confidence.
This lack of confidence has a disastrous impact on school results, the student’s ability to study, and their self-belief. In far too many cases, this can spiral into full-blown depression and anxiety.

So, what can we do about it?

The important thing to remember is that a student’s mental health and wellbeing are a million times more important than their grades will ever be. However, there is nothing worse than a kick to the guts when you are already on the ground. Many students get this ‘kick’ when they receive yet another low mark, which just helps to further convince them that they are unable to reach their goals.

Improving student subject confidence is always going to help. These students need an individual who can give one-on-one support in a judgment-free environment. A place where the student can feel safe to ask their questions and to learn is essential.

It might be surprising to hear that to learn, you must put yourself into a position of vulnerability. To learn, you must be willing to admit you do not know something, and you must be willing to work hard until you master the topic. This includes getting it wrong sometimes, which leads me to step number one.

Change the way the student views failure.
Student confidence

Too many people view failure as a personal reflection rather than a learning process. Failure is not a representation of our abilities; all it represents is that we have more to learn. Ideally, we want students to view failure as a learning opportunity and that it is not something we should shy away from.
For instance, when I am in a lesson with one of my students, I am not afraid to admit I don’t know something, and I immediately follow that admittance with correction of my learning gap. This comes in many shapes and forms. Sometimes it is a word I don’t know, a concept I have never heard of before, or a piece of technology I don’t know how to use.

Sometimes I ask my student to explain it to me. Other times I will say, “hang on, I will look it up,” then I will read the definition out loud, so both myself and the student hear it.

What does all this do?
  • For one, it shows my student that I am not an all-knowing being. Yes, sometimes, English teachers have never heard of a term, and sometimes they even misspell a word!
  • Two, it shows my student I am willing to accept the fact I don’t know something without allowing this lack of knowledge to impact the way I feel about myself.
  • Three, I do something about it. This is important, and the first two steps lead us to this moment. The recognition that even if we don’t know something right now, with a little work, we have the power to change that reality.
  • Four, support them through this process.

It is all very well to say, ‘change the way you view failure,’ and move on, but this will achieve little. Students need role models, someone who understands what they are going through and has moved past it. Individuals with low confidence take longer to learn because they are battling through a whole range of other things that make learning harder. Students with low confidence must first get past a whole series of hurdles in their mind that stops them from reaching the moment where they can even begin to try and learn.

The person who helps a student through this needs to be able to:
Student confidence
  • Set up a safe learning environment. This individual needs to be approachable, caring, and relatable.
  • This environment should be one-on-one. Students who lack confidence, quite often are reluctant to open up in a class environment. One-on-one gently encourages the student to share with the other person. For instance, in our tutoring classes, we organise all our lessons to be individual for this very reason. We want students to be able to move at their own pace as they begin to step past the walls their low confidence has built for them.
  • Consistency. It is not enough to run through a couple of meetings with this individual; in almost all cases, it takes consistent and regular interactions.
Confidence is for everyone

In my experience as a teacher, tutor, and director, I have implemented and expressed the importance of these practices to my workmates and teams. While these steps take time and are not a magic wand over the issue of low student confidence, they are a long-term solution. Giving students the skills, strategies and abilities to approach a problem is a life skill, and it will benefit them long after their formal schooling ends.

Everyone, adults, teenagers and students deserve the right to be confident with who they are and what they can do. The most important thing to remember is that confidence is not something we are born with. Like English, maths, and science, it is something that we learn.

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How to use the TEEL essay formula.

TEEL formula.

The TEEL formula is the standard essay structure taught by most (if not all) schools in Australia. TEEL is an acronym to help students remember the necessary steps for paragraph structure in essays.

Every paragraph in every type of essay must contain these four elements; it does not matter if the writing is an analysis, comparative, or persuasive. Albeit, when we talk about comparatives and argument alalysis, the formula becomes more in-depth. It is important to note ‘Explanation’ and ‘Evidence’ can be reversed, but they must always travel as a pair.

Let’s take a closer look at TEEL.

Topic sentence

The topic sentence informs the reader what the paragraph is about or what is being argued. It is essentially a miniature introduction, and it is necessary for every paragraph. A well-crafted essay has a topic sentence that outlines the paragraph; this is not the place to bring in any evidence.

For example, a topic sentence for a paragraph on an essay topic like, ‘Should students have to wear a school uniform?’ could look like:

School uniforms create equality amongst students leaving no opportunity for oppression based solely on clothing.

This topic sentence very clearly informs the reader about the direction of this particular paragraph and sets the stage for the rest of the written response. In a sense, it is a brief introduction. Your topic sentence should be between one and two lines long.

Explanation.

In the explanation, the idea is to provide more information on the paragraphs stance. Brainstorm or research a few ideas that might help support your argument.

An explanation for the same essay question would look something like this:

Uniforms bring a level ground into schools where students cannot receive prejudice or torment based on their choice or quality of clothing. While expressing choice is an integral part of coming to understand one’s identity, the schoolyard is not the place for this demonstration as it can encourage unwanted opinions, and often damaging views of other students.

See how this section has brought in more information relevant to the topic sentence? It has made clear the authors stance, and it has brought up a few points that can be explained further. This expansion and fleshing out of ideas helps to make way for our next section.

Evidence.

Okay, the section above explains clear thoughts and even goes as far as to make a statement. This is where evidence is needed. Including evidence not only proves that statements and comments are sound, but it also helps to convince the reader of the point being made. The best essays are based on evidence.

Evidence for the section above could look like this:

Not only does wearing a school uniform reduce the pressure on students to wear the latest designer fashion labels and trends, but it also reduces perceived inequalities due to socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Moreover, the department of education encourages schools to have a uniform, as schools that enforce them have significantly lower levels of bullying.

Evidence is the basis of an essay; it can make or break it. Evidence in the form of analysis or comparative essays is delivered in the same way. The only exception is that the evidence, in these cases, usually comes from texts or movies.

Link.

Here is where the link (the final statement) connects to the topic sentence. This link is designed to wrap the paragraph up neatly and to help it finish on a strong and relevant point.

School uniforms are an essential part of life. They create equality among students, reduce the stress that comes from keeping up with the latest trends, and reduce bullying in the schoolyard. In all, they create a better, more pleasant school experience.

This link directly relates to our topic sentence. Moreover, it summons up the contents of the paragraph, in effect, concluding this section of the essay.

What does our essay look like altogether?

 Let’s have a look at what all our TEEL sections look like together as an essay paragraph.

As you can see following this formula has created a clear and well-structured essay paragraph. TEEL is an easy formula to follow once you understand how it works and how each part functions to make the paragraph flow.

Practice topics for the TEEL formula:

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TEEL
  • Cats are better pets than dogs (or vice versa)
  • Should students have less homework?
  • Sustainability is the responsibility of all humans.

Choose at least one of these topics and practice forming a paragraph using the TEEL formula outlined above.

Bonus Essay Writing Tip:

Read everything out loud before you give it to anyone to read. I cannot stress this enough. You will be amazed at the silly mistakes you pick up. Reading your essay out loud can easily mean the difference between a B and a B+.

I understand that in your exams, you will not be afforded this opportunity, but at the very least, read it through in your head. MAKE TIME FOR IT. I tell all my students to leave 10-minutes to read through every essay before they hand it in. This rule should be observed for exams as well.

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Jessica is a qualified teacher with seven years of classroom experience, and the Director of Evergreen Tutoring Services.

Methods Circle Symmetry

Circle symmetry

If you are looking for some help with mathematical methods circle symmetry, then you are in the right place! Read through our break down of how to complete circle symmetry questions with confidence.

The unit circle is comprised of four quadrants,  each quadrant is broken up by the y and x axis. These quadrants are numbered going anticlockwise from the positive x axis as seen to the right.

As you may know. The x axis in the unit circle is the number given by the expression cos(∅) and the y axis is sin(∅) where ∅ is the angle moving anticlockwise from the positive x axis. Knowing this, we can use symmetry to determine relationships between the circular functions for angles in different quadrants.

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Circle symmetry

This graph summarises the rules of symmetry, but let’s explore it further:

We see the angle ∅ which is highlighted green in the diagram. Since we know that the angle ∅ is the angle moving away from the x axis, this gives and element of symmetry as the angle can move in different directions from x.

For example:

sin (∅) = b and cos (∅) = a where these are both in quadrant 1. Let’s now flip the angle ∅ across the y axis. We now see that in order to get to this angle we must take 2 steps:

1) Get the value of the closest x axis to the angle

2) Add or subtract the angle ∅ from the x axis value

For the following example we see that the closest x-axis to the flipped angle is the negative x-axis. The value of this part of the graph is π or 180o so we start off with sin(π)
or sin(180o).

We will use π for this example.

The next step is to add or subtract q from what we have. Looking at the example, we see that ∅ is flipped and is being subtracted from what we already worked out. This leaves us with the angle: sin(π – )

As we mentioned earlier, sine is the value given along the y-axis. Looking at our example we can see that the value of y is positive in quadrant 2. Therefore we can say that:

sin(π – ∅) = b

if we take the same example from previously, but instead we see what the cosine value is, we see the angle is still going to be (π – ∅) however this time it is cos so cos(π – ∅). Looking at the graph, we know that cosine values are gvien along the x -axis. This angle sits in the 2nd quadrant which gives a negative value of x. Therefore we can say that:

                                                            cos(π – ∅) = -a

The positive and negative values of the angles in different quadrants can be summed up by the diagram.

Circle Symmetry
Methods

The best way to remember the signs of sin, cos and tan in these quadrants is the ‘ACTS’ diagram shown. If an angle lands in any of these quadrants, the designated sign is given the positive value in that section.

Examples:

1. If sin x= 0.6, find the value of:
a. sin( π – x) b. sin ( π + x)

a. First we must distinguish which quadrant it is in. As we can see it is (π – x) . We have π which we know lies on the x-axis. We then have the angle x being subtracted from π. As you can see in the diagrem to the right that is in quadrant 2. Using acts, any angle of sin in quadrant 2 becomes a positive value. Therefore, the answer to sin(π – x) = sin(π ) = 0.6/

b. Similar to the previous question, we start with π. This time we are adding x to π. As we can see, adding x brings the angle into quadrant 3. In quadrant 3 sin gives a negative value. Therefore, the answer to
sin(π + x) = – sin(π) = – 0.6

2. If cos x= 0.8, find the value of:
cos(180 – x)

  1. This question is the same as the previous example, only this time instead of using radians ‘p’ we are using degrees. First you must see the π = 180o. From here the next step is, like in the previous example, subtract x from 180o. This leave you in quadrant 2. In this quadrant cos gives negative values. Therefore, the answer to cos(π – x) = – cos(π) = – 0.8
Test your knowledge of math methods circle symmetry with this Quiz:
  1. If sin ∅­ = 0.42, cos x = 0.7 and tan α = 0.38, write down the values of:
    1. sin( π + ∅­ )         b.    cos( ­π – x )       c.    sin( 2π – ∅ ­)      d.     tan(­ π – α )
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Circle Symmetry

For the diagram shown, write down the values of:

a = cos(­ π − ∅ )

b = sin(­ π − ∅ ­)

c = cos( −­∅ )

d = sin( −∅ ­)

tan(­ π − ∅­)

tan( −∅ ­)

3. If cos x= −cos( π ∕ 6) and π ∕ 2 <x <π, find the value of x.

4. If sin x= sin 60 and 90 <x <180, find the value of x.

5. If sin x= 0.7, cos ∅= 0.6 and tan α=0.4, write down the values of:
sin( 180 + x )­o       b. cos( 180 + ­∅ )o         c. tan( 360 – α )o­            d. cos( 180 − ­∅ )o­

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Year 12 English- Analysing Alfred Hitchcock.

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Alfred Hitchcock
Analysis

In year 11 and 12 English and Media Studies classes, you will often analyse the movies of Alfred Hitchcock. His movies are so widely studied because they are character-driven suspense stories which invite the audience to ask questions about human nature. Some of the driving questions of his stories are:

  • The debate over nature vs nurture when it comes to ‘evil’ behaviour,
  • How people react to adverse situations,
  • The ways in which mental illness can shape behaviour, and so on.
Characters representing human nature

Some of the most common Hitchcock movies for year 12 texts are; Rear Window, Strangers on a Train, Rope, The Birds and Psycho. While these films all have different plots dealing with distinctive problems and concerns, they all draw upon similar themes and issues regarding human behaviour. They all broadly troubled, unhappy main characters dealing with a huge problem or issue. They have trouble adequately and appropriate addressing the challenge. This is because of their own personal issues and concerns, and this limits their ability to function as a productive member of society.

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Often these characters seek to find an ‘easy way out’ of their problems by lying, cheating, or hurting another person; and this always backfires on them. Their dishonest behaviour usually works against them and leads to the demise of their plans and sometimes even themselves. Another central theme of these suspense stories is self-denial. The main characters often lack morals, and we see them justify their behaviour to themselves and others in a number of ways; typically they focus on how they believe the ends justify the means. Including, how lying and cheating is not inherently wrong, so long as you believe the person ‘deserves’ it.

Therefore, a central theme within Hitchcock’s movies is that evil behaviour never has a positive outcome. While doing the right thing is usually rewarded, albeit slowly.

No Hitch when it comes to writing on Hitchcock

An effective starting point when writing an essay on a Hitchcock movie is to address some of the character’s central problems. For example, if you were studying Psycho you could write about the initial protagonist of Marian Crane. Marian is a dishonest, underhanded character seeking to rip off her employer. To support your essay, it is useful to find quotes from the characters where they discuss their own personal philosophy. Hitchcock’s stories are character driven, and there is often a scene where a central character describes their own personal philosophy, or world view.

This is their personal justification for why they feel it is acceptable to behave the way they do. It is crucial in terms of understanding them as a character.

Quotes support charcater world views.

For example, as a character Marion is selfish and only thinks about herself and personal gain. She does not for a moment care what consequesnces her selfish actoions have on others, so long as it works to her advantage. When discussing a random issue with another character, Marion responds with: “Headaches are like resolutions. You forget them as soon as they stop hurting.”, a quote which tells us much about Marion’s character. It has a double meaning, as headaches are not simply a painful sensation in the cranium, they can also refer to a stressful situation or problem one deals with.

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Alfred Hitchcock
Analysis

This quote tells us that Marion thinks only in the short-term. She does not care about the consequences of her actions for others because as soon as it stops “hurting” for her, she forgets about the issue. However, this selfish behaviour backfires for Marion, when she goes on the run after stealing from her employer, taking refuge at a motel run by an extremely troubled man, and things do not end well for her. A central theme within Hitchcock’s movies, is that of hurtful, nasty behaviour working against the person. These people often get caught out in a troublesome manner which they themselves caused.

You could call it a form of karma, as Hitchcock’s movies end on a somewhat positive note. Hitchcock reinforces the view that good things usually happen to ‘good’ people, while bad things often happen to bad people.

Attempting to find an easy ‘out’ to your problems only makes them worse.            

Another key theme in these suspense stories is that trying to avoid personal responsibility and how this is not a good idea. This is seen in Strangers on a Train where the main character finds himself trapped in a bad situation. A complete stranger (Bruno) proposes the idea of ‘swapping murders’ with him. While it initially seems like a hypothetical, vaguely humorous suggestion, the protagonist finds himself with problems, after realising that the man proposing this is serious.

Year 12 English
Alfred Hitchcock
Analysis

We learn the personal philosophy of Bruno, when he claims “my theory is that everyone is a potential murderer”. He believes that all people have within them the capacity for evil, and that placing someone in an uncomfortable situation could bring this behaviour out.

As with other Hitchcock movies, kindness and humanity win out in the end. The main character, Guy Haines, refuses to let Bruno’s negative influence cause him to commit murder. In Hitchcock fashion, the maintaining of decent human behaviour results in a happy ending for Guy, with the complete opposite for the villainous Bruno.

What have we learned?

This reading has provided us with an introduction into how to analyse a Hitchcock movie. Remember, that Hitchcock was fascinated by human behaviour, and how negative situations can lead to negative behaviour. However, he was ultimately an optimist when it came to human nature. His films typically show kind-hearted, decent human beings being rewarded, and unprincipled, selfish characters getting out caught in a web of deceit.

Regardless of the Hitchcock movie under analysis, an effective way to go about writing about it is to look at the main characters and how their own personal behaviour shapes their situation. How the situation turns out for them is usually a reflection on whether they acted morally or immorally. Further, characters that are trapped in bad situations usually have some personal responsibility for being there. Their deceitful, immoral behaviour has backfired on them, resulting in them being stuck in the mess.

If you really want to understand the characters, remember to look for their quotes in which they describe their world view/philosophy. This gives us much insight into who they are, and the eventual consequences of their actions.

Keep these tips in mind when you prepare an essay based on a Hitchcock movie and you will do well.
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How to use Formal Language in your writing

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Formal language is a way of articulating your thoughts, ideas, views and beliefs in a professional sounding manner. Formal language is used to express ideas in the most articulate way possible and as such, does not use slang, colloquialisms, contractions, or jokes.

It is important to recognise that when you speak, or write, you change your writing style depending on who your intended audience is. We change the way we speak, depending on who we are speaking to. For instance, the way you speak to your friends may be completely different to how you address your teachers or your parents.

When writing VCE English and Literature essays, textual analysis and opinion pieces, formal language should be used. This is because it demonstrates your ideas in an articulate, thorough manner. It also shows that you are able to write in a way that demonstrates you have a firm grasp of the rules of English; including spelling, grammar and syntax.

EXERCISE:
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Rear window essay

A good exercise for learning how to write formally is to take a piece of informal writing and rewrite it in a formal writing manner. Let’s start with this exercise here, a short movie review:

Over the weekend my mates and I saw this awesome movie called Rear Window. It’s by some really famous director called Alfred Hitchcock and stars Grace Kelly, who became a real-life Princess. It’s about some guy who is stuck at home with a broken leg, who gets so bored he starts to spy on his neighbours using a telescope, when he notices one of them committing a murder, and then trying to cover it up! The movie is full of suspense, plot twists, and has a wild ending! I would definitely recommend it, I would give it a solid 8/10 score.”

ANALYSIS of the piece:

What we have just read is an informal review of the 1954 Hitchcock movie Rear Window. How do we know it is informal?

  • It has lots of colloquial language used throughout the piece. The review starts with “over the weekend my mates and I”, which is an informal, slang way of saying “friends”. Further, as the review is of REAR WINDOW and not the author’s social life, the fact that they saw the movie “over the weekend” with their friends is not relevant to the review. This statement can be left out without changing the meaning of the review.
  • The review goes on to state, “it’s by some really famous director called Alfred Hitchcock, and stars Grace Kelly, who became a real-life Princess.” While everything written there is true, one of the key differences between informal and formal language is that informal language is more personal. As, it often provides lots of additional information that is of personal interest to the author. Formal language, in contrast, is concerned with arguing a central point, and works at getting to that point with little delay. A more formal way of expressing the above ideas would be something like “Made by legendary director Alfred Hitchcock, and starring Grace Kelly, the future Princess of Monaco”. This sentence expresses the same ideas as the informal sentence, but in a more straight-forward manner.
  • The next part of the review ALSO contains instances of informal language, can you spot them yourself?
  • For a writing exercise, please rewrite this informal language movie review into one that employs formal language.
FORMAL LANGUAGE REWRITE OF REAR WINDOW
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Rear window essay

This movie review will be analysing the 1954 Hitchcock thriller Rear Window. It stars James Stewart and the future Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly, as the protagonists of the story, and Raymond Burr as the antagonist. The story is a gripping mystery in which Stewart stars as a homebound photographer recuperating from a broken leg, who finds a novel pastime in the form of spying on his neighbours. This hobby appears to be nothing but an amusing distraction until he notices one of his neighbours behaving in an extremely suspicious manner, and he begins to obsess about what goes on behind closed doors.

This sets the scene for a gripping tale of obsession, voyeurism, and the age-old question of how well we really know our neighbours. It has suspense, plot twists, and an ending that will take you by surprise. Lovers of old-fashioned mysteries should not give this one a miss, as it is a solid 8/10 entry in Hitchcock’s library.”

ANALYSIS

What did we just do?

We took the informal language review and retained the key formal ideas contained within it. That it is a review of the 1954 Hitchcock movie Rear Window, that is stars Grace Kelly, what the story is about, what the themes of it are, and what sort of score the reviewer would give it.

Then we removed the informal ideas within the review. Including that the reviewer saw it with their mates over the weekend. We also changed the informal language within the piece. Including the description of the protagonist as “some guy”, and that it’s by some “really famous director called Alfred Hitchcock”.

Lastly, we improved and expanded on some of the ideas contained within the informal review. Such as, who the other principal cast members of the piece were and we revised the language used to be more in-line with formal writing pieces. This includes amending “some guy” to “the protagonist”, as the word used to describe the leading character in the story. We also removed all informal references to the first person “I”, and amended them to more general comments about the merits of the film, and its genre.

WHAT WE HAVE LEARNED

In this short article, we have learned the key differences between formal and informal writing. Formal writing is used to express an idea as articulately as possible. While informal writing is simple ideas and thoughts expressed in word form. We looked at some possible strategies to alter an informal writing piece into a more formal style.

FINAL EXERCISE

For a final exercise, we have a practice task for you. Please edit this informal review of Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet into a formal piece of writing.

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In class today we discussed a play by William Shakespeare called Romeo and Juliet. It’s about these two families, the Montagues and the Capulets, who have had a long-standing feud. This feud has been going on for so long that all Montagues have sworn to hate all Capulets, and vice-versa. This is a huge problem for the two heroes of our story, Romeo and Juliet. When they fall in love, but realise that their family circumstances will prevent them from ever being together. This play has lots of action, a fair bit of romance, and a really sad ending, where they both die. Well, I guess it is kind of happy too, because at least they are together in death, and their families then vow to put an end to their silly dispute.

A lot of people say this play is about true love, but I say that’s ridiculous. It’s about not letting your raging hormones get the better of you, as the two only meet a few times, but suddenly decide they are destined for each other. Talk about placing physical attraction above everything else. All up, it’s a pretty good story, I would rate it a 7/10.”

While this review demonstrates an understanding of some of the central themes of Romeo and Juliet, it is written in an informal tone that is not suitable for essay and analytical writing.
Please rewrite this review, while retaining its central ideas, into a piece of formal writing.

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Year 11&12 English study tips.

English study tips

It is no secret that year 11 and 12 English is heavily text based, and that a sound knowledge of your texts is the way to get a fantastic score.
Many teachers, authors and textbooks give great advice for how to write a text response essay, but before you begin planning for an essay, you need to read the book!

So how can you do that effectively?

Take note of the text’s context.

The context of the book can be important. Knowing when a book was written can help us understand the connection between the book and its historical context (what was happening at the time it was written?) and its literary context (what works of literature influenced what and how the author wrote?).

Know what themes to look out for in advance.

Do a quick Google search before you begin reading to find out what themes you should look out for as you read. This can help you to spot potentially important quotes before you’ve read enough to figure out the themes for yourself!

Highlight and annotate the text.

If you can, it can be helpful to highlight and annotate your book as you read. This will help you to easily find key passages when you come to planning a text response essay. Sticky notes are a great alternative if you don’t want to write in your book (or if it’s a library book!), or most e-book platforms allow you to highlight sections and make notes.

Make chapter notes.

Chapter notes can be as detailed or as brief as you like! It’s useful to make a note of plot points, characters (especially if a new character is introduced), and themes (think back to the themes you Googled before you started reading). These notes can be super helpful when you’re looking for a specific event, person or quote later on!

Take note of other features.

There are plenty of other features to take a note of when reading a text, such as the type of narrator, whether the plot is chronological, the setting (time and place), any motifs (symbolic elements that recur throughout the novel), and particular language techniques the author uses.

If you follow these steps when studying your set novels and films, you will give yourself a massive boost to your ability to use them in your text responses, comparisons, and creatives. Not to mention the assistance having a sound knowledge of your set texts will have on your exams and final results.

Don’t forget to reach out to one of our tutors if you are looking for additional help in your studies. We understand how intense school can be, and it is important to remember, you don’t need to do it alone. Our qualified and friendly team are always ready to help you out.

We hope this helps you achieve your study goals!

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Katie
Katie

English tutor with Evergreen Tutoring Services

How to choose a tutor.


So, you have decided it is time to get a tutor, but how do you choose the right one?

It is no secret that there is a strong relationship between success and education. We see it time and time again. That is because people with a full and varied education have a well-developed range of skills to apply to their life, the more you know, the more you can do.

We all know the best form of education is one on one. Where the student benefits from the complete attention of an individual who is skilled and well educated, this is where tutoring is immensely beneficial. Tutors are a fantastic resource to help educate today’s students in a world that is rapidly moving ahead. Tutors can offer a level of interaction and education on a personal level that is just not possible in modern-day schooling.

So, now that we know getting a tutor is a great idea, how do we choose the right one?

1. It is important to select a tutor with excellent teaching abilities.
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In order to educate someone, an individual must have complete mastery over the subject; otherwise, they will be more of a hindrance than a help. It is beneficial to find a tutor associated with a business that assesses their tutors for you. You will pay a little more this way, but you will save a lot of time and energy.

This helps to avoid rogue tutors who claim to be more than they are.  

2. Make sure the lessons are tailored to fit individual student needs.
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The first thing you should check is, is the tutor’s teaching method.
Is it an individual and tailored approach? Or is it one size fits all?
The best form of education is one that is specifically tailored to fit the student’s needs. A customised approach should include regular informal assessments. This ensures the students are moving at a pace that is not only comfortable but also ensures they are gaining a solid knowledge of the subjects and skills they are learning within it.
Individual tutoring is the best way to achieve this, as it guarantees the student will get their tutors full and undivided attention for the duration of the lesson.

3. Find a tutoring business that is open and clear about who their tutors are and what they offer.
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When looking into a tutoring business, it pays to ask some tough questions. The good news is, an excellent tutoring business will have access to all of these answers with very little effort on your part. Be wary of tutoring businesses or websites that are not open about who their tutors are, their level of education, and whether they employ or contract their workers.


Here are some questions you should ask yourself when considering a tutoring company:
  • Do they have a minimum standard of education for their tutors? How can a tutor help anyone reach a high level of education if they haven’t reached it themselves?
  • Do their Tutors to have background checks? Police checks and WWC Checks are essential, especially if this person is working with your children or in your home.
  • How long have they been operational for? This is especially important with the current climate. Many people decide to ‘try their hand’ at tutoring with no knowledge of the current curriculums, no guidance, and occasionally no or low education. Many of these kinds of tutors come and go, suddenly leaving their students without a tutor when they need them most. The worst thing? An unmonitored tutor who is just ‘giving it a go’ can do serious damage to a students education and confidence.
  • Do they monitor their tutors to ensure they are delivering a high standard of tuition? A good tutoring business will have someone qualified to look over the lesson plans of all their tutors regularly, and they will allow the clients to have access to them upon request. A good tutoring company has nothing to hide.
  • Do they employ or contract their tutors? This is important, because places that contract their tutors take no responsibility for the quality their tutors deliver. Their tutors are entirely independent of the business, which acts more like an agency that charges tutors and students a regular finder fee, but does nothing more than link a student with a tutor and then take payment. How can they ensure you a high-quality lesson when their tutors are completly independent?
We hope our tips help you find the perfect turor for your needs!

These tips will help you choose a tutor in the future and one who can give their students the education and support their students deserve. We wish you all the best in your hunt for the right tutor!

Jessica Evergreen
Jessica Evergreen

Director of Evergreen Tutoring Services and qualified teacher.

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