How to study poetry: enjoyment or analysis?

As I come towards the end of my first set of online English sessions, I was asked a question by one of the parents about poetry and how to encourage an appreciation of poetry in children.  The parent acknowledged that this was a difficult question and that there is probably a different answer for every child.  It did get me thinking however, and here are my musings! Poetry – is it interesting? Due to the age of the students I usually work with, when I study poetry with them, they have usually already formed an opinion of what poetry is … Continue reading

Helping your teenager with English

Whether you are a home educator or your children go to school you are an integral part of your child’s education. Once they get to the teenage years, however, it can be difficult to know how best to help them with their learning. They may see teachers as the only source of knowledge, your own subject confidence may be shaky or feel a little rusty or you may just have run out of ideas. English can be a difficult area to tackle. It is easy to see how those first steps in English, learning to read and write, can be of … Continue reading

What makes a good tutor?

If you want to invest time and money into tuition, you want to be sure that it is good tuition.  You want to make sure that the tutor is good. The big question is, however, what are you looking for and how do you tell?  Here are ten tips to help you choose a tutor. Relationship You need to have a good working relationship with a tutor.  Perhaps the most important things for the success of a learning relationship is that the tutor and tutee can work together. Having a good working relationship can mean different things to different people, … Continue reading