30 second tips: its or it’s?

The first of our 30 second tips went down well, so now it is time for a second. Today, we are looking at its and it’s. This is one which often confuses people. Hopefully this little clip will give you a way to remember which one you use in which situation.  The first series of our course ‘The mechanics of English’ which gives you more strategies for improving your spelling as well as looking at grammar and application of language, is up and running now. Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter or contact us, if you want to be … Continue reading

30 second tips: Spelling

This is the first of our 30 second tips; and that’s just what they are. 30 second films which give you a mini lesson in something that you might find useful. Today, we are looking at spelling and a strategy you might want to employ to help you improve your spelling. This is a variant of the ‘look, cover, write, check’ method, but really helps you to commit the letter order to memory. If spelling is something you’d like help with, don’t forget our upcoming course, ‘The mechanics of English’ which will give you more strategies for improving your spelling … Continue reading

Spelling

Spelling is something which has been the bane of my life.  I was in the generation of children whose primary teachers had been trained that spelling should be “caught, not taught”, but unfortunately, I didn’t catch it; or at least not all of it. I obviously managed to drag myself through, however, and did indeed go on to get an English degree and to become an English teacher.  Only for spelling (and how to teach it) to become the bane of my life again! A few days ago, a friend of mine bemoaned the fact that she was struggling to … Continue reading