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This blog is primarily aimed at engaging students in reading, so many of the articles that you will find here are recommendations for books written by tutors or the students themselves.
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Throughout the year, JMTutoring will periodically write articles on all things to do with education and English tuition.
World Book Day 2021 March 4th is World Book Day. And this year it all feels a bit… funky. As a secondary school teacher, World Book Day has often passed me by. Unfortunately, the series of reports, marking assessments, planning
Onjali Rauf Onjali Rauf is making a big stir in the world of Children’s literature: and for good cause. She’s the founder and CEO of Making Herstory, a non-profit organisation that is “working to end the abuse, enslavement and trafficking of
What to look for in a great online tutor The online tuition market has exploded recently with new teachers and tutors looking to provide services. How can you ensure you’re hiring the right person for the job? Book Tuition Questions
The 2020 book round up, but this time it’s for grown ups.
In the UK, we’ve survived two lock downs, a transfer to a tier system, and endless U-turns from the government. All in under a year.
How have I survived? By reading extra books, of course!
So here’s the first instalment of the 2020 book round up….
2020 – Review of the Year Pause for Thought Why write a review of 2020? It’s generally agreed that it was awful, so what is the point? Reflection is a vital part of teaching and learning. Without reflecting on their
What do you do when you feel sad? If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s the importance of mental wellbeing. Earlier this week, one of my students logged into tuition very upset about what had happened during the day at
Free Writing Students (and their parents) often ask me how they can best improve their writing – and how to do it quickly. So, here’s an overview of free writing. It is by far my favourite way of improving creative
Lockdown 2.0 Boris’ announcement at the weekend did not come as a surprise to many. It seems to be that before any big change in the rules, it’s leaked to the press a day or two before the government themselves
Best Tutors in 2020 Last year I wrote an article for my blog about what to look for in a private tutor. It proved to be one of the more popular posts and drew a world wide audience. Since then,
1-2-1 Online English Tutoring Everything you need to know about online tuition. Book Tuition Online Tutors Since COVID, the market for online tuition has exploded here’s a quick run down of how it works, and what to watch out for.
Reading Technique for 11+ The reading technique for exams differs from how students are taught to read for pleasure. Under time constraints, many children skim a text and so struggle to identify and then explain key points of the passage.
Expanding Children’s Vocab Learning 11+ Vocabulary Many students are currently reading, reciting, and remembering a variety of complex vocabulary for entrance exams and 11+ tests. But many students find this method of learning vocabulary tedious. Here are some suggestions of
Books and reading are central to JMTutoring’s teaching aims. We hope to be able to unlock books and literature for every child. Book recommendations come to us from our students as much as our tutors, so check back regularly to see what they’ve been reading.
Improving Children’s Creative Writing There’s a lot to consider when children start creative writing, the Descriptosaurus makes things a little bit easier. Children’s Creative Writing As an English teacher and independent tutor, I see a variety of children who wish
GCSE Reading List Over the next few weeks, we will be writing a series of reviews of books that support and develop students’ understanding of key texts. Ideal for developing understanding of literature and different texts, this GCSE reading list
Book Review : A Double Whammy! These books arrived at my home at the start of the lockdown as part of the 2020 Carnegie Longlist. I have grouped the next two reviews together because both books, while totally different in
The Darkest Minds Alexandra Bracken Reviewed by Ruby The Darkest Minds is the first book in this gripping book series. It is written by Alexandra Bracken and is recommended 13+. It all starts just before Ruby’s 10th birthday, when she
Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth Frank Cottrell BoyceReviewed by Rowan SPUTNIK’S GUIDE TO LIFE ON EARTH ‘Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth’ is about an alien called Sputnik and a boy called Prez who meet each other and try
What to read after The Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is great. For a lot of children, it’s the gateway to reading independently: the books are entertaining, easily understandable and many students love