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The Big Four Language Features

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The Big Four language features are the most common features used in all sorts of writing. They are also the most common features that examiners want you to notice when answering reading comprehension questions. Section A of both of the AQA GCSE English Language exams, for example, will require you to identify and analyse language features. Continue reading

How to use apostrophes correctly

A woman writing in a book, using apostrophes correctly.
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Using apostrophes correctly is an easy way to gain more marks in GCSE English exam writing. So, with a little bit of clear thinking, apostrophes can be used correctly every single time. Then sit back and watch those marks roll in. Continue reading

Spelling: there, their and they’re

Letterpress letters. Spelling: there, their and they're.
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Spelling ‘there’, ‘their’ and ‘they’re’ can cause major confusion. Learn strategies here to tell them apart and get it right every time. Continue reading

How to capitalise proper nouns

bruno-martins-442162-unsplash. How to capitalise proper nouns.
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Capitalising proper nouns is an easy habit to develop but so often ignored. Start here to learn how to capitalise proper nouns and see your marks soar. Continue reading

How to format paragraphs clearly

Coloured lockers. How to format paragraphs correctly.
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Learn how to format paragraphs clearly and consistently. Your text will look more professional, it will be easier to read and you will get higher marks. Continue reading

How to format dialogue in stories

A wall covered in books. How to format dialogue in stories.
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Good dialogue, well formatted, can bring a story to life and see you rocket up the mark scale. Learn how to format dialogue in stories here. Continue reading

Timed GCSE English Exam Practice

Timed GCSE English Exam Practice. Mountain and forest scene.
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Many students ask, “How can I prepare for GCSE English?” This post is the answer to that age-old question. Some even say, “You can’t prepare for GCSE English.” I really worry hear I hear that! Preparation is possible – and vital. Continue reading