Good morning, everyone. Back in September, I developed online services to include Skype Calls as an alternative form of tuition. So far, these have only been used with international students, and have been going well; however, from January, these calls will also be an alternative for regular students who cannot attend their class due to bad weather or other commitments, and are unable to attend any other appropriate class during that week. I will be sending everyone a letter regarding this shortly, so check your emails! Hurrah for the internet! Happy Thursday! :)
It's a busy time for Psychology deadlines at the moment - whether it be 'A' Level exam preparation for January, or degree level assignments. I am happy to support students - current and new- in either of these areas. Either check out the 'Stop Press' page for latest cancellations, or visit the Timetable to see when I am free. Or, simply contact me to discuss. Happy reading, everyone. :)
Obama has delivered some rousing speeches. I was listening to his acceptance speech yesterday and it certainly got the crowd going. For those taking GCSEs this year, the best way to prepare for your writing tasks is to familiarise yourself with how we use these tasks in the real world, and notice what makes them effective. Then you can aim to achieve the same in your own writing - when presenting to a large crowd, wouldn't you love to have your audience in the palm of your hand? That's a great skill! In preparation for this kind of writing task, watch the speech and see if you can pick out the following techniques: use of 3; repetition; emotive language; use of personal pronouns; rhetorical questions; pause; rhythm; hand and facial gestures; metaphors and similes; alternation between simple and more complex sentences, etc. Although this wasn't one of his best (in my opinion), it was still effective. Happy Friday, everyone! :)
Good morning! The sun is shining, and it's Friday tomorrow! I was watching Richard E. Grant's programme on 'Hotel Secrets' last night (I think that's the name?), and he recited a poem by Dylan Thomas called 'Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night'. The poem moved me so much that I immediately had to look it up, and the context around it is even more emotive. This was one of the last poems Thomas wrote, and it is a eulogy to his dying father. He, himself, was also unwell and aware of his own physical and psychological demise. Do read it and let me know what you think - whether you like it as much as I do. I will certainly be using it in poetry lessons for the next couple of weeks! Lesson learned: you never know where a quality t.v. programme might take you - a good excuse to get watching! :)
Happy Monday, everyone! Welcome back to classes as normal. I hope you have all enjoyed the rest and are geared up for this half-term. This is where it starts to get increasingly busy and continues to do so up until June, so stay on top of your work for maximum success and to avoid exam stress! We are currently Week 1 for those who come fortnightly. Remember to check the Timetable if in doubt. May this be the start to a great week!
Happy Holidays, everyone! I expect there is now a mad scramble amongst some to get the homework completed, now that the half-term break is nearing its end! Don't panic, you have a little bit of time left. What is important, however, is to prepare for the upcoming exams in November and January. Make sure you are well organised,with your specification at the front of your folders, along with past papers, so that you know the format of the exams and what is expected. The best way to avoid the anxiety of exams is to be well prepared, which involves organisation - of resources, of time, and of mind. Contact me if you would like particular help with exam stress. Happy Friday! :)