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Here will be listed a wide range of subject guides from aged 5 to adult. They are the product of years of teaching experience and are proven to help with understanding and improving grades. We have 100s of guides so if you're looking for something and can't find it- just ask! Bespoke guides on almost any subject and any level can be available on request.
FREE summary on what can turn up on the 11+ exam
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FREE summary on what can turn up on the 11+ exam

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A brief but detailed summary on what skills would be needed to pass the 11+. It is three pages long and covers English, Maths, Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning. Guides that are in-depth and cover ALL the tasks needed for all these skills, including exam papers exclusively produced for TES, will be/are available in the shop. Easy to read, and written in friendly language- for tutors, parents and students alike.
30% OFF! GCSE English poetry I Wanna Be Yours and Valentine HOW TO COMPARE/CONTRAST
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30% OFF! GCSE English poetry I Wanna Be Yours and Valentine HOW TO COMPARE/CONTRAST

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Suitable for any exam board that includes these poems, this is a SPECIAL OFFER guide on analysing the two poems 'I Wanna Be Yours' by John Cooper Clarke and Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy. 30% OFF USUAL PRICE! Fifteen pages long, fully annotated with a author context and line by line analysis, with a 'how to' compare and contrast, annotation table to fill in, and essay structure guide that can be used for all comparison and contrast essays, this can be used for revision, lessons and to get to know the works by pupils teachers and tutors. NOTE: This is a print-out document in full, and not able to copied into another document for both copyright/plagiarism and lesson content reasons; as it is a full lesson plan and document.
English Literature GCSE FULL MARKED ESSAY on 'A Frosty Night' (Graves) and  'Catrin' (Clarke)
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English Literature GCSE FULL MARKED ESSAY on 'A Frosty Night' (Graves) and 'Catrin' (Clarke)

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Meant to be used in conjunction with the full guide on these two poems on this site, this is a real essay written by one of our pupils, fully annotated and marked to the highest standard. With full corrections and plenty of friendly tips and advice, marked essays like this are vital to help essay improvement and consistency of response. This essay compares and contrasts 'A Frosty Night' by Robert Graves and 'Catrin' by Gillian Clarke, and was for the WJEC board, but can be used in all syllabi and courses that are doing the 'love and loss' module of the poetry anthology.
MATHS: KS2 to GCSE: Co-ordinates
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MATHS: KS2 to GCSE: Co-ordinates

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This is a free four page guide on how to read, draw and understand all four quadrants of a Cartesian graph suitable for revision, handouts and lesson plans for students and teachers from Key Stage 2 upwards. KS2- if the pupil is advanced or very maths-curious then this is the doc for them! This doc has been used successfully with pupils as young as 8! Of course the instructor can use it to get ALL the background for themselves then use this as inspiration to provide a simplified or abridged version for students that needs more help on this topic. KS3- originally created with pupils aged 11-14 in mind, we have since discovered it has far wider uses. GCSE- an essential introduction to this topic, for pupils that struggled with the concept when they were younger. Or a refresher for pupils that have not done it for a while and need to remind themselves of the basics. If you download it PLEASE leave a review as courtesy. Thank you.
A level English 'The Great Gatsby' Major Character Analysis
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A level English 'The Great Gatsby' Major Character Analysis

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Written for the AQA exam board but suitable for any course that includes this book, this is a FREE courtesy guide on analysing the major characters in The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald. Thirteen pages long, fully annotated with a further reading section and a revision quiz, this can be used for revision, lessons and to get to know the work by pupils teachers and tutors. One of a set of six (all available on this site) of guides that comprehensively cover all aspects of this novel from context and themes to symbolism and motifs. If you download this PLEASE leave a review as a courtesy- thank you.
ENGLISH KS3 and GCSE Of Mice and Men- Curley's wife model essay
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ENGLISH KS3 and GCSE Of Mice and Men- Curley's wife model essay

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A model essay for Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men on possibly one of the most contentious characters- Curley's wife. Currently at an A03/grade B level, at the end there are tips on how to improve it to an A/A*. Suitable for pupils who are trying to streamline their essays or come up from a C grade, or lesson aid for tutors and homeschoolers.
11 PLUS entrance exams practice- PART 3: VERBAL REASONING NFER/Nelson/Bond
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11 PLUS entrance exams practice- PART 3: VERBAL REASONING NFER/Nelson/Bond

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This is the third part for the verbal reasoning component of the 11 plus examinations for grammar and selective entrance schools all across the UK. There are 40 possible types of exercise that can turn up on these entrance exams, these are the first quarter. These methods are unique to me and I spent some years with real pupils developing them to the highest possible standard. There is an extra part (5) for exercises added to these tests from 2012 that has been created for exclusive online upload too. This section contains mathematical sequences, codes and algebraic and reasoning long questions. This is for schools that use the NFER Nelson, Nelson Bond or Bond style 11+ verbal reasoning component ONLY. The CEM based 11+ verbal reasoning will be added/ is available in the shop as an extra document. Three more part of this section of the VR are available in the shop. The answers are included, with some explanations. For parents, tutors and pupils who'd like to try for grammar or other selective school, each page has a full and friendly explanation of what to do and what tricks and traps to avoid, with sample questions to try at the bottom of each page. Twelve pages long and at a bargain price of £2 per section. ***Note that one or two typeos are always deliberately left in the NFer 11+ guides because they are notorious for having mistakes in their exams, one reason why many schools and LEAs are moving to CEM formats. Pupils need to know what it 'feels' like to find an error, to 'know' that examiners are fallible, how not to panic when they find an error as they will be awarded the mark anyway, and just to let the teacher/invigilator know. Parents/tutors do have this explanation ready when your child/pupil attempts these tests. Errors are most common on maths and codes exercises.***
11+ survival guide part 5: Verbal Reasoning
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11+ survival guide part 5: Verbal Reasoning

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This is the fifth part for the verbal reasoning component of the 11 plus examinations for grammar and selective entrance schools all across the UK. There are 40-42 (including CEM format) possible types of exercise that can turn up on these entrance exams, these are the first quarter. These methods are unique to me and I spent some years with real pupils developing them to the highest possible standard. This part (5) for exercises added to these tests from 2012 that has been created for exclusive online upload too. It includes- how to interpret timetables, maths problems, codes and letter patterns. For the CEM 11+ guides please see parts 6 and 7 of our survival guide. This section contains mathematical sequences and skills, short codes and vocabulary exercises. This is for schools that use the NFER Nelson, Nelson Bond or Bond style 11+ verbal reasoning component ONLY. All these sections are/will be available in the shop. The answers are included, with some explanations. For parents, tutors and pupils who'd like to try for grammar or other selective school, each page has a full and friendly explanation of what to do and what tricks and traps to avoid, with sample questions to try at the bottom of each page. Twelve pages long and at a bargain price of £2 per section. This is the edited version as a copy with two small errors, of a type that do not feature in the lost of NFer errors, was accidentally uploaded (see below for more on this.). Anyone who bought that copy can have this version for free if they message me. ***Note that one or two typeos are always deliberately left in the NFer 11+ guides because they are notorious for having mistakes in their exams, one reason why many schools and LEAs are moving to CEM formats. Pupils need to know what it 'feels' like to find an error, to 'know' that examiners are fallible, how not to panic when they find an error as they will be awarded the mark anyway, and just to let the teacher/invigilator know. Parents/tutors: do have this explanation ready when your child/pupil attempts these tests. Errors are most common on maths and codes exercises.***
11 PLUS entrance exams practice- PART 1: VERBAL REASONING part 1 NFER/Bond
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11 PLUS entrance exams practice- PART 1: VERBAL REASONING part 1 NFER/Bond

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This is the first part for the verbal reasoning component of the 11 plus examinations for grammar and selective entrance schools all across the UK. There are 40 possible types of exercise that can turn up on these entrance exams, these are the first quarter. These methods are unique to me and I spent some years with real pupils developing them to the highest possible standard. This is for schools that use the NFER Nelson, Nelson Bond or Bond style 11+ verbal reasoning component ONLY. The CEM based 11+ verbal reasoning will be added/ is available in the shop as an extra document. Three more part of this section of the VR are available in the shop. The answers are included, with some explanations. For parents, tutors and pupils who'd like to try for grammar or other selective school, each page has a full and friendly explanation of what to do and what tricks and traps to avoid, with sample questions to try at the bottom of each page. Twelve pages long and at a bargain price of £2 per section. ***Note that one or two typeos are always deliberately left in the NFer 11+ guides because they are notorious for having mistakes in their exams, one reason why many schools and LEAs are moving to CEM formats. Pupils need to know what it 'feels' like to find an error, to 'know' that examiners are fallible, how not to panic when they find an error as they will be awarded the mark anyway, and just to let the teacher/invigilator know. Parents/tutors do have this explanation ready when your child/pupil attempts these tests. Errors are most common on maths and codes exercises.***
GCSE English HOW TO PREPARE AN ESSAY An Inspector Calls- Gerald Croft
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GCSE English HOW TO PREPARE AN ESSAY An Inspector Calls- Gerald Croft

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This is a A/A* grade GCSE English model essay preparation handout covering a topic in the play An Inspector Calls by JB Priestley. In this case it is a discussion of the character of Gerald Croft and how he embodies the themes of the play. It includes points to discuss; themes you should mention in ANY Inspector Calls essays; and quotes- and deviates from the PEE structure. This is because many examiners consider PEE a weak structure for which they can only award AO2/ grade C marks. Great revision/ essay preparation tool that can be adapted for all essays, and useful for those who find the play difficult to follow. It is divided up in how to compile an introduction an essay body and a conclusion. A useful guide for teachers, pupils and tutors/parents who homeschool, with four pages of explanation and themes, and an additional three page section for the addition of relevant quotes and space to make your own analysis/commentary before you start the essay.
11 PLUS entrance exams practice- PART 4: VERBAL REASONING NFER/Nelson/Bond
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11 PLUS entrance exams practice- PART 4: VERBAL REASONING NFER/Nelson/Bond

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This is the fourth part for the verbal reasoning component of the 11 plus examinations for grammar and selective entrance schools all across the UK. There are 40-42 (including CEM format) possible types of exercise that can turn up on these entrance exams, these are the first quarter. These methods are unique to me and I spent some years with real pupils developing them to the highest possible standard. There is an extra part (5) for exercises added to these tests from 2012 that has been created for exclusive online upload too.s For the CEM 11+ guides please see parts 6 and 7 of our survival guide. This section contains mathematical sequences and skills, short codes and vocabulary exercises. This is for schools that use the NFER Nelson, Nelson Bond or Bond style 11+ verbal reasoning component ONLY. All these sections are/will be available in the shop. The answers are included, with some explanations. For parents, tutors and pupils who'd like to try for grammar or other selective school, each page has a full and friendly explanation of what to do and what tricks and traps to avoid, with sample questions to try at the bottom of each page. Eight pages long and at a bargain price of £2 per section. ***Note that one or two typeos are always deliberately left in the NFer 11+ guides because they are notorious for having mistakes in their exams, one reason why many schools and LEAs are moving to CEM formats. Pupils need to know what it 'feels' like to find an error, to 'know' that examiners are fallible, how not to panic when they find an error as they will be awarded the mark anyway, and just to let the teacher/invigilator know. Parents/tutors do have this explanation ready when your child/pupil attempts these tests. Errors are most common on maths and codes exercises.***
A Level English: Analysis of Themes in  ‘The Great Gatsby ’
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A Level English: Analysis of Themes in ‘The Great Gatsby ’

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Written for the AQA exam board but suitable for any course that includes this book, this is a guide on analysing the seven main themes in The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald. Fourteen pages long, fully annotated with a further reading section and a revision quiz, this can be used for revision, lessons and to get to know the work by pupils teachers and tutors. One of a set of six (all available on this site) of guides that comprehensively cover all aspects of this novel from context and themes to symbolism and motifs.
History A/S and A level History Unit 1C The Tudors:  Consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty (module 1)
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History A/S and A level History Unit 1C The Tudors: Consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty (module 1)

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This is a guide for module 1 of Unit 1C: ‘The Tudors: England 1483-1603: Consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty: England 1485-1547. This should be read in conjunction with the other Unit 1C modules for A/S and A2 (available in the shop). It focuses on an overview comparing the monarchial system Henry VII ‘inherited’ with the one he wished to create. (This guide could also be used as background for Unit 2B.) Part 2 of this study is also available on here. Without this context it is difficult to ascertain exactly what Henry VII did to consolidate the monarchy, which is the whole point of this module. At A/S and A level you need to link events and policies if you want an A grade. Made for the AQA exam board but suitable for all exam boards that do this topic, it is useful for teachers, tutors, parents and pupils for a frame of reference for a topic that used to be seen by traditional historians as an 'easy', black and white period of history- how we know it was no such thing.
History A/S overview of Module 2 Unit 2B The Wars of the Roses- The Origins of the Conflict
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History A/S overview of Module 2 Unit 2B The Wars of the Roses- The Origins of the Conflict

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An essential lesson and/or revision guide for parents, pupils and teachers covering all the points you need to gain good marks in the first module of the Unit 2B course of the History A/S and A level syllabus. Written for the AQA exam board, but suitable for all exam boards, this ten page, clearly written document also has multiple choice questions to check understanding and comprehensive further reading sources to delve more deeply into the module. Part of a set of guides for the entire Unit 2B course, consisting of overviews, events, geneaologies, activities set by AQA, in depth and source work. Together they make a full, A grade coverage of the entire syllabus. Suitable for A/S and A level.
English GCSE overview plot content characters and themes- Heroes by Robert Cormier
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English GCSE overview plot content characters and themes- Heroes by Robert Cormier

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An essential lesson and/or revision tool for pupils and teachers for the novella Heroes by Robert Cormier, at GCSE level. It can be used to introduce pupils to the book and as an exam tool once the book has been read and annotated. Originally written for the WJEC board but suitable for all exam boards that are covering this book, this 11 page guide comprehensively covers all aspects of this book Themes Characters Summary/ plot Guided tasks Sample essay Part of a series of guides for all aspects of all GCSE boards, everyone that has used this guide obtained an A in coursework, class tasks or mock exams.
How to learn your times tables
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How to learn your times tables

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Using a pattern based on ten, this guide is meant to show pupils how multiplication tables aren't scary or hard to learn, and emphasise how they work rather than just using blind learning by rote. It can be used for pupils of any age who have trouble remembering the multiplication tables. There will be a second part to this showing how this method applies to larger multiples which is very useful for long division.
Notes and sources on the GCSE/BTec English/Music Lyrical Theory Course
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Notes and sources on the GCSE/BTec English/Music Lyrical Theory Course

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This is a 22 page fully annotated set of notes and supplementary teaching guide meant to cover an entire course for GCSE and BTec Music and English in the context of analysing the lyrics they contain from ancient to modern music. It is the source material for the 60 page entire course on this subject. Also most useful for poetry rules as it contains information on rhyme, rhythm, metre and many other English language techniques and thus can help pupils struggling with poetry to see how it works in music, so making it more relatable for them. Part of this is the document on the whole course to play the songs listed in this document. (See submissions for more detail.) This document has been checked and verified as a top quality resource by the head of music studies at Rare, Liverpool.
English KEY STAGE 3 and GCSE revision guide- Types of Imagery
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English KEY STAGE 3 and GCSE revision guide- Types of Imagery

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A brief but concise guide to all the types of imagery that can occur in English Key Stage 3 and GCSE pieces for study, seen and unseen. useful as a general handout, revision guide for pupils who know some but need to brush up, or as a lesson tool for pupils new to the GCSE or those doing KS3 work at higher level.