English Vocabulary, Grammar

Envy vs Jealous

I was asked to clarify this a week or two ago, so I thought I’d make a video.

 

English Language, English Vocabulary, Essay Writing, Tutor, VCE EAL, VCE English

Word of the week: fanatic

From Oxford Dictionaries:

A person filled with excessive and single-minded zeal, especially for an extreme religious or political cause:

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English Language, English Vocabulary, Idioms, Tutor

Idiom: Necessity, mother of invention

Necessity is the mother of invention

This idiom* is used to express the idea that a creative solution was reached because there were no alternatives. This is usually used in situations where there was a desperate need for a solution and there were none to be found, so people had to get creative.

Below is a clear illustration of this idea: Continue reading “Idiom: Necessity, mother of invention”

English Language, School, Tutor, VCE EAL, VCE English

How to find a good tutor

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Finding a good tutor is like finding a needle in a haystack. Image credit: Feature FM

Finding a good tutor can be a bit of gamble: a good ATAR doesn’t automatically translate into a good tutor, going to a ‘good’ school also guarantees very little. So what can you do as a student/parent?  Continue reading “How to find a good tutor”

Essay Writing, Language Analysis

Analysing a Visual

Note: This is a post from a series of scheduled posts while I’m away.

Many students don’t feel confident in analysing the visual in the text they get. Below is some general advice for students who struggle with knowing how to write about them:  Continue reading “Analysing a Visual”

Essay Writing

Editing: long sentences

Note: This is a post from a series of scheduled posts while I’m away for a few weeks.

In this video, I edit a super duper long sentence. Please note that the use of low camera angle is wrong, but I’m just editing for length so I left that alone. 

I hope that was helpful! 

~Shirlaine

Essay Writing

Proofreading

Note: This is a post from a series of scheduled posts while I’m away.

Image via shewrites.com
Image via shewrites.com

Proofreading. 

It’s so important, but so many students don’t do it. The most common reason for this is because students leave it until the end of their exam/test, so there’s simply not enough time.  Continue reading “Proofreading”

Essay Writing, VCE EAL, VCE English

How to prepare for your VCE context essay

Note: This is a post from a series of scheduled posts while I’m away.

In this video, I talk about how I prepare my students for the context bit of their VCE English/EAL exam. (My phone is dying and won’t record a video that’s longer than 30 seconds so most of it is just audio. Sorry!) 

I hope that was helpful! 

~Shirlaine

Language Analysis, School, VCE EAL, VCE English

When authors use multiple persuasive techniques at once

Note: This post is one of a series of scheduled posts while I’m away for a few weeks.

Some students get a little confused when authors use multiple persuasive techniques/devices at once. Where do you start? Which one do you talk about first? Below is an example:  Continue reading “When authors use multiple persuasive techniques at once”