The VCE English exam is probably one of the toughest exams out of all the VCE subject exams. Split into 3 essays, it is a HUGE 3 hours! If you have a teen who is doing VCE English 3/4 (aka Year 12 English) in 2022 or 2023, here's the breakdown of Section C of the dreaded exam.
2 Things your teen MUST do in Term 1!
It's Term 1! Is your teen ready? Have they read their texts? Done nothing over the summer?
Try these verbs instead of ‘attack’
Try these verbs for stronger argument analysis! How can a student write a good argument analysis essay? Analysing the article using great vocabulary! How can an English tutor or parent help their student write great argument analysis essays? At TSE Tuition, we like to focus on the verb. For a VCE Year 11 or VCE… Continue reading Try these verbs instead of ‘attack’
An easy way to prepare for the comparative essay
Envy vs Jealous
I was asked to clarify this a week or two ago, so I thought I'd make a video. https://youtu.be/wFN1gwBE1to
Some advice about dictionaries
I actually have to explain how to use a paper dictionary to about half of my students, so why not put it in a video? https://youtu.be/oNYrnhNOFNU I hope that was helpful! ~Shirlaine
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: In everyday speech, 'fanatic' can be replaced with 'crazy about' or 'fan' or another term to describe a person who is outrageously passionate about something. While this is usually acceptable in casual conversation, it is important to note… Continue reading Word of the week: fanatic
Word of the week: Ponder
From Oxford Dictionaries: Think about (something) carefully, especially before making a decision or reaching a conclusion A common mistake is to use it interchangeably with think. Think is a more general word, used across a wide variety of situations where someone has a thought, idea or opinion. Ponder is far more specific and only used where someone… Continue reading Word of the week: Ponder
How to find a good tutor
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? As someone who goes through the process all the time (I find and train tutors and send them… Continue reading How to find a good tutor
How to revise for your English/EAL exam
The English/EAL exam is always a bit tricky to prepare for because, well, how to you study a skill? My answer to that is this: you don't. You practise a skill. That is, you repeat an action until you can do it perfectly. And then you repeat that perfect action another million times. This means… Continue reading How to revise for your English/EAL exam