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:

Continue reading “Word of the week: fanatic”

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! 


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”

Essay Writing, VCE EAL, VCE English

Video: The ‘Bang for Buck’ writing principle

When writing under timed conditions, it’s important to understand time as a limited resource. Are you using your x number of minutes to write stuff that going to get you the highest mark?  Continue reading “Video: The ‘Bang for Buck’ writing principle”


Editing: Whose Reality Context Sentence

In this video, I edit a student sentence from a Whose Reality context expository essay which uses Willy Loman from Death of a Salesman as an example. 

Continue reading “Editing: Whose Reality Context Sentence”

English Vocabulary, VCE EAL, VCE English

My #1 English vocabulary rule

As students move up the years in high school, they are expected to use more and more complex vocabulary, but this leads to a pet peeve of mine: inappropriate/incorrect vocabulary. 

Continue reading “My #1 English vocabulary rule”

VCE EAL, VCE English

VCE English/EAL: Context vs. Text essays

When I ask students to explain how context (expository) essays and text essays are different, most of them are a little confused. Hopefully, you’ll have a clear understanding of both by the end of this post!

Continue reading “VCE English/EAL: Context vs. Text essays”