English Tutoring with Lisa

English Tutoring with Lisa

A fully qualified English teacher with 14+ years experience offering tailored online English Tuition.

A fully qualified English teacher with 14+ years experience offering online English Language and Literature tuition from KS2 to GCSE and A-Level on a 1:1 and small group basis.

Photos from English Tutoring with Lisa's post 18/06/2024

When one of your lovely parents knows how much you love Popsy dresses and nominates you to receive a treat…. 🥰😍

17/06/2024

Hi everyone,
I’m so sorry if you’ve messaged me and I haven’t responded. Messenger is really playing up at the moment and keeps giving me this message 😩
If you’re trying to get in touch with me, it might be better to email, text or WhatsApp.
Thanks 🙏 x

14/06/2024

What a great way to spend a Friday afternoon 🥰 Really enjoyed catching up with some tutor friends x x

It’s always lovely catching up with tutor pals especially in real life!

I had a great afternoon catching up with A+ Tutoring Services and English Tutoring with Lisa and had some tasty food and lots of tutor chat!

It definitely beats staff meetings! Thank you ladies xx

12/06/2024

🌟 TRIAL LESSON - GCSE ENGLISH 🌟

A reminder that I’m running a trial lesson this evening for students hoping to join my GCSE English Booster Group targeting Grades 7-9. This currently runs every Wednesday at 6.30pm (though this will change to 5.30pm in September.)

Please contact me if you’re interested 🤩

Photos from English Tutoring with Lisa's post 11/06/2024

Hi everyone 👋
I’ve been busy organising my September timetable and I’m now taking bookings for my GCSE/IGCSE and KS3 classes for home educated students and those in mainstream education 📝 ✅
Sessions will commence the w/b 9th September and run up until October half term. Spaces are already starting to fill and I’m looking forward to meeting some new students as well as welcoming my current students back in September 📚🥰
If you’re interested in any of my sessions, please get in touch. I’m running trial lessons for a range of classes including GCSE/IGCSE over the next few weeks, so let me know if you’d like more information. I’d love to hear from you and discuss how I can support your child 😀

Photos from English Tutoring with Lisa's post 10/06/2024

Painting with coffee was so much fun! I realised I’d forgotten to share these beautiful creations, so here they are! 🥰
My lovely students experimented with different effects including splattering coffee, using coffee ring prints and a blow pen. One was even inspired to apply some of these techniques to create another painting of her favourite character, Stitch 🤩

Photos from English Tutoring with Lisa's post 08/06/2024

We’ve had a great adventure at Harlech Castle today climbing towers, chasing Holly along the battlements and enjoying beautiful views ☀️ 🏰 🥰
Holly wanted to play princesses, knights and dragons & Rich decided he needed a rest 🤣
We also had a scary moment when our Little Miss Independent managed to lock herself in the disabled toilet! There’s nothing like being outmanoeuvred by a threenager when they’re in mischief mode 😅 Rich managed to open the lock with the edge of a key and then we panicked that we still couldn’t get in - until we eventually realised it was a sliding door 🙈🤣

Photos from English Tutoring with Lisa's post 07/06/2024

Happy Friday everyone 😀

It’s been a great week back after half term and an emotional one too. It’s always lovely to see my students again, welcome new faces and start new topics, but I’ve also said goodbye to my current Y11 students this week. Some of my lovelies have been with me since Y10 (some I taught in Y6 at Oldfields 😳) and I’ll miss them 🥹❤️

Here’s a snapshot of our lessons this week:

📚 An introduction to travel writing and stylistic conventions with KS3 home ed students.
📚 Using formal language and letter conventions to write letters of complaint in my afterschool KS3 class.
📚Exam preparation for English Language Paper 2 focusing on techniques, tips and tricks to maximise marks for each question type. We addressed a range of issues and thought provoking topics including the representation of women in football and homelessness.
📚 Descriptive writing techniques using ‘March of the Penguins’ as a stimulus with my GCSE and IGCSE English classes
📚An introduction to historical murder mystery, ‘Sawbones’ where we discussed the context and explored how the writer engages the reader in the opening chapter.
🎨 Drawing insects from observation in art using scale, proportion and shading in pencil - check out the level of concentration on one of my lovely student’s faces in the photos 🐜 🐞 🤩

If you’re interested in any of my lessons, please get in touch. I’m running trial lessons for a range of classes including GCSE/IGCSE next week, so let me know if you’d like more information. I’d love to hear from you and discuss how I can support your child 😀

Photos from English Tutoring with Lisa's post 06/06/2024

My lovely home ed students created some amazing pieces in our last KS3 topic 🥰
These were inspired by the short animation ‘Killing Time at Home’ and explored issues of friendship, loneliness and the environment 👭🫶💔🌎
We created new characters and imagined a scenario where their character escaped and went on an adventure which produced some beautiful creative writing. We then combined all these elements to create a final mixed media piece.
Completely blown away by their creativity🤩🥰

03/06/2024

Yikes!! I’ve somehow made it to 1K followers! 😳🥰🥳
It doesn’t feel like that long ago I was doing a happy dance at reaching 100 (and my hubby was laughing at me lol)💃 🙌🤣
I remember removing the 0 from the template & wondering how anyone manages to reach that number, but now I need to add it back on! 🤩

Thanks again to all my lovely followers for your continued support and those of you who’ve recently joined my page. I really appreciate it and couldn’t do my fabulous job without you 🤗💕xx

Photos from English Tutoring with Lisa's post 30/05/2024

I usually teach during May half term, so it’s felt a bit odd having a quieter one. It was really needed though after feeling poorly for ages (my cold lasted over a month in the end 😱) and it’s been so lovely to spend some quality time with Rich and Holly this week 🥰

I’ve been looking back over some of the lovely messages I’ve received from my home ed students and their parents in the run up to exams (and afterwards) and genuinely can’t believe how much my little tuition business has grown since I first started. I work with the best families and have made some fantastic friends. I can’t imagine doing anything else, so I’m so thankful to everyone who has chosen to work with me and support me ❤️

I started my first IGCSE English Language group in January last year with just one pupil, which soon grew, and now most of my students have sat the exam! It’s always a bit sad to say goodbye, but it’s a job well done when your students are ready to leave and move on to the next new chapter in their lives 🥰

Next week will be an emotional one too; my lovely Y11 students in my afterschool groups will be having their last session with me before their final English exam. Time really does fly and it’s such a privilege to be part of a child’s learning journey - however long or short that may be ❤️

29/05/2024

I was up until late packaging up these beauties and they’re all ready to be posted off to new homes 🥳📚 Eeek!

I still have one space left if anyone would like to join us - it really is the very last chance to book 😅

26/05/2024

The face of a tired, but happy tutor who is very glad it’s half term (who badly needs her roots doing 🙈🤣) and who is very excited that the ‘Sawbones’ books have arrived ready to be posted next week! 🙌

There are 3 spaces left if anyone wants to join us. The course includes 7 lessons, a signed copy of the book posted and our author Q&A 🤩 It starts on Wednesday 5th June (from 10.00-10.50am UK time) with our final session on the 24th July (there is no session on Wednesday 26th June.)

Happy half term! I hope it’s a good one 🥳

22/05/2024

Top Tips for your English Language Exam

My lovely GCSE students have their first English Language exam tomorrow. Understandably, they’re feeling a bit nervous, but I have every confidence that they’ll do brilliantly 🍀🙌🥰

Here are some top tips:

📚 Read the question carefully; make sure you are answering each one - keep referring back to it.
📚 Focus on timings, especially in relation to the marks - spend longer on the questions which are worth more.
📚Draw all over your paper. Rule off sections of the text, highlight key words in the question and text.
📚Highlight/annotate the text analysing key features and the effect on the reader. Try to give alternative interpretations to attain the higher marks.
📚For the structure question, tackle the text in chronological order - always refer to the beginning & end. How does it engage the reader?
📚Don’t get confused between language and structure. Language techniques include similes, metaphors, personification & specific word choices etc, whereas structure includes setting, character introductions & perspective, shifts in focus etc. Sentence structure can fall under both categories.
📚 For language, try not to feature spot; make sure you explain the effect of a particular word/phrase on the reader.
📚Use quotations to support your points - short, embedded ones are best.
📚For the critical evaluation question, use all the skills from the previous questions & comment on language and structure. Think about what the writer wanted to achieve & the methods they use to achieve this - how successful are they?
📚For the writing section, create a quick bullet point plan you can turn into 5 paragraphs. Remember to use devices to engage your reader, keep a consistent tense & check the technical accuracy of your writing. Don’t forget to paragraph & punctuate! Aim for quality, rather than quantity (1 1/2 to 2 sides of A4) as this makes it easier to control your writing.
📚 Remember to stay calm, take a deep breath and do your best.

Best of luck to you all 🤞🍀 You’ve worked super hard and deserve to smash it!! 🥰😀🌟

Photos from English Tutoring with Lisa's post 22/05/2024

This was so much fun to teach (please ignore the messy desk 🙈🤣) and my house now smells beautifully of coffee ☕️

Thanks if you joined me - I can’t wait to see my students’ finished pieces 🤩

22/05/2024

Another fabulous piece of neurographic art from one of my lovely students 🤩

I’m looking forward to our session today where we’ll be painting with coffee and experimenting with different techniques ☕️ 🎨 🖌️

I’m not a big fan of coffee (I have to add soooo much sugar to make it drinkable) and much prefer tea, but the smell is incredible ☕️

So, coffee or tea? Which do you prefer to drink? (or paint with) ☕️🤔😁

20/05/2024

📣 Calling all Home Ed Parents 📣

Just a reminder that this awesome course is now live on my website 🤩 Aimed at 11-14 year olds, students will study this fabulous text and have the opportunity to meet the author for a live Q&A 🙌😀

I have 3 SPACES left and will be posting the books next week 📚 💕

COMING SOON…….

Really excited to offer a NEW literature course and amazing author talk to my KS3 students 📚✍️🤩

It’s not published on my website yet, but a few spaces have been reserved already ❤️

This is a daytime course suitable for home educated and international students - though I may run an afterschool one depending on availability and interest ✨

19/05/2024

Beautiful bike ride along the Mawddach Trail today - the views across the estuary are just gorgeous 🥰☀️😎
I’m sure I looked a bit odd in this heat wearing a scarf, but I’m still looking after my throat after a record 3 weeks battling bugs 🙈😷 Rich has also pimped my ride and given my bike electric capability, so I was zooming along at pace! 🚲🤣

I hope my lovely students have been enjoying some sunshine alongside their revision, ready to tackle Literature Paper 2 tomorrow and GCSE/IGCSE English Language on Thursday. I’m so proud of you all 🥰 You’ve got this! 🙌 🍀

Photos from English Tutoring with Lisa's post 14/05/2024

I work with the best families. I received these lovely messages today 🥰 x

12/05/2024

Best of luck to my fab Year 11 students sitting their first English exam tomorrow morning and to everyone sitting exams over the coming weeks 💪🌟

My students have worked so hard; I’m really proud of you all! Take a deep breath, stay calm and go in that exam hall and smash it! You deserve to do brilliantly 🤩🥰

Photos from English Tutoring with Lisa's post 10/05/2024

🌟Happy Friday!🌟

It seemed apt choosing this poem to revise unseen poetry with my GCSE classes. I’ve taught it a few times before, but it’s really resonated with me this time round as my own little one has been learning to ride a bike 🥰

My daughter is absolutely fearless - just like the speaker’s daughter in the poem - and I love that about her, but she also scares me half to death! 🥰😅

It’s also a reminder that time is fleeting and we need to live in the present ❤️

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend xx

09/05/2024

Top Tips for your Literature Exam

Time is flying, GCSE revision is in full swing and the first English Literature exam is on Monday 13th May! 📖 ✍️

The lovely students in my groups are all studying different literature texts (from ‘A Christmas Carol’ to ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘Macbeth’ to ‘The Tempest’ 📚🤩) so it’s been a mammoth task organising individual exam extracts & revision notes for everyone, but we got there! 🤯😁

Here are some top tips to help in the exam:

📚 Read the question carefully and create a 5 bullet point plan to make sure you’re answering the question - keep referring back to it.
📚 Place the extract in context and think about what comes before and after it - structure is important.
📚Highlight/annotate the extract before analysing the language features and effect on the reader. Try to give alternative interpretations to attain the higher marks.
📚Tackle the wider, whole text question in chronological order and always refer to the beginning and end of the text.
📚Don’t worry about remembering loads of lengthy quotations. Refer to specific moments in the text & try to remember key words and phrases. The best quotes are short, well-chosen ones which you can use for a number of themes and ideas.
📚Remember that the characters are constructs. What is the writer’s purpose and reason for writing the text and why are they using that particular character?
📚 Refer to ‘big ideas’ like patriarchy, society, religion and the human condition (and what it means to be human) covering ideas of isolation, poverty, growth, mortality etc.
📚Use contextual information to support your analysis of the text and make sure it’s linked to the question.
📚 Remember to stay calm, take a deep breath and do your best.

I love Mr Salles’ advice that writing is thinking. Examiners will mark what’s there, so try to make as many points as you can to maximise your marks 🌟 💫 😀
Brandish that pen and make it smoke with ex*****on!* ✍️ 💪

*not so bloody for those of you studying Macbeth who will hopefully recognise this quote 😆

Photos from English Tutoring with Lisa's post 05/05/2024

🌟 Happy Bank Holiday Weekend 🌟

Just a reminder that there are no lessons on Monday and Tuesday next week. It’s on the booking confirmation email I sent out at the start of half term and I’ve popped a reminder onto Google classroom too 🙂

My lovely husband has whisked me and Holly away for a few days as it’s my birthday on Tuesday 🥳 We’re visiting Chester and took Holly to Chester Zoo today. She was fascinated by the penguins most of all 🐧🤩

I hope everyone is having a lovely bank holiday weekend. I’ll respond to any messages as soon as I can and look forward to delivering some more GCSE masterclasses before the first literature exam on Monday 13th May 💪💕

Photos from English Tutoring with Lisa's post 03/05/2024

🌟Happy Friday!!🌟

What a week! It’s been a busy week tutoring with highs, lows and a few challenges thrown in to make life interesting 😅

I’m still not feeling great with this pesky sore throat and Bitpaper was down yesterday morning when I had my lovely IGCSE group. We had to adapt the lesson, which isn’t ideal when you’re preparing for exams, so thank you to my lovely students for bearing with me ☺️

I absolutely loved running my art taster session this week: the students were a joy to teach; they produced some fabulous work and I had some really lovely feedback after the session too! 🤩

Thank you so much if your child joined me and please remember to fill in my feedback form if you haven’t done this already - I’d really appreciate it 💕

Watch this space for more art sessions as I’d love to organise and run more 🎨 🥰

02/05/2024

I’m so sorry everyone - just need to point out that the masterclasses which start at 12.00pm run until 1.15pm. They’re not 15 minutes long!! 🙈🤣

I’ll blame my fuzzy head on this rotten cold alongside dealing with a toddler who’s still full of mischief despite the fact that she has it too! 🤧😅

🌟GCSE Masterclasses - NEW DATES🌟

Due to demand (and with just a few weeks to go!) I’ve added extra masterclasses to my website to support your child with their GCSE English revision the weekend before both English Literature exams*

Perfect for Year 11 students who want to ace their exams & Year 10 pupils who’d like to get a head start, my ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ reviewed masterclasses have been designed to:

✅ Boost your child’s confidence
✅ Equip them with the skills needed to maximise their marks
✅ Help them to identify exactly what examiners are looking for in exam responses.

Whether your child is hoping to secure a pass in English or aiming to achieve Grades 8/9, my sessions will give a step by step approach and include top tips to help your child to reach (and surpass!) their target grades 💫

Follow the link below to book or get in touch if you have any questions. I offer discounts to current students and followers of my page for multiple bookings:

https://english-tutoring-with-lisa.live.baluu.co.uk/events

Delivered by a fully qualified, secondary English teacher with 16 years’ experience, a specialism in gifted and talented provision and DBS on the Update Service.

*Please note I’m covering ‘An Inspector Calls’ earlier which is on Paper 2 - this exam is on Monday 20th May.

30/04/2024

COMING SOON…….

Really excited to offer a NEW literature course and amazing author talk to my KS3 students 📚✍️🤩

It’s not published on my website yet, but a few spaces have been reserved already ❤️

This is a daytime course suitable for home educated and international students - though I may run an afterschool one depending on availability and interest ✨

29/04/2024

I’m feeling a bit rough today with a scratchy, sore throat (Holly has been very generous sharing her germs 🤣) but this amazing review has really cheered me up! 🤩🙌🥰

I ❤️ my job and always very grateful to receive a review or recommendation xx

28/04/2024

🌟GCSE Masterclasses - NEW DATES🌟

Due to demand (and with just a few weeks to go!) I’ve added extra masterclasses to my website to support your child with their GCSE English revision the weekend before both English Literature exams*

Perfect for Year 11 students who want to ace their exams & Year 10 pupils who’d like to get a head start, my ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ reviewed masterclasses have been designed to:

✅ Boost your child’s confidence
✅ Equip them with the skills needed to maximise their marks
✅ Help them to identify exactly what examiners are looking for in exam responses.

Whether your child is hoping to secure a pass in English or aiming to achieve Grades 8/9, my sessions will give a step by step approach and include top tips to help your child to reach (and surpass!) their target grades 💫

Follow the link below to book or get in touch if you have any questions. I offer discounts to current students and followers of my page for multiple bookings:

https://english-tutoring-with-lisa.live.baluu.co.uk/events

Delivered by a fully qualified, secondary English teacher with 16 years’ experience, a specialism in gifted and talented provision and DBS on the Update Service.

*Please note I’m covering ‘An Inspector Calls’ earlier which is on Paper 2 - this exam is on Monday 20th May.

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