How to revise for mock exams

Whether you call them mock exams or trial exams (nothing reassures you it’s low-stakes like calling it a trial, right?!), whether they’re before Christmas or after, chances are if you’re a GCSE or  A-Level student you’ll have practice exams coming up soon. And in many schools, you’ll have them a couple of times a year. Mock exams. The full experience of walking into a hall, finding your seat number, remembering to bring a clear pencil case and water bottle in case you’ve scribbled some physics formulae on the inside. They can be hard and they can be stressful. But they …

Writing and podcasting – poetry analysis tutorials

Something I’ve been doing a fair bit of lately is poetry analysis – some I’ve posted here, some has been at school, and then there’s this little exciting project: https://www.audiopi.co.uk/ AudioPi is a site that has podcasts for students studying A-Level and GCSE English, and History. They’re building up the site but already have modules on a range of texts for the new syllabi. I’m writing the GCSE Poetry Anthology collection – each podcast deals with either a single poem or a pair of poems, and then there’s some at the end of the course which explore how to use …