Premium, one-on-one English tutoring for high school students in Dunedin


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Of our students achieve NCEA with a Merit or Excellence endorsement

Our English tutors will help your child:

Break complex problems down into manageable chunks

Fill gaps in their knowledge from previous years

Know how to confidently answer NCEA English questions

Develop a strong intuition for English subjects

Complete assignments and practice tests with supervised support on hand

Understand the subject’s relevance to the world around them

Our top tips to excel in English

Answer all parts of the question

Essay questions come in two parts. The first part of the question usually asks you to describe a certain aspect of the visual or oral text. The second part of the question expands on this and asks you to explain how this aspect helped you to understand/feel engaged with/was important to the text. It is essential when structuring an essay around these questions that you really hit all parts of the question. 

Plan your essay

This is often neglected by students, but it is extremely important in the exam to ensure you don’t get lost mid-way through writing your essay. These plans do not have to be super detailed, and there is even a small space on the second page of the exam paper for you to jot it down! Making a quick, concise plan in the first 10-15 minutes of the exam will help to remind you about how you will structure your essay, as well as remember any key points/quotes that you might forget later on when you are writing. 

Paragraph structure

Having well-structured paragraphs are absolutely essential to achieving in English. For all externals, you are required to answer in a way that clearly conveys your ideas whilst answering the question fully. Remember TEXAS:

Topic sentence = the point you are going to prove in your paragraph 

Evidence = backing up your main point with examples from the text 

eXplanation = explaining how this evidence proves your main point

Author’s purpose = why did the author/director choose to include this in the text

Summary = how all of this comes together to prove the purpose of your paragraph AND the purpose of your essay 

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– SARAH, Parent, English Tutoring

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– SARAH, Parent, Palmerston North

“Inspiration Education has provided a great grounding for our boys and increased their confidence considerably. Nothing beats one on one tutoring!“

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