January 19, 2017 at 12:20PM

Hello lovely tutees, I’m now taking bookings for half term, on a first come, first served basis. Get in touch asap as I’ve already only got a few slots left. from Prep in York – Private English and Drama Tuition http://ift.tt/1R9y88U
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Merry Christmas!

I have had a very quiet few months on my blog, mainly because of various not-so-fun things taking up my time, but I’d like to wish all my tutees and their families, past and present, a very merry Christmas!  I hope you have wonderful holidays, read some great books, eat too much figgy pudding and thoroughly relax.  See you all soon!

Merry Christmas!

October 24, 2016 at 03:46PM

Just did the IT prep for the schools broadcast of the RSC’s Hamlet with my 5 year old. We watched the clip 4 times and then she said, ‘oooh…he’s going to catch the conscience of the King!’

Bring on November 10th – this is going to be brilliant! from Prep in York – Private English and Drama Tuition http://ift.tt/1R9y88U
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October 03, 2016 at 08:20PM

I’m now offering expert SAT and ACT tuition (in the English elements that is-Science and Maths aren’t my strong points 😉) for students worldwide taking these tests for entrance to US universities. from Prep in York – Private English and Drama Tuition http://ift.tt/1R9y88U
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SAT and ACT preparation

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It’s been a long summer here at Prep in York and I can hardly believe that it’s now October!

Excitingly, I am now offering ACT and SAT preparation for students worldwide who will be taking these tests for entrance to universities in the USA.  As one of the only providers of this preparation (for the English, Reading and Writing aspects of the tests) in the UK, I have been delighted with the uptake I have had over the past month or so, and find that it complements my lower school, GCSE and A level teaching perfectly!  If you are thinking of taking one of these tests and of applying to American universities, please do get in touch for a no obligation chat.

August 18, 2016 at 09:43AM

I am SO PROUD of my A level students today!Marvellous results and well deserved you brilliant, brilliant people. from Prep in York – Private English and Drama Tuition http://ift.tt/1R9y88U
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Carol Ann Duffy – tonight!

Off to see Carol Ann Duffy tonight-am very excited! In tribute, here’s one of my favourite of her poems. (Warning-one swear!)

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A suspicion, a doubt, a jealousy
grew in my mind,
which turned the hairs on my head to filthy snakes
as though my thoughts
hissed and spat on my scalp.

My bride’s breath soured, stank
in the grey bags of my lungs.
I’m foul mouthed now, foul tongued,
yellow fanged.
There are bullet tears in my eyes.
Are you terrified?

Be terrified.
It’s you I love,
perfect man, Greek God, my own;
but I know you’ll go, betray me, stray
from home.
So better by far for me if you were stone.

I glanced at a buzzing bee,
a dull grey pebble fell
to the ground.
I glanced at a singing bird,
a handful of dusty gravel
spattered down.

I looked at a ginger cat,
a housebrick
shattered a bowl of milk.
I looked at a snuffling pig,
a boulder rolled
in a heap of shit.

I stared in the mirror.
Love gone bad
showed me a Gorgon.
I stared at a dragon.
Fire spewed
from the mouth of a mountain.

And here you come
with a shield for a heart
and a sword for a tongue
and your girls, your girls.
Wasn’t I beautiful?
Wasn’t I fragrant and young?

Look at me now. from Prep in York – Private English and Drama Tuition http://ift.tt/1R9y88U
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Easter holiday English tuition

revisionbartSpots during the Easter holidays are filling up fast – existing tutees, please get in touch ASAP to let me know when you’d like your lessons as it is first come, first served during holiday periods.  It’s a very short holiday (more’s the pity, I hear you cry!) and I’m already fully booked on some days.  If you’re new to tuition, please remember that this is the busiest time of the year and there is a waiting list for some slots.  Get in touch soon to make sure you can get booked in.

And on that note, have you made your revision timetable?

World Book Day – who will you be?

Happy World Book Day everybody! Today I’m dressed up as a slightly middle aged teacher, but I’ll cheat and say I’m Miss Honey from Matilda 😉 from Prep in York – Private English and Drama Tuition http://ift.tt/1R9y88U

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