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Our english tutors are all high achievers who have a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to achieve the best. Learn from our many insights in the articles below!

Mihda

The process of preparing for the OC test that occurs in July of Year 4, can be thought of as more of a marathon than a […]

Mihda

  The OC Test reading component involves 25 multiple choice questions which must be answered within 30 minutes. Students are required to read a variety of […]

Andy

Andy attended lessons at JP English since Year 9 and scored a 99.95 ATAR and became Dux of his cohort at Baulkham Hills High School. Here […]

Jarrod

Jarrod attended lessons at JP English since Year 10 and scored a 99.35 ATAR, 95/100 for HSC English Advanced , and ranked top 5 at North […]

Mihda

Feature articles are a commonly tested text type in the selective test and scholarship exams. They are often not understood properly unlike the tried and tested […]

Mihda

Excelling in reading comprehension is crucial not only for the selective test and scholarship exams but also later on in high school. Read below for tips […]

Mihda

The NAPLAN is essential for all Year 3, 5, 7, and 9 students. The most commonly tested writing type is persuasive writing. See below to learn […]

Mihda

As one of the most commonly tested text types in selective and scholarship entrance exams, it is crucial to understand the tips and tricks to crafting […]

Chaewon

Develop a deep and personal understanding of your text  In order to write insightful essays, you need to develop a deep and personal relationship with your […]

Julia

2022 was a spectacular year, with our students achieving amazing marks. Two of our students achieved 99.95 ATARs, our highest HSC English Advanced mark was 98/100 […]

James

English never came easy to me. My junior years were filled with reading, and more reading, hoping to develop some sense of linguistic prowess. In many […]

Rebecca

A lot of my challenges with English stemmed from its supposed ‘subjectivity’ – in hindsight, this is what gave me the liberty to articulate my perspectives […]

Anna

Anna has been attending lessons at JP English since year 10 and scored 96/100 for HSC English Advanced and 48/50 for English Extension 1, while ranking […]

Sanbo

Sanbo P has been attending lessons at JP English since year 7 and has since completed her HSC, scoring a 99.90 ATAR and 96/100 for her […]

Dylan

Dylan N has been attending tutoring lessons at JP English since Year 8 and has since gotten excellent marks to enable his transfer from Chatswood High […]

Tom

English is a subject notorious for parents not knowing how they can help. The jargon of the NESA syllabus, the peculiarity of English questions and the […]

Tom

It is essential to breakdown how scaling and ATAR works because it affects every student in high school. Additionally, it should be in the back of […]

Tom

Meet Alex* (name has been changed). He has been with a private tutor for the past 2 years. Every week, he would write a piece of […]

Janette

Grand narratives are assumptions and attitudes about life that permeate and build the foundation of our society. It is what composers, writers, filmmakers, and playwrights have […]

Evan

Jasper Jones has proven to be an enthralling Australian coming-of-age text which delves into our own backyard to tackle racism, scapegoating, and empathy. Through the use […]

Julia

  It’s that time of year when your child comes back with their school reports. You hope that their grades have gotten better but to your […]

Evan

Othello, one of Shakespeare’s most renowned tragedies, is made rich in its characterisation and themes such as alienation (racial or otherwise) and moral instability. It might […]

Katie

During your high school life, NESA assesses students on their ability to develop skills that extends beyond analysing texts in the written word, but also their […]

Melvern

When initially looking at the term ‘textual conversations,’ one can easily feel anxious. Yes- it may sound a bit convoluted and technical, however it really refers […]

Melvern

Romeo and Juliet is probably one of the greatest love stories of all time. But also one of the greatest tragedies. So does this mean that […]

Amy

You might consider transferring to a selective school for various reasons. Whether it’s because you want to surround yourself with more academically driven peers or reduce […]

Joseph

In English, you’ll be required to study literature and gain a deeper appreciation for the thought put behind its creation. As a result, you can expect […]

Joseph

Comparative essays are a staple of Advanced, Extension I English and throughout Year 7-10, and the rationale behind it makes sense – NESA wants to measure […]

Joseph

Module C: The Craft of Writing is as much a unit about your own skill and style in composition as it is a demonstration of your […]

Jeremy

How to best structure the elective essay while effectively incorporating related texts is a question that many students frequently ask. Being able to integrate ideas and […]

Melvern

William Shakespeare: a legendary playwright and icon within the literary canon – yet the most feared of all composers up for grabs to study by students […]

Jeremy

When studying a text like Waiting for Godot where there is so much to unpack, it really gives you the opportunity to write about key themes […]

Melvern

Studying films as a text can often be a daunting spectacle for many students, due to the very fact that we are (more often than not) […]

Jeremy

When approaching the critical analysis component of the first section of your exam, many students struggle to formulate a response because of question unfamiliarity and not […]

Melvern

Success in HSC English undoubtedly requires students to be able to synthesise numerous effective arguments that each skillfully respond to the given examination question. Providing markers […]

Jeremy

Studying the Worlds of Upheaval elective allows you to explore different aspects of your novels in unique ways. For Frankenstein, by considering the diverse perspective of […]

Jeremy

How to Write a Section II Critical Response As one of the most important writing skills for English Extension 1, being able to compose a critical […]

Albert

It’s the start of the term and it’s English class again. The teacher presents a welcome back gift for the class. The next prescribed text in […]

Samprithi

What is a textual conversation? To truly understand what we are supposed to be looking out for in our critical evaluation of Hag-Seed and The Tempest, […]

Amy

Module B is also called a ‘critical study of literature’. Hence, it is important to: 1.  Make personal and intellectual connections with the text. You must […]

Amy

Following on from our blog post on how to write creatives, this is a sample of a creative piece written in response to: “Write a creative piece […]

Amy

Definition The definition of a creative piece is somewhat loose. However, it is generally agreed that creative writing encompasses texts where creativity and innovation are at […]

Samprithi

Module C: The Craft of Writing is arguable one of the hardest modules to prepare for in the English Advanced Course. So, if you’ve been struggling […]

Albert

The HSC English exam consists of multiple sections, requiring students to write essays, a creative, and short answer responses to unseen texts. All too often students […]

Amy

It was two years ago when the infamous trio of ‘persuasive, discursive and creative texts’ entered the NSW syllabus. Discursive texts were unfamiliar and foreign to […]

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