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If you grow up in Sheffield, English is one of those subjects that you'll study for years. English in both primary and secondary school comes in two forms, English Language and English Literature, and we'll be looking at the former.
While English Literature looks at stories, poetry, and using the English language for artistic works, English language looks at how we understand, analyse, and use the language for specific purposes.
Interestingly, English Language classes will still cover works of fiction, but it isn't the only thing studied. English Language lessons are compulsory at both primary school and secondary school so there's no escaping it.
With that in mind, let's see why it's important to study English, the challenges students will face, what we learn about it in school, and how private tuition can help.
The skills you learn in English will be with you throughout your life and are helpful in deciphering our language at a high level. One of the best things about the English language is how nuanced it can be and by learning how to analyse it throughout primary and secondary school, students will gain the skills necessary to understand exactly what people mean, be it in written or spoken English.
A more pragmatic reason for studying English is that students have to. As a compulsory subject throughout your education, if you want to do well in school, you have to do well in English Language and English Literature. When moving onto A Level or university, it's expected that students are qualified in all the core subjects of maths, English, and science.
Of course, if a confident analytical grasp of English was that simple, it wouldn't need to be taught so extensively in schools. Some students may struggle with it at school as it's quite different to subjects like maths, physics, biology, or chemistry where answers are often clear and binary.
We spend most of our time in primary school being told that an answer is either right or wrong but then start learning that there's a lot of grey area in between, especially in the social sciences, humanities, and English, in particular. Students who prefer the clear answers given in the hard sciences may struggle to grasp the blurrier concepts and lessons taught in secondary school English.
As English is the language we speak, the subjects taught at primary and secondary school don't actually teach us how to speak the language, at least not in the way we would with a foreign language like French or German.
Rather than having lessons on grammar, conjugations, and spelling, the subject is taught with the assumption that students already have these skills and are advanced enough to start analysing their native language and its applications.
At the end of secondary school, GCSE students in Sheffield have to study English Language, English Literature, Maths, and Sciences. Sciences can be either the individual sciences (physics, biology, chemistry) or combined into a science GCSE that's worth two qualifications.
While there's some choice with science, there isn't any when it comes to English; you have to study it. As all students are going to be taught it, let's see what they'll learn. We'll be using the AQA Exam as an example so exactly what they study may differ.
Students will learn about analysing fiction and non-fiction texts, how to compare texts, types of writing, the spoken language, and spelling, punctuation, and grammar. The goal is that students learn how to understand both the written and spoken language at a high level.
When students start to struggle in subjects like English, it can be hard to turn things around, especially if they're not enjoying the way they're being taught the subject at school. Fortunately, private tuition can help them with their studies or homework.
Of course, a private tutor isn't just for struggling students. In fact, private tuition is there to help students achieve more, regardless of the level that they're currently at.
Sometimes, all it takes is something to be taught in a different or more engaging way and a student will start grasping concepts that they previously struggled with. Sadly, a teacher in a secondary school mightn't have the time or resources to adapt their teaching to one student in a larger class. Fortunately, a private tutor can sit down with the student and focus their attention on them, what they need to learn, and how they like to learn.
They can help students at GCSE study for their exams, work on the texts they need to read, or show them a new way to see the learning process. A different outlook on their education or the teaching they're receiving can work wonders for a student's academic performance.
If you're looking for private English tutors in Sheffield or around South Yorkshire, there are plenty available on Superprof! After a quick search, you can view each tutor's profile, the experience they have, the type of education they offer, and how much they charge for their tutoring.
Tutoring is available either face-to-face, online, or in groups. Each type of tutoring has its pros and cons so think carefully about which will help the most.
Face-to-face tutoring is between the tutor and the student and ensures that every minute of the lesson is spent teaching. The lessons will be tailored to the student but they do tend to cost more than the other types as it's a bespoke service.
Group tutorials are cheaper as there are multiple students paying for the tutor's time and expertise. While a student mightn't get as much one-on-one time, this type of tutoring can allow students to have an engaging discussion, something that is actively encouraged in many English language lessons.
Finally, if you can't find any suitable tutors in Sheffield or the surrounding area, you can find tutors working online. With a decent webcam and stable internet connection, you can find experienced and qualified tutors all over the country and around the world and they tend to charge less than face-to-face tutors as they don't have to travel.
In Sheffield, English tutors charge on average £17 for English tuition per hour.
The price of English lessons will differ depending on:
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On Superprof, we have a number of highly skilled English tutors available to offer private tuition.
An English tutor can help you work on many things:
You can decide with your tutor what you wish to accomplish from your private English classes.
On Superprof, many of our English teachers also offer online tuition. About 80% of tutors offer english lessons via webcam.
To find available online classes, just select the webcam filter in the search engine to see the available tutors offering online courses in your desired subject.
Online courses via Skype offer you more benefits in terms of flexibility and are often less expensive as the teacher does not need to travel.
On Superprof, you can browse our range of tutor profiles to find the best solution for your English tuition.
To find your private tutor, read their individual tutoring cv to find out more information about their courses.
Once you have found a tutor you can get in touch with them via a messaging service on our platform to discuss the details of your lessons.
There are currently 175 private English teachers are available to teach English courses in Sheffield and the suburban areas.
Students rated their English teachers an average rating of 4.9 out of five from a sample of 14 recommendations.
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