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Hey Parents! Here is a cheeky look at what my NCEA English tutorials like (Part 2)

Welcome back. Part 2 of this blog is all about how I make sure your child is prepared for their NCEA English exam. Just a reminder that your child will be in safe hands if you choose Tovah’s Tutoring as we are caring and highly experienced qualified teachers. But read on to learn more about what we get up to in our tutorials and take a look at Part 1 if you haven’t already, here.


With NCEA exams vastly approaching, it is common for parents to seek NCEA English tuition for their children, to make sure they are feeling good to go. Time is of the essence and it is crucial that the NCEA tutorials prepare your child for their NCEA English examinations. Our busiest time is about a month before NCEA English examinations, and therefore the students who attend tutorials are after a quick look into what they need to prepare and also have a few practices so they feel ready to sit the official NCEA English examinations.

It is likely you are reading this wondering what our NCEA English tutorials are like and whether it will be a good fit for you, your child, and possibly other siblings later down the track. Well, the following series of blogs will discuss what I personally do during my NCEA English tutorials.


I like to make sure that all NCEA students attending my tutorials are prepared for their NCEA English examinations.



Our NCEA exam tutorials prepare NCEA students for their NCEA exams.
Our NCEA exam tutorials prepare NCEA students for their NCEA exams.


Here are three ways in which I make sure this happens:


1.) Make sure the NCEA English student is prepared with the appropriate NCEA English study material suitable:


It is important to make sure your child has the appropriate study material for their NCEA English examinations. They cannot take it into their NCEA English examination, so it is important that they learn the right material off by heart. Preparing NCEA English students with the right material is vital because students will collate a lot of material over the year, but they will need support sifting through it to ensure what is useful and what is not. It is common for NCEA English students to learn the wrong things, then enter their NCEA English exams and panic because they have no idea how they will use the irrelevant material they have memorised. The outcome isn’t promising either when this happens.


So, in our NCEA English tutorials we collate:


  • Basic information about the text (writer/director’s name, year of publish/release, title, character names

  • Terminology specific to the NCEA English exam (language features, camera angles)

  • Examples and evidence within the text and page numbers/scene numbers

  • Opinions about the examples and evidence and basic discussion concept from their own perspective


2.) Make sure the NCEA English student knows how to answer an NCEA English question formally:


We also learn how to write an answer using paragraph structure that is regularly used in NCEA English assessments. When students know how to follow a particular format they will likely write with purpose, rather than ramble and tangent away from the essay question.


3.) Make sure the NCEA student has the appropriate materials to take to their NCEA English exam:


There are strict rules with NCEA English examinations where students can only bring see through snap lock bags to their NCEA English examinations rather than pencil cases which you cannot see through, and they also need to bring their Identification/NSN number. These minor details are very important when it comes to sitting exams. So, it is a good idea to make sure they know exactly what to do. Being growled before sitting their NCEA English examinations can also diminish their confidence, so knowing all the basics rules of sitting NCEA English examinations is important.

It may seem obvious too but lots of NCEA English students forget to bring pens and pencils to their NCEA exams. They also forget to take back ups in case the ink runs out or the pen is damaged. This is why I run through all the rules of sitting NCEA English exams. So, they can arrive prepared and ready to go!


Check out Part 1 of this blog here.


Your child’s education matters to me. NCEA tutorials are available now in English, Drama, Dance Physics and Chemistry.


Tovah O’Neill

Tovah’s Tutoring Company Ltd


Email: info@tovahstutoring.co.nz




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