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5 online resources for English tutors

October 7th, 2009 by Emily

If you are considering becoming an English tutor, you may find the following websites useful:

1) Gutenberg. Project Gutenberg ( provides a comprehensive library of out-of-copyright texts. The accurate and unabridged texts are a fantastic resource, and the easy search function means finding that half-remembered quote is a doddle.

2) Amazon. A trusted favourite, is the largest book store on the web. It is also more often than not the cheapest, due to a lack of overheads. They have a section dedicated to literary classics, with most set texts for GCSE upwards, available from a thrifty £1.99.

3) Spark Notes. Spark Notes have become a byword for study guides, and their website is a treasure trove of additional information for tutors and students alike.

4) Youtube. This ubiquitous pop culture site has recently started a new trend in education - public access lectures. Typing 'English lectures' into Youtube brings up a host of videos from around the world, showing you in real terms how certain topics have been successfully approached.

5) Biblio. This independent online store contains an excellent first resource for author biographies, with key works and dates highlighted. With over 300 biographies, ranging from the classic to the cult, it's a great first stop for background research. It's hidden well within the site, but can be found at:

As usual, we welcome all feedback! Please feel free to add comments about any useful English tutoring resources you've found online.

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