Hi - I wonder if anyone can advise! I've been approached by several friends (and others) to support GCSE English and Eng Lit. I explain to people that while I have a (30-year-old) English degree, I am by training and experience a primary teacher, but they still seem to want me to go ahead. Usually I work on basic skills: comprehension and writing for different purposes, spelling, punctuation & grammar, which I think complements what teachers in schools are doing. However, one girl is insisting that I help her prepare for her CAs and I'm completely out of my depth! I really don't know what's going on. Is this cheating? How can she be an A student when her spelling etc are absolutely dreadful? She claims she's been told to quote from contemporary songs ('thinking outside the box'?) to get an A* but then says they're not allowed to give the songs' names as it's 'not sophisticated language' ... you what? I exploded and said I quoted Enid Blyton's 'Famous Five' in my PhD thesis and it didn't do any harm ... is she mad or am I? What's going on? Help! Oh, she also says everything has to be entirely written in PEE paragraphs - is this true?