Looking for advice. Completely fed up. I am tutoring a middle/low ability student. His parents would like him to get a grade 7 for Lang and Lit. . I am mirroring what he is doing in class. Started last Summer, year 9, descriptive writing. Did writing about people and places but before I had finished - hey ho! he'd had end of year assessment and didn't want to do that any more. During August we did some reading and comprehension, language devices etc. Using the AQA anthology. Parents didn't want to Buy An Inspector Calls in case he didn't study it. Although school said he would. September - half Term (not quite) We studied Macbeth and I gave him a few pointers for writing essays. October, without finishing the text he had an assessment (passed, grade 4/5, school said he was at expected standard). hey ho! We've finished Macbeth. On to Christmas Carol. By the time we've read Stave 2 he's on to an assessment week. (Passed, meeting expectations) hey ho!. We've finished A Christmas Carol. 2 weeks of Unseen Poetry. Followed by 2 weeks of Poetry Anthology. Hey ho! We've finished poetry. On to An Inspector Calls. We manage to complete the text and he passes his assessment. On to Language Paper 1. I manage one lesson on Q4 followed by one lesson on Q5. he's forgotten everything about descriptive writing. His assessment is the one with the face - you know the one. Messes it up but scrapes a Grade 4. hey ho! we've finished Paper 1. A Couple of weeks on Poetry. Hey ho! we've finished poetry. We're on to Spoken Language study. He has chosen an inappropriate topic which has been approved by teacher. I help to prepare it because he knows nothing about his topic or how to present an argument. He gets a Distinction, which is amazing to say the least. Not filmed. Hey ho! We're back to poetry. I have insisted on completing the Anthology, covering all themes and pulling the poems together into groups. Not well received. So far he has completed GCSE Lit and Paper 1 Lang in one year without completing any of the texts. Is this usual?? What happens in Year 11?? We also had a bit of a thing when his teacher said Macbeth was written during Elizabethan times and I started bringing up James I and associated themes. He didn't believe me. He didn't believe the notes in his text book either. his teacher repeatedly told him it was an Elizabethan play. End of year report (Outstanding Academy) says he is meeting expectations. On track for a Grade 6. Yeah right. Parents say I should be getting him up to Grade7. Oh, and they didn't bother talking to English teacher on parents' night. Homework is usually not completed/forgotten/ misplaced. Parents think I should supply him with loads of exemplars. I have provided some but I'm not going OTT. Should I spend the next 9 months just throwing exam questions and exercise at him? Phew. I feel better having got that off my chest.