Thanks Gloria! The time you must have dedicated to your criticism and marking of my assignments was not just staggering, but let me know that you cared. I owe some of my success to that, and the rest to you. 

I had attended a number of tutorial centers. None could have ever offered the attention and detailed markings I got from Gloria’s.  She is awesome.

When I first attended Gloria’s class, I was so out of practice that I could barely write an English sentence.  I could not believe that after a couple of terms, I am already writing sophisticated argumentative essays.  She helps me to overcome my anxieties in writing, and I will not disappoint her in my DSE English exam. 

I am a manager for an international brand in Hong Kong.  In a matter of weeks, Gloria taught me IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet), report writing and presentational skills. She has boasted my English confidence significantly.  Thank you, Gloria.  You’re a great mentor.  

I consider myself fortunate to have had Gloria as my DSE English Literature teacher. Many thanks for her precise notes and devotion to the detailed correction of my essays. During the relatively short time Gloria taught me (I came to know her when I was S6), my English Literature rose from the 50s to 70s within three months.  I wish I’d known her in S4.

Thanks Gloria for training my eight-year-old daughter to complete at the Hong Kong English Speech Festival and thanks for teaching her IPA in such a short time.  I give you the credit for her winning the first prize.  This is one of the comments I received from the adjudicators: “[My daughter] takes care in making the pronunciation accurate”. 

Never have I had an English teacher who would devote such a great deal of time marking my essays.  She has made me take my writing seriously.  Thank you for your support.  

My son has exceeded all expectations in IGCSE English exam.  Gloria deserves tremendous credit for his achievement.  She continues to tutor my son even after we moved to England! 

I came for Gloria’s assistance after I received a 6.5 on IELTS, and asked her assistance to boost my marks to 7.5 within a month (for university admission)!  I nailed 7.5 in four lessons, and with my third attempt I got 8. I’ll keep booking writing lessons with her whenever time allows.  


Marking Abbreviations

Avoid the Deadly Sins of Writing


No agent for a gerund or an infinitive.


Awkward expression. 


Broad pronoun reference (use of a pronoun to refer to a whole clause or sentence).


An expression that has long been overused.


Colloquialism: a word or expression appropriate to conversation, but not to formal writing.


Contraction:  Avoid using contraction (for example, “didn’t”) in formal prose.


Use of the specialized slang language of a discipline. 


Misplaced modifier:  often a present participle or gerund (both in -ing form) modifying nothing.


Passive construction.


Incorrect use of punctuation. 


Pronoun referring to no preceding noun. 


Repetition, or redundancy.


Shift in number.


Split infinitive, for example, the infinitive “to go” written as “to [something] go.”


Spelling mistake.

s/v agr.                      

Subject and verb disagree.


Needless shift from present tense to past, or vice versa.


Word choice:  selection of an inappropriate word for the context.



Sentence structure


Too many simple sentences, each marked “S”.

// ism                         

Faulty parallelism:  a balanced construction that remains unbalanced.


Fused sentence:  two independent sentences run together.


Sentence fragment.


Non Sequitur /ˌnɒnˈsek.wɪ.təʳ /

Non Sequitur is Latin for “it does not follow,” meaning a discontinuity in reasoning coherence, illogical statement or transitions between paragraphs. 


Titles of short poems and stories go in quotation marks; only the titles of published books should be underlined or italicized. 

Underdeveloped Introduction

An introduction should be a fully developed paragraph of at least four sentences.  It should state a thesis and contain reference to the topics that you will be discussing in the body of the essay.    


Topic sentence (at the beginning) and summary sentence (at the end) both indicating, in general terms, the main point of the paragraph and containing some kinds of reference to your thesis; each paragraph should be developed to at least four sentences.