Online Macbeth Crash Course

This one-day course will break down this daunting text into easily comprehensible chunks. Students will gain an understanding of the social, cultural and historical context in which Macbeth was written in order to better appreciate the motivations behind Shakespeare’s writings and the messages he was trying to convey to his audience. Our tutor will guide students through the key scenes, characters and themes, refreshing their knowledge and deepening their understanding of the text. Together, students will explore how the plot, characterisation and setting combine to create a particular effect on the audience. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to evaluate the form and structure of the text as well as Shakespeare’s choice of language. The tutor will highlight key linguistic and symbolic devices used in the play in order for students to gain a subtler appreciation of the text and consistently hit AO1 targets. Students will develop their ability to critically evaluate scenes and critically analyse language, and will leave with increased confidence in their ability to make informed personal responses to the text.

The day will end with an essay writing workshop which will teach students how to plan, structure and write essays in a coherent manner. Students will be shown ways of developing a more sophisticated writing style. Skills learnt in this section of the course can be applied to other texts studied as part of their English Language and Literature GCSEs.

Learners are supported beyond the course through the provision of high-quality, comprehensive and original material including notes, guides and question booklets. These resources have been specially designed and created to supplement the learning experience. Students will leave the course with a deeper understanding of Macbeth and with the skills and material they need to excel in this section of the course.

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How do our online courses work?

We use Google Meet for our online courses. Using the latest technology, our tutors will be able to replicate a real classroom environment. They can share teaching resources including powerpoints, use an online whiteboard and more.

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HANDOUTS – we will print and send you the handouts for the course as long as you book at least a week before the start of the course. Any bookings made within a week of the course start date will be sent digital copies.

Course Content

Th course is from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Registration is at 9.15am.

There will be a one-hour lunch break and a couple of 10-min breaks in the morning and afternoon sessions.

Session 1
What happens? The plot, importance of structure and the narrative arc of Macbeth
Kings in context: James I, Duncan, Macbeth and Malcolm (themes of ambition, abuse of power and kingship)
Session 2
The genre of tragedy: where did the Macbeths go wrong?
12.30 – 13.30
Session 3
Women and power: Lady Macbeth, the witches and the themes of gender and the supernatural
Session 4
Putting everything into practice: how to approach the exam extract and question, essay planning and writing to get top marks
Session 5
Extension: exploring imagery, symbolism and motifs


Our tutors’ enthusiastic and accessible teaching styles enable students to feel able to ask questions and interact in discussions. Our tutors receive consistently good feedback from students. Their expert knowledge and fresh teaching approach will help everything click into place.

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Michelle Wright

Michelle graduated from Queens University Belfast in 2013 with a BA (Hons) in English. She worked as a private tutor before being recruited by PMT Education where she is now Head of Operations. Part of her role is overseeing the development of both the English and Geography revision material. 
Michelle is a passionate and enthusiastic tutor who aims to further her students’ understanding and help with any areas which may be causing difficulty. She explains everything in a straightforward way, breaking down complex topics so they can be readily understood. Once basics have been grasped, she pushes students on to more challenging concepts. An ability to write structured and well written essays is essential in English and Michelle teaches how to plan and structure ideas in order to achieve higher grades.

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  • Macbeth GCSE Crash Course
    January 9, 2021
    9:15 am - 4:30 pm