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Why study Latin? This subject gives you the opportunity to study the language and literature of ancient Rome, reading the works of authors such as Virgil, Ovid and Horace. You will experience at first hand elements of the culture, language and social and political life of the Roman civilisation which has inspired many...
With the fingers ready to play, the hand remains "well armed", but never stiff. We are going to call this state of the hand the "ready to play position". When holding this position the hand will be ("breathing out"), that's why we will take any available chance to relax ("breathe in") when we find the first long duration note or...
Now that September is almost here, thousands of parents and children are in a state of panic over the 11+. It's an incredibly busy time for 11+ students, parents, teachers and tutors who all have one goal- to pass the exam. In some ways the exam should be easier than ever - there are thousands of books, blogs and websites that...
Computational Fluid Dynamics or CFD can be described as the use of numerical methods and computers to produce information about the ways in which fluids flow and heat is transferred in given situations. CFD embraces a number of technologies including mathematics, computer science, physics and engineering and these disciplines have...
As a teacher and a tutor, even I am surprised by the competitive nature of the 11 plus examination and the huge demand for school places in Birmingham. These demands are continually increasing. Passing the 11 plus requires a great deal of hard work, thought and maturity from the students, as standards are extremely high. This...
Start solid revision few months before exams commence. Never leave it to the last minute. Revision time table: Schedule time to study, relax and meals. Set your goal: Read the course syllabus to understand what the course will cover and how it will be scored. Identify your goal in concrete terms and put it in writing to strengthen...
I wrote this essay opening to help a student with structuring technique. ‘Gloucester is no less a tragic figure than his king’. By considering the role and dramatic presentation of Gloucester in King Lear, evaluate this view. As Shakespeare constructs numerous parallels between the downfall of both Gloucester and Lear, it could be...
Summer Reading Ideas Key Stage 2 Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales. These gutsy fairy tales from around the world offer the perfect antidote to the flimsy princesses often found in girls’ books. Michelle Paver, Wolf Brother. This sensitively written book set in pre-historic times tells the story of Torak who must...
The Power of Private Tuition Editor's PickPhysics can be a daunting subject, however, with the right instruction, it can be rewarding and eye-opening. Confidence is at the heart of effective and successful learning but can often be elude students, especially in subjects which the greater community views as automatically 'beyond them'. Here I am aim to argue that private...
As a tutor, one of the questions I get asked the most about GCSEs and A Levels is: are they getting easier? The answer to this is a simple yes. But not as easy as you might think, however. Firstly, the amount of content is definitely being reduced, but not at the pace you might think. Students now have to do more GCSE subjects and...
I've always tried to think of my own fun starters for literacy. However, a friend from university recommended Jumpstart by Pie Corbett. Jumpstart is a fantastic little book,...
Do you know that you can stretch your maths brain daily by logging on to http://nrich.maths.org? This website by the University of Cambridge has a wealth of games (you can...
The A-level system is one designed to make students focus on certain subjects and sculpt their higher education and futures. The exams are designed not only to test raw...
Many parents show concern with the use of the Internet for language tuition. However, in my experience as a language tutor, teacher and linguist of a non-British origin, I have...
How Do You Teach Reading? Editor's PickMany years ago, I was once asked, how I taught pupils to read. My answer drew a snigger from my questioner, who whispered to her friend, that new teachers had no idea. I...
What is academic mentoring? Editor's PickWhat is an academic mentor? Most of us are familiar with the idea of having a mentor. We may have experience of a mentor-mentee relationship at work or university. If we think...
When I first started teaching Logic to MA students I found something weird...it's just like teaching children! I have taught in different schools to different levels but even...
A Meditation on Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee. Representations of artists were rare in South African literature during apartheid (Attridge 25). The more pressing, more...
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