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This year I only tutored two students who were taking exams (most of my students are adult learners and a few younger children). One was taking GCSE Art and the other A Level Art. I was both proud and relieved to find out that they both achieved A*! The boy taking GCSE Art had been having...
Analysing Poetry Editor's PickAnalysing a Poem Analysing a poem, particularly under exam conditions, can prove a daunting task. Here I have outlined a basic approach that I find useful. It is not exhaustive, there are other literary devices that the poet may utilise; nor is it exclusive, there are numerous ways of reading...
I write this on the morning of GCSE results day 2016; a morning that 16 year olds past and present associate with dread, fear and overwhelming anxiety. I had a message from one of my tutees parents yesterday who said their daughter "is too anxious to get any words out of her," my chatterbox...
As part of my second year studying English at degree level I spent four months closely examining a different Shakespeare play every week. I read what felt like every Shakespeare play referred to in popular culture. Studying and writing about them in great depth. Reading one 16th century play a...
“How wonderful it would be to have a Real Brain which could tell you things.” This is one of Pooh’s profound thoughts. The good news is that we have an amazing brain which can tell us many things. In an exam situation there are various factors that can enable our brains to function so that we...
My Experiences with Flexi schooling She is fully of empathy, wise beyond her years, kind, artistic and a delight to be with, but when my six year old daughter started struggling in year one, we made the decision with support from her school to try flexi schooling. The aim was to increase her...
Days before the exam you feel like:- Let me start revising from the beginning. Let me brush up all the chapters. But that is not the right way of doing it. You have to start with the most difficult topics first. That way you get the opportunity to dive deep into the subject straight away without...
Tow Truck Scheduled to arrive at next Tuesday, 6:00 PM The toughest part of explaining to parents and students about online tutoring is that the vast majority of people (students, parents, teachers and school administrators) who would benefit most from the new idea of on-demand one-to-one online...
Toughest changes hit Maths curriculum in London Schools from September 2016! Dear Parents / students, Yes, you read that right! Let me explain. My new scheme of work requires me to teach Factorising Quadratic expressions to year 7 and year 8 students!! Are you joking? Well, No. I am not. Until...
David Cameron's decision to hold a referendum on the future of Britain in the EU had more to do with his authority within the Conservative Party than over anything to do with the national interest. The fact that Nigel Farage and the Tory Right were able to goad him into such a car crash decision...
My Experiences with Flexi schooling She is fully of empathy, wise beyond her years, kind, artistic and a delight to be with, but when my six year old daughter started...
The Tutor’s role in SATs Editor's PickSATs are a hot topic of political debate and media speculation at the moment. Everyone has an opinion about SATs and it seems we can’t escape them. The government believes...
In a world of instant communication where abbreviations and acronyms have become the preferred way to verbalize, it’s never been more important to instil an appreciation of...
"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself" -John Dewey Education in the developed world has become a requirement more so now than ever before. Parents...
Organisation Strategies A child with dyslexia is likely to find it difficult to organise everyday tasks. 1. Provide checklists. Set routines. 2. Colour-code the timetable so...
Title: The effect of parental opportunism, IJV's autonomy and tacit knowledge on IJV instability: A comparison of multi-variate regression and fuzzy-set qualitative...
Is classical music in Greece facing extinction? Editor's PickIt’s no secret that arts and culture in Greece have suffered terribly over the past six years. Like all public sector workers, orchestral musicians have had to take huge pay...
Mike Nelson is a British installation artist and a Turner Prize nominee in both 2001 and 2007. He builds life size architectural structures inside already existing spaces such...
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