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Is it Лёв [lyov] or Лев [lev] Толстой (Leo Tolstoy)? It is actually Лёв [yo] with ё, so it should be ЛёвТолстой. The writer himself pronounced his name as [lyov] with ё according to old-Moscow pronunciation. His family and friends also called him Лёв...
There are many advantages to learning a foreign language It increases your intellectual adaptability Speaking a foreign language improves the functionality of your brain by challenging it to recognise, negotiate meaning and communicate in different language systems. This skill boosts your...
GOLDEN RULE 1: SHOW DON'T TELL A good essay NEVER makes claims without evidence. Don't tell me what the text is doing;show me using persuasive quotation. GOLDEN RULE 2: TAKE YOUR AUDIENCE WITH YOU Be considerate of your readers. Don't make wild leaps of assumption that they can't follow,...
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...
I have collated information about the 11 plus exams in my local area, including structure of the tests and passmarks.The information is correct in November 2015, but is subject to change. Bexley test From what I can gather, the content of this test is closer to what the children learn in...
It is easy for adults to see the 11+ as just another test. However we have to remember that for your child this is possibly their first test with consequences. The outcome has a direct effect on where they will be going to school when they leave their primary school. Perhaps at the start of year...
The most difficult chapters in a S1 statistics Edexcel course are 9) Normal distribution, 8) Discrete Random Variables and then 5) Probability. I have often found students complaining about these chapters not taught very thoroughly in the school. This has been the scenario with most of the...
Some individuals display the narrow-minded view that children with Special needs such as autism are 'unable' to learn to play a musical instrument. My position as an experienced teacher of 18 years is that this is an unfounded and out-dated point of view. Why shouldn't pupils with specific needs...
Private tuition is something that most parents entertain at some stage of their child's education. Most parents feel that private tuition is something that will help complement learning that is taking place at school and make a significant difference to examination outcomes. They are correct....
Let’s learn a language! It sounds like a huge task, but with some smart (and not-boring) choices, you can really help yourself along. Allow me to share five of my favourite tips and tricks on how to learn… French (or any language). Radio So many people nowadays have access to a smartphone or...
Why should I tutor my child? I am a teacher and a parent in North London. This is an extremely competitive area for children to get into their choice of school, be it an...
If you are a parent considering taking the plunge into private tuition, you may wonder what exactly a tutor can provide in addition to a standard school education. My opinion...
An unexpected approach to Newton's Laws of Motion Editor's PickHow do you make physics more engaging? I’m fairly certain I’m not the first person to ask this question. As tutors – or teachers – we are constantly faced with this dilemma:...
A Foreign Language Saves the Day Editor's PickAre you struggling with the French subjunctive or the use of "Lei" in Italian? Everyone seems to speak English anyway, and there’s Google translate, so what's the point? Not...
The birth of the Second World War was more or less a result of the aftermath of the Great War, particularly in Europe. The Treaty of Versailles was the most significant outcome...
The purpose of SATs is to assess what level children are at by the time they reach the end of primary school. The results are then compared with those of their peers and with...
When I was at university, I was plagued by worry about the number of essay questions I'd inevitably have to do, when I was studying first history, and then law. I soon found...
Advice for Applying to Medical School Editor's PickApplying to medical school is a daunting prospect for any prospective candidate. The number of hoops applicants are required to jump through has increased substantially over...
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