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What Is The Best Age To Start Learning to Read?

In some countries formal education does not begin until the age of 7. Here in the UK, schools...
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Useful Online Resources for A-level English

Most A-level students probably spend more time on the internet than I do, which is no mean feat...
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Studying A Language As Part Of A Degree

The acquisition of applied language skills as part of a degree programme is vitally important...
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Questioning to Extend Student Thinking

How long do you think the average adult waits for an answer to a question? In the majority of...

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  • How to choose the best piano teacher?

    Juan Rezzuto A-level Music Tutor (West London) Picture Finding a good piano teacher is always a challenge. Particularly when we are beginners and we don’t know what to look for. Should we ask for a CV? Should we ask for references? Should we ask our friends?.... After years of trying to find out the best way to go about it I finally came up...
  • David Foster Wallace on Modern Times and Art

    Anna C Maguire University English Tutor (North West London) Picture "Look man, we’d probably most of us agree that these are dark times, and stupid ones, but do we need fiction that does nothing but dramatize how dark and stupid everything is? In dark times, the definition of good art would seem to be art that locates and applies CPR to those elements of what’s...
  • grammar schools and entrance exams

    Susan Sale 11+ exam Tutor (Coventry) Picture Many parents today are considering sending their children to grammar schools and therefore want to put them through eleven plus exams or other individual school exams. This is understandable as many public schools are failing to help under-achievers and also gifted children mainly because class...
  • Easy and Effective Revision Tips Editor's Pick

    Ejeh Nas A-level Chemistry Tutor (North London) Picture If the word “revision” and “exams” fill you with stress and panic, fear no more! Here are 10 tips to help you revise effectively. Draw up a revision timetableResearch shows that shorter 20-30 minute sessions work best, because your concentration is much higher. Also setting yourself a time...
  • One Of My Favourite Formulas

    Pieter Jan De Smet, PhD A-level Maths Tutor (South East London) Picture The formula I want to talk about is a formula that can be used to calculate sums. It works as follows.Suppose you want to calculate the sum: f(1) + f(2) + ... + f(n)First you somehow find a function 'F(n)' such that for all 'n':F(n+1) - F(n) = f(n)Then you use this to rewrite the sum as:f(1) +...
  • Concepts in Physics, Concepts in Science,

    David Chitty A-level Physics Tutor (Coventry) Picture      Students frequently complain that so, so, so many concepts in science are very difficult to understand; after all how often do we go the supermarket and ask for a graphite pencil as distinct to a "lead pencil" ? Why in "every day speak", do we refer to "acceleration", meaning going...
  • Making Sensible Use of Revision Guides

    David Chitty A-level Biology Tutor (Coventry) Picture From the very outset, for the usual obvious ethical and professional reasons, I must make clear that I am not recommending or endorsing any commercial products or for that matter myself. Teachers and members of Chartered Professions are forbidden from doing so when wearing their official...
  • Answering Past Examination Questions.

    David Chitty A-level Physics Tutor (Coventry) Picture The Student(s) who attain grades  "A" and "B" are usually those who have made a methodical, systematic and systamatic analysis of recent Past Papers and, not just from their specified Exam Board. It is often a very, very,  daunting task to be confronted with a real exam question as opposed to...
  • Balancing "A" Levels against Quality of Life.

    David Chitty A-level Chemistry Tutor (Coventry) Picture Commencing the study of "A" - Levels in year 12 may be a very, very, daunting experience. The following observations and advice is offered in the hope that it may be of use to new "A" level students. Obviously, you are now all "young Adults" and are probably distracted by the attractions of...
  • Useful idiomatic expressions for written work

    Isabelle Stevenson GCSE French Tutor (Tonbridge) Picture Here are a few popular expressions you might want to use in your oral or written GCSE/A level work (for bonus points!) :   *Ça vaut la peine / ça ne vaut pas la peine : it is (isn’t) worth it *Ça a piqué ma curiosité : it caught my attention *Tout est bien qui finit bien : all is well...

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