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In Defence of Private Tuition

"Private tuition can be harmful to the long-term academic prospects of children, a leading...
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There Are No Wrong Answers

"…of all the virtues related to intellectual functioning, the most passive is the virtue of...
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A Personal and Tailored Approach to Teaching

An important  aspect of my approach to teaching is that every lesson should be tailored to the...
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How Do Media Studies Students Watch TV?

You might think the answer to that is – easily! A lot! But do you know what goes into studying a...

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    Krysia GCSE Maths Tutor (West London) Picture If you have children who did GCSEs last year you will be aware that there is a new exam with a new grading structure (1 – 9) where 9 is the highest grade. That is not the only difference, however. Obvious changes include the fact that there are three exam papers instead of two. Less obvious...
  • AS Chemistry Multiple Choice

    Amrita Dodd A-level Chemistry Tutor (Birmingham) Picture Why was the mole of oxygen molecules excited when he walked out of a singles bar? He got Avogadro’s number! Avogadro’s number is the unit (which could be electrons, atoms, molecules or ions) present in one mole of a substance and I’m not surprised oxygen was so happy because Avogadro’s...
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    T Puri University Maths Tutor (Uxbridge) Picture TITLE: Can you do university maths without doing A-level maths? DifficultConcept = EasyConcept1 * (EasyConcept2)^2 I never forget this one university student I taught a while ago. He was a mature student, very enthusiastic and determined to score high marks in his calculus exams. I generally...
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    Juan Rezzuto A-level Music Tutor (West London) Picture Piano Sonatas - Analysis: Hybrid Themes Piano Sonatas - Analysis: Hybrid Themes OVERVIEW Music from the proper classical period can seem simple from the surface but there is a lot of complexity hidden in its formal depths. The hybrids are built up combining 5 of the functions used in the...
  • The best time to start tuition

    Laura Pasternack 11+ exam Tutor (West London) Picture So your child's teacher has finally admitted that your child is under average. Or you suspect that your child is struggling. Or you're struggling with your own degree or professional qualification. Or you hated school and you want to start a new chapter in your life. Or there's an important exam...
  • 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...
  • 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 very probably distracted by the...
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    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 nor 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. There may be merits in studying papers  from other  Examining  Boards.It is often a very, very,...
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    Laura Pasternack Essay Writing Tutor (West London) Picture With so many essays available for purchase at the touch of a button, you might wonder what the point is in learning how to write a great essay. Why should you waste your precious time when you could be hanging out with your friends, you may be thinking. Well, the fact is that we live in a...

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