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Some helpful blog pieces and articles for our students and tutors.

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Literacy Skill 1 - Summary

I sometimes think that a healthy reading habit in a 10-year-old contributes more to educational outcomes than any other factor. Of course it would be a simple task to measure this by exam results, but really, the benefits go a lot further than school achievements and job prospects – reading builds a person’s inner life and widens perceptions. However, let’s narrow [...]

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Test anxiety: What is it and how can I manage it?

It is common to experience some stress or anxiety before an exam. In fact, this is a desired reaction.  It has been proven that there is an optimal anxiety level that will help us perform better, while both extreme high and low arousal levels will be counterproductive. So, if you are feeling a bit nervous before that big exam, most [...]

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Just the Word - Vocabulary and 11+

As a literacy specialist and tutor I have always been interested in how language and literacy is developed in childhood. Often there are signifiers that are mightily important. For example, are there books at home? Does the child witness their parents reading? Does the family have dinner around the table and are the children encouraged to ask questions? There are [...]

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Skills To Succeed After School

A review of the skills you will need to master if you want to set yourself up for success after finishing school.  In school we develop some basic academic skills like reading or writing that are essential for high job performance in any environment, but there are also a set of life skills we will need to develop in order [...]

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Debunking Popular Learning Myths

Some of the things we believe about learning and teaching are wrong. Here’s why…  There are so many misconceptions about what the best ways to learn are or how to enhance learning and academic performance. However, most of these beliefs are not well supported by research and simply have become obsolete information that, unfortunately, a lot of people still rely on. [...]

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TOP 5 - BEST APPS FOR STUDENTS

Have you found yourself checking your mobile over and over again while you try to do your homework? No worries, you are not the only one. In this article, we will tell you how to make your smartphone a tool, instead of a distraction. If someone had told you 10 years ago that you would be able to use your mobile [...]

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Why Study English Literature?

olI’ll never forget one particular response when I announced that I was studying English at university: “but you already speak English.” I bit my tongue and resisted the urge to roll my eyes, smiled and said - it’s literature based, rather than language. “What, so like, books and stuff?”, they retorted. If you’re thinking of studying English Literature at university, [...]

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How To Take Notes Properly

 ‘I’m taking notes’. ‘I always revise from my notes’. ‘I learn better when I take notes by hand’. ‘I always colour-code my notes’.  These are phrases we’ve all heard time and time again – probably even thrown around ourselves in a lunch-time conversation about revision. In fact, I doubt there is a single student who has reached sixth-form and [...]

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SAT Subject Tests: Improve your Level 2 Maths in 5 minutes!

image OK, set that stopwatch... And go! Use a graphing calculator First things first... Make sure that: a. you're using a graphing calculator and b. you know how to use it! This is because there are quite a lot of graph questions on the Level 2 test, and answering them is quite often simply a matter of [...]

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Speaking In Front Of People - how to survive an audience or interview panel

Standing up in front of people to speak off the cuff, being in an interview situation, or make a speech is one of the most common fears. It affects people with all levels of experience in any number of situations. The Graduate interviewing for their first job, the nervous bridegroom, the CEO or Director, the young person at school in [...]

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