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Do You Vocal Fry, Uptalk or Run On?

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No, this isn’t some code for the latest cookery or fitness fad… These terms describe patterns of speech that – apparently – many young women follow. But what does it mean? You may not know what ‘vocal fry‘ means, but chances are you’re familiar with the sound. Think Paris Hilton’s Valley girl growl; that low-pitched…

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Six Tips to Help Improve Your Essay Writing

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Writing an essay can be a daunting task. There are many pitfalls for the unwary, but don’t despair! The advice below should help you avoid some of the common mistakes… At least you can move paragraphs and sentences around without literally getting out the scissors and glue… Understand the question. Underline key points or words….

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How to write your UCAS Personal Statement

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Are you about to write your UCAS personal statement for university entrance? If so, don’t miss Matthew Hardy’s advice, brought together in his refreshingly frank and humorous free e-book here: http://www.dotmaths.com/s/UCAS-guide.pdf Matthew certainly knows his stuff. He read Law at Cambridge (where he was a Kitchener scholar), Maths with the Open University, and most recently was accepted…

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My Maths Tutor Camps in My Garden

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Canadian student Evan Eames camped for 10 months in the back garden of a house in Stockport whilst completing his master’s in astrophysics. In exchange for a free pitch, he gave Charley Mantack, the owner, tuition in maths to help her pass her GCSE maths course at Stockport College. With university fees set to increase over…

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Avoiding the ‘summer slide’: should my child study during the summer hols?

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Parents, teachers, educationalists and even children themselves will have wildly varying opinions – so, should children be studying during their summer holidays? A recent article interviewed Adam Tindill, assistant director at an Explore Learning tuition centre in Wolverhampton. Adam recognizes the phenomenon of the ‘summer slide’ or ‘regression’, where children’s educational attainment seems to go backwards over the holidays,…

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Save the Bassoon!

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How many people recognise the bassoon? Would you be able to pick it out of a woodwind lineup? According to professional bassoonist Bram Van Sambeek, the humble bassoon is a species under threat. Van Sambeek is at the forefront of a new campaign to promote the bassoon, and thus save the symphony orchestra. The campaign…

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14-year-old gets an A* in Chinese – with help from a private tutor

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Norfolk-based 14-year-old Oliver Coe developed a passion for learning Chinese 6 years ago, despite being unable to learn it at school. With the help of private tutor Jing Song, he has just passed his GCSE Mandarin with flying colours – achieving an A* grade two years before most teenagers take the exam. According to the Eastern Daily…

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Is music the most important school subject?

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In a recent feature for Intelligent Life magazine, renowned children’s author Philip Pullman has chosen music as the most important school subject. He writes, of all the things the body can do, the richest, the most interesting, the most emotionally and intellectually fulfilling thing is music. Every child needs to encounter music as early as…

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Does your child have a growth mindset?

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One of our tutors recently wrote a short article about the difference between having a fixed and a growth mindset. Sometimes learners get so caught up in the content of what they’re learning, they forget that it is the attitude, the frame of mind, which is all-important. If you have a negative stereotype about your learning capacity, it…

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What is private tuition?

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Do you know for sure what private tuition is? We’ve recently created a new introduction to private tuition to explain just that. Following a simple definition of private tuition, the explanation goes on to look at its place in the modern world, and in particular, the UK. One interesting aspect of private tuition in the UK is that…

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