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You’ve heard of slow cooking – what about slow practice?

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One of the cello teachers recently registered with us has written insightfully about the ‘practice frame of mind’. In her article, she writes, ‘BE SLOW! There’s slow food, so perhaps there should be slow practice’. Modern life can fool us into thinking that everything done at a fast pace is necessarily better. However, this simply…

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“I’m drawing the periodic table in my bedroom!”

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“When we’ve finished on the cello, can I show you my periodic table?” My 8 year old pupil loves playing the cello, but he also loves anything and everything to do with science. He couldn’t wait for the end of the lesson so he could show me the periodic table he had been constructing using…

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Find a music teacher: all you need to know

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If you’re considering hiring a music teacher for yourself or your child, you’ve come to the right place. The Tutor Pages has just published a comprehensive guide to music tuition in the UK where you’ll discover:- how to find a music teacher where lessons are held the most common instruments to learn how to choose the right instrument…

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Is it really true that a quarter of children are being tutored?

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The short answer is no, despite what the media might report. Hysterical news stories about the rise of tutoring, the death of childhood, the tiger parent and the super tutor seem to dominate the media discourse surrounding tutoring. A common statistic often used to back up these stories is the claim that around 1 in 4 children…

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Private Tuition Fees – what rates do tutors charge?

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If you’re choosing a tutor for yourself or your child, you’re bound to consider the cost. What is a fair fee, and what factors will influence what a tutor charges? The Tutor Pages collects data on how much independent private tutors charge, and so this is a good place to start. Our data shows that, in 2016, tutors across…

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Homeschooling – a growing trend?

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Home education, or homeschooling (blanket terms covering a wide range of non-school-based learning) is currently a hot topic. There are many reasons why families choose to take their children out of the formal education system; illness, ideology, problems with bullying, special needs, disengagement. Equally, there are many different forms of home education, such as flexi-schooling,…

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ISM Survey on Private Music Teacher Fees

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The Incorporated Society of Musicians is an organisation that provides support for professional musicians. They have surveyed 1400 private music teachers about their fees and found that: In Central London, music teachers tended to charge between £30-£50/hour. Private music teacher fees in Greater London were a little less, ranging from £30-£40. In the regions of the UK, fees…

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How to Analyse a Poem

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The sheer number of articles on The Tutor Pages on how to analyse poems shows what a hot topic this is. Many students feel intimidated and overwhelmed when faced with a new poem, but here are some tips on how to break down the mass of words into something more understandable! Start at the very beginning. It…

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Can I teach myself for A-level?

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A topic that seems to come up more and more on education super-discussion board The Student Room is that of home education in sixth form. Students are interested in home education for many different reasons; a feeling of lack of support in school, problems with bullying, disagreements with teachers or simply that the subjects they…

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Advantages of Good Grammar

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Has learning grammar recently become too tough? The subject has been at the centre of an ongoing debate surrounding the spelling, punctuation and grammar (‘Spag’) tests for 10 to 11-year-olds. Teachers and parents have suggested that learning technical grammar terminology might even be unnecessary, and that it can have a negative impact on creative storytelling skills. However,…

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