Archive For The “School” Category

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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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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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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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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Stress-busting your child’s SATs!

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Earlier this month, the KS2 standardised achievement tests (SATs) dominated the lives of thousands of 10 and 11-year-olds across the UK. For the second year in a row, children were tested on the new, tougher curriculum. Despite the Government trying to emphasise that the results are not qualifications and don’t affect children’s future options, increasingly…

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Private Tuition – Safety Advice for Parents

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While the vast majority of private tutors are reputable, parents and carers still need to be cautious when hiring a private tutor directly. Here is The Tutor Pages advice for contacting independent tutors: DBS Check Consider hiring a tutor who has an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) check. The Disclosure & Barring…

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