Archives Jan. 1, 2014


  • Top 10 private tuition subjects

    Dec. 5, 2014.

    Which private tutors are most in demand?

    1st equal:   English tuition and Maths tuition

    No surprise that English and Maths tutors are top of the popularity stakes.  This, however, does not simply mean that children find these subjects tougher than Science or History, but rather that there is the most pressure to excel with numeracy and literacy.  Exams, whether pre-tests, 11+ or 13+ Common Entrance focus on the fundamentals as they are an essential stepping stone to making headway across the curriculum.

    3rd and 4th equal:  Verbal and Non-Verbal tuition

    Close contenders are private tutors for Verbal reasoning and Non-Verbal ...

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  • Should you use a private tutor?

    Nov. 28, 2014.

    Should you use a private tutor?

    Who should you listen to: Mums at the school gate? The Headmaster? Your child?  We’d advise listening to everyone before working out, on balance, whether a private tutor would be beneficial for your child.  There is no longer a taboo attached to receiving help from outside school and there are plenty of avenues to find a tutor.  The key is to make the right choices.  

    The first question: is there a need?

    Children will develop at their own rate and, if feeling on the back foot, they may need some one-on-one encouragement for ...

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  • Helping your child prepare for November's Common Entrance Exams

    Nov. 18, 2014.

    Mock exams for Common Entrance can be more terrifying than the real thing in some respects.  Children have barely embarked on their Year 8 journey and the syllabus has not yet been taught in its entirety, let alone learnt.  Suddenly, exam week looms.

    Prep schools have different approaches to mock exams.  Some will use Common Entrance past papers, others will chop and change the structure and format to suit the topics covered to date.  Either way, seeing that title page with the words, ‘Common Entrance’, the fear will set in.

    To combat the pressure, the ideal approach is to enter ...

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  • 13+ SCHOLARSHIP EXAMS: IS NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH?

    Oct. 14, 2014.

    Penny Whitwell, 4th May 2014

    As the next round of 13+ scholarship exams approaches, we reflect on what an extraordinary challenge this is for our young people. 13+ scholarship exams are an alternative to 13+ Common Entrance exams but, without exception, they are much more difficult! Public schools can set their own brand of scholarship paper, aligned with the academic expectation of their school. However, many schools choose the Common Academic Scholarship Exams (CASE) published by the ISEB.

    The toughest of scholarship papers have been likened to higher-level GCSE or even A level in terms of standard. The incredible thing ...

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  • FIRST CLASS ONLINE TUITION | TEL: 020 81447737

    Oct. 14, 2014.

    Aiming for the best British public school?

    Demand is high, few will succeed: here’s how. We take the stress away and teach success, one student at a time. Our students learn winning ways and the habit of achievement. We start with the best tutors. Our tutors are first-rate teachers from first-rate schools. Our students don’t just learn their subject they learn how to succeed.

    To see how it works, take a look at the animation below created by one of our students. Pretty impressive for a 13 year old!

    I'm starting to believe that I'm really ...

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  • MOVE IT!

    Oct. 10, 2014.

    Movement is the door to learning,’ Paul E Dennison.



    Have you ever wondered why sport and drama are so popular?! For one, there is no homework, of course! More importantly, though, children can move! There are not many youngsters happy to be stuck on their chair all day, particularly in summer, so what a treat to be able to stretch, bounce and run. Joining up the dots, to make the heavier subjects a little lighter, let’s bring movement into the classroom. There are activities that naturally involve standing and walking but, let’s face it, the desk and chair ...

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  • TREAT YOURSELF!

    Oct. 10, 2014.

    How do you cope when the sun is out and there’s still so much to do?! The answer is surely to treat yourself! A blast of sunshine and deep breath of fresh air can do wonders to boost moral. Better still, a brisk walk, kick about or swim can freshen up the grey cells ready for the next instalment. If the clock is ticking and the pressure is too much, how about star jumps whilst reciting something useful (conjugations, times tables, prime numbers). If you have a lovely, helpful person about, they could quiz you, challenge you even. How ...

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