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Academia

What are GCSEs like now?

ICT: an important building block for a successful career

For those of us who have been working for over two decades the transformation in what we do at work and how we do it are almost beyond comprehension. The digital age has turned working life on its head in many respects. (The same is true of many aspects of our private life … few […]

24 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes reading time

The accordion is unique in the way it has an air valve.

The importance of reading

When you reflect on your childhood you hopefully recall some pleasurable literary experiences. Your parents, grandparents, adult friends and teachers may have guided you through enchanting picture books. This may, like me, have led to you relishing reading the adventures of the Famous Five or the Secret Seven (and crying when Charlotte the spider died […]

24 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes reading time

Working as a private teacher is an extremely rewarding pursuit with many benefits.

Learning ICT – how useful is it?

In a world where technology is a second nature to most teenagers, some parents and pupils are beginning to question the relevance of ICT. Many students find themselves being taught things they’ve either known for years or can pick up within fifteen minutes, meaning that some can become bored and disillusioned with the subject. However, […]

24 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes reading time

Arts and Hobbies

How can you learn to draw for free?

Learning to Draw for Free

"Drawing is the artist's most direct and spontaneous expression, a species of writing: it reveals, better than does painting, his true personality." - Edgar Degas So many people in the UK are drawn to creative hobbies. After all, they can be both relaxing and rewarding. But do you prefer knitting or working with pastels? If […]

2 July 2020 ∙ 7 minutes reading time

How can you learn to draw for free?

Where to Learn to Draw for Free

“Every artist was first an amateur” - Ralph Waldo Emerson Dance classes or music lessons can end up costing quite a bit but if there's one hobby that is quite cheap to take up, it's learning how to draw. So how can you learn how to draw without having to pay to go to art […]

2 July 2020 ∙ 7 minutes reading time

Can you learn to draw on smartphones and tablets?

Learning to Draw on Smartphones and Tablets

“Everything you can imagine is real.” - Pablo Picasso Our hobbies are what makes us happy. Are you interested in drawing, painting, or sculpture? Do you prefer pens, pencils, or paintbrushes? Or maybe even vector graphics on a tablet? Whether you want to sketch, do landscapes, or ink manga, here are the best apps for […]

2 July 2020 ∙ 6 minutes reading time

Education

One must have great self-confidence to not fear the unknown

Books on Building Confidence in Your Child

On the surface, parenting seems simple enough: keep kids safe, feed them well and make sure they get to school. It’s the other part of parenting, the delicate sculpting of the psyche that requires dedication, wisdom and more than a touch of finesse. Parenting trends come and go. For a while, shaming one’s children into […]

11 July 2020 ∙ 7 minutes reading time

This boy's learning how to swing by himself is just one way he will discover his confidence

Child Confidence Building Activities and Games

It’s possible that every parent feels a rush of pride the first time their child accomplishes something for the first time: first time rolling over, first time sitting up; first steps, first words, first… It is almost unfortunate that children experiencing those firsts are too young to be amazed at their newfound ability to do […]

11 July 2020 ∙ 7 minutes reading time

Your little ones might enjoy the challenge of climbing while building confidence

How to Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem

It would be hard to believe that any parent would not want and actively strive for the best where their children are concerned. We don’t mean the right school or the right social contacts though that does play a part – perhaps too large a part in our status-driven society. Nor do we think a […]

11 July 2020 ∙ 7 minutes reading time

Health and Fitness

A complete guide to becoming a Home Tutor

Food for thought; how much is cooking part of education?

Most of us hardly think of cooking as an important part of educating. It tends to be regarded as another of those less important subjects like arts or sports we disregard in favour of ‘real’ education like academic stuff. However, if we are truly educating young people towards leading independent lives, knowing how to function […]

24 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes reading time

This machine was invented by the same man who invented Pilates 100 years ago.

How Much do Pilates Classes Cost?

There are so many excellent benefits to practising Pilates - these can include attaining a strong core, increasing your flexibility and range of motion, improving your posture, body awareness and coordination, reducing stress and accessing mindfulness through breathing techniques and increasing your overall stamina. Pilates is great for the health of your entire body, and you'll start to feel […]

9 April 2020 ∙ 12 minutes reading time

Pilates is great if you are a little out of shape

Which Pilates Class Is Right For You?

If you're new to Pilates and researching the best Pilates classes for you, some congratulations are in order! This means you've decided to try out your first class and you're well on your way to all the incredible health benefits that Pilates can offer.  In this article, we'll give you a more complete overview of Pilates and […]

9 April 2020 ∙ 7 minutes reading time

Languages

Learning English in Sydney Australia

Finding English Classes in Sydney

Sydney, the capital of New South Wales and Australia's most populated city, was first settled by Europeans in 1788, following the arrival of the First Fleet from England. There were over 1480 men, women and children on board, half of whom were convicts. Although most were British, there were also convicts of African, American and […]

26 June 2020 ∙ 7 minutes reading time

How much do family yoga sessions cost?

Why studying German at school is so important

Germany is the economic engine of Europe, and the political driver of the European Union. Our commercial relationship with the country is undoubted: in 2012, the UK overtook France as Germany’s biggest global trade partner and, as The Telegraph newspaper put it, ‘British suppliers and manufacturers are deeply integrated into the German industrial machine and […]

24 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes reading time

Make maths fun with the help of free and fun online resources such as games, tutorials, apps and podcasts

Ole: the advantages of choosing Spanish GCSE

Whether languages are your forte or you simply want to boost your CV, you may be considering taking Spanish at GCSE. To make your decision a little easier, here we run through of some of the many advantages of choosing to study Spanish. Spanish is the official language of 21 countries, many of which are […]

24 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes reading time

Music

learning to play the piano

Taking Piano Classes At A Conservatorium

"When I was a young musician, the only option available to pursue secondary education in music was to attend a classical conservatory." -Billy Joel If you wish to find employment as an elite performer, music teacher or composer, you'll need to attend a university conservatorium to take high-quality music lessons and pursue your music studies. […]

22 April 2020 ∙ 8 minutes reading time

The cello makes up one quarter of the string quartet.

How To Play The Cello

The violoncello, or in other words, little violone (or simply "cello" as we most commonly know it), is a bowed, stringed instrument and member of the violin family, along with the violin itself, the viola and the double bass, to name but a few. The cello is remarkable in the way it is tuned an […]

22 April 2020 ∙ 6 minutes reading time

What does an electronic keyboard do?

Playing The Keyboard

While most people know what a keyboard looks like, some may not be aware that an electronic keyboard is a musical instrument that includes a range of features such as accompaniments, voices, a power amplifier and small speakers. The term keyboard can often refer to more than just one type of musical device, including synthesizers, […]

15 April 2020 ∙ 6 minutes reading time

Professional Development

How much does it cost to be a mature student?

The Cost of Being a Mature Student

“Job training empowers people to realize their dreams and improve their lives.” - Sylvia Mathews Burwell Have you done a skills appraisal and decided that it’s time to study some more? There were 140,000 mature students in the UK in 2017. Plenty of people are going back to school to gain new skills, change careers, […]

22 April 2020 ∙ 6 minutes reading time

Where can you find courses for mature students?

Choosing Courses for Mature Students

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” - Colin Powell According to a 2016 study, more than a third of UK graduates regret attending university. Unfortunately, they only realise this once they’ve done it. Perhaps, the course they chose was the problem. Going back […]

22 April 2020 ∙ 7 minutes reading time

Why should you become a mature student?

Reasons to Become a Mature Student

“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” - Pele Further studies aren’t just for those looking for work. Those in work can choose to study to improve their opportunities in a given field or to learn […]

22 April 2020 ∙ 7 minutes reading time

Tutoring

How do you become a private webcam tutor?

Tips for tutors: what works best – according to kids…

If you really want to help your students enjoy the process of learning, the best place to start could be with the children themselves. This article contains answers from children who were asked what teachers and tutors can do to help them be more interested in and excited about the academic world. When you tutor you can help […]

24 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes reading time

How can you find boxing lessons for kids?

You should be making new year educational resolutions

It’s New Year, and that time of year again, isn’t it? Every year, we all say the same thing – how we’re going to lose weight, be more committed to family, stop smoking or whatever.  You get the idea. When it comes to the educational world, there are many things we can look at that […]

24 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes reading time

How much do cooking tutors charge?

Tips for tutors: developing critical thinking in your students

Tutoring students to pass an exam is one thing. Setting out to improve students critical thinking skills, to help them develop their knowledge of how to look at a problem and analyse it thoroughly requires different skills. The purpose of this blog post is to look at the technique of critical thinking, and give tutors […]

24 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes reading time