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How useful are the Times Tables?

The return to school this week goes hand in hand with new government plans for every child to know their Times Tables, up to twelve times, before they leave primary school at the age of eleven. The children will be given on-screen tests this summer – or checks as the government likes to call them […]

07/17/2020 ∙ 2 minutes reading time

What are GCSEs like now?

Top tips: writing great essays

Like it or not, essays are part of your life at School, Sixth Form College and University. Writing a good essay is not only key to getting good marks for your homework, but essential if you are to get the exam grades that you deserve. But essays often pose a major challenge to students, largely […]

07/17/2020 ∙ 4 minutes reading time

What are GCSEs like now?

Top resources for Primary School Geography

There are lots of websites out there that provide resources to parents, to support their child’s learning at home. We have taken a good look at all of the websites out there, and what follows is our list of recommended resources for Primary School Geography: Sparklebox: This site features a host of resources on topics for […]

07/17/2020 ∙ 3 minutes reading time

Arts and Hobbies

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 […]

07/02/2020 ∙ 6 minutes reading time

How can you get better at drawing?

Improving Your Drawing

“Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun.” - George Scialabba How many people are creative in their everyday lives? Most people say they’d like to take up a creative hobby and drawing and painting are great at developing your creativity. But how can you learn to draw without having to attend art school? Here are […]

07/02/2020 ∙ 7 minutes reading time

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 […]

07/02/2020 ∙ 7 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 […]

07/11/2020 ∙ 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 […]

07/11/2020 ∙ 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 […]

07/11/2020 ∙ 7 minutes reading time

Health and Fitness

A trained yoga instructor engages in a pose.

How To Find A Yoga Instructor In New York

The NYC Future guide acknowledges over 62 million visitors per annum visit the state and this is said to have almost doubled in twenty years. New York City has always been widely popular and the notable images of Times Square and the Statue of Liberty only serve a compliment to the vast landmarks found across […]

07/21/2020 ∙ 6 minutes reading time

A class performs yoga by the beach.

The Best Yoga Classes In LA

The second most populous city in the United States, Los Angeles, has been a spearhead for the nation's film and television commerce, with countless classics stemming from the film studios that are looked down upon by the landmark Hollywood sign that sits upon the picturesque Californian hillsides. The globally renowned City of Angels is associated […]

07/21/2020 ∙ 6 minutes reading time

A woman performs a yoga pose.

Where Can I Find A Yoga Instructor In Boston

Founded in 1630 and part of the original 13 colonies, Boston doesn't alone boast a rich history, but it's a hit with tourism for the wide range of things there are to do. The Freedom Trail, a 2.5km trek that passes sixteen sites from Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument, is known to be […]

07/21/2020 ∙ 6 minutes reading time

Languages

How long does it take to learn how to sing?

Top 10 Most Famous Italian Songs

Of all the world's music, there is some that moves us, touches us and upsets us more than others. Between violin, tenor, funk and Italian language, Italian songs are is often part of them. Because of its diversity, but also because of its hits, which make everyone want to get as close to music as […]

07/13/2020 ∙ 12 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 […]

06/24/2020 ∙ 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 […]

06/24/2020 ∙ 3 minutes reading time

Music

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, […]

04/15/2020 ∙ 6 minutes reading time

All you need to know about playing the harpsichord.

Playing Harpsichord

The harpsichord is just one of the instruments that make up the keyboard family. Though the harpsichord isn't as well-known as the piano, the organ, or the electronic keyboard, it has as much earned its place as one of the keyboard instruments! The harpsichord is known by some quite wide-ranging names across Europe. For instance, […]

04/15/2020 ∙ 6 minutes reading time

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

Playing Accordion

The accordion is known by many names across Europe: accordéon (in French), Handharmonika or Akkordeon (in German) and armonica a manticino (in Italian), but they all basically point back to a hand-held musical instrument that consists of a treble and bass casing and has an external keyboard (or buttons), with hand-operated bellows. The accordion was […]

04/15/2020 ∙ 6 minutes reading time

Professional Development

What are the benefits of continuing education?

Continuing Education at a Glance

“Non est ad astra mollis e terris via" (There is no easy way from the earth to the stars) - Seneca Continuing education is an opportunity to go back to school once you’ve started working. Whether you want to further your career or change careers, there’s training and courses available for everyone. Most people accept […]

04/22/2020 ∙ 7 minutes reading time

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, […]

04/22/2020 ∙ 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 […]

04/22/2020 ∙ 7 minutes reading time

Tutoring

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Tips for tutors: Deciding how much to charge

So you’ve decided to become a tutor. So much to think about, and where do you start to look for for help? The purpose of this blog post is to help you decide how to choose your hourly rate. When it comes to tutoring, there are many reasons why you might start.  Some people want […]

06/24/2020 ∙ 5 minutes reading time

How much do family yoga sessions cost?

Tips for tutors: 10 things you should take into every lesson

I think it’s safe to say that most tutors like their students to come well-prepared with bits and pieces.  After all, all the material that they’ve been using to learn with is what they’ll need to use to revise and most likely the things that you’re going to need to use during the sessions. However, […]

06/24/2020 ∙ 5 minutes reading time

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 […]

06/24/2020 ∙ 5 minutes reading time