Monthly Archives: October 2012

Does tutoring work? And if so, why?

The Sutton Trust estimate that nearly a quarter (23%) of UK schoolchildren aged 11-16 in England and Wales have received some private or home tuition, with the proportion of students receiving tuition has increasing from 18% in 2005 to 23% … Continue reading

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Educationalists – stop stealing dreams

Remember the story of the Emperor’s new clothes? It’s about two weavers who promise an Emperor a new suit of clothes that are so fine that they are invisible, and anyone who doesn’t see them is a fool. When the Emperor … Continue reading

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Join a club and give your career a boost

Does your school have a lot of extra-curricular activities on offer? Most do. My son’s school has a huge list of sports alone. And for kids who don’t like getting sweaty, there is music, drama, science, films, debating and, even, … Continue reading

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Why do girls avoid A level physics?

The Institute of Physics reported last week that girls are under-represented in Physics at A level across the UK. What is really baffling is that 93% of girls who achieved an A* or and A at GCSE (Physics or Double Science) … Continue reading

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So much noise in class makes it tough to learn

As I write I can hear my kids squabbling, both the radio and television blaring and our dog barking in the garden. Makes me wonder how my kids can do their homework with such a racket. In my secondary school, … Continue reading

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Tutorhub has just got even better

Some good news from the team at Tutorhub Towers. A few months back we asked students what new features they would most like to see in Tutorhub. The answer was ‘we would like to talk to our tutor and be able to … Continue reading

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Should we offer cash incentives to our children to do well in exams?

In the dim and distant past, or as my kids put it, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and I was taking A-levels, it was relatively unheard of for parents to offer money in return for good exam performance. You know … Continue reading

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