Increase your Results - When to Revise

When Should You Revise?This is a continuation from my previous blog post on revision (5 tips to start revision the way you want).  In this post we are going to talk about when you should revise. Last Minute Revision - The Good, the Bad and the UglyWe all know the stories of Joe Bloggs, the student, who decided to stay up last minute and cram for his exam because he wanted to go out partying the night before and every night before that.It is a typical University story.Is it the best way to revise? Firstly, I'd like to talk about memory.Please note I am no expert on the subject and these are just some of my thoughts.There are lots of different sorts of memory.Memory for ordered lists, memory for images and amongst these different sorts of memory is working memory and long-term memory.Long-term memory are the things we remember and never forget.They are stored away so securely in our brains we just need to recall them.Working memory is where we hold information temporary and can recall…

5 Tips To Start Revision The Way You Want

How to Learn - RevisionTip 1: Be PreparedThe number one tip I have is being prepared.The more prepared you feel the less anxious you are likely to be in your exam.It is normal to feel a certain amount of nerves but it is managing and controlling them that is actually half the battle.This is why I am writing this blog post at the beginning of the year because this will definitely mean you have lots of time to revise and get prepared.For further information on designing a timetable click here.
Tip 2: Where You Revise
Some studies have found that actually revising in the type of situation or place where you are going to sit your exam can actually boost your results.This is why you may sometimes see someone revising in a hall where an exam is going to be.However, this can actually be a little too far for some people.
Thomas Frank produced an excellent YouTube video that is an  overview on preparing your study space before an exam.  See below:

It is really up to you to find out what study and …

Designing a Timetable (Part 2) - Producing a Plan

Creating a Timetable in 3 easy steps
When you want to do Maths revision or memorise any subject, for that matter, creating a timetable can be super helpful as it gives you a plan on how you are going to revise.  Taking some time to create the plan of action and then (of course) implementing it can keep you on track.
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Revision timetable - getting startedSTEP 1: Log your subjectsSTEP 2: Apply your revision listSTEP 3: Add exam topics to subject entries-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
How to get begin a revision timetable
Creating a revision timetable can be as simple or as complex as you like.It could be created by you or someone else.It is however a highly personal thing.I would probably advise keeping the timetable simple for two reasons.Firstly when it gets more complex it is trickier to follow an…

Designing a Timetable (Part 1) - Creating a Revision List

Exam Technique: Preparation & How to Revise
Yes it is only the beginning of the year and most students are enjoying their final days before school starts.So you are probably wondering why I am talking about revision so early on in the school year.If you start your revision now at the beginning of the year it will mean you are well prepared for your exams in the summer and the mocks in the winter.Feeling prepared will relieve exam nerves and stress (see my post on coping with exam stress).You won't need to have the late night cramming session or be exhausted before taking the exam.
Sometimes actually creating a topic revision list can be more daunting than actually the process of revision.It is important to have a good grasp of what you need to revise as well as how to revise and sometimes this is overlooked.This blog post is going to concentrate on the what of revision!

Steps to Succ…

Dyslexia and Dyscalculia Computer Support

Ironically many of my students may struggle reading this post but hopefully parents/carers/friends can relay this information to my students as necessary.

If you want any further information on anything mentioned please feel free to contact me via my website:

Below are my top 5 computer support tips for Dyslexia/Dyscalculia students.

Tip 1: PDF reader - change the colour of the screen

You can change the colour of pdf's in Adobe Acrobat Reader (see video below).  The basic version of Adobe Acrobat Reader is free to download.

Tip 2: Font - Open Dyslexia Font

You can download a free font which is supposed to support Dyslexic reading and writing.  The font can be found here on SEN

Tip 3: Word - change the colour of the screen

You can change the colour of Office Word documents (see video below).

Tip 4: Office and Dictation

Office has now got voice recognition and you can dictate to any Microsoft program.

Tip 5: Audio books
Audible supplies audio books a…

My child has under performed in the UK SATs what should I do?

According to the Government SATs results are up with 64% of students attaining the national average in Maths, Reading and Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling.  Some students will have exceeded expectation and some students will unfortunately be below average.  Interestingly the SATs results were removed from the website after some school's results were higher than they should be.

Nevertheless summer holidays are fast approaching and if your child is not on holiday they most certainly soon will be.  However, what should a parent do if their child's results are below the national expectancy?  Read below 10 ways you can help your child this summer.

Consider getting a tutor (Why not try a free 30 minute taster session with RK Tutors?)Try to work out why your child is underachieving.  This may involve talking to teaching staff.Are there other reasons?  Is your child being bullied for example?  Is this affecting their confidence?Does your child have additional SEN needs that are not be…

3 Reasons for Creative Learning and Tutoring

I believe that education should be fun and creative as well as educational. 

Below are 3 benefits to tutoring creatively.
Better results
In 2009, Mike Baker wrote a BBC article called "Benefits of Creative Classrooms".In this article he highlighted that National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) indicated that young people on the Creative Partnerships' Programme achieved "on average, the equivalent of 2.5 grades better progress in GCSE than similar young people in other schools".It is worth noting that "creativity has been shown to be distinct from intelligence" (Caroline Sharp) - one can score well in creativity and still do poorly on IQ tests.For this reason it is now generally believed that there are many forms of intelligence.
Improves multi-faceted thinking
Mann in his 2006 paper, "Creativity the essence of Mathematics", wrote that "a good mathematical mind is capable of flexible thought and manipulate and investigate a pro…