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3 Reasons for Creative Learning and Tutoring

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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…

5 Exam Tips for SEND students

It is hard enough with exams but if you have special educational needs or are disabled it can be that much harder.  Below I have included my top 5 tips for SEND students to help when sitting examinations. Tip 1: Plan ahead Make sure that you know how to access the examination room and that if you have special requirements (e.g. wheelchair access) the examination centre or school staff know this.
Tip 2: Know Your Rights This sort of follows on from Tip 1.  If the school or examination centre has been made aware that you as a SEND student have certain requirements for sitting the exam and it has been agreed before the exam date this special measures will be put in place then you have the right to complain.  Also if the measures haven't been followed and you couldn't sit the test this can be taken into account by the exam board under extenuating circumstances.  See my blog-post on missed exams. Tip 3: Use Your Entitlement Some students (Dyslexic, Autistic students etc.) have the ri…

How to stop the nightmare before eXam day

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Top Tips for the Day Before Test Day

Below are some suggestions for what to do the night before sitting an exam.  Please note this list is not exhaustive and what works best for one person may not work best for another.  These are just suggestions.  If you have any suggestions or advise feel free to add them to the comments below.  Don't go stay out late the night before - you will probably be tired and unable to concentrate during the exam.  There will be plenty of time to party over the summer.Eat a healthy meal, avoid stimulants (e.g. caffeine) and drink plenty of waterMake sure that you have all the equipment you need for the exam.  If you need a black pen make sure you have two in case one breaks.  Check your calculator is scientific, meets specs and is working.  Make sure the equipment is standard exam issue.  By doing this the day or week before you should have time to go to the shops/order on-line if necessary.Lay out your clothes - make sure you have what you are going to …

How important are exams?

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Do exams define you and the rest of your life?
When applying for jobs or University most candidates will have to fill out job applications with detailed descriptions of your examination results.  Many employers and interviewers will look at your results and for most our job path is defined by whether we passed an exam or failed it.  Indeed certain Universities (e.g. Oxford or Cambridge) won't even consider a student with below AAB A-level results.  Consequently my question is are we defined by examinations and how do our results affect our lives?
Indeed passing exams is important.  For example, you wouldn't want a doctor operating on you if they hadn't passed their surgery exams and gone through medical school.  However many famous entrepreneurs and famous people will openly admit to having failed some if not all of their exams. Jon Snow, Channel 4's news presenter, took two A-levels the first time round and failed one whilst only getting a C in English for the second.…

Missed Exams

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What do you do if you miss an exam?


And the reasoning for missing you exam is... Sometimes due to unforeseen circumstances an exam has to be missed.  For example, maybe you got seriously sick or heaven forbid you were involved in an accident on the day of the exam, a close family member dies, there is a domestic crisis.  These circumstances are counting as extenuating circumstances.  The first port of call is to contact your teacher/school and they will be able to help you through.  If you are seriously sick you may be asked to prove this with a doctor's note or medical records.  Death notes may also be required.  You may then be able to sit the exam at a later date or sometimes marks are decided from coursework and other exams in the subject including classwork.

It should be noted that sometimes the exam centre or where your sitting the exam messes up.  For example, you may be given the wrong paper, their may be a disturbance in the exam room (e.g. fire), the recording devise is n…

7 Steps to Exam Paper Success

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Exam Paper Technique for 11+, GCSE etc.So you are going to sit a paper.  How do you maximise the marks in the shortest time possible?



Step 1: Make sure your name is on the paper and you follow the instructions when sitting your paper.

Step 2: In the first 2 minutes of an exam flick through the paper and check how many pages there are and where all the questions are.  Check the back page and see if there is a question there.

Step 3: You want to maximise your marks in the shortest time possible.  Answer all the 1 and 2 mark questions first that you find easy.  Skip over other questions to begin with.

Step 4: Go through the paper again.  Answer all the questions worth more than 2 marks that you find easy.  Skip over other questions.

Step 5: Now you should be left with just the trickier questions.  Answer as many as you can.  Remember often you will get marks for trying a question so it is better to try your best and show some working out then to leave questions completely blank.

Step 6: In the…

The Exams For Parents

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Do parents put undue stress on their children to perform well in exams?
With students sitting or about to sit their GCSEs a rising level of tension and stress is probably looming over the household in anticipation of the coming day.  For some students there is no such thing as stress where for others it is comparable to the time of the apocalypse.  However, is it only the students who are stressed out about the exams?  I mean most parents want their child to do well in the exams and probably feel a level of tension themselves.  Yet do parents actually contribute to student exam anxiety because they want their child to perform well?  What is good exam parenting and what steps can be taken to reduce exam stress?  Below I will discuss this further.  If you have any comments please feel free to leave them below.
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Parents and exam stress
In March 2017 the BBC posted in a news article that Com Res for BBC Radio 5 L…