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GCSE History: Understand Significance

What is significance in GCSE history? Significance is becoming an increasingly important skill in GCSE history and IGCSE history. All the exam boards are now looking for an understanding of significance to get a high grade, so it needs to appear in essays. The

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How to analyse poems using SMILE

Any student studying at a UK school or an International school will have to analyse poems in English Literature, because the GCSE and IGCSE exam boards have a collection of poems (anthologies) to be studied.  At least one of these poems will need to

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5 ways to help your child raise their grade

Raise their grade by consolidating school work. The easiest way to help your child raise their grade is by consolidating the work they do at school.  Lessons often move fast at school (particularly at GCSE and A Level) and your child will receive a

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Free GCSE English Lesson: Frankenstein

This post is a free GCSE English lesson designed to get you and your teenagers discussing books.  If you work through this post you will see I have given you a PDF version of the book and I have given you questions to discuss

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7 ways to get the best results from private tutoring

Private tutoring is an increasingly popular choice for parents and it gets good results.  Engaging a private tutor is an investment in your child’s future, but how can you get the best value for your money and get the very best outcome for your

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How to Revise: 5 study tips that really work

Now school has (mostly) returned more and more of our students report that they will be doing tests or mocks this term.  These will be important as they will give teachers an understanding of pupils’ current levels after months of education disruption.   I

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Starting University – 5 tips for new students

Congratulations – you are going to university! Your A levels are finished, UCAS is behind you and you’re off to university. Starting university should be exciting and fun, but it can also be a bit scary.  Here are 5 tips to help you settle in:  1) You

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Starting the school year with A* study skills

The summer is nearly over and the new school year is almost here.  Your teenager may be starting GCSEs or A levels, maybe with new teachers and new subjects.   There is certainly going to be a different atmosphere than before Covid-19 and the

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