Over the years I've honed a selection of excellent, mostly free, online games which provide a fun way to get better at maths and English. Useful for preparing for 7+, 11+ and 13+.
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How much can you achieve in a year of tutoring? Take a look at writing samples from two of my students, taken from over the course of the year, and decide for yourself.
A reading list organised by age and difficulty, geared to expand students' vocabulary and grammar.
The 11+ has changed! Many schools are now adding in an essay writing task to go alongside the creative writing. Read the blog to see how to score highly on these, and to get practice questions.
A collection of exam papers for the 13+ English, maths and science exams.
Grammar is always essential, and in entrance exams it is an crucial thing that examiners look for. Learn how to spot these common mistakes, and complete the given exercises to avoid them completely.
Some excerpts of collaborative student story writing where they have had to include a word from their vocabulary bank in each sentence.
Learning only happens when brains are kept active. Passively reading through your notes or copying out of a textbook is a very inefficient way of absorbing information. Active notes is a style of note-making which is designed to keep your mind as awake as possible, with excellent results. Read on to see how it works.
Expanding vocabulary can be challenging, and some students find it hard to sit down and write a whole story on command. This blog post explains a fun way to get students interested in writing, and gets them working hard on their vocabulary too.
A detailed explanation of how exactly to use the colon. Be warned, after reading this you'll begin to notice its misuse everywhere.