We have comprised a list of the top 10 English exam revision tips, we believe can benefit you:

  1. Make sure you read the whole passage that a comprehension question relates to. Do not try and guess which parts of the text are the most relevant, as you are likely to end up missing something important that may be necessary for the questions.
  2. Read the question carefully! If it asks to answer ‘in your own words’, then use your own words. Do not highlight chunks from the text unless that is what the question is asking you to do.
  3. Practice writing timed essays. Managing your time in an English exam is crucial, especially if the whole exam is comprised of just one or two questions.
  4. Spend a few minutes planning a brief structure of the essay you are going to write, and try to stick to your plan as closely as possible. This will help to ensure you have included everything required of you. Your English tutor will be able to help you with both essay planning and essay writing.
  5. Ensure you know your key text to a high level of detail. Although this sounds obvious, it has been known for people to have written about the wrong text in an exam. Make sure you know what you have been studying, especially the plot, the major and minor characters and the key themes.
  6. Use annotations and highlight key passages in the text. This will help you remember things that you may be struggling with, and will allow you to spot them quickly when rereading the text.
  7. Practise using official past papers. Although the questions may differ, these will help you manage your time and structure your essays correctly, as well as to get a sense for the style and content of questions commonly asked. Your English tutor will be happy to provide these for you.
  8. Always ask your English tutor to mark any mock papers you do, and ask them to show you how and where you went wrong. This will help you to avoid repeating mistakes.
  9. Include quotations from the text to support your point. Make sure they are not long chunks of text, but concise sentences that relate directly to the point you are trying to make.
  10. When you have finished writing, make sure you reread your answers to ensure all spelling and grammar is correct. There are likely to be small errors that arise naturally when you are writing large amounts of text, and marks are awarded for high attention to detail. Your English writing skills are being tested as well as your content knowledge.
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English is a compulsory core subject studied throughout school education (from 4-16). Due to the wide demand for tuition of this subject, the English Language and Literature tutors that we recommend can teach students at any education level including:

  • Key Stages 1-3 (including SATs)
  • 7+, 8+, 11+ and 13+
  • GCSE and IGCSE
  • AS- and A-Level
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate
  • EAL/EFL
  • IELTS Tests
  • US SATS
  • Adult Literacy

English is taught from the beginning to the end of compulsory education, and many students opt to study it at A-Level and beyond. Greater London Tutors take great pride in recommending tutors able to engage any student regardless of age and ability, whilst simultaneously creating a nurturing learning environment that best suits their needs.

All of the tutors that we recommend are fully up-to-date with current exam boards and syllabi, are carefully vetted, and are educated to the highest standards. Greater London Tutors can source excellent tuition for English Language and English Literature at any level, and across all participating exam boards including OCR, EDEXCEL and AQA.

The English tutors that we recommend are fully qualified in their subject and passionate about teaching it to a very high standard. No matter which educational level you require help with, we aim to support and encourage all students in reaching their full academic potential in all areas of the subject, from elocution to exam preparation.

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We have comprised a list of the top 10 maths exam revision tips, we believe can benefit you:
  1. The only way to learn Maths is through regular practise; simply reading over your notes will not be as helpful as practising doing the calculations.
  2. Ensure that you prepare with the calculator you are going to use in your exam (if permitted) so that you are familiar with its functions.
  3. Try to remember all formulae as thoroughly as possible. If you note down the correct and relevant formulae in the exam you may still get marks, even if the answer is ultimately incorrect. Your Maths tutor will be able to help you decide which formulae are the most important to remember.
  4. Use the space provided on the paper to show all of your working out. Do not be afraid of making too many notes as examiners will want to see your method.
  5. Make sure you note any working out as clearly as possible. In some cases, Maths examiners want to know how you got to your answer (as well as the answer itself), so you may get marks for your method. However, this needs to be labelled clearly, distinct from the answer you are giving.
  6. Remember to write the units of the answer you are providing, for example in metres or kilograms. Failure to do so may result in dropped marks.
  7. Each axis of a graph should be labelled clearly to help the examiner find the information they are looking for.
  8. Read the question carefully. If it asks you to show the exact answer then you must do that. It may ask you to give an answer to a certain decimal point, so ensure that you answer the exact question that is asked of you.
  9. If you get stuck on a particular problem then you should move on and come back to the difficult one later. Time wasted on one tricky question at the expense of time spent working on another simpler question, could potentially result in wasted marks.
  10. Make sure you have all of the correct equipment required for your exam. For example, if you are taking a calculator paper, make sure you bring a calculator that complies with the regulations for that particular examination. Ensure you have a protractor, ruler, pens, pencils, compass and anything else that may be required. Do not be afraid to ask your Maths tutor if you are unsure what to bring into the exam.
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Obtaining top grades at any level of education (including the SATs, GCSEs or AS- & A-Levels) can offer many future career opportunities, particularly for those who study core subjects such as Maths. Maths is one of the most widely used subjects after school and university life, yet many people underestimate the advantage that having a good Mathematics grade can give you.

Many career advertisements nowadays ask for at least a grade C or above in GCSE Maths, since this is usually a key component of employment. This does not necessarily demand knowledge of Mathematics specifically, rather it is what having a good Maths grade represents that interests employers. It sets children up with an excellent basis in problem solving, attention to detail and analysis, all of which are all skills that you learn from studying Maths.

A career founded on mathematical study does not determine a future in academic Maths. We have listed a range of possible career choices that would be relevant to those with a strong mathematical grounding:

  • Medical research
  • Games designer
  • Audio software
  • Climate prediction
  • Finance
  • Data analyst
  • Teacher
  • Retail
  • Researcher
  • Computing
  • Accountancy
  • Banker
  • Meteorologist
  • Business
  • Information Technology
  • Auditor
  • Stock Broker
  • Statistician

As well as including your Maths qualifications on your CV, there are other more general mathematical principles you could add as a result of your studies in that area. Handling important data, data analysis, or the ability of logical thinking, to name just a few, are all skills which come from learning Mathematics and should all be mentioned when applying for jobs in any sector.

The tutors we recommend are fully up-to-date with every change in the UK national curriculum. They ensure that your children are fully prepared both for their school examinations (at Key Stage Two SATs, GCSE, AS- or A-Level) and for the mathematical skills required in future employment.

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It is natural for teaching methods and syllabi to change in order to keep up-to-date with the way the world is developing. In the field of Maths, teaching has moved more towards practical Mathematics, thereby providing the perfect platform for careers in finance, engineering and many other fields.

In the USA during the late 1950s and 60s, a new method of teaching Mathematics involving understanding the theory behind Maths as opposed to simply memorising various calculations and other rote learning, was applied in the classroom.

The main problem that is a concern to the level of Maths education is that there are no ‘real world’ Maths situations involved in the current syllabus. An article by The Guardian suggests that “It’s not so much that Maths education is worse than it was; instead, real life is much more demanding and we’re running in the wrong direction to catch up.”

Take the use of computers, for example. In the twenty-first century, computers are used for almost everything. There is an app, game, or program which can do almost anything for you. Nearly every equation which is needed to be worked out is done so via calculator or via smartphone. It stands to reason, therefore, that a new emphasis in Mathematics should relate to problem solving and computational skills, as opposed to more traditional rote-learning methods.

When relating to real life circumstances, people within business tend to use their computers to find out the answers to multiple sums in one go, choosing to use a program such as Microsoft Excel as opposed to working the problems out with pen and paper. However, this creates a new problem in itself. We will need to know the wide range of formulae in Excel in order to find the answer. The approach to understanding this and working out the resulting information requires algebraic thinking, which some may argue is the method we need to be taking when educating children in Mathematics.

The tutors we recommend are fully up-to-date with every change in the UK national curriculum. They ensure that your children are fully prepared both for their school examinations (at Key Stage Two SATs, GCSE, AS- or A-Level) and for the mathematical skills required in future employment.

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How To Use The Advanced Functions Of A Calculator Effectively

The additional functions found on a scientific calculator include features which will enable the user to complete more complex Maths problems for either mathematical or scientific purposes. A majority of the buttons which are required for use in most GCSE calculator exams are listed below, alongside an explanation of what they do.

  • Standard Form = Exp

Standard form refers to a method of writing a number which is either very large or very small. For example 12 000 000 can also be written as 1.2 x10 000 000. When written in standard form the number would be presented as 1.2 x 107. The small 7 refers to the amount of time the first number would have to be multiplied by ten in order to add up to the number being shown – in this case 12,000,000.

  • sin: Sine, cos: Cosine, tan: Tangent

These are the trigonometry functions that determine the ratio of the three sides in a right angle. As shown below:

  • Square root – X

The square root of a number is a number which when multiplied by itself gives a specified result. For example:

The square root of 64 is 8 as: 8 x 8 = 64

  • Cube root 3X

This is a number which has been cubed. A cubed number is the number which when it has been multiplied by itself twice gives a specified number. For example:

The cube root of 64 is 4 as: 4 x4 x 4 = 64

  • ab/c – Fractions

Fractions are a portion of another number. For example a quarter would be written as 1/4. The symbol on the calculator shown above allows users to input fractions into a scientific calculator.

  • +/-  Negative numbers

To input a number into the calculator as a negative, pressing this button will change the input from positive to negative, or negative to positive depending on which way it was originally entered.

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Results Day:

Most A-level candidates will receive their results next Thursday, while GCSE results are due out on Thursday 22 August.

Teenagers are being warned to keep “assertive” parents away from the telephone as they try to secure university places after getting their results. The Girls’ Schools Association, which represents around 180 private schools, said parents increasingly saw it as their duty to take over on results day but the GSA said this risked sending out the incorrect message to universities. The GSA’s advice to teenagers is that they should take the lead themselves rather than letting their parents handle it.

Results day is followed by the clearing process which sees would-be undergraduates matched to spare places on degree courses, this year it is expected that more universities will use the clearing system due to government changes to admissions rules mean institutions will be able to recruit additional students with top grades – ABB or better.

The Message:

Results day is not the time to be nervous on the telephone and it’s certainly not the day for letting your parents fight your battles for you, if you have to ring universities to confirm or renegotiate your place, it goes without saying that it must be you who calls. A factor to consider is that allowing your parents to call on your behalf could quite possibly send the wrong message about your maturity and commitment. Needless to say, parents should still be a part of the process as they can provide support that can only be of help to their children, but it’s true that sometimes they need to step back.

For instance, if a mother or father makes the phone call to a university, then suggests that they have a child who may need spoon-feeding, a trait which is commonly disconcerting to universities. However, that doesn’t mean parents should just step back and leave their children to get on with it; if their child has just missed a university place they will be upset and need guidance, try to boost their confidence and leave them to make the call themselves.

Greater London Tutors:

We at G.L.T. provide many tutors in London, mainly focusing on science tuition and maths tutoring. If results day is a stressful event for your household, G.L.T. has many a service to offer.

We wish the best to all prospective students.

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The Situation:

England risks a shortage of science and maths teachers next summer, meaning that tutoring in London could be sought after.

The government’s new School Direct scheme is recruiting too few trainee teachers in key subjects. Even though the scheme was coping well in many of the arts and humanities subjects, it was failing to recruit trainee teachers in science, mathematics and technology (S.T.E.M.) subjects.

Some three-quarters of trainee physics teacher places on the scheme are unfilled but the government promotes that the number of physics teacher trainees are now at their highest level since records began.

The Facts and Figures:

There are two training routes on School Direct – salaried and unsalaried.

For physics, three quarters of salaried and unsalaried trainee places were still empty at the start of August. In chemistry and maths, some sixty percent of salaried places and unsalaried places were unfilled. Recruitment for trainee biology teachers was stronger, with 71% of salaried places filled but only 43% of unsalaried places.

School Direct is a very new scheme and although successful in some areas, it has been much less so in shortage subjects such as physics. The government wants almost ten thousand new teachers to train on the scheme instead of at universities, and is cutting payment to university departments which train science teachers.

With this fall in recruitment of S.T.E.M. staff, science tuition in London may see a rise in uptake.

It is not clear exactly why there are such large differences between subjects, but it could be said that it would be wise to offer both schools and universities some breathing space and reduce School Direct quotas to allow time to develop a better understanding of the process and to enable us all to learn from this year’s lessons.

The Bright Side:

A Department for Education spokesman said: “School Direct is proving extremely popular, by May around 22,500 people had applied for 10,000 places, and applications continue to rise.”

This year we have seen an increased number of highly qualified graduates and career changers move into science and maths teaching, with the number of physics teacher trainees now at the highest level since records began.

The government have been making some progress, as initiatives to recruit physics teachers have seen dramatic gains in recent years. However, with the supposed lack in S.T.E.M teachers, this change may have come too late to affect current students. We’ve heard of how the Government is making the exams harder, predominantly in Maths, so we at Greater London Tutors have made sure to offer tuition in maths in this time of need.

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Education is forever changing. Its the only way that there can be true assurance for the children’s future.

Under new plans from the government, we could well be seeing eleven year olds in England and Wales being graded directly against their peers all over the nation.

Would it be a bad thing if pupils were ranked into their ability bands. Pupils in secondary schools are often split into higher and lower sets so they can achieve learning correct for their needs, some often improve and may get moved up into better sets especially in Maths.

Where many are for these changes, many are not so keen on the idea. Over here at GLT we endeavor to remain impartial (we will have to wait and see the results). However the possibility of these plans coming into play may well warrant the need for extra tuition at a pre GCSE level. This is no bad thing, children should always live up to their full potential, and aiding their educational needs should always be a top priority.

We all want our children to do well at school and often this can mean hiring a private tutor. For families that have little spare income, the cost of private tuition can mean having to cut back on other costs and extravagances.

In a recent interview with the Guardian, the Hart family from Enfield discussed how they can afford to pay for a private tutor in London for their son, Toby.

Toby wants to study psychology at university meaning that he needs specific grades in order to be accepted into his chosen university. As a result, Toby’s mother decided to hire an A-Level tutor for her son, but with her wages as a part time special needs teacher, and income from her husband, who is a painter and decorator; Mrs. Hart has been forced to take the money out of her savings to cover the tuition costs.

“I take it out of my savings. I have to work hard to save the money because there isn’t much left at the end of the month. But I would eat toast and beans to see Toby go to university.”

The Harts are one of many families on modest income that would rather spend their hard-earned money on their children’s education, than go on a family holiday. At Easter, the Harts spent £1,000 on a week-long course with a maths tutor in London, plus another £800 over the Christmas holidays on another intensive course.

In a second interview, the Guardian spoke to Matt, a father of two from South London. After his eldest son did not get the A-level results needed to get into his chosen university, Matt decided to hire a private tutor for his youngest son who is now moving from GCSEs onto AS-Level examinations. 2 hours of tuition a week costs Matt £400 a month; though he would much rather invest into his son’s future than spend the money on a family holiday.

Though Matt agrees that schools do a good job up to GCSE level, he believes that local state school cannot always offer the level of tuition required to meet A-Level requirements,

“The teachers are doing a good job, but some of the children are challenging and they can’t get everyone up to the two As and a B they need to get into a good university… it’s not like it was in our day, when you could get to a university with a B and two Cs at A-level. Things are so much harder now. Tuition is an expensive business, but it’s important to us that our son gets the grades he needs.”

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