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  • 7 Apps to Improve English Writing

    7 Apps to Improve English Writing

    Even native English speakers can make unknowing mistakes in their writing. Often times these can be small and innocent mistakes that pass by any reader, but in some cases, even the tiniest of mistakes will go unforgiven. In this article, I'm going to show you 8 great applications to improve your English writing.

    1. Ginger

    Ginger is a quick and easy grammar checker which comes in many forms. On their main website you can paste in some text for a very quick grammatical analysis and it will tell you exactly what is wrong, what it should be, and even suggest alternatives, if the sentence can be reworded better. You can get Ginger for Chrome, and it is also available for Microsoft Office, Safari, Android and iOS systems.

    2. WhiteSmoke

    WhiteSmoke is an online checker with many features and adaptations. It is available for Microsoft Word, Outlook, Windows, iOS, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and Safari. WhiteSmoke contains a translator and dictionary....

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  • Should GCSEs Be Scrapped?

    Should GCSEs Be Scrapped?

    Back in February 2019, Robert Halfon, chairman of the Education Select Committee said GCSEs should be scrapped, describing them as "pointless", and mentioned that A-level should be replaced by a mix of academic and vocational subjects. However, the Department for Education disagrees with Halfon's statement and defended GCSEs as the "gold standard". So who's right?

    The Case Against GCSEs

    Speaking to the BBC, one teacher, Johnny from Hastings (he didn't want to give his full name), thought this was an "outstanding" idea: "This is an outstanding idea. I have been a secondary teacher for 10 years, and the relentless chase for GCSE grades has ruined our profession. I see colleagues suffering more and more burn out over an archaic system that serves no purpose in the modern era." In a report by TES...., it found that the ...
  • 10 Proven Ways to Learn Faster

    10 Proven Ways to Learn Faster

     

    Student life can be hard, and sometimes, when you have loads of assignments, it feels as if there are not enough hours in the day. 

    One way to solve this is to learn how to study faster. In this article, we share 10  proven ways to learn faster.

    1. Don't Multi-task

    Research by Stanford University has concluded that multitasking actually makes you less productive, less focused, and it hampers your overall grades. And several studies have shown that those who claim they are good at multitasking aren't actually as good at it as the average person.

    The modern-day student is plagued with loads of distraction. We're distracted b....

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  • The Reality Check on Private Tuition

    The Reality Check on Private Tuition

    According to a report in The Guardian, there has been a sharp rise in the number of pupils who have private tuition. More than 40% of pupils living in London have a private tutor for a certain period of time, raising concerns on whether private tuition is creating “education inequality”.

    Why is Private Tuition on the Rise?

    With the future job market becoming more competitive, especially in the graduate job sector, it feels as if children are under more pressure to perform and achieve good results to improve their career prospects. Whether it is for GCSEs or grammar school entrance exams, those who can afford to pay for private tuition seem to have an advantage.

    Indeed the private tuition industry has become a b....

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  • Is Teaching Handwriting in School Essential?

    Is Teaching Handwriting in School Essential?

    In a world where toddlers learn how to use an iPad before they read their first book, it appears the craft of writing by hand is almost becoming obsolete. Most people write via keyboard - heck I am writing this article on my laptop right now.

    But the question is, should schools, especially primary schools, bother to teach handwriting? Well, according to research in cognitive psychology and neuroscience, they should!

    In this article, we take a look at how handwriting supports literacy and academic development in children.

    Handwriting Helps With Reading

    To teach children how to read, we must teach handwriting as early as nursery. Research by James....

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  • How to Overcome Procrastination

    Believe it or not, procrastination has been a hot topic in the field of psychology for over 120 years. Almost 75% of students consider themselves to be procrastinators, with the three most common forms of procrastination being sleeping, playing video games, and watching TV (or Netflixing).

    To help you overcome procrastination, we share some tips that can help:

    Forgive Yourself

    The truth is everyone procrastinates, even the ones that say they are super productive. They will experience a lull in concentration or productivity. What makes it worse, and prolongs your procrastination is that you keep beating yourself up for procrastinating. This starts a vicious circle where you keep blaming yourself instead of addressing the issue.

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  • How Does Technology Transform Education?

    How Does Technology Transform Education?

    Ah technology, love it or hate it, it is here to stay. And there's absolutely nothing we can do about it.

    The education sector has almost fully embraced technology in the classroom right across the UK, but not without its concerns.

    How Technology Benefitted the Education Sector

    First, let's take a look at how technology benefitted both schools and universities.

    Creates a More Enriched and Dynamic Learning Experience

    Textbooks don't offer the capabilities that are provided by tablets and other connected devices. And whatsmore, it doesn't limit their learning experience by where they live. The internet provides a wide range of information that students can readily access, as long as they have broadband or WiFi connectivity. ....

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  • What is a Further Education College?

    What is a Further Education College?

    There are 48 Further Education colleges in London that offer a wide range of courses including vocational, academic, technical and professional level qualifications.

    According to the Association of Colleges, Further Education colleges in the UK have helped approximately 2.2 million students in improving their employability skills and broaden their career opportunities.

    But what are Further Education colleges? And what type of courses do they offer?

    What is a Further Education College?

    Further education refers to any study after secondary education, it is not a part of higher education, where a student goes to university to attain an undergraduate or post-graduate degree. Further Education colleges....

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  • 7 Apps That Can Help Train Your Brain

    7 Apps That Can Help Train Your Brain

    Whether you want to do better at school, focus at work, or you just want to stay on top of your game, there are various reasons for desiring a boost in brainpower. But the sad fact is, as we age, our brain function declines. 

    However, a major study by the University of California has suggested that by keeping mentally active, in particular when you're older, you're more likely to maintain a healthy brain. 

    Brain training apps have been considered as a useful tool for mental stimulation. Even though there are studies that have failed to find a link between brain training and improved cognitive function, there's a host of research that prove the opposite. 

    One 2013 study published in ....

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  • What Is Active Learning and What Are Its Keys to Success

    What Is Active Learning and What Are Its Keys to Success
    Instead of making your students sit, listen and memorize, try to include them more in the learning process. This method of engaging students more and making them participate and collaborate with each other is known as active learning. Incorporating active learning into your classroom will mean that students will be given a freedom to analyze an argument, discuss the covered material, and apply a concept to a real-life situation.  In order to make this all happen, there are various key success factors which every facilitator or teacher should use to make students do something instead of just passively listening. Some of the key success factors for active learning are providing proper setting, technology and dialogue environment. Likewise, students should be encouraged to communicate with each other and should be motivated to carry out each task without.... ...
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