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6 Ways to Help Your Child Prepare for a Maths Test

February 11th, 2018 by Christine Chadwick

Approach maths tests as a continuous and long term process for the best and most lasting results for your student rather than concentrating efforts immediately before each test. Because mastery of mathematical concepts usually has an orderly progression, with more advanced functions relying upon a clear understanding of underlying processes, a child's maths progress can be thought of as a spiral, lending itself to a steady series of understandings.

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7 Strategies for Taking Timed Exams

February 9th, 2018 by Sarah Adams

When you're taking timed exams, the clock is ticking. If you don't answer all of the questions within the allotted time period, it can mean the difference between a pass or fail. Here's 7 strategies to help you beat the clock.

Keep Track of Time

Wear a watch and use your time wisely. Count the number of questions and divide the number of minutes by the number of questions. This way, you'll be able to gauge how much time you can spend on each question. For exam... Read More »

Four Reasons a Bright Child May Not Test Well

February 8th, 2018 by Sarah Adams

In the educational system today, exams seem more and more to define achievement. Standardised exams used in primary, secondary school, as well as college exams are used to judge performance, ability and intelligence for many different facets. However, children who do poorly on tests are not necessarily less intelligent than those who do well on tests. Many factors can cause smart children to do poorly on tests. The following paragraphs will touch on four of those factors.

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7 Tips For Coping With Exam Stress

June 2nd, 2017 by Sarah Adams

During exam season, it is common to feel nervous and stressed before and during the big day. High stress levels around exam times can effect performance. Here at First Tutors, we've put together some tips to help you recognise when you are feeling stressed and learning to manage these stress symptoms.

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How a tutor can help if you didn't get the grades you wanted

August 30th, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

Those all important results have just been published and you look down at the grades with a mixture of emotions; hope, anxiety, fear, excitement. Many, many students will have felt that feeling of despair as they realise that one of more of the grades was not as good as they would have hoped. So, what should they do? When it comes to retaking exams a tutor is often the best solution for getting on track to achieve those much-desire... Read More »

#RevisionCalm – First Tutors Competition

February 22nd, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

The half-term is is now over and the race towards exam-time has begun. Spring will soon arrive and with it brings the air of preparing for those upcoming, important exams.

Some may say that February is too early to start stressing about exams, while others will already have their revision timetables ready and their private... Read More »

Why more GCSE students are seeking private tuition

January 12th, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

GCSEs are a very important stepping stone to a student's academic, or non-academic, future. They will determine whether a student goes on to study A-levels in sixth form and also set a path for entry into a University. They will also help enrich a CV should the student not wish to further their studies.

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The 16 Best Strategies for Successful Exam Preparation

December 3rd, 2015 by Anna Michaelidou

Most students (children, teenagers and adults) dread the inevitable exam-time. And all students have their own method of revision and set themselves their own time in which to prepare. Whether you give yourself a month, a week or start revising three months before depends on how easily you recall information or how organised you are; but there are plenty of ways to ensure your study time can ... Read More »

Congratulations GCSE Students!

August 21st, 2015 by Sarah Adams

Thousands of teenagers received their GCSE results yesterday. Congratulations to all our students for receiving fantastic grades!

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Can you pass the SQA Higher Maths exam?

August 7th, 2015 by Sarah Adams

Earlier this week, Scottish students received their exam results. Congratulations to all our students who took part and secured the results they were after!

Overall, students achieved a record 156,000 Higher passes, up 5.5 per cent on 2014, with the number of Scottish-domiciled students securing university places at the start of Higher results day has increased by 3 per cent year-on-year, with 24,800 learners being accepted.*

There has been some controversy surrounding the new... Read More »

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