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4 Benefits of a Cross-Curricular Math Environment

April 17th, 2018 by Sara Vazquez Shaw

For those heaven-kissed few of us, mathematics and all that comes with it happen easily. Solving lengthy algebraic problems involving letters, numbers, and exponents? No big deal. For the vast majority of students, however, maths can be a difficult beast to tame. It may be helpful to take a wider approach to the study of maths, or what's known as a cross-curricular approach. This approach uses concepts learn... Read More »

5 Mistakes Students Make While Learning Calculus

April 10th, 2018 by Grace Dickins

While calculus is not known for its simplicity, students can destroy their odds of success with some very simple mistakes on top of the expected mathematical ones. Here are several things you shouldn't do if you want to succeed in your calculus course.

1. Skipping class

Mathematics can be learned by keeping up with the textbook, but the brain may store information more effectively if it is received through more than one sense. If you combine the visual learning of reading th... Read More »

How to Improve Your Mental Maths Calculation Speed

April 5th, 2018 by Christine Chadwick

For a lucky few, maths and numbers come easily. However, most of us have to work to be good at maths. Though we all carry phones in our pockets equipped with basic calculators, it comes in handy to be able to complete simple maths problems off the cuff. Understanding percentages so you can quickly leave a tip at a restaurant is both convenient and easy. Keeping track of your finances is a necessity. If you let it, maths can help you get through your day.

So brush up on those maths ski... Read More »

The Elements of Recreational Maths

April 1st, 2018 by Sara Vazquez Shaw

Maths can be fun! The field of mathematics has many aspects and countless applications. Anyone in a mathematical field will likely agree that maths is fun, but others may be hesitant to agree with such a statement. These others probably aren't thinking about recreational maths when they disagree with the idea of maths being fun; some of them may not even recognise recreational maths as truly being mathematics.

Mathematics Professor David Singmaster of South Bank University in London o... Read More »

4 Ways to Improve Maths Scores

February 27th, 2018 by Grace Dickins

Maths is a topic rooted in logic and formulas, but for those that struggle with certain concepts, it can be as confusing as learning a new language from scratch. If you've taken exams and achieved a lower score in math than you'd hoped for, you may be anxious to explore your options for bringing it up. Studying more, or harder, may help, but it's important to remember you probably did this in the first place and it still re... Read More »

Educational Trends 2017 – Maths Mastery

January 4th, 2017 by Anna Michaelidou

2017 has arrived and with it come some great new educational trends that we, here at First Tutors, have been following. The first trend that we delve into this year is Maths Mastery; a programme that aims to improve understanding, enjoyment and attainment in Mathematics.

Many children st... Read More »

The 2016 top 5 subjects students get most tutored for

November 17th, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

Every parent wants their child to succeed academically and a private tutor is often the best way to secure this success. Children and teens are tutored throughout the year in an array of different subjects and for many different reasons. It may be that they need some extra help understanding homework or school-work, that they have important exams coming up or they just want to stay ahead. But what subjects are peopl... Read More »

Exploring the Year 2 SAT's

April 14th, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

If you have a child in year 2 or year 6 you may well be aware of the SATs they will have to face at the end of Key stages 1 and 2. Today we are going to explore the Year 2 SATs test. Children who started Year 2 in September 2015 will be the first to take the new style Key stage 1 SATs in May 2016.

What are the Year 2 SATs?

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The Top 8 Tutoring Tips for Maths Homework

November 24th, 2015 by Anna Michaelidou

We all know that Maths does not come naturally to everyone and contains some concepts that can be difficult for children to learn. Many parents turn to private tutoring as understanding complex problems and trying to explain them to your child can be extremely difficult and frustrating. The great thing with tutors is that they usually develop unique methods of training... Read More »

Revision Courses

March 27th, 2015 by Sara

With less than two months before exams are here again, many students will be looking for revision courses to boost their chances of obtaining the grades they dream of.

What are revision courses?

Revision courses can provide students taking core subjects, a well-organised and highly structured course that can greatly boost a student's potential. They are designed to improve a student's performance in GCSE, AS, and A-level exams which focus on key subject areas ... Read More »

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