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Our 10 Favourite Christmas Storybooks for children

December 21st, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

Christmas is a magical time for all ages; mince pies, stuffed turkey, presents under a beautifully decorated tree, monopoly and Christmas stories. Christmas just wouldn't feel the same without beautifully illustrated story books and words that take you to another place. From a young age I remember reading, and being read, some wonderful Christmas stories and their essence seemed to linger in the air throughout the whole Chris... Read More »

8 tips to keep your child academically minded over the summer holidays

August 3rd, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

Summer holidays are great! A time where children don't have to think about school and homework and a time for lots of fun and relaxation. But long periods away from school can often lead to what researchers call "Brain Drain"; where children lose valuable knowledge and skills.

Keeping your child academically minded doesn't m... Read More »

5 Fun Science Experiments for kids to try at home

May 26th, 2016 by Anna Michaelidou

Exploring science with children is a fantastic way to encourage a love of learning about science and how science is incorporated into our everyday lives. Introduce your children to some fun home-science experiments and turn learning about science into a fun and interactive experience.

Here at First Tutors we firmly believe in the importance of learning scien... Read More »

GCSE and A-Level exam revision resources

May 30th, 2012 by Sara

Many students will be revising for exams during the next few weeks so we have listed a few sites that provide useful resources and revision material for GCSE and A-Level exams.

GCSE and A-Level Maths

Exam Solutions is a very popular site with endless resources for GCSE and A-Level students.

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Common entrance exams - Verbal reasoning tests (3)

November 10th, 2011 by Sara

The alphabet is given here to help you with the following questions.


Complete the second pair of letters in the same way as the first pair.

Example: A B is to C D as M N is to (O P) 37. F G is to C B as V W is to ? 38. H J is to L N as K M is to ? 39. Y X is to S Q as J I is to ? 40. O K ... Read More »

Common entrance exams - Verbal reasoning tests (2)

October 24th, 2011 by Sara

In the following sentences, a four letter word is hidden between two words that are next to each other. Find the word and write it in the brackets.

Example: The child fell over the stone. (l o v e )

15. The hot coffee tasted very good 16. Let's hide away from him! 17. He was happy on the farm. 18. Is the yellow shape the bi... Read More »

Common entrance exams - Verbal Reasoning Tests

October 10th, 2011 by Sara

Verbal reasoning is understanding and reasoning using concepts framed in words. It aims at evaluating ability to think constructively, rather than at simple fluency or vocabulary recognition.

As promised in our previous post, we will be publishing a few common entrance tests for those who wish to practise for their ... Read More »

Test 3. Common entrance exams, 11+,13+

August 22nd, 2011 by Sara

Here is test number 3 for the common entrance exams, questions courtesy of Galore Park for the ISEB board.

Calculate: (courtesy of Galore Park)

(29 + 413)²

√ 11.45

³√ 1.65

7 ½ divided by 2 ¾, leaving your answer as a fraction.

Calculate: (courtesy of Galore Park)

(a) the area of a circle which has radius 5.8cm

(b) 47 000 x 80 000

Write an appropriate answer for each of... Read More »

Test 2. Common entrance exams,11+/13+

August 9th, 2011 by Sara

Here is our second test for you to practice for the common entrance exams. Questions by courtesy of Galore Park for the ISEB board.

At a funfair there was a stall where people could roll a die. (courtesy of Galore Park)


£1 to enter

Choose your own die

Roll a six and... Read More »

Common entrance exams: Maths - Test yourself!

August 1st, 2011 by Sara

Entrance exams, 11 +, 13 is the time to start warming your children to practise tests for their next step into BIG school!

In preparation for common entrance exams and by courtesy of Galore Park Mathematics revision guides for the ISEB board, we will be regularly posting tests for your children to practise. We invite you to post your comments with your answers!

Remember that you should be familiar with all of the material in the Na... Read More »

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