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UK examination boards under investigation

December 13th, 2011 by Sara

Fortunately, we don't often hear about scams within the education sector in the UK although this week an inquiry has been launched in England and Wales due to claims that some examiners gave teachers "tips" on GCSE and A-level questions. Coincidentally in the USA, educators and students are still talking about t... Read More »

First Tutors partners with the Guardian Teacher Network

July 8th, 2013 by Dexter Findley

As part of this relationship, our community will have access to free resources (watch this space!), and will have opportunities to guest post on the GTN blog! So if you want to have your say on an educational topic close to your heart, now would be a good time to stand up! E-mail us at with your ideas.

Thousands of school leaders and teachers are using the Teacher... Read More »

Three Key Ways to optimise how the Brain Learns

October 27th, 2012 by Sara

Guest post by David Morgan.

Children spend so much of their life in a classroom. The average person spends fourteen thousand, one hundred and forty-five hours of life at school! But there are a few key ways that help the brain learn more easily and make that time better spent:

1. Prioritizing play

Learning is optimized for children and many adults in an active, play-based learning environment. I think we would all agree that boredom is the death of lea... Read More »

Importance of Maths

March 26th, 2013 by Sam

All subjects are important in the curriculum: but maths is one of the most crucial to success in later life. With the exception of English, what other subject to do you use every single day in our lives?

The government has recognised this and want to encourage more students to carry on doing maths at post-16 level. At secondary school level, they are trying to offer the additional mechanics qualification for students in year 9 and above. This is equivalent to an A level and is quite c... Read More »

It's called Bushisms... Or why George needs an English tutor

November 10th, 2010 by Emily

It's amazing how many people manage to succeed in public life without having 'gotten to grips' with the English language. It seems pretty obvious that the ability to communicate clearly and even cleverly in English is a prerequisite for anybody hoping to get to a position of power and influence. Not so! The former President of the United States of America, George W Bush, has returned to our headlines with the publication of his memoirs, a volume that will no doubt be remembered for what it re... Read More »

Understanding Learning Styles; Is your Learning Style Compatible with Online Education?

November 3rd, 2015 by Anna Michaelidou

Online education is everywhere, everyone knows about it and more and more people are starting to use it. It's popular, it's advanced and it gets results. Let's face it, everything you need to know about anything is right at your fingertips, from how to write an eBook, to finding the perfect home tutor for your child. And online education (as with many types of education) can be great for just about anyone, so long as you are aware of what type of learner you are and can adapt your learning st... Read More »

Verbal, logical, visual or aural. What’s your learning style

May 21st, 2011 by Sara

Many of our tutors suggest a first evaluation/assessment lesson when taking on new tutees. This may seem obvious; they need to know what areas you need help with, discover your weak points, but did you know that many tutors also like to discover your personal learning style?

Learning styles are categorized into the following groups:

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Dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD… if THEY succeeded, so can you!

January 26th, 2011 by Sara

In recent weeks the First Tutors team has noticed an increased demand for one to one tuition from students suffering with learning difficulties. Whether this be dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, ADD, ADHD or even mild Asperger's syndrome, they all fall under the HELP ME PLEASE requests from our tutees!

Many of our tutors ha... Read More »

5 online resources for Citizenship tutors

February 17th, 2010 by Emily

Citizenship is one of the newest subjects on the curriculum but fast becoming one of the most important. An understanding of Citizenship helps pupils to learn about their rights and responsibilities under UK law. Here's our pick of the best online resources to help Citizenship tutors put their students on the right path.

1. Overton Grange School, in Surrey, has a wealth of subject resources on ... Read More »

First Tutors short listed as Finalist for the Education Investor Awards 2014

July 15th, 2014 by Gerry

First Tutors are delighted to have been short listed as a finalist for the 2014 Awards.

The award judges at Education Investor are looking for organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the Education sector in 2013- 14. We're delighted to have been acknowledged as innovators within the education industry in the category of "Private Tutoring Company of the Year".

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