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The Great Grammar School Divide

England has long been viewed as a classist society. One of the things that has given people this impression, or has perpetuated the social structure, depending on which newspaper you subscribe to, has been education. The sons (in the past, at least) of noble families went to Eton or Harrow, and then Oxford or Cambridge […]

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Maths Exam Prep

  In my previous posts I explained general exam prep at my tutoring agency, as well as how we help students succeed in the English part of entrance exams. Maths is a totally diff subject, however. We always start our maths training at my school with foundations. If the fundamentals are solid, we can then […]

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English Exams Prep

In this blog post, I will look more closely at the English part of entrance exams, and how I coach students to succeed in this important aspect.  I have a great deal of experience in the content and style of various exam types and more importantly, I know how they change. It is important to […]

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Entrance Exams Prep at Elisa’s

A lot of people wonder how I get so many children through entrance exams so successfully. “Elisa, I don’t know how you did it, but thank you!” is a comment I hear very often from happy parents, whose reluctant reader son, for e.g., has made it into an excellent independent school after studying with me. […]

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UK Higher Education in Peril with New Bill

Quietly, under the loudly trumpeted Euro referendum, something is happening in higher education that will affect not only our children and grand children but the concept of the UK as a nation of revered and respected Universities. The new Higher Education Bill means a radical reform for university education such has not been seen for […]

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SATs resits – not a good idea!

Will the government’s bad decisions regarding the SATs never end?? It seems not, now that they are saying that students who don’t do well in their 11+ exams next year will be made to resit them in December , in Year 7 of secondary school. So what do they expect students to learn in their […]

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