How to write an awesome personal statement

How to write an awesome personal statement

With our personal statement courses coming up, I thought I'd share a bit of the wisdom in blog-form! I spent a few days with admissions tutors from various top universities and this is the outcome of how you can make your personal statement stand out.

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Course or tuition - what's better?

Course or tuition - what's better?

I have been a tutor for over 10 years and am a huge advocate for how beneficial 1:1 tuition can be.

Recently, I discovered the power of learning in small groups with a trained and experienced tutor. I found exam results were starkly better and the amount of time a student needs to take out to cover the syllabus is much less, taking the pressure off their already busy lives.

Here are the benefits of helping your child with a course rather than year-long tuition:

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Tybalt and dragon balls, what will exam boards get wrong next?

Tybalt and dragon balls, what will exam boards get wrong next?

So far this exam season, we have had many mistakes made by exam boards - the most notorious being the #tybalt mistake which lead to a number of very funny (and sparky) return tweets from students:

@OCRexams I bike my thumb at you! #OCREnglish
#OCREnglish maybe make your students proof read your questions as they understand the characters much better than you lot!

So what is going on? And more importantly, will it affect student grades?

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A little mid-exam advice

A little mid-exam advice
"I know I didn't do well in the exam yesterday so I may as well give up on revision, I don't see the point"

A comment I was faced with by a student who struggled with the new Maths GCSE paper, should she give up?

The obvious answer is 'no' but it is a lot easier to state the obvious than put it into practice so this was the advice gave her:

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