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Fewer young people taking A-level Maths – a tragedy or a blessing?

By Idris Musty | August 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

It was recently reported in the TES (Times Educational Supplements), among other media, that there has been a significant reduction in the number of young people taking A-level Maths. The TES report showed a table comparing the number of students applying to take A-level Maths in September 2016 to those who are applying to study…

7 Ways to Make the Most of your Summer Holidays

By Idris Musty | June 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

As the final few weeks of the school term pass by, and the exam period finishes for those in GCSE and A level, many students and parents are turning their thoughts to the summer break ahead. The summer holidays allow us time to rest and get some perspective on our progress in life, but they…

Focus on getting the grade best A-level grades you can

By Idris Musty | May 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

With places at the very top universities becoming more and more difficult to get, the pressure on young people to achieve high grades continues. At this critical stage of the exam preparation, it’s important for the young person to focus on what they need to do in order to secure as high a grade as…

Yet more confusion about the new GCSE Grade 9 to 1

By Idris Musty | May 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

There is yet more confusion about the new GCSE grade 9 to 1, with the government saying that there will be a different yardstick to measure the success of a school from that used to measure the success of a particular student, based on the new grading system that takes effect this summer. From this…

Success Tips for your Child as we countdown to the summer exams

By Idris Musty | April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

We are now at that critical stage of the academic year when many teenagers are in the final stages of preparing for the all important summer examinations. Irrespective of how well the young person has prepared by studying and revising, what they do in the final weeks and the way they do those things can…

Empowerment through Education: Teaching in India

By Idris Musty | March 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

In this blog post, Megan Smith (English Teacher, Excel in Key Subjects) recalls the experience she had teaching in India. In June last year, I stepped on a plane with my boarding pass in hand – the destination read ‘New Delhi’. Whilst this was not to be my first time teaching abroad, having taught for…

Maximising marks in the exam – a few tips!

By Idris Musty | February 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

With exams looming on the horizon, here are some steps you could follow to ensure maximum performance later in the year. Remember planning is key… Organisation  Relationships: Family and friends should be aware of your exam timetable, revision timetable and how much you value success in your course of study. These key players will always…

The 3rd of Three Key Components for Exam Success – Natural Academic Ability

By Idris Musty | February 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Natural academic ability While it is true that, in any selected group of successful people, one will find very bright and naturally talented individuals, it is also the case that, if you look carefully, you will find that there are also people who do not necessarily have the highest IQ in the same group. I…

The 2nd of Three Key Components for Exam Success – Action and Behaviour

By Idris Musty | February 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

Action and behaviour by the child We are all a product of our behaviour and any success we are enjoying at present is usually as a result of the actions we have taken in the past. When we speak about action and behaviour, the words that come to mind include priority, organisation, habit, discipline, association,…

Three Key Components for Exam Success

By Idris Musty | February 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Achieving highly academically isn’t necessarily about being super bright, as many wrongly assume. I’ve had the advantage of teaching Physics to many bright young people in grammar schools and independent schools over the last couple of decades and I’ve seen young people of average ability, or just above, achieving high examination grades. At the same…

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