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Beth Harmon became the queen of chess
Chess

The Queen’s Gambit Plot Summary

It wouldn't be hyperbole to say that this miniseries is a sensation. Within two weeks of its release, it was the #1 show on Netflix and, by the end of November 2020, it was that streaming service's best-known production - even surpassing Tiger King in viewership numbers. Tiger King was, until Queen premiered, at the […]

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Written on 7 September 2021

7 minutes to read
How can you increase your vocal range?
Singing

Increasing Your Vocal Range

“He who sings frightens away his ills.” - Miguel de Cervantes Whether you’re a baritone, countertenor, or a soprano, the voice is a beautiful musical instrument and both male and female voices can be powerful emotional tools when used correctly. In addition to singing lessons, a lot of aspiring singers also look to increasing their […]

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Written on 28 August 2021

7 minutes to read
How do you use Zoom for private tutorials?
Online Tutoring

Tips for Using Zoom for Online Tutorials

“Don't explain computers to laymen. Simpler to explain sex to a virgin.” - Robert A. Heinlein Computers and smartphones have become an essential part of our everyday lives. From useful to useless, apps can entertain us or make our lives easier. The must-have app of 2020 was Zoom. So how can you use this app […]

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Written on 28 January 2021

6 minutes to read
How do you become a webcam tutor?
Advice for Tutors

How to Tutor Online via Webcam

Since a lot of parents struggle to find a tutor in their local area, many are finding webcam tutors. Did you know that you can offer webcam tutorials on Superprof? All you have to do is say on your profile that you offer webcam tutorials and students from around the country will see it. Without […]

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Written on 20 March 2020

6 minutes to read
What equipment should I use for online classes?
Advice for Tutors

How to Find Online Tutoring Jobs

You've read our tips for becoming a tutor and offering in-home tutorials. Your diary’s full, you’ve got different regular tutorials across various levels (primary through secondary), for different exams (GCSEs, A Levels), or to prepare those being tutored for university or college level study. But there’s a problem. What if something comes up and you have to […]

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Written on 19 March 2020

14 minutes to read
geochemistry is essential

Geochemists: What Does Their Job Entail?

"Geochemistry gives rise seamlessly to biochemistry." -Nick Lane Through the study of science, we have discovered so many brilliant aspects of our natural world. Nonetheless, since planet earth and the galaxies around it are so vast and extensive, to better comprehend each phenomenon, scientific topics are separated into categories. Subdisciplines of science include biology, biochemistry, […]

18 October 20216 minutes to read

recycle and taking away

The Relation Between Waste Management and Chemistry

"When you refuse to reuse, it's the earth you abuse." -Unknown With so much chatter about the environment and how it is going from bad to worse, we all need to keep our ears open and eyes peeled on what we can do to make a difference. One of the most incredible things that all […]

18 October 20216 minutes to read

viles and testing

Forensic Scientists: Finding a Job Relevant to Your Field

"Certainly going back to Sherlock Holmes we have a tradition of forensic science featured in detective stories." -Jeffery Deaver Are you a fan of Sherlock Holmes? Do you like reading books and watching TV series that are part of the investigation genre? If so, you're like many of us who enjoy the thrill of mysteries […]

18 October 20216 minutes to read

working as a chemical engineer

Highlighting the Work Tasks of a Chemical Engineer

"Chemical engineering more than any other, may be called the engineering of the future." -John Hays Hammond By understanding organic matter and how elements react to create something worthwhile, scientists have been able to discover beautiful things about the natural world that has dramatically benefited so many of our lives. Therefore, by studying chemistry, we […]

18 October 20216 minutes to read

indigenous origins of South American food

The Top 10 South American Food Recipes

Blending agricultural goods such as lima beans and corn with South America's geographical diversity - the Amazon basin versus Andean mountains, Superprof demonstrates how South Americans formed their eating habits throughout history and socio-economic movements. Many South American foods are classified as traditional today - tamales, hominy and many dishes featuring plantain. These food traditions […]

30 September 20217 minutes to read

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Why take Private Acting Lessons

‘I want to become an actor where do I start?’ On the journey of how to become an actor with no experience, you will be faced with several decisions regarding career progression. An acting course is one possibility to boost your performing arts skills, but one of the biggest decisions to make is whether you […]

23 September 20217 minutes to read

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How to Use Social Media as an Actor

If you want to know how to become an actor, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’re going to take a look specifically at how you can use social media to boost your online reputation, improve your performing arts skills, and secure more potential voice acting auditions or voice acting jobs. Social […]

23 September 20217 minutes to read

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How to Prepare for a Casting or Acting Audition

Acting and voice acting auditions can be scary, especially if you go in without some prior preparation and know a thing or two about how to become an actor. Knowing how to prepare for a casting audition is half the battle. Once you know what to do, it’ll simply become a case of going through […]

23 September 20217 minutes to read

These vaccine doses may soon find their way to your child's school

School Start 2021 COVID

For many of us, the school year is already underway. For the Early Years Foundation Stage students, the entire school experience will be new and this year will cement COVID protocols as a part of normal school activity for them. For any other student, parent and teacher, those who have pre-COVID school experience, this year […]

30 September 20217 minutes to read

Healthy Lunch for School

As kids head back to school, there are all sorts of good things to look forward to: getting back on a regular schedule, resuming in-person education and getting to be in the same space as their mates. Even though students returned to class last school year, the ongoing pandemic and necessary reversions to online learning […]

30 September 20217 minutes to read

It's best to keep your supplies in a pencil case rather than so messily

School Start Secondary School

For some students, by the time they start their stint in secondary school, education has become a grind. They are beset by a type of fatalistic boredom. The monumental task of rolling the academic boulder ever uphill towards the promise of final freedom from compulsory education gets more onerous every day. Some students simply switch […]

30 September 20217 minutes to read

School Start Primary School

It's that time again, for backpacks and early morning scrambles to get ready for school. For hurried breakfasts and extra traffic, of homework and early bedtimes... Despite all of their complaints and cries of 'don't want to!', you have been sending the little ones to bed on time, right? Whether excited about the start of […]

30 September 20217 minutes to read

Army troops stay motivated with personal trainers in Afghanistan

How to Become a Personal Trainer

If you've been working on your personal fitness for a while, and particularly if you've engaged a personal trainer to guide your journey, you might feel inspired to become a personal trainer yourself. There are many good reasons for doing so, from encouraging others to adopt a healthy lifestyle to forging lasting bonds with the […]

14 October 20217 minutes to read

Ladies-only exercise classes are commonly offered at chain gyms

Best Gym Chains UK

I can remember when the personal fitness craze hit, back in the 80s. I was living in the US then, and it seemed that, overnight, the landscape was lousy with Planet Fitness facilities, glittery L.A. Fitness - absolutely massive storefronts and, of course, the timeless Gold's Gym. You just couldn't escape fitness centres, no matter […]

14 October 20217 minutes to read

protein bars work well in a pinch but they should become a habit

The Importance of Pre-Workouts

If you're a gym habitué, you probably already know what a pre-workout is. You've likely already found the ones that work best for you and make it a point to take them in before every workout. However, if you are like any average person - aware that a regular fitness routine and physical activity, in […]

14 October 20217 minutes to read

Fitness trainers provide motivation and advice throughout your sessions

What Is Your Fitness Type?

We have gym rats and adrenaline junkies, endurance pros and all of the 'ultimate's - ultimate fighting, ultimate skating, ultimate Parkour... Next to them, marathon running sounds rather quaint, doesn't it? Nobody will judge you if cage fighting isn't your thing. Indeed, if you're like the rest of us, you just want to tone up, […]

14 October 202110 minutes to read

Katakana is the script that Japanese people write their names in

Japanese Names

With the spotlight recently on Tokyo for the Olympic games, people have taken a renewed interest in all things Japanese: the language, the culture, the uniquely healthy diet... For manga and anime fans, the fascination never stopped. From today's top manga - Nijigahara Tunnel and Toukaido Hisame to the timeless Fullmetal Alchemist, all of which […]

28 September 20217 minutes to read

This writing sample includes hiragana and kanji

Japanese Alphabet

The alphabet is one of the first things kids learn in school. In some places, there is a nifty mnemonic - a song to help students remember their ABCs. In English, the alphabet is fairly straightforward. There are no diacritical marks to remember; no accents, cedillas or 'tails' as Slavic language speakers call the marks […]

28 September 20217 minutes to read

Complex Japanese texts boast many words and phrases

Japanese Words and Phrases

When we string our words together to express our thoughts and ideas, we tend to not give any thought to where those words came from and how they came to be. We usually don't have to think about how to order them or whether it matters that much if a verb or noun should start […]

28 September 20217 minutes to read

Japanese school children still used the abacus to learn math

How to write numbers in Japanese

Numbers are one of the elementary components of language. We learn to count almost as soon as we can talk; for us, two follows one as surely as the sun rises in the east. Two plus two will always equal four and everything we measure - from the number of steps our pedometers count to […]

27 September 20217 minutes to read

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Piano songs for each level

When you’re first starting out on your journey to learn to play piano, you’re going to have to commit some time to learn piano sheet music and music notation. How long does it take to learn piano songs? This all depends on how much effort you put in, and whether or not you work with […]

15 October 20217 minutes to read

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The importance of studying music theory

Whenever you hear the words ‘music theory’ together, you may just feel a yawn rising up, threatening to come out. It’s not your fault.  Most of us when we hear ‘theory’ alongside any other word get a shiver down our spines, as we imagine that we’re about to be subjected to endless tedium. After all, […]

15 October 20217 minutes to read

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Left hand technique piano

Learning to play the piano isn’t easy. How long does it take to learn the piano? It depends, one of the hardest things about playing well isn’t necessarily being able to follow the music and read notation and read music theory impeccably, but about what you do with your hands. Coordination is key for pianists, […]

15 October 20216 minutes to read

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Learning piano as an adult

Learning to play an instrument as an adult can be an immensely rewarding endeavor. Unlike learning piano or guitar as a child, though, it comes with a different set of challenges and obstacles to overcome. How long does it take to learn piano as an adult? This all depends on the effort you put in, […]

15 October 20217 minutes to read

How to Do Your Accounting with Excel

“I am not going to fiddle taxes. I pay my accountant a fortune to look after me.” - Harry Redknapp If you’re a small business owner or a sole trader, you’re probably wondering how you can do your accounting without needing to hire an accountant. Fortunately for you, it’s never been easier to do your […]

7 August 20216 minutes to read

What can Excel do?

The Best Functions for Accounting with Excel

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” - Peter Drucker Excel, the world’s most popular spreadsheet software, needs no introduction. As part of the Microsoft Office suite, you’ll find a lot of computers in offices already have a copy of it installed. It’s great for accounting, organising figures and reports, and […]

7 August 20216 minutes to read

How can you use Excel templates?

The Best Excel Accounting Templates

“The global economy is built on two things: the internal combustion engine and Microsoft Excel. Never forget this.” - Kevin Hector Excel accounting templates are a useful way to manage your personal or business accounts. There’s an entire library of accounting templates allowing you to simply manage your finances. It’s incredibly useful for planning tasks, managing […]

7 August 20216 minutes to read

How can you do your accounts with Excel?

Using Excel for Your Accounts

“Accounting does not make corporate earnings or balance sheets more volatile. Accounting just increases the transparency of volatility in earnings.” - Diane Garnick Having a clear idea of your accounts and finances is very important, especially if you’re running a business or working for yourself. There are plenty of accounting programs on the market like […]

7 August 20216 minutes to read

How should teachers dress?

What Should Teachers Wear

When you start teaching, you’ll probably have a lot of questions. One of them is how you should dress so that you appear professional but are also comfortable in front of a classroom full of students. How to dress can be an absolute nightmare for teachers. While the students have their uniforms, the teacher has […]

12 August 20216 minutes to read

How should you punish students?

Effectively Disciplining Students

Being a teacher in a school, college, or university isn’t easy, especially when you’re first getting started. Almost every staff member has the authority to punish students within the confines of the educational establishment’s disciplinary code. Teachers can dish out punishments for students who misbehave, interrupt classes, or break the school’s rules. A teacher should […]

12 August 20216 minutes to read

How can you make your students pay attention?

How to Make Your Students Concentrate

Whether you work in a school or as a private tutor, to teach effectively, your students need to be engaged and paying attention. Sleeping students learn very little! It can be difficult to create and plan engaging lessons, especially when you’ve just started teaching. While you can learn a lot on a course like the […]

12 August 20217 minutes to read

How do you earn your students' respect?

How Teachers Can Earn Their Students’ Respect

Whether you’re a teacher in schools or a private tutor, everyone has to start teaching somewhere. As a new teacher, there’s a lot to learn, especially as you take to the classroom for the first time in your career. You have to earn your students’ respect as quickly as possible. In secondary schools and colleges, […]

12 August 20217 minutes to read