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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
coding and programming online

Taking Python Programming Lessons Virtually

"The internet could be a very positive step towards education, organisation and participation in a meaningful society." -Noam Chomsky Most trends that were created and invented on the internet were completed with the most sincere intentions. Most software developers had ideas of uniting and joining the world together through online activities. And, albeit a problematic […]

10 September 20217 minutes to read

examining code

How to Learn Python Programming in Birmingham

"I am always looking forward to learn new things in life." -Shikhar Dhawan Whether you're learning how to make banana bread or studying for your thesis in English literature, the important thing is that no matter how small or how big, you should never stop learning new things. Our brains can hold valuable information, yet […]

10 September 20217 minutes to read

identifying code and Python

Uncovering the Fundamentals of Python Code in Glasgow

"Python is an experiment in how much freedom programmers need. Too much freedom and nobody can read another's code; too little and expressiveness is endangered." -Guido van Rossum Computer programming isn't always easy, albeit in high demand and a career position that shows no signs of ever disappearing. How's that? Since computers, data systems, and […]

10 September 20216 minutes to read

coding and programming

Learning More About How to Become Skilled in Python in Manchester

"Controlling complexity is the essence of computer programming." -Brian Kernighan If you think that computer programmers are geeks with no social skills and nothing but computer skills to offer, you need to think again. The stereotypes of computer coders need to change since they are working today from all age groups and nationalities. Also, it's […]

10 September 20217 minutes to read

This rendition of The Chess Players is celebrated in France

Chess in Famous Paintings

Chess and painting have been around for a long time. Chess and painting are 'done' all over the world. People are passionate about beautiful tableaux; people are passionate about chess. Could there be two, more complementary disciplines? As painting and chess have quite a lot in common - they both require discipline, focus and good […]

7 September 20217 minutes to read

Beth Harmon became the queen of 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 […]

7 September 20217 minutes to read

Chess Musical Plot Summary

The 80s was a great decade for music and, by extension, musical theatre. Hit shows from that decade, like Cats, Miss Saigon and La Cage aux Folles easily spring to mind; others reflect the shifting cultural sensibilities of the times: Dreamgirls and Sarafina! enjoy frequent revivals and have even been made into films. Where does […]

7 September 20217 minutes to read

Chess sets may be art but chess is not

How Is Chess Considered Art?

Mention 'art' and 'chess' in the same breath and whoever you're talking to might conjure up intricately carved chess pieces or the mesmerising pattern of a chessboard. Is chess art? The crafting of chess sets certainly is, especially if made out of jade, ivory or some exquisite, exotic wood. Is playing chess an art? That […]

6 September 20217 minutes to read

What are the advantages of Excel?

The Advantages of Accounting with Excel

“Never call an accountant a credit to his profession; a good accountant is a debit to his profession.” - Charles Lyell Are you an accountant or a sole trader who has to do their accounts? Remember that accounting software can help you save a lot of time and increase your productivity as it can automate […]

7 August 20217 minutes to read

How much do school counsellors earn?

Wages and Prospects for School Counsellors

“People don't choose their careers; they are engulfed by them.” - John Dos Passos School counsellors can work to help students with their mental or emotional wellbeing and their career and academic choices. Whether they work in a primary school, secondary school, college, sixth form, or university, they can be crucial in a lot of […]

28 May 20216 minutes to read

What do school counsellors do?

Objectives for School Counsellors

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” – Chinese Proverb Counselling can come in many shapes and forms, but when it comes to school counselling, it should always be about the children’s wellbeing first and foremost. The same is true for teachers and anyone else working in education. Whether it’s due to special […]

28 May 20216 minutes to read

Where can youth counsellors work?

Places for School Counsellors to Work

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” - Stephen R. Covey Saying a school counsellor works in schools oversimplifies the different roles school counsellors can do. Of course, they do tend to work in a school, but the type of school they work in can greatly […]

28 May 20217 minutes to read

young rollerskaters

How Toddlers Can Effectively Learn to Rollerblade

"A toddler can more in one unsupervised minute than most people can do all day." -Unknown Parents know that toddlers have plenty of energy and are constantly on the move trying to do things. When they are not being watched, many toddlers tend to do knotty things and get into trouble. Despite all the mischievousness, […]

15 September 20216 minutes to read

40+ persons

Is it Possible to Learn Rollerskating After 40 Years of Age?

"Age is no barrier. It's a limitation you put on your mind." -Jackie Joyner-Kersee If you ask certain people, they might tell you that there are fewer opportunities available past the age of 40 years old. Is that true? That entirely depends on how you ask and what you're doing, but generally, age doesn't matter. […]

15 September 20217 minutes to read

a sport for all

Having Realistic Expectations When Taking Rollerblading Courses

"Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation." -Robert H. Schuller Whether you are learning how to build a table or you are attempting to master the basics of French cuisine, there is one thing that everything has in common: you must prepare if you want to succeed. Preparation is the key to victorious moments […]

15 September 20216 minutes to read

picking new roller skates

Mastering the Art of Rollerblading Without Leaving the House

"There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort." -Jane Austen  If one of the most acclaimed and distinguished authors globally, the beloved Jane Austen, has written that staying at home is a source of great comfort, that must be the case! Though most of us are tired of staying home due to the […]

15 September 20216 minutes to read

French philosophy formed philosophical thought.

10 French Philosophers You Ought To Know About

Anyone interested in the history of philosophy knows that France was one of the main centres of intellectual thought during the Enlightenment. It has also produced some of the most famous modern philosophers, possibly because philosophy is a subject taught in school and is tested on the Baccalauréat, the French equivalent to A-levels (though admittedly […]

16 August 20217 minutes to read

Which Certifications Are Needed to Become a Russian Translator?

He who knows much sleeps little - Russian proverb Russian is the native language of over 150 million people around the world. Although it seems complicated, it is one of the most widely-spoken languages on the planet. More than 260 million people speak Russian; can you? If so, why not step into the world of […]

5 June 20217 minutes to read

Moscow's financial centre is just as picturesque as Red Square

What Steps to Take to Become a Russian Translator

When you're surrounded by roses, you take on their perfume - Russian proverb. Are you mad for everything Russian? Did you choose Russian language studies in school? Do you want to continue your studies for your future career as a Russian translator? Or are you of Russian origin and you would like to build a […]

4 June 20217 minutes to read

Is this sign correct? Only a Russian speaker would know

Where to Find Work as a Russian Translator

It's not the field that nourishes, but its cultivation - Russian proverb A European Commission study conducted by Eurobarometer indicates that the Russian language is a second language to 5% of the population. Granted, that a far cry from the percentage of people who speak English; still, Russian is a language actively taught in schools […]

3 June 20217 minutes to read

Which are the best resources for singers?

The Best Resources and Tools for Improving Your Singing

“If I cannot fly, let me sing.” - Stephen Sondheim Whether you were born with a beautiful voice or not, you have to work hard to learn how to sing well. Singing takes a lot of time and practice. Singing lessons can also be quite constraining. You might have to travel to them, find space […]

29 August 20217 minutes to read

How many lessons does it take to learn how to sing?

How Many Lessons Do You Need to Learn How to Sing?

“Music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people don't understand the language that you're singing in, they still know good music when they hear it.” - Lou Rawls Who hasn’t dreamed of being a singer? Shows like The Voice and The X Factor have made singing even more popular than it was. However, […]

29 August 20217 minutes to read

How long does it take to learn how to sing?

How Long It Takes to Learn to Sing

“God respects me when I work, but he loves me when I sing.” - Rabindranath Tagore When we want to learn how to sing, we probably also want to know how long it’s going to take. Aspiring singers often want quick results and get demotivated once they realise just how much effort it can take […]

29 August 20217 minutes to read

How can you tell if you can sing in tune?

How to Tell if You Can Sing

“Singing is like a celebration of oxygen.” - Bjork Singing is nothing more than music produced with your mouth. Unlike talking, however, singers have to modulate their voices to make them musical. Singers will use different notes from a scale when they sing. We hear a lot of music in our everyday lives. Most people […]

29 August 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