What are GCSEs like now?

Does studying computing make sense?

If you want to go on and study computer science at university, you would think that a Computing A Level would stand you in good stead. However, the focus for most university selection criteria is on mathematics and sciences. At the top of the pile, one Oxbridge college – Trinity College, Cambridge – considers the […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

What are GCSEs like now?

Worry over cuts to FE colleges

There have been several articles in the news over the last month or two reporting the cuts to funding for Colleges of Further Education. The government’s review of Further Education Colleges is causing concern among students, parents and other learners who use FE colleges instead of school. These colleges have often been frowned upon as […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Careers you can pursue with a French degree

A French degree is very popular with students in the UK. In fact, last year over 207,000 people enrolled in them. However there is a misconception that may cause concern; some people don’t believe modern language degrees actually open up many careers to students. But, of course, this is complete nonsense. The truth is that […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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University gets further out of reach for poorer students

When the Coalition Government hiked university fees to £9,000 per year in 2012, it seemed obvious that this would damage access to higher education for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Those fears are now being proved right – and new plans announced in the July 2015 budget are likely to make things even worse. Education should […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

What are GCSEs like now?

Apply for a Big Bang Theory scholarship

Bizarre though it sounds, a television comedy has joined the ranks of industrial giants, educational trusts and private individuals to provide funding for university students in need. If you’re a fan of the US series, The Big Bang Theory (and I admit to being a big fan, despite my advancing years), you’ll probably have had […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Woman appointed to Oxford University’s top job

For the first time since the year 1230, when Oxford University made its first record of a vice-chancellor, the University has appointed a woman to the top job. ‘I look forward to the day when a woman being appointed isn’t in itself news,’ Professor Louise Richardson says. Quite right, but in the still male-dominated world […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Study Skills: How to Reference Part 2

This is a continuation from my previous study skills post on how to reference. Here, I will detail four of the main referencing systems used in UK universities across various disciplines: Harvard, APA, MLA and MHRA. Note: Since each referencing system is expansive and covers not only citations, references, footnotes and endnotes, but also document […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 6 minutes to read

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Coping with exam failure – and believing in yourself

Hi all, it’s been a while since I’ve revisited this topic, but I’ve been receiving hundreds of comments on the original post entitled “How to cope with exam failure” since it was published a few years ago, and I feel like it’s necessary and important to revisit this painful and sensitive topic. Many of you, like […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Ten Anthropology books you should read

If you’re thinking about taking up anthropology at degree level, or you’re simply curious about the discipline, it can feel quite intimidating to figure out where to start reading. Anthropology is a vast subject, encompassing elements of other disciplines in its methodologies and analyses, and as a result, there are thousands of books and journals […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Applying to Graduate School in America: After applying

You’ve finally finished applying to Grad School, what a relief – congratulations! You should start receiving decisions from your universities of choice at the beginning of March, but remember to check each online application regularly for any changes, as not all universities will notify you by email. You might think that there’s nothing else for […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

How much do professional guitarists earn?

What Does The New Tory Government Mean For Us?

The new conservative government will preside over us for the next five years, bringing new laws into practice, while scrapping other (important) ones in the process. Britain, now fully in the hands of the Tories (besides Scotland who, thankfully have an SNP majority), will change drastically, and while a handful of us have the privilege of remaining relatively […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Applying to Graduate School in America: How to Apply

For the previous post in this series, I created a guide detailing the steps you need to take before applying to graduate school in the US. Now that you’ve finished those procedures, you’re ready to apply to your chosen programmes at your chosen universities. There is no easy way around US graduate applications: it can be a long, gruelling and exhausting […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

What are the advantages of learning online?

Working with foreign students not such a bad thing after all?

Currently there is a bit of a joke on campus, I have to admit. When it comes to doing group work, there are a couple of lovely stereotypes that exist – you know, you’ve got the free-loader who does nothing, the ‘pain in the rear’ who organises everything too early and then moans at everyone… […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

Student house decorating on a budget

Students, are you planning on doing a spring clean out and switching up your room? Or perhaps you’ll be moving in to a new student house in September and you’re wondering how you will go about making it a home? Whatever your situation is, it’s always a fun and positive activity to improve your living […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Snobbery at University – what’s it all about?

From personal experience, I can verify that university culture is rife with various kinds of elitism. Students get snobby about subjects, grades, social backgrounds, university league tables and more. STEM students mock humanities and arts students, Russell group university goers laugh at less prestigious universities and privately educated students look down on those who were […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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10 Ways to Cope With Anxiety During the Exam Period

While providing us with a wealth of knowledge and important qualifications that’ll hopefully catapult us into the careers of our choice, the education system can also be a source of deep stress and mental anguish. Coursework deadlines, hard-to-grasp course material, stacks of reading and looming exams can contribute to anxiety, depression and other forms of […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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UCAS opening its doors to the EU

When it comes to applying to university and choosing your path through higher education, I wouldn’t exactly say you were short of places to go and things to study. UCAS, it would seem, has other ideas. In a move that’s sure to shake up the system for prospective students, the application service is going to […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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The chance to study at University in Europe

I was talking to a friend’s daughter recently, who is a first year history student in London. Mulling over the possibilities for when she has completed her course – you have to start thinking about the next stage long before you reach your finals in these competitive days – she said she was considering a […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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The gender gap for university students

We hear a lot about the gender gap in society. How, for example, women are still underpaid in comparison to men; how women can still be under-represented in senior jobs or important public roles, such as Members of Parliament. Hear the expression ‘gender gap’, and one assumes it’s women who are coming off worst. However, […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Top Tips: A friendly student flat

Student life is mostly fun, I’ll admit it. But there are times when it can be difficult, particularly when it comes to difficult flat mates. So I’ve compiled a useful list of how to make your flat and a happy place.  I’m neither going to confirm or deny if any of them happen to come […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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League Tables: Are they actually any use to us?

Yet again the government makes a load of changes to how schools are assessed and how they stack up against each other.  Obviously, there’s still a focus on exam results and churning out some good data, but the recent news – worthy enough to make the front page of the BBC News site, no less […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

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Choosing a university: look out for the sweeteners

When university fees rose sky high recently, the majority of potential students realised that there would be little chance of escaping big student loans if they were to find the money for the three or four years of a degree course. Many of their parents girded their financial loins, knowing a great deal of extra […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Nervous about starting university?

If you’re currently in your final year of A Levels or you’re on a gap year, after completing them, you may be in the process of applying for university. Most likely, due to being busy studying hard, travelling or working the reality that this September you will be starting your first year of uni may […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Did London just break the dominance of Oxbridge?

Strangely, universities are seldom ranked primarily on their undergraduate experiences and reputation – there’s a bit more to it than purely how students get through their three or two hours before donning the mortarboard hat.  Nowadays, the government’s big drive to make the UK a world-leader in research is beginning to make in-roads into institutions […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Tough new international student visa rules on the horizon

Imagine for a second that you’re an international student.  It’s not exactly the easiest of roads for you – especially if you’re coming to a new land with entirely different culture and language. It proves to be a testing experience, even for those with large communities they can rely on for help. I remember being […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Tips to get you through your final year at University

First semester is in the books and boy has it gone quickly! It seems like only yesterday that we were lining up to get tickets for the various Fresher’s Week events – now we’re all looking at our timetables and wondering where on earth the time went. I suspect that whether you spent all your […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Higher standards for universities on the horizon?

If you’re a student and one of the old guard who pays the £3,300 a year tuition fee, I guess it doesn’t seem too bad on the face of it. OK, so you’re still technically a consumer, but it could always be £9,000 a year you’re paying, couldn’t it?  Still, at long as you’re getting […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Is an English Literature degree right for me?

An English degree is a great degree to have. It opens up many diverse job opportunities (not just teaching!), is usually very flexible and also extremely enjoyable. Although literature degrees have a reputation for being rather stuffy and traditional, a majority of English literature degrees are actually very non-traditional, forward-thinking and applicable to the world […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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A solution on the horizon for funding your degree?

Let’s face it, being a graduate puts you at a significant advantage in a job market – or at least it should be.  A lack of graduates in the working world could potentially spell disaster – all of a sudden the best and the brightest come at an even bigger premium. At the moment, tuition […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

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Good reasons to take Marketing as a degree

So what is marketing? There are many definitions of what ‘marketing’ really is, however The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) define marketing as “the management process for identifying, anticipating and satisfying customer requirements profitably”, so to put that into real person terms, that means marketing is the process of communicating the value of a product […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Ghost-written essays are cheating and a bad investment

If you’re an A level student, there are very good reasons for accessing online example essays to support your learning. A good examplar can help establish what makes a good essay and what doesn’t – how should you structure an argument? How many examples should you cite? What sort of key facts are examiners looking […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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The subjects you’re ‘must’ take for the best university places

Going back to last year, the government introduced a new league table – another clever way of keeping schools locked into the ‘exam factory’ style of education and to make sure that they’re been constantly monitored. This idea was to look at A Levels and what it calls ‘facilitating subjects.’ Schools were recorded on how […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

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University Foundation Years – a good idea?

So you want to start University but your A-level options aren’t appropriate to the degree you want to start, or perhaps your A-level grades aren’t good enough, maybe you have a lot experience but no recent qualifications, perhaps you want to change your career path altogether. Then it’s time to think about a foundation year. So what is […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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Do teachers need to teach university lecturers?

Some of the country’s most elite private schools are receiving complaints from their students who’ve gone on to university about the standard of teaching they experience in their first year of higher education. The issue was raised by the schools’ heads at the recent annual meeting of the Headmasters and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC). The heads […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Chilly university prospects in rural areas

In this world of constant connectivity and good road and transport systems, should it matter where you live if you want to go to university? Evidently, it does. A recent Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) study of how many university places are available around England shows provision is still concentrated on the cities […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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University inspection system changing?

Did you know that universities up and down the nation are responsible for setting their own standards?  I know, it surprised me too. At the moment, with the present fees of £9,000 per year, it’s hardly surprising that students are considered consumers – almost to the degree (pardon the pun) where their consumer nature outweighs […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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It’s time to focus on Apprenticeships

The big drive in education policy over the last decade or so, under whichever government one chooses, seems to have been to keep young people in education. Many moons ago, Tony Blair’s Labour government famously spoke of wanting 50% of youngsters to go on to university – and in 2011/12, almost 50% of school leavers […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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A buyer’s market for top student places

In one of those odd alignments of the planets, three factors arising from government policy have come together in 2014 to create huge competition among top universities for the best students. It’s very much become a buyer’s market for students who are predicted, and then achieve, high A level grades. Firstly, the Coalition Government removed […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

Getting back to university: what to expect

Brace yourselves, various cities of the UK… the students are back to university. Over the past few weeks, tens of thousands of students descended on their chosen institution to begin or continue their university lives.  There’ll was the Fresher’s Fairs and parties to go to – not to mention the talks, lectures and continuation of courses to […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Social class and educational attainment: how closely are they correlated?

Quite rightly, getting a decent education is regarded as a fundamental right of all children, yet research indicates that equality in this sense may be somewhat of a pipe dream in England, since social background and income are inexorably linked to a child’s educational attainment. Recent findings from the Institute of Education (IOE) in London shows that […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

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Why start a Geology degree?

Are you looking at University courses? Not sure what to choose? Have you thought about a Geology degree? ‘Geology, it’s just about rocks’ I here you cry! And to some extent this true, but there is so much more to it than that. Rocks are simply the building blocks that Geologist use to understand how the world […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

The four secret extras every graduate should have on their CV

Recently I posted about the fact that some graduates are finding themselves either in further study or jobs that wouldn’t normally been considered as ‘graduate’ jobs.  The worry I’ve got is that some students are missing out, to be honest. Some students perhaps feel like they don’t have the practical, professional experience that they need […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Surprising university applications figures released

Excuse me a second while I serve myself a nice slice of humble pie. It would appear my image of doom and gloom in the university world is not eternal.  It would appear that, despite soaring fees and rising numbers of complaints amongst students, there are little pieces of good news that we can take […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Student complaints on the increase

I could start with the usual clichés about increases in student fees and value for money and the like, couldn’t I? Well, if we’re honest that’s the main concern of students and parents, all who want to make sure that if the government wants to saddle us with debt for the next 20-odd years, at […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Student finance: where things are going wrong

Student finances – always one of the great personal mysteries for me.  I’ve long wondered how students manage with the finances that they get given by Student Loans Company (SLC), especially when you’ve got to consider the expenses that you need to fork out over the course of the academic year. OK, so you don’t […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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The end of the university year: a time to reflect

The end of the university academic year is upon us now.  Even the medical students – some of the hardest-working students in the world – are beginning to wind down and enjoy some of the weather that has fallen upon us of late.  All in all, not too bad.  Personally, I take time to enjoy […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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10 things you’ll miss once you graduate

Life as a student is awesome, let’s face it.  The joke goes that ‘you’re unemployed, but your parents are still proud of you.’ Just kidding – it’s just a life experience that I would never change for the world.  The life lessons are indispensable, ones that you will only ever learn at university and are […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

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Warning! Your degree might not be enough

Sorry if I sound like your university lecturer, but please do bear with me… Over time I’ve been looking at different university degree areas and been considering what graduates get up to after they’re all finished.  Thanks to some research by the Higher Education Career Services Unit (HECSU) into what happens once a student graduates […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Why Erasmus was the best year of my life

I’m currently a little sad, sat here in England.  Never thought I would say this, but compared to the last 9 months of my life it’s all a little lonely and monotonous.  After the journey and adventure I’ve been on since September, you kinda feel lost and confused when you sit down and realise it […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

Are degrees becoming easier?

We hear it all of the time. Exams are getting easier, and standards are slipping. Degrees are not what they once were – everyone leaves with a good degree these days. But is this belief actually backed up by reality? University grades are improving – fact. Statistics for all British universities show that, over the past […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Great Britain: International student paradise. Or is it?

British universities have got a lot going for them when it comes to an international reputation.  Research, world-class facilities and some of the most respected names this side of the Atlantic – some of them even outmatching our American counterparts.  Names like Oxford and Cambridge pave the way for some extraordinary opportunities for students from […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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You know you’re a university student when…

Forgive the cliché. I know you’ve probably seen a million of these things dotted about the internet which compiles the thoughts and laughter of those who are living that particular experience.  They’re terribly overused and they clog up my Facebook news feed – I do find them annoying. The only difference with this piece is […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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The different forms of plagiarism to avoid when writing an essay

Let’s face it, essay writing can be a rather dull and uninteresting process.  All of that research and writing, quoting, referencing, editing and the inevitable stresses that come with it.  To quote one of my friends on the subject ‘if you’re not tearing your hair out over your essays, something is probably going wrong.’ Therefore, […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

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Are Massive Open Online Courses changing the face of education?

If you’ve always dreamed of improving your qualifications, and the only things holding you back have been finance, time constraints and your full-time job, chances are, you will find that Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC’s) are right up your street. They are not simply changing the nature of education; they are also increasing our chances […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

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Dropping out or Breaking out – is Uni worth it?

We tend to think of University as the ultimate educational experience. So finding out that it’s not is becoming a massive and national disappointment. According to a recent BBC article students are increasingly questioning whether they are getting ‘value for money’ on their university courses. Many are disillusioned and wondering is it worth it? What they […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Zero-hour contracts: a dangerous trap for students

Sometimes, I think we’re all in agreement that student finances can be a little tough on occasion.  The Student Loans Company is hardly most efficient company in the world, rent prices are going up beyond the rate of inflation can allow… and, despite many paying £9,000 a year, yes you are going to have to […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Top Tips: How and how not to revise

Students sometimes take years to devise an effective revision strategy which truly reflects the amount of hard work they have been putting in throughout the year. It is no secret that the most successful students aren’t necessarily the ones who study the longest hours or sacrifice a personal and social life; rather, the lucky few […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

Top tips: Taking a multiple choice test

Multiple choice tests may seem like the easier option at first: you don’t need to write an inordinate amount of text, discuss or defend your points of view. Yet they can also be one of the trickiest tests to master. For one, a well drafted test depends greatly on the examiner’s ability at making clear […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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The start of worrying times for the poorest university students?

It’s always been the stereotype that students are either incredibly poor, rather rich or capable of spending their entire loan on baked beans and vodka.  Probably a little harsh, since many students are able to make budgets stretch quite well, meaning that they can have a balanced lifestyle and still enjoy themselves.  All in all, […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

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The Education Round-Up: Science, School Meals and Students

Often I find that little bits and pieces of education news crop up that are worth mentioning – though perhaps one not quite major enough to write an entire article about it.  For certain subjects, we find that there are little updates that we could mention – possibly there is a little progress in the […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

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The 10 things you’ll definitely see when your Student Union’s elections arrive

Brace yourself university students, it’s that time of year again… So you’ve got work to hand in, exams to revise for, dissertations to hand in (and the absence of a social life in that case) and other things to get prepared.  It seems like a hectic enough time as it is. Fortunately, your university Student’s […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

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Flipping the Classroom: MOOC’s and The Khan Academy

The switch to conducting business online hit commerce and businesses as far back as the 1990’s. It may come as a surprise to many that the impact on education has been much more gradual – okay Schools have access to computers and the internet, but the lessons have stubbornly remained in the lecture hall and classroom. […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

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Thinking of becoming an Erasmus student? 7 great reasons to do it

For those of you who are studying a foreign language as part of your degree in the UK, you might find this article one of the more important ones you’ve read recently… For many students, Europe carries a vast array of opportunities, particularly in the domain of languages.  French, Spanish, German, Italian, Polish, Dutch… so […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Exam motivation: 12 tips to get you started

Finding it hard to get started with your revision? Can’t settle down to it? Just staring blankly at your notes? You need to get motivated. The purpose of this blog post is to give you some tips on how to get started and work effectively. 1. Set high standards There are few things more despairing than […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Is University right for me: Weigh up the advantages and disadvantages

So you will be leaving Sixth Form soon and have to decide whether to take that place at University or join the world of work. For a lucky few, your chosen career path is clear: you wish to be an doctor and you need to go to Uni, plain and simple. For others – probably the […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

It’s official: Pay disputes are going to affect more than just your lectures

It seems like pretty much every week I’m writing about this, doesn’t it? I’ve long seen the current dispute between University staff and their employers as being one of the most damaging in recent educational times – it’s just a depressing show of money-grabbing, budget cuts and serious questions about the way universities are operated. […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

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Student Loans Company – An unfolding disaster

University is not cheap. Starting with this obvious statement seems like a no-brainer, but a lot of people underestimate just how much students are going to have to spend on University education. Currently, you’ve got a maximum of £9,000 tuition fees, accommodation fees of between £3,500 and £5,500 a year and then, on top of that, […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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£3m spent on wine at Cambridge Uni. Cheers!

Money is tight everywhere. What raises most people’s hackles is when waste is identified – particularly when this could be reinvested in the education system. It’s been a memorable news week, for those looking for the establishment to share in the pain of the Recession. First it was news that the Royal Household told to tighten it’s pursestrings, […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

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Students: Know what’s what when it comes to student accommodation

Ah yes, student accommodation… We all have different images in our head when it comes to student living. On one side you’ve got what I would call ‘the stereotypical view’ – that which you may have heard from your parents.  I’m talking the smelly, dirty flat or house with the leaking roof and blocked toilet. […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

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What could studying modern foreign languages do for you?

94% of the world does not speak English as their first language. 75% of the world doesn’t speak English at all. I’ll let that settle in for second so you can truly appreciate that no, not everyone speaks English.  It’s a reality that sometimes, some people have to understand.  The attitude of many at school is […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

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Should you live at home with your parents while you’re at uni?

Student finance is a bit of a mess, let’s face it. A two-parent family each earning even less than the average full-time wage in the UK renders their budding student child unable to get the Maintenance Grant provided for by the Student Loans Company. Suddenly, the student needs to fork out for rent and living […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Student finance and funding: The support behind the costs

For new and prospective students, I can imagine it’ll be bewildering to think about the costs associated with university.  You’ll often hear parents and teachers telling you about how much of an investment it is (usually as a method of getting you working hard through your A Levels) and they aren’t joking. Thankfully you don’t […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 6 minutes to read

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So how do I apply to university? looks at the UCAS system

Summer has come and gone, A Level results are released, dreams are realised or broken.  And so the carousel that is university admissions starts all over again. 558,000 students applied for university in the most recent cycle.  As universities adjust policies to deal with the sweeping changes the government has made to higher and further […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

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Supporting not the poorest or brightest, but the richest: the disgraceful change in higher education funding

A few months back the government announced that the schools budget in England was to be protected from any cuts.  This was part of a wider plan to expand the education system in the country: The education budget for schools in England will rise to £53bn in 2015, with spending protected in ‘real terms.’ 180 […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Counting the cost of graduation day

Over the past few nervy weeks students the length and breadth of the UK have come to the end of an anxious wait as GCSE and A-level results are revealed. Those A-level students achieving the results they needed will, in the coming months, be setting of into the unknown where their futures will be forged […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Are things getting tougher for international students?

Times are certainly getting harder for international students. Recently ‘The Complete University Guide’ published the results of a survey on universities.  The survey concerned international (those who are not from the UK and EU) students and how much they were going to be charged to study in the UK for the 2013-2014 academic year. The results […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

Your GCSEs demand a lot of revision

World university rankings: A cause for celebration?

Recently the annual QS World University rankings were announced.  It’s a rare chance for us in the UK to look at where we stand and how we shape up against some of the top institutions out there. The United States heads the list, with the top two institutions in the world being Massachusetts Institute of […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Are exams getting easier?

Record numbers of students have made it to university this year, despite the reduction in applications.  Numbers of people going through the UCAS system dropped by nearly 10% during the last cycle, yet 401,000 students managed to secure a place at university in August 2013.  This is a rise of around 9%. Of course, there […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

What qualifications do art teachers need?

Top ten weird and wacky university societies

Once you get to university there will be the opportunity to sign up for societies that reflect your interests and pursuits.  A time to meet like-minded people with similar hobbies and interests, passions and devotions. That is, until you’ve read this list.  When, naturally, every rule you’ve ever applied to university societies goes out of […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

What is a bass guitar?

Results day blues? Grades not what you were expecting?

Exam results are on their way for pupils ranging from GCSE students to the A Level candidates. For many, results will shape futures and open up opportunities.  For many it is also the realisation of hard work and the success that comes with it.  For those of you getting your GCSE results, it’ll be a […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

What are the benefits of teaching webcam tutorials?

Writing a personal statement? Avoid these simple blunders and get your offer…

Last year, there were 656,000 pupils applying to UCAS with the aim of going to university or a higher education college.  All very exciting stuff, you’d think… Trouble is, it can be an utter nightmare to get it right and done on time.  Sometimes, little things can be missed – other times one makes a […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Vice-Chancellors: are their salaries and perks justified?

Students, universities, staff, PR… Who runs it all? When it comes to the hierarchy in universities today, generally the highest one could ever achieve is the role of the Vice-Chancellor.  Often considered to be at (or very near) the height of education, vice-chancellors boast extensive CVs that often stretch back several decades. For example, Andrew […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 6 minutes to read

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Get stuck into Fresher’s Week with our guide to surviving your opening week!

Recently I’ve posted some practical articles for university students about budgeting, lifestyle, exams, assignments and even touched on that awful thing called plagiarism.  All very practical and helpful. In keeping with my love for you uni students out there, I think it might be time for me to break my silence on where it all […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

University sport is excellent – we just need to get it out there for all to see!

What image do you get in your head when I use the phrase “US College Sports”? I get grand images of packed 70,000+ seater stadiums across the country, College Football, marching bands, the dashing 20 year old Quarterback staging the late comeback, roaring crowds, mass hype and hysteria and television rights that run into the […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

Which are the best theme parks in Tokyo?

Custom-written essay services are plagiarism: Don’t risk being caught!

(The prices/offers of Custom-Written Essay Services detailed in this article are for informational purposes only.  I do not condone or recommend the use of such offers and accept no responsibility for those who choose to.) Students are put under a fair bit of pressure, it’s reasonable to say. Essays, exams, reports, lab write-ups, dissertations, theses, […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

Make maths fun with the help of free and fun online resources such as games, tutorials, apps and podcasts

The student life: enjoying life and getting the results you deserve

Ah yes, the student lifestyle.  Long the stereotype of many, the way of life of a student is probably the most famous – or notorious – part of university.  I had a vague idea of what to expect when I went to university, but even now I get surprises every day. With three or more […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

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University assignments – get them right, for good

Assignments. They’re awarded two titles in the eyes of students nowadays. Firstly, they’re the bane of student life. Secondly, they are your module tutor’s best friend, for many tutors and coordinators really hate the fuss of end-of-year exams when they could be laying on a beach or designing next year’s course (this varies depending on […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 6 minutes to read

Poor student at university? 5 tips to get budgeting right

Perhaps people get the wrong idea about students.  There’s maybe the assumption that students are horrifically poor and live off a diet of beans, toast and cheap vodka. ,  I am delighted to tell you that this stereotype is somewhat unfounded.  Being a student with a limited budget is by no means easy, but thanks […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

How do you become a private webcam tutor?

How to Get the Results, Without the Stress

Most students are dying to get the answer to the ultimate question – How do I get great exam results, without the added stress, and the long hours? It’s a tough question that has had students puzzled for years. How does one achieve optimal results without pushing one’s self over the edge? One way to answer […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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University exams and revision – 5 secrets guaranteed to make your life so much easier…

Yes.  Sadly at university you need to do exam revision too.  You didn’t think it would be that easy, did you?  Just when you thought that the end of A Levels meant the end of sitting in a sports hall with countless other people scribbling away in a booklet… then BANG.  You’re hit with them […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

What are GCSEs like now?

How do I manage my time at Uni? Discover 5 ways that’ll change the way you think

Ever heard of the phrase ‘Time Management’?  Of course you have, your school teachers, parents and heads of Sixth Form have been drilling that into you for years now.  Well people, I have good news and bad news – I’ll start with the bad first… When you get to Uni, you’ll have someone else bleating […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 5 minutes to read

How can you get better at drawing?

Top tips: surviving at university

If you’re preparing to go to University in September, you’re probably wondering how you’re going to fill all that time while you’re there.  I mean, 12 hours a week – that’s half what you did for your A Levels!  Such an easy life, I hear you cry…  The truth is, Uni is by no means […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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Should payday loan companies be banned from advertising at all UK universities?

The National Union of Students (NUS) has called on more UK universities to get behind its campaign aimed at protecting students from marketing by payday loan companies. Payday loan adverts are already banned from campus at the University of East London and now the universities of Northampton, Northumbria and Swansea have all joined the fold. […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

Students learn well from online tutors

Common exam mistakes you need to avoid

Sometimes it only takes the deathly pallid stare from a blank sheet of A4 paper to get our knees a’knocking; confidence crumbling into nervous dust as the tick-tock of a booming clock counts down on our future… Yes, it’s exam time again and the annual panic has set in among parents and students as the […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

Help! I didn’t get into my first choice uni…

It’s a nervous time for students across the country, many of whom will recently have found out if they’ve made the grade and been accepted in to their first choice university. With competition for places always high, some institutions will wait until as late as the end of this month to break the news – […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

What qualifications do art teachers need?

Top tips for making the most of study leave

It’s nearly study leave season again when diligent pupils are to be found at their desks revising for the all-important exams. Of course, that’s the theory. In reality, pupils could just as easily be found watching Jeremy Kyle, hanging out with their friends or, even, snoozing the days away. While, clearly, no one can be […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

An update on MOOCs: Strides and strife in the US as the UK ploughs on

Here at Superprof, we’ve been keeping our keen eye on the embryonic educational phenomenons that are MOOCs (massive open online courses) and an article from the BBC today raised an eyebrow, with me at least. Coursera, arguably the behemoth amongst fledgeling online universities with a whopping 2.8 million registered students has just announced it will […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

What are GCSEs like now?

Top Tips: Avoiding university fines

It has emerged that students in the UK racked up fines totalling £551,237.30 in the last academic year alone, following a Freedom of information request from the Guardian. Offences like drunkenness (shock horror); smoking and unauthorised parties have all rendered naughty students somewhat out of pocket. On the bizarre end of the scale, students have been fined […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

A complete guide to becoming a Home Tutor

MOOCs: What will dramatic changes in further education mean for me?

Do you know what MOOCs are? It’s probably time you learned, because there’s every chance they will have a huge effect on university education. They aren’t bovine noises, something Simon Cowell keeps in his shirt or another new type of exam. They are massive open online courses – MOOCs, see. What this means is that […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

What are GCSEs like now?

MOOCs – the future of Higher Ed?

A few months ago, I blogged about the emergence of a trend in top-tier standard education being delivered Online free to anyone with a decent Internet connection in the US. Will MOOCs prove a viable alternative to bricks and mortar Universities in the future? Now, it seems the phenomenon has made a dash across the […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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I Need my Marks Now, Not Next Month!

Ever handed your papers in on time, but haven’t received marks for them in over a month? I have, and apparently alot of other university students have the same problem. This weird university phenomenon is probably the one thing that irritates me about university life. Essentially, your lecturers can get away with a lot more […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

How do you teach art?

UCAS forms, Personal Statements and University ‘cheats’?

A-level results day is a nerve-wracking time for everyone involved, the prospect of falling short of the grades needed to get into your chosen University can be too much to bear. Anyone who’s been through it will know there’s tears, tantrums and table throwing a-plenty. Slight exaggeration, perhaps. But getting the right grades is just […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 4 minutes to read

What are the benefits of yoga for kids?

Will free Online Universities kill off the old guard?

‘Online Education has officially arrived’ shouts the first line of the plicymic article ‘Online Universities: The future of Elite Education’. Slightly mift that they’ve clearly never come across Superprof before but hey, what can you do. Seriously, this article is a great read; it pours light on the sudden blossoming of free top-tier standard education (Ivy […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

How a Student Can Earn Money While At University!

Have you just started your degree at university? Are you finding it difficult to conceptualise working whilst at university? Sometimes, for a student, it’s difficult to find, let alone juggle a part time job with university. However, if in need of a few extra bucks, one should not completely neglect the possibility of employment. Moreover, […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

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How is University Different from Secondary School?

The transition from GCSE level to A Levels/IB is often a daunting experience for secondary school students. However, as most will be taking their A Levels or diploma in the same institution where they completed their GCSEs, there is always a certain level of comfort in being in a familiar environment, despite some of the […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

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What is it like being a fresher student?

So you’ve finished sixth form, you’ve burnt your school uniform, boxed away all your old school textbooks and practice exam papers and are preparing for a whole new world; university. What’ve you heard about university so far? Of course, the parties, drinking, crazy nights in student halls, missing lectures and spending every night flopped over […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 3 minutes to read

Getting through Clearing

“Clearing” – the word all prospective university students dread. The seemingly dark end of the tunnel where students who have not hit their offers for university must sit and wait in uncertainty. Well, at least that was the picture painted to me about Clearing, and it certainly left me frightened. When I actually reached the […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

Which are the best cameras for shooting video?

Introducing Distance Learning

In my continuing quest to pour some light on the often confusing world of online learning, I want to look at distance learning courses – one of the earliest forms of academic learning set outside of the four classroom walls. Like tutoring, distance learning has made a steady progression towards being a fully fledged online service, […]

8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read

How can you learn to bake?

Bristol student protest pictures

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8 June 2020 ∙ 2 minutes to read