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Trefoil puzzle #175: Tennis balls

Seven tennis balls are identical in every way, except that one of them weighs slightly less than the other six. Using a balancing scale, what is the smallest number of weighings that are required to identify the lighter ball?

Once you’ve solved the puzzle, please do send us your answers on Facebook – we look forward to hearing from you!

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Revision and social media

It’s peak season for exam revision, and many students find themselves using the internet and social media to simultaneously prepare for the exams as well as keep up with the social media and online entertainment.

Meanwhile, teachers and scientists suggest that trying to multitask while studying may lead to a drop in productivity and lower performance.

To read the article, please follow the link.

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Trefoil puzzle #174: Riddle your mind

  1. A square house has 4 walls. All of the walls are facing south, and a bear is circling the house. What colour is the bear?
  2. What starts with “e”, ends with “e” and contains one letter?
  3. Once you have it, you want to share it. Once you share it, you don’t have it. What is it?

Once you’ve solved the riddles, send us your answers on Facebook – we look forward to hearing from you!

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Using music to train your brain

With a multitude of ‘brain-training’ apps out there, we wanted to share this interesting piece of recent research which evaluates their effectiveness and suggests learning to play a musical instrument may be significantly more beneficial for children and adults to help to keep the mind sharp.

To read the article, please follow the link.

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Weekend lessons now taking place in Elstree

We would like to remind parents that from the 14th of April, all group lessons will take place at our Elstree office (5 Theobald Court, Theobald Street, WD6 4RN).

The new teaching space in Elstree is perfectly suited for group lessons, offering tailored classroom space and convenient parking arrangements. Parking details will be emailed to all students who have confirmed their places. We look forward to welcoming all of our students here!

All lessons will continue to run according to the same schedule.

We look forward to seeing you this weekend!

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Revision tips

Good revision is a crucial part of studying.
Today, we would like to share some tips and advice we have accrued throughout the years of helping students prepare for examinations:

1. Do your revision in short 30-45 minute bursts, taking regular breaks inbetween. This will help keep your mind fresh and stop you from getting tired too early.
2. When you take a break, make it a break – if your mind is still thinking about differentiation formulae, you are not resting. Try to step away from books, go outside, play with your pets!
3. Stick to your regular eating patterns – do not fuel yourself with protein bars or energy drinks.
4. Go to sleep! Maintaining regular sleeping patterns is absolutely crucial for effective revision. When we sleep, our brain takes the time to process new information and store it in long-term memory, which is exactly what we want to happen!
5. Remember that revision is not just staring at a book. Use a variety of revision techniques, varying between auditory, visual and kinetic stimuli: watch video material, record yourself explaining answers, draw diagrams… Best of all, explain it to a friend or a family member – many students find that the easiest way to remember new information.

Best of luck!

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GCSE mock examinations day

 

To support our students in their preparation for the upcoming GCSE examinations, today we ran English Literature and Mathematics mocks for our Y11 students.

We wish them best of luck and we hope they found these useful.