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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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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.

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Useful revision tools: Quizlet

Gone are the days when revision meant being stuck in a library with mountains of paper and collections of highlighters. With an array of study apps available for download, students can catch up on their revision using their mobile phone.

One of these is Quizlet, a free mobile and web-based study app that offers pre-made sets of topic-based flash cards, games and quick tests. If you are looking to vary up your revision methods, do give it a try!

You can find it here.

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Office reopens on 4th of April

Dear parents and students,

We hope you had a relaxing bank holiday weekend and are enjoying your Easter break. We would like to remind you that our team are back in the office tomorrow, on the 4th of April.

For our Y11 students, we are running mock GCSE English Literature and Mathematics examinations this Friday, the 6th of April. A limited number of places is still available – please contact us on 0203 565 0539 or office@trefoiltutors.co.uk to book your place.

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Easter Holidays

During the Easter holidays, our office will be closed from 31st March to 3rd April, with no lessons taking place between these dates. Please do email us at office@trefoiltutors.co.uk if you have any enquiries.

From everyone at Trefoil Tutors, we would like to wish you and your family a restful and enjoyable bank holiday weekend.

We look forward to seeing you in April!