2
Jul

Why I’m amazed/curious about Netflix’s ‘Spelling the Dream’

Why do certain groups of children ace the US Spelling Bee competitions, year after year? What can we learn from their success? So I just finished watching ‘Spelling the Dream’ on Netflix and I was amazed at how Indian American children were consistently winning these spelling competitions, year after year. I mean, English isn’t even these children’s parents’ first language!
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24
Jun

Coming soon: Lena Dunham’s HBO/BBC banking drama ‘Industry’, produced by Bad Wolf Productions

We're mega excited for this to drop! Lena Dunham’s HBO/BBC banking drama ‘Industry’, produced by Bad Wolf Productions, is released this autumn 2020. We were on set translators and interpreters for various language soundbites and scenes and had so much fun on location. The story centres around bankers making their way in the financial world in the aftermath of the
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17
Jun

What does the future hold for face-to-face learning?

Here’s what I touch upon in the latest video: 1. Most of our students have been learning online and this trend has been growing exponentially year after year. 2. On the whole, most have found it to be a positive experience, are comfortable with this medium and will continue this way. 3. On the flip-side, some miss having a physical
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8
Jun

Thinking out loud: Our online Spanish tutor Natalia

Thinking out loud: our bilingual Spanish and English tutor Natalia has worked with some impressive clients: Netflix, Universal, Sony Music, Bon Jovi, J-Lo, Foo Fighters, Vogue, The UN, The New York Times, Bloomberg, Cannes Festival, the Environment Agency and a ton more! She lives and breathes Spanish - watch her video here to see what motivates her students, helps memory
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28
May

NEW: Spanish GCSE and A Level Exam Membership Classes!

Our Spanish GCSE and A Level Membership classes have now launched! It’s been in the pipeline since Jan 2020 but things have been crazier than we expected recently. These weekly Zoom webinars are taught by our founder Drew, whose students consistently achieve grades 9-7 for GCSE, A*-B for A Level and get into their top choice universities. Designed to support
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25
May

Virtual UK university tours and open days after Coronavirus

University campus tours and open day events were, in previous years, a great way to give prospective applicants and parents a great impression of their future university. The coronavirus pandemic has all but put an end to leisurely travel to the UK but universities are quickly adapting to provide virtual tours and open day events in lieu of physically attending.
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22
May

Barcelona minus the tourists as lockdown eases

Barcelona Minus the Tourists - What Does the City's Future Look Like? Tapas, Gaudi, and… empty streets? Barcelona would seem unrecognisable to a tourist - if one were to be found - amidst the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s having an enormous impact on how local residents are seeing their own lovely city. How is Barcelona coping with the lockdown and
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15
May

What will UK universities look like from Autumn 2020?

Intake levels 1. There could be a drop in students - many universities are still charging the same fees as before the virus but with no contact hours. Some applicants might question the value that they receive if distant learning models are somewhat passive. 2. There’ll be more students appealing A level results and choose to defer a year/resit exams.
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10
Apr

Using mock exam results to determine final exam grades in 2020

The potential problems with using mock results to determine final exam grades in 2020 1. Grade boundaries aren’t standardised across schools which can impact the results; sometimes teachers are less lenient as they don’t want students to feel complacent before the final exam. 2. Not all schools follow the scheme of work chronologically so students aren’t tested on the same
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28
Mar

2020 Coronavirus exam cancellations – ‘Do I need to bother revising for my GCSE and A level exams?’

'I’m gutted I won’t be able to sit my exams' - 'My teacher doesn’t like me, I’m worried I’ll be marked down' These are some of the many messages we’ve received from our worried students. To all our GCSE, A-level and Degree level students, you're not alone and we've got some advice for you on how to handle the next
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