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UK Boarding School Advice: 11+ and 13+ Interviews

by Amelia Kendall
posted February 4, 2015

11+ and 13+ interviews for UK independent schools can be a daunting prospect.  It is however easiest to look on an interview as just a question and answer session, the purpose of which is to tell someone who does not know you, a little more about you.

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IB TOK: Putting Theory of Knowledge Into Practice

by ARCH
posted December 31, 2014

As all students studying in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program will tell you, Theory of Knowledge classes form an intrinsic part of the IB experience, with students and teachers dedicating a couple of hours per week towards understanding – as its name proclaims – knowledge itself.

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Hegel Would Be Proud: The Case for Studying Philosophy in Secondary School

by ARCH
posted December 17, 2014

Philosophy – the pursuit of wisdom through rigorous intellectual thought – is commonly seen as an impractical subject.

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Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning Pre-Test: What Test Has to Do With Best

by ARCH
posted December 1, 2014

Many parents, when getting their children ready for UK secondary schools admissions, have encountered confusion of one sort or another when it comes to the dreaded Reasoning component of the 11+ and 13+ exams.

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Boarding Schools: All You Need To Know

by ARCH
posted October 24, 2014

"I am delighted to see this book published; if I were a parent preparing for my child to board overseas, I would want to read it from cover to cover. It is a source of invaluable and well-balanced advice from which parents, schools and pupils will benefit." - Richard Harman, Headmaster, Uppingham School, incoming Chairman of The Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference and former Chairman of The Boarding Schools' Association

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What Orwell Forgot to Mention: On Writing

by ARCH
posted October 20, 2014

An unavoidable part of the education experience for all students, no matter which country or education system they come from, is writing essays. From homework assignments to assessment papers to examinations, students all over the world are required to articulate what they have learnt in written form within a specific period of time.

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Reading Between the Lines

by ARCH
posted September 24, 2014

Many students have looked at comprehension worksheets with horror, and asked why they are being asked seemingly unanswerable questions about the passages assigned. How we remember that horror! Many of us at ARCH benefitted from this crucial insight, though: that passages can be read on a deeper level than what might first be apparent. It is not enough just to understand the literal meaning of words and phrases; we must read “between-the-lines” if we want to fully appreciate the many layers of a particular passage. 

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Let Them Have Their Cake and Eat it Too: Demystifying History

by ARCH
posted September 13, 2014

Hey, why study history if there’s no future in it? You may wince at such historical quips as much as we do (if not, check out this ‘hilarious’ buzzfeed )  but there is a serious question lurking here somewhere. What is the point in studying the past?

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The Uncommon Entrance

by Will Orr-Ewing
posted August 6, 2014

Another year, another new school in Hong Kong. Parents are just getting used to the Neo-Classical splendour of Harrow Hong Kong when Nord Anglia Hong Kong announces that they are opening their doors in September 2014. And yet, despite the increasing range in options available at home, Hong Kong still sends more pupils to UK independent schools than any other country in the world. 

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The Effect of Sleep on the Mind

by ARCH
posted July 21, 2014

One of the greatest benefits of online learning and personal tutoring is that it is very flexible. In almost all circumstances, we as tutors can fit around your schedule. However, although you may think of your schedule as only being the activities you do, such as school, work and eating, in fact, your schedule should take into strong consideration your sleeping habits, too.

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