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Here will be listed a wide range of subject guides from aged 5 to adult. They are the product of years of teaching experience and are proven to help with understanding and improving grades. We have 100s of guides so if you're looking for something and can't find it- just ask! Bespoke guides on almost any subject and any level can be available on request.
30% OFF! GCSE English poetry I Wanna Be Yours and Valentine HOW TO COMPARE/CONTRAST
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30% OFF! GCSE English poetry I Wanna Be Yours and Valentine HOW TO COMPARE/CONTRAST

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Suitable for any exam board that includes these poems, this is a SPECIAL OFFER guide on analysing the two poems 'I Wanna Be Yours' by John Cooper Clarke and Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy. 30% OFF USUAL PRICE! Fifteen pages long, fully annotated with a author context and line by line analysis, with a 'how to' compare and contrast, annotation table to fill in, and essay structure guide that can be used for all comparison and contrast essays, this can be used for revision, lessons and to get to know the works by pupils teachers and tutors. NOTE: This is a print-out document in full, and not able to copied into another document for both copyright/plagiarism and lesson content reasons; as it is a full lesson plan and document.
FREE summary on what can turn up on the 11+ exam
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FREE summary on what can turn up on the 11+ exam

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A brief but detailed summary on what skills would be needed to pass the 11+. It is three pages long and covers English, Maths, Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning. Guides that are in-depth and cover ALL the tasks needed for all these skills, including exam papers exclusively produced for TES, will be/are available in the shop. Easy to read, and written in friendly language- for tutors, parents and students alike.
11+ survival guide part 5: Verbal Reasoning
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11+ survival guide part 5: Verbal Reasoning

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This is the fifth part for the verbal reasoning component of the 11 plus examinations for grammar and selective entrance schools all across the UK. There are 40-42 (including CEM format) possible types of exercise that can turn up on these entrance exams, these are the first quarter. These methods are unique to me and I spent some years with real pupils developing them to the highest possible standard. This part (5) for exercises added to these tests from 2012 that has been created for exclusive online upload too. It includes- how to interpret timetables, maths problems, codes and letter patterns. For the CEM 11+ guides please see parts 6 and 7 of our survival guide. This section contains mathematical sequences and skills, short codes and vocabulary exercises. This is for schools that use the NFER Nelson, Nelson Bond or Bond style 11+ verbal reasoning component ONLY. All these sections are/will be available in the shop. The answers are included, with some explanations. For parents, tutors and pupils who'd like to try for grammar or other selective school, each page has a full and friendly explanation of what to do and what tricks and traps to avoid, with sample questions to try at the bottom of each page. Twelve pages long and at a bargain price of £2 per section. This is the edited version as a copy with two small errors, of a type that do not feature in the lost of NFer errors, was accidentally uploaded (see below for more on this.). Anyone who bought that copy can have this version for free if they message me. ***Note that one or two typeos are always deliberately left in the NFer 11+ guides because they are notorious for having mistakes in their exams, one reason why many schools and LEAs are moving to CEM formats. Pupils need to know what it 'feels' like to find an error, to 'know' that examiners are fallible, how not to panic when they find an error as they will be awarded the mark anyway, and just to let the teacher/invigilator know. Parents/tutors: do have this explanation ready when your child/pupil attempts these tests. Errors are most common on maths and codes exercises.***
A Level English 'The Great Gatsby' minor characters analysis
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A Level English 'The Great Gatsby' minor characters analysis

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Written for the AQA exam board but suitable for any course that includes this book, this is a guide on analysing the minor characters in The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald. Thirteen pages long, fully annotated with a further reading section and a revision quiz, this can be used for revision, lessons and to get to know the work by pupils teachers and tutors. One of a set of six (all available on this site) of guides that comprehensively cover all aspects of this novel from context and themes to symbolism and motifs.
MATHS: KS2 to GCSE: Co-ordinates
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MATHS: KS2 to GCSE: Co-ordinates

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This is a free four page guide on how to read, draw and understand all four quadrants of a Cartesian graph suitable for revision, handouts and lesson plans for students and teachers from Key Stage 2 upwards. KS2- if the pupil is advanced or very maths-curious then this is the doc for them! This doc has been used successfully with pupils as young as 8! Of course the instructor can use it to get ALL the background for themselves then use this as inspiration to provide a simplified or abridged version for students that needs more help on this topic. KS3- originally created with pupils aged 11-14 in mind, we have since discovered it has far wider uses. GCSE- an essential introduction to this topic, for pupils that struggled with the concept when they were younger. Or a refresher for pupils that have not done it for a while and need to remind themselves of the basics. If you download it PLEASE leave a review as courtesy. Thank you.
How to learn your times tables
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How to learn your times tables

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Using a pattern based on ten, this guide is meant to show pupils how multiplication tables aren't scary or hard to learn, and emphasise how they work rather than just using blind learning by rote. It can be used for pupils of any age who have trouble remembering the multiplication tables. There will be a second part to this showing how this method applies to larger multiples which is very useful for long division.
Ethics A/S and A level: Absolute Morality as a concept- Plato 'The Trial and Death of Socrates'.
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Ethics A/S and A level: Absolute Morality as a concept- Plato 'The Trial and Death of Socrates'.

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A full and indepth TWENTY page up to A* guide on this Plato's work 'The Trial and Death of Socrates' for A/S and A Level students, tutors and teachers, with the slant of discussing absolute morality. It can be used as revision, as a lesson tool, or just to make sense of this complex philosophical idea for new students. Fully annotated, with quotes and a full page further reading recommendations, this is an essential guide to one of the most basic principles of ethics and philosophy- it was written for the OCR board but is suitable for all exam boards that are covering this precept (and they all will).
11+ survival guide part 6 CEM tests
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11+ survival guide part 6 CEM tests

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This is the sixth part for the verbal reasoning component of the 11 plus examinations for grammar and selective entrance schools all across the UK. There are 40-42 (including CEM format) possible types of exercise that can turn up on these entrance exams, these are the first quarter. These methods are unique to me and I spent some years with real pupils developing them to the highest possible standard. This part (6) for exercises that appear to crop up in the CEM format and there is some crossover between the CEM format and the NFer format some schools are still using. It contains: Type 38- match the word (also see part 4 of our survival guides) Types 10 and 10A and - matching synonyms and antonyms Types 41 and 41A- synonyms and antonyms, with missing letters Type 42- correcting words in paragraphs, with missing letters Type 12B- odd one out (see part 2 of our survival guides for Type 12A) Type 1A- rearranging sentences (see part 1 of our survival guides for Type 1) Type 18A and 18B- choosing the correct word to complete a sentence (A) or paragraph (B) Therefore, this is for schools that use the NFER Nelson, Nelson Bond or Bond style 11+ verbal reasoning component and CEM. All these sections are/will be available in the shop. The answers are included, with some explanations. For parents, tutors and pupils who'd like to try for grammar or other selective school, each page has a full and friendly explanation of what to do and what tricks and traps to avoid, with sample questions to try at the bottom of each page. Fourteen pages long and at a bargain price of £2 per section. ***Note that one or two typeos are always deliberately left in the NFer 11+ guides because they are notorious for having mistakes in their exams, one reason why many schools and LEAs are moving to CEM formats. Pupils need to know what it 'feels' like to find an error, to 'know' that examiners are fallible, how not to panic when they find an error as they will be awarded the mark anyway, and just to let the teacher/invigilator know. Parents/tutors: do have this explanation ready when your child/pupil attempts these tests. Errors are most common on maths and codes exercises. If you find an error in this please let me know and I will send you for free a corrected one, as the CEM papers tend not to have typeos like the NFer ones. All care is taken to try and avoid errors in these papers.***
A/S and A2 History- THE WARS OF THE ROSES/THE TUDORS The De La Poles part 2
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A/S and A2 History- THE WARS OF THE ROSES/THE TUDORS The De La Poles part 2

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Meant to provide excellent background knowledge for one of the key families in the History modules THE WARS AND ROSES and/or THE TUDORS, this FOURTEEN page guide, fully annotated with revision questions provides essential background to both modules. This is set as a backdrop to the following issues: 1. From where do the sources of power come within a state? (economic, social and political). The previous guide looks into ‘Lancastrians’, and this second supplementary guide, the ‘Yorkists’. (Remember WHEN these terms' context and definition changes and why/how.) 2. What was/is the nature of kingship and from where does it come? And how do those who support kings fare when the regime changes? The de la Poles often did not fare so well at all. 3. What was the impact of the dynastic/monarchic instability on the general populus of all class levels? (social and economic) Here we looked at a family on the fringes who married into nobility and consorted with Kings on the battlefield and at Court. 4. What caused the political breakdowns that led to the Wars of the Roses? (political primarily) and in this guide we have looked one of the families who fortunes rose and fell at the whim of Kings and magnates. It is clear that many at the top did not appreciate.
HISTORY A/S THE WARS OF THE ROSES- The de la Poles, part 1
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HISTORY A/S THE WARS OF THE ROSES- The de la Poles, part 1

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Meant to provide excellent background knowledge for one of the key families in the History module THE WARS OF THE ROSES, the de la Poles, this THIRTEEN page guide, fully annotated with revision questions provides essential background to both modules. This family came up from merchants to be advisor to Henry VI in a historically short space of time. This is set as a backdrop to the following issues: 1. From where do the sources of power come within a state? (economic, social and political). The previous guide looks into ‘Lancastrians’, and this second supplementary guide, the ‘Yorkists’. (Remember WHEN these terms' context and definition changes and why/how.) 2. What was/is the nature of kingship and from where does it come? And how do those who support kings fare when the regime changes? The de la Poles often did not fare so well at all. 3. What was the impact of the dynastic/monarchic instability on the general populus of all class levels? (social and economic) Here we looked at a family on the fringes who married into nobility and consorted with Kings on the battlefield and at Court. 4. What caused the political breakdowns that led to the Wars of the Roses? (political primarily) and in this guide we have looked one of the families who fortunes rose and fell at the whim of Kings and magnates. It is clear that many at the top did not appreciate. Part 2 of their timeline, suitable for both this module and THE TUDORS, is also available in the shop.
11 PLUS entrance exams practice- PART 4: VERBAL REASONING NFER/Nelson/Bond
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11 PLUS entrance exams practice- PART 4: VERBAL REASONING NFER/Nelson/Bond

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This is the fourth part for the verbal reasoning component of the 11 plus examinations for grammar and selective entrance schools all across the UK. There are 40-42 (including CEM format) possible types of exercise that can turn up on these entrance exams, these are the first quarter. These methods are unique to me and I spent some years with real pupils developing them to the highest possible standard. There is an extra part (5) for exercises added to these tests from 2012 that has been created for exclusive online upload too.s For the CEM 11+ guides please see parts 6 and 7 of our survival guide. This section contains mathematical sequences and skills, short codes and vocabulary exercises. This is for schools that use the NFER Nelson, Nelson Bond or Bond style 11+ verbal reasoning component ONLY. All these sections are/will be available in the shop. The answers are included, with some explanations. For parents, tutors and pupils who'd like to try for grammar or other selective school, each page has a full and friendly explanation of what to do and what tricks and traps to avoid, with sample questions to try at the bottom of each page. Eight pages long and at a bargain price of £2 per section. ***Note that one or two typeos are always deliberately left in the NFer 11+ guides because they are notorious for having mistakes in their exams, one reason why many schools and LEAs are moving to CEM formats. Pupils need to know what it 'feels' like to find an error, to 'know' that examiners are fallible, how not to panic when they find an error as they will be awarded the mark anyway, and just to let the teacher/invigilator know. Parents/tutors do have this explanation ready when your child/pupil attempts these tests. Errors are most common on maths and codes exercises.***
GCSE English: Poetry- Follower by Seamus Heaney
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GCSE English: Poetry- Follower by Seamus Heaney

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A full and in-depth EIGHT page up to A* guide on this poem for GCSE students and teachers. It can be used as revision, as a lesson tool, or just to make sense of this classic poem by Seamus Heaney. Fully annotated, with quotes, 'check yourself' questions and further reading, this is an essential guide to one of the most challenging poems of the GCSE anthology- suitable for all exam boards. This goes over biographical and poem context, universal themes (issues the poet tend to address a lot) themes, motifs, symbolism and language. Picture credit: Geoff Rollinson.
11 PLUS entrance exams practice- MATHEMATICS part/paper 1
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11 PLUS entrance exams practice- MATHEMATICS part/paper 1

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This is the first part for the Mathematics component of the 11 plus examinations for grammar and selective entrance schools all across the UK. There are 60 possible types of exercise that can turn up on these entrance exams, these are the first quarter. These methods are unique to me and I spent some years with real pupils developing them to the highest possible standard. It is set out in the form of an exam paper that is six pages long and contains 60 questions, and is 16 pages long in total. The first six pages are the paper itself. The following topics are covered: Fractions, decimals and % (up to level 5 skills) Basic algebra Area of 3 and 4 sided shapes Pythagoras' Theorem Inverse operations Time (12 and 24 hour clock, as a fraction) Degrees Lowest common multiples Conversions (metric and time). Unlike many other papers that just provide answers and no help, it then has -a full page where you can note your scores on each skill, showing strengths and weaknesses in these areas. Full guides on how to do these skills, if not already, will soon be available in the shop. - NINE pages of full, colour coded and informal (but correct) explanations of every single question, with consistent and fast methods to help you get the answer right every time! For parents, tutors and pupils who'd like to try for grammar or other selective school, and can also be used for Year 7 preparation to ensure pupils are streamed into top middle and higher in Maths sets whether they go to grammar school or not. It can also be used for 11+ retakes at 12/13+.
11 PLUS entrance exams practice- PART 2: VERBAL REASONING  NFER/Nelson/Bond
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11 PLUS entrance exams practice- PART 2: VERBAL REASONING NFER/Nelson/Bond

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This is the second part for the verbal reasoning component of the 11 plus examinations for grammar and selective entrance schools all across the UK. There are 40 possible types of exercise that can turn up on these entrance exams, these are the first quarter. These methods are unique to me and I spent some years with real pupils developing them to the highest possible standard. There is an extra part (5) for exercises added to these tests from 2012 that has been created for exclusive online upload too. This is for schools that use the NFER Nelson, Nelson Bond or Bond style 11+ verbal reasoning component ONLY. The CEM based 11+ verbal reasoning will be added/ is available in the shop as an extra document. Three more part of this section of the VR are available in the shop. The answers are included, with some explanations. For parents, tutors and pupils who'd like to try for grammar or other selective school, each page has a full and friendly explanation of what to do and what tricks and traps to avoid, with sample questions to try at the bottom of each page. Eleven pages long and at a bargain price of £2 per section. ***Note that one or two typeos are always deliberately left in the NFer 11+ guides because they are notorious for having mistakes in their exams, one reason why many schools and LEAs are moving to CEM formats. Pupils need to know what it 'feels' like to find an error, to 'know' that examiners are fallible, how not to panic when they find an error as they will be awarded the mark anyway, and just to let the teacher/invigilator know. Parents/tutors do have this explanation ready when your child/pupil attempts these tests. Errors are most common on maths and codes exercises.***
HISTORY A2 The Wars of the Roses  The Sun(ne) in Splendour 1471-83, Part One (Edward IV)
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HISTORY A2 The Wars of the Roses The Sun(ne) in Splendour 1471-83, Part One (Edward IV)

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An essential lesson and/or revision guide for parents, pupils and teachers covering all the points you need to gain good marks in the fourth module of the Unit 2B course of the syllabus for the 'Wars of the Roses' (or first of the A2 part of the syllabus). Written for the AQA exam board, but suitable for all exam boards, this ten page, clearly written document also has multiple choice questions to check understanding and comprehensive further reading sources to delve more deeply into the module. This is the first part of these guides that analyse the reign of Edward IV- here we have an detailed yet summarised for ease of learning overview of his 'domestic' (as it was not seen as two separate entities) and 'foreign' policy for this entire rule. Fully fifteen pages long. More guides, for the rest of the modules of this syllabus, and more depth on Edward IV are/will be available in the shop or on request.
English GCSE overview plot content characters and themes- Heroes by Robert Cormier
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English GCSE overview plot content characters and themes- Heroes by Robert Cormier

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An essential lesson and/or revision tool for pupils and teachers for the novella Heroes by Robert Cormier, at GCSE level. It can be used to introduce pupils to the book and as an exam tool once the book has been read and annotated. Originally written for the WJEC board but suitable for all exam boards that are covering this book, this 11 page guide comprehensively covers all aspects of this book Themes Characters Summary/ plot Guided tasks Sample essay Part of a series of guides for all aspects of all GCSE boards, everyone that has used this guide obtained an A in coursework, class tasks or mock exams.
History A/S overview of Module 2 Unit 2B The Wars of the Roses- The Origins of the Conflict
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History A/S overview of Module 2 Unit 2B The Wars of the Roses- The Origins of the Conflict

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An essential lesson and/or revision guide for parents, pupils and teachers covering all the points you need to gain good marks in the first module of the Unit 2B course of the History A/S and A level syllabus. Written for the AQA exam board, but suitable for all exam boards, this ten page, clearly written document also has multiple choice questions to check understanding and comprehensive further reading sources to delve more deeply into the module. Part of a set of guides for the entire Unit 2B course, consisting of overviews, events, geneaologies, activities set by AQA, in depth and source work. Together they make a full, A grade coverage of the entire syllabus. Suitable for A/S and A level.
History A/S and A level History Unit 1C The Tudors:  Consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty (module 1)
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History A/S and A level History Unit 1C The Tudors: Consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty (module 1)

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This is a guide for module 1 of Unit 1C: ‘The Tudors: England 1483-1603: Consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty: England 1485-1547. This should be read in conjunction with the other Unit 1C modules for A/S and A2 (available in the shop). It focuses on an overview comparing the monarchial system Henry VII ‘inherited’ with the one he wished to create. (This guide could also be used as background for Unit 2B.) Part 2 of this study is also available on here. Without this context it is difficult to ascertain exactly what Henry VII did to consolidate the monarchy, which is the whole point of this module. At A/S and A level you need to link events and policies if you want an A grade. Made for the AQA exam board but suitable for all exam boards that do this topic, it is useful for teachers, tutors, parents and pupils for a frame of reference for a topic that used to be seen by traditional historians as an 'easy', black and white period of history- how we know it was no such thing.