An Education for the 21st Century

        A parent approached me who was dissatisfied with main stream education.  She desperately wanted an education for her son that was meaningful, useful and fun.  This was my solution for her.  Although I knew it would be too expensive for almost any family to practically afford, it was such fun dreaming up a beautiful solution to the chronically poor education system we have in this country.

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A Tutor’s Six Strategies for Revision and Exam Success

Exams are unfair. They’re unpredictable, fearsome and an odd combination of stressful and boring (how is that even possible!?) And we all know the gruelling marathon that revision can be. However, just like any game there are winning strategies which can gain you an unfair advantage, and I’d like to share with you a few of my favourites.

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Perseverance – Become Great at Failing

“And why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.”

– Thomas Wayne, Batman Begins

This is absolutely the number one attribute I look for in my students. Furthermore, it is the first thing I work on with my student to improve. Continue reading…


I’m no good with a plough. I am equally as incompetent with a weaving loom, printing press or spinning jenny. And yet, my home is heated, my belly is full and I lead a meaningful and happy existence. How could this be when I am evidently missing so many key skills? The answer is, naturally, that those key skills were imperative to the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions, yet are largely irrelevant today. Continue reading…

My teachers never told me off for doing too much algebra in class. Neither was I reprimanded for rudely copying line after line of mundane historical dates. Yet rarely did a class go by where I was not badgered by some well intentioned teacher to stop talking! Although I have since evolved a quiet passion for history, and make a nice income instructing children on mathematics, by far my largest business asset has been my ability to communicate. Continue reading…


How to Talk with Young People

Here is quite possibly the most crucial rule you will ever learn for effective private tutoring. Are you ready? Pay close attention…

Be your student’s friend.

The more effective you are at forming a close relationship with your students, the faster and more naturally the information in your brain will flow in to theirs. Conversely, if you and your students have a poor relationship, chances are that roadblocks will be put in the way of all your learning objectives. Continue reading…