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Advice for Students

Studying Tips to Help You Through Your Exams

 “Half of what students learn in school is useful only during examinations.” Michael Bassey Johnson An exam is an unusual thing that sets out to assess what we’ve learned and has us utilising portions of our brain we didn’t even know existed. Because the passing of exams is so critical to achieve a diploma or […]

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Written on 12 Oct 2021

8 minutes reading time
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A Quick Guide to Japanese Anime and Manga

Anime is more mainstream and desired today than 10 years ago. Most of us are familiar with well-known characters like Pikachu (Pokémon) and Goku (Dragon Ball) and South Africans can easily hop onto Netflix, Showmax and Amazon Prime Video, to escape into the colourful worlds created by some of the best Japanese anime. But what […]

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Written on 11 Oct 2021

6 minutes reading time
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Chess

Some Moves To Win Chess Fast

“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting it is.”  – Arnold Palmer Isn’t it great to win a game when your opponent is obviously more experienced than you are? The feeling of exhilaration is something wonderful to experience! Many put in many hours of hard work to achieve such a victory! It has been proven scientifically that […]

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Written on 4 Oct 2021

6 minutes reading time
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Chess

The Fundamental Skills of Chess

“The game of chess is not merely an idle amusement. Several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired or strengthened by it… Life is a kind of chess, in which we have often points to gain, and competitors or adversaries to contend with.” – Benjamin […]

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Written on 3 Oct 2021

8 minutes reading time
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Advice for Students

Find an Online Private Tutor for Your Evenings

What if you were told that helping your child with homework was actually surprisingly counter-productive? Regardless of whether your child is still in primary school or has advanced to high school, you may want to consider the benefits of private tutoring at home or even an online private tutor. Doing so could significantly improve their […]

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Written on 2 Oct 2021

6 minutes reading time
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Can You Name a Word-Famous Geographer?

"Everywhere’s been where it is ever since it was first put there. It’s called geography.”  – Terry Pratchett Why is someone said to be famous? What makes him or her so? Sociological research avers that someone becomes famous because they possess a special talent such as singing, acting or dancing, their looks or for their […]

7 Sep 20217 minutes reading time

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What is Geography?

 “Geography explains the past, illuminates the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?” - Michael Palin Geography is described by an online dictionary as ‘the study of the physical features of the earth and its atmosphere and of human activity as it affects and is affected by these, […]

1 Sep 20217 minutes reading time

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Five Geography Themes: An Analysis

“It is dynamic and relevant. For me geography is a great adventure with a purpose.” – Michael Palin Geography can be described as the study of people, countries and natural phenomena. Initially, undertaken as a subject in primary and high school, it really comes into its own as a subject at varsity level, where a […]

1 Sep 20217 minutes reading time

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Definitions in Geography

 “I’m a great believer in geography being destiny.” – Abraham Verghese Geography puts the understanding of social and physical processes within the context of place – recognising the great differences in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world and exploring the links between them. (Royal Geographic Society). The three main branches of […]

27 Aug 20217 minutes reading time

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What is the Chess and IQ Correlation?

 “Intelligence is a way of acting. If you act intelligently you are smart, regardless of your IQ.” – Brian Tracy If there is one thing that annoys almost everyone, it’s people who are boastful about their achievements and who tend to look down on other people. Someone who is arrogant and pompous is really no-one’s […]

4 Oct 20216 minutes reading time

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Chess Tactics and Planning

"Chess is the art which expresses the science of logic.” – Mikhail Botvinnik Ask any professional player about how he or she feels about chess, the game, and they may relate many amazing things. What will come through very strongly is their deep love of the game and their passion to continue playing it. If […]

4 Oct 20217 minutes reading time

chess game between two girls

Some Moves To Win Chess Fast

“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting it is.”  – Arnold Palmer Isn’t it great to win a game when your opponent is obviously more experienced than you are? The feeling of exhilaration is something wonderful to experience! Many put in many hours of hard work to achieve such a victory! It has been proven scientifically that […]

4 Oct 20216 minutes reading time

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The Math of Chess

“Every good mathematician should also be a good chess player and vice versa.” -  Henri Poincare Many a family, around the world, has hunkered down on a chilly night around a board game. One such game, however, has caught the imagination like no other. What game am I referring to? No matter the nationality, age, […]

3 Oct 20216 minutes reading time

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My Homework Planner: The Best Option for You

 “There is no possible way a student can learn everything mentioned in a class without reinforcement” - Lev Levine There is a reason why teachers insist on giving homework. Yet both parents and children tend to see homework as having more disadvantages than advantages. For one oftentimes homework ends up being just as much work […]

6 Sep 20217 minutes reading time

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Do Your Homework Well and with Full Concentration

“The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting.” – Walt Disney Do you remember what doing school work during the Covid-19 lockdown period was like? You were working solely on your own with minimal help from your teacher or teachers. Working independently during the pandemic must have made you realise that working […]

3 Sep 20218 minutes reading time

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The Benefits of Taking Full Advantage of your Homework

“That is why you do homework. It’s important to have all your ducks in a row before you do something.” - Tim Davis Homework is an inescapable part of schooling. Can you avoid it? In a 2010 article by the Mail and Guardian, the issue of parents complaining about children getting too much homework in […]

3 Sep 20217 minutes reading time

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How to Do Homework to Benefit You

 “If you want to be proud of yourself, then do things in which you can take pride" – Karen Horney At school, under the watchful eye of the teacher, students are expected to complete the same work and put the same amount of effort into their work. In fact, if you need to draw a […]

3 Sep 20217 minutes reading time

With a PT, you'll never feel like you need to compare you progress to someone else

Hire a Running Coach for Marathon Training

Preparing to run your first marathon? Then, you will have a fair number of questions about training – how much, how far, how fast, and so forth? You may also be concerned about where to access a training programme to suit your needs. This programme has to cater to your goals, come race day, as […]

1 Aug 20217 minutes reading time

Why run a marathon in any old city?

Running Events Around the World: A Guide

People are really brave, some may say crazy, to run 42.2 kilometres and actually finish the distance! Just the thought of it is too much to bear for some! Your entering a marathon, is far more than simply paying an entry fee and collecting your number at Sportman’s Warehouse. This is more than just a […]

1 Aug 20219 minutes reading time

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Do You Know a World-Famous Marathoner?

Ever considered running a marathon? Wow, so much comes to mind. Will I be able to run that far? If I do, what effect will all that pounding of the asphalt have on my body, my joints in particular? Running 42,195 kilometres is no mean feat, for anyone. The marathon really is a special event […]

1 Aug 20218 minutes reading time

Your marathon plan from start to finish

A Marathon Training Programme

So, a friend of a cousin got you to sign up for the Durban City Marathon. Great idea as it takes place in one of the warmest places in South Africa, just after the heat of summer has abated somewhat. A wonderful first run over 42 195 kilometres, which can easily be combined with a […]

1 Aug 20218 minutes reading time

manga drawings on wood

A Quick Guide to Japanese Anime and Manga

Anime is more mainstream and desired today than 10 years ago. Most of us are familiar with well-known characters like Pikachu (Pokémon) and Goku (Dragon Ball) and South Africans can easily hop onto Netflix, Showmax and Amazon Prime Video, to escape into the colourful worlds created by some of the best Japanese anime. But what […]

11 Oct 20216 minutes reading time

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The Top Anime in Japan

How well do you know the world of anime? Whether you’ve seen one movie or a couple of episodes from a television series, anime has a very characteristic look and feel that most of us can immediately identify. Maybe it’s the stunningly emotive characters with the big eyes and stylised hair, the complex themes, plots […]

11 Oct 20218 minutes reading time

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Learn to Draw Anime Like a Professional

Drawing anime is a hobby that is growing at an incredible pace. Anime and manga have become one of the most loved animation styles across the globe. Even here, in South Africa, we know popular characters like Pikachu (Pokémon) and Goku (Dragon Ball). If you are an anime fan you will also know characters from […]

6 Oct 20217 minutes reading time

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The Most Popular Characters of Anime

What makes anime so exciting and so popular across the globe? Anime has a characteristic style, complex storylines and has created some of the most interesting genres. But the characters in anime are also out of this world, which is another fundamental reason why this form of entertainment has continued to grow in Japan and […]

5 Oct 20217 minutes reading time

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Piano sheet music 

If you want to learn how to read sheet music for piano, you need to have a firm grasp of the basics of music notation. That’s right, even though we’ve all had that fun music tutor who teaches us to play our favourite songs without any theory, that’s not going to help us learn music […]

12 Oct 20216 minutes reading time

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Guitar sheet music

Most people, when they first pick up the guitar, channel their inner rockstar and have dreams of rocking it up on the stage jamming to their favorite songs. We get it, we really do. The problem with this approach is that it isn’t sustainable to learn music this way. If you only want to learn […]

12 Oct 20217 minutes reading time

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Drum sheet music 

Learning to play the drums can be a wild rush, but you need to contain and control your energy if you are to make progress. While we’d all love nothing more than to sit down, drumsticks in hand, and let loose, this isn’t going to go well either for our progress with the instrument or […]

12 Oct 20217 minutes reading time

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Learn to read music

If you’ve recently taken up a new instrument, or this is your first, then you’ll know how intimidating it is to try and learn music reading. To play a few chords or notes is one thing, but to translate the signs and symbols you read on a sheet book into music is quite another! Yet […]

12 Oct 20216 minutes reading time

What can Excel do?

The Best Functions for Accounting with Excel

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” - Peter Drucker Excel, the world’s most popular spreadsheet software, needs no introduction. As part of the Microsoft Office suite, you’ll find a lot of computers in offices already have a copy of it installed. It’s great for accounting, organising figures and reports, and […]

8 Aug 20216 minutes reading time

How to Do Your Accounting with Excel

“I am not going to fiddle taxes. I pay my accountant a fortune to look after me.” - Harry Redknapp If you’re a small business owner or a sole trader, you’re probably wondering how you can do your accounting without needing to hire an accountant. Fortunately for you, it’s never been easier to do your […]

8 Aug 20216 minutes reading time

How can you do your accounts with Excel?

Using Excel for Your Accounts

“Accounting does not make corporate earnings or balance sheets more volatile. Accounting just increases the transparency of volatility in earnings.” - Diane Garnick Having a clear idea of your accounts and finances is very important, especially if you’re running a business or working for yourself. There are plenty of accounting programs on the market like […]

8 Aug 20216 minutes reading time

How can you use Excel templates?

The Best Excel Accounting Templates

“The global economy is built on two things: the internal combustion engine and Microsoft Excel. Never forget this.” - Kevin Hector Excel accounting templates are a useful way to manage your personal or business accounts. There’s an entire library of accounting templates allowing you to simply manage your finances. It’s incredibly useful for planning tasks, managing […]

8 Aug 20216 minutes reading time

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Studying Tips to Help You Through Your Exams

 “Half of what students learn in school is useful only during examinations.” Michael Bassey Johnson An exam is an unusual thing that sets out to assess what we’ve learned and has us utilising portions of our brain we didn’t even know existed. Because the passing of exams is so critical to achieve a diploma or […]

12 Oct 20218 minutes reading time

When should I hire private tutors?

Why Wednesdays and Weekends Can Be Good for Personal Tutors

These days, there are many learners who have worked with a private tutor at home especially in these exciting, yet sometimes challenging subjects: English French Maths Spanish Physics and Chemistry Biology Geography In South Africa, all of these tutorials are available on Superprof and tutors are available in-person and online any day of the week. […]

2 Oct 20217 minutes reading time

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Find an Online Private Tutor for Your Evenings

What if you were told that helping your child with homework was actually surprisingly counter-productive? Regardless of whether your child is still in primary school or has advanced to high school, you may want to consider the benefits of private tutoring at home or even an online private tutor. Doing so could significantly improve their […]

2 Oct 20216 minutes reading time

Can I get private tuition over the summer?

Private Tutors During School Holidays Could Improve Your Grades

If you are wondering how to improve your grades, or if you are concerned that your child may be falling behind, the chances are high that you are already searching 'home tutors near me'! One way to make sure that this problem does not get the better of your child is to consider using some […]

23 Sep 20219 minutes reading time