Even good schools get it so wrong about Maths It is sadly a too common story that even good private schools, even in affluent areas are giving false praise about their pupils’ standard or progress in Mathematics. For example, if I am teaching Arithmetical...

King’s pawn openings or Queen’s pawn openings for beginners? It is my very strong belief that beginners should play King’s pawn openings, in other words, 1.e4 because it is extremely important to familiarise oneself with tactics (Complications and...

An Identity An identity could be thought of as an equation where both sides are the same way or a different way of expressing the same thing. The interesting property about this is that it will hold true for no matter what values are chosen for the unknown(s). An...

El pretérito grave El pretérito grave is an irregular form of the preterite tense but with a pattern nonetheless. In fact, the only difficulty is having to memorise the irregular stem which is different from the infinitive stem. You just add the following endings to...

The French Subjunctive As a French Tutor I have always been fascinated by the French grammar and its logic that is on the whole so similar to Maths. I find the subjunctive opens up so many possibilities. Usage There are many cases but the general and easiest case will...

What is The truth about adding or subtracting mixed numbers? It is a common misconception that one needs to convert mixed numbers into top heavy fractions to add or subtract them. Unlike with multiplication or division of mixed numbers we can leave them as mixed...