Where are you going this summer?

As the summer approaches here in the UK (we are still living in hope!), many students’ thoughts turn to holidays, which might be spent in the countryside, the mountains or by the seaside.  Net School’s Key Stage 3 and IGCSE Geography courses encourage students to understand these environments by explaining river, coastal and urban environments, their individual management techniques and the challenges which face them all.  Students will also improve on their current affairs knowledge...

Maths for Life!

Maths is an essential part of everyday life. Counting change, managing time, memorizing phone numbers and locker combinations are all situations where basic numeracy and maths skills are used by the majority of people every day. Netschool's classroom policy of 8 students (maximum) per class means increased teacher/student interaction compared to a traditional classroom. We currently offer online classes for Primary, Key Stage 3 and IGCSE level and our students follow Edexcel's International GCSE course (Mathematics A).  Netschool is lucky enough to have two very enthusiastic...

Et Tu, Net School?

It's been great to see the strong interest in Net School's new online Latin classes this month - but not that surprising. It's a subject that has enjoyed a real resurgence in recent years. I think part of the reason for this is that parents and students are looking for an academically rigorous subject - something that challenges them and offers something a little bit different. However, i think it also reflects the growing appreciation...

Home schooling on the rise

I read recently that the United States Department of Education estimates that more than 2 million students are homeschooled. In the UK, the numbers haven’t quite reached that level – but the popularity of alternative forms of education continues to grow. A few years ago, I would have found this surprising. But after five years of teaching on-line, it’s clear to me that it has major benefits compared to a “traditional” education. For me, the...

How do we learn?

I think to be a good teacher, you need to understand how different people learn and try to apply it in the classroom. There are four main types of learner: 1. Visual Learners: learn best by information presented to them visually, in the form of demonstrations, charts and pictures. 2. Auditory Learners: learn best by listening and verbalizing data. Generally, this type of learner interprets information when it is spoken to them, and they tend...

Why are languages important?

It may seem that everyone speaks English, but in fact 75% of the world’s population don’t. At Net School, we try to offer a broad range of languages. Here’s why learning a language can really benefit you: They’re good for you! Speaking more than one language increases your brain capacity and improves your memory. A language will always be useful, no matter what you do as a future profession. I still enjoy using my German...

My Top Tips for Exam Success

My Top Tips for Exam Success: Exams can be stressful. As a GCSE examiner for Edexcel, I have read thousands of students’ answers. I often think that by following a few simple guidelines, a candidate could have improved their grade. I want all the students at Net School to do the best they can. These are my top tips: 1) Prepare early The most important thing you can do is structure and focus your revision....