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Students, Parents & Home Educators

Students:

Most of our products aim to do one of two things:

1. Help you understand the hard bits of your subject 

2. Show you exactly what type of exam questions come up on any topic, what the answers are and why students lost marks on them recently

Re: the first of these aims, our Factsheets (£3.00ea) cover just about every topic imaginable in A level Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They combine the essential facts with past exam-style questions. Our Factsheets in Psychology, Sociology and Media Studies try to provide more up-to-date case studies than can be found in the textbooks. Our Geography Factsheets try and do all of the above! 

We think our CD-ROMs of Specimen Questions for GCSE science and Geography and A level Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Geography are great for testing whether you really understand topics and can apply that knowledge to exam questions – understanding e.g. human haemoglobin oxygen dissociation curves is not the same thing as being able to explain the shape of  a lugworm’s ODC!

If you want to get into the mind of the examiners who will, let’s face it, decide whether you get the grades you need, then our Exam Doctor CDROMs are great. 

A note on the prices of our products: We know that money is probably tight. That’s why we only charge £3.00 for what we believe are the priceless gems of our Factsheets. But lots of our products were designed for schools and are priced accordingly – many took months and months to create, many thousands to develop and are written by teachers with mortgages and kids to feed and we pay them royalties on every sale. But if, as a student, you really, really want a product but can’t afford it, then contact us. We’ll try and do you a deal.  Any teachers reading this, now tempted to call us and pretend to be a student………….I mean, please…(!). 

Finally, whilst we would love you to buy some stuff from our site – and we believe it is a genuinely excellent investment – don’t forget that there is a huge amount of excellent free stuff out there.  In prep for passing an exam or getting the A grade, the best resources – past exam papers, mark schemes (the answers!) and the Chief Examiner’s Reports (tells you what students got wrong = what is going to come up again in future exams!), are all free on the exam board websites (at the time of writing, July 2011 WJEC makes you pay for answers!

Whether you buy anything from us or not, you’d be mad not to get these resources (website details below).

Good Luck in the Exams!

Call / email us if you have any queries.

Exam Boards:

AQA: http://www.aqa.org.uk

Edexcel: http://www.edexcel.com/Pages/Home.aspx

OCR: http://www.ocr.org.uk

Scottish: http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/CCC_FirstPage.jsp

WJEC: http://www.wjec.co.uk/

 

Parents:

If you have reached this page you probably want to help your child / grandchildren succeed in their exams or stimulate their interest in the 3Rs.

We have a rapidly growing range of products that aim to do just these things.

At KS1 and 2 we believe learning should be fun, challenging but user-controlled. In KS2 Maths Save Yourself From Doom, our frankly terrifying mental maths game, it is the child who sets the level of difficulty and the doom that they are trying to avoid! I learned arithmetic by having my dad deal cards at me requiring me to add them up faster than he could deal. It worked. But such techniques may not work with every child now. You’ll find lots of products employing cutting-edge technologies in our Primary section.

Whilst we know passionately believe that learning should be fun, we know that, at the end of the day, hard-nosed tests determine futures. Hence: KS2 Science End of Unit Tests, GCSE and A level Specimen Questions and Markschemes and our Exam Doctors CDROMs.

For A level students, our best-selling Factsheets provide one-stop-shops for individual topics. They provide the facts, explain the principles, show students the kind of exam questions that they are likely to face (with the answers) and tell them where last year’s students went wrong on that topic. We believe that they are our single best resource.

Check them out. You can download them instantly or buy them on CDROM.

As we said in the Students section above, whether you buy anything from us or not, you’d be mad not to get the past exam papers etc. from the relevant exam board Websites(details below). Note: It is amazing how many students don’t actually know which exam board they are doing! If they don’t know, you can usually find it on the school website. Any queries, please don’t hesitate to call us.

Exam Boards:

AQA: http://www.aqa.org.uk

Edexcel: http://www.edexcel.com/Pages/Home.aspx

OCR: http://www.ocr.org.uk

Scottish: http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/CCC_FirstPage.jsp

WJEC: http://www.wjec.co.uk/

 

Home Educators:  

As an ex - teacher, Principal and Chief Examiner, I am disappointed if you believe that the system is failing you and your children. But I understand that it might. Home educating is a huge challenge but entirely understandable in some circumstances and a brilliant opportunity in any. Please contact us if you think our existing resources could be of use, if you have developed resources that schools would love or if you want tailor-made resources. 

In education there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all.

Kevin Byrne
Director

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