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Oxford Medicine Interview Questions

One of the Bright Young Things Tutors recalls their Oxford Interview for Medicine:Oxford Medicine Lady Margeret Hall and Christ ChurchDespite applying to Christ Church I was offered accommodation in my automatically assigned second choice college...


Spanish and Portuguese Cambridge Interview

A BYT Tutor’s interview questions for Cambridge Spanish and Portuguese undergraduate course:Cambridge 2002, 2003 Trinity Hall (2002), Fitzwilliam (2003)\\“I applied to study Spanish and Portuguese at Cambridge twice, and was ‘pooled’ both times. I...


Oxford Classics Interview Questions

A BYT Tutor’s experience of applying to study classics at Oxford.This is their interview experience and questions asked:Oxford Classics New CollegeRobin Lane-Fox, Paolo Crivelli, Jane Lightfoot \\“Classics standard:Two or three interviews split: ...


PPE Oxford Interview Questions

A BYT tutor’s experience applying for PPE at Oxford .Oxford PPE, Christ Church and Somerville, interviewed by Hugh Rice,At Christ Church College, Oxford I was given a question on Sikhs being required by law to wear motorcycle helmets (individual l...


How to manage stress during exam season

A bit of stress is perfectly normal during exam season. It can trigger your ‘fight or flight response’, giving you an extra push so you perform at your best. But when your stress becomes unrelenting, where you’re constantly anxious without any sig...


Maidenhead Tuition centre Train station

Some members and prospective members may have seen the first ever 48 sheet advert of a tuition centre in the UK at the Maidenhead train station.We are proud to be pushing boundaries and are thrilled to offer high quality tuition at a affordable pr...


History Oxford interview questions

The second part of History Interview questions at Oxford by one of the BYT Tutors.Oxford History\\ St Catherines College; interview by Tom Pickles and Gervais Rosser together and by Marc Mulholland and another professor who did not teach at St Cat...


BYT tutors and The Access project

For the second time, we had the access project in our London Tuition centre with our star tutor James Weber.James gave members of the Access project an afternoon of top quality Maths lessons.James is one of a growing band of** BYT tutors** who are...


Oxford Cambridge Classics

A BYT tutor applied to both Oxford and Cambridge in Classics. This was her experience:Cambridge and Oxford 2004 and 2005 respectivelyHead of Classics at Peterhouse, Cambridge; and Head of Classics at Jesus College, OxfordAt my Cambridge interview,...


Head office jobs at Bright Young Things

BYT is hiring! Come and join the head office team. \If you are interested please contact Constance@brightyoungthings.co.uk with a short cover letter and CV.The role:Bright Young Things is seeking an engaging and enthusiastic recent graduate who is...


Maidenhead Tuition Centre - 6 months in

6 Months review of Maidenhead.Starting in Dec 2017, the Maidenhead tuition centre has developed a reputation for high quality learning in a suitably focussed learning enviroment.Ed. Webster the BYT’s operations director is thrilled with the result...


Law at Oxford

Two Bright Young Things tutors who studied Law at Oxford give their experiences at interview:1)Oxford Law Jesus College,Interviewed by: Peter Clarke and Peter MirfieldBy way of introduction, I had one interview, lasting 20 minutes. I wasn’t given ...


Beyond Shakespeare Hamlet Revision Course

We were thrilled with the A level revision course on Hamlet last week.With parents commenting on how successful the evening was.Parents testimonials included:Chris found the seminar very good (actually ‘cool’ so high praise!). He thought Charlie ...


English Oxford undergraduate interview questions

Two BYT English tutors give their experiences at the Oxford interview for their English undergraduate course:1)Cambridge English Literature \Downing College, Dr. Cathy Philips, Dr. Marcus Tomlison, Dr.Will Poole.We had a 45 minute unseen prac crit...


Oxford History undergraduate interview

Two BYT history tutors give their Oxford History undergraduate interview experiences and the questions asked of them:Oxford History, Oriel College - interviewed by Dr Cattow, Leif DixonBefore the interview I sat the History Aptitude Test and hande...


Balliol College Oxford for Classics as an undergraduate.

A tutor’s experience of being interviewed at Balliol College, Oxford for Classics as an undergraduate candidate.Balliol College interviewed by: Oliver Lyne, Osmind Murray, Rosalind Thomas, Kinch HoekstraThe Experience:Interview 1:I was not given a...


BMAT questions Tutor

Many of the BYT tutors have both passed as well as tutored for the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) and UKCAT exams. \Here is some sample questions for the BMAT that the tutors have given for the blog.Section 1:Alex scored 147 out of a total of 2...


Come and work at BYT: Revision courses and events manager job

Here at Bright Young Things Tuition we are building out our events and revision courses for throughout the year.If you are interested please send your CV and a short cover letter toWoody ‘at’ brightyoungthings.co.ukSee below for job description:\W...


Cambridge Natural Sciences undergraduate interview questions

Cambridge Natural Sciences undergraduate interview questions. \\A BYT tutor reviewing their own experience of the Natural science interview:St Johns CollegeInterview:They could tell from my personal statement that I was more interested in physics ...


Medicine undergraduate Oxford Interview questions

Medicine undergraduate Oxford Interview questions, interview experience and advice written by one of our tutors:This is the first part of the series. The second addition to Oxford medicine interview experience can be found on this link below.https...


Chinese and Geography Cambridge Trinity College Interview Questions

Chinese 2005/ Geography 2007 at Cambridge Trinity College Interview Questions:Trinity College/ Chinese - Dr Daruvala, Dr Steryx/Geography - Dr Spencer, Dr Mawdsley ,1st interview. Asked to look at a sheet of Chinese characters and pick out a sel...


Italian and French Oxford Undergraduate Course interview questions

Italian and French Oxford Undergraduate Course interview questionsOxford University, St. Peters and Lincoln College:Dr Dorigatti, Mr Southworth, Dr Conde, Dr Nitschke at Lincoln for Italian**Questions asked at Interview: **I was given a poem of a...


Cambridge English Literature undergraduate interview

Cambridge English Literature;Interviewers:Downing College, Dr. Cathy Philips, Dr. Marcus Tomlison, Dr.Will Poole.“We had a 45 minute unseen prac crit at the beginning of the interview day followed by one interview with Dr. Philips and one with Dr....


The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia

1 in 5 children are born with dyslexia, but many go undiagnosed and supported for years. To spark discussion about this issue,Jessica Narowlansky presents ‘The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia’ as part of an ongoing series of talks, workshops and ...


Beyond Shakespeare - small group workshops for A Level Students | Book now

Workshop DetailsBright Young Things presents ‘Beyond Shakespeare’: a series of small group seminars for A Level students. Led by one of our leading Shakespeare tutors, these classes will cover not only the key texts, but their historical, social a...


Classics Undergradiate Interview Questions at Balliol College (Oxford University)

Oxford Classics Balliol College - Interviewers were Oliver Lyne, Osmind Murray, Rosalind Thomas, Kinch HoekstraInterview QuestionsI was not given anything to read or prepare before my interviews. My first interview focused on literature and p...


Bright Young Things x The Access Project Booster Days - Creating inclusive A Level & GCSE workshops.

Bright Young Things Boosters: Paving the way for education for allIt is a sad but too often accepted fact that the British education system provides less tothose who need it the most. This is a problem that stats early, and continues throughout ay...


Natural Sciences Undergraduate Interview Questions (Cambridge University)

Cambridge Natural Sciences Undergraduate InterviewTrinity Hall, Interviewed by Florian Hollfelder and Nick Bampos The admissions tutor (Richard Miles) and Senior Tutor (Nick Bampos) both made it clear that they were looking at HOW you thought and...


English & Drama Undergraduate Interview Questions (Cambridge University)

A sample of an interview for the Education Tripos with English and Drama Undergraduate course at Cambridge University.Given by a former pupil of the course.Education Tripos with English and Drama Undergraduate, Cambridge UniversityQuestions in the...


Biochemistry Undergraduate Interview Questions (Cambridge University)

BiochemistryFitzwilliam College, Cambridge. 2007Interview Questions:2 interviews: both scientific, but one more focused upon biology, and the other biochemistry.Biological interview: presented with a micrograph of artery. Asked to identify, and na...


Cambridge Archaeology and Anthropology Trinity College - Interview Questions....

We interviewed our Oxford and Cambridge tutors over a two year period with a view to understanding their experience in the Oxbridge interview process. In this blog series we’ll be posting our findings.The case study below is from a student studied...


The BYT Guide to... Essay Writing for English A-Level

I find that a lot of teachers , to their students’ serious detriment, have an aversion to teaching English as a rigorous discipline; opting rather to see the subject as something for the anointed ones; those who have been given a certain verbal fa...


Why revising in groups can be the best way to achieve academic success

Here a Bright Young Things we know full the power of discussion as a medium for learning. Such, we have designed our centres and our revision courses around this principle.To openly discuss subject ideas and_ principles_, be_ contrary in thinking_...


The South West Herts Consortium

What is the South West Herts Consortium?The South West Hertfordshire Admissions Consortium is a group of state-funded schools with a common academic admissions test. In all these schools, there are places available on non-academic grounds, such as...


11+ and GCSE Mock Exams | Harrow, High Wycombe and Maidenhead

We are putting on a series of 11-plus mock exams in our centres in Harrow, High Wycombe, Maidenhead and St Albans during the February Half Term.These dates are applicable in Harrow and High Wycombe too. St Albans are also offering mock exams — ema...


Bright Young Things Maidenhead | A Tutor’s Perspective

BYT Tutor Andrea Ljungberg reflects on her time at our Maidenhead Tuition Centre and assesses its contribution to the local community.Bright Young Things Maidenhead Tuition Centre is located at 12 High Street Maidenhead SL6 1QJ. We offer maths and...


How to Succeed in an Oxbridge Interview | 2. Technique

In the second part of our six part exclusive blog series designed to give the inside scoop on the Oxbridge interview process, BYT tutor James Walker looks at interview technique.How to master the interview process for Oxford and Cambridge Universi...


How to Succeed in an Oxbridge Interview | 1. Preparing for Interview

In the first of our brand new guide designed to give the inside scoop on the Oxbridge interview process, BYT tutor James Walker looks at preparing for the interview itself.Bright Young Things’ brand new six part guide to the Oxford & Cambridge...


Generating Genuis at Birkbeck University | Teaching A Level Mathematics

BYT maths tutor James Weber took part in the Uni-Genuis programme run by Generating Genius. Here he recounts his experience working with sixth formers at Birkbeck UniversityBYT James Weber teaching C3 A Level MathematicsI led two 3-hour sessions h...


Read Oxford University’s real interview questions

The University of Oxford last week released a list of sample interview questions. We look at the range of these questions and ask what do top U.K. Universities expect from their applicants.Oxford University interviews thousands of candidates each ...


Bright Young Things Maidenhead is open from 13th November 2017

We’re thrilled to announce the grand opening of our latest tuition centre in the heart of MaidenheadBYT Director Edward Webster and President of the Maidenhead and District Chamber of Commerce Olu Odeniyi as the sign went up for Bright Young Thing...


BYT Tuition Centres | From Page to Reality

Take a quick look at how a Bright Young Things Centre goes from an early sketch to realityHere you can see how we are looking at implementing our key design features in High Wycombe to our new tuition centre in Maidenhead. The floor with desk...


Maidenhead Maths and English Tuition Centre | Press Release

Bright Young Things Tuition is launching its newest centre in Maidenhead this autumn with doors set to open early October.11 plus classes at BYT High Wycombe — arriving in Maidenhead first week of October 2017Following its successes as a one of Lo...


Summer at BYT Harrow — A Tutor’s Perspective

11 Plus tutor Akeel Hansraj reveals a typical day at BYT HarrowWorking hard at BYT Tuition Centres!My time at Bright Young Things Harrow so far has been captivating and completely motivating.From the second I walk through the doors I am greeted wi...


Getting the most out of the holidays with BYT Summer Schools!

Our brand new summer schools taking place at Harrow, High Wycombe and St Albans offer a superb and affordable way of keeping young brains active over the holidays!Summer School at BYT High WycombeSince 24th July our Summer school has been in full ...


Top Comprehensive, Grammar and Independent Schools in Maidenhead

As we prepare to launch our BYT Maidenhead Tuition Centre, we take a look at the state of Education in Maidenhead, Slough and Berskhire areas.The Royal Borough of Windsor and MaidenheadThe Grammar School Question in the Royal Borough of Windsor an...


How do you study for the 11 Plus Exam?

BYT’s founders look at some of the best study practices for the ISEB, CEM and GL 11+Studying Maths, English, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning at BYT High WycombeSometimes it’s not what you study but how you study for the 11 Plus. As a child of elev...


Summer Creative Writing & Drama Workshops

BYT High Wycombe tutor Carys Wright took time out to talk to us about some of the workshops taking place as part of our BYT Summer SchoolOur recent creative writing and drama workshops in High Wycombe have been a great success, marrying entertainm...


How do you keep academic progress on track over long school holidays?

BYT Director Edward Webster explores the origins of the long U.K summer holiday in state and independent schools and examines the role of third parties in providing essential summer learningSummer School at BYT High WycombeIt is a well known fact ...


Accessing Private Education III

In the third and final outing of our new three part blog series looking at affordable access to independent schools, BYT Tutor and former head of Classics at Sussex House James Glasse looks at Hurst College and the Independent Schools Council.Hurs...


Accessing Private Education II

In the second of our new three part blog series looking at affordable access to independent schools, BYT Tutor and former head of Classics at Sussex House James Glasse looks at Windlesham House School in Sussex, Christ’s Hospital School and the wo...


Accessing Private Education I

In the first of our three part blog series looking at affordable access to independent schools, BYT Tutor and former head of Classics at Sussex House James Glasse asks what kind of financial assistance, scholarships and bursaries are available for...


“My experience working with Syrian refugees as a volunteer Maths tutor”

BYT Tutor Tanya Cubric spent last August teaching Syrian refugees as part of a fantastic social enterprise at Newman Catholic College in London. Below she gives an account of her time there.I was excited and nervous about my first day teaching mat...


Getting started with BYT 11+ Online Practice

We’re delighted to have launched our new dedicated 11+ Online Prep Platform — one of it’s creators, BYT Head of Education Donald Bennet gives us a run down of it’s features.Welcome to BYT 11+ Online Practice!1. How it worksFour topics, each with s...


Preparing Students for Oxford and Cambridge Admissions & Entrance | Bright Young Things

Senior BYT Tutor James Walker talks us through his experience as an Oxbridge entrance specialist.Oxford and Cambridge Entrance Prep with BYTSummer is here! Sunshine, study leave! For many people the long days mean strawberries and sunbathing, but ...


Our Top 10 Summer Revision Tips…

It’s that time of year again, the sun is shining and students are cursing the fact that they must shut themselves inside to study for their end of year exams.GCSE and A Level Revision can be a burden over the summer…So here are a few tips to keep ...


11+ Preparation for Success | September 2017 | BYT High Wycombe

With the exam approaching, Max Tovey tells us how he and everyone at BYT High Wycombe are helping parents and children prepare.11+ Progress Reports at BYT High WycombeAs the 11+ is fast approaching, it can often be an anxious time for parents and ...


GCSE Retakes | BYT Harrow Exam Centre

How to plan a strategy when it comes to retaking examsMaths GCSE Revision NotesAs many pupils know, getting a C in English and a C in Maths GCSE is necessary to enter further education and entry level jobs.As many pupils know, getting a C in Engli...


BYT Maidenhead Tuition Centre | COMING SOON

We’re delighted to be announcing the arrival of our brand new tuition centre in the Thames Valley area.Bright Young Things Tuition | Maidenhead | COMING SOONWe are excited to be bringing another Bright Young Things tuition centre to the Thames Val...


Teacher Training and Recruitment in the U.K

On journeys into the teaching profession in Great Britain and career paths in educationHere at Bright Young Things we get ask a lot about teacher and tutor recruitment. For applicants for the tuition centres and for the shows, like the Hertfordshi...


Teaching Maths and English at BYT Harrow — A tutor’s experience.

BYT Harrow pencils at the ready — Maths and EnglishAt 3:30pm when the first students start to arrive at BYT Harrow, I can’t help but smile. Each learner brings their unique personality to the centre and creates such a diverse and stimulating envir...


BYT Summer School — Join Us in Keeping Young Brains Active!

This week we’re thrilled to announce our summer school at BYT and hear about academic life at BYT Harrow from our senior tutor Gemma Grass-Orkin…Take a look at Harrow’s summer school pin up below!All of our centres are running summer schools with ...


Seize the Summer with Bright Young Things

Find out about the fantastic courses and workshops we’ve got on across our centres in the U.K this summerAbigail at the BYT market stand at St Albans!Our tuition centres at Harrow, High Wycombe and St Albans are gearing up for the summer holidays....


How BYT St Albans makes the 11+ process that little bit easier…

St Albans is well known for its incredible schools, yet tough entrance examinations, and here at Bright Young Things, we know all about that. Our specialised Year 4 and Year 5 11+ programmes allow students to first build the foundation knowledge t...


11+ mocks and helping to take the pressure out of the exam…

At BYT High Wycombe we’ve decided to run a series of 11+ mock exams over the May half term.We are hoping that, by offering students a chance to have a go at several 11+ CEM style papers in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere, we can give them th...


Maths and English Tuition in High Wycombe

Thoughts from the frontline. Is private tuition for everyone? And how can we diversify the after school help on offer?BYT High Wycombe’s Geordie Morrison considers the differences between small group and private tuition.At Bright Young Things, we ...


BYT Harrow — GCSE and A Level Exam Centre

JCQ Candidate Regulation Signage at BYT HarrowBright Young Things are thrilled to announce their first exam being taken in the Harrow exam centre.This marks the beginning of BYT Tuition Centres acquiring examination centre status. As we move into ...


Exam Techniques, Tips and Tricks

Revising for exams can be pose a multi-faceted challenge.A common way to learn facts, concepts and vocabulary is to read revision guides and make notes.Research on how the brain works, however, shows that this is a slow and ineffective way of lear...


Grammar Schools: Can they truly support ordinary working families?

This week Education Secretary Justine Greening urged the need for Grammar Schools, including the new raft of grammars included in Theresa May’s latest initiative, to do more to help “ordinary working families.”In a speech today Greening will say t...


The 11+ - Useful Advice for Parents and Children

Here at BYT we get a lot of thoroughfare when it comes to the 11 plus. From panicked parents to record breaking whizz kids, we daresay we may have seen it all. Of course it’s not an exam everyone sits and debate on the pros and cons of selective s...


More than Maths and English…

If you’re reading this blog post it’s likely that you have already had a browse of our site, read up on our centres, our approach, perhaps even the nitty gritty of timetables and costs. You may be familiar by now with the BYT method; the centres’ ...


In Conversation with Roy Page, former headmaster of the Royal Grammar School High Wycombe

Woody, Roy and Luke outside BYT High WycombeIn light of a particularly sunny morning in High Wycombe, certifying the break of spring and promise of longer and daresay warmer days ahead, we were rather fortunate to have an quite an esteemed guest p...


Drama Workshops at BYT High Wycombe and the Real Merits of Learning Through Performance

BYT High Wycombe tutor Carys Wright talks to us about running drama workshops for childrenCarys Wright — Actress and Teacher at BYT High WycombeOur recent creative writing and drama workshops in High Wycombe have been a great success, marrying ent...


The Real Mechanics of After School Tuition — Part 1: Progress Charts

BYT High Wycombe abuzz with activityIn after school hours, our centres are a hum of activity as students come and go for their Maths & English tuition. In the hours before students arrive, however, the tutors are diligently marking work and co...


Working at BYT: Ellie’s story

I started working at BYT St Albans as a Maths and English tutor. I have since taken on Secondary Success, GCSE and Creative writing classes, as well as teaching students privately on a one-to-one or small group basis.Much of my time at the centre ...


The real differences between American and U.K. Schooling…

BYT Maths and Progress ChartsAs an American living in England I am often asked about the key differences between American and English culture.Stepping off the plane and onto a double-decker bus (a bus with two floors..), I’ve seen many differences...


Five ways BYT after school tuition can really complement School Learning…

Learning at BYTThe age old crux that we get from parents, and indeed, rightly so, is “yes fine but why should I pay for extra tuition? Should my child’s school not be covering all of their educational needs?”In regard to after school tuition there...


A Spotlight on Three Top Grammar Schools in High Wycombe

Bright Young Things Maths & English Tuition Centre High WycombeHere in High Wycombe spring appears to have truly sprung. We’ve been proud to be forging relationships with local institutions and this week we’d like to turn a spotlight on to thr...


Maths & English Tuition Centres in High Wycombe: Comparing Explore Learning, Kumon and Bright Young…

As we’ve been growing over the last several years we’re often asked “what’s the difference between you and your competitors?” Parents needn’t walk far in High Wycombe, Harrow, or St Albans to see an inundation of offers for after school tuition; F...


The Insider’s School’s Guide

Want the real story about the U.K.’s top Independent Schools?At Bright Young Things we took stock of our long held collective information on the best fee paying schools in the U.K.’s Education system; we knew we had the best insight from tutors, E...


Getting Creative with BYT!

Bright Young Things started off our partnership with St Albans Library in the Summer of 2016, starting with a series of five Creative Writing Workshops. We covered a range of different topics, and upon their success we decided we had to do them ag...


BYT Tuition — coming soon to a High Street near you.

We’ve been so pleased with the successes of our latest tuition centre in High Wycombe that we thought now a fitting time to talk about our plans to expand across the South of the U.K.With a further three centres opening this year and ten more to c...


The BYT Method and Why it Works

In one sense we’re real sticklers for the rules at BYT. With so much jargon and weighty terminology churned around each academic year on numeracy and literacy; pass rates, SATs, CAT scores, to name a few, it can be easy to get lost when it comes t...


Why choose Bright Young Things for after school tuition in the U.K?

There has been a certifiable boom in the rise of after school tuition in recent years and a discerning parent need not look far to find a saturation of centres promising exam success, classroom confidence and more.Yet, when push comes to shove, ho...


BYT Learning Materials: Maths and English Practice Papers

We’ve spent a lot of time developing and refining our learning materials. The mission statement behind developing our own range of numeracy and literacy work was that they should be both in line with the national curriculum and act as a means by w...


On Brain Training from BYT Harrow

Do you find it hard to keep your children entertained during school holidays? Why not try some brain training activities to keep them busy this week?Brain training activities are a fun and creative way to keep the mind stimulated.As we all know, t...


How Important is Talent?

Talent doesn’t matter. Okay, that isn’t strictly true, but it’s a lot closer to the truth than you may think.I’m certain you’ve been told before that you performed well at a task or solved a problem because you’re ‘So clever!’, or ‘A natural!’, or...


BYT at the University of Hertfordshire Higher Education Conference

On Wednesday 15th February Assistant Director Abi from Bright Young Things St Albans was invited to take part in a careers event for final year Education Studies students at the University of Hertfordshire. The organisers were interested in hearin...


A Private Tutor’s Perspective

It’s often an interesting point to look at one’s own value as a private tutor so as to understand how to be of most use. Private tuition in the U.K. can sometimes get a bit of a poor reputation. A quick glance through the pages of the Telegraph, S...


Bright Young Things St Albans: Who’s Who

Read about our tutors and staff at Bright Young Things St Albans belowTutorsHarrietI grew up in Wheathampstead and attended Sir John Lawes School in Harpenden, completing A Levels in Mathematics, English Literature, History and French. In 2015 I g...


Will MOOCs ever replace universities?

In the last couple of years, massive open online courses (MOOCs) burst onto the education landscape, pushing the boundaries significantly. These platforms let students watch free video lectures of some of the world’s top professors, take progress ...


When should I start preparing my child for the 11+?

With the May half term approaching and the on set of longer, lazier days, there begins to be a sense of winding down for the academic year. For some parents with children in Year 5, this can be an uneasy truce. The 11+ exams in January of Year 6 c...


What Makes a Great Tutoring CV

What makes a great Tutoring CV?By delivering a clear, concise and focussed tutoring CV you chances of getting a call in for interview are exponentially higher than from someone who has not thought out how to create a suitable tutoring CV.Here are ...


The Source of All Knowledge 1

I recently assisted a new client in preparation for his mock exams in GCSE history for the CIE board. This is the first time I have encountered the board and was really impressed by the scope and depth of its syllabus. One of the papers is entirel...


The Importance of Grammar — in conversation with the author and teacher N. M. Gwynne

In generating our materials for our tuition centres, we took a great deal of time to devote some thought into the necessary function of grammar in education and, indeed, how that may have changed in recent years. Thumbing through a copy of the muc...


The Final Countdown 2

In my last blog post I wrote about six easy ways to break up your revision for history. This time round I’m looking at what’s required for Theatre Studies A level. This can be quite a tricky technical examination and it’s all too easy for students...


The EU and Education

At the moment it may seem entirely impossible to avoid the words EU and Brexit for any longer than a water break. However, with one of the biggest votes in the country’s history looming, Bright Young Things have shortlisted some of the ways the vo...


The Day in the Life of a Private Tutor

Private Tuition in London and the U.K.So what it is like tutoring on a day to day basis? As a tutor of Mandarin Chinese, English and Latin, I can honestly say that sometimes one feels more like a locum doctor than a tutor. From tutoring in a child...


The Challenges of the 11+

The 11 Plus is an exam sat by students in independent prep schools across the U.K to determine entrance to a secondary school.There is it seems a fine balance to be struck in helping your child revise for the 11+. At Bright Young Things we’ve foun...


Ten things you need to know about the Bucks CEM 11+

As we wrote in our previous blog about it’s challenges, navigating the finer details of the 11+ exam and indeed how you can best prepare your child for it can be a tricky business. ISEB, GL, CEM are all need-to-know terms and that fact that a numb...


Ten Last Minute Exam Revision Tips

That all important exam is only a few days away. Be it Common Entrance, GCSE & A Level to ELAT and GMAT; the bulk of your revision is done and time is galloping apace. So what can be done to fill what can feel like the calm before the storm. H...


Success in Secondary!

The importance of secondary school education to children is a never ending list. Students start to learn new skills which are not only academic but are vital for life. They become more independent and begin their transition from compulsory educati...


South West Consortium Schools: Other test criteria

Access to school places in the Bushey Meads or Queens’ schools can be achieved using their unique entry criteria if your child has the particular aptitudes needed. Queens’ School is a specialist sports college and therefore allocates some places t...


South West Consortium Schools: Entry tests

Attaining a place in a South West Consortium school can be a challenge. These schools places are hotly contested with many of the schools having more than five applicants for each place in year 7. Each school sets its own criteria for entry, which...


Secondary school places: Grammar school assessment process

In Kent and Medway the grammar schools use an additional selection process to the normal criteria to allocate some or all of the places available. This involves prospective pupils taking a test in year 6 to assess their suitability for a grammar s...


Private Tuition in the Charity Sector

At BYT HQ, we are always keen to identify the expanding ways in which the nature of private tuition is changing and adapting.As a co-founder of CornerStone Tuiton, Tom West has had a fairly busy year. Corner Stone are a Tunbridge Wells, Kent based...


Preparing for GCSE exams: It’s never too early to start revising

The GCSE exams start at the beginning of May and as there are so many subjects being examined they go on well into June. With such a long period of exams, it is important to plan ahead how and when your GCSE revision takes place. Remember, revisio...


Preparing for GCSE exams: How to revise

Revision is a complicated and daunting process for many students. There are so many ways to revise that it can be difficult to find the right or best way. For example, maths teachers often say that the best way to revise is to answer questions but...


Oxbridge: What if you don’t get offered a place?

Applying for a place at an Oxbridge university is competitive. Applicants with excellent academic records and obvious potential stand a good chance of being offered a place, but it is by no means certain. In 2013, there were over 17 000 applicants...


Oxbridge: What does the offer mean?

As the leading two UK universities, Cambridge and Oxford, or Oxbridge as they are collectively known, are the desired next step for many young people. Even though applications are made through UCAS along with other university applications, the for...


Oxbridge Entry Basics — 2. The GMAT

What is the GMAT?The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is a three and a half hour standardised exam designed to predict how test takers will perform academically in MBA (Masters in Business Administration) programmes. It is developed by th...


Oxbridge Entry Basics — 1. The ELAT

What is the ELAT?The English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT) is a pre-interview admissions test for applicants to English undergraduate courses at the University of Oxford and English at the University of Cambridge.ELAT is a paper-based test las...


Our Five Top Tips for Keeping Learning Going through the Summer Holidays

Our Five Top Tips for Keeping Learning Going through the Summer HolidaysAs school work begins to wind down and the days lengthen, at BYT we can’t help but notice that tangible excitement among students of all ages for the long awaited summer holid...


Our Favourite Books

It’s World Book Day, and to celebrate we’ve asked our Bright Young Things Centre Directors, in Kent and elsewhere, to name their favourite children’s books or authors, and to tell us why they like them so much.Anita Clemens, Rochester Tuition Cent...


Memories of a Grammar School Student

On my very first day, we were taken to the Main Hall where we sat neatly in rows while waiting to be sorted into forms. This also involved us being put into different houses, a little like Hogwarts but unfortunately nothing so extravagant as a sor...


Medway Appeals Workshop 17th Jan. 2016

Bright Young Things are delighted to be holding the Medway Grammar School Appeals workshop on the 17th January 2016. It is set to be a highly informative afternoon for parents who need to know more about the appeals process, detailing what to expe...


Last minute revision tips!

With exams just around the corner, the time for preparation and revision is nearly at an end. You probably feel like you’ve been revising forever but there is still time to make a big difference if you use your time wisely.Get organised!Use a smal...


Kent and Medway schools: What is covered in the 11 plus test?

To be eligible for application to a grammar school in Kent or Medway authorities, all pupils need to pass the relevant test. These tests are taken during September in the year before entry, so during year 6. Registration for the tests takes place ...


Jargon Jenga: Our approach to truly preparing for the 11+

At Bright Young Things we strip away the unhelpful jargon that is all too often associated with the 11 plus. The myriad of terms — CEM, Late Transfer, Non-Verbal Reasoning etc.- draw parents into thinking the exam is something special, almost myst...


International Baccalaureate versus A Levels: which is right for you?

With continued controversy over A-level examinations, and ongoing reforms rolling out, such as a move to linear rather than modular courses, many are questioning whether the International Baccalaureate might be a better system. But what exactly is...


Home schooling — what is the related Government legislation?

Here in the UK, you have the option to teach your child at home on a full or part-time basis. There are some reasons why you may want to do this such as lifestyle or family reasons or negative school experiences like bullying. There is absolutely ...


High Wycombe Tuition Centre | An Ethos Behind Design

Bright Young Things High Wycombe | An Ethos Behind DesignAs we rolled out a series of tuition centres across the South of the U.K we knew that our newest outing in High Wycombe had to exemplify the standard of learning that Bright Young Things has...


Hertfordshire School Admissions: Application form strategy

Completing the Schools Application Form involves more than just writing down the name of the school you want your child to attend. It’s a tactical process and knowing how to complete the form to maximise your chances of getting offered a place wil...


English focus: Similes

When writing a story, authors use similes to help us visualise a character, situation or setting. The author could just write a lengthy or detailed description to explain what they are thinking, but it leaves a lot to chance. Words can mean differ...


English focus: Setting the scene

When creating any piece of writing you need to start somewhere. Whether it is the first paragraph of a film review, or the opening chapter of a novel, the introduction is your opportunity to emotionally engage with the reader so that they continue...


English Focus: Metaphors

When you read any piece of writing, the first thing you will probably try to do is get to grips with the meaning by analysing the sentences and words in a very literal sense. In some cases, this will be all that is required as there is no deeper m...


English Focus: Alliteration

How fast can you say “Peter picked a pick of pickled peppers”? What about “Can you can a can as a canner can can a can”? These sentences are known as tongue twisters and are examples of alliteration. Each sentence is made up of a string of words w...


Easter Revision dates for Rochester

Rochester Tuition Centre Easter Revision Dates,16 Union Street, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1XZ01634 814420 — Rochester@brightyoungthings.co.ukA PDF version of this can be found here Easter datesYear 5 Easter RevisionThis is the Revision Course in the 11...


Download Our New 11+ Practice Papers

Bright Young Things | Creating our Learning MaterialsAs our brand new Bright Young Things High Wycombe Tuition Centre veers towards the end of it’s successful first month up and running, we thought it a fitting moment to share a sample of our in-h...


Creative Writing for the 11+: seven strategies for success!

For many children, the creative writing element of the 11+ is by far the hardest. Whilst some students have a natural love of storytelling, for the majority, the combination of the unlimited possibilities, alongside the restricted timeframe, creat...


BYT Tutor Success Stories — Lowri Amies

At Bright Young Things we’re constantly interested in the manifold experiences our tutors have in helping students overcome a variety of challenges. Today we spoke to Lowri Amies. A Cambridge Educated tutor specialising in Modern Languages (French...


BYT Tutor Success Stories — Leo Gough

At Bright Young Things we’ve recently spent time talking to our tutors to get a real sense of the challenges they help students to face and overcome on a regular basis.Today Leo Gough, a longstanding tutor of ours, gave us an insight into how he w...


BYT Tutor Success Stories — Hannah Titley

As the October Half term draws in closer and plans are fast made for the provision of exam preparation, we thought a good time to take stock and speak to another of our tutors, Hannah Titley, about her recent success in the field. Hannah, an Oxfor...


BYT Maths and English Materials

Here at BYT HQ, we’ve been developing a comprehensive Maths and English worksheet series as a programme of work for ages 5–14 to undergo in our tuition centres across the South of England.With the project reaching gearing forth into it’s latter st...


BYT Maths and English Booklets

Coming soon to our centres…Bright Young Things Maths and English Booklets for Year 3 to Year 9At Bright Young Things HQ we have been working hard over the last six months to bring all of our experience and know how together in order to understand ...


Budget 2016: every English school set to become an academy by 2020

We expected education to feature prominently in the March 2016 Budget, but have we ever witnessed such a strong focus on the education sector before?In a move which George Osborne says will “make Britain fit for the future”, the Conservative Gover...


Bright Young Things welcomes an exciting new partnership with the Examination Officer’s Association

At BYT we’re excited about our tuition centres very soon becoming exam centres for GCSE and A-Level and so in conjunction with this we’ve embarked on a brand new partnership with the Exam Officer’s Association. I’ve included our press release belo...


Bright Young Things St Albans | Creative Writing Competition Winner

December Creative Writing — Detective Stories WinnerWe’ve been buzzing with so many superb entries to our Detective Stories Creative Writing Competition at St Albans. After a very close call our winner was Katharine, with an absolutely superb stor...


Bright Young Things High Wycombe Tuition Centre Opening

Bright Young Things High WycombeHere at Bright Young Things HQ all is a whirr of activity. In the midst of October half term the central office in Victoria is buzzing with tutors booking up fast and in our centres in Harrow and St Albans our in-ho...


Bright Young Things High Wycombe: Opening Diary

BYT High Wycombe: Opening Diary29.10.16Today we welcomed two of our key partners to Bright Young Things High Wycombe, both of whom have been instrumental in making the centre happen. Gary Newey and his excellent team were tasked with fitting out t...


Bright Young Things High Wycombe First Weeks

Bright Young Things High Wycombe First WeeksOur brand new Maths and English Tuition Centre in High Wycombe has been open for over two weeks, and what an encouraging few weeks it has been! Signed up, regular students are well into double digits. Ma...


Bright Young Things Harrow: A Winning Approach to After School Tuition

Bright Young Things Harrow Core Maths and English Tuition for 5–14 Year OldsHere at the BYT Harrow tuition centre we pride ourselves in maintaining a positive work ethic between all of our staff and students alike. This positive ethos allows us as...


Bright Young Things and The Access Project

Bright Young Things and The Access ProjectBright Young Things is delighted to announce that we are now supporting The Access Project, a charity that provides one-to-one tuition to students in disadvantaged areas. The Access Project aims to help st...


A Tutor’s Perspective: In Conversation with BYT Tutor Zoe Apostolides

At BYT HQ we’re often having conversations about the best approach to teaching and the key factors regarding effective learning in a one to one environment. So it felt a good idea to take a walk out in the summer heat to have a quick coffee with o...


A Tutor’s Perspective: In Conversation with BYT Tutor James Glasse

Earlier this week at BYT HQ, we were fortunate enough to sit down with one of our senior tutors James Glasse so as to ruminate a little on his highly sought after views on today’s education.Formerly Senior Master at one of London’s leading indepen...


A Tutor’s Perspective: In Conversation with BYT Tutor Emma Park

At BYT HQ we’ve been having a truly fascinating time sitting down with some of our excellent tutors over the past few weeks to hear all about their experiences within the educational field, academic backgrounds and perspectives when it comes to ed...


A Different Approach to Teaching..

Too often than not there can be a mode of teaching prevalent in the building up to exams that is characterized by a ‘this is what you don’t know and must learn’ authoritarian approach.A little bit of stricture is no doubt often useful when it come...


A conversation with confidence coach and mentor Bella Mezger

At BYT HQ we’ve had a lot of conversations recently about the role of a coach and mentor in academia in comparison to that of a tutor. With competition for school and university places getting ever hotter and the on-going debate as to consistently...


11 plus mocks in Harrow

Bright Young Things Harrow have teamed up with 11 plus mocks to bring the very best independent 11 plus mocks in the country.This is on top of our internal mock exams.11 Plus Mock Exam 9th July 2016Each pupil can choose from 6 papers: Maths, Engli...


11 Plus Kent Test Conference

The Kent Test and admissions to grammar schools in the county are to be discussed at a conference at County Hall, Maidstone, on 21st October, between 5 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.Tickets can be purchased here: www.nationaltutoringconference.org.ukFull addr...


11 plus in Hertfordshire

The 11+ process in HertfordshireThe 11+ is a hot topic in Hertfordshire both at the school gates, on various online parent forums and in the local media. Debates are centred around educational political topics such as to what extent the 11+ system...


10 outstanding alternatives to Oxbridge

On September 1st, Oxford and Cambridge universities, widely recognised as the elite of the British education system, open their doors for 2016 applications. However, to say that competition is tough would be an understatement, with only around 19%...


Four commonly held misconceptions about the 11 Plus Exam (U.K.)

The 11 Plus is an examination administered to some students in the U.K. in their last year of Primary Education and is taken in order to gain entrance to a grammar school of their choosing. The ’11 Plus’ aspect to it actually refers to the age of ...


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