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Review: Tutorfair

Tutorfair is on online marketplace to find a tutor for your child. But for every student who pays, a child who can’t gets tutoring for free. They partner with inner city schools that have a high proportion of students on free school meals. The class teachers choose the students and Tutorfair tutors go into the school and tutor those students for free. A very socially responsible way to book tutors.

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Tutorfair’s mission is:

To make the growth of tutoring good for everyone.
To make the quality of tutoring easier to measure and recommendations easier to find.
To help more inspirational people get into education.
To inspire more children to learn

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Tutorfair uses the power of the Internet to provide a reliable source of data-based recommendations on tutors, enabling people to have more choice and make better decisions about tutoring than ever before. Because Tutorfair is a marketplace and automates the booking process, which is still manual in traditional agencies, they can afford to take smaller commissions. No other tutoring company opens-up and professionalises tutoring in the same way which means tutoring doesn’t have to be the preserve of the privileged few.

Lily is 8 and although she scored 3a in her end of Year 3 assessments, she still finds maths tricky. I did (do?!) too; of all my GCSEs I worked the hardest for my maths paper and still only managed to get a C (the lowest of all my GCSE grades).

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Lily finds mental maths tricky as well as the 7, 8 and 9 timetables. I booked Serena (if she’s available ask for her, she has the patience of a saint!) for an hour of extra maths support.

She gave Lily some great tips of how to remember your times tables, how to use your brain and not your fingers, a little into to long division and the hour she was there flew by, I even learned a few tricks!

Lily said she found Serena really ‘patient, friendly and calm’ and still uses the tips she was given now (3 weeks later). Tutorfair work with children as young as Lily right up to adults in further education so whether your child is preparing the 11+, GCSEs, A-levels or needs help with further education, Tutorfair will have someone to support and accelerate their learning.

Which leads me nicely to competition time! Would you like to win five hours of free tutoring for your little one? To enter simply click here.

For more info on Tutorfair, visit their website www.tutorfair.com.

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Augmented Reality With Gamar x British Museum

What better way to cap the end of the 6 weeks holiday and ease the children back into learning than a trip to the British Museum in Central London. One of the capitals leading attractions, the museum first opened its doors way back in 1753 as a museum of the world, for the world. But now it seems they have, quite literally, added a whole new dimension to their Ancient Greece exhibit with the addition of the Gamar app.

Those clever clogs at Gamar have meticulously captured the Parthenon exhibit room and all its relics to literally bring them to life through augmented reality software. Augmented-what-now? I hear you cry. Well it’s a very clever bit of software that uses tablet or smart phone cameras along with a free app to turn a museum tour into a fully interactive gaming experience. It’s kind of like your favourite teacher.

We got to grips with one of the games available called ‘A Gift For Athena’ – Which tells the story of the Ancient mythical goddess Athena as captured on the relics from the original Parthenon structure. It’s a clue based game which has participants wandering around the exhibit room, not with their head in a tablet but fully immersed in the exhibition trying to match relics, which when found come to life giving further puzzles, even battles, to master before moving on.

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The whole experience was excellent and most of all it becomes a story that is never forgotten, learning through play a lot more fun then thumbing through a dusty text book in our opinion.

The app is available now as a free download with both Google Play and App Store platforms. Each game is then priced at £2.49. Schools, larger groups and family visitors can take full advantage of the Samsung tablets available within the onsite Samsung Digital Discovery Centre.

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Review: 50 Things To Paint & Draw

I will always remember my art teacher in year 7 (age 11) telling me I had the desire to be an artist but not the natural talent. That put an end to my dreams of being an artist. I thought it was harsh at the time but it turns out he’s right. I can’t draw to save my life. My other half however is brilliant so lets hope the kids take after him in that respect.

In the meantime we have this great art book from Usborne Publishing. Entitled 50 Things To Paint & Draw, it’s full of creative ideas for painting and drawing.

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You can learn the basics of how to draw a cartoon face to slightly more complicated things like watercolours and oil paintings. Simply hand the child the book, provide a surface and some paints and that’s them quiet for a little while.

If, like me, you are artistically challenged, the 50 Things To Draw & Paint book is a great way to reacquaint yourself with the basics. I’m a huge fan; in fact I’ve not even let the kids touch it yet!

50 Things To Draw & Paint – £5.99
www.usborne.com

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CupCake Nursing Pads

To my friends reading this, this is not my way of telling you I am pregnant!

CupCake nursing pads are washable breast pads made from natural organic cotton and hemp. They are thin and discreet and not obvious under even tight clothing.

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They are patent pending, reusable, nursing pads that allow for liners to be added to increase their absorbency depending on how much milk you are leaking. You can add up to 2 liners if necessary.

My reviewer said they were very comfortable, didn’t itch like disposable ones can and left her clothes nice and dry.

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Until 19 September, Cake Lingerie will be giving each customer that buys a bra from their store or online a free pack of CupCake breast pads while stocks last.

CupCake 2x pairs of light nursing pads – RRP £9.90
www.cakelingerie.com

*PR sample tested by my friend Andrea!*

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DGJ Organics Wild N Crazy Range

As the new school year swiftly approaches, it’s time to start putting the finishing touches to the school uniform and PE kit.

As my daughter starts year 4, swimming is now on the agenda which means an extra PE kit twice a week. I will be packing DGJ Organics ‘Wild n Crazy’ range, a collection of hair products originally developed by celebrity hairdresser and colourist Daniel Galvin Junior ten years ago when there were very few organic hair care products available.

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The DGJ collection contains no harsh chemicals with little or no foaming agents so don’t lather in the way that non-organic formulas with high levels of foaming agents do.

The Wild n Crazy range is a collection perfect for children at home and at school. The Swim All Over Wash has a reducing agent which is effective at neutralising the harmful affects of chlorine in swimming pool water (and chloride in sea water) so one for the PE kit if they have swimming lessons or for the suitcase when you’re next on holiday.

A new school term means a slow trickle of head lice letters being sent home so remember that prevention is better than cure and try the Kids Lice Repel Shampoo. It contains natural head lice repellents like Tea Tree and Lemon Eucalyptus to help the annoying critters at bay.

With prices starting at only £3.99 you can get salon quality products at a very reasonable price.

You can buy the collection online at www.dgjorganics.com.

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