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NCEA Revision Tips: How to Tackle History Exam Questions

History fills us in on things that have come to be, while at the same time informing the decisions we make about our future. If you are considering taking history as an option or deciding whether or not to continue, the answer is to take it. Not only is it important to understand how and […]

24 September 20216 minutes to read

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NCEA History Scholarship Guide

There is a saying that history is written by the victor. In the past, wars were fought over land, resources, and the occasional woman (Troy anyone?) and those conquered seemed to disappear. But is that what really happened? Can we trust the sources we read? Do they give us an accurate account of what passed […]

24 September 20216 minutes to read

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NCEA History Past Exam Papers

As H.G Wells is attributed with saying, History is a race between education and catastrophe. This could be interpreted as a rather dystopian take on human nature or the belief that by trying to understand what has happened before us, we can take greater care in the way in which we build our future. Because […]

24 September 20216 minutes to read

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NCEA History Study Guide

With exams coming up, now is a good idea to start thinking about revision. There is no one way to study, every person has their own style. The tricky part is knowing what best works for you. While you may not have started studying yet, having a plan and a timeframe worked out about what […]

24 September 20216 minutes to read

Chess Musical Plot Summary

The 80s was a great decade for music and, by extension, musical theatre. Hit shows from that decade, like Cats, Miss Saigon and La Cage aux Folles easily spring to mind; others reflect the shifting cultural sensibilities of the times: Dreamgirls and Sarafina! enjoy frequent revivals and have even been made into films. Where does […]

8 September 20217 minutes to read

Beth Harmon became the queen of chess

The Queen’s Gambit Plot Summary

It wouldn't be hyperbole to say that this miniseries is a sensation. Within two weeks of its release, it was the #1 show on Netflix and, by the end of November 2020, it was that streaming service's best-known production - even surpassing Tiger King in viewership numbers. Tiger King was, until Queen premiered, at the […]

8 September 20217 minutes to read

This rendition of The Chess Players is celebrated in France

Chess in Famous Paintings

Chess and painting have been around for a long time. Chess and painting are 'done' all over the world. People are passionate about beautiful tableaux; people are passionate about chess. Could there be two, more complementary disciplines? As painting and chess have quite a lot in common - they both require discipline, focus and good […]

8 September 20217 minutes to read

How Is Chess a Form of Mindfulness?

Whether you're a long-time chess enthusiast or, like so many novice players, grew excited about the game after watching The Queen's Gambit, you must know that chess is nowhere near as hyperactive as it was shown to be in that series. It is exciting though. Don't ever mistake chess for the height of dullness even […]

7 September 20217 minutes to read

What are the advantages of Excel?

The Advantages of Accounting with Excel

“Never call an accountant a credit to his profession; a good accountant is a debit to his profession.” - Charles Lyell Are you an accountant or a sole trader who has to do their accounts? Remember that accounting software can help you save a lot of time and increase your productivity as it can automate […]

8 August 20217 minutes to read

How do you homeschool children?

Homeschooling Tips

“There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.” - Gandhi Let’s start by saying that there’s no such thing as a typical day of homeschooling and that’s probably why you’re interested in it. These tips are here to help, but you don’t need to follow them […]

29 March 20217 minutes to read

Why should you use smartphone apps to learn?

Reasons to Use Apps for Revision

“The unexamined life is not worth living” - Socrates No matter what kind of smartphone you have, you should be able to enjoy a variety of useful apps. Both the App Store and the Google Play Store have plenty of apps that you can use online and offline almost anywhere. Our phones are almost part […]

29 March 20216 minutes to read

How do you homeschool childre?

How to Homeschool Kids

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela 2020 saw a lot of parents having to homeschool their children more than they’d probably planned to. With the pandemic, some parents might be just thinking of keeping their children at home and teaching them themselves. Legally, it’s […]

29 March 20216 minutes to read

Yoga in Tauranga

Tauranga has a lot going for it and as the biggest city in the Bay Of Plenty, it sure has paved the way for an immersive culture. Tauranga provides an enriching environment to get lost in. Think artistic with Tauranga’s Art gallery on Wharf street, currently displaying many new contemporary pieces. You will also discover […]

29 July 20216 minutes to read

Auckland’s best Yoga spots

Auckland is one of New Zealand’s most vibrant cities, as a cultural hub for the arts, music, and entertainment. Geographically stretched out, Auckland may as well be several cities combined in one. With all its lavish volcanic hills and twin harbours, there are many relaxing places to explore, intermixed between natural landscapes and urban hubs. […]

29 July 20216 minutes to read

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Yoga In Queenstown

Queenstown is certainly the hub for tourism and a bubbling pot for unique sights and experiences. Be it extreme experiences like skiing or snowboarding or perhaps lengthy hiking out in nature, Queenstown has a lot of hustling and bustling activities to throw yourself into. Although, unlike yoga, most of these activities for the average person […]

29 July 20217 minutes to read

Best Yoga Places In New Zealand

New Zealand is no short of picturesque places to go to. From Auckland’s amazing West Coast beaches through to south islands snowy mountains; every type of adventurer can have their ideal conditions across the country. There are also so many busy cities that you can get lost in, from Wellington’s waterfront metropolis, right through to […]

29 July 20217 minutes to read

Japanese school children still used the abacus to learn math

How to write numbers in Japanese

Numbers are one of the elementary components of language. We learn to count almost as soon as we can talk; for us, two follows one as surely as the sun rises in the east. Two plus two will always equal four and everything we measure - from the number of steps our pedometers count to […]

28 September 20217 minutes to read

Learning Japanese: where to start

Few people who set out to learn a new language give any thought to their endeavour being a lifelong undertaking. In fact, as a native speaker of English, you might not even believe that you too are perpetually learning new things about the language you use every day. Seen in that light, anyone learning a […]

28 September 20217 minutes to read

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Where to Find A Chinese Lesson Hamilton

When we talk about New Zealand, the first places that will pop up on most people’s minds are popular cities like Christchurch and Auckland. But, have you heard of Hamilton? Hamilton, or also known as Kirikiriroa in Maori, is the largest inland city in New Zealand, straddling the superb Waikato River. It is also known […]

21 September 20217 minutes to read

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Where To Find A Chinese Tutor in Manukau City

New Zealand is an island country famous for its land of beaches, dense forest, great plains, hobbit villages and mountains capped with snow. The blue sky and open fields makes New Zealand one of the most picturesque and beautiful places on Earth. Manukau City is one of the largest suburbs located in North Island, New […]

21 September 20217 minutes to read

Tips for NCEA Music Composition

 The sky is the limit with music composition. Once you have learned the ropes for compositional devices and the basic elements of music, you're well on your way to nailing your music work. The good thing about AS91419 is you can choose to write a song or score, whatever suits you and your skill level […]

23 September 20217 minutes to read

NCEA Music Past Papers

Music is going to have you tackling everything from listening and hearing chords and labelling them, right through to performing on stage with a band. It will have you researching a specific music topic and also get you to flex writing songs and scores. If you are wanting an overview of the full music year then […]

23 September 20217 minutes to read

NCEA Music Performance Tips

So you’ve decided to take NCEA music level 3? Well then, you'll be pleased to know you have three performances that are required from you. But don’t sit back and relax yet as some think it's easy to rest on their laurels with the practical side of the course work: but I assure you it’s […]

23 September 20217 minutes to read

NCEA Music Scholarship Guide

So, you’ve made it through Level 3 NCEA Music and now considering throwing yourself into Music scholarship? You’ve done everything from performing as a soloist, performing in an ensemble and chosen your contrasting pieces. You’ve even flexed your compositional muscles and composed various different pieces of music. And of course, you’ve become a whizz at […]

23 September 20217 minutes to read

What can Excel do?

The Best Functions for Accounting with Excel

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” - Peter Drucker Excel, the world’s most popular spreadsheet software, needs no introduction. As part of the Microsoft Office suite, you’ll find a lot of computers in offices already have a copy of it installed. It’s great for accounting, organising figures and reports, and […]

8 August 20216 minutes to read

How to Do Your Accounting with Excel

“I am not going to fiddle taxes. I pay my accountant a fortune to look after me.” - Harry Redknapp If you’re a small business owner or a sole trader, you’re probably wondering how you can do your accounting without needing to hire an accountant. Fortunately for you, it’s never been easier to do your […]

8 August 20216 minutes to read

How can you do your accounts with Excel?

Using Excel for Your Accounts

“Accounting does not make corporate earnings or balance sheets more volatile. Accounting just increases the transparency of volatility in earnings.” - Diane Garnick Having a clear idea of your accounts and finances is very important, especially if you’re running a business or working for yourself. There are plenty of accounting programs on the market like […]

8 August 20216 minutes to read

How can you use Excel templates?

The Best Excel Accounting Templates

“The global economy is built on two things: the internal combustion engine and Microsoft Excel. Never forget this.” - Kevin Hector Excel accounting templates are a useful way to manage your personal or business accounts. There’s an entire library of accounting templates allowing you to simply manage your finances. It’s incredibly useful for planning tasks, managing […]

8 August 20216 minutes to read

How should teachers dress?

What Should Teachers Wear

When you start teaching, you’ll probably have a lot of questions. One of them is how you should dress so that you appear professional but are also comfortable in front of a classroom full of students. How to dress can be an absolute nightmare for teachers. While the students have their uniforms, the teacher has […]

13 August 20216 minutes to read

How can you make your students pay attention?

How to Make Your Students Concentrate

Whether you work in a school or as a private tutor, to teach effectively, your students need to be engaged and paying attention. Sleeping students learn very little! It can be difficult to create and plan engaging lessons, especially when you’ve just started teaching. While you can learn a lot on a course like the […]

13 August 20217 minutes to read

How should you punish students?

Effectively Disciplining Students

Being a teacher in a school, college, or university isn’t easy, especially when you’re first getting started. Almost every staff member has the authority to punish students within the confines of the educational establishment’s disciplinary code. Teachers can dish out punishments for students who misbehave, interrupt classes, or break the school’s rules. A teacher should […]

13 August 20216 minutes to read

How do you teach effectively?

The Modern Teacher’s Guide

“Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.” - Bob Talbert Teaching, regardless of what you teach, is far from a piece of cake. Between the complicated process of becoming a teacher, preparing lessons, correcting exercises, and disciplining students, you can’t just become a teacher overnight. Whether you’re teaching in a […]

13 August 20217 minutes to read