Articles by Richard Tubb

Home Schooling Adventures in Spain: Part 1

One of the wonderful benefits of home education is the flexibility it provides, which can include the ability to travel with our children, learning as we go. With this in mind, my family and I decided to spend a few months on the Costa Tropical in southern Spain, working on improving our Spanish. Whilst there, […]


Writing Tips: On Academic Writing

Well, let’s face it: you can’t avoid academic writing if you’re planning to attend university studies. Some of you may even move on to make it a career one way or another. However, before that, you need to have some basic understanding of how to write in an academic manner. At university, you will need […]


English Toolkit 1

‘In order to successfully complete the required writing assignments for both GCSE and A’ Level English, you will need to understand how to use a variety of descriptive styles. This lists below give examples of the most important elements in the writer’s toolkit. 1) Simile A simile is a word or phrase that likens one […]


The History of The Periodic Table

‘The Periodic Table was first introduced by the Russian scientist Dmitri Mendeleev. Originally from Siberia, Mendeleev studied science at St Petersburg University, where he graduated as a chemist in 1856. By 1863 he was a Professor of Chemistry. Mendeleev first revealed his arrangement of 63 elements into his Periodic Table in his book, Principles of […]


The British Raj and A Passage to India by E.M. Forster

As a tutor for Oxford Open Learning, I am aware that learning is cross-curricular. I know, therefore, that, at times, history can be illuminated by literature. In the 1920”s, a young woman called Adela Quested yearns to discover ‘the real India’ and we follow her search. We do not learn about true Indian culture any […]


‘Key Stage 3 History: Medieval Life 9: What did Medieval People Believe about Heaven and Hell?’

‘In blog 9 in our Key Stage 3 History series we look at medieval beliefs. What did Medieval People Believe about Heaven and Hell? I have some sad news today. Old Mrs Miller from next door is really ill. It’s not likely she’ll live much longer. Still, she’s in her sixties, which is old in […]


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