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In this joint discussion hosted by ESM Prep and Keystone Tutors, ESM College Coach Josh Davis and Keystone's Head of Consultancy, Harriet Brook, meet to compare the US and UK university application processes. They identify key differences between the timelines and requirements, discussing the best way to balance both processes with limited stress and maximum effect.

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Keystone's Director of Education, Ed Richardson, will be joined by Olly Jackson,one of Keystone's most experienced tutors, to discuss the 11+ Pre-Tests.

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GCSE Results Day 2022 is finally upon us (Thursday 25th August)! We thought it might be helpful to share some top tips to help you to navigate the day.

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With A level Results day almost upon us (Thursday 18th August), here is a helpful guide to ensure you are appropriately prepared.

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In our modern world there are so many different ways to access information, from reading, to websites, to YouTube videos. A growing way to learn nowadays is through the use of podcasts and these are becoming increasingly popular within the realm of homeschooling. They are a fantastic resource due to the fact that they don’t involve staring at a screen, they can be used on the move, and they are accessible to everyone.

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For this event Keystone's Head of Consultancy, Harriet Brook, will be joined by James Darley, the Founder and CEO of Transform Society, to discuss graduate employment in the post Covid era.

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Below you will find the recordings of our five-part webinar for school leaders on Oxbridge applications.

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What is STEP Maths?  STEP stands for Sixth Term Examination Paper and is a collection of three exams (STEP 1, 2 and 3) which traditionally are used in conditional offers by Cambridge to determine if you get accepted for Maths or Maths-related degrees. Other universities, like Warwick and Imperial, use STEP in some of their Maths offers. You sit these papers in the Summer alongside your other exams like A-Levels, IB and Pre-U.

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Keystone's Director of Education, Ed Richardson, was joined by Tom Perrin, one of Keystone's most experienced tutors, to discuss their top tips on how to keep your child's enthusiasm for learning over the Summer Holidays.

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Cambridge’s History Admissions Assessment, or HAA, is still a relatively new exam. It launched only in 2016, when the abolition of AS-levels deprived the university of a favoured metric which its colleges had used, up to that point, to help determine admissions decisions in history in place of a written exam in the style of Oxford’s well-established HAT.

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Since St Paul’s Girls’ School (SPGS) first opened its doors in 1904, the school has provided an ambitious and progressive education. At all stages throughout its history, the school has combined the best elements of a classical education with a commitment to innovation and a forward-looking approach. Their academic attainment has been consistently astounding.

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Keystone's Head of Consultancy, Harriet Brook, was joined by Camilla Smiley, who works as an Education Consultant for Keystone, to discuss the ins and outs of Scholarships and Bursaries. They provided an overview of scholarships and bursaries, and their top tips for applicants.

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Founded in 1553, Tonbridge School is one of the oldest schools in the world. Academic standards are extremely high with boys achieving exceptional results. A full-boarding school, the extra-curricular programme can be demanding but despite this fast pace, Tonbridge is characterised as much by individual needs as by collective endeavour.

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Founded in 1432, Sevenoaks is one of the leading IB schools in the UK and is also the second oldest non-denominational school in the country. Set in a 100-acre campus on the outskirts of Sevenoaks in Kent, the school boasts 30 buildings, 14 sports pitches and 12 lawns. It has a diverse international intake from 45 different countries with 21 per cent of leavers going to overseas universities. Sevenoaks has three main entry points, at 11 plus, 13 plus and 16 plus.

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Rugby school is a historic, well-established, co-educational school that is steeped in tradition and is probably best known as the birthplace of the sports that shares its name. The school has been educating children since 1567 and went fully co-educational in 1992. Rugby has always been at the forefront of innovation in teaching methods. The popular Extended Project Qualification was developed here, and academic facilities are outstanding, in particular for Languages and Sciences.

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What is the Philosophy Test? The Philosophy Test is unique to Oxford and sat solely by applicants for the joint course of Philosophy and Theology; those applying for Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) or Philosophy, Psychology and Linguistics (PPL) instead sit the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA). A 60-minute written paper, it is designed to test prospective students’ skills of analysis, inference, and argumentation.

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Oundle is one of the largest co-ed boarding schools in the UK with just under 1,120 pupils set in a Northamptonshire market town from which it takes its name. Oundle is a true all-round boarding school, with strong academic results, some of the best DT facilities in the country and fantastic sports and music. The school has three main entry points; at 11 plus,13 plus and 16 plus.

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This guide is for anyone applying to sit Oriental Languages courses at the University of Oxford. In the sections below you can find out if you need to sit the test and how you go about doing that. There is also advice on how best to prepare for the OLAT and how important the test will be to your application to study at Oxford.

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Keystone's Director in Asia, Jenny McGowan, was joined by our Head of Consultancy, Harriet Brook, and Ed Richardson, our Director of Education to discuss different Prep school options for your child. They provided a fantastic insight into the junior/Prep school landscape for any parent considering Prep school options for their child.

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Keystone's Director in Asia, Jenny McGowan, was joined by our Head of Consultancy, Harriet Brook, and Ed Richardson, our Director of Education to discuss the different senior school options for your child. They provided their top tips on how to select and apply to a school .

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Keystone's Director of Education, Ed Richardson, is joined by Steph Kitson-Smith, one of Keystone's most experienced tutors, to discuss the 7+ and 8+.

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Keystone's Homeschooling and Courses Manager, Poppy Dundas, was joined by Professional Tutors Jon Gale and Lara Isaac. Lara is also a trained nutritionist and together they discussed how best to get your child prepared for the upcoming exams. Topics included keeping motivation strong, the best foods to eat, how to structure revision days, how to calm nerves and general revision tips and tricks.

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Keystone's Head of Consultancy, Harriet Brook, will be joined by David Hawkins, Founder of the University Guys, to discuss their tops tips on applying to universities outside of the UK and US.

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This guide is for anyone applying to a university programme where applicants must first complete the Test of Mathematics for University Admission (TMUA). In the sections below you can find out if you need to sit the test and how you go about doing that. There is also some advice on how best to prepare for the test and how important the test will be to your application to study mathematics at university.

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Harrow School was founded during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, and has a global reputation as an outstanding school. Distinguished writers, politicians from around the world, and Nobel laureates have all studied at Harrow. Securing a place at this highly selective school is a tough challenge, and you will find a number of key topics to do with the admissions process covered below.

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The English Literature Admissions Test needn’t be terrifying. In fact, it is simply testing a couple of skills that you’ve been cultivating since at least your GCSEs, and probably well before that: the skill of reading slowly, closely, and creatively, and the skill of writing with clarity, purpose, and insight. The ELAT is designed so that you can do well in it regardless of your prior knowledge. This isn’t an exam where you’ll show off how much you know.

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Starting primary school is a big step in your child’s life and marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter. This guide gives you a detailed overview on preparing your child for school, recommended reading lists plus some activities and ideas that may be helpful for supporting your child with the transition.

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This guide is for anyone applying to sit Physics or a number of STEM courses at the University of Oxford. In the sections below you can find out if you need to sit the test and how you go about doing that. There is also some advice on how best to prepare for the test and how important the test will be to your application to study at Oxford.

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Students often feel a little uneasy about the Oxford HAT at first, because its format has changed over time, and because it is very different from A-level exams.  To make the test a less daunting prospect, I have created an introductory guide for candidates as to what it entails and how best to prepare.

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Are you taking your GCSE English exam this summer and looking for advice on how to achieve a top grade?  In this article Michael has compiled some useful insights, tips and guidance on how best to prepare for the GCSE English exam and his top tips for achieving a Grade 9.

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