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Tutor profile: Eleanor W.

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Eleanor W.
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Subject: Basic Math

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Find 21% of 40.

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Answer:

21% of 400 = First find 10%. The easiest way of doing this is dividing the number 400 by 10 = 40 However you need 20%. Well how many 10% make 20%? So 40 + 40 = 80 Now you know that 20% is 40. How do we find 1%? If we divided 400 by 10 to find 10% we need to make it smaller. Therefore we divide 400 by 100 to find 1%. So 400 divided by 100 = 4. Now we just need add up our percentages 20% + 1% = 80 + 4 = 84.

Subject: English as a Second Language

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Rewrite this sentence to include an adverb for description and a conjunction to join the two sentences: 'Joan was walking to the shops to buy some milk. The shop closed in 5 minutes'

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'Joan was hastily walking to the shops to buy some milk because it closed in 5 minutes.' Adverbs are used to describe the verb and therefore adding more detail to a sentence. In this sentence 'walking' is the verb, therefore we can describe Joan as walking hastily to get to the shops. Conjunctions are used to join or link two sentences or phrases together to make one. They also add flow and fluency to the sentence to make it easier to read. In this case we used 'because' as a way of linking the phrases and clarifying why Joan was walking to the shops. This is also known as a 'subordinating conjunction'.

Subject: Education

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How should you structure a typical lesson?

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A lesson should be structured into 3 main parts: 1. Starter 2. Main 3. Plenary 1. The starter is your opportunity to engage the children in the topic that you will be teaching next. This can be achieved through showing an image to get the children inferring, organising a quick game to introduce vocabulary or using previous knowledge to help build a foundation for the lesson. A starter should take no more than 5 to 10 minutes. 2. Main, this is the longest part of the lesson. This is where you teach the meat of the topic. The key to a main is to ensure that you have lots of 'breaks' where you assess the children's understanding and correct any misconceptions. This could be through sharing work, asking questions, giving the children time to discuss what they are doing. Partner work is also key to support learning during the 'main' activity. This should typically last 40 minutes. 3. The plenary is the final part of the lesson where you conclude and review. This is often the part that gets forgotten but is in fact very important. Plenaries are excellent opportunities to enable the children to share what they have learnt and introduce anything for the next lesson.

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