Daddy’s Homework

Daddy’s Homework

“Daddy, are you doing your homework?” My five-year old daughter gets it. Not that there’s much to get. If Daddy is surrounded by a splattering…

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Ledes, nutgrafs and exam questions

Ledes, nutgrafs and exam questions

I’m not exactly panicking… With just eight weeks to my first exam, I’m on a pretty tight deadline with revision and scanning past exam papers….

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BEYOND THE MAINSTREAM…FOR MY COMPUTER, AT LEAST.

BEYOND THE MAINSTREAM…FOR MY COMPUTER, AT LEAST.

In spite of my love of pencils and blank sheets of paper, I’m not a complete luddite and I’ve always embraced technology and the freedom that it offers….

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Studying On-the-go

Studying On-the-go

I’ve written before about how my study plan has to as flexible as my work schedule. My full-time work in the orchestra has some really busy periods…

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Feng Shui for your word processor

Feng Shui for your word processor

I have a desk. Sometimes it’s tidy, sometimes it’s messy. But undoubtably I study better when it’s tidy. Some people can revel in chaotic surroundings,…

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In praise of hard graft

In praise of hard graft

I never watch reality television, but for the past few months I’ve been on the other side of the camera, taking part in a series…

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A book in the hand is worth…

A book in the hand is worth…

“Do you get books every day?” my postman asked a few weeks ago, as the trickle of next year’s course-books turned into a steady daily flow. Final…

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Rubato-ing all the way to the exams

Rubato-ing all the way to the exams

There’s a musical term called “rubato”. It’s an Italian term that literally means “robbed time”, in other words that you can “borrow” time from one…

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