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Tutorhub Q&A: Question of the Week

This may seem a little strange, but I love maths. I’m not alone in loving maths, but we maths-lovers have to admit that we’re in the minority. So I can’t help but promote this Q&A Hub questions as my questions of the week:

Who are the 30 greatest mathematicians?

My vote? Fermat.

On Leadership

Leadership is a popular topic: much discussed in business school, much missed in politics and not much in evidence in the world around us. All too often we hear media stories of those we previously thought of as capable leaders revealing their monumental feet of clay. There are exceptions: Pope Francis is one who clearly springs to mind – a man with a solid feet of values who’s not afraid to speak his mind and lead his flock in what he sees as the right direction. That clarity of thought and action seems rare, when most politicians seem hell bent on promoting policies derived from focus groups and data mining exercises, rather than high minded principle.

Sport is an arena where we frequently (and perhaps unjustifiably) demand more, but with a Premier League dominated by money, it has fallen to the England Rugby Team to demonstrate what it really means to be a leader. Two names: Lancaster and Robshaw. If you want to know what it means to be a leader, then just watch them. Robshaw says little but always makes more tackles than anyone else on the rugby pitch: a prefect case of leadership by example. Lancaster is a man who sticks to his word, promotes those that perform and radiates a love of what he does.

Has anyone got a bank that these guys can run?

 

Tutorhub Q&A: Question of the week

Every so often, we get a question posted on the Tutorhub Q&A that kicks off a whole debate amongst the tutors on what the correct answer should be. A good example: what is the probability the sun will rise tomorrow? A simple enough question and the initial reaction reflects a simple answer: the probability is 1. But then you can see people starting to think about it: the sun doesn’t actually rise, it’s just the language we use to describe the phenomenon as we see it, there is a small chance that it could blow up and it wouldn’t appear (although the explosion would take us with it, I presume). But what’s great about this is that the student has started a conversation that goes beyond a simple answer to a simple question; you can’t help but feel that this is where the thinking really starts.

All I want for Xmas is ..

…. extended search.

All you folks who asked Santa for a more powerful way to find just the right tutor, with those hard to find skills, your wishes have been answered. This Tuesday saw the release of new, extended search functionality onto our flagship tutoring platform Tutorhub. You can now search based on a whole raft of features, such as exam board, the price you want to pay and any peculiarities about the subject that you’re studying. So all you SPSS fiends can now breath easy. You can even specify tutors who are ‘online now’ if you’ve got a burning question that needs an answer or (heaven forbid) you’ve left things to the last minute, you’re notes are indecipherable and the exam starts at 9 am tomorrow.

For those of you who asked Santa for more mainstream items, we refer you back to the man himself.

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