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Welcome to the articles hub page of Oxford Royale Academy. Here you will helpful guides and study tips, articles of interest about a subject you may be interested in or about one of our locations

‘Testament of Youth,’ starring Alicia Vikander, filming in Oxford now!

Oxford is used to having film crews around. Whether the city is playing itself, as in Morse and its spinoffs, Lewis and Endeavour, playing somewhere…

April 11, 2014

“Facilitating” A-Levels: Pick These Subjects if You Want A Place at a Top University

When it comes to applying for university, there’s no getting away from the fact that some A-level choices are more desirable than others for admissions…

July 8, 2014

“The times they are a-changing….” | Oxford Royale Summer Schools

Autumn is creeping in at Yarnton Manor, but at ORA, students are still learning as much, and having as much fun, as ever.

August 18, 2017

OSCOLA Referencing – A complete guide

You’ve done it. You’ve extracted the key research, peppered your content with incisive observations, and you’ve just typed the last words of your Law essay…

November 10, 2020

600 EPQ Ideas – The Ultimate List For an A*

So, this is it. You’ve decided to do an EPQ and now you’re sitting at a blank computer screen with the entire spectrum of human…

November 6, 2020

What is an Essay?

You can’t ignore the fact that essays are part of getting anywhere you want to go in life. If you want to gain the grades…

November 5, 2020

12 Hardest A-Level Subjects (2021)

You hear it all the time – A-Levels are a lot harder than GCSEs. While this doesn’t sound that comforting coming from your teacher or…

November 3, 2020

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How to Choose the Right A-levels: a Guide for GCSE Students

However, the decisions you make now will set you on a course that can be difficult to change, so it’s important to make the right…

October 6, 2020

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6 Reasons to Study English in ORA’s International Environment

Wherever you're studying with Oxford Royale Academy, you'll get to go on fantastic excursions and fascinating coach trips.

September 28, 2020

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12 Great Career Areas You’ll Be Astonished to Learn Have Skills Shortages

We’re all used to hearing about the fact that the UK has a shortage of science teachers, and the general shortage of graduates with science…

September 25, 2020

How to Do Research for an Excellent Essay: the Complete Guide

One of the biggest secrets to writing a good essay is the Boy Scouts’ motto: ‘be prepared’. You should also read… How to Take Your…

September 25, 2020

How to Study When You’ve Lost Motivation: 8 Sharp Tips to Get Back on Track

In my opinion, two evils conspire to make revision-time miserable: the first is the stress of approaching exams, and the sense that there is an…

September 14, 2020

How to Make Your Coursework as Good as It Can Possibly Be

Many GCSE and A-level subjects are assessed in part by coursework in addition to exams, meaning that the mark you receive for coursework contributes to…

September 14, 2020

14 Common Grammatical Mistakes in English – And How to Avoid Them

A huge number of native English speakers make frequent English slip-ups that bring on the wrath of the UK’s army of grammar pedants, and it’s…

September 14, 2020

7 Common Study Problems and How to Deal with Them

Everyone experiences difficulties with studying at one time or another, and overcoming these challenges is all part of the learning process, particularly when you have…

September 14, 2020

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14 Ways to Improve Your Grades if You’re Underperforming

Even the brightest students can sometimes find themselves academically underperforming, often through no fault of their own. When students find themselves in this situation, it’s…

September 14, 2020

How to Write Dazzlingly Brilliant Essays: Sharp Advice for Ambitious Students

Rachel McCombie, a graduate of St John’s College, Oxford, shares actionable tips on taking your essays from “Good” to “Outstanding.” Detail of The Hunt in…

September 12, 2020

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Life as a Medical Student: 12 Things You Really Have to Know

Being a medical student will involve working harder than you’ve ever worked in your life – but chances are, it’ll also involve having more fun…

September 11, 2020

40 Useful Words and Phrases for Top-Notch Essays

To be truly brilliant, an essay needs to utilise the right language. You could make a great point, but if it’s not intelligently articulated, you…

September 11, 2020

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Why Is English So Hard to Learn?

It’s often said that English is one of the hardest languages to learn. You should also read… Why I Love the English Language 14 Common…

September 11, 2020

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Life as a Law Student: 7 Things You Really Have to Know

Whilst we have all heard a little about studying law at university, whether through family, friends or films, it is difficult to know what it…

September 11, 2020

How to Write Better Essays: 5 Practical Tips

For many such students, each essay brings with it the challenge of making it that little bit better than the last one. The problem is…

September 11, 2020

Studying Online: A Threat to Traditional Learning?

The last decade has seen a steady rise in the number of students enrolling on online learning courses, with much praise directed at the convenience…

September 11, 2020

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