Archive for July 31, 2015

Re: Online Pre Payment Options

For PAYG and Advance Monthly Tuition Payments.

1. You can make monthly advance payments using online banking smartphone apps or via your bank website, from your account to ours. Failing that you can also deposit payment at your local bank branch, Monday to Friday.

2. You can set up an automatic monthly standing order, from your bank, for payments on the first of every month.

3. If you have an online banking app (like Natwest) on your smartphone you can use the Visa Personal Payment section under ‘Pay your contacts’ just enter the amount and phone number for the person you wish to pay. Please note lessons will not usually be given until payment is processed into account, please allow for 2 days.

4. You can also use PayPal. If you accept to use PayPal, as your preferred method of payment, you also accept the service charge, 0.25p for every £5.00.

  • Please check the total before making payment, some months, like August 2015, have 5 Mondays, whilst other months have only 4. If you are not sure of the correct amount please check with your tutor. If you need help making online payments or require bank details please call. Please avoid late payments.

Re: Online Tuition Days

Dear Parents and Learners,

This update is regarding online tuition days and the maximum number of tuition days in each month.

There will be a maximum number of four lessons each month, for those who take one lesson a week, and eight lessons a month, for those who take two lessons per week.

This means that for example if you usually have lessons on a Monday but there happens to be five Mondays in August then you will only pay for a maximum of four Mondays. The same goes for any other day during the week that you have tuition.

So unless otherwise stated or unless there is some exceptional circumstance then the above will be the norm for online lessons.

This does not apply to those doing short intensive courses or lessons lasting less than a month.

Thank you

Arabic Daily Support Team

10 best revision tips

10 Best GCSE Revision Tips from Past Students

If you’re determined to get as many A* grades as possible when you open your GCSE results in August, you may be searching for better ways to revise for your exams to make sure you get there. Nothing beats hard-work, especially when it comes to studying, but there are ways you can guide your brain to remember information easier which supports your ability to learn.

We have gathered the best revision techniques from past GCSE students who have achieved top class results to help you understand how you can learn better to improve your GCSE results.

1. Create a Revision Timetable

Building a revision timetable can add structure to your revision and help you identify which GCSE subjects you need to prioritise to get better marks. Creating a revision timetable is a great way to organise your study time, plus it also helps boost your motivation to revise for your exams.

ExamTime’s Calendar tool is the ideal way to create a revision timetable online which you can easily access at any time. Create your first Online Revision Timetable here.

revision timetable online

2. Take Regular Study Breaks

Do you feel stressed, tired and that no new information is entering your head? There is no point forcing yourself to study for hours upon hours as this will not result in a positive outcome. Taking regular study breaks and exercising is proven to engaging your brain in studying and improve your exam performance in the long-run.

See the proof below:

Study Hacks: Walk Before Exam

3. Use Mind Maps to Connect Ideas

If you find it difficult to remember tons of new study notes, Mind Maps may be the key to improving your memory. The theory behind mind mapping explains that making associations by connecting ideas helps you to memorise information easier and quicker. Mind Mapping has many other benefits for students, try our free online tool here.

Click the play button on the interactive Mind Map below to see it in action!

Want to make Mind Maps like this one to boost your exam revision? Get started here:

Create Mind Maps Here. It’s Free!

4. Understand Your Learning Style

Everyone thinks that there is a best way to study but the reality is that each person is different. Once you understand whether you are a visual, auditory, reading/writing or kinaesthetic learner, then remembering and recalling new information will become much easier. Practice will also tell you if you work better studying during the night or in the morning/daytime.

5. Practice, Practice, Practice

One of the biggest recommendations that past GCSE students recommend is to do as many GCSE past papers as you can. Practising past papers will help you get familiar with the exam format, question style, time pressure and overall improve your ability to retrieve information quicker.

Practice GCSE exam questions by creating an Online Quiz using ExamTime to make sure you are fully prepared for your exams.

6. Collaborate with Classmates

If you find your coursework to be too much, why not divide the course study notes between trustworthy classmates and share your notes with each other. This will reduce the amount of workload you need to do to prepare for your GCSEs plus you will gain an insight into how other students learn.

ExamTime provides a quick and easy way for students to collaborate using our Groups feature. Work on a class project by hosting discussions and sharing study resources and notes with each other. Try it here!

7. Variety is the Spice of Life!

Mix up your study habits and methods by listening to podcasts, watching videos or documentaries, moving to new study area or even something as simple as using different colours for your study notes.

This is different to the other GCSE revision tips mentioned here as it encourages you to try a few different things to see what fits for you. Your brain will recall where you were or how you revised for a topic which will help you remember more information. Give it a go!

8. Day of Your GCSE Exam

exam performanceThe day of your exam can be the most stressful of the entire examination experience but there are ways which you can minimise your anxiety such as avoiding panicking friends, giving yourself plenty of time to get to the test centre plus don’t underestimate the power of eating a healthy breakfast the day of your exams!

Boost your GCSE exam performance with these tips for the day of your exam.

9. Adapt for Different GCSE Subjects

It may seem obvious but many students try to study for different subjects using the same study methods.Your GCSE revision should take account of the difference between your subjects and the challenges they represent.

For example, Flashcards are an ideal study aid to help you prepare for a Spanish, French, German and exam such as GCSE Science where you need to remember key definitions. An Online Quiz is a great way to test your GCSE Maths skills while you would highly benefit from using a Note to study English.

Once you understand that your subjects need to be approached differently, there is no stopping you!

10. Apps for Students

If you want to stay ahead of your friends with the latest technology, get the best student apps before anyone else. Not only will they help you show off to your friends, some apps such as ExamTime are designed to improve your learning. Try these free student apps we recommend!

ExamTime Study App

If you’re stressed and feeling worried about your upcoming exams, try these GCSE revision tips to ease your mind! Discover more GCSE revision tips plus study tools and resources to bring your exam revision to the next level.

Boost Your Revision with ExamTime:

ExamTime is a free online learning platform designed to help students use technology to boost your exam results. Find a new way to learn with our tools which will help you:

  • Connect ideas and unlock creativity with Mind Maps
  • Remember facts better using Flashcards Decks
  • Quickly test your knowledge with Online Quizzes
  • Delve deeper into your revision with Interactive Notes
  • Collaborate with classmates with Online Study Groups


Visiting an Arab country?…Read this!

In these days of rampant Islamophobia, a trip to an Arab country could do everyone a bit of good. Being amongst Muslims has certainly changed me, and understanding other cultures, not judging them, is key, I believe, to  peace.

Travelling either as a lone female or with a group of women in the Muslim world, you will not only be welcomed, but also looked after.   After living, travelling and working in the Arab world, I feel more comfortable and welcome here than in any European country. As  life in Muslim lands is dominated by religion, the similarities amongst Muslims in different countries can be generalized across the board. The Quran advises Muslims how to lead a respectful, moral and good life. In fact it is a holistic way of life: how to eat, wash, dress etc. Probably if more of us were good Christians or good humans, the world would be a better place. However it must be said that no person or culture is perfect, and as humans we are prone to err…but we can at least try to be better.

Here are a few of the things I enjoy:

1. Hospitality.  Hospitality is no. 1 in Islam and there is nothing an Arab loves more than to share a cup of very sweet tea with their guests. OK, this means a lot of them have bad teeth, but sugar is not just to sweeten the tea, it is also good luck, a sign of hospitality and happiness. Depending on the country you are in, you might also be offered food, cake, fruit or nuts. In earlier times, Arab nomads living in the harsh environment of the desert were required to offer any traveller/trader passing through food, drink and lodgings for a minimum of 3 and one third days. After this the guest was supposed to be revitalised and strong enough to continue his journey.

a great spread of Moroccan food

Picture: typical hospitality: my friend Maria enjoys more food than you can poke a stick at!

Here is a bit more background to it: Honoring, or treating a guest well is coupled with two of the most important beliefs in Islam, belief in God and belief in the Day of Judgment.  In Islam, the hospitality relationship is triangular; it consists of host, guest, and God.  Hospitality is a right rather than a gift, and the duty to supply it is a duty to God. When a guest arrives at a Muslim home,  they provide their guest with a pleasurable experience in order to reap rewards attained by pleasing God.  The guests must be greeted warmly and shown  into a comfortable and appropriate room.  They are given food and drink so that they do not have to ask for these things.  It is the host’s duty to make the guest feel comfortable.  One way of doing this is by identifying his or her possible needs in advance.  It is better to offer a guest something before he or she has the chance to ask for it because a courteous guest may hesitate to mention any need.  Out of his or her thoughtfulness, such a guest would even try to prevent the host from offering anything.

One of the great Islamic scholars of Islam, Abu Hamid Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Ghazali  wrote about the generosity of Prophet Muhammad to his guests.  “(He) used to honor his guests; he even spread his garment for a non-relative guest to sit on it.  He used to offer his guest his own cushion and insist on him to accept it until the latter accepts [sic] it from him.  No one came to him as a guest but thought that he was the most generous of people.  He gave each one of his companions sitting with him his due portion of his attention, so he directed his listening, talking, looks and attention to all his companions.  His meeting [sic] were characterized by modesty, humbleness and honesty.  He used to call his companions by their favorite nickname to honor them…”[4]

When I am visiting Muslim friends, they give me the best chair, offer me cushions and make sure I am more than comfortable.

2. Living in an Islamic country.  I have spent a lot of time in Morocco, travelled in Jordan, Palestine and lived in Egypt for long periods of time. Ex-pats are accepted and respected. Even if we don’t integrate, learn the language or contribute in any way. We are not expected to convert or change. I don’t think I could say the same for large Muslim or other communities in the West. Muslims are expected to look after their neighbours.


The neighbour holds a special status in Islam. Islam encourages Muslims to treat their neighbors in a nice way and be  tolerant with people of other faiths.

Here are some tips I found on the internet on how to approach your non-Muslim neighbors in a kind way that exemplifies Islamic manners:

1. Being good to neighbors is not only restricted to those who share the same building with you. Your roommate at the dorm is your neighbor; the person sitting behind you or next to you in a bus or at a bus stop is your neighbor; the one sharing your office at work is your neighbor; the person enjoying fresh air next to you in a public garden is also a neighbor. You ought to treat all of those people kindly and socialize with them within the permitted scope of Shari ‘ah.

2. Introduce yourself and your family to your neighbors when you move into a new place or when new neighbors move in.

3. Care for them continually, especially at times of need and distress, as “the neighbor in need is a neighbor indeed.” If a neighbor is elderly or chronically ill, offer to run errands or shop for him or her.

4. Always keep in mind the mighty reward that is in store for you in the Hereafter when you show kindness to a neighbor.

3. Anybody will speak to you. If you are sitting at the bus stop, riding on the train, at a cafe – complete strangers may speak to you, greet you, compliment you. This is not unusual.  Unlike my experiences in Europe, or more specifically Switzerland, where you don’t really talk to people unless you know them or have a pressing reason. For me this is what I call the difference between a warm culture and a cold culture. Whenever I take a train or bus journey in a Muslim land, I always take food to share, because in my experience, when someone sitting next to me has something, they always offer it and don’t just keep it for themselves. I can’t count the amount of times I have been on a bus in Egypt and the Muslim beside me has bought me a drink or snack (whether I wanted one or not) when the bus has stopped for a break on a long journey.


4. Your wish is their command. If you say you need or want something, even just in passing or thinking out loud, my Muslim friends and acquaintances feel morally obligated to try and fullfill my wish, whatever it might be, if they possibly can. It is nice to know you can rely on anyone to help you out, and you want to do the same for them – this gives a sense of community. It’s also nice to feel like we are being good, helpful humans. Everything is about the common good of the community and not just about the individual.

5. Feel like part of the family. If you are as open to them as they are to you, you will find yourself bonding very quickly. Seriously, within minutes I often feel like I am sitting amongst old friends. I was once beckoned into the house of a lady for a cup of tea. After chatting for a few minutes we found out we were both going to the same wedding that day. I had no dress to wear and asked her if I could borrow one off her – she gave me a lovely dress and insisted I keep it. Now ain’t that nice!

A lot of people regard Arabs with suspicion because they are not used to people being so open and friendly right off-the-bat unless they want something. Once you get used to it, it is nice to feel like nobody is a stranger.


Picture: My neighbours at my house for my birthday

6. Always feel safe. Old Arab souqs (markets) or medinas (towns) are usually made up of a labyrinth of tight, shady alleyways. The kind we see in horror movies in the West where people meet tragic, bloody endings! However Arabs had other reasons for making their towns like this: protection from invasion, protection from the weather etc etc. If I am ever out late, going home through dark alleyways, I never feel afraid or unsafe. I feel safer in the Arab world than anywhere else, because I know if I needed help, everyone within earshot would be there for me.

7. Respect of food – Muslims respect their food. They don’t waste it, they don’t disrespect it and they are thankful for it. As a foreign guest eating out of a communal dish with them they often throw the choicest bits of food over to my side of the dish to eat. And make sure I am full to bursting point! Here are some of the rules for communal eating with Muslims, who eat with the right hand.


Picture: sharing a communal dish of tropical fish and rice

Here are some of the rules for eating:

-Pick up, clean and eat a fallen morsel.

-When you have finished eating, clean the plate, bowl, etc. lick your fingers and then wash your hands.

-Do not blow on your food as it is considered to be full of germs
-Do not criticise the food.

-Do not lean while eating.
-Wash the hands after eating.

-Eat in company

-Do not let a bottle touch your lips when drinking
-It is not permissible to throw leftover food and drink away (unless it has gone off).  Leftover food must be saved for the next time or it should be given to the needy; if there are no needy people, then it should be given to animals, even after it has dried out. Leftover food should be put in a visible place where it will not be mistreated, in the hope that someone who needs it for his animals will take it, or it will be eaten by some animals or birds.


8. Random Acts of Kindness – As human beings, we are prone to make mistakes. Therefore, Muslims believe we are always in need of God’s forgiveness. Hence, any action that brings  forgiveness will get you points when it comes to going to Heaven. Bring on the points, Game ON! This is why you experience random acts of kindness all the time in the Muslim world.  I love it and practice it myself as much as I can. We could learn a lot from this in the West!


Once I was on a long train ride in Morocco during the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims don’t eat or drink from sunrise until sunset. My train compartment was full, and there was a pious Muslim sitting opposite me, with his young son, reading the Quran. I had gotten the train early and by about 2pm I was ravenous, so decided to sneakily eat some biscuits. I got them out of my bag and was very discreet eating them – but the Muslim man noticed. He got up, got his sons bag out of the luggage rack, took out the boy’s lunch and made him share it with me. It was a very sweet gesture, as he was recognising that I don’t need to practice Ramadan and was hungry. Things like this happen ALL the time.

9a. Cat Stevens. He obviously discovered that Islam is not just a religion but a beautiful way of life, a guide to being a better human. Now known as Yusuf Islam, he has always been one of my favourite singer/songwriters.

9b. Modesty and Respect There is nothing wrong with the nude human body, but I do recognize modesty as a sense of decorum and respect.  I often see tourists wearing seriously inappropriate clothing, be it on a Muslim beach or in a European town – it’s about respect, people!  Modesty teaches you respect for other cultures and really, modesty is not just in your clothes, but also in your actions and how you carry yourself. Whether you are Christian, Muslim or just a good human, people will judge you by your clothes and actions.  I support women who freely choose to express their values and faith through their clothing. I don’t want to sound like a nun, but really, what would this world be like without any kind of morals or respect? We have already seen a deterioration of it in the West, which brings with it problems like loss of values, break up of family units etc. I could go on, but I am sure you get the picture.


Islam – it really is just about trying to be a good human. And we could all learn a lot from that.


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Arabic Grammar Al Aajrumiyah

Al Aajrumiyah

Is a work of Arabic grammar (syntax). It was written by the Moroccan Berber Abu ‘Abd Allah Sidi Muhammad ibn Da’ud as-Sanhaji (d. 1324). The book covers some basic grammar topics and is an introduction to syntax (Nahw). The videos below are all in Arabic. They are for educational purposes only. We do not necessarily agree with any of the other content/views found on any of these channels.

Matn (Text).

Matan Al Aajrumiyah

Translation of the Arabic Text

Pure Channel

Arabic Majles UCOZ

Qanaat Al Majd


Arabic & Islam in the Gambia

Arabic and Islam in the Gambia

Although the Gambia is a secular country, according to the constitution, it is predominantly a Muslim country. The population is just under 2 million people with about 90% Muslim. The President of the Gmabia, Yahya Jammeh, has stated that he wants to change the official language from English to another. Many have speculated that it may be changed to Arabic others have said it could be a local language. Arabic in the Gambia is already present in many of the Mosques, Islamic schools and centres.

We wait to see the developments in the near future as to which of the languages in the Gambia is chosen or whether it is wishful thinking. This would mean changes to the Education system which is already in need of English speakers, and teachers of other subjects, for many schools.

Academic Village & Knowledge City in Dubai

Academic Village & Knowledge City in Dubai


Just to clarify the difference between Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) and Dubai Academic City. DIAC is based inside Dubai Academic City and has been established as a tertiary institute free zone, as for Dubai Academic City it is mainly established to contain the primary, secondary and K-12 schools.

  • American University in the Emirates
  • Birla Institute of Technology & Science Pilani
  • Cambridge College International Dubai
  • French Fashion University Esmod
  • Hamdan Bin Mohamed e-University (HBMeU)
  • Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus
  • Hult International Business School
  • Institute of Management Technology
  • Islamic Azad University
  • JSS Education Foundation
  • Mahatma Gandhi University
  • Manchester Business School Worldwide
  • Manipal University, Dubai Campus
  • Michigan State University Dubai (MSU Dubai)
  • Middlesex University, Dubai Campus
  • Murdoch University International Study Centre Dubai
  • S P Jain Center of Management
  • SAE Institute
  • Saint-Petersburg State University of Engineering and Economics
  • Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST)
  • Syrian Virtual University
  • The British University in Dubai
  • The University of Exeter
  • The University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD)
  • Universitas 21 Global Pte Ltd
  • University of Bradford
  • University of Phoenix

Knowledge Village

The Knowledge Village (KV) was created to retain and develop regional talent needed to drive the creation of a knowledge economy, to respond to changes in overseas education, and to maximize on the large youth population in the region. It was established as a regional meeting point between Middle Eastern students and global education providers.

The Knowledge Village

In 2003, Dubai Knowledge Village was launched in line with the vision of H.H. Shaykh Muhammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai. The KV was founded as a third business entity of Dubai TECOM Free Zone along with Dubai Internet City and Dubai Media City. In founding the KV, Sheikh Muhammad was in a way recreating the success of California’s Silicon Valley by attracting a large number of famous international universities, professional training centers, e-learning providers, and research and development centers from around the world. His vision was that as these clusters grow, they will interact, thus complementing and contributing to each other’s growth and creating a vibrant knowledge economy base.


ICT and Modern Foreign Language Learning

Integrating ICT into the MFL classroom:

Making Languages Count: CILT Cymru DVD


Making Languages Count is a DVD training resource produced by CILT Cymru which showcases good practice from schools in Wales involved in the Compact Project and is aimed to increase take up of MFL in Key Stage 4. The DVD is divided into the following sections:

  • ICT Skills
  • Skills-based learning
  • Raising the profile of MFL
  • PDF download
  • Acknowledgements


In the ICT Skills section, Kath Holton, Head of Languages at Argoed High School shows how her department are using digital voice recorders to promote speaking skills, boost pupil confidence, develop independent learning strategies and facilitate assessment for learning opportunities. The approach certainly seems to be producing positive outcomes judging by the reaction of the pupils.


“Being recorded with one of these, it makes me more confident speaking French and it helps me to practice my pronunciation as well”.

“We are able to put them on our mp3 players and listen to them overnight and build up our revision”.

“Once it’s on the computer, it’s there. Whereas in previous years when we’ve practised speaking, once we’ve said it, it’s gone and we can’t revise off it, but we can keep these for future reference using the DVRs”.

Kath explains:

“They’re doing so much in the learning process that I can step back as a teacher and let them assess each other, give each other grades, praise each other, but with the digital voice recorders, it’s all saved on my laptop and on the school system which means not only can I refer to it for reports and marking, but for departmental standardisation”.

Taking the recordings to the next level, Kath has been creatingVokis and uploading them to the department’s French Wetpaint wiki. Pupils have been so engaged by this cool approach to language learning that they’ve been creating their own at home, leaving comments on each other’s and even uploading them via their mobile phones.


Other case studies feature the use of interactive websites, mind mapping, development of target language and multi-media ICT suites and much more. The DVD also contains pdf documents which can support colleagues further such as how to record digital sound files and use them in class.

To obtain a DVD contact Kristina Hedges at CILT Cymru. Copies cost £10 each and are available now.


First Published: October 2008