Discourse & Developments

Effectively Studying For An Exam (7 Secret Ingredients)

Studying for an examination is rough. It can be overwhelmingly stressful for the student, and can create unnecessary angst and anxiety. In this article, I discuss SEVEN SECRET INGREDIENTS to help make the studying process smoother and more effective. What are they? Read on to find out.

The Value of Literal Space

It can sometimes be difficult to get a place to play Dungeons & Dragons. DM Joss discusses the difficulties of finding good spaces to play in, and how she has come to appreciate places that do support such activities.

Can repetition alone improve your writing skills?

We like to think that repetition naturally leads to better performance in school. After all, practice makes perfect. By making our kids write and write again, by forcing them to memorise set after set of vocabulary, their writing skills should improve, right? Well, the answer to that is yes... and no at the same time.

How tabletop games help your child to learn better

There are many ways to make the learning process enjoyable, not least of which is the use of games to teach concepts. How can tabletop games like board games and role-playing games help your child to learn better? Read on to find out!

Roll For Insight—Review: KOBOLD Guide to Worldbuilding

The KOBOLD Guide to Worldbuilding is a guidebook with plenty of advice from established game designers and authors, to help budding designers create new worlds. How useful is it as a resource book, and is it inspiring enough to work as an educational resource? Let's find out!

The trick to learning Mathematics effectively (Part 1)

Many parents believe that learning mathematics as a subject is best done through practising examination questions repeatedly. Surely practice makes perfect, right?

(The answer is, unfortunately, no.)

The Swords & Stationery Skill Constellations

Swords & Stationery's unique Skill Constellations, inspired by games such as Path of Exile, Grim Dawn and Diablo 2, aptly showcase how our concepts and frameworks link to one another.

Swords & Stationery: is it a tuition service?

I frequently get asked whether or not Swords & Stationery is a tuition service. It... kind of is, and isn't. Actually, to be specific, it's "educational therapy", or "specialist tuition". But exactly what is it that I do that makes S&S different from other educational services out there?

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“Visual cards” as gaming and teaching aids

When playing tabletop RPGs, I use and re-use these handouts which I call “visual cards” to better illustrate the imagery of the scene. However, I’ve also found visual cards to be very helpful and, more importantly, cost-effective when teaching various concepts. Read on to find out more about them.

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Filtering Out Irrelevant Information – Part 2

In my previous post, I talked about the preliminary steps towards cutting out information bloat — in a nutshell, before one can distill anything useful from the mass of information, one should know the expectations and requirements of the (sub-)topic(s) that he/she is studying for. Failure to do so would make it difficult to identify helpful information, and, by extension, make it more difficult to revise for that subject. This follow-up to last week’s post is going to examine what the learner needs to do to actually distinguish relevant from irrelevant information.

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