15 ways to save money with printing

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

15 ways to save money on printing

1. Use draft mode as your default setting

Print quality is reduced, but this really doesn’t matter for most documents we print. Draft mode saves you money and time, as pages are printed more quickly.

2. Print in black and white

Colour cartridges are far pricier than black ones so switch to greyscale whenever you can.

3. Buy a cheap laser printer

If you print lots of text then a laser printer will be cheaper for you than an inkjet. Forget about the initial outlay, it’s the cost per printed sheet which counts!

4. Choose “compatible” or “remanufactured” cartridges:

The big names in printing charge a premium for their ink. Go for third party, “budget brands” – very few people can tell the difference.

5. Don’t waste ink on web backgrounds

Adjust your browser settings so you only print what you really need when you’re on the net.

6. Be printer-friendly

You’ll find stripped down, printer-friendly versions of most major websites. If all else fails, use to specify exactly what you’d like to print from a page.

7. Use duplex printing

Make the most of your printer’s ability to print double-sided documents. You’ll save plenty of paper this way.

8. Print multiple pages per sheet

If you really want to maximise savings, try printing more than one page on each piece of paper. Any more than two pages per A4 sheet though and you might have to get the magnifying glass out!

9. Change your font

Switching fonts can have a dramatic impact on your ink consumption. Century Gothic uses far less ink than Times New Roman and Arial. Decreasing your font size helps too!

10. Keep your printer cool

Ink evaporates like any liquid, so avoid leaving your printer in a hot spot and never unwrap a new ink cartridge until you’re ready to use it.

11. Print specific pages

It’s often unnecessary to print out an entire document. Specify which pages you actually need to save on consumables.

12. Always “print preview”

Clicking on “print preview” before each job makes unnecessary printed pages a thing of the past.

13. Keep your printer switched on

Turning on some printers can trigger cleaning of the printer heads, wasting valuable ink. You can’t keep your printer on forever, but avoid powering it on and off unnecessarily.

14. Drain your cartridges completely

When your printer tells you to change your cartridge – ignore it! You might be able to squeeze out at least another 10 printed sheets before running totally dry.

15. Cut and paste for the greatest savings

Cut text and images from different websites and documents, pasting them into Microsoft Word. Play about with your printable “collage” until it’s as short as possible, saving both paper and ink.

Multiple Choice Advice

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

There is some advice regarding Multiple-Choice questions in the Exam Advice section. Don’t forget that after completing tests you can quickly fill out the % tower. Try to pick two colours. One colour when the score increases and another if the score decreases.
Keep up the hard work everyone.

Excellent Web-activity

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

There is an excellent web activity that helps with area and perimeter. Have a look at it here: You many need to copy and paste the link into your address bar.

How do you solve a …….

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

New worked question now added to the Exam Centre, looking a typical compound shape question. They are quite popular with examiners so make sure to take a look at it.

Customizing your password

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Hi Everyone,
If you want to customize your password and change it to something that is easier to remember.
Log in the site as normal
Then put into the address bar
Click on Profile and go down to the password box and change the password
Hope this proves useful.

Maths fact book and chapter 2 of Survival guide

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

The Maths fact book is now published in the General Resources section. Print this off and start to work through it. Annotate your notes as you make your way through it. These are KEY FACTS that have to be learned off BY HEART.

Chapter 2 of the survival guide is also available now in the Exam advice section. Have a go at using the mind maps!! They’re fun…. well they are as much as fun as you’re going to have studying. Keep up the hard work everyone!!

Catch-up Advice

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

The TTT programme is set up to provide a framework for you
to follow. Obviously there are subscribers who have come into the programme after the March start date.
The first thing is not to panic. The timetables are set up to provide space for revision or catch up. I’m also aware that there may be a lot of homework from school, football training, PS3 games to be finished. At the moment there
is “one day on and one off.” Sunday is also used as a catch up day. If you subscribed in March, try to catch up on the work on those, “off days.”
There will be an assessment tracker released next week. Fill this in and make a note of anything that you missed. Until then keep up the great work.

Persistence is the twin sister of excellence. One is a matter of quality; the other a matter of time.

Chapter 1: The Transfer Test Survival guide

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Chapter 1

The Silver Bullet

“In folklore, the silver bullet is the only kind of bullet used to kill a werewolf or monster.”

If only!!
There are a number of myths that float around about tests. Just like the Loch Ness monster that’s all that they are, and until I see a giant reptile crawling out of that lake in Scotland, my opinions on myths will remain the same.
The silver bullet myth is based on the idea that there is some magical shortcut to success in the transfer test or any other test for that matter.
If I knew that one existed and even if I had to use Indiana Jones to find it I would do that to save you all the hassle. Unfortunately Indiana is still in South America, looking for the “arc of the transfer.” If he calls all work can cease, and we can put our feet up. Until then we have to face facts.


1. Preparation for the transfer test takes effort and persistence.

2. There is no way around learning basic facts.

3. You must be able to use the four number operations.

4. You must know your times tables back to front, front to back, side to side, up side down……………

5. You HAVE to read a selection of texts that challenge you as a reader.

If you agree with all of these facts sign below.

I…………………. agree that the transfer tutor is right about the facts above and generally everything else as well.

Right it’s down to hard work. Now it’s over to the timetable to see where to begin.

Our motto here will be "Work smart BEFORE you have to work hard!"

Monday, March 1st, 2010

In order to do this it essential that you are organised from day 1. In order to make sure that you are, could you please ensure that you have the following essential equipment. (more…)