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Is tutoring really worth it?

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Last week we stumbled across this article from Canada about whether private tutoring really offers students any advantages.

The article states that about a third of Canadian parents hire private tutors. In the UK, according to the Sutton Trust charity in 2005 around 18% of 11-16-year-olds received some private or home tuition. Last year that number had risen to nearly 25%. With increasing competition to get into grammar schools some parents see tutoring as a necessity rather than the luxury it once was.  There has been concern expressed on both sides of the Atlantic that the rise in private tutoring will widen the gulf between those that can afford it and those that can’t – creating an unbalanced education system that favours those with money.

In our own private tutoring company we see parents from a wide mix of backgrounds, some with money, some with not so much. Their reasons for accessing tutoring for their children vary – some see academic success as an important measure of future success, others just want to help their child be better at Maths or English. Either way we hope we offer a service that allows children and parents to access the education they need.

If you’d like to talk to us about private one to one tutoring for primary or secondary aged children in Manchester or Cheshire (Bury, Levenshulme, Heaton Moor and other areas) then get in touch.






How to feed your brain

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

We know healthy eating in schools is a hot topic, mostly thanks to chef Jamie Oliver making a big fuss about the state of school dinners and the rising obesity epidemic in this country.

We speak to parents all the time and we know there is lots of guidance around what children should and shouldn’t be eating and that primary aged children are now weighed to check they aren’t falling into the overweight category. We also know there’s a fair bit of controversy surrounding schools telling parents what they should and shouldn’t feed their children! A recent article in The Guardian pointed out that in some schools children can still freely access junk foods (local councils banned this some time ago).

And we know it’s hard to control what your children eat when you aren’t around. We’re not here to lecture you on the rights and wrongs of what goes in a packed lunch  but we have put together some tips to help your children get the best out of their education by eating a balanced diet.

  • According to many experts eating a good breakfast aids concentration and helps your child to learn in the classroom.  Getting your child to sit down and eat breakfast also means they are less likely to fill up on sugary snacks on the way to school.
  • School lunches. It’s worth discussing with your child if they prefer packed lunches or school dinners and trying to understand why. It could be that all their friends have school dinners and they feel left out or they don’t like school dinner choices and so they don’t eat properly.
  • Help them make healthy choices. Unless there is a serious health issue then kids don’t need restrictive diets. They need a balance of fruit, veg, protein, carbohydrates and fats. If school send some healthy eating information home then read it together and help your child understand why a balanced diet is the best thing for their body.
  • Children are growing and often need to eat more than adults, after school snacks that are quick and healthy are a great idea. You also need to make sure your children drink enough as dehydration can have a serious impact on their ability to concentrate.
  • Get them in the kitchen. Talk to your kids about food, let them help with food preparation, it’s a great education and a way to get them interested in what they are putting in their body.

Do you have any top tips for healthy eating with kids?

If you’d like to know more about private tutoring in Manchester and Cheshire with 121 Home Tutors then contact us today.


A new year, a fresh start

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

It’s September and the start of a new academic year. It’s the perfect time to set some new year’s resolutions when it comes to school and study!

  1. Concentrate on the positive and going forward. If you had a bad year last year then it’s important to reflect on what happened and how you could improve but you shouldn’t get too bogged down in what went wrong.
  2. Think about where you want to be by the end of the academic year and what you need to do to get there. You might need to spend more time studying or work one to one with private tutoring in Manchester.
  3. Take some time to plan. One of the biggest ‘mistakes’ students make (and we hear this all the time!) is that they don’t plan. We often hear about students doing homework on the bus or cramming for exams at the last moment. And then the results are disappointing. If you plan study then you know what your commitments are, you can stop worrying about them and have more time for fun.
  4. Do you have balance? If you have a heavy academic year coming up then what do you do to relieve the pressure? Think about hobbies or activities that will give your body and brain space to recover.
  5. Learn to share. If a problem comes up then tackle it quickly – find someone you can confide it, a parent, a teacher, a friend or a tutor. If you leave an issue to fester during the year then it’s much harder to sort out.

Here’s wishing a successful academic year for all our students across Manchester, Stockport and Cheshire. If you’d like to know more about our one to one private tutoring in Manchester, Didsbury, Sale, Altrincham and Trafford, Wilmslow and local areas then drop us a line.