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Summer tuition … is it for you?

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Shortly, it’ll be a case of ‘school’s out for the summer.’ No more lessons for weeks, even months!

While a family holiday or  fun day out can help children recharge their batteries, for many parents the initial excitement of school hols wears off quickly. How to stave off boredom often becomes the challenge.

Little wonder that we get a surge of interest in summer tuition this time of year! Interestingly, many parents these days want to keep up the momentum, to make better use of free time.

As we find out every year, a course of summer tuition can help children:

  • Maintain interest in learning. As you know, a six week break from school can switch a child off learning. Private tuition keeps your child’s brain buzzing – increasing their motivation.
  • Build knocked confidence. The summer term doesn’t always go well. Disappointing end of year exams and reports often leave children deflated. Catch-up lessons over the summer gives them the chance to tackle those weaknesses without the pressures of the classroom.
  • Prepare for testing. With 11+ and Common Entrance exams starting from September, the summer break is the perfect time to practise techniques! That’s why a one to one tutor can be instrumental in helping a child get to grips with some of those difficult skills.

Whether your child is taking a grammar entrance or 11 plus exam, or needs that extra bit of help over the summer, call us. From Wilmslow to Stockport, Altrincham to Manchester, we’ll find a specialist tutor for you.

 

5 benefits to language learning

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

The World Cup finally kicks off this week! And since all seven year olds will learn a foreign language from September 2014, now is the perfect time to brush up on your language skills.

So what are the benefits? Whether you study French, German or Spanish, Mandarin, Latin or ancient Greek, a foreign language opens doors:

  1. Endless career opportunities: Being bilingual offers better career prospects – including the chance to compete in the global job market.
  2. High achievers: Research shows that children who speak a second language perform better in tests and exams – even boosting literacy skills in their own mother tongue.
  3. Be a culture vulture: Learning a new language opens up a new world – literally! When children are more aware of cultural differences, it broadens their outlook.
  4. Confidence booster: The Department of Education and Skills published a report proving that learning a second language in primary school “develops self-confidence, enthusiasm, curiosity for languages and openness…” What’s not to like?!
  5. Boost brain power: Numerous studies show that learning a language improves your cognitive skills. That means children and young adults develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills fast!

Children’s brains are like sponges; they soak up new sounds and facts much quicker than adults. That’s why learning a new language can be such an exciting activity.

Do you want to give your child a head start this summer, or support your child’s language learning whether at primary or GCSE level?

Perhaps you are an adult learner looking for a fantastic French, Spanish or German tutor in Manchester or Cheshire ? Call 121 Home Tutors now.