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Is Your Child Under Pressure?

Monday, November 30th, 2015

It’s easy to forget with the term winding down to Christmas that many children feel under pressure to succeed this time of year.

Since many Eleven Plus exams are often held just after Christmas – Stockport Grammar school’s is in January, for instance – December is most definitely a revision month.

GCSE and A Level students are affected too with mock exams adding to their workload. And even primary school children feel the pinch with teachers having to push them to exceed last year’s SATs results…

It’s hardly surprising, then, that our children often feel overwhelmed… Could this turn into stress? Of course, the last thing on a parent’s mind is that their child could develop mental health issues. After all, growing up has always been fraught with challenge.

What’s different today is that the pressure to perform is unrelenting. There’s more peer pressure, more competition, more cyber bullying.

Little wonder that YoungMinds reports there has been a 12% increase in children calling its helpline struggling to cope with exam stress. Last year, Childline reported a 200% increase in children receiving counselling for exam pressure.

Help is at hand

Try these practical suggestions:

1.  How to spot stressful signs

2. How to cope with exam pressure

Whether your child is struggling to revise, finding a subject tricky or has had their confidence knocked by a lower than expected grade, we can help.

Our fab team of entrance exam, SATs and GCSE/A Level tutors are ready to help you across Manchester and Cheshire. Don’t worry; call us for advice now…

 

 

 

Is it time to empower your children?

Monday, November 16th, 2015

It’s officially anti-bullying week in the UK. An opportunity to encourage our kids to ‘make some noise,’ to stand up to bullies rather than suffer in silence.

Growing up, of course, has always been tough. Aside from the usual hormones, children have an ever-growing list of daily challenges – each demanding resilience. Exams, finding their identity, society influences, pressure to succeed etc all take their toll.

How can we help our children to bounce back after failure, to grow strong in a world which often knocks them down? Here are some useful ideas:

1. Teach problem solving. Don’t always give them the answers. Only by working things out for themselves can children truly understand what works and what doesn’t.

2. Let them make mistakes. Hard to witness, but making mistakes is an essential part of growing up. If your child makes a mistake, it’s an opportunity to talk about making better decisions in the future.

3. Build confidence. It’s amazing how many children we meet here at 1-2-1 Home Tutors who arrive with with zero confidence. Children often feel useless and stupid compared to their peers (even siblings.) To combat this lack of self-belief, praise praise praise like mad…  Even for the tiniest achievement.

4. Empower your child with skills. Sometimes, we’re so busy as parents that we forget our children look up to us. That’s why it matters to ‘show’ your children how to cope under pressure. Encourage them to break down a problem into steps to make it easier to handle.

This is what our private tutors across Manchester and Cheshire do. And it works! That’s why we love seeing smiling, happier children take on a challenge rather than be scared by it.

Get in touch with the tuition team here in Wimslow if you too need some help.

Need-to-know changes in 2016 SATS tests

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Is your child sitting a SATs exam in year 6? You NEED to know that it’s all change for 2016! The key focus for the exams is English, plus Maths. Here’s all the key info:

Reading exam:

  • One hour long
  • Paper includes reading of the three texts
  • Expect a variety of questions from labelling to trickier open-ended analysis

Grammar/Punctuation test:

  • 45 min test: some multi-choice, others short answers
  • Some questions are: identification types i.e. identify adjectives, determiners, the past progressive, adverbs etc
  • Other questions ask students to construct, correct, complete or rewrite a sentence

Spelling paper:

  • A 15 minute aural test where children listen to a sentence and have to write the 20 specified words into correlating sentences

Maths: 

  • Three papers: paper 1 Arithmetic (30 mins). Paper 2 and 3 Reasoning (40 mins each)
  • Paper 1: children answer a host of questions showing their calculations. Expect addition, subtraction, decimals, fractions, percentages, long multiplication/division
  • Reasoning papers cover a host of skills from data and probability to shapes and equivalents

You can see test samples here.

Primary education support

Tests can be daunting for even the most able student. Not to mention stressful for parents who simply want their children to achieve.

That’s how we can help. With a bunch of the best Maths and English specialists on the team here at 1-2-1 Home Tutors, we can help your child feel more confident about any school test or 11 Plus entrance exam.

Not only that, we have experienced specialists local to you whether you are in Manchester or Cheshire. Get in touch today!