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How to revise over Christmas and STILL have fun!

Monday, December 21st, 2015

For many of you out there, Christmas might feel overshadowed by the thought of tough entrance or mock exams just after you go back to school. Instead of relaxing during the festive season, you might be panicking about failing if you don’t revise hard.

Worry not! With a spot of smart planning, you can do both! Here’s some ideas for you:

  1. Compile a ‘Fun’ timetable around family events, films you want to watch and going out with friends.  Once you know there’s plenty of excitement on the agenda, pencil in several revision slots covering specific targets – and stick to them.
  2. Learn more in half the time. When you spend half an hour here, or an hour there, you’ll cover more in intensive revision sessions than trying to cram everything into one day just before you go back.
  3. Prioritise so you tackle the challenging stuff first. Write a list of the different topics or techniques you find especially tricky. Tick them off as you go along, but remember to revisit them again just to make sure you really have nailed it.
  4. Enjoy a fresh air boost. Nothing beats letting off steam than running about outside in the winter weather. Go puddle jumping, take off on your bike, go for a walk with the dog over muddy fields. A change of scene will give you energy and perspective.
  5. Get help! If your motivation has left the building, arrange a tutor to help you re-focus and get back on track. A few private tuition sessions can help you make the most of your precious time.

Whether you’re sitting one of the Manchester or Cheshire Eleven Plus tests, you’ve just one term left before your GCSEs or A Levels – or you are struggling to find inspiration – call our fab team of tutors today.

In the meantime, may we wish a Merry Christmas to all of our students, tutors and parents. See you in 2016, if not before!

Learn a language to open new doors

Monday, December 7th, 2015

The UK is a global country. With every corner of the world opening up, business and career opportunities are too…

China, once considered a threat to the west, is now a serious commercial player. Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, speaks fluent Chinese. Nestle’s CEO, Paul Burke, speaks six languages – explaining ‘Being multilingual creates a stronger connection with peers, employees and consumers.’

Language learning has never been more important. It is now statutory at Key Stage 2 and 3, though still an option at GCSE level. Sadly there has been a drop in GCSE Language uptake in French and German over the past two years, despite results being the highest ever.

Yet, the facts are clear. Learning a European and world language literally opens new doors.

1. Germany is the biggest exporting nation in Europe, offering unlimited opportunities to German-speaking job seekers.

2. There’s been an increase in schools offering Mandarin Chinese.

3. Here are ten languages highly sought-after by employers. German, Spanish and French are much in demand. But what are the other seven? Take a peek!

There’s little doubt that multilingual young people DO have more opportunities than monolingual job seekers. Not only that, but learning a language boosts cognitive skills too. This means children can develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills faster than their peers!

Plus research reveals that children who speak a second language perform better in tests and exams. Worth learning the lingo, don’t you think?

Foreign language tutors on your doorstep

We find here at 1-2-1 Home Tutors that it pays to think ahead. If your child is struggling to get to grips with a modern language today, private tuition can open those doors tomorrow.

Call us for help whether you’re in Wilmslow, Cheadle or Stockport – or anywhere across Cheshire and Manchester.