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Summer Exams Countdown…

Monday, March 28th, 2016

The clocks going forward heralds exam season. A wake-up call for many GCSE and A level students embarking on the busiest three months of their education so far.

It’s often a time when the realisation sets in for many a youngster that their future depends on passing key exams. With that comes panic.

First things first: don’t let it overwhelm you. Let’s get practical with some study targets you can start today:

1. Focus on your weakest core subjects first. If it’s English, Maths or Science, whittle down each subject to a list of areas/skills you struggle with most.

2. Look back on mock papers you’ve sat in the last year to see where you lost marks. Perhaps it’s your essay structure, timing, lack of question planning. Passing exams isn’t just about knowing content; it’s about exam technique too.

3.  Start a plan of action. Build a revision timetable around these key areas to build your confidence over the next few months.

There’s no shame in getting things wrong in the past. We’ve all been there! Just make sure you learn from those mistakes?

Unlike school revision sessions, a private tutor can focus on your specific needs in half the time. Plus give you a boost of confidence at this critical time. Imagine what a difference that would make?

Private tuition to help you pass

Wherever you are across Manchester, Stockport and Cheshire, call 1-2-1 Home Tutors for one-to-one revision support with a GCSE or A level tutor.

Why is GCSE English such an important subject?

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

English GCSE is a core subject – compulsory for every student. If you don’t achieve a C grade at 16, you have to stay in education until aged 18 to re-take. But why?

1. Communicate your way into the future

Being able to express yourself clearly, hold a conversation, persuade others and think critically are much-needed assets in the world beyond school.

Whether you want to start a business, work for an employer or travel the world, you’ll need excellent English skills every day.

2. Understand people

In the real world, life’s all about getting on with people, understanding how they tick, and using psychology. Studying novels and poetry teaches you all this and more…

Life isn’t black and white: it’s full of grey areas. People, too, are complex. By studying literature, you can fine-tune your empathy and understanding – while opening your eyes to different cultures and thinking.

3. Be human in a digital age

Both verbal and written communication skills are essential in the digital age. Just because using computers and tablets are the norm, you still need to be able to write well – with correct punctuation and spellings. That’s just for starters.

While a relief that you might be able to avoid inflicting your messy handwriting on anyone, you still have to communicate professionally to employers, staff, clients.

You might need to write CVs, letters, blog articles, website content, reports… All of which rely on good, old-fashioned written communication skills.

Pass GCSE English with flying colours

Exam season is hotting up in Manchester and Cheshire. If you’re in the Stockport, Bramhall or Woodford areas – including Poynton and Hazel Grove – call us.

With experienced GCSE and A level English tutors available now, your child can secure their future today…


What is Verbal Reasoning?

Monday, March 7th, 2016

If sitting the 11 or 13 plus exam (for 2017 entry) in the Manchester area, you need a brilliant grasp of verbal reasoning.

Verbal reasoning, in short, is word and language problem solving. That means you could be tested on vocabulary knowledge, grammar, spelling and word usage.

That’s just for starters. A verbal reasoning paper also tests your ability to spot patterns, apply logical thinking, and understand the relationship words have with each other.

Know your vocab!

Word knowledge is an area many 11 and 13+ students struggle with – mostly because of the way many questions are set. Often you have to:

  • Remove a letter from one word and place into another
  • Change the first word into the last, by changing one letter at a time
  • Spot prefixes or compound word patterns

Sometimes, questions are more cryptic. There are coded sequences to master where you have to decode words using numbers and letters. This means you need tip-top logical thinking, as well as James Bond code breaking skills!

Let the games begin

1. Play the dictionary game: close your eyes and put your finger on a word on a random page. Read its meaning, then think of a rhyme, synonym and antonym for it.

2. Play the group game: In two minutes, write down as many types of boat (steamer, ship, dinghy, barge…) Challenge yourself to all sorts of ‘types of…’ groups. Types of hats, trees, herbs, colours, footwear etc

3. Take the change a letter challenge. Pick a random four letter word and change a letter each time to form a new word. salt – halt – hall – ball – bill – sill – silt

Entrance exam tuition

The key to entrance exams is to think fast on your feet. Therefore, learning English, Maths and reasoning techniques is essential.  A one to one tutor can teach you all of these and more.

For entrance exam success in the Manchester and Cheshire area, call 1-2-1 Home Tutors.