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What’s every parent’s summer term nightmare?

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Guaranteed to take the shine off the end of summer term is an unsatisfactory end-of-year report. It happens without fail…

There’s nothing worse than seeing your child in floods of tears as they’ve not achieved ‘expected progress.’ Or watching their self-esteem plummet to the floor, disillusioned that they’ve tried so hard and yet haven’t done as well as they hoped.

The world of education can seem so cruel at times when one child’s progress is pitted against another. Even if your child is progressing, that one negative phrase can turn their world upside down.

And as we regularly hear from worried parents, that feeling doesn’t go away. It plays on a child’s mind – sometimes even contributing to them dreading going back to school.

How to reduce school worries over night…

First plan of action is to nip any negativity in the bud. Especially if your child is moving schools, starting an important exam year such as year 6 or GCSEs, or is sitting entrance exams in the autumn term.

  • Speak to a teacher about what you can do to help support your child with their learning
  • Spend time over the hols breaking down the problem into chunks, and tackling each in turn
  • Consider summer tuition with a local tutor to turn things round in time for the start of term

Concern in the press about childhood stress isn’t exaggerated. It’s happening to our children.. So if you need a helping hand over the hols to steer your child in the right direction, or some summer tuition to ensure your child gets back on track in time for September, call the team at 1-2-1 Home Tutors.

With the nicest and most experienced private tutors across Cheshire and Manchester, we can help turn your child’s doubt into confidence.

When should you start studying for grammar school entry?

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Is your child sitting the exams for 2017 entry into Manchester or Cheshire grammar schools in September? If so, it’s a great idea to start getting your child:

  1. Familiarised with the range of questions if sitting verbal and non-verbal reasoning papers
  2. Practising exam technique for some of the more challenging types of questions
  3. Testing themselves with practice papers to identify areas of weaknesses to work on
  4. Practising thinking under pressure against the clock
  5. Reading … lots. Short stories, novels, non-fiction. Anything to develop their vocabulary
  6. Looking up unknown words. A really fun way to do this is to use Word Hippo
  7. To be super observant… Get them to spot patterns and shapes in everyday things; write about places you visit together as a family; sharpen their times tables with Squeebles – a fun app

And if your child dislikes reading initially, try instead to hook their interest in words by downloading apps such as Word a Day – or take your pick from these *scrumdiddlyumptious word games!

Finally, try to reward progress and success to keep your child motivated. Too much pressure can switch them off. Always aim to balance hard work required with a sense of fun and challenge.

How to crack 11+ exams in half the time

It’s true: these tests don’t always test ability. They test how to think quickly on your feet – plus expect you to think logically, numerically, imaginatively, verbally and non-verbally within a short space of time.

If your child needs help juggling how to do this successfully, get in touch with us here at 1-2-1 Home Tutors. Our fantastic tuition team of 11+ specialists can offer term and holiday tuition across the Manchester area.

*A Roald Dahl fan? Check out more of his famous, made-up words here.