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How important is self confidence?

Monday, July 25th, 2016

How confident is your child? Research just published shows that girls’ confidence deteriorates as they progress through their teens. Worrying, isn’t it?

Adolescence is an inevitable battle as it is. With the onset of puberty, a host of physical, emotional and social changes hugely impact on teenagers. Add the pressures of achieving at school to the mix, and self-esteem can plummet.

Here at 1-21 Home Tutors in Cheshire’s heartland, just south of Manchester, our tutors find both teenage boys and girls suffer from low confidence. While body confidence and identity are undoubtedly key issues at this age, academic self-doubt is an undeniable hurdle.

Low self-esteem can affect academic – and indeed life – success. So what can you do to protect your child?

Learn to be confident

Here are some helpful suggestions to help your child gain more confidence:

  1. Say I can! Self-doubt nags away at us, saying ‘you can’t do that.’ Instead, train your inner voice to say ‘I can.’ Remember how amazingly talented you are at different things.
  2. Failure is a life lesson. Nobody is perfect. Low marks in a test happens to us all. Nobody is perfect. (repeated to remind you that we’re all on a learning curve!)
  3. Try try try If you struggle with a subject, don’t accept that you are naturally bad at it. Don’t give in to negative thinking like this. Instead draw up a mind-map by breaking that subject down into topics you understand, and topics you don’t. This will help you see that you’re not bad at everything. And help you identify those areas to work on.

Regular tuition with feel-good factor

If your child is struggling with a subject such as Maths, Science, English or a Modern Foreign Language, private tuition with an expert will help them overcome all those worries and fears in no time.

A great way, too, to help your child feel good about themselves! Why not call our head office in Wilmslow for an initial chat?

Struggling with SATs exam results?

Friday, July 15th, 2016

With just 53% of children meeting the ‘expected’ standard in reading, writing and maths, almost half of primary children underachieved under the new SATs exams. How did your child do?

Former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan stressed parents and teachers shouldn’t compare these results with previous ones since the threshold was raised – meaning it was harder this year to achieve higher marks.

While the government works on its remit to drive up standards by introducing ‘rigour’ into the curriculum, it’s important not to forget that our children really struggle when they ‘fail’ exams.

After giving their all, receiving news that they’ve not measured up compared to everyone else can be devastating. Our advice, here at 1-2-1 Home Tutors, is not to lose heart. Instead…

Celebrate achievement however small

At the end of primary school education – whatever your child’s results – let’s celebrate their fantastic successes:

  • Scoring a goal for the school team
  • Helping a friend in need out
  • Overcoming nerves to take part in a school play
  • Putting your hand up in class when you were too shy before
  • Improving in any subject
  • Moving up a table

Remember that SATs results reflect just one week of exams – not years of learning. Instead, focus on how far you’ve come, and what a wonderful person you are too.

Take positive action

Of course, unexpectedly lower marks might flag up a learning weakness in your child. Leaving it until the September term will only let problems fester. And with a new curriculum to grapple with, there will be little time to go over the basics again. Instead:

  • Spend time over the hols breaking down specific problem areas into chunks, then tackle each in turn
  • Consider summer tuition with a local tutor to turn things round in time for the start of term

We’ve a bunch of super tutors across Manchester and Cheshire who can help your child during the summer holidays to get them back on track. Get in touch!

The Big Benefits to Summer Learning

Monday, July 4th, 2016

With some schools in Manchester and Cheshire already breaking up for the summer, that means many children have almost two months off. And even if your child has a 6 week break, it’s still a LONG time without any learning whatsoever.

Did you know that American studies have concluded that ‘brain drain’ is real? Children experience learning loss when they have an extended summer break, and then take up to a month or more to re-focus on school again in the autumn.

Just as important as keeping the body active, kids’ brains need to be stimulated too. Tempting as it might be to do zilch over the summer hols, children massively benefit from some regular brain gym.

And if your child is facing GCSE or A level re-sits, embarking on year 7, 10 or 12 – or is in year 5 and sitting a grammar school entry exam soon – July and August are opportune months to maintain their thinking skills.

How to keep your child’s brain ticking over

1. Read read read

If your child won’t read a paperback, get them listening to audio books in the car or plane. It’ll stimulate both their language knowledge and imagination.

2. Step back in time

Get them hooked on history to inspire curiosity and provoke thinking. Luckily, the Manchester area is spoilt for choice with museums. Ideal for discovery days out. Here are just a few!

3. Be part of the digital revolution

Keep your child’s writing skills updated. Because it’s so easy to set up a blog nowadays, why not encourage your child to write a blog?

With a real audience, they can update it with days out, articles about interests, reviews of films/games – even a travelogue of the family summer holiday complete with uploaded pics.

4. Learn in half the time with private tuition

For subject specific learning, why not hire a tutor over the summer? It’s a great way to not only address any weaknesses and problems left festering at the end of term, but is a great opportunity to truly leap ahead.

Call our 1-2-1 Home Tutors dream team when you need any help with your child’s studying. From Maths, English and 11 Plus, to language learning and science subject support.