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Exam failure isn’t the end of the world

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Have you just taken your GCSE or A level mocks and didn’t get anywhere near your predicted grades? Perhaps you’ve exams after the holidays, and are worried you are just not performing at your best just now?

Yes, that’s me. What now?

First off, you’re not alone. Thousands of students like you will be feeling the same crushing disappointment, the same ‘punch’ in the pit of your stomach.

It’s natural to feel gutted that your mock grades don’t match your potential at this moment in time… However disappointing, it’s important to not let yourself feel too overwhelmed.

Instead, as our very experienced tutors and teachers will tell you, now is the ideal opportunity to dust yourself down and look at the big picture… Here’s our top three suggestions on how to handle mock exam disasters:

  • Learn from your mistakes

We’ve all made them. Trick is to use your exam papers to identify where you went wrong and how you can resolve these weaknesses by the final exams. Are you weaker on specific papers than others? Is it a question of timing? Was it your exam prep which might have something to do with it?

  • Fight back with positive action 

Once you’ve pinpointed where you went wrong, use that information to put together your ‘fight back’ regime! Perhaps you need to try different revision techniques? Perhaps you need to practise more exam questions under timed conditions? 

  • Keep your chin up

An exam is only truly a ‘fail’ if you let it. Accept this happened, and move on with determination that these pesky exams are NOT going to get the better of you! Having a positive outlook will help you more than anything just now.

Focus your mind on your long-term goal. Once you’ve decided THAT is worth fighting for, it will make it easier for you in the coming term to leap beyond this annoying blip, and achieve the future success you deserve.

Tackle tricky topics with targeted tuition

Aside from reading more of our exam success tips, you can always get in touch to arrange some focused tuition with one of our experienced GCSE or A Level tutors.

With a pick of the best tutors across Manchester or Cheshire, dedicated 1-1 personal tuition can help you revise all those tricky topics that have held you back before.

Is your child falling through the SEN gap?

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

As a popular tuition service across Trafford, we meet so many parents who have constant worries about their child’s education. This year was no exception…

One of the problems in schools, whether at primary or secondary, is that there is only so much support available to struggling children in the classroom. Unless your child has a full statement, many children simply fall through the gap.

It’s important to remember that an SEN child can be highly intelligent – often gifted. Aspergers and dyslexic children, for example, are smart cookies! 121 Home Tutors often support SEN children preparing for local Grammar or independent school exams too.

The problem is that a learning difficulty affects day-to-day progress, and can wipe out confidence. That’s why it makes such a difference to have one-to-one support with a patient teacher who can turn a child’s fortunes round.

And then there’s the issue of children who are not diagnosed; we see this a lot. Children, for instance, who struggled like mad in primary school with writing, reading and communication – are then later diagnosed with conditions such as Sensory Processing Disorder.

Overwhelmed and need help?

Private tuition is not just about helping a child with an academic subject or learning problem. It’s about giving emotional support and confidence too.

If you’re worried to bits about your child, and don’t know what to do for the best, call 121 Home Tutors.

With years of experience in helping parents get through tough times – not to mention incredible success with children who’ve fallen through the net at school – we are there for you too.