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Is your child shy or sensitive?

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Is it true that children these days are more confident than we ever were? In some cases, yes. However, the truth is that many children are not as outgoing as we think they are.

In fact, many shy or introverted children would rather disappear in a classroom than take centre stage! Is this your child? Introverted children typically:

  • Get on with their homework quietly
  • Rarely ask for help in class
  • Don’t make their feelings or thoughts obvious
  • Think through things, rather than react straightaway

Sensitive children, on the other hand:

  • Often take things personally
  • Cry or get upset easily
  • Can’t handle criticism well
  • Dislike being the centre of attention

And yet, it’s important to know that shy or sensitive children are usually very good-natured and kind too. Wonderful qualities… This is why shy or sensitive children need a little more patience and encouragement to help them see that they, too, can achieve.

The power of kindness

Because shy or sensitive children are disposed to low confidence, it’s essential to adjust your approach. Try these useful ideas:

  • Praise your child for trying, not just achieving
  • Share that you too make mistakes so they know getting things wrong is part of learning
  • Give your child the choice to make good decisions. ‘Do you want to learning spellings first or some Maths?’
  • Speak calmly, without raising your voice
  • Don’t let your child dwell on the upset. Change subject or do something else to help them move on

Tuition that nurtures

If your child is behind or not meeting expected levels in primary school, or is underachieving in GSCE or A levels, a one-to-one tutor can make all the difference.

At 121 Home Tutors, we have a team of the kindest tutors you’ll ever find across the Manchester to Cheshire area. Speak to Alison at head office to find out more.

 

Exam Countdown Starts Now

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Is your child facing GCSE or A Level exams this summer or next?

As we see each year, the exam season seems to appear from nowhere – catching out students and parents every time. Time really does fly – especially when you are studying for finals.

Trouble is, once panic sets in it can be hard to revise properly. So let’s look at what you can do to make the most of your time left.

Taking exams this year?

First off, let’s get cracking with a revision timetable. This will help you organise your time better over the next few months.

  • Jot down how many subjects you have, breaking each one down into papers. (Most English Lang GCSEs have two papers, for instance)
  • Then prioritise: which subjects must you get a good grade in? Which subjects are a priority, based on your mock exam results?
  • Revise by doing, not just reading. It’s no good just reading your text book: always do something proactive while you are reading. Flash cards, mind maps – anything to test your recall.
  • Test yourself silly afterwards. Doing past papers under timed conditions is the key to doing well in the summer exams. You’ll know what you’re in for, and won’t be so floored by the time restriction.

How to plan ahead for 2018 exams

The biggest mistake is to think you have loads of time left. You don’t! Before you know it, it’ll be September. You’ll have just two terms to go before the finals!

Could you do with some 121 sessions to get ahead? Which key subjects are you struggling with now? Do you lack confidence, or you’re already worried you won’t get the grades you need?

One option is to secure a fab tutor to help you iron out these niggling issues this year so they don’t turn into huge issues next year. As parents tell us, this approach in year 10 or 12 has made a huge difference.

Don’t miss the boat

Remember, the best tutors are sought-after. And can be almost booked up come September. If your child needs help now, do call 121 head tutor Alison to discuss your child’s situation.

With tutors covering Wilmslow, Bramhall, Stockport and Manchester, including across Altrincham, Trafford and Cheshire, get in touch to see how we can help.