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Learn a Language, Transform your Career

Monday, July 24th, 2017

If you’re a secondary school student, in the 6th form, at University or even considering a career change, have you ever considered what learning a new language can do for you? You should. The opportunities are vast!

Did you know that the following languages are not only in the top ten of most spoken languages globally, but they have been cited as being in the top ten list of languages needed to secure the UK’s future!

  • Chinese Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • English
  • Russian
  • Japanese
  • Italian
  • German

Is it smart, then, to learn more languages? You bet it is! No wonder the government has included a language requirement in its full slate of EBacc subjects.

Locally, too, more schools across Greater Manchester and East Cheshire are offering a wider range of languages. Manchester Grammar offers GCSE Russian, for instance!

Open doors to an exciting future

Nelson Mandela once said, ‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.’

There’s no doubt whatsoever that learning one of these aspirational languages can offer untold career and social opportunities to young people. Learning intercultural skills also helps you become more resourceful, independent and respected.

Lucrative career opportunities abroad are waiting to be snapped up by forward-thinking people who have another language or two on their belt. Will that be you?

Language tutors aplenty

Here at 121 Home Tutors, we have a clutch of fantastic language specialists available.

So, when you fancy taking advantage of some Russian tuition in Wilmslow or the Alderley Edge area, trying out Japanese or Mandarin, or perfecting a European language, call us straight away.

Summer Term Results a Wake-Up Call?

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

No parent wants to admit that their child is struggling with a subject or behind. But the facts speak for themselves…

Year 10 and 12 students often face mock exams in the summer term – only to find they are not where they need to be. With two full terms to go before, panic can easily set in.

Year 6, transitioning into year 7, will be either inspired by their SATs results or gutted by them. Even though this year’s end of primary SATs results were slightly up – with 61% of children reaching the expected standard in reading, writing and maths – this still leaves almost 40% of children struggling…

And worse, as they head off to enjoy a taster day at secondary, tucked in the back of their minds is that they’ve failed their first six years’ of education…

I’m rubbish

Though failure is part of life, there’s no mistaking how hard it can hit our children. Some feel ashamed that they don’t measure up, while others dread going back to school for fear of being teased.

Others, however, take it personally – as if their results are a reflection of them as human beings. If your child has ever cried, ‘I’m rubbish!’ or, ‘I hate myself’ you’ll know how devastating it can be.

That’s why it’s essential to fight feelings of failure head on:

  • Praise your child like mad. Never underestimate the power of accepting your child for their efforts as well as achievements – however small
  • Help them put the exam grades in perspective. Rather than bemoan the marks with them, discuss how to improve in the future. This will encourage them to see that failure is something to learn from
  • Arrange a spot of tuition over the summer holidays and even into the autumn term to help your child get back on track

Look forward, not back

Student stress is well documented – sadly. That’s why it’s even more important to support our children earlier to help build resilience and coping strategies as they go through their education.

If summer tuition could help your child look forward, not back, please get in touch for a no-obligation chat. As many parents across Manchester and Cheshire tell us, it’s so nice to speak to someone who understands.

The essential school holiday checklist for stress-free parenting

Friday, July 7th, 2017

Summer will be gone in the blink of an eye, and yet the holidays themselves seem to stretch on forever. It can be a stressful time planning activities for the kids, working and yet being organised in time for September.

Tempting as it is to drop everything and wait until the autumn term, we’ve some handy hints to help you through the summer holiday frazzle-free:

Shop ‘n label now

Sort out school uniforms, stationery and school bags now while the back-to-school sales are on over July and August. You’ll not only save money, but your sanity too!

Sorting uniform labels now will also make life easier in September if you’ve a gaggle of children to organise! Do two an evening, and before you know it you’ll be done.

Book haircuts and health

You’d be amazed how many of us leave it to the last minute to book a haircut! With your children likely to resemble scarecrows by the end of the summer, it’s wise to book an appointment 6 weeks ahead.

Why not MOT your kids’ health this time of year with eye checks and dentist appointments?

Book some playdates

Other frazzled parents will snap your hand off if you offer to book in some playdate times with your children’s friends. Of course, do make sure they reciprocate!

Keep brain drain at bay

Get ’em reading online with an app such as Reading Eggs. Packed with interactive fun and activities, they’ll find it hard to put down. Give it a try!  Teach your monster to read is also a fun app for the early years.

Struggling with a subject still?

Many local parents across Manchester and Cheshire book some intensive tuition sessions during the summer hols while the pressure of school is off. It can be a fantastic way to not only prepare for the new term, but to blitz some of those pesky learning problems from last term.

Contact the 121 Home Tutors’ team if you feel a spot of tuition would make all the difference. We’re here to help…