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Why hire a private tutor?

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Why are more and more parents turning to private tuition to support their child achieve? Everyone has a personal reason, of course.

However, as one of the top tuition services across Manchester and Cheshire, here are just four reasons we constantly come across:

A confidence booster

If your child is struggling at school, and just can’t get a handle on a weaker subject, private one to one tuition can help your child get to grips with a tricky topic fast.

Unable to ask for help

Many children are introverts, and hate asking for help in class. Usually the fear of looking ‘stupid’ in front of peers can scupper them from sticking their hand up. Over time, struggling becomes the norm, followed by plummeting grades and student stress.

One snag is that if you went to school in the Dark Ages (!!), you’ll know that many subjects are taught differently nowadays.

So if you don’t feel confident teaching trigonometry, Science subjects or 19th century literature, a private tutor can help! Besides, most children prefer their parents to be parents – not teachers.

Teacher change/issue

Some children feel lost when their teacher leaves – often finding it hard to transition to a new one.

Sometimes, too, teachers are so busy fire-fighting poor behaviour in class, that your child’s problem gets inadvertently over-looked.

Quality time with a tutor can help your child re-engage with the subject again.

Lagging grades

If your child or teen comes home from school with a bad report and shame written all over their face, you’ll know how hard the fall is when grades slip. And worse, some children find it so hard to claw back by themselves…

A private tutor will not only help your child work out why their grade slipped in the first place, but help them develop new strategies to ace it next time.

Finally, a good tutor will help your child believe in themselves more rather than feel such shame at failing. After all, learning from failure is the way we all learn in life.

Call 121 Home Tutors today

Call Alison and the team if your child is struggling, if they need a boost to their grades, or you want your son or daughter to prepare for an entrance or mock exam.

Could a Teacher Shortage Affect Your Child?

Monday, April 4th, 2016

You might have heard about the teacher recruitment crisis in the news? Schools are struggling to recruit qualified teachers across the board. With low starting salaries, many newly qualified teachers simply can’t get on the housing ladder and therefore don’t apply for jobs.

As well as this, trainee teacher numbers are down for the third year running. And of those teachers who enter the profession, a large proportion struggle with the daunting workload. In fact, in a recent survey, over half the teachers admitted they’d considered leaving the profession because of it.

This makes for a very unsettled picture if your child is in education at the moment, doesn’t it?

Aside from the recruitment crisis, what about teachers who leave mid-way through a school year? Adapting to another teacher or supply teacher’s learning style can take time – the impact of which can make children feel behind, or that there are gaps in their education.

Some children even struggle to adjust emotionally too, especially if their favourite teacher leaves…

How can private tuition help?

With schools up against it, there’s no surprise that private tuition has mushroomed. Here in the Manchester and Cheshire area, we speak to many parents who arrange extra support to help get their child back on track.

One to one tuition not only offers children and parents a reassuring stability, it can prove to be life-changing.

Popular requests are for English, Maths and Science tutors, as well as modern languages and entrance exam tuition. If you would like to arrange a personal tutor, do please get in touch with our professional tuition team here.

Can a private tutor really make a difference?

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

‘Time’ is something which none of us can get back. And yet we often come across children here in Manchester who struggle to achieve in the time they have, or who waste so much time and energy as they don’t know how to get the best out of themselves.

Unfortunately, being in a class full of other children competing for the teacher’s attention means that time is in short supply. That’s one of the reasons why we come across many children who’ve struggled with a subject for months, and sometimes years.

Often, all a struggling child needs is someone to sit and explain a tricky technique or skill at their pace within an environment where they feel supported. Since some children hate drawing attention to themselves and their difficulties, they can get trapped in a cycle of underachievement.

Private tuition can change all that! In fact, one-to-one attention can actually accelerate learning. We’d be rich if we charged a fiver for every parent who said they were amazed at how much their child had improved in such a short space of time!

Time, then, is just one of the gifts of having a personal tutor. Do you want to find out all the others? If your child struggles at primary or secondary school , or they have a mental block when it comes to a subject, we can help.

With tutors spanning Manchester and Cheshire, we’ve a kind, patient tutor ready to listen. Just call 1-2-1 Home Tutors!

Do private tutors just help you pass exams?

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

This is one of the biggest myths about private tuition. The idea that tutors ‘coach’ children to robotically pass common entrance, 11+ or finals exams is wide of the mark.

Undoubtedly, achievement is a top priority – judging by the countless parents and students who contact us to thank their tutor for helping them pass, or gain entry into the school of their choice.

Success is certainly wonderful! However, to achieve it, our specialists here at 121 Home Tutors don’t simply pass on knowledge. Tuition involves far more than that…

For instance, parents often ask for help with their child, or young adults approach us because they want to:

  • Restore confidence after a set back or poor exam results
  • Discover new ways to learn or retain information
  • Reignite their enthusiasm for a subject after losing interest
  • Overcome a learning difficulty that’s held them back
  • Improve their attitude to learning following a negative experience

Learning isn’t just about passing exams; it’s about developing life skills, opening doors, enabling young people to believe in themselves.

Also, an often overlooked benefit is the relationship between student and tutor. The one to one nature of tutoring is a special one, all built on trust and good communication.

In fact, we often hear from parents what a difference private tuition has made to their child’s communication skills. And how the relationship with teachers in school and parents at home has transformed as a result.

If you too want to help your child make positive changes, 121 Home Tutors can help. Whether you’re in Stockport, Altrincham, Wilmslow, or anywhere across Cheshire or Manchester, reach us here.

It’s never too early to get ahead

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

With year 6 SATs out of the way, GCSEs and A Levels in full swing, many students this time of year often wish they’d revised more or got to grips with that tough part of the syllabus earlier.

Last minute revision can lead to panic. Feeling unprepared – and sometimes terrified – many children blank out in exams when faced with those dreaded questions.

And because exams are naturally competitive, a loss of confidence at the wrong time can sadly affect their eventual grades.

How can this cycle be avoided?

There’s no doubt: through steady revision and planning ahead students perform better. In fact, regular study helps them:

  • Overcome exam nerves, rather  than react to pressure the week before!
  • Structure their time better so that they don’t end up cramming
  • Boost their self-confidence and self-belief
  • Master difficult study areas so they feel ready to tackle any question
Passing exams often boils down to confidence. Whether you’re at primary or secondary school, in further education or an adult learner, you need to believe in yourself.

If this is something you struggle with, or lack of confidence affects your child, drop us a line at 121 Home Tutors. A tutor local to you – whether you’re in Altrincham, Wilmslow or Stockport (or anywhere across Manchester and Cheshire) can help you build skills over time so that you’re ready for anything!

Online tutoring – is it the future?

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Over the last few years we’ve seen lots of online tutoring companies pop up. And there are plenty of online learning methods.

Here at 121 Home Tutors we offer online tutor in a number of different subjects including:

English – lower secondary, scholarship entry exams, GCSE, proofreading, general writing

History – lower secondary, scholarship entry exams, GCSE, AS, A2, degree

Maths – primary, 11+, entrance tests, GCSE, A level

Physics – GCSE, AS, A2

Psychometric aptitude tests – for graduate job applications

How does online tutoring work?

We use the same tutors we use for face to face tutoring – they are of the same high standard. For many students we combine online and face to face tutoring so we work with tutors who are able to provide tutoring in both ways.

We can also offer tutoring that just happens online – and we use a variety of technologies. So it could be Skype or Facetime to create the same face to face tutorial feeling. We also use Google+ Hangouts as well as constantly exploring new technologies for distance, online tutoring.

What are the benefits?

  • It’s great for students who live in rural areas, don’t want to have a tutor in the home (this can be for many reasons such as no quiet area to study). This form of tutoring also means we can help students in any part of the country or the world.
  • Online tutoring can be more flexible – tutors might not be able to travel to a students home early in the morning or late at night but might be able to offer online tutoring at those times. It can also be useful for students who struggle to concentrate for long face to face tutoring sessions as you can break online learning into shorter 15 or 30 minute sessions.
  • It works well for a number of subjects but can be especially helpful for essay based topics where the tutor can look a piece of work and then chat through any issue during a web based tutorial.

If you are interested in online tutoring then contact 121 Home Tutors today.

 

Is tutoring too tiring?

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Over the last few months there have been lots of reports that tutoring can be damaging to children. Just this month one headmaster said private tutoring overloads children with work and makes them too tired.

If you’re thinking about hiring a private tutor how do you ensure it’s a positive experience that benefits your child? Here are our top tips.

  • Work with an experienced tutor, checked by a reputable company. That will mean they will understand how tutoring works and what an ‘average’ child can cope with.
  • If you decide to use a tutor then be prepared to spend some time with the tutor explaining what your child is like, what you think they can cope with and what ‘normal’ is for your child. A good tutor will also get to know and read your child but no one knows them better than you.
  • Make sure your tutor has a plan and that it fits in with other activities and isn’t overloading your child on any day or week.
  • It depends on your child but we wouldn’t normally recommend tutoring for more than 2 subjects at any one time.
  • As soon as you start seeing signs that your child isn’t coping with tutoring or it is negatively affecting their performance in school then reassess things with the tutor.
  • Ask your child how they feel – can they cope? Are they too tired?
  • Build in plenty of down time for your child – they need to blow off steam!

If you need help with finding a private tutor in Manchester (we cover all areas) or Cheshire (Didsbury, Wilmslow) then call 121 Home Tutors today.

 

We hope you all have a fantastic Christmas break and look forward to seeing you back reading our blog in 2014.

 

Shhh – don’t talk about your tutor!

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Do you use a private tutor for your children? Have you been tutored yourself? Do you talk to other parents about it or do you keep it private?

This month Harry Wallop discussed tutoring  – and how tutors now outnumber those who work in the NHS, solicitors or teachers. His view was that tutoring is almost underground, something rarely discussed and a bit of a secret.

In our experience that’s not the case. We have many parents who share the details of their tutor with other parents. We know lots of parents who chat about their child’s difficulties with other parents, often leaning on them for support and advice. In Harry’s article he focuses on the race to get children into ‘good’ or selective schools and it’s this competitive element that seems to lead to more secrecy – parents don’t want other parents to know their kids are getting an extra boost!

But for some parents the opposite is true and they want everyone to know they can afford a private tutor and boast about how well their child is doing.

There are no rules when it comes to having a tutor – you don’t have to tell anyone or you can tell the world. But what you might find is that the key to finding a really good tutor is word of mouth recommendation.

If you need help finding a private one to one tutor for your child in Manchester or Cheshire (covering Sale, Heaton Moor, Trafford) call 121 Home Tutors today.

 

Fractions for five year olds

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

In the last few weeks there has been a lot of press coverage about imminent changes to the national curriculum, aimed at raising standards within education.

One of the most significant changes at primary level will be the introduction of the computing curriculum, which will see five year olds creating computer programmes rather than learning how to use word processing packages. They will also be taught how to keep their personal data safe on the internet.  The computing curriculum will be backed by up changes to maths teaching with younger children being taught more complex maths such as fractions.

Internet savvy youngsters

Although some of the proposed changes have been criticised these suggestions make perfect sense. Our children live in an increasingly technological world with many careers entirely dependent on the ability to use that tech. The right thing to do is to arm students with the skills they need to succeed in 15 years time when they are looking for jobs.

We’re always looking for tutors with strong digital and technology skills to support primary and secondary students as we feel this will become increasingly important over the next decade. If you’d like to help your children become more comfortable with technology then a private tutor can help – we even have tutors who can help you learn to write a computer programme! If you’d like more information on private tutoring for computing then call 121 Home Tutors today. 

Tutoring for gifted children

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

A few weeks ago a report published by Ofsted stated that clever children are being failed by our schools. Ofsted inspectors are concerned we have a culture of low expectation, meaning brighter children aren’t recognised or pushed to achieve higher grades.

It’s a problem we see here at 121 Home Tutors. Class teachers often don’t have the resources or time to dedicate to a child who needs pushing. Bright kids can be problematic in the classroom if they become bored. If they aren’t stretched they can switch off and start to be disruptive in the classroom.

So if you have a bright child what can you do to help?

  • School is the first place to start. Talk to their teacher and see if there are ways they can be challenged within the classroom environment. There are various ways this can happen – from setting them harder work to working with an older pupil. A good school will recognise the challenges of each individual pupil and do what they can to accommodate them.
  • Another option is to work with a private tutor. You can work around the school curriculum or you can stretch your child by tutoring them in something entirely different – a new language maybe. It doesn’t have to be about racing ahead at school – the aim is to keep your child engaged in learning.
  • Find alternative ways to develop your child outside of education. Sign them up for activities and clubs – their social development is as important as their academic excellence.

If you’d like more information on tutoring for gifted children at primary or secondary level in Manchester and Cheshire call 121 Home Tutors today.