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How to get yourself through the exams

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

Exam season is finally here – whether you are sitting SATs exams, GCSEs or A Levels. Tutoring young people day in day out, we understand how important this point in your life is to you.

We also know what a struggle it can be to get through it all – especially when you are not feeling confident.

So, our fab tutors across Manchester and Cheshire would like to share some thoughts with you to help you on your way.

  1. Keep going, don’t give up. It takes courage to sit any exam, and you have loads of it. Look at all of your achievements so far. Those practice exams you didn’t think you could do, those quotes you remembered, the way you picked yourself up after not doing so well and kept going… Incredible. You CAN do this!
  2. Keep trying. Tempting as it is to think you are rubbish at a subject that is important, don’t listen to negative thinking. Instead, do something positive today to help you tackle your fears: create mind maps to single out areas you know about to give you confidence. Then mind map the areas of the syllabus you are still unsure about. Tackle those first.
  3. Take each day as it comes. Every day is a new day. If yesterday’s revision didn’t go to plan, let it go. Instead of dwelling on what went wrong, think about what you can do to put it right. Struggling with something specific? Get help with it. Ask teachers, look online, arrange a tutor.

Remember: worrying gets you nowhere. Your worth in life is not measured by your SATs scores, or your final exam results.

While exams can open up doors and offer opportunities, there is so much to experience in life and look forward to.

Give your all to these exams now, and try your best. No one can expect anything more of you.

Then look forward and focus on your next challenge in life without looking back or worrying about how you might have done.

Last minute exam support is here

If you need a burst of confidence, practical knowledge or techniques to take you through the exams ahead, call our 121 Home Tutors team today.

 

Is your child sitting SATs?

Saturday, April 14th, 2018

Sitting exams is an inevitable fact of school life. The two key tests at Primary level are the Year 2 and Year 6 SATs.

As a parent, it’s natural to worry about how your child might do. However, it’s important not to be over-anxious about them.

Primary school can be a tough environment for our children anyway. Children constantly compare themselves to their peers, and get worried if they don’t feel as good as everyone else.

You’ll know if your child comes home saying they’ve been moved up or down a class/table, how much they care about doing well. The excitement and disappointment is felt in equal measure.

In the face of school targets and expectations, we think it can help to put them into perspective. Here’s some advice from our Manchester and Cheshire tutor team on how to do just that.

Surviving SATs with a smile

  1. Encourage your child to see SATs as just one part of their whole education. The ability to think for themselves, to be kind, to help others, to work as a team, to care about others are just as valuable…
  2. Read for pleasure with your child. If you as a parent can make time to read, it’s surprising how valuable children will see it. Why not read with your child too? Publications like The Week Junior are a great opportunity to read with your child. Get them to skim and scan for information – a great tip for negotiating the Reading test.
  3. Tests are like solving mysteries. Get your child to imagine they are a detective cracking a case. For English tests, they are always looking for clues. (quotes and information) For Maths, they have to crack codes and numbers to solve challenges.
  4. Have fun with Maths. Search for multiplication tables games online, or you could use a simple pack of cards to practise addition, subtraction, division or multiplication. Also, get in the kitchen: it’s surprising how many Maths calculations you do when baking!

Our advice is to try and help your child keep these exams in perspective by not making them the be all and end all.

Of course, some children need that extra push and support when feeling under pressure. It’s something our children have to replicate at GCSE level too, so it makes sense to support them early on with a healthy mindset.

If you want to chat about how a course of tuition lessons could help your child do just that, do get in touch with our tutor team today.

Remember though: try to stay calm yourself. Your children will make their way in the world in spite of exams and tests…

Who says you have to be perfect?

Monday, May 16th, 2016

With the year 6 Sats last week, reports in the media revealed how stressed children were in the lead up to them.. And how tough the tests were.

Life, of course, is full of challenge. We can’t shield our children from that… After all, once they are in the job market, they’ll face stiff competition to get on in life. A dose of testing can help children prepare for the future..

However, a test or grade must never define a child’s worth… That’s why we were especially moved to read Willesborough Junior School’s letter sent to parents and pupils before the Sats exams.  Isn’t it great?

We catch them when they fall

What matters most is that children feel supported through these challenges. That there are safety nets when life at school gets tricky…

As a popular tuition service across Manchester and Cheshire, our lovely tutors often work with children whose confidence is in tatters, or are struggling with a subject.

We love nothing more than restoring a child’s confidence, and seeing big smiles when they’ve cracked a challenge that stumped them before.

Though we can’t stop Sats or 11+ tests, GCSEs or higher exams, we can make life easier for you. With the security and trust of a personal tutor, you can build on your subject weaknesses and turn them into strengths.

If we can help, just give our tuition team a call at head office.

Remember … no one is perfect. And even if you don’t do as well as you expect in future exams, never never give up.