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Entrance tests – how to cope on the day

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

The new year will signal the start of entrance exams for independent schools. So you’ve read our revision tips blog and have been working hard with your child over the Christmas break. The big day (or days!) is here, how do help your child cope? Preparation is important The school will have sent you a […]

Make the most of your Christmas break – revision and study

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

It’s finally time for some festive fun but with so many students facing exams immediately after the Christmas break it’s a good idea to set some time aside for study. Here are our top ten tips for keeping on top of things during the holidays: 1.       Get organised. Don’t leave revision until the last minute, […]

Grammar schools top popular schools list in Manchester

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

In the last few weeks the most (and least) schools in Manchester have been revealed with grammar schools dominating the top spots. There are around 160 grammar schools in the UK and entrance to them usually depends on your child passing an entrance (or 11+) examination. In recent articles we’ve discussed which secondary school might […]

One-to-one tuition in schools at an end? What now?

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Recently the Government announced significant changes to existing one-to-one tuition for struggling pupils ( The original programmes were designed to help children who had fallen behind in areas like reading and numeracy. The last Labour Government made a pledge to help pupils falling behind through one-to-one or small group catch-up sessions. These were going to […]

Do children learn better with male teachers?

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

A recent article in The Daily Mail suggested pupils make more effort with male teachers as they are seen as more fair. The article was based on information from a study by researchers from Westminster University, the London School of Economics and the graduate business school INSEAD who carried out an experiment involving 1,200 pupils […]

How to get the best from your tutor

Friday, November 19th, 2010

At 121 Home Tutors we know our students get the most out of tutoring when they are on the same wavelength as their tutor. But how do you make sure you have a good relationship with your tutor and what can you do when things go wrong? Here to help Remember your tutor is there […]

What to think about when choosing a secondary school

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Following on from our article last month about ‘Which secondary school is right for your child’ we’re bringing you some additional hints and tips around what to consider when choosing a school for your child. If your child is in Year 4 or 5 then it’s worth starting to think about some of these things […]

Decision time – which secondary school is right for your child?

Monday, November 1st, 2010

If your child is in Year 4 or 5 you’ve got a big decision looming – which secondary school is right for your child? If your child is in year 6 you may be in the midst of a testing time – literally – with grammar schools entrance tests completed and entrance exam tests for independent […]

How to find a tutor for your GCSEs, AS & A2

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

People think that it’s parents who find tutors for their children but at 121 Home Tutors we often find it’s the children that are in control of their own learning. At GCSE and A level (AS/A2 level) we find it’s the students as much as the parents searching for a tutor. As the person sat […]

How to help your child prepare for their first exam

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

If your child is now in Year 10, November may be when they will take their first ever ‘real’ exam. Some GCSE modules have exams which fall in this month and the results from these tests will be part of the eventual grade that your child achieves. So if your child has never taken an […]