Archive for 2014

The Magical World of Maths…

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Many primary school children – whether facing SATS or entrance exams – find Maths tricky. It can be abstract yet logical, requiring children to understand loads of different concepts at once. Fractions, algebra, decimals et al can be confusing at first. Because of this, children are often put off discovering more about maths’ magical wonders! […]

Cracking Christmas facts! Bet you didn’t know that…

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Whether you’re pulling a few crackers today, lighting candles for Hanukkah, or gearing up for the Chinese New year, Yuletide is full of fascinating facts and myths. Take Father Christmas, for instance… He’s had a busy night! Even beat the law of physics to deliver presents to 378 million children worldwide! Flying east to west through […]

How will the 2015 Education shake-up affect you?

Monday, December 15th, 2014

As we deck the halls with holly at 121 Home Tutors, we’re keeping an eye on education changes across Manchester and Cheshire in 2015. So what are they, and what can you do to make the best of them? 1. GCSE Curriculum. If your son/daughter is currently in year 9, they’ll be the first year to […]

‘Tis the season … for revision

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Tra la la la la la la la la. As the term winds down and festivities gain pace, it can be hard for children to manage revision during this jolly season! With mock exams often before or just after Christmas, and some entrance exams in January, how can children avoid exam panic and still enjoy […]

Mindfulness… Can it help my child cope better?

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Many children feel pressure to achieve when exams, tests and deadlines loom. On top of this, peer pressure and natural anxieties about growing up can put extra stress on children. Plus, if your child has ADHD or is on the Autistic spectrum, there might be other difficulties added to the mix. While ministers debate how […]

How to Beat Exam Stress

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Does exam pressure worry you? An NUT survey revealed that children in Year 2 upwards are getting more exam stressed than ever before – with some avoiding school all together! How can you help your child overcome exam nerves? Whether sitting SATs, Entrance tests, GCSEs or A Levels, why not try these practical tips: Get […]

How to choose a secondary school

Monday, October 20th, 2014

If you are one of hundreds of parents across Manchester and Cheshire choosing a secondary school for your child, you’ll know it can be a tough decision. Nowadays, it’s not just a case of proximity. Although how near you live to the school gates is often an admissions criteria important to consider. With organised open […]

Applying to University? UCAS advice here

Monday, October 6th, 2014

If you’ve already decided you want to go to university, the next step is deciding where and what subject. With countless choices open to you, where do you start? 1. Choose your subject. What do you most enjoy? Consider how your subject choice could fit with your career path. What careers could your subject lead […]

4 Ways to Kick-start the Autumn Term

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

The new school year is well under way! By now, children in all years – from primary to secondary and 6th form – would have started to find their feet. Sometimes, though, it can take a while for children to get into the swing of things after such a long summer break. Here are four […]

New National Curriculum Changes September 2014

Monday, September 8th, 2014

All change at the start of the new school year in Manchester and Cheshire. From Key Stage 1 through to KS3, there are new programmes of study as well as testing arrangements across all the core subjects. That means changes in English, Maths, Science – as well as IT/Computing, Languages and other subjects. Billed as […]