Archive for 2015

How to revise over Christmas and STILL have fun!

Monday, December 21st, 2015

For many of you out there, Christmas might feel overshadowed by the thought of tough entrance or mock exams just after you go back to school. Instead of relaxing during the festive season, you might be panicking about failing if you don’t revise hard. Worry not! With a spot of smart planning, you can do both! Here’s […]

Learn a language to open new doors

Monday, December 7th, 2015

The UK is a global country. With every corner of the world opening up, business and career opportunities are too… China, once considered a threat to the west, is now a serious commercial player. Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, speaks fluent Chinese. Nestle’s CEO, Paul Burke, speaks six languages – explaining ‘Being multilingual creates a stronger connection […]

Is Your Child Under Pressure?

Monday, November 30th, 2015

It’s easy to forget with the term winding down to Christmas that many children feel under pressure to succeed this time of year. Since many Eleven Plus exams are often held just after Christmas – Stockport Grammar school’s is in January, for instance – December is most definitely a revision month. GCSE and A Level students […]

Is it time to empower your children?

Monday, November 16th, 2015

It’s officially anti-bullying week in the UK. An opportunity to encourage our kids to ‘make some noise,’ to stand up to bullies rather than suffer in silence. Growing up, of course, has always been tough. Aside from the usual hormones, children have an ever-growing list of daily challenges – each demanding resilience. Exams, finding their […]

Need-to-know changes in 2016 SATS tests

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Is your child sitting a SATs exam in year 6? You NEED to know that it’s all change for 2016! The key focus for the exams is English, plus Maths. Here’s all the key info: Reading exam: One hour long Paper includes reading of the three texts Expect a variety of questions from labelling to trickier open-ended […]

Why now is a great time to be a private tutor

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Education is entering a new era. With new national curriculums in place – plus more subjects being overhauled at secondary level – there’s a lot of uncertainty just now about how children will fare. New testing procedures mean that children will need to learn a different skill-set to achieve qualifications. And with a projected 582,000 rise in […]

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 […]

Is it time to go back to basics?

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Did you catch this article recently? It covers an interesting study from an education think tank regarding the use of computer technology in schools. Research shows that computers alone don’t actually raise standards… Given that children today are always wired up to technology, this opens up the debate about its benefits. Technology is a vehicle for […]

How to crack creative writing

Monday, September 14th, 2015

Does your child struggle with creative writing? Whether starting secondary school, sitting an 11+ exam, or embarking on GCSEs, many children battle with it. Here are some super strategies from our specialist English and literacy tutors on how to crack creative writing: Read read read One of the problems is that children lack language knowledge. A simple way to widen […]

How to survive the first week back at secondary school

Monday, September 7th, 2015

For many children, the first week back at school after a long holiday break can be a nerve-wracking time. If your child is moving up into secondary school, however, he or she may not be with their usual friendship group. Plus, in secondary school, children don’t stay in the one classroom with the same peers. They […]