Archive for the ‘Holiday Tuition’ Category

Avoid the summer slump

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

Brain drain… Is it a ‘thing’? Yes, without doubt. Many studies over the past 20 years have concluded that summer learning loss is real – not a myth. The facts are that children can: lose months of reading skills over the summer holiday take 6 weeks to regain skills that they ended the previous academic […]

When is it time to call in a private tutor?

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

You know yourself that life doesn’t always go to plan. As adults we learn to pick ourselves up and keep going. At least sometimes… Our children, however, might feel so stuck in a learning maze that they can’t find the obvious way out. And it happens a lot more common than you’d think. Has your child missed school? Perhaps your child […]

Study smart this Christmas

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Gah! Exams always appear at the most inconvenient times, don’t they? When it’s hot in the summer, or just before or after Christmas. The truth is, exams are a process that we all go through in life. So rather than feel ‘doom and gloom,’ aim to study smart this Christmas. Here’s our roundup of top […]

How to Stop Summer Brain Drain

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

The dreaded ‘brain drain’ strikes again! It’s a proven fact that children can lose two months’ worth of knowledge if their brains are not academically challenged. And worse, once back in September, they can take up to a month to get into the swing of things. That’s a quarter of a year of learning lost […]

The Big Benefits to Summer Learning

Monday, July 4th, 2016

With some schools in Manchester and Cheshire already breaking up for the summer, that means many children have almost two months off. And even if your child has a 6 week break, it’s still a LONG time without any learning whatsoever. Did you know that American studies have concluded that ‘brain drain’ is real? Children […]

What’s every parent’s summer term nightmare?

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Guaranteed to take the shine off the end of summer term is an unsatisfactory end-of-year report. It happens without fail… There’s nothing worse than seeing your child in floods of tears as they’ve not achieved ‘expected progress.’ Or watching their self-esteem plummet to the floor, disillusioned that they’ve tried so hard and yet haven’t done as […]

How to turn a bad report into a good one

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Just like adults, children are very sensitve about criticism. And just like adults, they struggle to articulate how they feel sometimes. When it comes to school, dealing with the disappointment of an end-of-year report can be tough. Some children shrug their shoulders to give you the impression they’re not bothered – when in fact they […]

‘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 […]

Last minute grammar entry changes

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Earlier this year, Altrincham Grammar School for Girls in Cheshire replaced the Non-Verbal Reasoning paper with a new English/literacy assessment. For children applying for September 2015 entry, this decision meant they didn’t need to study a largely unfamiliar discipline not taught across the board in schools. Latest news: it’s all change again Following a consultation […]

Summer tuition … is it for you?

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Shortly, it’ll be a case of ‘school’s out for the summer.’ No more lessons for weeks, even months! While a family holiday or  fun day out can help children recharge their batteries, for many parents the initial excitement of school hols wears off quickly. How to stave off boredom often becomes the challenge. Little wonder […]