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Why it is vital to learn reading skills for exam success

March 6th, 2019

Hot on the heels of our popular recent post on Dyslexia, we’re back to help your child access reading and harness helpful tools. One of the biggest problems our 121 tutor team come across is children who struggle to process information – and therefore answer questions correctly under exam conditions. Some children sitting SATs, Entrance […]

How to win the homework battle

March 1st, 2019

Is homework a battleground in your house? Perhaps your child: leaves it until the last minute and then rushes it; refuses to do it with you; flies into a rage unexpectedly. Homework can be a constant bone of contention in so many families. Just telling your child to ‘get on with it’ – or leaving […]

Revision techniques that rock

February 4th, 2019

Being asked to ‘Revise’ for homework is every student’s nightmare – more so if your child has SEND. Why? The fact is that most students simply don’t know how. Usually a child will sit at their desk at home with their texts and exercise books wondering where to start. Feeling overwhelmed, most give up – […]

How to help your Dyslexic child achieve at home

January 25th, 2019

If you have a Dyslexic child at primary or secondary school, you will know that education can be quite a battleground. Here are some common problems experienced by students and parents, with some helpful tips from our super tutor team across Manchester and Cheshire. Problem 1: Schoolwork and homework takes longer This in itself can spill […]

Can you really revise GCSE English?

January 4th, 2019

It is an age-old myth that you can’t revise for English. More so than ever, it’s essential that you do well in your English GCSE, as it’s a core subject qualification which further Education colleges and sixth forms expect you to have under your belt. That’s why you need to: Get to grips with the […]

Set goals you know you can achieve

December 27th, 2018

Are you in your last year before key exams? Whether you’re taking SATS, Entrance tests, GCSEs or A Levels, the chances are that you will feel overwhelmed at some point before them. If you simply aim to ‘try my best’ or ‘pass all exams,’ you’ll quickly get into a panic as those long term goals […]

Practice makes perfect, right?

December 6th, 2018

How to overcome failure fast The drive for perfection is embedded in schools. Get the best grades, pass first time, win the match. But the truth is, in the real world perfection all the time doesn’t exist. Most people in life make mistakes. You’ll hear it took them three goes to pass a driving test, […]

Smart ways to beat bullies

November 30th, 2018

Being bullied is one of the most miserable experiences that can happen to you at school. Sadly, far too many young people have to face this every day. Bullies target anyone – whether you’re different, have religious beliefs, skin/hair colour, where you come from, your gender, size, or sexual orientation. Some even target you if […]

How to study successfully without dropping grades

November 9th, 2018

Just how DO you study? It’s surprising how many teenagers simply just don’t know. Revise this, revise that. But what does that really mean? What strategies should you be nailing? The BIG problem with studying is? Distractions! They’re everywhere. Social media, videos, texts, surfing the Internet… Before you know it, you’re stalling – wasting precious […]

How to ace exams and tests

October 26th, 2018

Facing exams soon? Perhaps end of term, key stage or unit tests, GCSE subject tests, mock exams, common entrance papers, SATs, A Levels… Because there’s so much testing in schools now, you’d think children find it easier? Sadly, no. Many children our team of private tutors support fall into two main categories: those feeling overwhelmed and […]