Day: January 20th, 2020
One of the first significant challenges your child will face in school is the 11 plus exam. Of course, school presents certain challenges from the moment they start school but an exam is a different kind of challenge and is one that requires the correct approach.
As a parent, you are going to want your child to do well but how can you help them to pass the exam?
Take Things Slowly
The aim is to not push your child into preparing and learning for their exam in a short period of time. This can leave them feeling lost, rushed and it can cause them to lose confidence. Therefore, it is important that you understand their ability and then begin to prepare for the exam in advance.
Just a small amount of work each day, such as 10-15 minutes, is enough to get them focused without putting too much of a strain on them. Large blocks of learning might mean that they forget things or are unable to process all of the information efficiently.
One of the most important things that parents can do is to encourage their children. Parents want their child to do well and children want to do their parents proud, but as adults, it is vital that you find that right balance. You want to encourage them to do their best and so, when they do well, encourage them. It will give them the confidence they need. However, if they are struggling, don’t be too hard on them and try to help them find a solution.
Cover All Aspects of the Exam
It does not matter what exam board administers the exam, they will be tested on the same subjects and that will consist of mainly English, Maths, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning. As a result, you should try to make sure that they have a schedule that covers as many topics as possible without it being too full on. As part of the English exam, they will be testing on the following:
● Sentence structure
Consider Both Question Formats
The exam will consist of two question formats known as multiple choice and standard. Multiple choice questions will require your child to choose the right answer from a number of options while the standard question will require your child to create a written response. Too often, the focus is put on the standard questions but in reality, both formats should be practised. Despite multiple-choice questions providing the answer, they still require a certain set of skills to identify the right answer. Therefore, it is important that both formats are practised.
Private Tuition Provides Focus
Private tuition is a great option for those parents who feel that their child can benefit from it or for those parents who think that they are unable to prepare their child correctly. However, private tuition will provide children with a structured learning experience that will identify their strengths and weaknesses before providing them with the correct level of learning. It is not forced or pressured but delivered in a way that can help them enter the exam with confidence.
Maths could be considered to be one of the most challenging subjects when it comes to school. However, once children begin to learn maths, they can see that it helps them with solving maths problems and it helps them get by in everyday life. Despite this, to get to this point, they will need to overcome challenges, frustration and difficulties all of which can result in children becoming disheartened with the subject,
From algebra questions to geometry, there are many aspects to teaching maths. If we set the right foundations and make maths a subject that children enjoy learning, they will be adequately prepared for that time when GCSE maths questions become a part of their education.
With this in mind, how can parents make primary maths fun again?
There are so many games out there that bring maths to life. In fact, many children are probably not too familiar with old-fashioned board games but they still provide plenty of excitement nonetheless. Therefore, give children the chance to explore games such as monopoly or the Pizza Fraction Fun Game. These games are packed with fun while encouraging children to use their maths skills without them barely realising.
Part of the learning process now involves technology and this is where smart devices can come into play. Children love using them and with so many apps and games available, parents can help them to improve their primary maths skills while enjoying the interactive aspect of apps.
Include Maths in Everyday Life
Whether parents are filling up their car with fuel, travelling on a journey or shopping, we are surrounded by opportunities to learn maths.
Parents can get cooking with their children and ask them to weigh out their ingredients before using some of the ingredients and working out what is remaining. If parents are driving on a long journey and are asked how long is left until they arrive at their destination then they can explain that the total journey is 150 miles and they have already driven 45, so how many miles are left? All of these questions pop up in everyday life and that provides the perfect opportunity to get children thinking.
Help Them To Understand the Purpose of Maths
For many children, they do not see the relevance of maths in day-to-day life. However, we all need maths, particularly when we are shopping. Therefore, if you are at the supermarket then parents can ask their children which products offer the best value or what will be the total cost of a range of items. Once they realise that this is all part and a parcel of everyday life, they will value it more and enjoy working out these kinds of things when they are out and about without the need for a prompt.
Ask Relative Thoughtful Questions
Children love nothing more than being asked questions and being asked questions is a crucial part of making maths fun again. If you can tie in these questions with their interests then you can really ignite that spark inside them. If they are a football fan, you can ask them to total up the number of goals scored in several games or if they enjoy pizza then you can ask them if ½ of a pizza is bigger than ¾ of a pizza. These are the sort of questions that will mean something to them and will enhance their experience of maths.
If you can bring their interests to life by asking them questions, then you will encourage them to continually work out maths-related questions each time.
So, maths can be a testing and challenging subject for children. However, parents can play their part in ensuring that they make it as interesting as possible while giving children the chance to learn and progress.
As far as learning goes, we all do it differently. There are those who are confident and those who are not. There are those who are better in a group environment and those are better on a one-to-one basis. Different things work for different people but what are the benefits of small group tuition?
It Creates a Collaborative Environment
Students enjoy engaging in activities
Most students enjoy working together and that is why small group tuition is highly effective. It enables students to engage with others while learning together, helping to develop confidence and competencies.
Group tuition is practical
In a standard classroom environment of around 30 pupils, it is challenging for the teacher to give as much attention as possible to those who need it. What’s more, there are those who learn at different rates and all of this can lead to a different learning experience. However, small groups of around two to six pupils will enable them to receive more attention from the tutor. This helps them to learn more effectively while also having the chance to interact with others.
It teaches children to work with others
While individual tuition is highly effective, it also removes the ability to work with others and so, small group tuition almost brings with it the best of both worlds. Pupils will have the opportunity to speak, listen, work in pair and benefit from tailored teaching methods than enhance the learning experience.
It Can Avoid Mixed Abilities and Styles
Again, in a large classroom, it is common to have a variety of pupils who are receptive to different learning styles, not forgetting the different abilities. Some pupils prefer a hands-on approach to learning while there are those who might be more visual. There are those who might be better at a certain aspect of a subject than those but when it comes to small group tuition, this is not the case. This is because it makes it possible for tutors to place pupils with others who work on the same level and have the same ability. They can also bring pupils together who have the same learning style.
Some Pupils Respond to a Group Environment
There are pupils who thrive from working and learning in a small group. Often, a one-to-one environment is too intimate for some and so, they do not get as much from the experience as possible. What this means is that they are far more receptive to a group learning experience. There are those who thrive from problem-solving and working with others. What’s more, there are those who also like the challenge of going up against other pupils when it comes to finding answers.
Small group tuition is somewhere between one-to-one tuition and a classroom environment. Children can gain more from small group tuition as the learning experience is more tailored to their specific need.
At inTuition Clubs we focus on academic achievement as well as on embracing a more rounded and robust approach to assessing children’s need. We use praise-based, blended learning where children are challenged, recognised and rewarded. Aligned with the UK national curriculum, our tuition sessions combine leading edge technology and physical learning tools within an inspiring, fun environment.
Learning to read is one of the most important aspects in the development of a child. When they learn to read, it enables them to move through life while having the ability to undertake a range of tasks. It is a skill that is vital to all of us but still when it comes to learning to read, it is vital that we ensure we keep things exciting for them.
To children, learning to read is something that they can lose interest in especially when they are easily distracted by other things. However, when it comes to learning to read, there is a lot that we can do to make sure that they enjoy it and can get excited about it. Once the excitement is there, they will want to continue their learning experience while getting as much from it as possible.
So, how do you get your child excited about reading?
Make it a Part of Their Routine
Children respond well to routine, even if at first it takes time to get them into that routine. Whether it is having bath time at the same time each day or putting them to bed, the routine provides structure and gives them an understanding of what is expected of them and the same can be said for reading.
Whether you schedule reading in before they go to bed or after they have had food, making them aware of the fact that reading has to be done each day will get them excited about it. When they know that they have time set aside for it, they will understand that it is time for them to show off how well they can read and how they have progressed.
Create a Reading Area
Children love the idea of having a secret or special place in which they can do things. Look at the way in which children love building dens and use that excitement by creating a special reading area. You can put bean bags on the floor, even create a cosy corner in their bedroom with a roof where you can read in privacy and in secrecy. They will love the chance to hide themselves away with you each day, making the experience exciting and an adventure at the same time!
Create Regular Read Aloud Time
Children respond well to hearing things and they often absorb a lot of what they hear which is why it is important that you add read-aloud time to your reading schedule. This kind of reading enables you. Research has found that children who are read books by someone who loves reading will also develop a passion for books and reading. Read-aloud time will inspire children to learn and enhance their reading while it also shows them the joy that they can get from reading.
All of this will increase their excitement of reading and will help them to benefit from every second they spend reading books.