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Private tuition on a one-to-one basis is recognised as the most productive way to learn. You can use this way of learning to unlock your child's academic potential in a variety of ways; it may be needed to help your child catch up after temporarily falling behind, to learn a subject outside of the school environment, to stretch your child further or give closer attention to their needs than is possible in a classroom environment.

My home tuition service offers your child quality one to one coaching time with an individualised programme tailored to their needs which will build their confidence, improve their subject knowledge and ultimately assist them with achieving their potential.

It is very important to identify how your child likes to learn, do they prefer paper based or ICT resources? Do they like to be shown first or coached through an exercise? Do they prefer to participate in discussions on a topic or would they benefit from having resources to read over after the session to consolidate their learning?

The most commonly used system in schools, and the one which has been most widely promoted by the Department for Education and Skills, is the VAK model of classification, which identifies learning styles as visual, auditory or kinesthetic learners; those who like to look, those who like to listen and those who learn best through physical activity. No one child will use one style exclusively, but they do have preferred learning styles. It is therefore important to identify how your child likes to learn to enable the most efficient learning to take place.

By identifying your child's learning needs in conjunction with their preferred learning style I will create engaging tuition that's just right for them! To ensure that you feel confident in the programme we will discuss your child's progress, achievements and objectives regularly.

I offer subject specific support at both Key Stage 2 (Years 5 & 6) and GCSE level in English and Mathematics as well as providing exam preparation lessons that will teach your child the necessary techniques in time allocation and skills in devising well-constructed answers to ensure that they achieve their potential.


Key Stage 2

In years 5 & 6 in primary school, your child will be consolidating and developing the necessary skills in spelling, reading and writing as well as number skills, shape and space skills, data & probability, measurement and investigative mathematics skills.

These years are paramount to laying the foundations for your child's learning, it is also the time when they are most inquisitive and how they're questions are answered are crucial to their development later in life.

Through my private tuition, I will endeavour to build their confidence and desire to learn by developing learning plans tailored to their individual needs.

Your child's understanding of English is fundamental to both their continued education and later in life. The key areas of English are demonstrated through skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Private tutoring can assist your child to develop these essential skills, some of the benefit's will include your child's enhanced ability to read and write with confidence, fluency and understanding and develop an interest in words, their meanings; thus encouraging a growing vocabulary in spoken and written forms. I can assist your child's development in understanding a range of text types and genres and developing the powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness.

In order to develop sound mathematical skills it is important to establish what areas of Maths your child is already familiar and comfortable with and then build upon this. Throughout the course of years 5 & 6 your child will need to establish competence in number skills such as the core addition, subtraction, division and multiplication as well as word problems, place value, ratio and fractions, decimals and percentages. From this we will expand knowledge to include shape and space such as tessellations, angles, symmetry and coordinates. Data is important to understand in the form of graphs, mean, median and mode and measurement skills need to be established, for example in time, money, weight and capacity.

Whether it's English or Maths that you feel your child would benefit from tuition in, I can develop a learning plan that will help your child to reach their full potential...please call or fill in your details on my contact page and I will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

KS2 SATS

SATSSATs are educational assessments used as a way of measuring how much progress each child had made over the past few years of his/her schooling. The Year 6 SATs signify the end of key stage 2 and are important as teachers can see in certain areas of the subjects taken, where a child’'s weaknesses may be and make strategies to improve this. Obviously some children will achieve a level lower or higher than the national level set by the Government (Level 4). When a child moves up from the Juniors to secondary school, it helps their new teachers to see what level the child has reached in their understanding of English and Maths.

Reading forms a significant part of the key stage 2 SAT test. The test aims to develop your child’'s skills in thinking ‘outside the box’ by looking at how they understand and interpret different ideas, characters and events. Basic questions asked by the test aim to challenge the full range of your child’'s reading ability. Assessing information and commenting on an author’s language use is important in key stage 2, as is the ability to spell to a reasonably high standard, and consequently the key stage 2 English SAT will include a 20 word spelling examination lasting for 10 minutes.

To develop and enhance skills in long writing we will develop a learning plan that explores the use of grammar: paragraphs, full stops, capital letters, exclamation marks and question marks. I will also ensure that your child has sound knowledge and capability to use metaphorical language and similes in their writing as well as being able to create a main theme and a point to the story. This will be assessed in the long writing SATs test and my tuition will ensure that your child achieves their full potential.

In Mathematics, all of the questions are designed to extrapolate the skills of your child and additional marks are awarded for children showing how they arrived at the correct answers.

The skills required at key Stage 2 are that children must know their times tables and be able to use them to multiply and divide, to be adept at using a protractor to measure angles as well as being proficient at calculating areas of shapes. The Maths SATs tests will also require children to be able to solve problems using information provided in graphs and charts and be able to solve problems that relate to ratios and proportion.

Skills in exam techniques will be developed with your child throughout tuition, for example, they are shown how many marks each question is worth: one, two or three. This should help them know how much effort to put into answering each one. For example a 'one mark' answer often only requires one word, while a 'three marker' may need two or three sentences.

Whether it's English or Maths that you feel your child would benefit from tuition in, I can develop a learning plan that will help your child to reach their full potential...please call or fill in your details on my contact page and I will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

ELEVEN PLUS

The Eleven Plus exam for state grammar schools will, depending on the area you live in, consist of papers in any of up to four different disciplines which include Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning, English and Maths.

Verbal Reasoning
Verbal Reasoning consists of approximately 50 different question types and is a language based, problem-solving test and therefore relies on the child having a strong vocabulary. Verbal Reasoning tends to be concerned working out the answers to problems that are based around words or letters, such as working out the odd one out in a group of words or what the next letter will be in a sequence of letters, finding links and relationships between words and numbers, constructing words and looking for similar or opposite meanings as well as making simple calculations.

Non Verbal Reasoning
Non-Verbal Reasoning is used to test a child's problem solving skills. This test is not language based and is concerned mainly with shapes, pictures and patterns and their relationship in a given puzzle. There are three main types of Non-Verbal Reasoning questions but the wording of the questions will differ from school to school.
Similarities: This type will ask the child to find commonalities between pictures, patterns and symbols. They may also have to find the odd-one-out.
Sequences: Here students must find the pattern or link between a series of pictures or symbols. This may be to find the next part of a sequence or to complete a missing part of a pattern.
Analogies: This is usually a two-part question that asks children to discover the link between a pair of pictures and then apply that link to another pair. This is a test of logic

Maths
The 11+ Mathematics exam covers a variety of principles to show how effectively a child can understand and manipulate numbers. Maths exams may vary from region to region, but it will often require children to display most of the following skills:

The 4 rules (add, subtract, multiply and divide)

. Fractions . Decimals . Money . Metric system . Time . Prime numbers . Prime factors . Highest common factor and lowest common multiple . Perimeter and Area ( Squares, Rectangles, Compound Shapes) . Averages . Distance, Speed and Time . Column graphs . Pie charts . Algebra . Angle calculations . Co-ordinates . Reflection and Rotation . Percentages . Simple ratio . Volume of cube and cuboids . Bearings . Simple probability . Nets of shapes . Sequences and number patterns . Marking and interpreting scales . Following rules and instructions in more unusual problem solving and investigational activities.

English

The format of the 11+ English paper varies considerably in different boroughs and it is suggested that parents seek advice on the format of the test from the school.
A typical paper with a time limit of 50 minutes features a comprehension exercise consisting of a two page piece of prose followed by questions about the content followed by further questions about the meaning of words used in the text.
In addition, the test will also test your child’s ability to identify the grammatical type of words used – nouns, verbs, prepositions etc, identify spelling and grammatical errors in sentences and choose the best word from a list that will complete the sentence.
The following tasks are also a common feature of the 11+ English Exam; ordering words to make a sentence, punctuating sentences with capital letters, full stops and question marks, placing words in alphabetical order, finding the odd words out (Similar questions appear on many Verbal Reasoning papers), opposites (again, these feature on Verbal Reasoning papers), rhyming words and simple compound words (also found on Verbal Reasoning papers). 11+ English exams also include a ‘Cloze’ exercise, requiring the child to fill the gaps in a sentence (usually from a bank of words provided) to make it read correctly.
Finally children can be asked to write an essay/short story within a limited time frame.

Children benefit from the one to one approach that private tuition brings, especially if you as a parent find it difficult teaching your own child at home. Tutoring provides increased familiarity with the question types and allows the child to practise the techniques needed to solve them.

If you feel that your child could benefit from tuition for the 11+ exams please contact me to arrange a free consultation.

KEY STAGE 3 (Academic Years 7-9)

Key Stage 3 education is fundamental to a child’s future attainment. Evidence shows that if children do well at Key Stage 3, they substantially increase their chances of doing well at GCSE and beyond.

The KS3 Mathematics curriculum briefly comprises of areas such as Number; Calculations, orders of operation, fractions, decimals, and percentages, Algebra; Formulas, inequalities, equations, coordinates, graphs and sequences, Handling data: Recording and representing data, measures of average, probability and relative frequency, Measures; Reading and converting measurement units, perimeter, area, volume and time and Shape and space; Shapes, transformations, angles, triangles, lines, polygons, symmetry, circles, Pythagoras' theorem.

The KS3 English curriculum includes teaching and assessment of the following; Reading; Sentences, writing structure, and character analysis, Writing; Different writing styles, and methods of preparation, Speaking and listening; Presentation, listening and dramatic techniques. Children will also work with texts from the works of Shakespeare and will learn to identify and analyse character, language, issues and performance in key extracts as well as plot, themes and summaries.

Whether it's Key Stage 3 English or Maths that you feel your son or daughter would benefit from tuition in, I can develop a learning plan that will help them to reach their full potential...please call or fill in your details on my contact page and I will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

GCSE

GCSE examinations are scheduled to take place throughout May and June at the end of year 11.

Home tutoring at this level can be very valuable as students can feel under a lot of pressure to achieve high grades, especially if they are looking to undertake A-Levels as many 6th Forms and colleges require Grade C and above in English and Maths as entry requirements.

The benefits of my service for GCSE support include:
• Improve grades
• Increase self confidence
• Develop knowledge and understanding
• Provide continuing support and advice
• Exam preparation

I provide tutor support for GCSEs from the beginning of Key Stage 4 as mock GCSE exams and coursework start in year 10. Your son or daughter might like some GCSE private tuition throughout the course of the year, during the GCSE revision period only, to cover mock GCSE exam papers or it might be that at the beginning of year 10 or at the end of year 9, following their SATs. Whatever the case may be, they would benefit from regular GCSE tutoring.

Whether it's English or Maths that you feel your son or daughter would benefit from tuition in, I can develop a learning plan that will help them to reach their full potential...please call or fill in your details on my contact page and I will get in touch with you as soon as possible.