Audiobooks as Reading Tutors

Audiobooks as Reading Tutors   I do most of my reading whilst driving and I haven’t, yet, been arrested for it.   With a six-day working week and arriving home from work past 8p.m. most nights, I just haven’t got the time to read. But I must.   Enter Audible.   With the Audible app,…

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SATs Tutoring at the Beach

SATs Tutoring at the Beach   I may not have thought of this if I had arrived at the beach with a brood of children and an arsenal of beach “essentials”. It may not even be realistic to expect any sort of structured learning to happen at the beach but I’m an educator. It’s my…

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A Suitcase Full of Books: tutors do it too!

A Suitcase Full of Books: tutors do it too! It’s happened before, right? You line the bottom of your summer holiday suitcase with textbooks and writing pads. This is the work that you have planned for your children to complete on a daily basis whilst abroad. This can range from 5 – 15kg worth of…

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Tutor’s thoughts: Spring really is for cleaning

Tutor’s thoughts: Spring really is for cleaning A sought after module in business training is Time Management. Key to time management is efficiency. Crucial to efficiency is organisation. But before any of this happens we need to purge. If your child is sitting GCSEs or A Levels in a couple of months and still has…

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Exam Revision Block – A Tutor’s Perspective

Exam Revision Block – A Tutor’s Perspective Why is he (insert “she” if applicable) not picking up his books and studying? The GCSE exams are around the corner! Look, I am not going to say that smartphones and social lives are not affecting your children’s studying habits. They probably are. But if we are satisfied…

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A Tutor’s Note on Note Taking

Why do some people take notes like champs and others don’t even uncap their pens? I’ve never considered myself a natural note taker and I have always marveled at some of my students’ seemingly innate ability to record information. But I look back at my schooling and I cannot remember one single lesson on note…

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Breaking the Rules When Writing

Breaking the Rules When Writing Part and parcel of children’s progress in writing is the emergence of seemingly obsessive use of word types or techniques. You may notice that your child is going through a phase of overusing complex connectives (also called conjunctions). Or perhaps they are including an adverb in every single sentence that…

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A Tutor’s Library of Young Teenagers’ Books

A Tutor’s Library of Young Teenagers’ Books This week, a shift from picture books to chapter books for students in secondary school. I have avoided the classics recommended to students by most schools. Not because I don’t enjoy them – I absolutely cherish them – but because when they were pushed onto me I was…

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Are We Listening to our Children?

  Disclaimer: I am not a parent. I am, however, a teacher and this wonderful profession has me spending 60% of my day talking to your children. Are you listening now? Every now and again I reflect on how I speak to my students. Regretfully, I too often realise that I spend a lot of…

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A Tutor’s Library of Children’s Books

A Tutor’s Library of Children’s Books   I have spoken before about value and richness of children’s picture books and how many of them transcend the remarkably common opinion that works of literature and art should be put down at an early age. I have fond memories as a young teacher in London, spending hours…

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