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Thank you for your lovely card.  You have helped with my creative writing and vocabulary.  I have grown in confidence and I appreciate your help.
Naomi
GCSE Maths
Alex says ” I learned more in three months than my whole time in the maths classroom at school. I went from dreading it to feeling much better about being there.” This Summer he was overjoyed to find that he had gone from a Grade 2 in his mocks up to a Grade 4 (C) pass in his final exam.  
Alex
Thank you very much for your help and support in helping Tomek achieve his goals in English
Monica (Tomek’s mum)
We are so pleased that Mahera has got a FULL BURSARY for the local girl’s high school in Portsmouth.  She has been to your centre before for tuition but we came back in November so she could get ready for the exams.   She has worked so hard and Linda has really encouraged her in her writing!  Thanks so much!
Mahera's Mum
Firstly, I would like to thank yourselves and your staff for all your help and dedication to helping my daughter Saoirse with her maths.  She has shown an improvement with her confidence at attempting to handle the mathematics she is give by her school.  And I feel this is due to the staff at your centre, she had a very rough year in Year 4, with her very unsympathetic teacher and you all helped her through that.  For that I’m very grateful.
Mrs R Wall
Alex had been tested in Year 4 for dyslexia and he came out mildly dyslexic for spelling.  He has a poor short term memory, and we were concerned about him going to Senior School with these problems. Alex started off a bit ‘anti’, but now he agrees that his writing is better and the improvement has been commented on by teachers.  We are so pleased he is getting professional help, and are especially pleased that he now see the benefit and is self-motivated. He now is now asking for help with his Maths too!
Mrs D Wilson
“I Love to Learn really helped me prepare for my entrance exam.  I give I Love to Learn 10/10.  I Love to Learn helped me understand pie charts, algebra and story writing.  I enjoyed coming to I Love to Learn and would love to come back in the future.”
-Ollie, Student in Portsmouth
She loves coming, and sees that it helps her at school.  Her scores are going up all the time and recently she got three class awards in three weeks, she says this is ‘Thanks to you.
Mrs C Walker
Happygirls
“Our children have enjoyed their time at your tuition centre very much, and my wife and I have been incredibly impressed with your professional approach to tuition. Thank you so much for all you have done in making our kids feel comfortable, cared for and safe.” Mr Usuanlele.
Mr UsuanleleParent
Albie
Albie had been diagnosed with mild dyslexia and his reading age was around 2 years behind!  The standard in private school is often higher, so we were worried about the Entrance Exams.  Soon after he enrolled he started making rapid progress.  The school say he is now Level  5 in literacy and the teacher can see a lot of difference.  His reading age has shot up and the gaps in maths have been filled in and he has caught up amazingly quickly. It has definitely, definitely made a difference and I have recommended the centre to my friends.
Jilly (Albie’s Mum)

Can’t we just use Spelling Checkers?

Why is Spelling so Hard?

Those of us who struggled with spelling ourselves, or are in the process of helping little ones learn their ‘tricky’ words, would love the answer to this question to be “Yes!”  Spelling rules just seem, well, unruly, and anyway don’t too many corrections crush creativity?

The problem is that we learn spellings in a variety of ways.  Sometimes we have to spell the whole word from memory, these are the dreaded ‘sight ‘or tricky words, but more usually we need to sound out and decode words using phonics (letter sounds).

Words are both symbols on paper and sounds we say.  So when we read words we hear them in our head.  This is what makes poetry or songs work well and sound attractive (or not).  If we can’t hear words when we read them we won’t enjoy their rhythm or rhyme.

You might say, but why not just spell phonetically?  Sadly, there is no one way to say a word (just watch Coronation Street), and this is made more complicated by English being spoken by people all over the world.

Also, if words that sound the same (e.g., rain, rein and reign) were spelled the same way, their meanings would be harder to work out.

Spell checkers are fine as an aid, but the student who spells “does” as “dose” will not see the mistake, and will continue with the misspelling habit.  However, the good news is that technology can help us learn our spellings more efficiently, with tuition programmes, online resources and spelling gadgets.

Back to the tricky words then; try getting the child to see the shape of the word (using joined up handwriting), say, and hear the word.  This will help the ‘working memory’ learn better!

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