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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 would just like to say I have nothing but praise for I Love to Learn and all the tutors, not only has Dottie already improved with her maths work in the time she has been there but her confidence is so much better too. I want to thank you all so much, she has absolutely loved it, and without a doubt I would not hesitate in bringing her back.” Kayleigh (parent) 2021
Kayleigh Nutbeamparent
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.  
“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
At the time of writing this testimonial, my daughter has had only 5 sessions and her confidence and ability has increased significantly!  (Now) she talks of enjoying maths and of her abilities in maths instead of her inabilities, participates more in maths lessons at school and is keen to do her maths homework, both from school and from the sessions.  As a parent I am thrilled that her confidence has grown significantly and would recommend I Love to Learn without hesitation.
S BondParentPortsmouth
“We also had a parent’s meeting at his school earlier this week.  I am pleased to say that his maths teacher was very impressed with not only his work, but also his attitude toward it.  I can only say that this is because of the wonderful service you and your colleagues have given.  Thank you so much for this.  Ellis is really enjoying his time with you and also seeing how well he is doing and this has resulted in a positive attitude towards learning.” James (parent) 2021
James Hannon
“Thanks for all your hard work with Rebecca Kivlin. She has started Milton Cross this week. Rebecca is in the top set for maths and science, and the second group for everything else. Without coming to Love to Learn she would never have achieved this.  Thanks”    
Julie Powell
I would like to thank you for everything that you have done, and also pass on my gratitude from Lottie because she has learnt she has really benefited from and her confidence in maths has vastly improve, so much so that she now tells me that she looks forward to maths class at school!
Charlotte's parents
winner “We had planned to stop the tutoring after the 11+ exam, but with the next lockdown and more disruption to her education, we quickly relented when she literally begged us to continue going! The sessions are adjusted to her needs and she describes them as ‘really fun’ and she likes it that the work is specific to her level and much more individualised than the class work at school.”
Penny Meeking
I would like to thank you for the enthusiastic way in which you have helped Vicky gain confidence in her abilities to learn.  She has been a different child since coming to you and has a more positive view now!
Vicky's Parents

Suggested Reading for 11+ Students

Why 11+ Students Should Read

Reading on a regular basis is an excellent way to help your child develop their English skills and vocabulary in preparation for entrance exams/11+ exams. It will certainly help them in English and verbal reasoning tests.

Reading helps children to identify and understand the use of similes, metaphors, adjectives, adverbs etc. within sentences; it also helps them to see how sentences can be constructed in different ways and apply the rules of English grammar and spelling.

rattybadgermoleAlso, discussing the content of texts with children will encourage them to reflect on their reading and help them to develop analytical skills.  It is important to try and expose your child to many different types of literature, such as; poems, short stories, letters, non-fiction, magazines and newspaper articles.

If children are reluctant to try a new book perhaps read the first chapter to them and then see if they are curious to read the rest. Listening to audio books on long journeys is another way to expose children to more challenging books and language. Try and make reading part of normal life by including it in your child’s daily routine. Keeping electrical devices out of bedrooms and an early bedtime with only books for company provides time and space to enjoy books.

Finally, like it or not, we are role models and so the challenge to us as parents is to be seen to read too! Perhaps have family reading times, where everyone is reading, holidays or screen free mornings or evenings. Sharing a love of books is a positive way to encourage children to read. 

The following suggestions are a mix of classics and more contemporary books and are in no particular order.  Of course, you can’t read them all.  The list is long so that you and your child can find suggestions most suited to them.  Don’t think you have to read them all!

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Lost World, Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baske


Arthur Ransome – Swallows and Amazons and other books in this series

C.S Lewis – All of the Narnia Series starting with The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Laura Ingalls Wilder – Little House on the Prairie, Little House in the Big Woods

Frances Hodgson Burnett – The Secret Garden, A Little Princess

William Golding – Lord of the Flies

J.R.R Tolkein – The Lord of the Ring (3 books: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King) The Hobbit

Mark Twain – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

George Orwell – Animal Farm

Malorie Blackman – Noughts and Crosses Trilogy, Tell Me No Lies, Thief, Pig Heart Boy

Susan Coolidge – What Katy Did series

Anne Holm – I Am David

Daniel Defoe – Robinson Crusoe

E. Nesbit – The Railway Children, The Phoenix and the Carpet, Five Children and It, The Wouldbegoods, The Treasure Seekers

Michael Morpurgo books – e.g. The Butterfly Lion, War Horse, From Hereabout Hill, Why the Whales Came (there are plenty more good books he has also written)

 Joan Aiken – The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Nina Bawden – Carrie’s War

Carolyn Keene – Nancy Drew mysteries

Charles Kingsley – The Water Babies

Clive King – Stig of the Dump

Lucy Montgomery – Anne of Green Gables and other books in this series

Gerald Durrell – My family and Other Animals, Birds, Beasts and Relatives, A Zoo in my Luggage, Encounters with Animals

 Robert Louis Stevenson – Treasure Island, Kidnapped

 Paul Gallico – The Snow Goose, Scruffy

Kenneth Graham – The Wind in the Willows

Rudyard Kipling – Jungle Book, Just So Stories

Eleanor H. Porter – Pollyanna

R.M. Ballantyne – Coral IslandPrize Giving

Anna Sewell – Black Beauty

Elizabeth Goudge – The Little White Horse

Johanna Spyri – Heidi

 Noel Steatfeild – Ballet Shoes, White Boots

Ian Serraillier – The Silver Sword

Mary Norton – The Borrowers and other books in this series

 Louisa May Alcott – Little Women

 Lewis Carroll – Alice in Wonderland

Hugh Lofting – Dr Dolittle

Eva Ibbotson – The Star of Kazan

 Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl series of books

 Richard Adams – Watership Down

Richmal Crompton – Just William books

 E.B. White – Charlotte’s Web

Jules Verne – Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Around the World in 80 days

Ted Hughes – How the Whale Became, The Iron Man

T.H. White – The Sword in the Stone

Philipa Pearce – Tom’s Midnight Garden

Dick-King Smith books – e.g. The Crowstarver, The Sheep Pig

Anthony Horowitz – Granny,

Alex Rider series, Stormbreaker

Anne Fine books – e.g. The Flour Babies, Madame Doubtfire

James Herriot – All Creatures Great and Small

Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre

H.G. Wells – The Time Machine

Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol

D Adams – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

John Boyne – Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Snicket, Lemony – A Series of Unfortunate Events series of books

Suggested Reading for 11+ Students

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