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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)
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!
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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
Also can I just say a massive thank you too, Ellie was a bit apprehensive before her first session but when she came home last week she was absolutely buzzing, she loved her time spent there and felt so much happier even after just one session. So thank you, she has been so worried about her exams especially English.
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Prezton has done really well and we are very proud of his achievement so thank you all again
Mrs A Laborde
Thank you very much for your help and support in helping Tomek achieve his goals in English
Monica (Tomek’s mum)
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
“Dear Howard Thank you so much for all these lessons you’ve been giving me!  They really have improved my work at school and now I can put all your help to good use with my SATs.  Thank you so much for everything! From Lewis”
Lewis (student)
“Joshua got his GCSE results today and I just wanted to let you know how he got on. He got an 8 in English Language and a 7 in English Literature, he has always struggled with English and wouldn’t of been able to achieve these amazing grades without yours and Adam’s help, if you could please let him know how Joshua done. So once again thank you for all the work you did with him.” Emily (parent) 2021
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Fun Spelling Rules

Making Spelling Fun

One of the ways we can help students with their English is by having some fun with some commonly misspelt words. In many exams marks are allocated for spelling, it also builds confidence to know that you have spelt a word correctly without resorting to spellchecker.

I had a rather eccentric school English teacher who believed that if you could spell ACCOMMODATION (two C’s and two M’s) you would pass your O level and he made the whole class recite it most lessons.

spellingAlternatively you could just test each other over a meal or on the way to school, we all love a challenge and the rules mean ‘no phones’.

Here are a few you might want to test each other on:

SEPARATE is a tricky word, two A’s separated by a P.

Big Elephants Are Usually BEAUtiful.

I before E except after C applies to BELIEVE, FRIEND and RECEIVE.

You can DEFINITELY find the word with FINITE in it.

Do you go Really Red And Smile Shyly when EMBARRASSed?

You certainly do if you are caught short with DIARRHOEA, you need to Dash In A Real Rush, Hurry Or Else Accident.

You can even put some words to music as RHYTHM Helps You To Hear Music.

Give it a go, no need for a special OCCASION (although if it is you’ll need to travel over two seas (C’s) to get to it.

To enhance students’ spelling, incorporate fun practices with tricky words, as exam scores often include spelling accuracy, boosting confidence without spellcheck reliance. An eccentric English teacher swore mastery of “ACCOMMODATION” ensured exam success. Engage in spelling challenges during meals or commutes without phones. Practice words like “SEPARATE,” with mnemonic aids like “Big Elephants Are Usually BEAUtiful” for “BEAUTIFUL,” and the rule “I before E except after C” for words like “BELIEVE.” Reminder mnemonics for “EMBARRASSED” and “DIARRHOEA” can assist recall, as can setting words like “RHYTHM” to music. Use these techniques anytime, not just for special occasions.

Here are some more spelling rules..

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