What parents say...

“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
Emily EvansparentI Love to Learn Portsmouth
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
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
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
We brought him to the centre in Year 6 because he just had no idea about maths.  This year won the ‘Most Improved in Maths’ certificate for his year.  He also came top of his class in 2 out of 3 maths exams.  Coming to here is the best thing we ever did!
Mr S White
“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
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)
“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)
Prezton has done really well and we are very proud of his achievement so thank you all again
Mrs A Laborde
I was told at school that Harrison had fallen about 2 years behind in reading, writing and spelling. Harrison took to it straight away.  He has made fantastic progress and is meeting all his targets.  He loves the points and prizes that he collects for working so he comes out buzzing after every session!
Mrs S McGee

Summer School 8th -12th August 2022 Fareham Centre

Maths and English Fun in Fareham

Tutor and StudentSummer will soon be here and we are offering a Summer School in our Fareham Centre!   Each student receives 10 hours of professional tuition with fully qualified teachers.  Some children stay in the afternoon for sport activities at the John Pounds Centre in Portsmouth.  Transport will be provided.

During the week our tutors are able to give each child a really good boost in maths or English.  As they are not at school we can teach longer sessions each day (2hrs). This allows us to focus on a smaller number or skills to really work on.  Summer School is always a really fun and positive experience with children getting lots of stamps and stickers and feeling they really have made a lot of progress!  Many of our families enjoy it so much they come back year after year!

Some children will want to stay in the afternoon to do the sport programme.  Children will be transported to and from the John Pounds Centre each afternoon.  We are again collaborating with Michael Whitelock at Go Active Camps  who we have worked with many times before..  The morning tutoring is run by our experienced tutors in the John Pounds Centre IT Suite.  After that the children have a full programme of games and activities designed to boost their physical, social and cooperative skills.  

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Summer School 8th -12th AUGUST

Ages 6-16 years

*Early Bird Price for 9-3.30pm Tuition and Sport £300 £270 or Tuition only £235 £220*

Tuition: Maths & English 9-11am or 12-2pm Cost £235 £220 6-16yrs
A full ten hours of professional tuition in reading, writing, spelling and maths to boost your child this summer.  Individual plans and all abilities catered for.  Classes in our Fareham Centre.

RyanKaiden
It’s good to learn together.

 

Tuition and Sport*: Maths & English Tuition + Sport & Games 9am-3.30pm Cost £300 £270.

Sport*: Sport & Games and other activities with fully qualified coaches from Go Active Camps at the John Pounds Centre, Portsmouth. 

*Transport is available to take students from the Fareham Centre and back to John Pounds Centre for the sport activities.

*Early Bird Price £300 £270 pay by May 31st*

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girlsGain Confidence

For children who have struggled in school, summer is an invaluable opportunity to catch-up on key skills and feel more confident when they return to class. For students who do well, it is an opportunity to keep their enthusiasm for learning high.

If your child needs help with reading, writing, spelling or maths call Howard or Linda for a free assessment on 023 93 96 86 26 now.

 

 

 

 

Summer School 15th -19th August 2022 John Pounds Centre

Maths and English Fun at Summer School

Summer will soon be here and Summer School 2022 is here by popular demand!   Each student receives 10 hours of professional tuition with fully qualified teachers.  The children stay in the afternoon for sport activities.

We are again colaborating with Michael Whitelock at Go Active Camps  and the John Pounds Centre.  The morning tutoring is run by our experienced tutors in the John Pounds Centre IT Suite.  After that the children have a full programme of games and activities designed to boost their physical, social and cooperative skills.  

During the week our tutors are able to give each child a really good boost in maths or English.  As they are not at school we can teach longer sessions each day (2hrs). This allows us to focus on a smaller number or skills to really work on.  Summer School is always a really fun and positive experience with children getting lots of stamps and stickers and feeling they really have made a lot of progress!  Many of our families enjoy it so much they come back year after year!

 


Summer School 15th -19th AUGUST

Ages 6-12 years

*Early Bird Price for 9-3.30pm Tuition and Sport £300 £270*

Tuition & Sport

Maths & English 9-11am
A full ten hours of professional tuition in reading, writing, spelling and maths to boost your child this summer.  Individual plans and all abilities catered for.  

Sport and Games and other activities with fully qualified coaches from Go Active summer camps until 3.30pm.
Learn some new skills, cooperation and coordination. 

Classes are held at the John Pounds Centre, Portsea.

*Early Bird Price £300 £270 pay by May 31st*

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Many Children Fall Behind

‘Research shows as many as one in three children can fall behind as a result of a seven-week break from the classroom.’

For most children, summer is a time to leave classes and homework behind. While summer is a holiday from school, it does not have to be a holiday from learning. The summer holiday is great for recharging your children’s batteries, but if they are not using the skills and knowledge that was learned in the classroom, they will find themselves struggling when school starts up again.

Skills and knowledge gained throughout the school year fade during the summer months. Research shows that loss of content retention begins within 24 to 48 hours of learning unless the new information is reinforced or applied immediately. That is why, during summer holidays, even the best students forget lessons they have learned during the school year. After a month without reinforcement, approximately 80 percent of what a student has recently learned can be lost.

Gain Confidence

For children who have struggled in school, summer is an invaluable opportunity to catch-up on key skills and feel more confident when they return to class. For students who do well, it is an opportunity to keep their enthusiasm for learning high.

If your child needs help with reading, writing, spelling or maths call Howard or Linda for a free assessment on 023 93 96 86 26 now.

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Teach your child Handwriting-getting started

In this video I explain how to write lower case letters. At I Love to Learn Professional Tuition we teach cursive (or joined up) writing right from the beginning. I start with writing letters that begin with vertical strokes e.g. i, t, l, p and m This is suitable for parents wishing to help their child with the basics of joining up ( cursive) handwriting. However, it can also be used by all those who would like to improve their handwriting style.

Click here to download the worksheets….

Teach Your Child Fractions-Improper Fractions and Mixed Numbers

In this video I explain how to convert improper fractions into mixed numbers. This is a topic that can often cause confusion, mainly because of the terms being used. I suggest that it is usually helpful to draw a diagram of the improper fraction or mixed number that you are trying to convert.
This is suitable for parents wishing to help their child with topics they may have forgotten.

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To find out more about how we teach maths click here.

Helping Your Child With Post Lockdown

Have a House Meeting

It is a good idea to ask your child to write a list of questions that concern them about returning to school.  This is an opportunity to re-assure them that, thankfully, Covid 19 has actually harmed very few children.  Write an agenda with the points you want to discuss, and allow the children to add to it.

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Remember all those things you wished you hadn’t let go during lockdown?  Now is the time to set up a new routine with regular meals, homework, chores and leisure time.  Habits are essential to regulate our moods.  This will help them feel more secure and in control.

Talk to the Teacher (especially if it is a transition year)

Take any opportunity to talk to the teacher or school about your child’s special needs, personality, strengths and weaknesses. This may be a challenge, due to Covid 19 restrictions, but not to be overlooked. Understanding a child usually helps teachers teach that child more effectively.  It is a good idea to get the children on the teacher’s radar if you have major concerns. One of my own children experienced some ‘extra’ anxiety going up to secondary school.  We made sure we spoke to the SEN (special educational needs) Coordinator and got them, some extra visits to the school, to familiarise himself.  They then showed us around as if they owned it!

Click here to book your free post lockdown assessment

Less Screen Time More Park

Many children have had very little contact with their friends.  More introverted children may be exhausted from returning to school and many may take some time to adjust.  I would expect a few ups and downs as children get used to meeting real people again and re-learn the social skills they may have forgotten.

Try Something New

Children will look to us to set the mood.  We have all experienced stress and maybe loss during the lockdown.  A positive ‘we can do this’ is the best attitude.  This time will pass, and we will overcome together.

schoolkidsBe Prepared

Practical preparations are important to help the child get ready mentally.  A new uniform or bag might seem a small thing, but it can help your child imagine themselves into their return.  It may also be a good opportunity to talk through their hopes and fears.

Be Realistic

Having 6 months of no school is not going to be corrected overnight!  It may be quite some time before children have caught up with where they need to be.  For some of the weaker students it may be necessary to seek out extra support.

All change is stressful even if it is ‘good’ change.  I would encourage all parents and teachers to normalise the situation as much as possible, while being sensitive and thoughtful about the adjustments needed.  A bit of extra down time, a good routine and a few extra hugs will go a long way.

Click here to book your free post lockdown assessment

11+ Entrance Assessments for January 2020

11+ Entrance Assessments for January 2020

Independent Schools in Portsmouth and Fareham

We love helping children prepare for 11+ common entrance assessments. I thought it might be a good idea to make sure everyone has the dates they need.

The entrance exams always cover maths and English to a high level. Children are also usually tested on their verbal and non verbal reasoning. These tests are designed to be more difficult to prepare for as they are not a school subject. Verbal reasoning is concerned with language and words problems while non-verbal reasoning looks are logic, shape and number patterns.

Here is a testimonial we received earlier.

“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!”

Click here to find out more about tutoring for Entrance Exams …

Are you considering entering your child for an independent school?  Tell us and we can help prepare them.

Click here to read more about our success…..

Portsmouth High School for Girls

11+, 12+, 13+ or 14+

Friday 10th January 2020

Portsmouth Grammar School

11+ and 13+ Entrance Assessment

Saturday 11th January 2020

Mayville High School

All Candidates Sit Exam

Saturday 18th January 2020

St John’s College

11+ Entrance Assessment

TBC January 2020

The Gregg School

11+ Entrance Assessment

Saturday 1st February 2020

Blasting Through to the Next Level!- School Transition

Blasting Through to the Next Level!-School Transition

Top 5 Concerns for Parents

-Bullying

-Safety

-The amount of homework

-Adjusting to having lots of teachers

-Making new friends

Top 5 Concerns for Children

-Getting Lost

-Losing old friends

-Homework

-Discipline and -detentions

-Being bullied

(UCL Research)

Pupil and Parent Concerns

Many of our little superheroes will soon be pushing through to the next level at school.  This may be a transition between Infant to Junior or Junior to Senior.  Even changing year groups can be hard for younger children.

Do you remember the feeling of excitement and fear of going up to a new class or school?  I certainly remember it being scary and stressful!

Now is a good time to talk to your kids about these changes.  Fear of the unknown is the worst thing, especially for imaginative young minds.

Helping with Transition

It is a good idea to ask your child to write a list of questions themselves.  Although you never know what their concerns might be, they may include some of the things listed above.

Take any opportunity to talk to the new teacher or school about your child’s special needs, personality, strengths and weaknesses.  Understanding a child usually helps teachers teach that child more effectively.  It is a good idea to get the children on the teacher’s radar if you have major concerns e.g. a special need.

One of my own children experienced some ‘extra’ anxiety going up to secondary school.  We made sure we spoke to the SEN Coordinator and got them some extra visits, to the school, to familiarise himself.  They then showed us around as if they owned it!

Practical preparations are important to help the child get ready mentally.  A new uniform or bag might seem a small thing, but it can help your child imagine themselves into their new role.  It may also be a good opportunity to talk through their hopes and fears.

Good News

The good news is that most of these fears reduce very quickly, and mostly go away, by the end of year 7.  In fact only 3% of children are worried after a term at Secondary School (according to a University of London study).  Most students are ready to develop new friends and their interest in their schoolwork increases.  Our experience as parents has been very positive.  It has been a (mostly) exciting and rewarding journey so far!

 

For further resources see:  www.ucl.ac.uk/stars  Stars Booklet for Pupils on Transition

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Is Maths Anxiety a Thing?

Did you hate maths at school? Do you feel you “can’t do maths?”  You may not be alone.

Recently researchers claimed that “Maths Anxiety” is real. One in 10 children suffer from despair and rage when faced with the subject, according to new research from Cambridge University’s Faculty of Education and its Centre for Neuroscience.  Click here to read more…..

Could this be just another made up term to excuse poor attainment or could working with numbers really be a cause of exceptional unhappiness for children?

As a tutor, I have certainly come across lots of students who ‘hate’ maths.  Some of them seem to have genuine problems with remembering and manipulating numbers.  Many of them, however, do seem to make remarkable progress when they realise they can do maths after all.

Tough maths

Why Maths?

Stress or anxiety about any subject is obviously an impediment to learning.  Is maths so different?  I suspect people learn to like or dislike maths for the same reasons.  When you are leaning maths the answers you give are either right or they are wrong, unlike other subjects perhaps, so if you are getting it wrong the feedback is rather immediate.  If students fear failure or ‘getting it wrong’ it could make early negative experiences particularly unpleasant and overwhelming.  So, for example, finding fractions difficult in primary school may lead to enough wrong answers and unhappiness to convince some children that maths is something they ‘can’t do.’

I always say that maths is like a house, you have to build the foundation first, before you build the walls.  If students have switched off at some point in their school careers, then they have not built a firm foundation.  All the maths they are taught after that will become much harder because they have not learned the basic skills, such as times tables or place value.  This can lead to students getting very stuck unless they find a way to fill in the gaps.

This is a serious problem as STEM (science technology engineering and maths) careers rely on high levels of maths fluency and attract higher than average salaries.

Stress Reduction

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Learning anything while being anxious is not helpful.  Increased levels of anxiety use up working memory and stop learning from taking place.  Most people find it much harder to remember appointments if they have an exceptionally stressed day at home or the office.

As a tutor, I always give students work that they can do (i.e. easy enough for them but not too easy) so that they get most of their answers right.  When they begin to feel relaxed, I can then start introducing new topics strengthening their weaker areas.

In addition, learning times table by rote, may seem old fashioned, but it makes maths so much easier.  Try reading a new language when you don’t know all the alphabet and have to look them up each time.  Much slower and much less fluent.  We try to do activities, such as lots of number bonds and tables, that don’t require much working memory and are highly repetitive.

The third approach is to change the mindset of anxious learners.  Maths is actually a subject that requires a lot of practice and repetition, but if people put in the hours almost everyone can improve.  A bit like jogging, everyone can do it, rather than fine art when you need a high level innate skill.  So rather than having a ‘fixed mindset’, i.e. some people can do maths and some people just can’t; students need to adopt a ‘growth mindset’ i.e. “I can do it if I try.”

Finally, parents can make maths more fun by putting away the study books and getting out some games.  Card games and dice games (yes the dreaded Monopoly) can make numbers relevant and fun.  At a younger age, using blocks such as lego can help with number, fractions, counting and shapes.  The abacus is an ancient tool which is still helpful today.

Learning to Love Maths

Anxiety about maths is certainly a problem for many people, but it can be overcome.  The more people worry about it, the bigger it can grow.  Sometimes a few deep breathes and a chance to express themselves, then reframe these fears, can make a big difference.

Many people have found that when they have come back to maths learning later in life they have actually enjoyed it!  Making maths fun can be a good way for both fearful parents and children to help each other overcome anxiety.

Summer School 19th -23rd August 2019

Maths and English Fun at Summer School

Summer will soon be here and Summer School 2019 is here by popular demand!   Each student receives 10 hours of professional tuition in a week.  Some children stay in the afternoon for sport activities.


Summer School 19th -23rd AUG

*Special Early Bird Discount, £250 for Tuition and Sport if booked by end of June.*

Tuition: Maths & English 9-11am or 12-2pm Cost £205 6-16yrs
A full ten hours of professional tuition in reading, writing, spelling and maths to boost your child this summer.  Individual plans and all abilities catered for.  Classes in our Portsmouth and Fareham Centres.

RyanKaiden
It’s good to learn together.

 

Tuition and Sport*: Maths & English Tuition + Trampolining/Gymnastics 9am-3pm

Sport*: Trampolining, Gymnastics and other activities with fully qualified coaches from PSTGC
Learn some new moves and gain a badge and certificate at the end of the week! (Usually £90)

*Transport is available to take students from the Fareham Centre and back to Priory Tennis for the sport activities.

-Save £35 by booking both Sport and Tuition-

Cost was £295 only £260  6-12yrs

*Special Early Bird Discount, £250 for Tuition and Sport if booked by end of June.*

 


Many Children Fall Behind

‘Research shows as many as one in three children can fall behind as a result of a seven-week break from the classroom.’

For most children, summer is a time to leave classes and homework behind. While summer is a holiday from school, it does not have to be a holiday from learning. The summer holiday is great for recharging your children’s batteries, but if they are not using the skills and knowledge that was learned in the classroom, they will find themselves struggling when school starts up again.

Skills and knowledge gained throughout the school year fade during the summer months. Research shows that loss of content retention begins within 24 to 48 hours of learning unless the new information is reinforced or applied immediately. That is why, during summer holidays, even the best students forget lessons they have learned during the school year. After a month without reinforcement, approximately 80 percent of what a student has recently learned can be lost.

Gain Confidence

For children who have struggled in school, summer is an invaluable opportunity to catch-up on key skills and feel more confident when they return to class. For students who do well, it is an opportunity to keep their enthusiasm for learning high.

If your child needs help with reading, writing, spelling or maths call Howard or Linda for a free assessment on 023 93 96 86 26 now.

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Christmas Competition Winners Portsmouth

Here are the winners of the Christmas Competitions in our Portsmouth Tuition Centre. All the tutors are proud to support their progress in maths and Writing. All the writing was of a very high standard and Linda said some of the poetry was beautiful!

The competition was to write prose or poetry about Reindeer or do our ‘Super Challenge’ (which tests mental maths speed).

We had some wonderful entries and really enjoyed reading them. Thanks!

Christmas Competition

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