What parents say...

“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
Thank you so much for helping me with my maths!  I have come along much more in maths lessons at school! Hopefully, depending on whether I need help when I go to Secondary School I might come back again. (I hope so)  Thank you again. Madison.
Mrs H Breen
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)
Thank you for all your support with our son, Thomas. His hand writing, spelling, maths and reading is progressing beautifully. I would highly recommend your setting to anyone who wishes to give their child a boost or to work on specific learning goals. It has been invaluable. All your tutors are warm, welcoming and professional and Thomas is always made to feel valued. Positive praise and lots of stickers, stamps, rewards, prizes and certificates give that extra special touch to reward and recognise the children’s efforts. Thomas is certainly always proud of his achievements from your centre.
Laura (Thomas’s mum)
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
Maths is fun

“The GCSE Maths Tutors Are Great.”

T’anna came to us as her mum had seen us on Facebook and decided to call.  T’anna, now in year 10, had always struggled with her maths.   In four short months however, she has improved so much that, the school want to put her up for the Higher GCSE paper!!  Kerry, T’anna’s mum says ” She has come on leaps and bounds, I am so pleased with the progress. The tutors are great! It’s a convenient location and the assessment is easy to arrange.”

Kerry RobertsonParents
She is a quiet girl and I was concerned that her poor spelling was not being corrected.  When she saw the progress Bella was making in such a short time, I enrolled her for Maths as well!   It has transformed her thinking and she now has the self-esteem to ask questions in both numeracy and literacy.
Ms R Temple
“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)
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

Summer Writing Competition

A Royal Tale

Summer Story Writing

ProudStudentImagine a setting with a royal theme, near or far.  Create characters, human or animal. Describe problems and difficulties they face.  Think of ways their problems are solved.

Summer Writing Competition 2022

Your school could win £100 in book tokens to celebrate if one of your students is the overall winner!

Last year was a great success and we had some wonderful writing from local children.

Competition Details

The theme is, ‘A Royal Tale’, to help celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year.

Here are the criteria, for Justin to use, to judge the entries;The stories will be judged upon;

1)  How children use powerful descriptive language to create their settings and bring their characters to life.

2)  How they use narrative structure to develop the plot (including a clear opening, build up, problem, resolution and ending.

3)  How their story explores the key theme royalty (historical or imagined) – How we can explore duty, service, kingship or queenship and qualities fit for a monarch.

We have three age categories

  • Ages 6 to 7writing
  • Ages 8 to 9
  • Ages 10 to 12

Competition Deadline: Entries must be submitted by 5th September.

Entries To: Linda Jones, I Love to Learn Professional Tuition, 3 Beacon House, Cumberland Business Centre, Southsea, PO5 1DS.

Email; tutors@ilovetolearn.co.uk

Winners Announced: Monday 19th September

Prize Giving: Saturday 24th September at our ‘I Love to Learn Professional Tuition Centre’ in Portsmouth.

To help children get started and to encourage them to ‘have a go’ here are some top tips;

Top Tips

  • Try and imagine a scene as your character would experience it. Showing the reader what the character; sees, hears, tastes, smells, feels. This can be really powerful.
  • Think about how your characters move, speak, and react and write choosing words carefully to explain this.
  • Use similes to give readers more information that help you describe your images more fully.
  • Break up you story into paragraphs to show a change of place or time. Planning your story will really help.

Lastly, don’t worry too much about spelling as you can edit your writing later on. Enjoy writing and have fun creating your own story!

We are so excited about this opportunity to celebrate creative writing and hope our enthusiasm will inspire local children to write this summer.

 

Administrator (Part Time)

Administrator (Part/Time)

Summary

A part-time administrator is required to help support the thriving I Love to Learn Professional Tuition after-school tuition centres; in Havant, Fareham and Portsmouth.  Hours are flexible during daytime or early evening.

CommunicationTuition fun

  • Internal-e.g. emails and calls to customers

Missed sessions and catch up sessions

  • External-e.g. letter and emails to schools

Finance

  • Recording payments-non-automatic
  • Following up late payments
  • Updating financial records

Data Management

  • Keeping Calendar and database up to date
  • Updating management data

Qualifications and Education Requirements

DBS cleared

Customer service skills

Ability to work independently

Verbal communication skills

Attention to detail

Numeracy and literacy skills

Salary and Hours

Hours to be negotiated, but minimum of 6 hours a week initially

£10.50 per hour (depending on experience)

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How Qualified Does A Tutor Need To Be?

Is Your Tutor Qualified?

Tutors WantedThe short answer is, not at all.  Anyone can call themselves a tutor without any qualifications or experience.  It is up to parents to ask and decide what qualifications they would prefer.

Well qualified tutors, with classroom experience and a proved track record, are of course desirable.  However, for a highly motivated students, someone who is enthusiastic about their subject but not a qualified teacher may be a successful tutor.  Generally, for children who are behind or have special needs, parents should look for tutors who are skilled with that particular need.  This generally comes with experience.

Qualifications to look out for:

Degrees such as BSc (Science Degree), BA (Arts Degree), MA (Advanced Degree), PhD (Very Advanced Degree).

Teaching Qualifications, PGCE (Teaching Qualification), BEd(Education Degree), GTP (On the Job teacher training) -These all lead to  if teachers complete a Newly Qualified Teachers year of experience (NQT) QTS (Qualified to teach in UK schools),

Many private tutors have qualified teaching status (QTS) although you don’t need to be a qualified teacher to be a private tutor. Some teachers tutor as a sideline to their classroom teaching job and some become private tutors after retirement.

Rest assured that, at I Love to Learn Professional Tuition, all our tutors have a teaching qualifications (QTS) and lots of classroom and tutoring experience.  We give full training and our centres are all OFSTED registered.  We are also members of The Tutors’ Association which is a professional body.

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.

Click here to download the worksheets…..

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

Writing Competition Prize Giving

Saturday 28th October

Thank you all for coming to the very enjoyable event.  Many thanks to Justin Strain (local author) for judging for us is such a generous way.

Justin Strain

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17663881.Justin_Strain

Summer School Pics

Here are some great action shots from our Summer School this August

Our students came to us this August for a whole week of tutoring.  We really love teaching summer school as all the students make such great progress and have a great time!

lindachild2  Adam

Welldone
Celebrate Success!

Certificates
Reward Time!

cutting
Progress means getting stamps and stickers!

Read more about Summer Learning Loss here……

Summer Writing Competition

I Love Our World

Summer Story Writing

Imagine a setting, near or far.  Create characters, human or animal. Describe problems and difficulties they face.  Think of ways their problems are solved.

Summer Writing Competition 2019!

Your school could win £100 in book tokens to celebrate if one of your students is the overall winner!

Last year was a great success and we had some wonderful writing from local children. We are keen to repeat this and have invited local author, Justin Strain, to judge this year’s competition for the second year running.  His first book, ‘The Secret of the Scarlet Ribbon’, was shortlisted for the, 2018 Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Award. He is currently writing the sequel among other novels!

Competition Details

The theme is, ‘I Love Our World’, issues that hi-light caring for the natural world and the problems involved with living in a polluted environment .

Here are the criteria, for Justin to use, to judge the entries;The stories will be judged upon;

Read more about Justin here….

1)  How children use powerful descriptive language to create their settings and bring their characters to life.

2)  How they use narrative structure to develop the plot (including a clear opening, build up, problem, resolution and ending.

3)  How their story explores the key theme of caring for our environment – How we can explore ways to love our world.

We have three age categories

  • Ages 6 to 7
  • Ages 8 to 9
  • Ages 10 to 12

Competition Deadline: Entries must be submitted by 7th September.

Entries To: Linda Jones, I Love to Learn Professional Tuition, 3 Beacon House, Cumberland Business Centre, Southsea, PO5 1DS.

Email; tutors@ilovetolearn.co.uk

Winners Announced: Monday 23rd September

Prize Giving: Saturday 28th September at our ‘I Love to Learn Professional Tuition Centre’ in Portsmouth, with Justin Strain.

To help children get started and to encourage them to ‘have a go’ here are some top tips;

Top Tips

  • Try and imagine a scene as your character would experience it. Showing the reader what the character; sees, hears, tastes, smells, feels. This can be really powerful.
  • Think about how your characters move, speak, and react and write choosing words carefully to explain this.
  • Use similes to give readers more information that help you describe your images more fully.
  • Break up you story into paragraphs to show a change of place or time. Planning your story will really help.

Lastly, don’t worry too much about spelling as you can edit your writing later on. Enjoy writing and have fun creating your own story!

We are so excited about this opportunity to celebrate creative writing and hope our enthusiasm will inspire local children to write this summer.

 

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Avoid Summer Learning Loss

 

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, because if they are not using the skills and knowledge that was learned in the classroom, they will find themselves lagging behind when school starts up again.

When they return to school in September after the long summer break, students can find themselves struggling to catch up. Skills and knowledge gained throughout the school year fade during the summer months. At I Love to Learn, we have found 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 some of the lessons they had learned during the school year. After a month without reinforcement, approximately 80 percent of what a student has recently learned can be lost.

Now it is also true that children do need a break to rest and do other things.  In fact most learning does rebound after the holiday to overtake the previous level.

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.

Click here to find out about our Summer School 2019…

FUN SUMMER LEARNING TIPS

We never stop learning so here are some ideas to help encourage our children’s learning and have some fun this summer.

Learn about time: allow children to be the family timekeeper and get them to wear a watch every day.

Learn about money: do a car boot sale with your children or they could start their own business (e.g. making and selling lemonade).

Learn about measurement: read recipes, use scales and cook delicious food together.

Learn about the past: by letting them interview grandparents or an elderly neighbour.  This can really bring ‘history’ to life.

Improve your writing: by encouraging them to keep a diary every day.  Children can maintain their writing skills and capture many memories for the future.

Practice your reading: Take part in the Library Service reading challenge which rewards children for reading a minimum number of books.

Also, as the new school year approaches it may be useful to discuss routines and agree how to organise time, work and anything else which need to be done.

Finally, if they still complain about being bored, try saying “well I guess I haven’t given you enough chores yet!” and see what happens.

Summer Learning Loss can be significant:

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Summer Learning Loss can be worse for poorer children

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