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“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
We were super happy with your approach and B settled in so well. She looked forward to the tutoring and got a lot out of the sessions. Without a doubt her confidence has grown and I wouldn’t hesitate to use I Love to Learn again in the future. Many thanks, Cat
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“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)
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
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)
“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
Thank you very much for your help and support in helping Tomek achieve his goals in English
Monica (Tomek’s mum)
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
“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
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“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.
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Summer Writing Competition Prize Giving!

Fantastic Story Writing

Thank you to everyone for coming to our Summer Writing Competition Prize Giving event!

Well done to Alice and Shumaiya for winning our competition.  Local author Justin Strain handed out wonderful prizes to all the children who entered.

Alice also won £100 in book tokens for her school (St Jude’s Primary) and I was able to read out part of her story to the assembly at the school.  They loved it!!

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Summer Writing Competition

Summer Writing Competition!

I Love to Learn tutors have teamed up with local children’s author Justin Strain, to encourage children to get writing this summer.  the competition is open to ‘I Love To Learn’ students as well as children in local schools.

The theme is ‘Mystery and Adventure’ and there will be three age categories;JustinStrainAuthor

  • 7 to 8
  • 9 to 11,
  • 12 to 16

Portsmouth author, Justin Strain, has agreed to judge the stories and present a signed copy of his book to each winner On Saturday 29th September.

Summer writing competition will be a signed book, I Love to Learn goodies and £100 in book tokens for the overall winner’s school!

Click here for Justin’s ‘Profile’ page in The Times Chicken House Award

Click here for Justin’s ‘Good Reads’ page.

Justin writes books for young people (9-14) based in our home city of Portsmouth!  His first book is called ‘The Secret of the Scarlet Ribbon’ and has been short listed for The Times Chicken House Children’s Fiction Award.

The deadline for all entries is Sat 8th September, to be handed in or posted to I Love To Learn Education Centres. Alternatively, email tutors@ilovetolearn.co.uk

Competition Judging Criteria:

  • Originality of idea
  • Use of language
  • Imagination
  • Development of characters/plot

Justin’s Top Tips for Writing

  • Try and imagine a scene as your character would experience it. Showing the reader what the character sees/hears/tastes/smells/feels can be really powerful.
  • Think about how things would be different for your character in their situation/historical period. What would they wear or eat?  Would they go to school?  How would they get about?
  • Describing an everyday event from a different perspective can be really effective. A walk across a darkened room after the lamp has gone out can be an adventure in itself!
  • If you have a hero and a villain, make sure the villain comes alive – villains can often be the most deliciously interesting characters to the reader.

Help with Handwriting

Dylan Had Always Struggled with Handwriting

Dylan had always struggled with very poor handwriting. We came to the centre and found the assessment very helpful.

After only a few months of tutoring with Linda, teachers can now read his writing and he feels more confident.  His coordination problems have been recognised, thanks to your suggestion, and this has helped at school.  We have now spoken to an Occupational Therapist who has recommended that Dylan gets more time in his exams.  This will be a great help.

It has made a big difference to his schooling as he enjoys it much more now.  All his teachers are much happier and able to give him more help.  It has also shown him that he can do things he thought he couldn’t.

Read more testimonials here….

4 Study Habits for the New Academic Year

4 Study Habits for the New Academic Year

It’s back to business after the freedom and fun of the summer holidays.  Let’s hope our children will have the  excitement and enthusiasm for a new year motivating them through the first term.   Forming a few good habits early can help them when facing new challenges later.

Effective study skills can often make good students into great students.  Here are four great study habits to help your child get the most out of their learning this year.

  • Study Planner-schools let children know the topics they will be studying nowadays. Make a long term plan of the year ahead to help focus their learning and avoid last minute cramming.
  • Study Schedule-stick to regular homework sessions on a timetable making as it will become part of the daily routine.

A calendar and a weekly plan leading up to due dates will give everyone a clear view and help in allocating time to getting things done.

  • Study Time- designate a ‘communication blackout hour’ or until homework is done, no phones, messages, gaming or TV.
  • Study Space-create a study area away from above distraction, ideally a quiet, well lit area, having materials and equipment to hand including spare reading glasses if needed.

Help with Homework

We don’t think that parents should have to do all the work, so this kind of support for children is a good way to help them take responsibility. Generally the rule of thumb is, if you are working harder on their homework than they are it is time to back off!  Of course it is OK to help with their homework, (make it clear who is responsible) if they ask for it but perhaps limit it to 30 mins before charging!

Getting the balance right can take time.  Try to avoid threats if things get tough, this usually leads to trenches getting dug rather deep.   Instead try offering encouragement like ” As soon as it’s done you can/we can ………..”.

To read more try…. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/pride-and-joy/201209/battles-over-homework-advice-parents

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