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In a large class, at school, it is easy to feel that other students are progressing faster and understanding more. This can quickly lead to a downward spiral in self-esteem and an early dislike of subjects such as Maths and English.

Students need self confidence, which comes from seeing themselves progress, learn and gain praise from their teacher and the other students in their group. Small group tuition is perfect for this. Students work with a tutor, sitting around a small table together, the work is achievable and carefully structured to progress skills at an impressive rate.

Growth Mind-set

The core to all learning is a growth mind-set. The knowledge that no one knows everything and it is good to make mistakes as success can only happen if we keep trying. If something goes wrong the tutor steps in immediately and works with the student until they succeed. Then it is important that the student is given the opportunity to do the work successfully, on their own. Students always leave class with more skills than they came in with.


When necessary students should return to the basics and reinforce their times tables knowledge. This is done in a fun way, playing games and learning rhymes; clearly the personal interaction is the most important part of cementing tricky topics. When students enjoy learning they relax and see themselves as able to achieve, their tutor and group mates quickly acknowledge success and the students begin to believe in themselves once again. Nifty number bonds; fun with fractions; delightful division; laughing at long multiplication, the list is endless. However all of this is supported with plenty of pen and paper practice and tutor support. Sitting in the middle of the table the tutor can see if a student is struggling and help immediately, this is essential for shy students who are reluctant to raise their hands and ask for help. Once students have mastered a topic they can embed the knowledge with homework, which is rewarded with prizes.


Reading, writing and comprehension can be taught easily. There are clear rules and patterns to follow. Comprehension is like detective work; given a highlighter and a growth mind-set all students can achieve highly. A blank piece of paper can be filled in seconds by answering the questions: Who? What? Why? When? And Where? Similes and onomatopoeia (words that sound like the noise they are describing, such as moo and sizzle) are used to ask for drinks and a snack during the lesson. They can then be written down because they are brilliant .

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