Here’s a testimonial from Sookyung in Hong Kong who’s daughter I have tutored for a number of months now, leading into her new school in Y4 in Hong Kong:
“Neil is a very committed and reliable tutor. He provides specially tailored lessons to my daughter based on discussion with me before and after each tutorial session. He is very knowledgeable but also is willing to learn and adopt new methods that appear to suit better for my daughter in learning. Thanks to Neil’s teaching, my daughter has become more confident about math problems. Neil also has proved that teaching and learning online with an interactive whiteboard really works well.”
If there’s one thing more important than remembering facts or how to solve maths problems, it is curiosity.
A curious child will always be interested in things, in working things out and learning new things.
A tutor can help foster curiosity by using real-world applications for maths and setting homework which isn’t just 1/2 + 1/5, but is about people, things and the world around us.
When I set homework, what makes me the happiest is not a 100% score, it’s when a child says something like “I don’t know if I got the answer right, but I’ve been thinking about it and have figured out another way to solve it.”
Planning, discipline, strategy and tactics are all required to make the most of Year 5 and the summer holiday leading up to the 11+ exams which usually take place each September in the first or second week back to school.
My top advice is to combine past papers you can download, papers you can buy, and short one-page or ten-minute tests.
Doing exam paper practice is useful to help a child learn how long they have and how to pace themselves during the exam.
Doing papers you can buy is useful, but I would advise to photocopy them for your own use so your child can practice papers more than once.
Short one-page or ten-minute tests are useful to target specific areas that need help – e.g. ratio & proportion.
Finally, there’s online tuition which can help fix any gaps and give the child more confidence going into the exam.
Get in Contact
If your child needs help in general or with specific topics please get in contact:
It is important for a child to continue maths work throughout long holidays with a combination of workbooks and tutorials
During the long summer holidays (and other such as Easter and Christmas) it is very important for a child to;
A) Work their way through workbooks, and;
B) Have regular tutorials to tackle any questions which could not be solved
The advantage of online tutoring is that a child can have a tutorial no matter where in the world they are, including on holiday. One a week is typically fine, or twice a week for children in UK Year 5 who will return to school and start their 11+ exams in the first week or so of Y6 as they also ramp-up for the Independent School Entrance Exams.
Summer maths camps are of use, but are typically focused on getting as many children to attend as possible which diminishes the value delivered to each child. In addition the homework is generic, whereas the homework from a tutor is targeted.
Workbooks are also of importance, assuming the parents have time to mark all the work and can offer advice on how to solve questions which the child cannot. This becomes more difficult in the first year or so of Secondary School when teenagers are tackling algebra and more advanced trigonometry.
Keep up the workbooks while on holiday and if you are interested please contact me for a free no-commitment tutorial session anywhere in the world: