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Maths is the marmite of education

But whether you love it or hate it, helping our children with their maths homework is never as easy as we’d like.

Homework can be a battle.

Perhaps you don’t want to confuse your child with the methods you used yourself at school or don’t quite have an understanding of the latest methods being used in their school. Maybe you struggle to find the time to support your child if homework is set on inconsistent days. Perhaps your patience is simply being tested and you don’t want the time you spend with your child to end up being stressful!

As a tutor myself, I hear these comments all the time!

“Surely if the answer is correct, it doesn’t matter what method my child uses?”

Sadly, it’s not just teachers having a strange obsession with their own method, there are statutory methods which are set by the government and the, use of, or absence of them, affects points achieved in SATs tests. So consolidating the correct methods and techniques is really crucial. As a Year 6 teacher, tutor and SATs marker, I have a secure knowledge of the appropriate methods. Each lesson video has been designed to show the correct methods with a step by step approach. As a parent, you can watch alongside your child and learn the methods yourself or you can leave your child to work independently, There are plenty of opportunities to pause and give questions a go alongside the printable worksheets. Questions are designed to build skills up and get increasingly more challenging.

Out of school learning is key to progress

I haven’t met a single teacher in Year 6 who isn’t dedicated to raising the attainment of every single child in their class but in reality when you have 30 kids at varying levels, your impact can be limited. Extra support out of school not only allows a child more time to consolidate their learning but also increases confidence and reinforces the value of education, all factors which will contribute in creating an impact on a child’s progress.

Many parents (around 27% nationally and 41% in London) opt for a Private Tutor to avoid those homework battles and ensure that their children get the appropriate support. In reality though, private tuition is not a luxury that everybody can afford. Financial commitments aside, you usually have to commit to a regular time slot which may be difficult to juggle around family activities. You also need a space in your home that can be used interrupted.

Pocket Private Tutor could be the solution for you.

Get the extra support needed to help your child with their SATs maths tests, suing the appropriate methods and covering the complete Year 6 curriculum. There are many ways you can use the program. Your child could work independently, with a peer or with supervision from an adult.

You won’t need a stranger in your home or have to commit to a regular time slot.  Your child can pick their own learning objectives and go at a pace they feel comfortable with. They can repeat sessions as many times as they like or go ahead if they already feel confident. They can revisit topics learned in class or get a head start on areas not already covered. Another beauty is that you can take it “ on the road”. If you are away for the weekend you simply take it with you as it is downloadable on phones or tablets!

Free trial with no obligation

At only £9.99 a month, the financial commitment is minimal in comparison to a private tutor. The way you navigate through the  learning content can be tailored and decided by the needs of your child. Being in complete control of their learning journey with full access to any Year 6 objective will undoubtedly increase your child’s confidence and instill in them an independence that will serve them well as they move onto secondary school.

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