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Were your GCSE results disappointing this year? It can feel like a crushing blow when the grade staring back at you isn't the one you expected. 

The study of student motivation and engagement has uncovered a great deal about the particular habits and traits of those learners who are more likely to succeed. Listed here are the 8 of these habits which appear to be the best predictors.

Most students take 4 subjects at AS level in year 12 and then continue with 3 of the subjects at A2 level in year 13. But which A levels to choose (you may also find this post useful)?

If your child is in year 5 (or maybe even year 4) they may be preparing to sit the #11+ (Eleven Plus) or an entrance exam for a state grammar school and you’ll know that this year’s school summer holiday is critical. In our local area – Trafford, Manchester and Lancashire - The 11+/entrance test season starts in the first week of September. (Independent school entrance tests tend to take place after Christmas – we’ll cover them in a post later.)

In our last post we looked briefly at the requirements of  entrance exam tests and the eleven plus (11+) for entry in local state grammar schools. In this post we give some tips on how, as a parent, you can help your child prepare for their entrance exam

It’s that time of year when year 11 students have to decide which subjects to study at A level. For some this is an easier decision because they’ve got a specific career path in mind with specific requirements – for example, entry to medical school to study medicine needs A level chemistry. However, for many it’s a dilemma and at 121 Home Tutors we’ve come across many students (and parents) stressed out because they aren’t sure which A levels to choose and worrying about making the right/wrong choice and how it may affect their future – they may see this decision as definitively mapping out their future and I’ve spent many a tutorial listening to such dilemmas from students believing if they make the wrong choice now then their whole lives are affected. This is of course not true – but convincing the students can be trickier!

If you got the grades you expected and a place at your chosen University very WELL DONE!

School is tough – there are so many pressures. Pressures to fit in, to fit the mould, study [or be seen not to as the case may be], be a child, be grown up, cope with the constant tirade of criticism about young people and in amongst all that the personal pressures of puberty and growing up! For most year 6 children there’s the inevitable upheaval as they move from ‘safe’ primary school to new territory and secondary school – a whole new set of pressures.