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A Guide to Home-schooling: Our Tips for Parents

These are unprecedented times, and the prospect of home-schooling is a reality that many of you were never expecting to have to deal with. Although this is daunting for parents, it is also a very strange process for your children who are facing a major disruption to their routines. Are you worried about taking on more responsibility for your children’s education than ever before? Do your kids feel as though they are on holiday and are abandoning their studies? Are you concerned that you’re not able to support your children with a curriculum that you are not familiar with?

Our advice:

Do what you can. Curriculums change and no one expects you to keep up with it or remember it all from your own school days.

Create a daily schedule for your child. Incorporate video lessons from their school if provided. Keep the ‘school time’ balanced with outdoor time, breaks, creative outlets and a few chores. Make sure that your child relaxes in the evenings to reduce stress the next day.

It is a marathon, not a sprint. Set realistic goals for each study session.

Talk to your child about what is going on, and why having a schedule is important.

Encourage your child and praise them for their studying. School children do not usually need to take this much responsibility for their learning, so this is a big step (especially for younger children).

Talk to your child about which subjects they are learning and where they are in their syllabus. If they don’t know where they are at, contact their school or give us a call and we can give you an idea of where they should be at in the National Curriculum.

Create a dedicated workspace that is quiet and comfortable, with snacks, water and minimal distractions.

If you are working from home too, let your kids see you setting an example.

Chat to other parents and guardians.

Schools will do their absolute best to support you remotely.

Flashcards are your friends.

If your child is having video lessons, advise them on how to take notes. Most children are not used to learning via lectures so this will be a big change for them. Tell them to write everything down as they listen (in a summary) and then go over their notes and highlight the important sections. It can also help them to remember the material if they write it out again neatly.

If your child has been studying for GCSE or A Level, remind them that learning isn’t just about exams. They need to keep going with the curriculum so that they do not fall behind later in the year or once they get into higher education.

Take weekends off!

If your child is a GCSE or A Level student, take a look at information from the following exam boards:


AQA

OCR

Edexcel Pearson

Cambridge Assessment International Education

Eduqas

Of course, home-schooling may not always a viable option for families, especially if parents are having to work themselves. If you are in need of reliable, professional help you can also look into getting a private tutor. Capital Tuition Group works with qualified teachers who know the syllabus intimately and are experienced in helping a child work from home. One-to-one sessions are available, as well as group sessions to reduce costs, and our tutors are also available via video chat.

If you would like to speak to us at CTG (Capital Tuition Group), then give us a call at 020 3784 8960, email us at hello@capitaltuitiongroup.com, or visit our website at https://capitaltuitiongroup.com.