Working out how to keep children entertained over the holidays is a yearly challenge. In this blog, Ed explores the benefits of summer project work on any topic. Although not the most obvious option, giving children the chance to explore beyond the school curriculum, free from exam worries, can be a rewarding and fun way to spend some free time.
As another very strange academic year comes to an end, many of us are now facing a familiar question: how do we keep the kids entertained over the summer holidays? One option, although not the most obvious, is to think about the best elements of what tuition can provide but take away the exam pressure.
There is no doubt that specialist tutoring helps students to prepare for examinations. We have no doubt we have the best tutors in the world, all experienced and qualified teachers, with huge amounts of exam entrance experience, as well as GCSE and A-level.
But is that all tutoring is good for?
The answer of course, is no.
When I decided to become a teacher, it was because I was crazy about my subject: Philosophy. So much so, I wanted to share my passion with students. I wanted them to discover Plato, Hannah Arendt and all those in between. I wanted them to think critically and carefully, until perhaps they might eventually doubt their own existence. It is the love of the subject and the act of sharing that subject which brings us into the profession.
Just think about an inspiring teacher you may have had at school. I bet they certainly didn’t focus solely on exams, but on the subject they no doubt loved. Perhaps there was a particularly inspiring lesson that has stayed with you long after your school years finished. If so, please let us know below, we’d love to hear about it!
While students are off over the summer, it’s important they have a chance to unwind. They will also have a good opportunity to dive deeper into areas they are interested in or discover new ones and embark on a new, enriching project free from formalised assessments. Studying for fun feels different to studying for exams. It also allows for students to go well beyond the formalised school curriculum and study at their own pace.
A tutor can provide support, guidance and depth to this study. Important research skills can be honed, knowledge gained and new passions discovered. All while having fun.
Imagination is the limit when it comes to thinking of extra-curricular projects. Here are a few ideas:
As you can see there is a huge variety of projects and fun lessons that can be had. It might even produce memories that will stay with your child, just like lessons we might remember now. Or perhaps you’re reading this and thinking “I wouldn’t mind learning something new”. If so, we would love to find a top teacher to guide you through a passion project or help develop a new skill!
If you would like to explore the possibility of some summer fun tuition, please do get in touch.
Simon is a graduate of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge and completed his Master's degree at Royal Holloway, University of London. After a period as a researcher and university lecturer, he decided to switch careers into school teaching, qualifying through the Graduate Teacher Programme in 2003
Phil studied Environmental Science at the University of Southampton before going on to do his PGCE at the University of Birmingham. He began his teaching career in 2002 and has now amassed 14 years teaching experience, teaching in some of the top schools (in both the private and state sectors and also internationally)
Sobia is one of our most experienced entrance exams tutors in Maths, English, Science, VR and NVR at 11+, 13+ and 16+ with a solid track record of success over the years. Sobia also tutors Analytical Reasoning, Critical Thinking, General papers, problem solving and interview technique