In the Know – Explore the creative world!

In the Know – Explore the creative world!

In The Know Parents What's new?

The creative world offers many opportunities to young people from rewarding career paths to useful outlets for expression. This week we have lined up three diverse activities that will allow them to explore their creative side and gain valuable skills and new experiences.

British Museum – Make a Manga Comic
This one hour workshop will give your child the opportunity to design their own comic inspired by the British Museum’s collection of Japanese manga. They will get to develop digital art skills to create characters and invent stories at the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre. This free workshop is for 11 to 16-year-olds and you can find out more here.

The Ideas Foundation
The Ideas Foundation is a creative community for 11 to 18-year-olds where anyone with ideas is welcome. They run one-day programmes, online media camps, and creative camps to give your child a taste of life in the world of design, advertising, and tech. They also have a student resources page to download free tools, templates and tips from some of the biggest brands in the creative industry. Find out more here.

Victoria & Albert Museum – Discovering Architecture
The V&A Museum presents their free activity backpacks for young people to explore the V&A through creative and fun activities. Their Discovering Architecture backpack for 11 to 12-year-olds will give your child the opportunity to learn about architectural drawings, colour, ‘connecting spaces’, light and materials, then construct a model and draw their own building. Find out more here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

Are students becoming too reliant on private tutors?

Are students becoming too reliant on private tutors?

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There are many reasons why hiring a private tutor might seem like a good idea for your children.

If they’re genuinely struggling in a subject then they can provide them with the support and guidance they need to improve results. Below are five reasons why things parents can do to ensure that their children do not become too reliant on private tutors.

1. Build your child’s confidence

As a parent, hiring a private tutor can send a message to your child that they’re unable to excel by themselves. This could dent their confidence especially if the tutor doesn’t work in a style that builds their confidence. Children build confidence by finding out ways to solve the problem on their own. You can still help them by pointing them in the direction of useful resources and finding a tutoring programme that supports them to do this.

2. Help your child become an independent learner

This might include creating study guides or notes on where to find certain reference materials. In order to become successful at university level for example, students need to develop their own level of independence and be able to think for themselves. A good private tutor should be able to help prioritize your child’s time and work in a manner that helps him or her fully understand how to work independently.

3. Help your child take accountability

Part of being a student is taking accountability for your actions. With a private tutor helping your child any successful marks could be interpreted the wrong way. This will make them feel that the good marks are a direct result of the help, which you paid for. Equally, if the results are poor then they’re likely to be under the illusion that the tutor didn’t educate them well enough to be able to pass.

4. Help your child develop time management skills

Time management is a life skill, which is crucial for success. Children must understand about proper planning and how to stay focused. By teaching your children proper time management, they’ll have more time to make educated decisions about their learning. It will also help them to reduce stress.

5. Motivate your child to succeed

A lot of pressure is placed on children to do well and achieve success. In order for them to cope with the workload they need to be motivated. Setting goals can be a great way to motivate them and help them to excel in their chosen subjects.

GT Scholars is a social enterprise that provides courses, workshops and a year ­round programme for young people aged 11-­16. We provide them with the skills and strategies they need to achieve their aspirations. One of our core goals is to help our students become independent learners. If you’re interested in private tuition or interested in one our courses, then get in touch with us here.