Tutorfair

When I was a child my mum got us a tutor. We were doing ok academically but who couldn’t use a bit of extra guidance now and again? I was preparing for my 11+ exam and we both benefited from some extra tuition.

I remember going for weekly tuition and even to a special summer school. Mum found the tutor through a recommendation from someone she knew but looking forward I know I will want some help in finding a tutor who would suit the children, particularly if I don’t know someone who can suggest a tutor.

Tutorfair have a responsive, easy to use website that lets you search for a tutor by subject and area. Allowing you to find the right tutor for your child’s needs. A sample price for a London based tutor who could tutor in Maths of 11+ started from approx £25. There are even tutors who offer tutoring via SKYPE – perfect if you can’t find a tutor in the right location or if you are unable to get your child to a tutor. Each verified tutor is also DBS checked, met in person and has their references and certificates checked. Giving you peace of mind.

Tutorfair

When you click on a tutors profile it links you straight through to further information about them and lets you see their availability. It also gives you a timescale in which the tutor will respond to your query. Ideal. You can pay online which makes things easy and if you are unhappy with your first lesson Tutorfair will refund the money.

The big difference with Tutorfair is  that “For every student who pays, Tutorfair gives free tutoring to a child that can’t” (the ‘fair’ bit). The Tutorfair foundation aims to help under priviledged children to get access to tuition. So you are doing your bit to helps others as your child learns.

Here are top 5 benefits of summer tuition, which promote new learning, engagement and retention. How could a tutor help your child over the summer holidays?

  1. Increase their Confidence

Use the long summer holiday to practice, reinforce and work on topics that your child has struggled with during term time. Too many students “hate” a subject, because they don’t feel confident or competent.

  1. Avoid Boredom

Maintaining a regular structure over the holidays helps to keep children from becoming bored. Also, promoting new ways of learning (unconstrained by a rigid syllabus) throughout the summer will help with an easier transition back to school in September.

  1. Prevent The Summer Slide

Students experience learning loss over the summer months, as they tend not to participate in any learning activities. Practicing skills learned over the past year, and getting a head start on the upcoming curriculum can help jump-start learning, and confidence, come September.

  1. Smooth the Transition into a New School

Moving schools can be a stressful, difficult and anxious time at any age. Students are learning in a new environment, making new friends and working to a new set of expectations from their teachers. A tutor can teach some of the new topics and learning strategies to help ease students into their new school.

  1. Works Around You

The tutor can work around your schedule, and also tailor lessons to meet the interests and individual needs of your child.

So if you think your child could benefit from some tuition, maybe they are finding a specific subject more challenging, or they might just want to lift their grade in a subject that’s important for their chosen career. Why not give it a try and see if a small investment in their future could make the difference!

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Magna Science Adventure Centre

Magna Science Adventure Centre

Magna Science Adventure Centre
Magna Science Adventure Centre has been on our wishlist of places to go for the past couple of years but we hadn’t had the opportunity to go until very recently. The opening hours over summer are 10am-5pm but from the 7th September they will switch to their winter hours which are as follows:

Monday – Closed
Tuesday – Open to school bookings only
Wednesday – Open to school bookings only
Thursday – Open to school bookings only
Friday – Open to school bookings only
Saturday – Open to all visitors from 10am – 4pm
Sunday – Open to all visitors from 10am – 4pm
The attraction will be open to all visitors over the October half term period every day between Saturday 17th October and Sunday 1st November inclusive from 10am – 4pm

We arrived just before 10am, hoping that this would mean it was quieter, at least for a while. We were not disappointed, there were a couple of other families waiting to go in but we only waited a couple of minutes to talk to the attendant, we had pre-paid the entrance fees (a family of 4 ticket was £36.95 online, compared to £39,45 on the door). The ticket allows you access to the Magna Science Adventure Centre, playground and water park, plus as an added bonus you get free entry for a year. You just have to provide some information and bring a passport sized photo each when you return to get your annual pass validated. I thought this was a very useful addition and we will definitely take advantage of this.

The Magna Science Adventure Centre has loads of hands on exhibits and was of interest to the adults (facts/figures/history about Steelworks and Science) and the kids (fun, hands on toys, experiments etc).

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Magna Science Adventure Centre is split into four areas, Earth, Air, Fire and Water and each area offers experiments, education and fun. Both children enjoyed learning how things work/why things happen and getting to see things happen in front of their eyes.

We LOVED the following activities:

– The Red Bull Stratos Exhibition (on until 31st August 2015) – we were all really pleased to get to see this temporary exhibit, space and all the elements of space are interesting and exciting. We also got to see a great talk about Space with a very engaging presenter and some brilliant experiments.

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– FIRE – The fire Tornado – very cool! The cranes you operate to pick up cans and move them, great fun and something we could all do together.

Magna Science Adventure Centre

– WATER – all the water area was a huge hit, from walking through the ‘rain’, to shooting water cannons, learning about waves and general play, we all laughed and splashed!

– EARTH – deep down in the depths was EARTH, the kids loved playing with the toys in the sand area, trying real diggers and playing with cranks, levers and pulleys to move ‘rocks’ around. It was great fun!

We had a light lunch in the cafe and thought the prices were reasonable, a kids lunch box was around £4.50 but included a full size sandwich, yoghurt, drink, packet of crisps and a chocolate bar – a massive lunch for a younger child! I also thought the coffee was very good, well priced and good quality!

We had picked a brilliant day from a weather point of view which meant the playground and water park were popular with our children. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a good/varied playground and we let the children enjoy the different areas. It was brilliant.

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The Aquatek, water park was great fun. I had brought a spare change of clothes and a towel but given how nice the weather was I should have taken their swimming costumes! They ended up drenched but very happy. They loved running through the sprays, splashing each other and laughing their heads off. Not really possible to stay dry so do remember the change of clothes!

We would highly recommend Magna Science Adventure Centre, we had a brilliant day and will be going again soon.

Clayton Hotel Manchester Airport Review

Clayton Hotel Manchester Airport Review

Prior to our family holiday to Spain recently we decided to stay at the Clayton Hotel at Manchester Airport. Booked for us by Holiday Extras it meant that we could save time on travelling for our early morning flight which appealed with two children.

We arrived at tea time on the evening before our flight. The car park had plenty of free spaces and was a short stroll to the main entrance, it was an open air carpark, not a multi-storey as we expected but it was easy to park and convenient. Parking costs £10 per night, you pay on checkout and are provided with a code to use to exit the car park.

Whilst we checked in we helped ourself to the refreshing water, a welcome treat on a muggy Manchester day.

Clayton Hotel Manchester Airport Review

Clayton Hotel Manchester Airport Review

Our room was on the third floor. A comfortable. but quite plain room, that suited us as a family. It had two good sized double beds and a spotlessly clean bathroom, even with two large beds it still felt quite spacious. The room was supplied with soap/shower gel dispensers and a selection of tea/coffee etc with a kettle to make warm drinks. A good start.

Clayton Hotel Manchester Airport Review

We ate in the hotel bar, sharing a burger and a pizza. Both were traditional pub grub type fayre and were big enough to share for a light evening meal. The menu was quite varied and there was a separate children’s menu too.

We headed up to our room early, needing an early night when we knew we had to get up before 4am. During the night we found our room to be too hot (no aircon) and very noisy. The aircraft noise was very loud, particularly 8pm to 11pm, not ideal when you are trying to get an early night with a flight to catch. The noise from the corridors was also loud, we could hear every footstep and in the early hours of the morning plenty of doors slamming as people headed off for the flights. We left at just after 4am.

Great location in terms of getting to the airport, just a very short walk or quick shuttle bus would lead you straight to your terminal. We were parking the multi storey at Terminal 1 and it was just a minute in the car. Very convenient.

Ideal if you live too far away from the airport to get there in time for your flight, or if you are nervous about traffic etc. I don’t think we would stay again, it isn’t a massive drive for us and I think a broken nights sleep in my own bed would be preferable.

We received a nights stay at the Clayton Hotel Manchester Airport in exchange for this review.

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