Clara James Tutoring

We boost confidence and knowledge in maths and English from KS1 right through to the end of GCSE's i Clara James Tutoring offer to give the best possible help.

We can provide lessons online or in your home (Government Guidelines allowing) so that you don't need to venture out on these cold, dark evenings. We provide everything that will be needed in the lessons so there is no extra out lay for the parents. We use a range of resources so that we cater for every learning style. We make the lessons fun so that the tutee is in the right frame of mind of mind

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14/01/2024

// Parallel lines // They're not just train tracks; they hold secrets to equal alternate (Z-shape), corresponding (F-shape) & interior (C-shaped) angles when crossed by another line. 🚂💡

Using the letters to identify them makes them easier to recognise. Very often in your GCSE maths paper you will be needed to "give the reason" for your answer, which basically means name the type of angle that you have used to get to your final conclusion.

So, if you can remember the names of these angles, you'll find it useful.

13/01/2024

There always seems to be exams looming for someone.
End of topic, end of term, mocks, GCSEs, etc.

I've just downloaded the next podcast which is focused on revision techniques.

Revision is something completely unique to your child.

But before they start I would get them to spend a few minutes now having an honest brain dump with themself about what their goals are, what they feel confident about, what scares them. What support do they think you’re going to need to get the grades they want, where could they find that support. Also jot down anything else that comes to mind as they write.

Doing this will help to focus them, but at the same time, in a couple of weeks, or months they can look back and check their progress. If none has been made, they can ask themself why, what do they need to change?

Encourage and congratulate them and reassure them that they are heading in the right direction.

Remember, this is just for them, so be honest with themselves when they write, no one else needs to see this unless they choose to show it to you..

Here are a few generic suggestions for you to help you to get started.

They are inspired by what I have seen others do over the past few years, I hope they help.

Work through past papers, these can be found either on the exam board website or on sites such as Revisonworld.

Read the mark schemes. By doing this you can learn a lot about what the examiners are looking for and how they allocate the marks.

Watch YouTube clips on specific aspects that you are learning about. Treat them like a walk and talk mock.

Use at least 5 colours when you are making notes. It goes back to the idea of stimulating more areas in the brain, making it easier to recall the information when needed.

Don’t try to sit and study for long periods. You won’t take it in. Set a timer for 30/ 45 minutes, then have a 10 minute break.

If you’re struggling to get started commit to just 5 minutes, once you have got started you may just keep going. If you don’t at least you’ve achieved 5 minutes worth of revision. It’s not a lot, but it’s better than nothing.

Mind maps and post-stick notes are always popular Ask for help when you need it. Believe in yourself, put the effort in and there is no reason why you can’t reach your full potential.

You can download the podcast here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/1231634/episodes/14290568-revision-techniques

I hope you enjoy it







12/01/2024

- Look out for Z-shaped patterns indicating alternate angles between parallel lines—they're equal.
- F-shaped configurations signal corresponding angles that also match each other.
- C-shaped cues help identify interior angles that together equate to 180 degrees when they’re on the same side of a transversal cutting across parallels.

GCSE revision planner download 10/01/2024

Your exams are looming.

Some days you are busy, some days you are productive. Other days just pass you by…
That’s fine, it happens.

But you will no doubt find you will be more productive if you hold yourself accountable. If at the end of each day you write yourself an account of what you have achieved. Some days you might experience that Eureka moment, other days you may do nothing more than go over something you have done in class.

Other days you may not achieve anything. Then I’d write down why, is it because you were inundated with homework, you couldn’t be bothered, you were unwell.

Is there a pattern to the days you are productive and the days you’re not?

If there is, maybe there is something you can start to mimic in your productive days to make your non-productive days more productive.

It also gives you the ability to look back and celebrate what you have achieved, the steps you have taken to help you to pass your exams. To help you know that when you walk into that exam hall, you have done everything in your power to do your very best and you should be proud of yourself regardless of the results.

Good luck, you deserve to do well.

I've put together a revision planner and log book for those studying their GCSEs which can be found on Amazon.

However, if you are happy to download some of the key pages yourself you can find them here for free: https://sendfox.com/lp/1vnopd

I hope it helps x

GCSE revision planner download Is your child studying for exams this year? A few mums have recently said that they were putting together a planner for their kids revision. I wondered if I could make something to help. The full version is available on amazon, but you can download the key pages here if wanted. It starts with a sect...

09/01/2024

Alternate angles, corresponding angles, co-interior angles, internal, external... to name but a few.

What do they all mean?

Angles, angles, angles, they are something that some children have been doing at school and we have been asked to focus on/ practice with them at home, so we've put together this series of posts, I hope they help

08/01/2024

Before Christmas, I spoke with parents who were wanting to create revision planners for their kids and decided to make a generic one myself that I could offer to others. It begins with insights on learning and offers revision tips, asking students to identify their 'why'—the reason they're studying.

The planner includes weekly planning tables and note spaces, it is something that you can easily create yourself if you wanted to just use this as a template. There's advice on where and how to revise effectively: work through past papers, read the mark schemes, watch educational YouTube videos, use colourful notes, avoid long study sessions by setting timers for 25-35 minutes followed by breaks. If starting is tough, commit just five minutes—you might continue; if not, it's better than nothing.

Encourage your child to write down daily achievements towards exam prep—it motivates progress over time. As adults writing down our support actions can equally inspire them rather than leaving all responsibility on young shoulders.

In summary: Use the planner as a guide; incorporate visual aids; take regular short study breaks; record daily efforts for motivation; remember the bigger picture of why we're studying; support each other as a family team in this journey toward academic success. See you in another video!



If you want a link for the planner that I created, you'll find it here on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0CQ8CZPMM

And the logbook I created for recording your daily achievements is here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/What-have-done-today-exams/dp/B0CR44821T/

08/01/2024

Here's our 3rd angle fact. Angles are something that a lot of the people we work with have been asking for support on over the past couple of months, so we're putting together a series of posts to offer support on helping with learning and revising them .
I hope they help

Welcome to the Clara James Podcast! - The Clara James Approach to learning 06/01/2024

12 years ago when I wrote my first profile as a tutor I basically wrote, this is my experience and this is how I believe children learn: I believe that children learn if they're relaxed, if they're engaged in what they're doing, if they're having fun. And I basically consolidated everything I'd learned from working with in early years and in the autism bases, where it's all about playing and engagement and differentiation.
20+ years ago, I'd also spoken to my daughter's school about dyslexia, their attitude was: this is basically an excuse laziness, we can't see that there's a problem is. And at that time, I didn't have the confidence to argue my point.
So I thought, well, if I can learn as much as I can about different learning styles, whatever I learn is hopefully going to help her, But at the same time, it's also going to complement my degree. So for the last 20 years, I've been learning about different learning styles,
Something I learned, is that if we, just keep giving the child we're working with is worksheets, all I'm doing is giving them one memory. And each time I give you a new worksheets I'm making that memory slightly stronger. If you don't have a brain that works in a linear fashion or if you're in an exam something in your brain's all over the place, your brain has only got 1 place to go, try and find that relevant piece of information. This extract is taken from my 1st podcast. You can find it in full here:

Welcome to the Clara James Podcast! - The Clara James Approach to learning Welcome to the first Clara James podcast, aimed at helping you support children's learning. Whether they're yours or not, as a tutor, a parent, or teacher, we'll discuss adapting resources for better accessibility.Years ago in math class, I strugg...

Unlocking Your Child's Learning Style - to turn them into a top student! | ft. Dawn Strachan 05/01/2024

I am lucky enough to be friends with Jane Singer, she runs the podcast 'a seat at the table'. She recently asked me if I'd be interested in doing a podcast with her about my book: Square Pegs and Round Holes. We talk about how simple to tweaks to how we support our children's learning is so beneficial and how often the children is not at fault for not paying attention, for being unable to concentrate, for being disruptive, maybe it's us that's not explaining ourselves very well. Maybe we're not using language that is relevant. Maybe just because it makes sense to us, it doesn't mean that the wording we use makes sense to others as well. We are not all the same and sometimes small insignificant changes can make a huge difference.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0Ge4HahZVw

Unlocking Your Child's Learning Style - to turn them into a top student! | ft. Dawn Strachan If your child is struggling to keep up in school - or if they just can't seem to master math or spelling - then it might just be that they have a different l...

05/01/2024

Angles are something that a lot of the people we work with have been asking for support on over the past couple of months, so we're putting together a series of posts to offer support on helping with learning and revising them .
I hope they help

03/01/2024

I was listening to something the other day and they stated that sometimes it's easy to tell everyone what we are; I could tell you that those that work with me are amazing people, they have knowledge, understanding, kind hearts and it would be no word of a lie.

But that's what most businesses want to say. What is harder is to state what you don't do. I think the following 4 statements are the 4 most noticeable things that we don't do:

01/01/2024

A little bit of fun to start the new year.

Taking the letters in the phrase "Happy New Year" how many new words can you create? So, for instance you might take the p from happy and add it to the 'ear' in year and create pear.

Let me know how you get on and we can see who gets the most. Good luck!

01/01/2024

Angles is something that a lot of the people we work with have been asking for support on over the past couple of months, so we're putting together a series of posts to offer support on helping with learning and revising them .

I hope they help

31/12/2023

Here's to a fantastic 2024.

What is 1 thing we can help with this year. Angles, fractions, algebra always seem to be an ongoing issue, so over the coming month we are going to focus on supporting you with angles.

If there is something different with maths, English, revision, or different learning styles that you'd like support with, please do shout.

Happy New Year from us all at Clara James Tutoring

25/12/2023

Merry Christmas, have a fantastic day. Warmest wishes from us all

12/12/2023

Years ago, my brother gave me a book for Christmas that I still use despite it falling apart. It's become a treasured item, much like the 6-month planner I've created for GCSE preparation.

The planner starts with an overview of learning styles and emphasizes that revision is personal. Some might prefer quiet spaces; others may spread out on the floor with music or TV in the background. What matters is finding what works best for you.

On days when motivation is low, it suggests starting with just five minutes of study—often that's enough to keep going. The planner also encourages students to reflect on their reasons for studying: whether it’s to never take a math class again or aiming for higher education goals.

It includes ten revision strategies such as using past papers and colourful notes but advises against long study sessions without breaks. Students should focus on one subject at a time to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

There are sections to track your confidence levels in different subjects and space to plan daily and weekly study topics based on individual strengths and weaknesses.

As exams approach, there are tips like eating well before tests and ensuring you have all necessary materials. Finally, lined paper is included at the end of the planner which will soon be available on Amazon.

11/12/2023

I know quite a few children will be doing their mock GCSE exams this week and when they return to school in the new year. So, I wanted to share an idea about motivating kids who don't want to study for their exams. A mother mentioned her son's lack of interest in revision, with mock exams and GCSEs approaching. He questions the relevance of his studies, which is a fair point but won't help him pass.

She tried engaging him with educational videos and interactive computer content since he dislikes traditional methods like textbooks. I suggest leveraging what children enjoy to encourage learning—like creating presentations or posters if they're tech-savvy or artistic.

However, some kids might still find these approaches pointless. Adults see the long-term effects of not studying at 15, but teens focus on the present. So we need creative solutions.

For this mom working in tutoring, I recommended asking her son for help under the guise of needing it herself—a strategy that plays into his willingness to assist rather than sit down for formal study sessions.

Instead of using PlayStation time as leverage for studying—which can feel punitive—I advised framing it as a reward: study briefly then play without nagging from parents. This approach fosters cooperation over punishment and shows you're supporting them.

I hope this advice proves useful and inspires new ways to motivate your child in their studies.

11/12/2023

Over the past couple of weeks I've been occupying myself with creating a range of Christmas colouring by number sets based around the times tables.🎅⛄🎄

The idea is as you answer the times tables question the answer determines what colour to use on each part of the image. ✏️

I've really enjoyed creating these. They will available in the Clara James Approach, or you can find the entire set over on ETSY now,

I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed creating them. Warmest wishes x
https://clarajamesapproach.etsy.com

Clara James Tutoring We boost confidence and knowledge in maths and English from KS1 right through to the end of GCSE's i

30/11/2023

I've put together this short video because many parents have told me their kids are struggling with English, particularly Paper 1. It could be due to mock exams or the fact that it's the first paper they revise. I'll share some tips that have helped students based on what they've learned at school and general advice.

I found an extract for us to use; unfortunately, the original is no longer online due to copyright issues, but I managed to get a copy which you can see as we discuss it. Each year, exam questions follow a similar format: listing facts from given lines in Question 1, analyzing language in Question 2, examining structure in Question 3, and evaluating a statement about the text in Question 4. There's also creative writing involved.

For Question 1, your child can read the whole extract or just focus on specified lines – either way works. But before moving on to analyzing language in Question 2, they should understand the full context of the passage.

Let’s take lines 1-9 as an example (which aren't shown here). The jungle was wide - one point; full of rings - another point; silence - yet another fact from this hypothetical excerpt.

Moving onto language analysis for question two involves picking out specific phrases and discussing their effects on readers using examples from the text. Look for metaphors or similes like "a great evil god" or "exposing a fence of teeth like daggers."

In answering how structure impacts reader interest (Question three), consider how sentence length varies with action intensity – short sentences may show panic while longer ones provide detailed descriptions.

For evaluating statements about texts (Question four), offer personal insights supported by textual evidence – why might something seem terrifying? Provide multiple references to strengthen each point made.

Lastly remember revising isn't just about long hours; even five minutes daily can make a difference if used effectively. We're working on creating revision guides and planners that will soon be available if you need more structured support.
Good luck!

30/11/2023

I can't believe it is nearly December!

You may have seen some of the other times tables, colouring by numbers I've been making. Here's the one for the 10x tables. I must admit I enjoyed making them.

I go on and on about it, but it is so important that we give our children a wide range of resources to help them to learn so that they create multiple memories to make it easier to recall the information when it's needed.

You can download 3 of these colouring by numbers tasks here: https://sendfox.com/lp/3ldg9l

Give your child something to keep them occupied in the exciting run-up to Christmas, but also help them to gain confidence in learning their times tables. So often, once a child has the confidence they are more willing to try, the more they try the more practice they gain and the more they will continue to grow in confidence and knowledge. It is a spiral of positivity.

Download it now and I hope your child enjoys completing them as much as I enjoyed making them. There are more available over on ETSY if you're interested.

Have a great week and warm wishes

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29/11/2023

This year so many parents have been in touch about helping GCSE English language, specifically paper 1. So I thought, if it would be helpful, tomorrow morning at 10, I'll do a free workshop on Zoom to explain how to answer each of the questions. If you think it would be helpful and you'd like the link, just pop me a message and I'll send it over to you.

27/11/2023

I've been putting together a series of Christmas colouring by numbers tasks. The colours are determined by the answers of the times tables. 🎄⛄🎅
In the next day or 2, I'll be giving you a link so that you can download 3 of them for free, the rest are available over on Etsy or they will make up the bundle of this month's bundle over in the Clara James Approach.

I hope you enjoy colouring them as much as I enjoyed creating them

25/11/2023

📣💪 I'm an advocate for engaging and enjoyable teaching methods - they not only make memory creation easier but also improve recall effectiveness in children. Let’s transform education together – one game at a time!

24/11/2023

🔁✅ By making education fun with varied resources, we initiate a positive learning spiral as opposed to the negative one often experienced when tasks are repetitive or difficult. Let's keep kids engaged and excited about knowledge acquisition!

23/11/2023

❤️📚 Making learning enjoyable increases a child's willingness to participate. More participation = more practice = better skills development = increased confidence + love for continuous learning. It's all interconnected!

22/11/2023

🎲🖍️ Think Bingo, Pairs, Snakes & Ladders or even coloring. All these fun activities aid in learning times tables by creating new and enjoyable memories which enhance understanding. Learning should be entertaining!

21/11/2023

🧠💡 Did you know that providing multiple ways for children to learn the same concept can help them create various memories? This approach prevents reliance on a single memory when recalling info, boosting learning efficiency!

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Before Christmas, I spoke with parents who were wanting to create revision planners for their kids and decided to make a...
Ideas to motivate our children and help them to revise
Answering GCSE English Language Paper 1
Why do we need to provide our children with a variety of resources to help them to learn?
Calculating the area of a square, rectangle and triangle
I've just been working on another revision sheet/ video for the foundation GCSE revision guides. https://sendfox.com/lp/...
Expanding single brackets
Factorising single brackets
I've just created the next GCSE revision sheet for the foundation maths paper. Today's is based on collecting like terms...
Hi, I hope the week is going well. I've just finished putting together another revision sheet for the GCSE revision down...
Not long after I started tutoring I went to a young lad, probably about 5 or 6 years old. “He sat at the table in silenc...
I've just uploaded this month's bundle to the Clara James Approach

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