I am writing this on the evening of December 31st 2020. For the first time ever, NYE is being shared only between those of us who live in the same house… Tier 4 has made it impossible to have family together. Many people are saying that they can’t wait to leave 2020 behind, but, sadly, I feel that the uncertainty is far from over. However, I want to reassure you that, looking forward, that I am going nowhere – I will be here, each week, ready to help and support in whatever way I can.
As we look ahead to the new year, it seems that restrictions and lockdowns are likely to be here for a while, and so for my current tutees, I would like to make a few suggestions to keep things working smoothly and effectively.
If you have a touch screen laptop, or a tablet, then using this for our sessions will give you much better accessibility. When combined with a stylus, it means that you can complete the work yourselves, rather than having to rely on me, write with your mouse (top marks to BF who is a champion at this!!!) or even use the dreaded ‘type’ tool.
If you do not own any of the above, there is a relatively low cost option available, in the form of a graphics tablet. I currently use the 2015 Wacom Intuos Tablet (here’s a video on using a graphics tablet if you’ve never seen one in action before).
I think the important thing to say about this, is that as far as the graphics capabilities of the tablet, you do not need anything like all the features it possesses. Therefore, there are a number of low cost options that will help take our tutoring sessions to the next level, as shown below.
The above tablets are just a selection available at Amazon. To be clear, I will receive a small incentive for any purchases made through these links, but the benefits of using such resources do speak for themselves.
So, looking ahead to the coming weeks and months, whether you are in an exam year, or not, here are my tips to make the year count:
- Take every opportunity to learn – don’t assume that COVID will mean you’ll get to miss your GCSEs in the summer – but work as through the next set of mocks will be it.
- Make a note of any areas or topics you are struggling with, and then MAKE SURE YOU GET THE HELP YOU NEED.
- Home learning is not an opportunity for a day off… use that time wisely.
- Believe in yourself and tackle every problem believing that to be true. 2021 can’t be the year of ‘I’m no good at maths’ – it needs to be a year of rising above all the problems and winning.
- Try to ignore the press when they make inflammatory comments about education. Let the politicians and adults worry about the finer details. Just keep doing what you do – keep your eyes on the goal and things WILL work out.
- The best way to revise a subject like maths is to DO maths. Whether it’s past papers, topics or whatever, make like a Nike ad and ‘Just Do it’.
- Always remember… if you need any help, give me a shout and I’ll do what I can!
Take care everyone… you are great and every one of you is a legend for keeping going this year with everything that is going on.