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Tips for Finding A Physics and Maths Tutor for your Child

 

There are many ways parents can find a physics and maths tutor. With the number of agencies providing tutoring services in the country growing, some people find tutors through personal ads while a greater number rely on recommendations. Tutorfair is one of the first websites that allow people to book a tutor online, and since the site funds charity work it addresses different educational disadvantages. I strongly suggest that you look there first.

Before settling for a physics and maths tutor, it’s advisable that you meet several first. Since tutors are people just like you and me, each has their own style of tutoring. It is, therefore, vital that you first take the time to consider each to see who will best fit the student’s potential. It can be quite tempting to make a decision based on your liking for a person, or on the fact that the tutor seems to have a unique tutoring style that you liked as a child. However, it’s not you that will be working with them. It’s, therefore, important that you listen to your child and see who they’d like to work with and who they think they could learn best from. If your kid likes a tutor, then half of the problem is solved as they’ll often work harder to impress their mentor.

If your kid does not like any of the tutors available, then this could make finding one a bit harder, and the problem might not be about the tutors but more about the student  – he or she probably has a problem with tutoring. I have heard parents say to their children ‘okay, you are going to have to work with a tutor, so find one who you hate least’. This isn’t to say that you should not trust your own instincts, just remember that it is your child that will be working with the tutor.

During the decision-making process, there are some very important questions that I believe are worth asking the new potential tutor. If asked early in the selection process, these questions could save you a lot of time later. Here are some:

– What kind of learner are you? As a student, were you more kinesthetic, auditory, visual, or did you learn best by rote?

– If a student does not feel like studying that day, how would you handle the situation?

– Ever had any difficult students, and if you did, how did you deal with them?

While this might sound like an interview, in part it is. I’d advise you not to give potential tutors a hard time during your initial meet up, but make sure that you voice your concerns or questions. Part of the tutor’s work is to act as a link between the kid and the parents academically. However, I’d be wary of a tutor who can’t explain their working method and ethics. Nowadays, I use my gut feelings a lot. Nevertheless, I still have some things that I like to do first. if the tutor cannot explain some things during the initial meet up, then I would be very concerned about their aptitude to explain challenging things to a student who’s really stuck.

Something else to consider is how qualified the tutor is. Most tutoring agencies have stipulations that their tutors should possess specific qualifications at least a level above those they are teaching. For instance, a GCSE History tutor should have an A-level on the subject, with some even stipulating that they should hold degrees in the area. This does make a lot of sense, however, it is still worth noting that just because one holds a PhD or a degree in a subject, that does not necessarily mean that they can teach it.

Some of the best tutors I have ever met were once people who struggled at school themselves. Most maths teachers back in my school days never really had a problem with maths. However, it’s clear to me now that this made it harder for them to empathise with students who were not ‘getting it’. I only got to really understand maths later on in time, which is something, in some ways, that led me to be more patient with struggling students, since I went through the same struggle.

Apart from being great teachers, the most successful tutors are the ones who are halfway between a best friend and a teacher. Such tutors inspire students to want to learn, and kids often like them a lot they’ll work even harder, sometimes just to impress them. This is amongst the most powerful tools that a tutor has and therefore their success will mostly depend on the chemistry between the tutor and his or her students. I am not saying that all students will love and connect with every tutor they get, but if they really aren’t getting it on, this could be really bad news for both the student and tutor.

The tutor could risk negative reviews from the student’s parents (and this does count in the playgrounds outside of school) while the students could risk wasting a lot of valuable time. It is, therefore, vital that you see how a tutor you are considering interacts with your kid, and although I recommend giving them time alone to work together, do not be afraid to ask your child about how he or she felt after the lesson.

They do not have to be super excited about their tutor, but it is a good idea to check and see if they feel like they learned something and that they do not feel lacking in confidence and completely overwhelmed.

Once you’ve settled for a tutor, the next thing to consider is how you are going to get the most out of the tutor. To find out more about my thoughts on this subject matter, see my next blog post coming soon “Parents: How To Get The Most Out Of Your Kid’s Tutor”

5 Things You Should Know about Bath Bombs Before You Use Them

 

Bath bombs are a relatively recent innovation in health and beauty products. They’ve also exploded in popularity in the past few years. Bath bombs are typically pressurized packages of various ingredients that create a fizzing reaction upon exposure to water and they come in varying sizes and properties. Here are five things you should know about bath bombs before you use them.

Bath Bombs Aren’t for Everyone

Bath bombs were originally developed for those who can’t use traditional bath products, but they aren’t for everyone. If you have sensitive skin, you should probably avoid bath bombs altogether. Avoid bath bombs if you have a tendency toward urinary tract infections as well.

Check the Ingredients

While many bath bombs include ingredients no different from the soaps and other beauty products in your home, you should check the ingredients. Avoid bath bombs with glitter or vegetable oil-based luster. If you opt for glitter, opt for mineral based glitter over pieces of plastic. While it looks pretty in the bath water, plastic glitter can irritate sensitive parts of the body.

If you know you’re allergic to an ingredient, don’t buy a bath bomb that contains it, so check the ingredient list on every bath bomb you buy – or make your own. If you don’t know what an ingredient on the back of the package is, look it up. Or consider buying a different bath bomb.

You Could Still Be Allergic to Common Ingredients

Fragrances and the coloring agents in bath bombs can cause mild skin irritation. Fluorescent bath bombs are the most likely to contain artificial dyes that may cause allergic reactions. In general, it is safer to choose bath bombs that contain natural ingredients. If you start to feel irritation, the best advice is to clear the tub, wash off your body and then wash out the tub.

If the irritation doesn’t calm down in a few hours, talk to a doctor. However, you’re probably not reacting to the citric acid or sodium bicarbonate found in many bath bombs since they’re so diluted by the bath water. Note that these are the ingredients that react to make the bath bomb fizzy in the first place.

Fresher Is Better

The best bath bombs are fresh ones. You can tell how fresh they are by how fizzy they are on contact with the water. A general rule of thumb is to use the bath bomb within three weeks of buying it. If you ordered it online, take the shipping time into account, so if it took a week to arrive, you have two weeks to use it.

Understand the Safety Hazard that Bath Bombs Create

There have been stories of people going to the emergency room due to a serious rash from exposure to ingredients in a bath bomb. However, there is another hazard that bath bombs can introduce. All of those essential oils and butter can coat the inside of the tub, making it slippery.

Take care not to slip when getting in and out of the bath after using a bath bomb. You may want to clean the tub before using the bath bomb since these slippery oils will stick to dirt and grime in the tub. If you don’t want to be cleaning the tub before taking a bath, choose a bath bomb that doesn’t contain oil.

Conclusion

Bath bombs can be great for relaxation and fun as well. But if you want to enjoy them without the side-effects, know what you’re getting into first.

How to Deal with Your Children During a Separation

 

 

Sometimes marriages and partnerships break down; this can be a difficult time for both of you and your children as well. You can both get so engrossed in the problems you are having that it can be easy to ignore and forget about how your children are feeling. If you are in a similar situation, here are a few tips for dealing with your children’s feelings during the tricky time of a separation or divorce.

Try Not to Put Them Between You

Many parents use their children as a messenger, especially if they are living apart. Although you might think there is no problem doing so, in fact, this type of communication via your children can have an impact on their feelings. They might have to say things to their parents that make them upset or anxious, and it also places a burden on them that they shouldn’t have to deal with at any age. To minimise any problems, you need to discuss things in private or via email. Things that involve the children can be discussed as a group with all of the family members there because this then gives them the opportunity to ask questions.

Understand Their Feelings About Both of You

Even though the two of you can no longer live together, your children will still love you equally. For that reason, you should try to understand that they might not share the feelings you might have for your partner. It can be easy to talk to your children about the separation and perhaps say negative things about your partner, but this can make your kids feel awkward and upset. You should also avoid taking your kids to the family solicitor London, so they don’t have to hear negative things about their parents. If you have feelings that you want to share, try talking to a therapist or someone you trust rather than talking to your children.

Take Time to Listen to Your Kids

A period like this in your children’s lives can cause a great amount of turmoil. They won’t always understand what’s happening, and they might form ideas that aren’t true. That is why it is vital that you are there for them and that they can ask you about what’s happening. Allow them to talk and to express how they feel, try not to dismiss their feelings, but also try to let them know that things will be ok. Both parents should do this in case one of your children want to confide on one of you and not the other.

Avoid Asking Too Many Questions

When your children spend time with the other parent, you should think of this time as visiting an aunt or uncle. You should ask them fun questions about their stay but try not to grill them or ask about what your partner did. It will make them feel uneasy and in an impossible position.

Separation is never easy, but if you can all try to be as open and approachable as possible, it will make it a lot easier for your kids.

How to Start Your Blogging Career

 

Can you really earn a lot from blogging? Is blogging worth your time? How do you start a blog? If these questions are in your mind right now, you are on the right page. In this article, we will talk about how to start a blogging career.

Blogging is a hobby for some people. However, there are ones who treat it as a career. Actually, anyone could be a blogger. You can be a blogger. You may blog about anything you are passionate about like fashion, technology, food, lifestyle, travel, beauty, and more!

Blogging is perfect for stay-at-home moms, too! If you check out lifestyle blogs, you’ll see that most of them are being run by stay-at-home or work-at-home moms! Some people who used to work 9 to 5 jobs and found success in blogging are now working at the comfort of their homes. If you think that the blogging world is something that you want to explore, read on to learn how to start a blog.

First of all, don’t worry because you can create a blog even if you don’t have any technical experience. It’s also faster and easier than what you think. There are just six simple steps that you need to take. The first step is to decide what you want to blog about. Consider your hobbies and interests here. Choose a niche that you would never ever get tired of blogging about.

Next, you need to choose a blogging platform. Popular blogging platforms nowadays include WordPress, Squarespace, Blogger, Weebly, and Wix. Each of these platforms has pros and cons, of course. WordPress is probably the most popular one because bloggers find it functional and flexible.

The next step is to find a host. WordPress is a software, so using it alone will not make your blog live on the Internet. In order for your blog to be accessible to everyone, you need a host. There are lots of hosting companies today and it is best to choose one that suits your preferences.

Next, you need to pick a domain name for your blog. Your domain name is the address that people type on a browser’s address bar to access your blog. Most bloggers usually match their domain names with their blog names.

The next step is to get started with your blogging platform of choice. Choose a theme and start building your website right away! Building and designing your blog may take some time but it could also be fun. You get to decide on the font, colors, and other stuff that will make your blog look pleasant to readers.

As you can see, building a blog isn’t that hard. However, if you have a job and currently don’t have enough time to spare, you may hire professionals to do everything for you. Yes, that is possible. Companies like i3MEDIA offer professionally designed websites at very affordable prices, see this site to check out their offers and pricing information.

Fun Things to Do in London

 

 

Are you planning for a London trip? Whether you go with your family or friends, there are a lot of fun things to do in England’s capital city. In this article, we provide a list of some of the activities or places that you should include in your itinerary.

The Tower of London

If you love visiting historical places, you’ll surely enjoy visiting the Tower of London. This palace, prison, and fortress is definitely a must-see. This UNESCO World Heritage Site houses the crown jewels of the British monarchy.

The Harry Potter Set

If you are a Harry Potter fan, seeing the Harry Potter Set at the Warner Bros Studio would be a dream come true! In this place, you will be able to see all the details about all Harry Potter movies. You’ll see all costumes and props used for the movies. Isn’t that cool?

The Harry Potter Walking Tour

This is another treat for Harry Potter fans. With the Harry Potter Walking Tour, you’ll get to see the real Diagon Alley, Platform 9 3/4 in Kings Cross Station, and other places related to Harry Potter. This tour is perfect for couples, friends, families, and of course, Harry Potter fans!

The London Zoo

Did you know that the London Zoo is the oldest scientific zoo in the world? Because of that, it probably is the most famous zoo as well. It hosts at least 750 species. You will find over 17,000 animals in this zoo. If you love animals, visiting this zoo would surely be a treat for you.

The Borough Market

Tourists highly recommend this market. It is located at the heart of London so it’s not hard to find. It is also considered as the city’s most renowned food market. You can find it right next to the famous London Bridge, just a short walk away from the Big Ben. Foodie lovers would easily love this place!

The Ghost Bus Tour

Are you ready for a fun and spooky adventure? If you’re up for the challenge, you’ll surely love the Ghost Bus Tour. The tour occurs every single day after sunset and usually takes between 1 and 1.5 hours. It is perfect for families with kids.

The Jack the Ripper Tour

Here’s another treat for tourists who love spooky adventures. This tour is known for their latest hand held projectors with the latest graphic photos many people have never seen before. It is also the most up-to-date, most shocking, and most exciting Jack the Ripper tour you’ll ever find in London. Click here to learn more about this tour.

Beautiful views from a car park

One of the coolest things to do in London is to see the views from a car park at Frank’s Rooftop Bar and Restaurant located in Peckam. This multistory car park is located on the 10th floor of the building.

What do you think of this list? Which ones would you like to visit? Bring your loved ones to any of these places and you’ll surely enjoy the experience.

Dealing with Stresses and Strains of Being a Mum

 

Being a Mum is already a difficult job.  You are no longer the only person you need to take care of, and you have someone else who you are 100% responsible for. That alone can bring in its own stresses and strains, never mind add in other life tasks such as paying bills, or any work pressures.  All of this can get on top of you, so we have put together some handy bits of advice as to how you can deal with this.

Get a Life Coach

This is something that’s often regarded as self-indulgent, but that’s not really the case.  If you are having difficulty de-stressing, then AskaCoach can offer coaching solutions that will fit into your lifestyle.  Everything can be done online these days, which means you don’t need to go and visit someone at their office – you can chat things through at your convenience.  Discussing things with them, should allow you to uncover what may be stressing you, and to give you tools as to how to combat this.

Chat to a Friend

There are several reasons why chatting to a friend can reduce your stress and anxiety levels.  First of all, it can be a distraction from what is getting you down or worrying you. There is nothing better than having a laugh to get away from the everyday stresses and strains.  It can also be helpful for you if you find out that someone else has similar concerns.  Don’t be afraid to let them know what’s on your mind – it can end up a cathartic experience.

Take Some Me Time

It’s important to get some time for yourself even if you aren’t stressed or anxious.  Is there a hobby or interest that you like to spend some time on?  Make sure you schedule time in your calendar to do what you really like to do.  Even if there isn’t anything specific – you can still take time to relax. It could be that you just have a bath, or that you treat yourself to a spa day.  It doesn’t need to cost a lot of money or take up too much time – but having some “me time” is essential for keeping you stress-free.

Exercise

Exercise on the face of it may seem like a bit of a pain, but actually it can have great mental health benefits as well as physical.  Research shows that it can be a mood elevator and help people who have depression, stress and anxiety.  It also releases endorphins which allows you to have more positive feelings, and to also make the pain less. It doesn’t need to be a workout that’s too strenuous to achieve these results.

If you are feeling a little stressed out with the everyday pressures of life – then try some of the above, and hopefully you should feel less stressed and anxious.

Why Tree Removal is Not a DIY Job

Anyone who has trees in their garden or yard will know only too well how beautiful they can be, but also how they can be high-maintenance. Trees come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes – there are many different species you can choose if you want to add them to your garden – and make for a very different and unique vista. If you are to get the best out of your trees, however, they need a certain amount of taking care of.

Like all plants, trees need certain conditions to grow properly, and it’s when they become damaged or diseased that they need the most maintenance. Also, you may have trees in places in your garden where you would rather they were not – for example, where they cast shade over the house or smother the ground covering – and there may be many other reasons why you might want trees taking out of your garden.

If you are adding to your home or building on your property, there may be trees in the way of the plans. You might also find that previously, trees have been cut down and the stumps left behind. These can be very difficult to get rid of. There are many reasons why tree and stump removal is quite simply not a DIY job, so it pays to get in touch with your local Lansing tree removal experts as they will be able to help you get the job done.

Al Your Tree Services in One Place

Why is tree removal best left to the experts? First, it requires some specialist machinery and equipment, and while you can hire it – at potentially considerable cost – it needs expertise to use it properly. Also, there are inherent dangers in cutting down and removing large trees: you need to take great care in making sure the tree will fall in the right direction, as any miscalculations in this area can result in damage to property, or perhaps injury to those involved.

Then there’s the problem of getting the felled tree off your property; a tree can weigh a great deal, and will undoubtedly need a truck of some sort to move – let alone some form of hoist to get it onto the truck! Your local tree service experts will take care of all of these aspects, and will also advise you as to how to best maintain the trees you have remaining.

Tree Maintenance Services

It’s not just removals that your local tree experts can help with; they will also be able to offer you a full range of services including pruning. This is essential to keep your trees as neat and attractive as possible, and you need to have it done on a regular basis if you are to be certain that your trees will look the part.

Why not get in touch right now for a free, no obligation quote, and see just how affordable it can be to have professional, expert tree maintenance and removal services.

Important Advice For New Business Owners

 

Accepting the new role of a business owner is likely one of the happiest days of your whole life. It’s a thrilling time because of all you have to look forward to in the future as you mature and grow your company.

It’s a good idea to always be seeking out advice and new information as you embark on this challenge. Never assume you know it all or you may find yourself regretting quick decisions you didn’t spend time thinking through before acting. What you don’t want to do is get so busy and wrapped up in the daily tasks that you fail to see the big picture and do what’s best for you and your employees.

Take Care of you First

It’s going to be critical that you attend to your self-care needs and don’t let your health slip as you take on this new endeavour. Make time for exercise, eat right and get the recommended hours of sleep each night. Set boundaries and a schedule, so you’re not spreading yourself too thin or failing to leave any time for personal activities or relationships. Remember to take breaks and unplug every chance you get when you’re at home.

Educate yourself about Technology

The last situation you want is to have all of your files stored online and run into an issue or hacking situation and instantly lose all of your hard work. Learn more about the future of data storage and how to secure your files by working with a company such as Secure Data Recovery. Educate yourself best you can and stay informed of the latest trends and changes so you’re never left in the dark about what technology can do for your business.

Build A Solid Network of Business Relationships

One of your most important to-dos should be to build a network of people who you can turn to for questions, concerns or to simply have lunch with and talk business. Get out in your community, attend networking events and volunteer to speak at conferences to help you expand your contact list. You never know when you’ll need tips or see an opportunity to collaborate with someone in your industry. Be good about keeping in touch and reaching out to these people on a regular basis.

Be Patient

What’s going to help you get ahead the most as you embark on this challenge to build a business is to remain patient in all you do. You’re likely not going to hit your sales numbers and goals overnight, and there will be obstacles that try to get in your way of succeeding. Have patience and try to keep your sights set on your objectives and the future you have envisioned for yourself then take one day at a time to get there.

Conclusion

Be proud of how far you’ve come and that you can finally call yourself a business owner. However, keep an open mind and be willing to take advice from others as you get your feet wet learning the ropes. Never give up and continue to push forward even when you’re faced with adversity if you want to stay in business for the long-term.

4 Ways to Help Speed Up Your Household Cleaning

 

Everyone wants to live in a clean, tidy home. The only trouble of course is that cleaning is one of the most boring, mundane tasks ever invented. It’s little wonder so many of us put cleaning the house off until it reaches that unavoidable point that our living space has turned into a sea of dirty coffee cups, books and dust scattered all around.

While the dream is to be able to hire a cleaner to do it all for you, how many of us are wealthy enough to take that option? Thankfully, help is at hand with these four ways help speed up your household cleaning.

Put things away when you’ve finished with them before they become a problem

You can speed up your household cleaning immeasurably by taking steps to avoid there being too much to do in the first place. When you’ve finished that morning cup of coffee, take the mug out to the kitchen and wash it there and then. Don’t just throw that magazine or book to the side when you’ve finished reading it, put it back where it came from. Little inconveniences at the time that may add five seconds to your day can save you having to clean up 17 coffee cups and put away 23 different books when it comes to doing the big clean.

Make a schedule

If you’ve ever looked at your bedroom and thought “I’ll clean it tomorrow”, and tomorrow ends up being three months later, then you need a schedule. A cleaning schedule ensures discipline when it comes to tidying up the house and by penciling in a day of the week when a certain room is always cleaned, you’ll be preventing too much mess from building up through regular cleaning.

Invest in the right equipment

The better your equipment, the less time-consuming cleaning can be. If you are using a hoover that was purchased when Bill Clinton was president, chances are it is going to have lost all its power and won’t be effective in carrying out the task you need it to. By replacing it with a new, up-to-date model you’ll be making the task that much quicker for yourself. You can View Website here with some great vacuums that can help speed up your cleaning.

Clean in bursts

Current researchers have argued that the attention span of the average American adult has dropped to somewhere between five and 20 minutes. It’s probably even less when it comes to a boring task such as cleaning. With this in mind, its best to clean in short, sharp bursts so that you don’t become completely disillusioned with the task. Give it your all for 10 minutes and then take a break, coming back to things a little later. If you try and power through, not only will the task take longer as your attention drifts and you lose focus, but you’ll also remember it as being a terrible experience that went on for what seemed like days, and that can be enough to put you off cleaning for life.

The Benefits of Improving Your Home

Your home is most likely the most valuable asset you have, and the most expensive purchase you will ever make. It’s also a working environment, where you spend a major proportion of your life – both you and your family – and as such, you want it to be a pleasant and practical place to live.

You also want to make sure that it retains much of the intrinsic value that lies in the building itself; the fixtures and fittings on the exterior, for example, need to be kept in top condition, and that means replacing parts that are damaged and worn by the elements on a regular basis. Then there’s the interior, where you might want to upgrade your kitchen once in a while, or to change the bathroom.

Or, you might want to remodel the house, or to add space to your existing building. There are many ways you can do this, and gain not only additional space but also add value to the house, and there are experts in Lansing home additions that you can talk to for the very best in advice and help on improving your home.

Ideas for Additions

The scope for additions to your home is potentially never-ending, and that’s why it always pays to get the experts in to give you the best advice. Have a look at the rooms you have, and think how great it would be if you could have even more space. Now, consider those areas of your home that are not being used to their full potential.

Let’s start with the garage; many homes have large garage areas, and we’re not exaggerating in saying that many of these are simply used to house junk that doesn’t really need to be there! Garages are a cost-effective and superbly impressive way of adding extra space; get an expertly-done conversion, and you have a new sitting room, bedroom, or even a playroom for the kids. The space is there, the basic structure is present, so the cost is kept down when you convert a garage for living use.

Extend Outdoors

What about those little-used outdoor areas? Your local home additions and remodelling expert can give you ideas as to how best to utilise space by building out from, say, your existing dining room. Perhaps add a deck and extend the room by a few yards, with a lovely wide glass frontage that opens onto the deck, and you transform the whole room in one go – and at surprisingly little cost.

Whether you want to extend or add, to convert or remodel, the choice is yours, but rest assured this is one of the most affordable and effective methods of adding real value to your home, without the need for considerable expense. Even a new, fresh and modern kitchen will make you feel like you are living in a new home, so get in touch with the experts now, and see just how easy it is to remodel your home to your advantage.