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Class tests, yearly exams, and essays are all frequent aspects of life as a high school student and they rely on preparation, more commonly known as “studying”. Although students know (and are told frequently) they should go to their room and study, the act of studying can be quite elusive. One of the most common statements we hear from parents of high school students is that their child Read more

Recalling times tables quickly is an essential skill for success in school mathematics. These small “tricks” help reduce the times tables to just 24 to learn by rote and are a feature of the numeracy programs at Learning Links. By Dr Samantha Hornery There are 169 times tables for children to memorise so that Read more

During the year your child has learnt many important skills. School holidays are a great time to relax and have fun, but it can also be enough time for this important learning to be forgotten. To avoid this we have compiled a list of suggested activities, games and excursions to keep your child thinking during the holidays. You can use these ideas anytime as they are fun and help your child Read more

Apple’s iPad is one of the growing number of touch screen based electronic devices hitting our stores. With an appearance like laptop computers without a keyboard, the devices offer wonderful opportunities for entertainment and learning and have captured the imaginations of children and adults worldwide. The iPad can certainly entertain; you can watch movies, read books and magazines, share Read more

Parents, children and homework are a combustible combination at best, but when the child has a learning disability, the situation becomes explosive. Parents feel caught between the school’s demands and the child’s needs. They worry about grades and school progress but also about damaging family relationships with nightly battles.Of course, because every child and family is unique, one Read more

Once upon a time I wrote an article about Smarties that rose from a four-year-old’s birthday party.His mother had made him a birthday cake and decorated it with Smarties. From this, young Nigel and I engaged in a vigorous mathematical conversation. He was a lively young fellow and remembers that he had four candles on his birthday cake and that it was cut into eight pieces – one for each Read more

The NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy & Numeracy) is held each year during May for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. Students take part in Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (Spelling, Grammar & Punctuation) and Numeracy tests over the course of three days.NAPLAN can be a useful tool in determining whether your child may need help in aspects of their schooling. It Read more

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One of the most common concerns raised by families in Educational Support is about the amount of and time taken to complete homework. Homework is often a source of frustration for children, families and teachers.Advice for Negotiating a Homework DealEarly in the new school year arrange a time to meet with your child’s teacher. Although many schools hold a meet the Read more