Easter Arts and Crafts Camp

We are SO excited to be running an Easter Arts and Crafts Camp for Primary School children this year. 

Last year, during the Summer, we ran jewellery making classes which went down a treat with boys and girls alike - check out our Facebook and Instagram pages to see some of their amazing creations.

This year, we're expanding our classes to include clay modelling, paper mâché, drawing, painting, Easter crafts and much, much more!

Classes will run from 10am to 2pm between Monday March 26th and Friday March 30th.

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All classes will be taught by fully qualified and Garda vetted teachers, so you can rest assured that your children are in safe hands!

Normally priced at €125 for the week, we are thrilled to be able to offer you a special Early Bird Discount - book before February 10th and pay just €110. 

To enrol your child, simply call us on 085-1481252. A €30 deposit is required to secure each child's place. This can be paid by cash, cheque or online here

Our premises are small so places are limited. Book today to secure your place!

Na Briathra Neamhrialta

 
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With the pre-Junior and Leaving Cert examinations fast approaching, we thought it would be a good idea to share this handy table which explains how to conjugate the 11 Irish irregular verbs into the past, present and future tenses. It also demonstrates how to ask a question in each tense and how to answer in the negative. 

Since there are only 11 irregular verbs, we advise students to learn these off as best as they can. If you are not much of a memoriser (like me), then it's really important to use this table when doing your homework or practicing exam questions. That way, through constant use and re-use, the information will gradually become ingrained in your brain! In fact, putting 100% into your homework on a consistent basis is one of the best ways to achieve exam success, especially if you're not a crammer.

This table will also be really useful to those of you who have oral exams coming up this year. And remember, the oral exam is worth a whopping 40%! Having met with many examiners over the years, I can tell you that one of their biggest gripes is when students just answer 'tá' or 'níl' to their questions. For instance, if they ask you a question that begins with 'Ar thúg tú...', you are expected to either answer 'Thug mé...' or 'Níor thug mé...'. Using this table will really help you to practice answering exam questions aloud, either with a friend or in front of the mirror! 

We'll be running Irish oral workshops during Easter break so stay tuned for more info. If you've any tips for acing the Irish exam, we'd love to hear them! 

 

Guest Post: Shane's French Classes for Kids

Hi, everyone! Today's guest post is by our wonderful French teacher, Shane, to give you an insight into the French Classes we've been running since November. I hope you enjoy! :) 

Primary School students from many different schools all over the county have enrolled in a unique French language learning experience at Limerick's Premier Tuition Centre. 

Students, aged between six and eleven years of age, first commenced the French language classes on Saturday, November 19th. Classes have been taking place over a 10 week period in which communication and pronunciation of the French language have been at the crux of this experience.

A communicative language experience is at the heart of this fun and interactive French class for Primary School students. Every week, these young language learners have been building their French vocabulary though a variety of different activities. In their first French class, students were able to live a real French experience by tasting authentic French food, (un pain au chocolat, un croissant, une baguette). They really enjoyed the interaction and the tangible experience that was offered to them. 

              "Mon Prof De Français, Shane"

             "Mon Prof De Français, Shane"

French music and culture have also been an important element of study for these kids. Students have been immersed in authentic and current French music. This has, in turn, helped to improve their basic French competency and communication. 

Students have been keeping a scrapbook of the drawings and art that they have completed thus far - see images below for an example of their work. Role-play activities, which are practiced in class, are drawn and re-enacted through visual stimulus which thus cements a concrete vocabulary learning experience for students.

As the teacher of these students, I feel that their exposure to the language at such a young age will bring enormous benefits to their post-primary language learning experience. Language learning at a young age has been proven to increase cognitive function. This in turn helps pupils to grasp new and complex levels of language across all subjects that they may find themselves participating in. It also provides students with the ability to be as creative as possible which is the new thinking required within post-primary education and the new Junior Cycle. 

Why not come and join this unique language learning experience at Limerick's Premier Tuition Centre. Contact us today for more information. 

Bien cordialement,

Shane

Maths Revision Course

Due to the success of our Easter Revision Course in April, we are running a Maths Revision Course for Higher Level Junior Cert students on Thursday the 4th of January 2018. 

Over one full day, between 10 am and 4 pm, students will work on important exam topics such as algebra, coordinate geometry, arithmetic/financial maths and statistics. As always, comprehensive notes will be given and explained by Louise, the course leader, who is an experienced Maths teacher and state examiner. 

At Premier Tuition Centre, we are committed to keeping our class sizes small so only a limited number of spaces are available. This allows each student the opportunity to ask questions and gain clarity when necessary. 

 
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The cost of the course is €80. A deposit of €30 is required when booking and the balance can be paid to the teacher on the day. 

If you're interested in enrolling or would like some more information, contact us by phone or email at 085-1481252 or info@premiertuition.ie. We also provide Maths tuition for Junior Cert students throughout the academic year, either on a 1-1 basis or in small groups. 

 

Academic Assessments at Premier Tuition Centre

Academic Assessments at Premier Tuition Centre

Academic assessments play an important role in what we do at Premier Tuition Centre, namely because they inform what and how we teach.

Primary-Level Assessment

Using a combination of standardised and diagnostic assessments, primary school students are assessed at the beginning and end of every 16-week programme. This is done for four reasons:

1.     To identify the student’s strengths and weaknesses in a particular subject.

2.     To develop a personalised programme of study which specifically targets the student’s unique learning requirements.

3.     To place the student in the appropriate ability group.

4.     To ensure that the specific learning targets set at the beginning of the programme have been achieved.

After each assessment, a comprehensive Assessment/Progress Report is provided to the parents/guardians.

Second-Level Assessment

Secondary school students do not generally undergo assessment prior to tuition, although we recommend that First and Second Year Maths students take our Mathematics Competency Test in order to help us understand what areas they need the most help with.

Typically, second-level students are acutely aware of the topics and areas that they need the most help with – algebra, anyone!? :) So, at the beginning of their first class, all of our second-level students complete a questionnaire which asks them to outline the topics they are currently struggling with, the grades they are currently receiving in that subject and the grades the aspire to achieve. This gives the teachers an excellent opportunity to provide personalised lessons which covers the topics the students want to learn.

Teacher-designed tests are administered to our second-level students at set periods. This is done to ensure the student has mastered the topics that have previously been covered. If the test shows that the student has not gained an adequate understanding of the material, the teacher will revise and re-set new learning targets for the next period.   

The Assessment Procedure

We understand that the word ‘test’ makes many students nervous so we aim to put everyone at ease as quickly as possible.

For primary-level students, each assessment begins with an informal chat about school, hobbies and anything else that might interest them. We also like to discuss the topics that the student is finding easy and difficult in school. This is a great opportunity to assure the student that hundreds, if not thousands, of other students experience similar difficulties.

We then go through the various activities that the student will be completing over the duration of the test period and ensure that they understand why they doing the assessment – to identify the topics that they are doing well at and the areas they may need help with. This actually comes as a relief to many children as they are also acutely aware of the topics that they struggle with at school and, unfortunately, many students feel alone in this struggle. In fact, although some children are initially somewhat resistant to receiving extra tuition, they quickly realise the benefit of getting extra help and love working with other students who are in the same boat!

If you would like schedule an academic assessment, learn more about what we do or visit our centre, call us on 085-1481252 or email info@premiertuition.ie

 

The Benefits of Learning a Second Language in Childhood

The Benefits of Learning a Second Language in Childhood

Still thinking about signing your child up for our French Classes for Kids course? Then check out this cool infographic which explains why language learning can be so beneficial during childhood!

 
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French Classes for Kids is a 10 week programme, beginning on November 18th. Classes for 7-9 year olds begin at 2:30pm while classes for 10-12 year olds begin at 3:30 pm.

Every class teachers the French language and culture in a fun and interactive way through songs, stories and games. 

Normally priced at €185 per student, we are excited to provide a special early bird offer - book before November 10th and pay just €155!

To enrol your child, or for more information, call us on 085-1481252. Alternatively, you can email AnneMarie at info@premiertuition.ie.

French Classes for Kids

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French Classes for Kids

Premier Tuition Centre is excited to announce that we will be running French Classes for Kids this November in our centre in Castletroy. Shane, our resident French and Irish teacher, will teach the French language and culture in a fun and interactive way through songs, stories, games and role play. Currently teaching French and Irish in a local secondary school, Shane has seen first-hand the benefits of learning a second language at an early age. 

So why should children learn a second language?

  • Research has shown that that knowing a second language has significant cognitive benefits – students are more creative, develop better problem-solving skills and perform better academically overall.
  • Children have a natural aptitude for learning languages. Those who learn a language at an early age find language learning easier when they grow older, and about 70% of second-level students study a foreign language up to Leaving Certificate.
  • People who know a second language have the ability to communicate with more people and benefit more fully from travel to other countries.
  • Knowing a second language can give people a competitive advantage in the workforce by opening up more job opportunities.

And why French?

  •  More than 220 million people speak French on the five continents. 
  • French is the sixth most widely spoken language in the world.
  • The ability to speak French and English is an advantage on the international job market. 
  •  France is the world’s top tourist destination and attracts more than 79.5 million visitors a year.
  • French is an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts
  •  Fifty percent of current English vocabulary is derived from French.
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Starting November 19th, classes run every Saturday at 2:30 pm for 7-9 year olds and at 3:30 pm for 10-12 year olds.

To enrol, all you need to do is call us on 085-148 1252 or email info@premiertuition.ie

Class sizes are small and places are limited so enrol today to reserve your space!

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