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Brett Botha

Brett Botha

Brett is the founder of UP-grade after completing a BCom then teaching at the ever vibrant Durban 'Prep'.
His specialty subjects are Senior Phase Maths, Social Science and Economic Management Science.
He has a passion for empowering parents to help their children achieve their best in life.
His one line of advice for young minds is, "No one can ask more of you than your best"

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When Senior Primary (Grades 4-7) children come to me for extra Maths lessons, the first thing we do is a little test on the board - usually 10 questions of progressive difficulty. After we mark the test, I ask what sport the children play.

Why would I do that, you ask?

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Creating a Study Schedule

These days, children are given more extra mural opportunities than ever before and gone are the days of a child simply going to school in the morning, playing their sport immediately afterwards and then doing homework in the afternoon. Children are encouraged by school, parents and peers to immerse themselves in extra mural activities, and the options are as varied as the character of the child. From violin lessons to break dancing classes, from amateur theatre to club rugby.  The list of options is both exciting and daunting.

Somewhere between school commitments, sports practice and extra mural activities, homework and, ultimately, exam preparation must fit in. As lovely as it is to have a holistic child, academic progress must not suffer and showing a child how to manage their time correctly is a life skill that will stand them in good throughout their life.

Here are a few tips on teaching a child how to manage their time efficiently.

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