Who is The Life Tutor?

Who is The Life Tutor?

About, Coaching, Parents
"I'm on a mission to help young people thrive in their education and take control of their future" My name is Lucy Aditi and I believe that education should help, not harm. Sadly, this doesn’t always seem to be the case: working in the state education sector, I’m all too aware of the scarcity of resources to support students when they need it most. Independents bring their own set of challenges: students report feeling huge pressure to meet high expectations generated by the simple act of exchanging money for learning. The education system throughout much of the world doesn’t cater for individual difference either – classrooms and exams don’t suit everyone – and much anxiety is created by forcing square pegs into round holes. So how are young people supposed…
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Ride the Waves! Life Coaching for Teens

Ride the Waves! Life Coaching for Teens

About, Coaching
Do you know a young person who is feeling worried, stressed, overwhelmed or just not right? Are you looking for one-to-one support for your child? You’ve come to the right place. Working in the education sector, I'm all too aware of the scarcity of resources to support students when they need it most. I’ve spent nearly 20 years putting systems in place to make things better, but I STILL feel frustrated every time I have to turn a young person away because the next one is waiting in line, or because I’m rushing off to the classroom. That’s why I’ve devised Ride the Waves, the coaching package that’s designed especially for people aged 14-21. Clients get my undivided attention, for as much time as they want to book, and fully customised…
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Thoughts on A Level results 2020

Thoughts on A Level results 2020

Exams, University
I’ve spent the last few days supporting distressed A Level students, and now we’ve had some time to reflect on the whole experience, I have some thoughts to share, and a call to action for our government. How were the results worked out? Teachers were asked to provide Centre Assessed Grades several months ago, and the understanding was the final A Level grades would be based on these, subject to the usual standardisation. So far so good – the vast majority of these grades will have been based on solid evidence and professional integrity. Then it was announced that the schools’ previous performance would be taken into account. A sensible precautionary measure to avoid artificial grade inflation, but there was some understandable worry about the negative impact on strong students…
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The mindful run report

The mindful run report

About, Mindfulness, Wellbeing
Did you know that ASICS is an acronym for the Latin phrase anima sana in corpore sano, a healthy mind in a healthy body? Kihachiro Onitsuka, the company founder and quite possibly a father of the modern global running movement, chose this as the company name and motto when he merged his successful Tiger shoe company with two other Japanese enterprises in 1977. Now ASICS is not my favourite brand of running shoes, and I have reservations about the fairly narrow range of people chosen for their FrontRunners programme, but when the Mindfulness in Schools Project sent out a call for runners to represent their small charity in the ASICS London 10k this year, I willingly volunteered. Given that mindfulness and running are two of the best ways I know…
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Exams 2021 – what will happen to A Level and GCSE students next year?

Exams 2021 – what will happen to A Level and GCSE students next year?

Exams
I’m enjoying doing lots of one-to-one catch-ups with my college students this week. This is my favourite part of the job, the bit where you get to know them as friendly and interesting individuals, rather than the sullen faces you see in the classroom (I know they don't mean it!) or the anonymous initials you’re faced with on Microsoft Teams. It’s one of the reasons I started my coaching business. One question that has come up again and again in these meetings is, “What will happen with exams next year?” It’s really bugging them. These are students in their first year of A Levels and many of them are hoping to go to university. They’re starting to look at courses now, and this worry is uppermost in their minds as…
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Overwhelm – the scourge of lockdown life: how to beat it in three easy steps

Overwhelm – the scourge of lockdown life: how to beat it in three easy steps

Coaching, Mindfulness, Wellbeing
Overwhelm. What does the word mean to you? How does it make you feel? Is there a knot in your stomach when you consider it? Do thoughts of ‘shoulds’ start racing through your head? I’m hearing it everywhere, from my A Level students to my 12-year-old, and amongst a number of friends too. That sinking feeling that there so much to do that you’ll never achieve it all, and it’s so tempting to not even start – to just bury your head in the sand and wait for it all to be over. But we’re supposed to be doing it all, aren’t we? Working, home schooling, studying, learning a new language, achieving world peace? At the start of the lockdown, I fiercely resisted this idea. This is a weird time,…
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How to respond when education as you knew it is no more

How to respond when education as you knew it is no more

Exams, Mindfulness, Wellbeing
Wow, what a week! The world has changed beyond recognition in the last few days, and no more so than in education. There’s been a lot of anxiety and confusion around social distancing and how this relates to the seemingly contradictory decision to keep UK schools and colleges open. Students and teachers have been in limbo and it’s been hard to focus on anything except watching for the latest news updates. The news we've all been waiting for Gavin Williamson’s announcement this evening changed all that: schools closing and exams cancelled. People have asked for both of these in recent weeks, but the suddenness of the announcement is shocking, especially given the very recent U-turn on the “herd immunity” policy, which looked like it was putting children and education staff…
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