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Exciting News

We would like to announce some exciting news that will enable us to help even more children and young people with their education and mental health. Taking our work further afield from The Wirral to reach students all over the UK.

We are now one of the guest experts for Operation Diversity –

Operation Diversity provides support for parents and carers who want to do more to support and empower their children and young people with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) in education and at home. They help people to navigate the complex world of Special Education Needs (SEN) of all types and we are so pleased to be joining them to offer mental health advice too.

You can join up as a member to get access to online training seminars and a private community – if you look now there is an offer for only £1. We will be providing webinars and resources all around mental health in the very near future but there is already tons of information on there.

This is a really exciting collaboration for us and can’t wait to get helping more young people and their families.

Of course, our work back home in Wirral with our tutoring services and mental health support is still continuing! If you’d like to speak to us about booking in a session then use the contact form or e-mail

Did you know that babies grow into adults?

Wirral Tutoring Star Goals

It is easy to assume that children see the world the same way as we do as adults.

However, research has shown that there are some very common misconceptions about science that a lot of children have.

A good teacher and tutor, knows these common misconceptions and can ask questions to tease these out of students to ensure correct learning takes place.

These misconceptions aren’t down to intelligence, in fact sometimes the opposite as they are down to children actually thinking about the world around them and what they expect to happen.

Well-designed diagnostic questions that experienced tutors use aim to elicit evidence about student learning and so result in more successful results. This is what makes a good tutor, the experience telling them what misconceptions are likely, what questions to ask to gain evidence of these and then the ability to teach and plan activities to counteract these misconceptions. You can’t do this using bought in resources!

Common Misconceptions:

Teachers were surveyed as part of a research project and asked to rank how difficult their children found certain concepts. These were the top ranking in terms of numbers of children who had an issue with the concept:

  1. Babies grow into adult
  2. Ice is frozen water
  3. There are many sources of sound
  4. Plants need light and water
  5. Some materials can be changed in shape (children often just think material is cloth or fabric)
  6. New plants are made from seeds (they often think a baby plant is inside the seed)
  7. Sounds are heard when they enter the ear
  8. Darkness is the absence of light (they think darkness can be turned on and off)
  9. Electrical devices don’t work if there is a break in the circuit (they often get confused by fridges always being cold)
  10. Growth is gradual and continuous (they often think you just grow on your birthday)
  11. Worms are animals (they assume animal means four legged and furry)

How to deal with misconceptions


I’ll repeat it as it is vital….you cannot assume anything with children or students of any age. Never assume a misconception is present or not. You have to assess. Each child is unique and sees the world in a different way, they have had different experiences and so arrive with different ideas.

Any good teacher or tutor will start a new topic or session with assessment. We often think assessment is just sitting an exam at the end of a topic but we need to assess for learning to take place too. We cannot possibly teach anything without knowing what a student knows or not.

Parents looking for a tutor

If a tutor just arrives at your house with a ready made lesson plan without ever meeting or speaking to you and your child…..please consider finding a new tutor!

It is impossible to teach or support students in any subject without assessing them first.

We are currently offering free assessment and goal setting sessions for students in Wirral and beyond. For me, this is the most important part of beginning tutoring as I will never arrive with a pre-built bought in lesson plan, I need to know your child, their strengths and weaknesses, what ideas they already have about the subject.


Karen Pine , David Messer & Kate St. John (2001) Children’s Misconceptions in Primary Science: A Survey of teachers’ views, Research in Science & Technological Education, 19:1, 79-96, DOI: 10.1080/02635140120046240

This website is great for looking at the research into misconceptions and how common they are – be warned it is addictive looking them all up!