Mesh Learning Blogs

Mesh Learning Secrets

Mesh secrets revealed! From time to time I get asked why the tutoring we do at Mesh is so successful.  While my usual response would be that we try to give each student what he/she needs as an individual, there are some key policies that we have in place across the board that make this … Read More

How you say it is just as important as what you say

I was introducing one of my Primary students the other day to the idea of irony, when she asked me, “So how do we know if someone really means what they say or not?” Because most of us grow up in a consistent social environment that presents us with norms we instinctively develop the maturity … Read More

Keeping motivated through the colder months

Many of us find that our habits unconsciously change when the weather turns cold.  If the sun is not shining we often find that energy levels drop and so too does our productivity. Stay active The middle of the school year is often where the most important concepts are taught and so students need to … Read More

Digital natives or digitally naïve?

Are you continually amazed at how your toddler seems to intuitively know whether to swipe, tap or click their way to successfully navigate an app they set eyes on only a few seconds ago?  Techopedia, the encyclopedia of all things technology-related, calls such individuals ‘Digital Natives’ – individuals “born after the widespread adoption of digital … Read More

Positive Reinforcement (Getting Things Done and Keeping Your Sanity)

Waking up early, packing the bag, arriving at school on time and getting homework finished.  It all starts again in less than a week!  Surely there must be a better way than getting through it all than last year? There are plenty of sites that will help you ‘de-stress your morning routine’.  This one even … Read More

Is play on the way out?

Why, you might ask, given that I run an education centre, would I be writing an article about the merits of children spending time more time playing? While grasping academic basics is essential in building a foundation for learning, exploring the outdoors and using our imagination are just as important for developing cognitive and social skills. … Read More

Could the Winter Blues be affecting your child’s academic performance?

“ ‘Tis the Winter of our discontent,” mused Shakespeare. Dictionary.com tells us that while “Summer is a period of fruition, fulfilment, happiness, or beauty,” Winter is “a period characterised by coldness, misery, barrenness or death.” Most of us would admit that we eat more, do less, catch more colds and have less energy when it … Read More

Engaged Learning vs. Just Getting the Answer

Most of us with children have no doubt looked at their work and realised that far more of what is taught is done so from a problem-solving point of view than when we were at school.  And yet too often we (parents and teachers alike) still insist on getting straight to the answer. Now, of … Read More

How can I improve my child’s attention span?

Studies reveal that we now have a shorter attention span than a goldfish. According to a study by Microsoft, on average we have the ability to focus for a mere 8 seconds! This photo shows a man so engrossed in his phone that he misses a humpback whale swimming past his yacht.  Is it any … Read More

Do our children really need to learn Maths at school?

One of the most common complaints heard by a Maths teacher must be, “Why do we need to learn this?”  Even though schools now approach all subjects with a more integrated approach, it is often still difficult to explain to a 13 year-old that it is necessary to understand what Pythagoras was on about so … Read More