Entries by Dominique Oebell

The Brains Behind BrightSparkz

“Purpose is the reason you journey. Passion is the fire that lights your way.”  It’s been 10 years since the humble beginnings of a few flyer handouts and informal tutor recruitment. As we celebrate our decade milestone, the brains behind BrightSparkz get personal – sharing some insights into running a business, their various challenges and achievements, as well as […]

Supplementary Exam: Everything You Need to Know

If you’re a 2023 Matriculant looking to be accepted into a tertiary institution or hoping to become employed, passing Matric and receiving your certificate is one of the essentials. However, due to various circumstances, Matric exams may have been an overwhelming struggle, resulting in you not meeting the minimum requirements to pass Grade 12 and […]

Managing the New School Term

“What I learn today doesn’t make yesterday wrong, it makes tomorrow better”. Just as the stress of the exam season has subsided, the stress and anxiety that comes with a new school term starts to arise. We understand that a new school term can be daunting for both children and their parents, and while it […]

Holiday Tutoring Benefits

Helping your child rest, without regressing School holidays are on the horizon, and there is no doubt that children’s minds are already filled with the many fun activities they’re planning to spend all their free time on – one of which we can be sure, is not extra tutoring. Though it may appear to parents […]

Help Your Child With Exam Preparation

“Failing to plan, is planning to fail” For many learners, exams are an endless struggle. They are able to manage their homework and cope fine with assignments, but as soon as exams come around, everything seems to fall apart. There are a number of factors that could be contributing to this, but the most common […]

So You Think You Failed a Matric Subject: What Next?

The May/June 2020 Amended Senior Certificate (adult Matric) and National Senior Certificate examination scheduled to start on 4 May 2020 and conclude on 12 June 2020, has been postponed by the Department of Basic Education due to the restriction imposed by the COVID-19 lockdown. The May/June examination will now be combined with the November 2020 […]

Help Reduce Your Child’s Exam Stress

BrightSparkz’ Top Tips for Reducing Exam Stress This time of year is busy on all fronts, and if you have children of school-going age life gets just that little bit more hectic as you help them navigate their exam and study workload, and the exam stress that inevitably goes along with it! Here are 5 […]

Understanding Dyscalculia – Part 3

Our two previous blogs discuss dyscalculia in detail. Now that we know a little bit more, what can we do to help our learners? Tutor tips (For the tutor and the parents): Use concrete examples that connect math to real life. For instance, use examples that include their favourite things or shopping. This helps to […]

Understanding Dyscalculia – Part 2

In our previous blog, an expansive amount of information was provided to help you (as a tutor or parent) to identify the symptoms of dyscalculia. Unfortunately, dyscalculia can affect other aspects of learner’s lives. Other effects of dyscalculia Social skills: Failing repeatedly in math class can cause your learner to assume failure is unavoidable in other […]