Is this the way forward for a future apprentice?

The dynamic of my extended family changed for good about two weeks ago when my 14 year old brother experienced a life-changing event. Nothing too dramatic for the rest of the human race but for a teenager, it was the end of the world as he knew it. For the rest of the family, it was a shock to say the least. What was this catastrophe? He VOLUNTARILY sold his X-Box. He decided that it was taking up too much of his time. He has never been so right. 

Since that day, we really have seen a lot more of him. We’re all genuinely delighted. He spends a lot more time socialising, playing pool and going out to play football or badminton. That said though, he does still have a lot of electronic devices- an Ipod touch, a smart phone and a laptop. Given the choice, he would still rather be on those than doing anything else. In particular, he would rather be online than doing his schoolwork.
This has got me thinking that there must be a better way to encourage my brother and his peers to do their schoolwork. Surely, if what he wants to do is to spend time online then learning online would harness his natural interest?
My brother will be doing his GCSE’s next year. He has a real interest in business and watching the apprentice always makes me think of him and what his future will hold. He is a natural entrepreneur and I’m sure that he will have his own business in the future. The only slight concern I have about this is whether his maths will be up to it.
Knowing the importance of maths, particularly to an entrepreneurial individual, knowing also that his interest lies in being online, I think that it would be well worth him taking some online maths tuition. It really isn’t that expensive, for the cost of one Xbox game, he would get two hours of tuition. Tutorials are even done in groups, so the online social interaction that he gains from chatting to his friends would be fulfilled.
Has anyone tried this for their children? The recommendations I’ve read have been brilliant and I would be fascinated to hear from anyone who has actually done it. Will Libby ever actually do her homework like this or is it a thing of the past?
Disclaimer- this post is sponsored but views, opinions, entrepreneurial younger brothers going cold turkey on an x-box addiction and homework loving babies are all mine. 


  1. MamaMummyMum
    May 8, 2013 / 6:44 pm

    Not online tuition as such but my 7 year olds teacher has set up maths homework for them to do online. It works well because there is no losing the bits of paper etc and I can easily check what she is doing. x

    • Natalie Ray
      May 8, 2013 / 6:46 pm

      That sounds like such a good idea! Does she enjoy it more because of the novelty value?

  2. Marianne Hopwood
    May 8, 2013 / 8:29 pm

    Ollie’s nursery even have a learning platform now which will have weekly challenges for him to complete when it’s all set up!

    • Natalie Ray
      May 8, 2013 / 8:36 pm

      Oh really? How amazing! I bet he will love that 🙂 sounds like a great nursery!

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