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April 27, 2018
Brain foods for exams, the top foods, and drinks, outlined here
Exam season is fast approaching, and the pressure to combat long nights of cramming or days detained to a seat in the library may be comforted by the idea of Walkers crisps and IRN-BRUs as brain food. Preparing for exams does not mean your nutrition has to suffer. In fact, the healthier the food you consume during your study sessions, the higher the marks you earn will be. We’ve taken notes of our own from our previous recommendations for exam brain foods and have discovered a few delicious and nutritious options to aid your studying.
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so it comes as no surprise that this wholesome product makes the top of our list. They’re a sure-fire way to start your energy levels off on a high, as well as keep you full and focused longer than carbs and sugars would. Packed with Vitamin D, B6 and B12, the vital nutrients will assist in memory-packed prep days. Brain food central!
The apple of every health-crazed phenomenon’s eye, this fruit is one of the best when it comes to exam performance and keeping blood sugar levels in tact. Avocados improve cognitive function, particularly memory and concentration. The monosaturated fats that make up this fruit also allow for healthy blood flow, which further assists in memorisation and alertness during those long hours of studying.
3) Olive Oil
Known as one of the simplest cooking ingredients to incorporate into any stove-top meal, olive oil contains powerful antioxidants that improve your ability to memorise and retain new information. The catch: its recommended you swallow a spoonful of the stuff at room temperature or even refrigerated olive oil to get the most out of your oil. When heated, olive oil decomposes, losing those essential nutrients needed for brain power. It might be a tough spoon to swallow, but your brain will thank you for it.
Calling all seafood-lovers, this one’s sure to help you ace your exams while being an easier one to swallow. Salmon is one of the most nutritious brain healthy foods that run on omega-3 fatty acids to keep your attention going strong. These acids make up two-thirds of your brain, which is why adding this fish into your study diet will boost focus levels.
When it comes to nuts and seeds, walnuts take the cake for optimising brain health. They contain a type of omega-3 fatty acid that complements the brain’s make-up, making them a beneficial snacking choice. Walnuts also have twice as many of these essential antioxidants in comparison to the remaining nuts and seeds family, and will improve your studying abilities the most.
Ok it’s not brain food, but with just the right amount of caffeine, tea will enhance brain power when it comes to memorisation, focus and even improving your mood. Incorporating 2-3 cups per day during exam preparation will improve overall blood flow, and help create a steady work ethic. Keep in mind: freshly brewed tea is the way to go–or even tea bags–to maintain the antioxidants.
Looking for some further exam preparation help? At Tutor House, we have experienced tutors for every subject and all levels.
October 27, 2017
The 17th of August 2017 (A-Level Results Day) and the 24th August 2017 (GCSE Results Day) will inevitably be a memorable day for thousands of students all over the UK. However, the reason why this day will be ingrained in their memory will vary enormously.
Tutor House is here to offer free advice and guidance to any student who requires assistance with their results. Our qualified team have been helping students for the last decade and are highly experienced and knowledgeable.
We offer private A-Level tutors in London and all over the Globe for students looking for supplementary support outside of school. However, in recent years A-Level results day has by far become one of the busiest days of the Tutor House calendar.
So, we thought we’d put together an ultimate guide to A-Level and GCSE results day 2017!
Top Tips for A-Level Results Day 2017
Get a good night’s sleep- Just like with the exams themselves, you want a fully-functioning brain in case you have to make an important decision regarding your university choices, Clearing or taking a year out.
Have a big breakfast – Even though results officially come out at midnight, eating well will fuel the emotional (and physical) energy you will need to tackle the day ahead.
Charge your phone overnight – You want to be ready to call friends and family about your results. You may also need to contact your school, other universities, or simply want to call us for some free advice and support.
Pack a bag – Make sure that you have paper, a pen and a calculator at hand in case you need to re-calculate your UMS marks for each unit.
Don’t Panic! – If you don’t receive the results you need or expect, don’t worry! There are plenty of options available to you.
Don’t Rush – Take your time making decisions. It is important not to make any hasty decisions that you may later regret. There are many options, so don’t rush.
Don’t keep your Results to Yourself- Talking about your results is essential. Talk to trusted members of staff and/or friends and family. Tutor House can also offer you support whenever you are ready. We can talk you through the next steps available to you.
Check clearing- Check the UCAS website or newspapers (such as The Daily Telegraph) for clearing places. In order to stand a chance of securing a place you will need to act quickly and efficiently.
Receiving Your A-Level Results
There are many routes via which you can receive your results. Most students will either collect their results in person or they will wait to receive them online. However, some schools, sixth form colleges and academies will send out results via text message.
When deciding how you would like to receive your results consider how you will feel if the results are good or bad and whether or not you are best suited to receive the news in private or in a public place. Some find comfort in going with friends to receive their results as they know that they will find moral support if they need it.
Others prefer to keep themselves to themselves (except perhaps with the exception of family) and not go in to collect their results. You could of course compromise and collect your results at school and then open them quietly alone, allowing you to find out your result privately, but also giving you easy access to the school in case you need to go in and seek guidance.
What happens if you get the results you needed?
If you meet the grade requirement stated by your conditional offer and wish to take it up then you will very soon be on your way to University!
If you’re concerned about the content of the upcoming course or want any advice, Tutor House can help. Or if you wish to retake a few units or modules, we can help.
What happens if you do better than expected?
If you exceed your firm conditional offer you may be interested in what other courses and Universities you could now potentially secure a place at. If this is the case go to UCAS’s adjustment service to explore your options.
What happens if you no longer want the offer you accepted?
If you no longer want the offer you previously accepted you will have to contact the University or College to ask them if you can decline. UCAS will have already let your insurance university know that you have declined their offer (even though it still shows as an unconditional insurance on UCAS Track).
Next, you would enter clearing and see if your insurance choice or any other university can offer you a place.
However, it is crucial to note that there are no guarantees that you will find an offer and you can’t go back to your original offer.
What happens if you didn’t receive your required grade(s)?
Don’t panic – There are plenty of options available.
Although it might initially seem as though your fate has been sealed, there are in fact many alternative avenues for you to explore.
The first task is to take a piece of paper, a pen and a calculator and re-calculate your UCAS points just to be sure that no mistakes have been made. If no fault is found call up your university of choice to double check that you definitely have not been accepted and if there is anything that you can do to achieve the acceptance.
Failing this, call up your other university choices (including your insurance option) and ask them the same.
If neither works it is time to start considering other options such as looking into exam reviews and appeals. If you want to arrange a review you will need to do it as soon as possible and be sure to keep your chosen university or college up to date with the progress.
Alternatively, the UCAS clearing service offers the opportunity for you to find another course or University. If this brings no reward then you may want to consider apprenticeships, going into full (or part-time) work, or taking a gap year.
A final option is to re-sit your A-levels (or GCSEs). Although the idea of resisting your exams might seem a daunting and tedious task it pays off.
At Tutor House, many of our students not only meet the grade requirements they previously failed to attain, but exceed and go on to study at a higher tiered University. There is also the option to take on a new A-Level which we can homeschool you through for the academic year.
Not sure what to do next?
To support students living in London, we’re offering two days of free advice and support to all A-Level students receiving their exam results on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th August 2017, so just pop in and see us.
A-Level students are invited to join the Tutor House team during the two open days at Tutor House’s offices in Fitzrovia for advice on what to do if they didn’t get their required grades to get into their Universities, as well as free guidance on:
Exam retake options
A-Level clearing support
Gap year options
Private tutoring options
Short intensive exam retake courses
Group tutoring and revision courses in London
Personal statement advice
For any enquiries about homeschooling or private tutoring, please do not hesitate to contact our specialist team of education consultants on email@example.com or call us on 0207 612 8297.
Paying for education in any form has often been seen as a characteristic of the elite. Most typically embodied in the £12,000 per term boarding school, tutoring has also fallen into this psyche of thought. Tutoring, however, by definition is simply the support of a student with supplementary education outside their usual schooling. So the real question is; when a private school already goes above and beyond with extended curriculum, trips and support (both academic and pastoral), why do parents of these “elite” continue to supplement their education with further support? Surely they don’t need it.
There are several strands of thought when it comes to why tutoring is beneficial. We’re biased of course, but tutoring doesn’t necessarily need to be defined by how much you are already getting, or not getting, from your current school, but by whether you need it. This is particularly prevalent for a number of reasons; a student working at an A-grade level at a private school may want a tutor to bring his grade up to A* so he can further his chances of getting into his chosen university. Whereas, on the other hand, a student could be struggling in a state school to improve their maths GCSE grade up from a 3 to a 6 (a D to a B using the new marking system). Who needs tutoring more?
A number of people would argue the latter, because the former is already achieving a superior academic grade that is supported by “better” private education. But what if the roles were reversed? What if the private school student was the one who was working hard towards getting their Maths grade up, and it was the state school student who needed to push that grade up to get into their chosen Russell Group university? The point we’re making is that our perception of whether certain students deserve tuition over another is deeply flawed. Whether a student needs tutoring should be assessed on individual needs, not on economic biases, especially when tutoring has become more affordable. Perhaps ten years ago tutoring would be seen as something for the elite, but students and young adults alike have cottoned on to how profitable tuition can be, flooding the market and driving the prices down. You can now access brilliant online tutors starting from £20 per hour. Families can source tutors depending on what they can afford and are often getting similar quality of tuition from degree-educated subject professionals.
It’s also important to note however that parents who send their children to private schools expect more from their education; which is only natural considering the £36,000 per year out of pocket. As a result, private schools are driven by achieving results and will assess their pupils more regularly to identify when a student falls behind. This is beneficial because it means that if any academic problems are found, they would be able to start tutoring earlier than say a state school pupil who is competing with 30 other children in their class to get their worked assessed. It may be longer to find this work wanting; and thus tuition may begin later. In this respect, the private school student certainly has the upper hand.
However, overall we may be quick to condemn private school students whose wealth we perceive gives them the upper hand. Yet each and every student has their own struggles, especially when it comes to tougher and tougher academic demands. “To each their own” essentially; we must take students on a case by case basis when it comes to private tuition and never pass judgement (or judgment depending on how excessively scrupulous you are) on whether they deserve it.