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Published: May 23, 2018
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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
Schools are killing creativity
Imagine being in a 45-minute business meeting with colleagues. You’re the manager; you want to make sure everyone’s voice is heard, qualm anyone’s specific problems, iron out specific details to make sure everyone understands the next steps of your project, while at the same time trying to get across exactly why the meeting was called in the first place. In the typical workplace, with only 45-minutes to do all the above, one would imagine that the meeting would consist of four or five colleagues. Now apply the above scenario with 30 colleagues.
Thirty colleagues attempting to listen to you, while Jonny big-balls in the corner makes snide remarks (the office joker), while you need to pry meek Bill to actually speak his mind. This includes Nadia and Melissa who are the office suck-ups, trying to finish your sentiments and sentences before you’ve even finished speaking. That’s not to mention all the other 26 vibrant and different office personalities shoved in between. That just doesn’t work. It couldn’t. And yet, this is what we demand of our teachers in a school environment everyday.
Everyday we shove 30+ children into a class at their school, forcing them to actively listen and absorb everything the teacher says within a 45-minute to one-hour session. Moreover, if they have any concerns or clarifications needed, they have to compete with fellow students to ask questions and if time’s up then they will need to seek the answers independently – seemingly overriding the whole point of the teacher. So we then have those that question why tutoring is such a huge market; why parents across the UK and beyond are turning so quickly to supplementary education. Even as the new academic year begins, before students have even returned to their desks, we are having hundreds of calls come in from parents trying to find a way to enhance their child’s learning.
Moreover, if you wait, by the time Christmas holidays approach, it is already seemingly too late. Because teachers are spread so thinly at school, it is often difficult to gauge an individual child’s progress unless by assessments, and then it’s too late to actually influence the outcome of said test. And by then tutors are almost fully booked as well. Of course, it’s important to note that not all children are on the same academic level; some will be unable to keep up with the teacher’s pace. While this would be manageable with a smaller teaching group, with 30 pupils, it makes sense for parents to seek out a tutor to ensure that their child doesn’t fall behind drastically.
In terms of independent study outside of school time, textbooks, free forums and Wikipedia can only go so far; students who learn differently to the traditional classroom setting could employ a tutor to use different teaching methods to further the child’s understanding. We’ve seen too, that the amount of homework given to students is approaching draconian levels. Often students spend up to three hours an evening completing their homework for the school day. Parents know all-to-well the nightly struggle to sit down with their children to ensure it is completed, but sometimes to no avail. Who can blame them? Having completed an arduous day of school, their restless mentality would rather see them running around, climbing trees or playing Candy Crush. Alas, this isn’t so. Parents often then become dependent on tutors to extend the school-time mentality, bringing structure to the child’s homework support.
Perhaps the huge rise in the UK tutoring industry is an indication that the current 30-1 system isn’t working; or perhaps, it’s proving that a child’s education and learning preferences are far more nuanced than we had previously imagined. Some prefer the classic whiteboard scenario, while others need to touch, feel, read, imagine, watch, do and learn – either singularly or all at once. In a modern business environment, which arguably, a number of our school children will grow into; we encourage creativity, thinking on one’s feet, showing confidence and working in small groups. None of these things we prepare our children for in a traditional classroom setting; where the main goal is to memorise and regurgitate. Tutors bring a more distinct refinement in terms of preparing our children for this environment. They learn to hold conversations with older, more authoritarian figures; and these figures in turn, demand their full attention, creativity and input (similar to a contemporary business environment).
We have assisted more parents than ever in homeschooling their children who believe for them that the current school and classroom environment isn’t working for their student; preferring to employ tutors full time. This isn’t a decision made lightly. It’s evident current classroom decorum isn’t working for all the 30 kids that have to sit through it for seven years; causing parents to look to tutors to supplement their education. Moving forward, schools must reconsider the modern classroom, not only for it’s high number of occupants but also due to it’s stagnant content. Imagine if there was a test tomorrow is “how to hold a conversation”; there was no prep, no textbook, just the child and an adult face-to-face, talking about the world around them. How well would they do?
February 18, 2019
How Much Does a Private Tutor Cost? And Other Common Questions About Private Tuition
Hiring a private tutor can make a considerable difference to your academic experience, whether you’re a student struggling to pass exams, a parent worrying about their child’s school work or if you’re just looking to get the best grades you possibly can.
However, it is natural to have questions about hiring a private tutor – especially as they can be expensive! That’s why we’ve put together this list of questions that are frequently asked here at Tutor House, and provided you with the answers that you need
Why hire a private tutor?
Hiring a private tutor has many benefits, and can really transform a student’s entire academic experience, at every stage in your education. For many students, the face-to-face nature of private tuition can be extremely helpful, providing them with the undivided attention of the tutor – unlike in a classroom environment where the needs of individual students can be overlooked.
The personalised nature of private tuition allows for the student to build a positive relationship with their tutor, something that facilitates the tutor’s ability to tailor a tutoring experience that perfectly fits the student’s academic requirements.
Moreover, your private tutor will operate on a schedule that works for both of you, meaning that your personal life won’t interrupt or be interrupted by tutoring sessions. This customizable aspect is fundamental when considering the benefits of hiring a private tutor, as it gives you the flexibility that you need in order to maximise results with minimal implications for your social life!
How can I make sure that my private tutor is right for me?
This can be a tough question for a lot of people considering private tuition. There is a wealth of information out there on the topic which can sometimes make things even more muddled.
There are 5 key bits of information to consider to make sure you or your child get the optimum results from a private tutor:
1) Your chosen subject(s) – Do you just need help with Maths? Are essay questions causing you trouble? Have a think about what kind of tutor will benefit you the most.
2) Whether you want a local or online tutor – would you prefer to meet a tutor face to face? Or would you rather have sessions online? At Tutor House we offer both – so it’s entirely up to you to decide!
3) The level of education that you are at – are you studying for GCSEs or A-Levels? Or are you applying for university and need help with your personal statement? Tutor House has a tutor for every occasion.
4) Your personality and learning style – at Tutor House we have a wide range of tutors who offer a diverse range of teaching styles, so we’re guaranteed to be able to find someone to perfectly match your requirements.
5) your budget – private tutors can range in how much they charge per session, so it’s important to decide your budget beforehand.
Tutoring platforms respectively provide hundreds of tutors who specialise in a wide range of subjects, with a variety of levels of qualifications which range from primary to PhD. So whether you’re based in North London looking for a face-to-face English Tutor at GCSE level, or you’re in South London and you need an online AS Level Maths Tutor, there is guaranteed to be a tutor out there who is perfect for you.
Once you’ve found your ideal tutor, the next step usually consists of directly communicating with your tutor via Tutor House’s online platform. These initial discussions with a potential tutor are key to making sure that sessions will be beneficial for the student. It gives the tutor some context of the student’s current situation while laying the foundations for a comfortable and engaging environment for the student to learn. After all, your sessions will be far more successful if they’re fun as well as informative!
How much do private tutors cost?
‘How much do private tutors cost?’ is one of the most commonly asked questions with regards to hiring a private tutor. The cost of private tutors can vary, with many setting their own cost and devising their hourly rate based upon their experience and their respective qualifications. Generally, the more experienced or qualified the tutor is, then the more expensive they’ll be – but that isn’t always the case.
The best way to find out how much private tutors cost is to look at tutoring platforms – that way you can see the price of tutors that fit your subject and criteria. Whether you are looking for a private tutor in Maths, English, Physics or anything else – the great thing about using a tutoring agency is that you can tell them your preference with regards to pricing, and then they will find someone who fits that budget! Easy peasy.
Who can hire a private tutor?
The simple answer is, anyone! There’s a misconception that private tuition is just for children or students that are trying to pass exams. However, just because you’ve left the recognised ‘education process’, it doesn’t mean that you should stop learning. Adults no longer in education are increasingly seeking private tutors, and many have found them to be instrumental in improving their knowledge and skills in the workplace and their day to day lives.
Modern workplaces can be very demanding in terms of what your employer expects you to know and understand. From revising a few key skills to gaining the knowledge you need for that promotion, if you want to develop or refresh your knowledge booking a private tutor can help you to excel.
How do I find a private tutor?
In today’s age of technology, finding a qualified private tutor that is perfectly tailored to your needs has never been easier. That being said, it can sometimes feel like there is almost too much information out there, and as a result, you can be left feeling overwhelmed.
The simplest and quickest way to find a private tutor is to look online – this gives you the fastest results with the least amount of effort on your part. Simply search for private tutors that specialise in your chosen subject and then have a browse. At this point, it is also a good idea to specify whether you want face-to-face or online tutoring, as this will further refine your results to help you find exactly what you are looking for.
One of the best and most secure ways to find eligible and reliable private tutors is by using a tutoring platform. Offering a selection of tutors at different levels means we cater to all newcomers, whatever you may need. At Tutor House, we offer the very best private tutors who can provide unique private tuition that is crafted to perfectly suit you.
Hopefully, we’ve helped to answer any burning questions that you had about hiring a private tutor. If you have any more questions don’t hesitate to get in touch via social media, you can find Tutor House on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We look forward to hearing from you!