Published: December 19, 2017 Written by tutorhouse for Tutor House
August 21, 2012
Well there are a few factors to consider before making your choices.
First off, which qualifications are you going to undertake? There are three main choices:
• Pre-U (Pre – University)
• I.B (International Baccalaureate)
A-Levels are the most common. They’re more flexible than Pre-U, you can re-sit them twice in a year. There are two sittings for A-Levels, January and June. That means that if they don’t go according to plan first time, you can always retake them. In fact you can sit an A Level unit as many times as you want, although the government is looking to stop this. (You’ve still got a few years!) A-Levels are said to be slightly easier than the Pre-U or I.B qualifications. There is not as much content as you focus on your three chosen specific subjects.
The Pre-U exams are sat at the end of the two-year study period, meaning that you only have one shot! You have to sit the whole course again from day one should you fail! So, while the Pre-U is in no way as flexible as A-Levels they are better regarded. Introduced in 2009 the Pre-U qualification is very popular among leading Schools and Colleges throughout the country, e.g Oundle and Charterhouse. In addition universities now consider Pre-U to be ‘above’ A-Levels, they believe Pre-U is a tougher qualification, thus rating it higher than A-Levels. However, this is not universal, most Universities require points for entry. (120 –A, 100-B, 80-C, 60-D and 40-E.)
Although Pre-U is considered harder than A-Level and more in-depth, many good Universities accept it.
Garry Linker certainly does not like the Pre-U structure!
I.B. The I.B is as it sounds, worldwide and international. You can sit the I.B anywhere really and all universities accept it for entry into University. The Diploma Programme for 16-19 year olds takes your depth and knowledge on a range of subject’s to a new level. Over the course of the two-year programme students study six subjects chosen from six groups, write an extended essay, follow a theory of knowledge course and take part in creativity, action and service.
Once you’ve decided on one of those options, there is then the matter of which subjects to choose?
What do you want to do at University? That’s not an easy decision to make. There are so many choices. You can do a joint honors degree (two subjects) a degree in Law, Medicine, Psychology, English or how to be Lady Gaga. (Well, not yet, but I’m betting 2014!)
Another factor to consider is what specific subjects do Universities require for entry? Obvious ones like Medicine require Biology and Chemistry, not so obvious is Mathematics as a pre-requisite for some Psychology courses. You really should take the time to have a look at the course structure and entry requirements.
Finally, although it’s not easy you really need to undertake a subject that you enjoy, that you have a passion for, which really excites you.
My advice here would be to speak to an educational adviser, who can go away and work out the best options for you.
Best of luck for Thursday everyone.
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November 7, 2012
Hiring a tutor for 11+ and 13+. Is it worth it?
Well, first off all a little background information into the Common Entrance exam.
The exams are regulated by the ISEB (Independent Schools Examinations Board) and the exams are sat in November (11+) and January or June (13+) every year.
The examinations are very different to what children would have undertaken before at their current School. Children are now assessed on verbal and non-verbal reasoning, in addition to Maths, English and Science questions.
Past exam papers are key here. It’s very important that children are thoroughly prepared for the Common Entrance exams. Working through example questions and devising mock questions and answers is imperative. The key to success is that tutors have plenty of experience. They should be up to date with the Common Entrance papers and know exactly what the Independent Schools will be looking for in the exams.
Parents are always asking me if it’s really worth hiring a tutor for their children at such a young age?
I always cheekily reply. “Did you have driving lessons before you took you test?”
Extra tuition at any age is a fantastic investment for parents. For your child to have one-to-one lessons (often in the home environment) give a child not just help in the chosen subject, but also a real sense of confidence in exam techniques. They will know how to perform well when is matters the most!
A personal tutor can often find a weak area and address the problem when a teacher (however gifted) can overlook this in a noisy, demanding class of 20 children.
It is essential to prepare well for Common Entrance. Getting into the right Senior School for you son or daughter lays the foundation for their adult life. A Private tutor will also help the family with Senior School selection. One that is perfect for the child’s intellectual, musical, sporting and pastoral needs. Private tuition is not a new idea. Conscientious children and parents have always wanted to achieve their personal goals and to exceed expectations. With extra tuition an ‘average’ student can surpass and surprise themselves and even their current School.
Why would any parent not give their child the best chance possible to succeed?