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How important is your English and Maths GCSE?

March 21, 2018

How important are your English and Maths GCSEs?

If you first don’t succeed, try, try and try again! Or at least, for the sake of your future, you absolutely must pass (with a B or 5 grade on the new system) the English and maths GCSE to move forward academically and vocationally.

The importance of you succeeding in these two GCSEs cannot be stressed enough. Whether you’re looking to go onto a sixth form or college, or even just undertake a vocational apprenticeship, it has become absolutely essential for all candidates to have passing maths and English GCSE grades.

It can be easy to underestimate these subjects, especially if you will just be dropping them when you continue study. It may be easy to ask: “Why is maths GCSE important?” Or “If I’m going to drop English GCSE, why does it matter I do well?” The maths and English GCSE ensures you have good enough numeracy and literacy skills to go on to your chosen career path in whatever field.

If you don’t pass your English and maths GCSE, you can’t:

• Go to college/sixth form – Colleges and sixth forms require candidates to have at least a 5 grade and above in English and maths GCSE. Without this, you won’t be able to proceed to A-Levels, BTEC or Pre-U and hence, go on to your chosen career path.
• Do foundation courses – Even if you miss your college experience altogether but still want to go to university, you will need to do a foundation course. To do a foundation course, you will need to have passing grades in maths and English GCSE.
• Do an apprenticeship – On the UCAS website, it states that students wanting to undertake an apprenticeship at the age of 16 must have at least five GCSEs, all with passing grades.

How do I pass my English and maths GCSE?

That’s a simple question to answer, but it will require a lot of work from you.

1) For starters, study, study, study! I know it may be hard to understand certain concepts, but the more time and effort you put in, the better you will do. You can’t expect to pass without putting in any actual work.

2) Of course, we’re biased, but get a tutor. There’s a reason one in three families have one, and it’s because tuition actually works. Having a professional tutor come to you to help you understand concepts and prepare you for the exam is the quickest route to success.

3) Attend a revision course. A revision course is a quick and direct way to understand exam content and practice – making sure you utilise techniques that will get you the most marks in your exam. We host a number of exam courses throughout the year, find out more here.

Key Macbeth themes with quotes

March 5, 2018

Key Macbeth themes with quotes

Whether you’re learning Macbeth at GCSE, KS3 or A-Level, Shakespeare’s famous tragedy is a tale of superstition, leadership, ambition and power. For a number of exam papers, especially English literature GCSE, the examiner will expect you to use quotes from the extract provided as well as remember some of your own. Whether you’re learning Macbeth for GCSE AQA, Edexcel, OCR or CIE – these themes and quotes are worth remembering.

So we’ve analysed and listed some key Macbeth themes and accompanying quotes to ensure you are ready for exam day.

Power and ambition

Macbeth at its very core is a play about power and ambition. Power at the beginning of the play is held by Duncan, the king, and is eventually passed over to Macbeth after his murder.

  • By killing Duncan, Macbeth has contradicted the Divine Right of Kings, which is a doctrine that believes that as god appoints the king – anyone that attempts to displace the god’s appointed king, like Macbeth murdering Duncan, is treasonous. At the time the play was being written and performed, this was a blasphemous and heinous act, which is why Macbeth’s murder of Duncan is serious example of power being stolen.

Act one,scene two

What bloody man is that? He can report,
As seemeth by his plight, of the revolt
The newest state

  • Lady Macbeth and Macbeth both struggle for power in their relationship. Lady Macbeth uses manipulation and subtle digs against Macbeth throughout the play (ie, by questioning his manhood repeatedly) to take control. As a woman with little power of her own, the use of her language to subvert the power norms works well and Macbeth, to some extent, does her bidding for her.

Act one, scene five

Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be
What thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature;
It is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness
To catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great,
Art not without ambition, but without
The illness should attend it

  • The abuse of power is also a reoccurring theme in Macbeth. King Duncan is seen as a fair and benevolent leader at times, who rewards Macbeth for his work on the battlefield. And yet, he names his son heir apparent to the throne, which would be seen as an abuse of power at the time, as Scotland was an elective monarchy when the play was performed. Similarly, when Macbeth becomes king, he abuses his power and becomes a tyrannical leader.

Act one, scene four

My plenteous joys,
Wanton in fulness, seek to hide themselves
In drops of sorrow.—Sons, kinsmen, thanes,
And you whose places are the nearest, know
We will establish our estate upon
Our eldest, Malcolm, whom we name hereafter
The Prince of Cumberland; which honor must
Not unaccompanied invest him only,
But signs of nobleness, like stars, shall shine
On all deservers.—From hence to Inverness
And bind us further to you.

The supernatural

The play revolves around the supernatural and this is epitomised by characters such as the witches and the strange apparitions that Shakespeare describes throughout.

  • The witches are the first characters we meet in act one; who prophesize that Macbeth will be king one day. This acts as a catalyst for the whole plot and drives Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to kill King Duncan and eventually go mad in their own ways.

Scene one, act one

Fair is foul and foul is fair.

  • James VI, the King of England at the time Shakespeare’s Macbeth was first performed, was hugely suspicious of witchcraft. In 1591, he began a series of witch trials throughout England, to identify the witches that he believed were conspiring to murder him. Ultimately, nearly 100,000 women were put on trail, and approximately half of those were killed.

Act one, scene one

When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?

When the hurly-burly’s done,
When the battle’s lost and won.

  • There are several apparitions that come to Macbeth and Lady Macbeth throughout the play. Notably, a floating dagger that leads Macbeth to kill Duncan and the blood spots that Lady Macbeth is seemingly unable to wash out.

Act two, scene one


Is this a dagger I see before me,
The handle toward my hand?
Come, let me clutch thee.
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
To feeling as to sight, or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?


Masculinity in Macbeth is complemented with violence, ambition, power and madness throughout the play. While femininity and female characters often act as catalysts to spur the plot along.

  • Notably, Lady Macbeth continues to site Macbeth’s manhood, or lack thereof, as a manipulation tactic. She parallels his inaction with femininity and cowardice – claiming that it is unmanly of him to not kill Duncan and seize power for himself. Similarly, throughout the play, Lady Macbeth wishes to be “unsexed” so that she herself can be a pivotal and active character in realising their ambitions. Instead, she has to play on Macbeth’s masculine insecurities to get her way.

Act one, scene five


The raven himself is hoarse
That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan
Under my battlements. Come, you spirits
That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,
And fill me from the crown to the toe topful
Of direst cruelty!

  • The theme of women being manipulative characters throughout the play that must rely on their words to inspire action is evident. The witches inform Macbeth of the prophecy and inspire him to kill the king – they, arguably, don’t carry out any direct action themselves. The fact the Shakespeare repeatedly insinuates that women are the catalyst for the chaos in the play leads some to believe that it is Shakespeare’s most misogynistic work.

Act one, scene three

I’ll drain him dry as hay.
Sleep shall neither night nor day
Hang upon his penthouse lid.
He shall live a man forbid.
Weary sev’nnights, nine times nine,
Shall he dwindle, peak, and pine.
Though his bark cannot be lost,
Yet it shall be tempest-tossed.
Look what I have.

Fate and freewill

Shakespeare continuously asks the audience to questions whether Macbeth is responsible for his own actions or whether it was fated; could he choose the path he was on or was it chosen for him?

  • When the witches tell Macbeth about the prophecy and he goes on to kill Duncan, we must question whether this was fate or freewill. The witches represent supernatural, almost god-like figures, who may have been controlling Macbeth’s actions, or perhaps, the prophecy became self-fulfilling. By a self-fulfilling prophecy, we mean that when you are told something (or an action) will take place, and you, as an individual then will conspire to make it happen, perhaps subconsciously. Arguably, the prophecy in Macbeth is actually a self-fulfilling one, and Macbeth’s actions, which he chooses, all lead to killing Duncan.

Act one, scene three

All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!

All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!

All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!

  • Macbeth escapes fate several times too. At the beginning of the play, the character known as ‘Captain’, says that Macbeth should have been killed in battle but escaped fate, which he personifies.

Act one, scene two

And Fortune, on his damnèd quarrel smiling,
Show’d like a rebel’s whore. But all’s too weak;
For brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name)
Disdaining Fortune, with his brandished steel,
Which smoked with bloody execution


We hope this makes for some useful revision, but if you’re still struggling, Tutor House has a number of fantastic English literature tutors that can help.

  • Bill is the former Head of English at a London-based college and available for lessons either at home or online.
  • A graduate of English at Cambridge, Sophie is an accomplished full-time tutor who is always happy to help.
  • Anil is a full-time tutor, available for one-to-one lessons and residential or international placements.

Give us a call on 0203 9500 320 or email info@tutorhouse.co.uk if you want tailored tuition advice.

Is it worth getting a tutor?

February 21, 2018

We’ll try to outline some important points and answer some key questions, private tutoring is real, it’s important, and a tutor is coming to a house near you…
  • What is a private tutor?
  • Who are private tutors for?
  • Why should I bother getting a tutor?
  • Who else has one?
  • What do others say about private tutoring?
  • What results to tutor produce?
  • How often do I need a tutor?
  • How much is tutoring?
Private tutoring in the UK is huge, research suggests that one in four students receive tuition at some stage in their academic career. And private tutoring isn’t even big here, in Shanghai 95% of people have a tutor- hence why they lead the world in education statistics.

So, let’s answer the above questions.

Private tutoring isn’t new; it’s been going for centuries. What has changed is its accessibility – most people can now find a tutor and work with a tutor, some agencies still charge ridiculous fees, but a lot don’t any more, allowing more people, from all backgrounds, to receive valuable tutoring. Even in the past 10 years there’s been a shift, from a private school, middle-class rush, to a more neutral ground; students from lower class backgrounds and state schools are as much a part of the tutoring industry now. Education is for all, so, rightly, tutoring should be for all as well. That’s our motto! Private tutoring makes a massive difference to everyone. Now, of course, and very occasionally, the tutor and the student don’t get on (we’re only human), and as you know most humans don’t get on, but this happens with only approximately one in every 100 tutors and student lessons. It’s key to build a strong reciprocal bond to a tutor, so you can grow and learn a huge amount from someone, and even better if you like and respect them.

Why bother getting a tutor?

The vast majority of students improve their grades, their language skills, their dyslexia, their confidence, their university offers, their school applications, just with a little help from their tutor. Tutoring, whether it be face-face or online is invaluable, you can’t get this support at school! I’ve been a teacher for 15 years, and I know for a fact, you can’t. My maths is shocking (anyone know a good tutor?!) but 1-to-1 private tutoring v.s. 25-to-1 school teaching, doesn’t add up. If a teacher’s time per hour is split between 25 heads, then that only equates to 2.4 minutes per student, per hour! Schools aren’t equipped to help the majority of students any more, and teachers know that, hence why they are leaving in their droves, and tutoring full time. Not because they want more money, not because they’ve given up, because they want to teach – which the current schooling system doesn’t allow them to actually do.
Sorry, on to the next point. Who has a tutor? Everyone, anyone, everywhere. Your next door neighbours 12-year-old son is having two hours tutoring a week, to help him with his dyslexia, specifically tutoring focusing on English. Your mate at work, she’s learning Italian, billissimo, and your friend from the running club (replace running with any club, just not ‘night’) has a tutor for her 17-year-old daughter, who doesn’t know her semilunar value from her xylem – so she has an A-Level biology tutor!

But it’s for the Middle Classes right?

Wrong. A lot of people, suggest that tutoring is for the middle classes; it’s an “arms race”. Nonsense. Mums, dads, families, children and students, they’re all desperate for help, and would be happy to spend £30 per week to get some help. Why wouldn’t you? Private tutoring is not class specific or income-related, it’s for everyone; we’re creating a community where anyone can access a tutor, instantly, painlessly and cheaply.
Some of the improvements we’ve seen over the years, are crazy, we don’t even have to spin the results. I’ll let a parent tell you…
“Tutor House has turned my sons retakes into an experience he’s so glad not to have missed. His highly qualified tutors have been inspiring, enthusiastic, expert in their field, knowledgeable about exam board requirements and enormously generous with their time and personal attention.”
Oh go-on then, and a happy student:
“They advised with personal statement writing for UCAS and university, giving me helpful tips and advice which contributed to me getting an unconditional offer to study at the University of Birmingham. I would really recommend Tutor House, their tutors are knowledgeable and motivated to help you get your best grade.”

Tutoring is cheap, compared to…

  • £30 would get you a highly experienced tutor or teacher, like a super tutor, with loads of materials, knowledge and passion, yes some tutors charge £100 per hour, that’s a lot, but it’s not madness: here are some comparisons for life spending:
  • £30 – private tutor, improving your academic potential, learning and your whole life.
  • £30 – three glasses of average Prosecco from an over famed Italian producer. *
  • £30 – 14 days gym membership**
  • £30 – 10 days Sky package***
*this particular producer is a lovely man who works 20 hour days, so you can quaff fizz.
**you’ve been once for 15 minutes, took a selfie and drank water
*** every drama is the same, football is not what is used to be, it’s full of self-absorbed egotists, the news is rubbish, inaccurate and one sided – no one wants to hear from Trump more than we have to. Turn it off – learn an instrument!
^note: there may well be some basis in the above statements, but nonetheless some decent examples.
Basically 1 in every 3/4 houses or flats on your road, have a tutor now, they had tutoring last week, they’re working with a tutor for the next 6 months, and they’re then off to University, isn’t about time you did the same? A tutor is for a specific issue your having, a subject you’re struggling with, a topic you don’t get, and urge you have. Find learning easier!
Happy tutoring.
Watch out for online tuition – 2018’s educational trend

January 5, 2018

New Year’s educational trend: Online tuition

Fast, effective and fun education at the click of a button

With exams of all nature upcoming, parents are looking for new, reliable and instant ways to expand their children’s learning and potential. For this, there is one solution that’s fast becoming the hottest trend in education; online tuition.

Online tuition provides instant access to education anywhere in the world; whether you’re grabbing some winter sun in LA or skiing in France, holidays don’t have to be an excuse to fall behind. Online tuition stops parents worrying about their children’s education or revision schedule and ensures they are on top of things whilst also having fun. No more do holidays need to be booked whilst considering the student’s exam schedule, you can practice past papers whilst away and have them marked that same day by a trusted tutor.

For many, online tuition is considerably more affordable with tutor’s travel time and costs cut, meaning that lessons always start on time and don’t need the added extras spent on time and travel.

Online tuition is the future; not only for students out to prepare for exams but for adults that want a fun, interactive and engaging way of learning. Want to practice French? Online tuition can connect you to a bilingual speaker in Paris with the click of a button. And this is the same with any other language, where you can learn with a cultured, professional and native speaker to improve inflection and accent.

The features of online tuition can also be deployed for younger students during primary education. These include group online tuition sessions where instead of watching TV, students can plug in to online lessons where they explore varied and interesting vocabulary, using interactive games and shout-outs.

If you’re considering starting online tuition in 2018, then visit https://tutorhouse.co.uk/tuition/online-tuition/ for more information, including subjects we offer and how online tuition can help you learn.


How to effectively revise over Christmas

December 8, 2017

With too many tempting mince pies and general merriment prying you away from your desk, it might seem hard to get any “real” revision done over the Christmas holidays. Unfortunately, as fate would have it, your most important and crucial study period is upcoming, especially with mock GCSEs round the corner and the real thing (for GCSE, A-Level and Pre-U) just five months away. Easter will be a flurry of study classes, revision space and general panic and pandemonium, so taking the opportunity to study over Christmas is actually a welcomed chance to get ahead of the game and enjoy learning.

We’ve compiled some helpful tips for effective revision over the holiday season.

Write your key objectives

You don’t need a regimented day-by-day, hour-by-hour, study schedule, but you do need to know what you want doing. It just needs to be some key objectives you want achieving over the holidays. If you’re studying The Handmaid’s Tale for English or revising M1 in Maths, then sketch out some key bits you want done before the New Year. Whether it’s making notes on character and theme or working your way through a handful of past papers, then make sure you get your key objectives completed.

Find your rhythm

The holidays are for relaxing and spending time with family – so make sure your study time isn’t too intense. Maybe you want to lie in over the December holidays, then do so, but make sure you try and get in an hour or two of study before bed – you’ll appreciate giving yourself a head start come the grueling March to May months.

Work with friends

The great thing about the Christmas holidays is that your friends will also be off from school and looking to catch up outside of the classroom. Perhaps organise an afternoon of Christmas shopping and study; trying to put the studying first so it’s out the way and you can spend the rest of the afternoon picking out gifts.

Make it fun

Seeing as you have an excess of family and friends around you, and only a limited number of dinner topics to explore that steer clear of religion, politics and weird uncle Larry, you may as well club together to further your education. Why not get them to test your knowledge using notes or textbooks; they’ll probably learn a thing or two themselves, and it makes revising more fun and interactive.

Bedtime reading

If the thought of reading your textbook before bed makes your toe’s curl – then don’t. Why don’t you read around your subject to further your general knowledge. Even if it won’t come up in the test necessarily, you are studying your chosen subjects because you fundamentally enjoy them; so broaden your expertise and read around the subject.

Keep classes up this Christmas with residential or online tutoring

December 1, 2017

Keep learning this Christmas

Catching some winter sun or going skiing this Christmas? Perhaps you’re heading away to some cozy cottage in the UK? All this seems like a pleasant dream, until the reality of upcoming exams and homework sets in. Instead of worrying and stressing throughout the holidays, why not take a tutor with you? Either literally or online!

Your learning doesn’t need to stop just because it isn’t term time. Our tutors work flexibly; to either accompany you on your trip or continue your lessons online.

Why get a tutor this Christmas?

The December holidays are an essential time to stay on top of your academic work; especially with common entrance tests, mock exams and an upcoming term ahead of you. With this in mind, helpful tutoring at your convenience will keep you ahead of the game, whilst also allowing you to enjoy your holidays too.

Tutors will be able to set work online for the students to complete in their holiday downtime. Students can work at a time that suits them; so whether you’re remaining in the UK or flying around the world, our tutors can work to a time zone that suits you.

We meet and interview all our tutors to ensure they are as passionate about the student’s education as we are. Moreover, all our tutors are DBS-checked and degree-educated.

You can follow the usual steps of booking lessons in via the website and get your usual friendly, helpful tutor to work with you online while away from home.

Contact us today

If you wish to find a tutor to accompany you on your trip, we have more than 3,000 tutors to choose from. Simply give the Tutor House team a call today and we will get back to you to discuss dates, costs and the perfect tutor for you.

Call us on 020 7612 8297 or email info@tutorhouse.co.uk for further information.


Book your Pre-U December revision course today

November 24, 2017

Pre-U December revision course

With Pre-U exams only a term away and more work to prepare for than most A-Levels, Tutor House is encouraging Pre-U students to sign up to our in-house Christmas holiday revision courses.

We are offering four intense study revision course sessions from Dec 18th-21st, totally 10 hours, which will incorporate exam technique, content support and revision methods that actually work. (If you can’t do Christmas, we also run Easter revision courses for Pre-U subjects)

Who we work with:

At Tutor House, we understand the struggle to find tutors that have taught the complex Pre-U structure before; however, all of our course tutors are proficient in the board’s content and practice. In fact, all of our specialist tutors are degree-educated, DBS-check and as passionate about education as we are. We meet and interview all our tutors personally to ensure we are working with quality educators that are knowledgeable about their subject.

What we offer:

Our Pre-U revision courses are designed with the student’s success in mind, and over the four-days, we will work to maximise academic potential. This includes revising:

Exam content
Exam practice papers and model answers
Revision techniques and methods

Our courses are run  by highly qualified teachers and tutors, who know the syllabus inside out.

Our revision courses are only for small groups, which is why we welcome a minimum of two, and maximum of five students per group.

Please note, the course will only go ahead if the minimum student number is met. If you have signed up and the course doesn’t go ahead, we will offer a reduced-rate one-on-one Pre-U course instead.

The course is £500 and will take place from December 18th-21st from 3.30-6pm.

Get in touch:

If you’re interested in joining our Pre-U revision course, please call 020 7612 8297 or email info@tutorhouse.co.uk with your required subjects.

How the Government is inadvertently capping homeschooling

November 13, 2017

Homeschooling: it’s not that easy

In the 2016/17 academic year, 300,000 children were part of the homeschooling surge. This number has almost doubled from the six years previously. More students than ever before are relying on parents or external agents to educate them, and yet the Government is offering less and less support for families that make the choice to home school their children. The decision to home school a student is not one taken lightly, it means pulling the student out of a system where they are guaranteed a certain amount of teaching hours and social interaction. Of course, sometimes the decision to home school a child is a direct result of these factors; for example, if the child is being bullied or the parent feels the school isn’t nurturing the pupil’s academic development as they see fit. With school places becoming more competitive and Government funding for schools seeing less and less money being poured into education, it’s only natural that some parents would seek to educate their children somewhat independently.

Talk to us about homeschooling

And yet, despite all of this, those parents that still wish to follow the usual academic route of GCSE then A-Levels are finding themselves at a disadvantage; as the Government fails to allow a number of exam papers to be sat by private candidates. This relatively recent development has been a long time coming as the general power of the private candidate has been in decline. From our experience helping private candidates find exam centres, it’s near impossible to sit science GCSE, due to the practical component, or nearly any languages unless you have a special tutor or teacher to help you with the oral section. In fact the only way to sit exams in to take the iGCSE’s instead of the GCSE, this involves changing syllabus, options, books and text, all this after just having had the upheaval of leaving a school. Another area of assessment is the Pre-U (Cambridge assessed Pre-University examinations) introduced in 2008, you can not retake coursework or orals as a private candidate. So again most people have to switch to A-level, from the Pre-U, something most are not happy about.

Moreover, with the changing nature of the GCSE and A-Level curriculums, parents are finding it harder to access information to support their children’s homeschooling development. This runs parallel to private candidates hoping to retake as the opportunity to retake A-Levels and GCSEs are scaled back significantly, and often due to the overhaul of previous syllabi.

What about exam centres for homeschooling?

More and more candidates are studying for exams and only finding out there is nowhere to sit them. Then they need to restudy for an entirely different curriculum that is totally adjacent to the content they previously studied. Moreover, with the changing nature of the GCSE and A-Level curriculums, parents are finding it harder to access information to support their children’s home schooling development. This runs parallel to private candidates hoping to retake as the opportunity to retake A-Levels and GCSEs are scaled back significantly, and often due to the overhaul of previous syllabi.

Surely it’s not that hard to register as a private candidate?

This complication doesn’t help the already lonely and stressful situation families experience when they choose to home school their children. Most parents are not educators, but responsible guardians that want the most for their child. As a result, they often find it challenging to navigate the already over-complicated education system alone. As a result, they end up either having to shell out for advice and tuition, or need to become overnight experts in the schooling system, most of whom simply don’t have the resources or time to do either.

The result, unfortunately, is often a “lost student effect” who find it difficult to continue pursuing qualifications through the normal route and don’t achieve the regular support they need to flourish.

And yet, despite this, there is hope. Many tutoring agencies offer support to families and students, not just in terms of structured tuition that parallel the syllabus and academic school system, but also in helping them find exam centres where they can sit their exams. And what is more important is that homeschooling is a great way to nature and grow, a great way to experience things that you can’t experience in a regimented school environment and a great way to focus on academia, and enjoying the subjects and how they are relevant to everyday life.

The reality is that while the Government is doing little to support private candidates that are home schooled, and independent businesses are trying to catch up quickly to ensure the pupils are able to pass through a qualification system effectively. Fortunately, we predict that in a few years time there will be more and more businesses that cotton on to the rise in home schooling. As a result the market will become more saturated with exam centres that have safeguards for independent candidates in place.

Contact Tutor House for more advice on Homeschooling:

If you’re looking for advice on home schooling, or if you’re thinking of home schooling your child – give us a call on 020 7612 8297 for free advice today.

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The ultimate guide to A-Level and GCSE Results Day 2017

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
UCAS advice
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 info@tutorhouse.co.uk or call us on 0207 612 8297.

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