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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.

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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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Why current schools have increased tutor demand, and reduced creativity

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, 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, 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 class, 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 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?

Tutoring shouldn’t be just for elite kids; should they even need it?

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.

Get ready for common entrance exams this October half-term

September 29, 2017

Common Entrance Tuition – October Half Term

With October half-term fast approaching, the need to utilise this time to prepare for common entrance exams is vital. With only a short amount of time until the majority of common entrance exams take place, parents are using this time to their advantage, by cramming in much-needed revision sessions that focus on exam technique and content.

What schools do you cover for entrance exam preparation?

At Tutor House, we have a range of expert tutors that specialise in common entrance exams, from prep school 4+, all the way through to 11+, 13+ and 16+. Our tutors are all DBS-checked, degree-educated and are experienced in getting their students into the best secondary schools across the country. These include Eton College, Westminster, St Paul’s, Marlborough College, Haberdasher’s Askes’ Boy’s School, Harrow, Winchester College, The King’s School, Wellington, Wickham Abbey, and more.

Whether you’re remaining in the UK or seeking autumn sun, our tutors are flexible and can accommodate any student’s need.

We offer four main avenues of tuition over the half term period. Firstly, our one-on-one tuition offers the student a tailored experience, ensuring that they are prepared for every aspect of the exam; English, maths, verbal and non-verbal reasoning. We also have a range of tutors that specialise in exam practice and etiquette training for prospective boarders.

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What Common Entrance exam options are there?

Tutor House also offer a range of intensive revision courses for the half-term period, perhaps you only have 3-5 days to spare. Our tutors will be able to come to you for upwards of three hours a day to work with your child to ensure they are best prepared to sit the exam. In this period they will cover the full scope of the exam; liaising with the family before the class to ensure that they make the most out of this allotted time.

If you are heading away for a UK-based holiday, or are primarily based out of London, and are looking for world-class common entrance exam tutors, we offer residential placements over the October half-term. Our tutors will be able to “live-in” with your family during this period, working daily in a concentrated manner with the student.

Moreover, if you’re going away to catch some Autumn sun, or perhaps an early Ski trip, or simply heading abroad, our tutors are able to adapt and travel with your family, ensuring you make the most of study time during your holiday. Our tutors can work flexibly, perhaps teaching the student in the morning, then leaving the family to independent activities in the afternoon.

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Why use Tutor House for common entrance tutoring?

Tutor House understands how challenging the common entrance examinations can be; testing students on certain abilities that can only be prepared for with an experienced professional. These are especially important in regards to verbal and non-verbal reasoning questions, and the specific manner in which schools require you to approach the English examination. The Tutor House team will work with your family to find the right tutor that matches your child’s needs.

If you’re interested in getting your son or daughter prepared for their common entrance exams with an experienced and professional tutor, then email us at info@tutorhouse.co.uk or call us on 020 7612 8297.

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