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Residential summer courses for school entrance exams

June 30, 2014

Residential summer courses for school entrance exams

We’ve been helping children to obtain places at top independent private schools in London and the UK for a number of years.

We have an experienced team of common entrance, 7+, 8+, 11+ and 13+ tutors, and we continue to offer residential tuition in Oxford.

This really is a fantastic experience for children, working through exam papers, familiarizing themselves with key content, asking questions and working in groups. Not to mention engaging in sport, music, cooking and culture.

The retreat will take place during 5 days, with a clear schedule including accommodation and food.

 

Mounting competition for School placements

Mounting competition for School placements

With more and more emphasis being placed on passing Common Entrance examinations to help secure School placements, many students will begin preparing for exams as early as a year in advance of their exam dates. The benefit of working with a private tutor to work through topics and exam techniques not only boosts a child’s confidence but also helps the child in scoring higher examination marks. By being better prepared they do not worry about the exams and thus are able to achieve their fullest potential. For more information on Common Entrance tutors please contact Tutor House.
Alternatively, you may also be interested in finding out more about Tutor House’s summer Common Entrance programme. For more information please click here.

Need help in choosing the right A-Levels?

Need help in choosing the right A-Levels?

Are you expecting to receive your GCSE grades this summer and need help in choosing the right A-Levels for you? Then why not call Tutor House’s free advice line and speak to one of our experienced team members who will be able to offer you free informative advice. Sometimes it can be difficult to know which A-Levels to pick as one is often torn between what they need to do in order to apply for a specific university course and what they would like to do. More often than none, the decision need not be so difficult and a pleasant compromise can be arrived at.

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Five Super Brain Foods for Students

June 26, 2014

Five Super Brain Foods for Students

For years, doctors and researchers have found a correlation between a nutritious diet and increased classroom performance. It’s no secret that what you eat can affect how you feel and how alert you are, which will impact how you learn. Your cognitive functions need nutrients to operate at high levels. So what can you do to improve your exam performance, achieve better exam results and feel healthy overall? You can read this list of five ‘super brain’ foods that will help to enhance your ability to process and retain information.

1. Blueberries

Blueberrys brain food

Blueberries are one of nature’s wonders, a fruit that is sweet, flavourful and great for your health. Researchers have found that blueberries increase a person’s ability to learn, and also enhance motor skills. Doctors recommend that you eat at least one cup of blueberries a day, whether you eat them ‘naked,’ or blend them in a smoothie. And it doesn’t matter if they’re fresh or frozen, the benefits are the same.

Blueberries are well known for their antioxidants, one of the highest amongst all fruit, vegetables, seasonings and spices – there’s even been research and evidence to suggest that blueberries can improve memory and significantly improved both learning capacity and motor skills of older rats, making them mentally equivalent to younger rats.

2. Nuts

nuts brain food

Nuts are wonderful because they taste good, and there’s a large variety, so if you don’t like peanuts, you can eat almonds, cashews or macadamias. Nuts are loaded with vitamin E, which helps boost your decision-making skills, a valuable part of learning in the classroom. But as they’re high in fat, doctors recommend you only eat about a handful per day, which is enough to get the benefits. Raw nuts are better as they lack salt, but as long as you eat them in moderation, even salted nuts are ok.

 Research has shown that a diet with high vitamin E corresponds with less cognitive decline as humans get older, and in the short term nuts and vitamin E can give students a real and healthy energy boost – fantastic for a pre-exam or revision snack.

3. Tomatoes

tomatoes brain food

Tomatoes are loaded with lycopene, which is an antioxidant that helps fortify the cells against toxins and deterioration, which affects memory and cognitive skills. You can pop cherry tomatoes as a snack, eat lots of pasta sauce or enjoy tomato soup. Whatever way you eat your tomatoes, just know you’re doing a good deed for your body and brain.

There’s no doubt that tomatoes are a nutrient-dense, super brain food that most students should be eating more of. Research has shown that tomato rich diets can lower risk of certain types of cancer, stress, blood pressure and damage to brain cells.

4. Broccoli

broccoli brain food

A staple of a nutritious diet, broccoli contains vitamin K, which is linked to the improvement of cognitive skills and the ability of the brain to process information. Eat broccoli as a snack, pan-fry it or boil it. Whichever way you squeeze broccoli into your diet, it’s important to remember that relationships between a nutrient rich diet and brain health are worth exploring. It’s no coincidence that parents teach their children to ‘eat their greens’ as all varieties of green vegetables have a positive effect on brain power, health and development of young people.

5. Olive Oil & Fatty Fish

salmon brain food

Though it may sound counterintuitive, the unsaturated fats in olive oil and fatty fish are actually good for you because they’ve been shown to counter the aging of the brain. And since your brain is what you use most when studying, eating more olive oil can be beneficial to your health. Olive oil is great as a base for pasta sauces and salad dressings, but don’t go overboard.  A little goes a long way. The benefits of fatty fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna, has long been established. These fish contain loads of omega-3 fatty acids along with DHA and NPA, which have all been shown to enhance memory and concentration. But you have to eat fatty fish in moderation as the down side is that it also contains high levels of toxic mercury.

 

Joining a private tutoring company in London

June 13, 2014

Joining a private tutoring company in London

Joining a private tutoring company couldn’t be easier.

Whether you’re a graduate with experience, a teacher, a supply teacher or a full time private tutor. We’re always looking for new, fun, enthusiastic tutors.

It’s easy:

Click here to sign up to Tutor House, and if you have any problems uploading you information or need advise on CRB checks, private tutors or payment then contact us here.

Summer Private Tuition, is it important?

The benefits of Summer private tuition

The summer months are a time of recuperation, leisurely activities and holidays abroad for many students. However, for others it’s an opportunity to secure themselves a guaranteed grade in their upcoming exams in the new academic year, boost their self confidence in a particular subject matter, get on top of coursework so that they can give their full attention on exam technique and understanding or simply take some time to improve their academic prospects.

It is for those reasons we have seen a surge in summer tuition over the last few years with competition to get into schools, (especially the Common Entrance exmas) colleges and universities rising. Many parents feel that a ten week break away from academia will not be beneficial for their child’s ongoing learning development and prefer to rather have an hour or two of private tuition during the summer break. This enables students to learn at a pace that is not subject to any stress or deadlines which in itself provides a fantastic platform to tackle any areas of doubts or concerns. The time leading up to exams can often be a very stressful time for students and many find it hard to perform to their optimum when they are under such pressures. Additional spport, private tuition and weekly courses can really help prevent this.

Some students wish to give themselves a head start by being introduced to certain subject material before the beginning of the new academic year so that they do not fall behind during term time. The term time can move at a very quick pace and can leave students feeling lost and confused if they haven’t had enough time to understand the material being taught. This is why many wish to have ongoing support throughout the summer months with a particular focus on a subject such as Maths, Physics etc.

The summer months also allow for an opportunity to explore subjects students are not necessarily sure of. For example, before choosing to take AS Drama a student may want a few lessons in Drama to ascertain if this is a subject they wish to study. Students face tough decisions when choosing their options for GCSE, A-levels and University courses, and it is beneficial to have a few lessons in subjects before fully deciding. This prevents any disruption during the course of the academic year regarding possible interim course changes.

The summer months are indeed a time to rejuvenate and recharge batteries which is why it is also an ideal time to continue with one’s own learning development without any added pressures or expectations. Those who have taken up a few hours of private tuition over the summer holidays have seen a significant improvement in their confidence, understanding and performance. It is not to say that these students have given up their summer but they have made productive use of their time to also invest in their future. Even two weeks of additional private tuition can really help.

The Benefits of Residential Placements and Tuition

June 10, 2014

The Benefits of Residential Placements and Tuition

Benefits of Residential Placements

Residential placements are becoming more and more popular. Parents are beginning to realise the significance of having residential tutors whilst they travel, work or want to provide their child with the extra learning support they need. In changing times where it is difficult to juggle a multitude of tasks, parents often feel frustrated at not having enough time to oversee their child doing their homework or help with any classroom learning. For this reason, parents do not wish for their child to be left behind and would much rather prefer seeking a reliable, trustworthy and experienced tutor to assist.

Having a residential tutor whilst you are travelling:

Taking time off and going away on holiday with the family is a special moment for many families. Whether families go away for weeks or months, parents will often dedicate a portion of the day to studies. The reason why many families will insist this will be so that their child keeps developing and progressing. It also gives the child an opportunity to work on any areas of concern with the tutor. Working with a tutor whilst travelling can be an enjoyable experience! In new and relaxed settings tutors will find that students will be engaging and receptive.

Having a residential tutor whilst you are working:

The pressures associated with work commitments can often leave you with little or no time. Therefore many parents will seek a residential tutor to assist their child with their homework and classroom work. Many parents will also like to set learning objectives for their child and ask a tutor to help achieve them. This also enables a child to work with one tutor over a period of time so that areas of concern can be addressed and the child progresses.

Having a residential tutor for extra support:

Sometimes classroom learning is not enough and parents may feel like their child would benefit from extra support at home. Many children can be left feeling lost or confused in a classroom setting and some may even be too shy to ask questions. Residential tutors work with the child to help boost their confidence and go through subject material with them at a pace that suits the child and is conducive for their learning. Many parents have seen huge improvements by simply having a residential tutor.

Tried and tested by parents:

“Oli worked so well with the children, having him with us for the summer break was fantastic. Now back at school the children are steps ahead from where they were 3 months ago. The one to one tuition was much needed! Thanks.”

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Live on ITV, Alex Dyer discusses revision tips for summer exams

June 4, 2014

Live on ITV, Alex Dyer discusses revision tips for summer exams

The importance of exam preparation and success.

You can read see more information on Alex Dyer’s ITV discussion. And although it was very early in the morning, and on a bank holiday, we think he did OK!.

http://www.itv.com/goodmorningbritain/news/gcse-revision-tips

How Private Tuition Can Help International Students in London

May 23, 2014

Regardless of the subject or level being studied, private tuition will support international students studying in London to help realise their ambitions and dreams.

Whether it’s A-Levels, GCSEs or the IB programme, private tutors can help international students understand the UK education system, assist with School and University applications and lastly improve their understanding and knowledge in their chosen field of study. Morever, help them with the IELTS exam

 

If you’re still weighing up your options and not quite convinced on what private tuition has to offer, we’ve compiled the main points in an easy-to-digest format.  

Preparing for the IELTS exams

The IELTS exam is the standard test used by most Schools, Colleges and Universities in the UK as a measure of language ability.

In order to studyA-Levels, students are generally expected to have an IELTS score of 6.0 and above, although it is advisable to contact the individual School or College as each institution will have their own entry requirements.

This is an essential  qualification to have for any international student hoping to start or continue their education in the UK. 

We Tutor House offers English Language training in order to help international students prepare for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam. 

Meet Russell Group University Entrance Requirements  

With more and more students applying for University places, it’s essential that your marks hover between AAA-ABB  in your A-Levels.  The top Universities in the UK now require ABB as an absolute minimum.  

As an international student, you’re already at a slight disadvantage compared to local students. Private tuition can help you reach your academic potential sooner rather than later. The top London tutors can help get you up to speed  in no amount of time

UCAS Advice

International tutors can help you with more than just exam preparation. The UCAS application process for international students is no picnic and if you’re not accustomed to the process, it can seem confusing and daunting at the best of times.

 International tuition can help you to make sense of the small print and build your application to show off your academic achievements as well as individual qualities. Remember that Universities now look for more than just your  academic achievements!

Choosing Your University

While you want to go to a university with a decent reputation, it’s also important to go for one that fits your personality and interests. In addition, one university may be better than another in a specific field or department. This may not be 100% clear unless you’re familiar with the UK system.  

Help with Work Experience

Universities will also tend to look beyond your academic achievements. Universities like to see students that are well rounded with academic potential, extracurricular activities and work experience under their belt.

Therefore it is imperative that you include all relevant experiences and achievements on your application to demonstrate what you will bring to the University you are applying to.  

International tutors know exactly where you’re coming from and can give you advice on where to apply and how to get the position you’re looking for. Whether it’s helping you draft your first email or put a covering letter together, help  is on hand

Work on Key Areas

Don’t be put off from studying your desired subject of interest only because you do not have the prerequisites to do so. Private tutors are highly experienced in assisting you prepare and plan for any prerequisites needed thus enabling you to realise your dreams and true potential.

Boost Your Confidence

Sometimes all you need is the confidence that you’re on the right path in order to achieve the marks that reflect your true ability.  

Settling down in a new country and environment can be a daunting experience however private tutors can reinforce belief in your abilities by going over  subject material on a one-to-one basis.

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