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A-Level, University, UCAS, GCSE and Career advice, free with Tutor House

August 12, 2013

A-Level, University, UCAS, GCSE and Career advice, free with Tutor House

This year we are giving free advice to anyone regarding A-Level and GCSE results, University places and clearing and other career advice, including internships and work experience.

On Thursday 15th and Friday 16th August you can call Tutor House and we’ll give you free advice on what to do next. We have over 10 years experience in the education system.

A-Level Psychology and P.E tutoring in (and around) London

A-Level Psychology and P.E tutoring in (and around) London

With A-Level results out on Thursday, we thought we would introduce Alex, a fantastic Psychology and Physical Education (P.E) tutor who lives in London. He tutors GCSE and A-Level, he was head of Psychology and P.E at a sixth form college for 6 years and now tutors full time.

So if you need help to retake your A-Level or GCSE give us a call and book in this fantastic tutor. He travels all over London and the home counties. He can also help with UCAS, personal statements, Schools advice and applications.

Is Your Degree Still Important To Get?

July 19, 2013

Is Your Degree Still Important To Get?

I don’t know why, but education is not considered a mainstream anymore. It’s not cool to enter college or university today, and more and more young people prefer working to studying. Work is not bad of course, but if you want to build a really successful career, your education would be more than useful for that, wouldn’t it? Moreover, the examples of world-famous billionaires, such as Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg for example, who didn’t need a higher education to become rich, don’t make people want to get a degree.

Fortunately, some benefits of higher education still can be found today, and I invite you to check and discuss them here.

Money

Believe it or not, people with a degree still earn 84% more, even when there are 2-3 millionaires who were lucky to get money with no higher education at all. Your degree makes you more valuable for employers, and they will offer a better salary to you anyway. And if you don’t want to spend your time and money on getting a diploma, just think of it as your long-term investment. Moreover, aren’t you feel yourself more skilled and valuable after your graduation? What can be a better motivation for building a career?

Better options for employment

As we all know, the majority of employers want to hire people who have a higher education. According to the latest researches, their number will grow, that is why don’t be in a hurry to throw your diploma out and forget everything you studied at your college. This piece of paper can help you get a job of your dream.

Social status

Your diploma will not become your ticket to a ruling social class of course, but it will definitely make it easier for you to enter it. We all understand that people with a higher education have a better social status, that is why your diploma can probably help you improve it to upper class faster.

You are hunted

Sooner or later, we all start hunting for a job of our dreams. The number of candidates is always so big, all of them have their own benefits, and we always have some doubts if we are good enough in comparison with them. But don’t you want to change your status from a hunter to anyone who is hunted? Your education can help here very much. Let employers hunt you, and choose the best place to work and start a career by your own.

Do you still think that your degree is unnecessary to have and not important to get? What proves can you provide except two or three names of well-known billionaires who were probably just lucky to appear at right place?

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Ideal Exam Preparation

July 3, 2013

Ideal Exam Preparation

The traditional exam season seems to be a thing of the past these days. With year round courses, re-takes and summer semesters, there’s barely a time when someone, somewhere isn’t cramming for a test of some kind or another.

If it’s been a while since you entered that dreaded examination room here are a ten handy hints and tips to make sure you haven’t forgotten how to prepare for the big day.

1. Plan well

Come up with a revision plan that works for you. If you are a night owl, arrange to give yourself plenty of time each evening. If you are an early bird, make sure you stick to your regular morning routine. Consistency is key when it comes to preparation and training your brain to retain information.

2. Prepare yourself

The better you feel, the better you will perform when it comes to the day of the exam. Try to eat healthily, drink plenty of fluids and avoid late nights and alcohol – until after the exam of course. The fresher and more energetic you feel, the more it will support your ability to tackle the paper.

3. Be sure of all the details

Make sure you are fully aware of details and clear on things like start times, the venue, equipment and material you can or cannot bring into the room. If you are on top of all this it can make a big difference in your performance and will help avoid unnecessary last-minute stress.

4. Do your homework

So that you have a good idea what to expect when you turn over that paper, it’s sometimes worth trying to get hold of a past paper. This is quite a routine revision process and past papers are available by request from the examination boards.

5. Answer the questions according to the marks available

It’s an obvious one, but take a good look at each question and how many marks are on offer. If one question is worth 5 marks and another is worth 15, then it’s common sense to spend more time on the one worth more.

6. Understand the question

Make sure you break the questions down so that you really understand what you’re being asked to do. If you don’t answer the question properly you won’t get full marks for it. For example, for the question, “Explain the difference between socialism and fascism,” has four major parts to address:

Explain – give reasons to show how or why something is what it is

The difference – what are the distinguishing factors between the two?

Socialism – explain socialism

Fascism– explain fascism

7. Create the right study environment

Select a place where you feel comfortable when you are studying. To some, the TV and radio can be distracting when they are working. If this is you, make sure you are in a place that has no such disturbances during your study period. Also, keep books and notes on other subjects well out of your eye-site so that you don’t overload your brain with too much information in one go.

8. Try to get into the head of your examiner

Although most boards use an external examiner, there is a chance that your tutor has set exams in the past. Get a sense of what questions might come up in the exam and what they’ll be looking for when you talk to them in the lessons leading up to the big day.

9. Don’t dwell on it

Try not to talk to other students about the exam before you go in. It could confuse you or make you lose confidence in yourself. The same goes for when you come out. Don’t hang around talking about what was on it or you’ll start to doubt yourself and stress out if you think you made a mistake.

10. Be positive

It might sound cheesy, but if you’re in the right frame of mind, there’s a better chance that you will perform to your full potential. If you have done all the required revision, made all the right notes and prepared yourself correctly, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t do well.

Residential, holiday and travel tuition

June 5, 2013

Residential, holiday and travel tuition

Tutor House is offering some fantastic tutoring services this summer. The ‘Tutors Abroad’ programme is in full flow and we have tutors traveling all over the globe. Their aim is to support children, helping them learning new subjects and topics. Helping children improve their English, reading and writing, their Maths, their science, even their tennis skills!

Tutors will help children focus on key revision techniques, highlight weaker areas and suggest new ways of learning and organising.

Read more about tutors traveling with families abroad here.

Technology and Education.

Technology and Education

Check out the latest blog post from Tutor House’s managing director, Alex Dyer, on Huffington Posts’ blog pages here.

 

Alex looks at and examines the past, present and future relationship between technology and education; how it can aid student’s learning processes and how teachers and schools can benefit from embracing technology within education.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/alex-dyer/technology-and-education_b_3367052.html

For more information on private tutors in London and Fulham or to organise a private tutor contact Tutor House on info@tutorhouse.co.uk

Tutors working abroad, a personal report

May 31, 2013

Tutors working abroad, a personal report

Hello, this is to introduce you to Dhanushka (Nush). Below is her account of tutoring abroad. She is a highly experienced tutor and has spend the past year teaching abroad. She is currently employed Tutor House as our international adviser and student mentor.

I’ve just got back to the UK after teaching in Thailand for a year; your reaction should be along the lines of “amazing”; and rightly so. This experience will always be the highlight of my life. Teaching in another country is not just about experiencing a different life, but it’s about opening the eyes of young students to more than just what they see and experience every day. The appreciation of these kids will last a lifetime in your heart and mind. Helping each and every student was an experience in itself.

Teaching abroad had always been a difficult decision for me. It was never the right time, and there was always an excuse for why I shouldn’t go to pursue my dream. I completed my TESOL qualification and found it hard to just pack my bags and leave. I waited nine months before I decided to build the courage and begin my journey in another country.

My jobs consisted of Secondary school students, Agricultural College students and also kindergarten students. The levels of English spoken varied, as some of the students had had precious English language teachers, whereas other had never had any experience of learning with a foreign teacher. Not being able to speak Thai, I was immediately at a disadvantage. Using hand gestures and starting right back to the basics I was able to give these children the confidence to love and appreciate a language they once gave up on. When anybody finds something difficult, we tend to either hate it or not bother practising it. These children needed inspiration and colour in a subject they once ignored as being important. I was able to bring my life experience of London to help them appreciate other cultures and want to learn more.

The technique of teaching foreign students is not that simple. ‘Here is your text book, this is an exercise and you will be tested on this next week.’ This approach simply won’t do for these children. Using this technique I found out (very quickly!) that the students would use process of elimination when asked a question, rather than truly understanding what they were learning. By talking to the students, by making them practise the language, integrating words into games mounted to them having a stronger grasp of basic communication skills. My classroom policy was you cannot speak in Thai, partially because I couldn’t speak a single word of the language but also because this approach lead them to try a lot harder to communicate with me.

Having been in another country, teaching children who are completely innocent to the English education system was delightful. They were not robots to learning information and passing exams. They had a purpose for studying; their ambitions extended more than just getting a degree and fighting for a job at the end of their studies. These children had a farm to run, a family to feed, and skills to grasp in addition to learning Maths, English and Science.

I think it’s important for more and more people to grab this opportunity to teach abroad. After reading this do you think you have what it takes to change students’ perception on learning another language? You have every opportunity in the world to fill their lives with colour and ambition.

Tutor House offer teaching experience and job abroad for teachers and students. He also offer tutors the opportunity to travel with families abroad.

Education is changing, hopefully.

Education is changing, hopefully

If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with something original.

To be honest I’m using this as a title, when it should be a quote, a quote from Sir Ken Robinson.

A lot of people in education are right (and wrong) about points, fact and ideas, but none more so than him. You can easily, and rightly, I would say, argue that the Schooling system in Britain today reinforces ‘wrong.’ What I mean by that is children are being funneled and molded into ‘exam machines.’ Exams are right you are wrong, is the attitude for success. The winner is education. The way it’s structured today is for the bright ones, not the ones who work hard, not the creative types, not the children who can paint, draw, act, play sport or dance. No, it’s the ones who can be ‘right’ and pass all their exams. Success is based only on academia, pass your exams, pass your degree and gain a fantastic job. Although this isn’t as set in stone as it once was.

This is and will only lead to academic inflation. A degree is not enough now. No, now to get a top job you need a MA, whereas you needed a BA or Bsc. In fact three A’s at A-Level is not enough, nor are 5 A’s at GCSE. And this type of testing starts much earlier, take 7+, 11+ and 13+ examinations for independent Schools throughout the country. The pressure is well and truly on. This is academic conformity at it’s highest and it starts at a very young age, 5 years old maybe.
So from a young age a child’s ability to express themselves, be creative and open about things is downtrodden. Exams are key, nothing else is important, children, students and even teachers are adhering to the pressure of exams, and as such these exam machines are being produced.

Another area of concern is the identification of Educational Needs, including ADHD, ADD and Dyslexia. More and more children are diagnosed each year. This is not a problem and in fact makes sense. There are more qualified psychologists and better ways to identify people with S.E.N’s. The problem is that there are not enough teachers and tutors to cope with this demand. We’ve seen a huge surge in parent’s enquiring who have children with dyslexia and other educational needs. Usually their School does not providing them with the support that they require. They are not getting extra support, or being given ideas and techniques on how to improve, for example, memory, note taking or revision skills. Again this ‘type’ of student is left behind in the exam race, if you don’t grasp the idea of exams and diagnostic testing you’re doomed.

What’s the point of this article? Well it’s to encourage young people not to give up hope, just because you can’t jump through the exam hoops, doesn’t mean you can’t succeed. Private tuition is a personal, individual and tailored alternative or addition to standard Schooling.

On another note Tutor House wants to hear from students, parents and teachers who can give examples of success

Private tuition on the rise, should tutoring be regulated?

Private tuition’s on the rise, should the industry be regulated?

In 2009 The Guardian reported that 45% of pupils based in London have a private tutor; and since then it’s that figure has increased.

A staggering 72% of all children preparing for Common Entrance have a private tutor according to the IOE, and 25% of all 11-18 year olds have had private tuition at some point, manly in Mathematics, reports TES.

With over 500 private tuition agencies now operating throughout the country, some with over 10,000 tutors on their books, how on earth do we, or the Government, regulate the industry? And, do we even need to?

Do we need to regulate the private tuition industry?

With the rise of University fees a few years ago, and the surge in (fierce) competition and pressure to get into good schools – the demand for private tuition in the UK has increased yearly. With such an increase in demand, agencies and freelance private tutors effectively charge what they like.

Private tutors usually work on a freelance basis with different agencies, especially in London. The Government has tried to step in and add some sort of parameter to the tutoring world in the past, but have failed.

Without thought and proper investigation, the Government has left it to the taxman to chase tutors and investigate them if necessary.

So what kind of regulation should there be?

Well, of course a CRB (or DBS as it’s now named) is a must. Parents should always ask for this, they don’t need a copy, but certainly a confirmation. Adults who tutor children must go through a thorough check-up and a full criminal disclosure.

What about qualification and experiences?

Private (public) Schools don’t have pre-test for teachers, but they must have a degree in the subject they wish to teach.

State Schools, on the other hand, have rigorous qualifications (GTP/NQT), which teachers must pass. At both types of schools, new teachers are interviewed and would be asked to perform trial lessons.

However, private tutors do not undergo anything close to this level of investigation.

I’ve heard some horror stories about big tutoring companies sending tutors to client’s homes. A parent once told me of a tutor who was sent to their home, he was an international student in his first year at University, who had never taught before and his level of English was very basic. Not ideal when you’re forking out in excess of £35 per hour.

Education is a personal thing and parents always want the best for their children, so perhaps some sort of regulation would be a good thing?

I’m not saying intensive interviewing and trial lessons for tutors is a necessity, and with 10,000 tutors that would be hard. Experience and subject knowledge is key here. They are incredibly important qualities, and during trying-times for children and young adults, the right tutor is crucial to improving grades and their exam success.

The majority of the tutors that work for Tutor House are full or part time teachers in local London-based schools and colleges. They know the exam boards, keep up with the changing specifications and of course have plenty of experience. We personally select every single one of our private tutors, implementing our own regulations for the industry. I don’t see why other companies don’t enforce the same or similar guidelines.