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Help with personal statements for UCAS in London

October 2, 2012

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Tutor House, the home of tutoring and educational advice in London.

We give advice on how to write personal statements while helping you choose the correct course at university. Tutor House has been helping student for years – we have over 6 years of experience, helping devise personal statements.

A personal statement is personal to you, it’s about you. You must sell yourself, you must sell your assets. You must sell your interested and achievements. This can be sport, music, dance. What is best of course is your academic background and your personal achievements. A statement is – ‘a definite expression of something (you) in speech or text.’

Good luck and let tutor House know if we can help!

How can I find a Common Entrance tutor in London?

September 28, 2012

Well, call Tutor House of course. Private Common Entrance tuition at it’s best.

But why should you use us?

Tutor House ‘Top-ten’ reasons:

  • Successful tack record
  • Tutors have a fantastic success rate
  • All tutors are CRB checked
  • Tutors specialise in Common Entrance not just general tutoring
  • All tutors have years of Common Entrance experience
  • Tutors travel to you
  • Tutors give fortnightly feedback and updates on progress
  • Tutor House provides additional support and feeback
  • All tutors have a bank of Common Entrance papers and model answers
  • We’re not an agency, at Tutor House there is always someone to speak to and give advice.
Private Common Entrance Tuition in London

September 24, 2012

Tutor House offers private tuition for children preparing for Common Entrance (C.E) from the age of 10 years old. Our tutors work with children to answer past paper questions and help them understand key areas within the common entrance exams.

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Maths:

“C.E. is the first time a child will encounter topical questions in an unfamiliar
order or form (depending on how much exam experience they have had). There is
no point re-trudging through maths text books, in C.E. a child’s intelligence
is measured by his or her adaptability. Once a solid foundation of knowledge
has been formed, investing in revision books where a child must ‘chop and
change’ are a good idea. One exam question will often test three or four
topics, a child must be used to recognising which mix they are being faced
with. This is a different skill to working through the same type of question in
a textbook exercise, even if you’re getting them all correct.” (Such text books
can be procured from Waterstones or WH Smith. I would recommend either Letts or CGP. I am not a fan of brand’s own or the bond books: the questions
in these bond books rarely have much in common with questions in C.E. papers.)

“It is an obvious one, and marries well with my last point, but you must know these
topics inside out, upside-down, if they are wearing a rain mac and false
moustache you should be able to pick them out of the crowd. Not only this, but
how they interact with each other, what happens when an x and a / face each
other in a judo match? Who will win? or a + and -? Lots of practice with BODMAS
basically.”

English:

“Ah!
I love teaching C.E. English; it is one of the last few chances children have
to be creative with writing. There is not enough creativity in the
GCSE syllabus in my opinion. Lots of reading is paramount. The more a
child can be encouraged to experience new and exciting things they can draw on,
the better. Creative writing for fun, and brainstorming for ideas with others,
is to be recommended. This is a lovely exercise which parents can get involved
in too. Getting children to verbally describe their day at school so that they
can re-create an experience with words is all practice. A child’s lateral
thinking ability will be tested e.g. “How did this happen? As a result of
what? Why did this happen?” Often exam questions come in the form of a
passage which a child will be asked to continue. A tutor can easily get hold of
practice questions. Writing should include lots of imagery and
literary techniques, similes and metaphors etc. should be drawn on frequently.
Show off! One of the best exercises for those struggling, is to present a child
with a picture which will appeal to them (eg. warring Vikings!) and ask
them to write a story explaining how this picture came to be.”

“It is all very well letting creative juices run havoc but remember: structure
structure structure. A plan will go down with an examiner like a cup
of camomile tea (or something stronger) after a long day of marking. ‘The
student can think ahead!?’ ‘There is a through line!’ Or ‘Ooooooh THAT is what
they are getting at!’ It is not just a rambling (however
imaginative) inner monologue. It can be difficult to explain to a child:
‘you want me to be free and creative? but you want me to stick to a ridged
through line?’ To a grown up that’s: ‘just DON’T do a Virginia
Woolf OK?’ ”

“You win half the battle with comprehension through practice. Training the brain to
find the appropriate information to answer the question is something which
takes time. Focus is important, they now use a form of comprehension as the
first level of vetting people for MI5, this may give you an inkling as to
the importance of attention to detail. The questions where the marks can be
really hoovered up are the ones which ask for analysis. You have spotted the what, but what about the why and the how? Emotional intelligence and maturity are a big help here.”

“The poem is sometimes overlooked as so much emphasis is placed upon comprehension. Make
sure you are familiar with all the appropriate terminology: metaphors, similes,
syntax, sibilance, alliteration etc. What has the poem made you think and feel,
how has the language generated this response in the reader?”

History:

“Remembering dates is as important as it always has been I’m afraid. The new and arguably
more interesting take on examining history is the importance of the ‘human
element’. Remember these were real people making emotive decisions. Why did
Elizabeth I behead Mary Queen of Scotts? Why were people
scared of witches in the middle ages, but not now? Why could
this source be biased and who has written it?”
Change anything you like, if I have been too wordy feel free to re-do! xx

Good Luck Everyone. C.E with tutor house.

Private A-Level Physical Education (P.E) tuition in London

Welcome to Tutor House, the home of private A Level tuition. We have a number of Physical Education tutors who can tutor all boards. Including OCR, Edexcel and AQA. Tuition focuses on exam techniques and model answers.

Private tuition take place in the students own home. Tutors have a bank of relevant materials, including past P.E exam papers, tailored notes and model answers.

Contact Tutor House for more information.

Physical Education P.E private A-Level tuition

September 18, 2012

Welcome to Tutor House, the home of private tutoring in London.

Tutor house offers private Physical Education (Sport Science) tuition in the comfort of your own home. (not armchair-this is P.E!) 😉

A-level and GCSE P.E is covered and tutors work closely with students, assisting them through the different topics. Including Anatomy and Physiology, Psychology, History, Social aspects of sport and Biomechanics.

Tutors concentrate on past papers and help devise model answers based on previous P.E exams.

Contact tutor house for more information regarding A Level and GCSE P.E.

Where should I go on my Gap Year?

September 17, 2012

What are the options for my gap year?

Volunteer Programs – This is a great opportunity to help out those less privileged. You have the chance to work in a local community. You can teach, work in an orphanage, and help to build new homes and community buildings.

Teaching English in a School – this is a fantastic chance to gain some amazing experience working in a school. You’ll teach English to children as a second language, working closely with them to read and write. You don’t have to be a teacher, you just have to inspire and build confidence in children.

Conservation Projects – These projects are great for people who wish to help preserve the environment. This includes turtle conservation and animal welfare.

Animal Work – This is similar to the Conversation projects, but is ‘centre’ based, working with animals including Horses, Pandas, Elephants and if you’re brave enough (and have insurance) Tigers. ‘Occasionally volunteers are asked to participate in research and help with providing medical care for the pandas. You will also have time to watch, photograph and become completely captivated by these cute, loving animals.’
Conservation and animal projects are a fantastic thing to do if you’re applying to do Veterinary Medicine or Science at University. The experience is priceless and looks amazing in your Personal Statement. A must.

Sports Programs – This again is a valuable asset to add to your Personal Statement and C.V. You have to opportunity to teach sport in a local community and in schools. You can combine a sports program with a volunteer program teaching sport and say English.

Top ten reasons to go on a gap year:

1) The experience – There are so many great things that can be gained from a gap year. Meeting people, experiencing different cultures, helping others and acquiring a huge sense of achievement, to name a few.
2) Teaching English in a School – Pictures speak louder than words.
Teaching abroad is a fantastic chance to gain some amazing experience working in a school, whilst really racking up some brownie points on the CV for university applications. Learn how to teach English to children as a second language whilst working closely with them to read and write. Teaching experience isn’t required, just a passion to inspire and build confidence in children. . It’s an amazing opportunity to help others.

3) Help Animals and Conservation areas to regenerate –

4) Goodbye parents and annoying siblings – enough said.
5) Build your confidence – a gap year is about meeting people, exploring a new country and learning different ways of life. All this will help to build your confidence and efficacy.
6) Travel – “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain.
7) Learn a language – Plenty of people who go on a gap year are inspired by new ways of life and the new languages that they encounter. Picking up on local language and trying to learn it is a great thing to do.
8) Drop in university Applicants- University may not be for everyone! You may need some time off to have a think about University and whether to apply or not. It’s always good to have some time off to reflect and have a think about which career path to take.
9) Grow your hair like Brian May and grow a beard like Brian Blessed. You won’t have another chance!

10) Learn to be yourself and don’t turn into this guy.

We can organise a variety of different gap year choices that can strengthen your university application and are relevant to your chosen course. With the ever-increasing competition for university places (even with the current drop) it is always advisable to do something worthwhile in your year out. Tutor House is pleased to be able to offer students some exciting opportunities to volunteer in Asia

Read more about our gap year opportunities…

Private GCSE tuition in London

September 14, 2012

Welcome all,

You’ve arrived at Tutor House, the home of tutoring.

Take a look at our GCSE page and select a subject.

Tutor House offers fantastic private GCSE tuition throughout London and the U.K. All our tutors are CRB checked and have years of experience in their field. Indeed some are examiners and some are Oxbridge graduates. Tutors work closely with students, working through past papers and helping them with exam techniques and model GCSE answers.

Call us and see why Tutor House is different…

Learn more about Short retake courses at tutor house

Private home A-Level tuition in London

Welcome all,

You’ve arrived at Tutor House, the home of tutoring.

Take a look at our A-Level page and select a subject.

Tutor House offers fantastic private A Level tuition throughout London and the U.K. All our tutors are CRB checked and have years of experience in their field. Indeed some are examiners and some are Oxbridge graduates. Tutors work closely with students, working through past papers and helping them with exam techniques and model A-Level answers.

Call us and see why Tutor House is different…

Learn more about Short retake courses at tutor house

What are my gap year options?

Volunteer Programs – This is a great opportunity to help out those less privileged. You have the chance to work in a local community. You can teach, work in an orphanage, and help to build new homes and community buildings.

Teaching English in a School – this is a fantastic chance to gain some amazing experience working in a school. You’ll teach English to children as a second language, working closely with them to read and write. You don’t have to be a teacher, you just have to inspire and build confidence in children.

Conservation Projects – These projects are great for people who wish to help preserve the environment. This includes turtle conservation and animal welfare.

Animal Work – This is similar to the Conversation projects, but is ‘centre’ based, working with animals including Horses, Pandas, Elephants and if you’re brave enough (and have insurance) Tigers. ‘Occasionally volunteers are asked to participate in research and help with providing medical care for the pandas. You will also have time to watch, photograph and become completely captivated by these cute, loving animals.’
Conservation and animal projects are a fantastic thing to do if you’re applying to do Veterinary Medicine or Science at University. The experience is priceless and looks amazing in your Personal Statement. A must.

Sports Programs – This again is a valuable asset to add to your Personal Statement and C.V. You have to opportunity to teach sport in a local community and in schools. You can combine a sports program with a volunteer program teaching sport and say English.

Top ten reasons to go on a gap year:

1) The experience – There are so many great things that can be gained from a gap year. Meeting people, experiencing different cultures, helping others and acquiring a huge sense of achievement, to name a few.
2) Teaching English in a School – Pictures speak louder than words.

Teaching abroad is a fantastic chance to gain some amazing experience working in a school, whilst really racking up some brownie points on the CV for university applications. Learn how to teach English to children as a second language whilst working closely with them to read and write. Teaching experience isn’t required, just a passion to inspire and build confidence in children. . It’s an amazing opportunity to help others.

3) Help Animals and regenerate Conservation areas

4) Goodbye parents and annoying siblings – enough said.

5) Build your confidence – a gap year is about meeting people, exploring a new country and learning different ways of life. All this will help to build your confidence and efficacy.

6) Travel – “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain.

7) Learn a language – Plenty of people who go on a gap year are inspired by new ways of life and the new languages that they encounter. Picking up on local language and trying to learn it is a great thing to do.

8 ) Drop in university Applicants- University may not be for everyone! You may need some time off to have a think about University and whether to apply or not. It’s always good to have some time off to reflect and have a think about which career path to take.

9) Grow your hair like Brian May and grow a beard like Brian Blessed. You won’t have another chance!

10) Learn to be yourself and don’t turn into this guy.

We can organise a variety of different gap year choices that can strengthen your university application and are relevant to your chosen course. With the ever-increasing competition for university places (even with the current drop) it is always advisable to do something worthwhile in your year out. Tutor House is pleased to be able to offer students some exciting opportunities to volunteer in Asia

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