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Why I love tutoring Psychology at tutor house

June 14, 2012

Hi all,

I wanted to share with you all a little about my experience tutoring over the last five years. I tutor GCSE, A-Level and sometime degree level psychology. I enjoy the whole syllabus, but I do prefer, if i’m honest, to tutor specific topics. I love tutoring relationships, abnormal behavior and developmental psychology. Psychology A Level is so diverse, it’s great to tutor. Students love it as well because it’s interactive, social and discussion based, which is great for tutors and pupils alike. Relationships, as an option in unit 3 Psychology (AQA) is very interesting, it includes adults and child relations but also romantic relationships, including formation, maintenance and dissolution of relationship.  Students really feel that they can discuss with me this psychology topic and they always get a great insight into how the questions are worded and how they should answer them, just because their knowledge is vast and they truly understand the topic.

Often pupils report back to me, informing me that they’ve been having ‘chats’ with other students and they love discussing the topic with each other.

Psychology really is a fantastic, interesting and diverse subject at A-Level and/or GCSE. I love tutoring it, you should love learning it.

Contact tutor house for more information about A-Level Psychology tuition.

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Residential courses at tutor house, London

Well with exams coming to a close, it’s holiday and residential tutoring time! This year tutor house is running extensive tutoring programmes throughout the summer holidays. Residential tuition course can run from anything between one week – two months. The courses are design to help students prepare for the new academic year. The tutoring courses include one-one tuition and group (sibling/friends) tutorials, exam revision, dyslexia tutoring and homework preparation. The residential tutoring course is available for all levels, including common entrance, gcse and A level, even pre-u and I.B.

The residential tuition courses can be completely tailored to meet the children’s needs and tutors work around the family and tutee. Usually a day includes 4-6 hours tutoring, but this can also include reading and writing time, poetry and even sports.

Our tutors are fully qualified, CRB checked and have years of experience tutoring, some are ‘legends’ in their field.
Contact tutor house for more information on summer residential tuition courses.

Summer Residential Tuition at Tutor House

May 20, 2012

Good morning all,

Just to give you an update about tutor house’s residential tuition courses this summer. We have tutors flying all over the place this summer. Our specialist common entrance tutor is flying to France for a week tutoring with a family. One of our physical education tutors is working closely with a family based in London over the summer, tutoring GCSE P.E.

Tutor house tutors fly, drive (and cycle) to you. Tutors offer a relaxed approach to tutoring, of course the whole syllabus is covered and past paper questions, answered. Even though the tuition is more ‘chilled out,’ we find this approach great for children to learn.

The majority of the tutor’s day will be spend teaching, however, they can help in many different ways. Some tutors help with interviews for prospective schools and universities, some help with poetry and music.  Put simply, tutor house and our tutors are completely flexible and can help with any type of residential tuition. (Although ironing is ‘frowned upon’)  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So contact tutor house now for more information about our residential tutoring course.

 

 

What makes a good teacher?

May 18, 2012

Tutor house team attended a debate by the RSA and Teach First last week exploring what makes a good teacher.  Sir Michael Wilshaw spoke first, regaling tales of two particular teachers who impressed him when he was Head Teacher at Mossbourne Academy.

In essence he concluded that a good teacher at A-Level, GCSE or any other level is someone who is themselves in the classroom and can convey their passion to their students.  If you’re faking it or trying to be someone you’re not in front of a class of teenagers, they’ll see straight through it!

The following two motivating speeches were made by a Headmaster of a new academy and a Teach First ambassador.  I couldn’t help but be rather moved by their passionate stories of teachers who have tackled adversity in the classroom and achieved the seemingly impossible with students.  I felt uplifted and positive that the education system really can be revolutionised, one teacher at a time.

After a sterling round of applause, Matthew Taylor, the Chief Executive of the RSA takes to the lectern.   We must remember, he says, as in every profession with a workforce of over half a million, there will be good teachers and there will be bad teachers.  All we can hope to do is move the curve on the graph so more teachers are good than bad.

My initial reaction to this ‘un-sugared’ reality pill was annoyance!  How dare he bring me back down to earth with such a bump after I’d just been so inspired by the speakers before!  But then reality kicks in after a split second and of course, he is entirely right.  In every sector there are good and bad professionals.

There are good, bad and average lawyers, builders, dentists and bank managers.  The difference is we can choose our lawyer, builder, dentist or bank manager.

So the moral of the story?

You CAN’T choose your teacher but you CAN choose your tutor!

So in a shameless plug, contact tutor house for quality, experienced and fun A-Level, GCSE and Common Entrance tuition!

#edumatters

Video clips of tuition at tutor house

April 27, 2012

Here you can see a few clips of tutor house tutors at work. The clips show how tutors teach and what topics they cover. There are examples of private tuition and the tutor house Easter Revision courses.

Maths tuition at tutor house

Art tuition at tutor house

Biology tuition at tutor house

French and Spanish tuition at tutor house

Pre-U Tuition at Tutor House

April 21, 2012

Pre-U is a relatively new qualification, born in 2008 and regulated by the University of Cambridge International Examinations, it already has a large number of secondary education providers switching to Pre-U from A-Level.

Why?

Well there are a number of reasons. Firstly, universities want to see ‘better equipped’ students, with a more independent style of learning. 140 universities across Britain now accept Pre-U. These include Cardiff, Durham, Imperial and Newcastle University. Secondly, unlike A-Levels the Pre-U grading scale is divided into three separate bands; Pass, Merit and Distinction. In fact a D1 grade (Distinction 1) extends beyond the A* grade, i.e it carries more merit.

Who?

A mixture of private independent, grammar and comprehensive schools and sixth-form colleges are offering Pre-U. Schools including Oundle, Dulwich, Watford Grammar, Charterhouse and Westminster. The general consensus amongst these Schools is that A-Levels are becoming devalued, especially when universities are considering applicants. Universities are looking for a new avenue to pick the top students. It is becoming increasingly difficult for Universities to distinguish between two students who have the same A-Level results. Personal statements of course help, a good personal statement is key. But results are more important and the introduction of the Pre-U examinations could be what the Universities will start to use to separate similarly graded students.

The Pre-U course helps to prepare students for University ‘better’ than A-Levels do.

Contact tutor house for advice and tutoring excellence.

Residential course London and U.K

Dear All,

Well, after busy, successful (see our testimonials Testimonials at tutor house) and enjoyable Easter revision courses, tutor house is back with a bang! This time it’s our residential courses which are taking the tutoring industry by storm. We are offering a diverse and interesting array of residential courses. Our courses are specifically tailored to the individual pupils, there are many different option to consider when deciding the most appropriate residential course to undertake.

Tutors can travel with the student(s) and their families to location around the globe, where the atmosphere is more relaxed and student usually feel comfortable in their own surroundings. Residential tuition usually last for a week, however, we have had clients book tutors in from two days to three weeks, residential tuition is completely flexible. Tuition can last three to eight hours a day.

Another residential course option is for tutors to remain in the U.K and tutor privately at the students own home. Again the tutoring course is completely flexible and hours, days and weeks are entirely up to the client.

Finally students have the option to take part in our summer revision course. This is similar to our Easter and Christmas revision course, but focuses more on the transition from GCSE to AS level and indeed from AS level to A level. Transition Programme at tutor house.
Tutors focus on an introduction to the A level course and help student to understand and interpret questions, based on model answers.

Our residential tuition courses focus manly on the following subjects:

Mathematics, Further Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Economics and Psychology. However, tutor house also offers a range of other residential tuition subjects.

Do please contact tutor house for further information on our upcoming residential courses over the summer.

Residential courses London

April 17, 2012

Dear All,

Well, after busy, successful (see our testimonials Testimonials at tutor house) and enjoyable Easter revision courses, tutor house is back with a bang! This time it’s our residential courses which are taking the tutoring industry by storm. We are offering a diverse and interesting array of residential courses.  Our courses are specifically tailored to the individual pupils, there are many different option to consider when deciding the most appropriate residential course to undertake.

Tutors can travel with the student(s) and their families to location around the globe, where the atmosphere is more relaxed and student usually feel comfortable in their own surroundings. Residential tuition usually last for a week, however, we have had clients book tutors in from two days to three weeks, residential tuition is completely flexible. Tuition can last three to eight hours a day.

Another residential course option is for tutors to remain in the U.K and tutor privately at the students own home. Again the tutoring course is completely flexible and hours, days and weeks are entirely up to the client.

Finally students have the option to take part in our summer revision course. This is similar to our Easter and Christmas revision course, but focuses more on the transition from GCSE to AS level and indeed from AS level to A level. Transition Programme at tutor house.
Tutors focus on an introduction to the A level course and help student to understand and interpret questions, based on model answers.

Our residential tuition courses focus manly on the following subjects:

Mathematics, Further Maths, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Economics and Psychology. However, tutor house also offers a range of other residential tuition subjects.

Do please contact tutor house for further information on our upcoming residential courses over the summer.

Very many people go through their whole lives….

April 7, 2012

Very many people go through their whole lives having no real sense of what their talents may be, or if they have any to speak of.” (Ken Robinson)

Sir Ken Robinson gave talk on the future of our education system and he believes our system needs to change.  See this inspiring talk in full by clicking the link:

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/sir_ken_robinson_bring_on_the_revolution.html

He argues the case that to just reform our education system is not good enough.  We need a revolution!  But why?  Many would argue that education in this country is at its peak with more and more students achieving top grades at A-Levels and then going on to university. Sir Robinson takes a more creative view of educating young people and rather than looking at the results tables – he comments on the effects our education system is having on young people.

Sir Robinson believes that the model of education we have in place does not help students find their talents and what they are truly good at.  He likens the education system to the ‘fast food model’ of eating.  i.e. – everything is customised and standardised with no variation between restaurants.  Does a 16 year old GCSE student living in a small village in Cornwall have the same interests and life experiences as a 16 year old GCSE student in London?  The answer is most certainly no, and yet we educate them in exactly the same way.

Sir Ken Robinson is a creativity expert and his vision for the future will obviously take time to filter down into how we teach in schools.  I would like to think that the core values of tutor house are working towards his aims for education in the future.

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