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Three ways to revise for your exams this Easter

March 28, 2018

There are two ways you can see ‘exams’

The first way is revise for exams, spoken by a teacher, with all the spiel about exams being the gateway to your future and without doing well, implying you won’t amount to anything; you’ll be stacking shelves in Tesco before you can say ‘exams scare me more than Trump’.  

Naturally, this association with exams is known to cause a minor breakdown; illusions of running away, sobbing, sweating, shouting, a raising of blood pressure, and at best, a general poor, miserable mood – have all been reported, when revising. 

Then there’s ‘revise for exams’. Exams in the sense that you get the chance to take all that knowledge you’ve acquired over the years and put it in one place. You’re not worrying about the future, you’re only worry is to use that information to portray exactly what you’ve learnt and understood in a clear and succinct way on the day. Think about it as a hoop – just a hoop to jump through. A hoop that everyone has to jump through and most people you know have jumped through previously. Let’s call it the ‘exam hoop of happiness’. So what’s the best way to prepare to jump through this hoop?

Hoop one: Revise – Past papers

It amazes me how many students we talk to who say they’ve never looked at a past paper! I find this crazy, why would schools not look at them? They say practice makes perfect and to be perfect, to master a skill, you need to work on that skill for 10,000 hours! You’ll spend that on Instagram or some other nonsense, so spending it on revising would certainly be beneficial. Having said that 10,000 is quite a few hours, so let’s be a bit realistic. The rule is the more past papers you do, the better you’ll do! It’s simple learning; familiarity and replication. Take a driving test as an example, you’d never turn up to the test, having not had a single driving lesson, sit behind the wheel and say “which one is the brake?” That’s an instant fail, you crashed into the building. You’d never do it, and your GCSE, A-level or Pre-U exams should be no different – get those exam papers out, do one, do two, do three, and review them. You can find all exam papers on the Edexcel, AQA and OCR websites. And you can also find the answers to those exam papers on the same websites, under mark schemes. Otherwise search for them online, they’re easy to find.

Hoop two: Revise – Seven is the magic number

George Milner in 1956 found that the magic number for encoding in short term memory (this memory lasts less than 30 seconds, due to decay or displacement, if repetition doesn’t occur, and is usually encoding using auditory stimuli) was 7-/+ 2 chunks, so, a maximum of nine chunks of information at any one time. Information should be digested in small, manageable, bite-sized chunks. Think about a lot of things you remember and code in memory, they are in chunks; a pin code, a password, a phone number, 0203 9500 320, the whole number is too long to remember, so we automatically break it down, to make it manageable. Your brain does this automatically for you, so use that automatic help, and break things down. When revising, make sure you only revise the key small bits of information. Don’t go mad and write and write, you simply won’t remember the information, then use this information as the foundation for essays plans, poetry analysis or even for recalling an Economic theory.

Hoop three: Revise – Spider diagrams

These are linked to chunking; spider diagrams allow students to focus on important areas in visual learning (chunking is often auditory. You’re combining stimuli here) which is simple and doesn’t require a huge amount of repetition. The best way to revise for your GCSE, A-level or Pre-U exams is to plan them, and the easiest way to do this is through spider diagrams. They give you a short, sharp way to analyse and assess the key points. Let’s look at a quick example – Psychology A-Level AQA Memory. Note – No Pablo Picasso is not reborn, but I appreciate your support. (Aka, I’m the opposite of an artist.)

revise

Alex
Psychology – quick spider diagram for the Mutli Store Model of Memory
Making information visual increases memory capacity and learning.
Good luck with your exams this Easter!
How important is your English and Maths GCSE?

March 21, 2018

How important are your English and Maths GCSEs?

If you first don’t succeed, try, try and try again! Or at least, for the sake of your future, you absolutely must pass (with a B or 5 grade on the new system) the English and maths GCSE to move forward academically and vocationally.

The importance of you succeeding in these two GCSEs cannot be stressed enough. Whether you’re looking to go onto a sixth form or college, or even just undertake a vocational apprenticeship, it has become absolutely essential for all candidates to have passing maths and English GCSE grades.

It can be easy to underestimate these subjects, especially if you will just be dropping them when you continue study. It may be easy to ask: “Why is maths GCSE important?” Or “If I’m going to drop English GCSE, why does it matter I do well?” The maths and English GCSE ensures you have good enough numeracy and literacy skills to go on to your chosen career path in whatever field.

If you don’t pass your English and maths GCSE, you can’t:

• Go to college/sixth form – Colleges and sixth forms require candidates to have at least a 5 grade and above in English and maths GCSE. Without this, you won’t be able to proceed to A-Levels, BTEC or Pre-U and hence, go on to your chosen career path.
• Do foundation courses – Even if you miss your college experience altogether but still want to go to university, you will need to do a foundation course. To do a foundation course, you will need to have passing grades in maths and English GCSE.
• Do an apprenticeship – On the UCAS website, it states that students wanting to undertake an apprenticeship at the age of 16 must have at least five GCSEs, all with passing grades.

How do I pass my English and maths GCSE?

That’s a simple question to answer, but it will require a lot of work from you.

1) For starters, study, study, study! I know it may be hard to understand certain concepts, but the more time and effort you put in, the better you will do. You can’t expect to pass without putting in any actual work.

2) Of course, we’re biased, but get a tutor. There’s a reason one in three families have one, and it’s because tuition actually works. Having a professional tutor come to you to help you understand concepts and prepare you for the exam is the quickest route to success.

3) Attend a revision course. A revision course is a quick and direct way to understand exam content and practice – making sure you utilise techniques that will get you the most marks in your exam. We host a number of exam courses throughout the year, find out more here.

Key Macbeth themes with quotes

March 5, 2018

Key Macbeth themes with quotes

Whether you’re learning Macbeth at GCSE, KS3 or A-Level, Shakespeare’s famous tragedy is a tale of superstition, leadership, ambition and power. For a number of exam papers, especially English literature GCSE, the examiner will expect you to use quotes from the extract provided as well as remember some of your own. Whether you’re learning Macbeth for GCSE AQA, Edexcel, OCR or CIE – these themes and quotes are worth remembering.

So we’ve analysed and listed some key Macbeth themes and accompanying quotes to ensure you are ready for exam day.

Power and ambition

Macbeth at its very core is a play about power and ambition. Power at the beginning of the play is held by Duncan, the king, and is eventually passed over to Macbeth after his murder.

  • By killing Duncan, Macbeth has contradicted the Divine Right of Kings, which is a doctrine that believes that as god appoints the king – anyone that attempts to displace the god’s appointed king, like Macbeth murdering Duncan, is treasonous. At the time the play was being written and performed, this was a blasphemous and heinous act, which is why Macbeth’s murder of Duncan is serious example of power being stolen.

Act one,scene two

DUNCAN
What bloody man is that? He can report,
As seemeth by his plight, of the revolt
The newest state

  • Lady Macbeth and Macbeth both struggle for power in their relationship. Lady Macbeth uses manipulation and subtle digs against Macbeth throughout the play (ie, by questioning his manhood repeatedly) to take control. As a woman with little power of her own, the use of her language to subvert the power norms works well and Macbeth, to some extent, does her bidding for her.

Act one, scene five

LADY MACBETH
Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be
What thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature;
It is too full o’ th’ milk of human kindness
To catch the nearest way. Thou wouldst be great,
Art not without ambition, but without
The illness should attend it

  • The abuse of power is also a reoccurring theme in Macbeth. King Duncan is seen as a fair and benevolent leader at times, who rewards Macbeth for his work on the battlefield. And yet, he names his son heir apparent to the throne, which would be seen as an abuse of power at the time, as Scotland was an elective monarchy when the play was performed. Similarly, when Macbeth becomes king, he abuses his power and becomes a tyrannical leader.

Act one, scene four

DUNCAN
My plenteous joys,
Wanton in fulness, seek to hide themselves
In drops of sorrow.—Sons, kinsmen, thanes,
And you whose places are the nearest, know
We will establish our estate upon
Our eldest, Malcolm, whom we name hereafter
The Prince of Cumberland; which honor must
Not unaccompanied invest him only,
But signs of nobleness, like stars, shall shine
On all deservers.—From hence to Inverness
And bind us further to you.

The supernatural

The play revolves around the supernatural and this is epitomised by characters such as the witches and the strange apparitions that Shakespeare describes throughout.

  • The witches are the first characters we meet in act one; who prophesize that Macbeth will be king one day. This acts as a catalyst for the whole plot and drives Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to kill King Duncan and eventually go mad in their own ways.

Scene one, act one

THE WITCHES
Fair is foul and foul is fair.

  • James VI, the King of England at the time Shakespeare’s Macbeth was first performed, was hugely suspicious of witchcraft. In 1591, he began a series of witch trials throughout England, to identify the witches that he believed were conspiring to murder him. Ultimately, nearly 100,000 women were put on trail, and approximately half of those were killed.

Act one, scene one

FIRST WITCH
When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?

SECOND WITCH
When the hurly-burly’s done,
When the battle’s lost and won.

  • There are several apparitions that come to Macbeth and Lady Macbeth throughout the play. Notably, a floating dagger that leads Macbeth to kill Duncan and the blood spots that Lady Macbeth is seemingly unable to wash out.

Act two, scene one

MACBETH

Is this a dagger I see before me,
The handle toward my hand?
Come, let me clutch thee.
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible
To feeling as to sight, or art thou but
A dagger of the mind, a false creation,
Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?

Masculinity

Masculinity in Macbeth is complemented with violence, ambition, power and madness throughout the play. While femininity and female characters often act as catalysts to spur the plot along.

  • Notably, Lady Macbeth continues to site Macbeth’s manhood, or lack thereof, as a manipulation tactic. She parallels his inaction with femininity and cowardice – claiming that it is unmanly of him to not kill Duncan and seize power for himself. Similarly, throughout the play, Lady Macbeth wishes to be “unsexed” so that she herself can be a pivotal and active character in realising their ambitions. Instead, she has to play on Macbeth’s masculine insecurities to get her way.

Act one, scene five

LADY MACBETH

The raven himself is hoarse
That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan
Under my battlements. Come, you spirits
That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here,
And fill me from the crown to the toe topful
Of direst cruelty!

  • The theme of women being manipulative characters throughout the play that must rely on their words to inspire action is evident. The witches inform Macbeth of the prophecy and inspire him to kill the king – they, arguably, don’t carry out any direct action themselves. The fact the Shakespeare repeatedly insinuates that women are the catalyst for the chaos in the play leads some to believe that it is Shakespeare’s most misogynistic work.

Act one, scene three

FIRST WITCH
I’ll drain him dry as hay.
Sleep shall neither night nor day
Hang upon his penthouse lid.
He shall live a man forbid.
Weary sev’nnights, nine times nine,
Shall he dwindle, peak, and pine.
Though his bark cannot be lost,
Yet it shall be tempest-tossed.
Look what I have.

Fate and freewill

Shakespeare continuously asks the audience to questions whether Macbeth is responsible for his own actions or whether it was fated; could he choose the path he was on or was it chosen for him?

  • When the witches tell Macbeth about the prophecy and he goes on to kill Duncan, we must question whether this was fate or freewill. The witches represent supernatural, almost god-like figures, who may have been controlling Macbeth’s actions, or perhaps, the prophecy became self-fulfilling. By a self-fulfilling prophecy, we mean that when you are told something (or an action) will take place, and you, as an individual then will conspire to make it happen, perhaps subconsciously. Arguably, the prophecy in Macbeth is actually a self-fulfilling one, and Macbeth’s actions, which he chooses, all lead to killing Duncan.

Act one, scene three

FIRST WITCH
All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Glamis!

SECOND WITCH
All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, Thane of Cawdor!

THIRD WITCH
All hail, Macbeth, that shalt be king hereafter!

  • Macbeth escapes fate several times too. At the beginning of the play, the character known as ‘Captain’, says that Macbeth should have been killed in battle but escaped fate, which he personifies.

Act one, scene two

CAPTAIN
And Fortune, on his damnèd quarrel smiling,
Show’d like a rebel’s whore. But all’s too weak;
For brave Macbeth (well he deserves that name)
Disdaining Fortune, with his brandished steel,
Which smoked with bloody execution

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We hope this makes for some useful revision, but if you’re still struggling, Tutor House has a number of fantastic English literature tutors that can help.

  • Bill is the former Head of English at a London-based college and available for lessons either at home or online.
  • A graduate of English at Cambridge, Sophie is an accomplished full-time tutor who is always happy to help.
  • Anil is a full-time tutor, available for one-to-one lessons and residential or international placements.

Give us a call on 0203 9500 320 or email info@tutorhouse.co.uk if you want tailored tuition advice.

Where does tutor house operate?

February 26, 2018

TH Tutors will usually travel anywhere inside the M25, however, they may travel further afield if their costs are covered. Private tuition usually takes place in the following areas: Fulham, Chelsea, Kensington, Knightsbridge, Notting Hill, Hammersmith and Chiswick.

However, we currenly have tutors in Stratford, Wandsworth, Battersea, Osterley and Tower bridge. So the simple answer is anywhere in London and surrounding areas. We are aiming to provide a fantastic tutoring service outside the M25 and into the home counties by the beginning of the next academic year.

For more information contact our team

 

Is it worth getting a tutor?

February 21, 2018

We’ll try to outline some important points and answer some key questions, private tutoring is real, it’s important, and a tutor is coming to a house near you…
  • What is a private tutor?
  • Who are private tutors for?
  • Why should I bother getting a tutor?
  • Who else has one?
  • What do others say about private tutoring?
  • What results to tutor produce?
  • How often do I need a tutor?
  • How much is tutoring?
Private tutoring in the UK is huge, research suggests that one in four students receive tuition at some stage in their academic career. And private tutoring isn’t even big here, in Shanghai 95% of people have a tutor- hence why they lead the world in education statistics.

So, let’s answer the above questions.

Private tutoring isn’t new; it’s been going for centuries. What has changed is its accessibility – most people can now find a tutor and work with a tutor, some agencies still charge ridiculous fees, but a lot don’t any more, allowing more people, from all backgrounds, to receive valuable tutoring. Even in the past 10 years there’s been a shift, from a private school, middle-class rush, to a more neutral ground; students from lower class backgrounds and state schools are as much a part of the tutoring industry now. Education is for all, so, rightly, tutoring should be for all as well. That’s our motto! Private tutoring makes a massive difference to everyone. Now, of course, and very occasionally, the tutor and the student don’t get on (we’re only human), and as you know most humans don’t get on, but this happens with only approximately one in every 100 tutors and student lessons. It’s key to build a strong reciprocal bond to a tutor, so you can grow and learn a huge amount from someone, and even better if you like and respect them.

Why bother getting a tutor?

The vast majority of students improve their grades, their language skills, their dyslexia, their confidence, their university offers, their school applications, just with a little help from their tutor. Tutoring, whether it be face-face or online is invaluable, you can’t get this support at school! I’ve been a teacher for 15 years, and I know for a fact, you can’t. My maths is shocking (anyone know a good tutor?!) but 1-to-1 private tutoring v.s. 25-to-1 school teaching, doesn’t add up. If a teacher’s time per hour is split between 25 heads, then that only equates to 2.4 minutes per student, per hour! Schools aren’t equipped to help the majority of students any more, and teachers know that, hence why they are leaving in their droves, and tutoring full time. Not because they want more money, not because they’ve given up, because they want to teach – which the current schooling system doesn’t allow them to actually do.
Sorry, on to the next point. Who has a tutor? Everyone, anyone, everywhere. Your next door neighbours 12-year-old son is having two hours tutoring a week, to help him with his dyslexia, specifically tutoring focusing on English. Your mate at work, she’s learning Italian, billissimo, and your friend from the running club (replace running with any club, just not ‘night’) has a tutor for her 17-year-old daughter, who doesn’t know her semilunar value from her xylem – so she has an A-Level biology tutor!

But it’s for the Middle Classes right?

Wrong. A lot of people, suggest that tutoring is for the middle classes; it’s an “arms race”. Nonsense. Mums, dads, families, children and students, they’re all desperate for help, and would be happy to spend £30 per week to get some help. Why wouldn’t you? Private tutoring is not class specific or income-related, it’s for everyone; we’re creating a community where anyone can access a tutor, instantly, painlessly and cheaply.
Some of the improvements we’ve seen over the years, are crazy, we don’t even have to spin the results. I’ll let a parent tell you…
“Tutor House has turned my sons retakes into an experience he’s so glad not to have missed. His highly qualified tutors have been inspiring, enthusiastic, expert in their field, knowledgeable about exam board requirements and enormously generous with their time and personal attention.”
Oh go-on then, and a happy student:
“They advised with personal statement writing for UCAS and university, giving me helpful tips and advice which contributed to me getting an unconditional offer to study at the University of Birmingham. I would really recommend Tutor House, their tutors are knowledgeable and motivated to help you get your best grade.”

Tutoring is cheap, compared to…

  • £30 would get you a highly experienced tutor or teacher, like a super tutor, with loads of materials, knowledge and passion, yes some tutors charge £100 per hour, that’s a lot, but it’s not madness: here are some comparisons for life spending:
  • £30 – private tutor, improving your academic potential, learning and your whole life.
  • £30 – three glasses of average Prosecco from an over famed Italian producer. *
  • £30 – 14 days gym membership**
  • £30 – 10 days Sky package***
*this particular producer is a lovely man who works 20 hour days, so you can quaff fizz.
**you’ve been once for 15 minutes, took a selfie and drank water
*** every drama is the same, football is not what is used to be, it’s full of self-absorbed egotists, the news is rubbish, inaccurate and one sided – no one wants to hear from Trump more than we have to. Turn it off – learn an instrument!
^note: there may well be some basis in the above statements, but nonetheless some decent examples.
Basically 1 in every 3/4 houses or flats on your road, have a tutor now, they had tutoring last week, they’re working with a tutor for the next 6 months, and they’re then off to University, isn’t about time you did the same? A tutor is for a specific issue your having, a subject you’re struggling with, a topic you don’t get, and urge you have. Find learning easier!
Happy tutoring.
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Top 10 Influential Books to Read Before University

February 16, 2018

These ten books are thought-provoking classics that will undoubtedly broaden your literary horizons!

When you first start at university, it can be difficult to get the balance between studying and socialising right, and particularly to keep reading purely for pleasure. However, if you are looking for some brilliant influential books to enjoy before you go, take a look at the list below that you can easily find on Amazon.

These ten books are a mixture of literary classics that every educated person will have heard of, as well as some more modern greats, and unusual but still equally inspiring reads that are perhaps slightly less well-known.

So, if you are looking to expand your literary horizons, or just to enjoy some of the greatest literature around, why not pick up one of these fantastic books this World Book Day and get reading?

1. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

Cat’s Cradle is the perfect pre-university novel. The book gets you thinking about religion, science and politics.

Vonnegut’s cleverly woven tale uses satire and irony to hook the reader as we follow the protagonist, Dr Felix Hoenikker, creator of the atomic bomb, and the deadly ice-nine – a chemical which, if unleashed, can freeze the whole planet.

Despite being first published in the 1960’s the themes of this novel are still hugely relevant, which is why it remains a cult classic to this day.

Buy from Amazon for £5.95

2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

In this dramatic novel, we follow Jane Eyre from adolescence to womanhood.

Her journey has many ups and downs and twists and turns. There is romance, and violence all set against the dark and brooding landscape of northern England.

In this remarkable book, we are guided all the time by the voice of and Eyre who appeals directly to the reader throughout, making it impossible not to become entirely engrossed in this romantic story.

Buy from Amazon for £1.99

3. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude follows seven different generations of the Buendía family as they live out their lives in the fictitious town of Macondo in Columbia.

Throughout the book, the reader is urged to think about war, death and the great and magical miracles which can so often occur in one’s lifetime.

The novel carefully mixes fact and fiction, fantasy and realism and makes us wonder how history, whether real or not, can have an effect on the present and future, leaving the reader contemplating how one can ever really know the truth about anything.

Buy from Amazon for £5.97

4. 1984 by George Orwell

First published in 1949, 1984 examines what society could look like in the future.

Despite the fact that the year has long since passed, the description of a society where ‘Big Brother’ is watching wherever you go, where independent thought is condemned and history has been abolished or amended to fit with the current party ideal is still a hugely interesting and relevant one today.

1984 is designed to leave the reader feeling disturbed and questioning perhaps how controlled our everyday lives are by things we have come to accept as the norm.

Buy from Amazon for £6.29

5. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Kafka on the Shore is a genuinely original work and shows Murakami at his creative best.

It follows the stories of two characters, Tamura, a teenage boy who has run away form home, and Nakata, a simple older man who ends up murdering someone very early on in the story.

This book is one where a suspension of disbelief is very much required, cats can talk, fish fall from the sky and the world of dreams and reality happily converge. Part Greek tragedy, part murder mystery and with a good helping of romance, this is a truly exceptional work where many questions are left unanswered in a world where the laws of physics and conventional ideas of guilt and innocence do not apply.

Buy from Amazon for £6.29

6. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

A surreal and strange novella, Metamorphosis sees the protagonist Gregor Samsa transform into a monstrous insect-like creature, the reason for which is never made clear.

The plot follows Gregor attempting to adjust to his new life as a repellent and horrific beast and his family who try to look after him despite being horrified by his appearance. Metamorphosis is one of the seminal works of the 20th century and continues to be widely studied in many schools and universities across the country.

It inspires readers to consider both how society sees them, and how they see themselves and their place within it.

Buy from Amazon for £4.50

7. How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

Caitlin Moran’s How to be a Woman is one of the most exciting and refreshing works of its kind.

The book is a celebration of feminism and discusses many of the issues women face in contemporary society in an original and often hilarious way.

Not just one for the ladies, How to be a Woman gives a great insight into the life of a modern day woman and is brave, irreverent and humorous throughout.

Buy from Amazon for £6.29

8. The Iliad by Homer

Not one for the faint-hearted, the Iliad is Homers epic poem covering a few weeks during the final year of the Trojan War.

The Iliad is the ultimate intellectuals read, covering concepts of time, rage, war and fate and had a great influence on many of the future works of art and literature that came after it.

Buy from Amazon for £14.88

9. The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How To Make The Most Of Them Now by Meg Jay

If you want to head off to university feeling totally inspired then this may be the book for you.

While self-help type books may not appeal to everyone, Jay’s upbeat and inspiring advice does not feel typical of the genre, and you certainly don’t need to have any issues to enjoy it.

What it does is suggest how you can usefully spend this important decade of your life, rather than letting it pass you by.

If you do not find this sort of thing hugely irritating, it is pretty useful, and may give you a different perspective on how to use your time.

Buy from Amazon for £21.28

10. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace is a true classic.

It follows the fates and fortunes of several families during the Napoleonic wars, their lives were cleverly intertwined through glittering balls and tension-filled councils of war.

Tolstoy’s themes ask the reader to think about the concepts of free-will and fate throughout this epic story.

Buy from Amazon for £3.85

These ten fantastic reads should certainly give you some food for thought this World Book Day. So if you find yourself looking for a new story to get stuck into before heading off to University, why not give one of these a try?

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Infographic: British Education – The Numbers

February 11, 2018

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We are a London based private tutoring agency. We look at the facts and figures behind the falling standards of the UK british education industry.

 

British Education - The Numbers

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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.

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