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Where can you retake your A-levels in London?

October 30, 2018

Where is the best place to retake your A-levels in London?

There are a number of places in London and throughout the UK to retake your A-levels. The difference with resitting A-levels at Tutor House is flexibility. And here are 3 reasons as to why Tutor House is the best for retaking A-levels in London:

  • You can choose the exam board for your A-levels, you don’t have to change exam boards if you’re retaking, you can stick with what you took previously.
  • If you want to work, or gain work experience, you can, because at Tutor House we timetable your A-level retakes around you. You decide.
  • And finally, but best of all, you can choose your teacher. You can choose who you want to work with over the course of the academic year, you choose who’ll guide you through your A-level retake in London.

How do A-level retakes work?

For the majority of subjects at A-level you can just enter for summer (May/June) exams and take all your exams then, for your A-level retake. Under the new linear A-level’s you must sit all exams at the end of the academic year. Students who are retaking languages, like French, Spanish or German have oral exams to retake in April time. And those who are retaking English A-level, Geography A-level and History A-level and a few other A-level subjects will have coursework assessments. These can be submitted early. Usually by April each year, but the sooner the better.

Can I take a short A-level retake course? How do short crammer A-level courses work?

Tutor House runs both long A-level retake courses from September – June each year, but we also run intensive short retake courses for all A-level’s. These short, intensive courses, run from January – June every year. As there are no January retakes anymore for A-level’s, both courses run to June. Usually students have 3-4 hours of contact time her subjects per week. If students are studying an A-level from scratch or they are converting from a Pre-U subject to an A-level, we would recommend 5 hours of tutoring per week.

What sort of teachers do we have for our A-level retake courses?

The best, obviously. You can view some of our specialist retake tutors here.

We only work with highly experienced tutors. Most are ex-teachers, some are examiners and all tutors are DBS checked and interviewed. We have a great track record of improving grades for A-levels each year. Most students improve by at least two grades. As students get individual and tailored tutoring for their A-levels, tutors can focus on a variety of ways to improve grades, whichever one works best for the student.

What are the costs of A-level retake courses?

We are around 20% cheaper than any sixth form retake college. Prices start from £3950 per year, per subject, for a long retake course. And from £3000 for our short retake A-level course.

Can you retake your A-levels online?

Yes, you can. The only complication is the exams. You will need to be available in May/June each year to retake your exams. A growing number of students are retaking their A-levels online, they have ongoing online tutoring every week. Some students travel to London once a month for face-to-face tutoring with their teacher, but otherwise, all tutoring is conducted online via our online platform.

When can you start to retake your A-levels?

Now. We accept students throughout the academic year, but we recommend an absolute minimum of 6 months. We can only do so much with less time. Most students undertake our 8-month retake program and complete their A-level retake within one academic year.

Good luck and contact us if you need any help or have any questions:

T: 02039500320

E: info@tutorhouse.co.uk

Top 5 Maths Tutors This Month

October 25, 2018

If you’ve ever wondered, “Where can I find a Maths tutor near me?” Tutor House has your answer.

Countless outstanding Maths tutors are determined to change the way you or your child will comprehend this difficult subject. No matter what kind of tuition you may need, we can find the right tutor for you.

This month, we’d like to feature a few of the Maths tutors who have done an outstanding job with their students: 

William D

 As a current PhD student in Biomedical Engineering, William is well-versed in all things Maths. He has tutored students of all ages, from primary to degree level. Not only is William passionate about Maths, but also about helping students understand the curriculum.

Oliver A

 When Oliver isn’t tutoring, his Maths skills are going towards his Data Consultancy work. He has been known to aid students’ grade levels in as little as 3 months time. Oliver has also worked with students who have learning disabilities, demonstrating his ability to cater to any students’ needs.

India S

India has a Masters degree in Psychology, and extensive experience in tutoring Maths, especially within her own home. Through tutoring her younger sister, she has acquired outstanding patience and an understanding for the developing mind of a child. She is adept at keeping each of her lessons dynamic and personalised.

 

Tanja B

Tanja is an enthusiastic, dedicated individual who thrives on seeing her students achieve success in Maths and other subjects she teaches. Her interpersonal skills allow her to connect with her students easily, as well as individualize the lesson to their specific needs.

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew H

Matthew is currently working on his PhD in pure mathematics, and has previously studied around the world. He tutored high school and undergraduate students during his studies, and has also worked in classroom settings with children who struggled. Therefore, his relatable method of teaching creates a dynamic learning environment for his students.

Top 5 Chemistry Tutors This Month

October 9, 2018

If you’ve ever asked yourself, “Where can I find a Chemistry tutor near me?” Tutor House can answer that for you.

Hundreds of fantastic Chemistry tutors are confident in changing the way you or your child understand this challenging subject. No matter what your learning style may be, we are certain that we can find the right tutor for you.

This month, we’d like to feature a few of the Chemistry tutors who have done an exceptional job with their students:

Anthony T

Anthony has taught for several years in both the UK and in China. He takes a uniquely interactive approach in tutoring his students. His experimental methods of teaching have helped students achieve success in Chemistry, guiding them through the difficult study with ease.

Aurelija I

A Biochemistry student with an extensive background in tutoring, Aurelija goes the extra mile in preparing her students for lessons. Her thorough understanding of the syllabus and exam expectations allow her to aid her students in achieving their greatest potential.

Sean G

An Oxford graduate with impressive worldwide tutoring experience, Sean’s teaching methods are sure to earn you or your child top marks. He has successfully prepared hundreds of students during his 5+ year teaching background, demonstrating an innate ability to work effectively with pupils.

Jas M

Jas is a pharmacist and a teacher who is keen to share her knowledge and passion with her students. Her lessons are individualised based her assessment of each student’s needs, making sure that they will achieve success no matter what their learning abilities may be.

Yaara A

Yaara is a 2nd year Chemistry & Mathematics student who has lived and studied all over the world.Learning in various countries has allowed Yaara to develop a unique approach to her own teaching methods. Her adaptability to different environments makes her teaching style suitable for students’ individual needs.

Top 5 Biology Tutors This Month

If you’ve ever wondered, “Where can I find a Biology tutor near me?” Tutor House has your answer.

Hundreds of exceptional Biology tutors are keen on changing the way you or your child grasp this highly disciplined subject. No matter what your individual needs may be, we are confident that we will find the right tutor for you.

This month, we’d like to feature a few of the Biology tutors who have done an outstanding job with their students: 

Caitlin N

A lively fourth-year Medicine student with a certificate of distinction under her belt, Caitlin is confident that her students will earn A* on their exams under her instruction. She is particularly interested in Biology, which makes her ability to teach the subject invaluable for students.

Jan C

Jan is both a science technician and tutor with a PhD in inorganic and material chemistry, demonstrating his extensive background in sciences. He has led students to academic success and helped them enter desired programs as a result of his tutoring sessions.

Sarbraj M

An enthusiastic and hard working medical student, Sarbraj is able to help hopeful future medical students along with the process to getting into medical school, in addition to his thorough background in Biology.

Mihaela N

Mihaela has been doing extensive Cognitive Neuroscience research during her postgraduate degree, and brings her passion and enthusiasm for Biology into each of her tutoring sessions. Her visual approach with helping each of her students comprehend material tremendously enhances their learning experience.

Ambra A

As a Research Associate with an extensive background in both Biology and Chemistry, Ambra has had several years of experience in the field in the UK and throughout Europe. Her unique approach to each of her students’ lessons makes each of her sessions invaluable.

Everything You Need to Know About ACTs

What are the ACTs?

ACTs are a mandatory aspect of all high schools’ curriculum in order for students to continue on to college. Taking the ACTs helps colleges identify valuable prospective students they would like to accept into their programs. Therefore, earning top marks on your ACTs can compensate for your GPA, ultimately making your likeliness of acceptances to colleges much greater.

In the US, you need to write either the ACTs or the SATs to be able to go on to college. Often times, you can choose which exam you prefer to write based on your personal strengths. Students can self-assess by writing the practice exams (PACTs and PSATs) provided by high schools. They are encouraged to try both exams in order to determine their best option.

When are the ACT’s?

The PACTs (practice exams) are written during students’ junior year. The official ACTs begin as early as the summer before senior year and continue on into November.

Students may write the exams as many times as needed to attain grades up to their satisfaction. However, they must pay roughly $60USD each time they do so.

What components are involved in ACT’s?

The ACTs are composed of English, Math, Reading, Science Reasoning and an optional essay. The exam lasts around 3 hours, with breaks included.

Students will go through 4 passages in the Reading component. The Science component assesses a student’s critical thinking ability. The Math component covers Arithmetic, Algebra I & II, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Probability & Statistics.

Students will be scored on a scale from 1-36.

Where can you sit the ACT’s?

Public and private high schools commonly host the ACTs, but students from many different areas can write them in the same school location.

How are ACTs different from SATs?

The ACTs are scaled differently than the SATs. It also doesn’t matter which of the two you take– whichever one you feel more comfortable with is up to you.

There are also SAT subject tests that can exempt you from having to take certain courses in college. Receiving a high mark on these subject-specific SATs will not only boost your application, but replace the course you would have otherwise had to take in college. This is a primary benefit of the SATs.

Everything You Need to Know About SATs

What are the SATs?

SATs are part of all high schools’ curriculum in order for students to continue on to post-secondary education. Taking the SATs can significantly sway a college’s interest in you as a future student. If you do well on your SATs, it can compensate for your overall GPA.

In the US, you need to complete either the SATs or the ACTs to be able to go on to college. Normally, you are able to take either one depending on your strengths. This is assessed through the PSATs and PACTs provided by high schools, which are the practice-exam versions of the SATs and the ACTs. Students are encouraged to try both to assess their strengths accordingly.

When are the Sat’s?

Students write their PSATs (practice exams) during their junior year. The official SATs take place as early as the summer leading up to senior year and as late as November.

Students are able to write the exams as many times as they need in order to better their grades. However, they need to pay roughly $60USD each time they resit.

What components are involved?

The SATs are composed of Reading, Writing, Math and an optional essay. The exam lasts around 3 hours, with breaks included.

Students will go through 5 passages in the Reading section. Math covers Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Data Analysis. The optional essay assesses comprehension.

Students will be scored from 400-1600.

Where can you sit the SAT’s exams?

Public and private high schools commonly host the SATs, but students from many different areas can write them in the same school location.

Where to take the SAT’s in you live in the U.K?

Most UK schools over external students the options to sit the SAT’s. You can find a centre here. It’s best to get your exam booked in sooner rather than later, as spaces for SAT’s fill up pretty quickly.

How are SATs different from ACTs?

The SATs are scaled differently than the ACTs. It also doesn’t matter which of the two you take– whichever one you feel more comfortable with is up to you.

There are also SAT subject tests that can exempt you from having to take certain courses in college. Receiving a high mark on these subject-specific SATs will not only boost your application, but replace the course you would have otherwise had to take in college. However, this is dependant on the institutions’ protocol themselves.

Why Online Teaching Works

Online teaching is progressively outweighing the need to receive face-to-face tuition.

As technology advances, and the flexibility and convenience that comes with home tuition becomes clearer, families are increasingly opting for this method of private tuition. With the power of the Internet, learning online is a clear winner.

 

Online teaching serves as an ideal form of distance education that allows students to grasp course materials from the comfort of their own home. While the possibility of having a home tutor remains a comforting choice, the transition from home tuition to online tuition can be smoother than you think:

Accessibility

Have you ever thought, “How can I find high quality tuition near me?” Think no more. Taking web courses and learning online makes private tuition more accessible than ever. Students can access tuition at home rather than having to schedule meetings into often packed daily routines. It’s also an easier way for tutors to schedule time with their students.

Customised Learning

Receiving tuition online allows for the curriculum to focus more on the student’s specific problem areas. With online teaching, students are also able to record their lessons to play back for future revision.

Easy to Schedule

Whether you’re on a tropical family holiday or have a couple of hours to spare between extra curricular activities, online teaching is much easier to work into a schedule than having a home tutor. Imagine being able to Skype your private tutor from the beach– sounds like ideal distance education, right? Since neither you nor the tutor have to equate travel times into your schedule, online teaching is a win-win.

Getting your Money’s Worth

Not only will you save on travel costs, tutors are in competition for students to teach, ensuring your tuition at home is invaluable. Due to the competitive aspect, tutors will put a great deal of effort into the tutoring session, even more so with the physical barrier of computer screens making the necessity of providing an impactful lesson that much more important.

Confidence Boost

Sometimes the inevitable distance created by computer screens can be very comforting for students receiving online tuition. Being able to talk to a tutor through the web can create a less pressured environment and encourage the student to ask more questions and feel more at ease with their tutor. Thus, they will take away more from their online tuition.

Find an online tutor

If you’re interested in pursuing tuition at home and learning more about how online tuition can benefit you or your child, click here to learn more about what we offer.

Tutors: How to write the perfect blog post

October 1, 2018

As a tutor, it’s no surprise that you would be considered an expert in your field of study.

With that in mind, we are thrilled to have our tutors share their knowledge further by writing some of their own unique blog posts for us. We understand that curating blog content may not be the easiest task, especially when there is a world of information intended to be conveyed within a 250-300 word count. Therefore, we have come up with a few ways to help get your blogging on the right track.

Keep it concise

We all know how short attention spans can be. For that reason, keeping your blog posts short but informative will keep your reader engaged from start to finish. It’s easy to get caught up in talking about your passion, and you can, of course, go mad and write a thesis! However, sticking to a limited word count will optimize the reading experience. Using shorter sentences (below 20 words per sentence) and considering throwing in some visual aid where appropriate can also go a long way in making your blog post a successful one. We’d say try and stick to under 500 words.

Stay true to yourself

When writing your blog post, consider how you would interact with the student you’re teaching, or their parents, perhaps. While you are in fact extremely qualified for the subject at hand, it’s important to be able to relate to your reader to some extent. Keeping your tone as relaxed and free of verbose language will leave you with a much better final product.

Remember your audience

It’s hard not to type passionately away at our keyboard when we’re elaborating on topics that are near to our hearts. However, considering the demographics of our readers should reflect the ways in which you present your ideas. The Tutor House readership varies in age, but maintaining a consistent writing style that can be easily grasped by any reader is vital in creating a successful blog post.

What topics could you talk about in your blog?

It’s always hard to say. But always stick to the subjects and levels you teacher, or at least the subjects that you’re interested in. Some interesting blog titles may include:

  • Algebra; you’d be surprised how relevant it is, every day
  • A quick guide to the works of Shakespeare
  • Arts aren’t dead and here is why
  • How to write the perfect essay, from structure to layout
  • What you do and don’t need to know about the 11+

Why blogging will help you

If you’re wondering whether blogging with Tutor House is the right thing for you, trust us, it will be! It will boost your profile and increase the number of enquiries you get, and subsequently increase your income! 🙂

Each blog that you write for us will link to your tutor profile and will be shared on our various social media platforms, too. That way, your content will reach many more people, and increase your chances of tutoring more students. The more you write, the likelier your tutoring sessions will be. It’s a win-win!

If you’d like to find out more about blogging with us or have any specific questions for our team, we are happy to help. Please contact us via email or by phone.

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How to write the best personal statement in 5 simple steps

September 24, 2018

How to write the best personal statement in 5 simple steps

I’ve helped thousands of student’s write, re-write, re-re-write (and re-re-re write) their personal statements for university, for college and for jobs. I’ve helped students applying to all sorted of different fields – medicine, optometry, business management, even golf studies. And, more often than not, I see the same thing. So, below is a list of ways to write a top personal statement. (And some things to avoid, or at least consider, when writing your personal statement)

Key points to remember about a personal statement:

It should be personal
It should be about you
It should include academia, achievements, work experience and hobbies/interests
It should have a maximum of 4000 characters
It should have a maximum of 47 lines

1. Don’t start your personal statement at the beginning

This is probably the most important. If you try to start at the beginning, you’ll fail before you’ve started! Always leave the opening paragraph until last. This is (luckily) the opposite of what you’re ever told at school, but trust me, it’s the right way to write a personal statement. Get the meat of the statement together first. Jot down 5-6 important factors about you, make it personal. For example, if you want to study accountancy at UCL then highlight (say 2-3) reasons as to why you want to study this degree. Then list the subjects you’re currently studying, most likely at A-level, and link them to the degree. Then make note of 3-4 important things that will set you apart from the next student. (Who is trying to get the same place as you are) Perhaps an accountancy book you’ve read,* or the work experience in accountancy you’ve had, or even a part time job you’ve had. (It doesn’t have to link to accountancy). And finally outline the best things about you, the cricket captain, the best cello player in the school, the aspiring actor.

It’s basically a crummy recipe for your favourite meal, although this specific meal will take time to perfect; it’s not edible, you’ll be crying for most of it, you’ll scream and it will stimulate not a single taste bud.

*If you want to make friends at university don’t show them this bit.

2. Don’t link everything in your personal statement!

The best (or worst, depending on who’s asking) example I saw of trying to link everything, was – “Being the captain of hockey at school, I realised this was so closely linked to dentistry, just even the hand dexterity, let alone the teamwork and fitness.” What you may have noticed here, and if you didn’t I’d advise you to probably give up now, is that this is not good. Linking everything is not advisable. Hockey has, in fact, absolutely nothing to do with dentistry. In no way does fitness influence your dentistry skills. My dentist is a lovely old boy, who’s slightly overweight, but this makes no difference at all! (I have lovely teeth).

Link things that link, and remain calm and be normal! Do not link everything to your degree, it won’t work, and you’ll begin to look deranged. Having said that try and link, but only where appropriate.

3. It’s a personal statement, not your first go at a romantic drama.

Keep it personal, talk about you. Whatever you may think, you are interesting and you are unique. And that’s what we want to see. What can you bring to university that is different to the next person? Yes, I would encourage you to focus on an area you find interesting, or go into some detail about a book you’ve read. That’s a good way to go about writing a personal statement. But please don’t waffle, don’t break every little detail down, and don’t blab.

4. Take plenty of time to write your personal statement.

A 2015 applicant emailed me – “I need help with my 2015 UCAS application, can you help?” he yelped, “Yes of course, but you know the deadline is the 15th January 2015, that’s tomorrow.” I replied. “Can you help me with by 2016 UCAS application?” Came the response.

Most students do 5 drafts of their personal statements before they are happy. If you’re going to do something 5 times, you’ll need loads of time to get ready. Unless you’re applying to Oxbridge or a Medical degree (medicine or dentistry) where the deadline is 15th October every year, you have until 15th January. I would bring this deadline forward to 1st December, and I would start early. September would be late! Start over the summer – you’ll be doing almost nothing anyway. Get a few ideas together and start preparing:
– Fascinated by maternal deprivation hypothesis
– Read Bowly’s book
– Read ‘other’ books, like…
– Went to a talk about infant attachments
– Country rugby player
– Worked at my local garden centre±

±Don’t use these examples, well you can, but you probably won’t get into university.

5. Don’t watch YouTube videos on personal statements

YouTube is for certain things – Ed Sheeran’s – The Shape of You, if they weren’t recorded you’d never believe it, Tutor Talks or baby gender reveals. It’s not for personal statement advice. Students leave advice on YouTube because they wrote a terrible personal statement first time round and they are now telling the world that they are (indirectly) upset – because they are not at University! Or, after your search, you’ll find a man, with a beard, who probably drives a Volvo and takes Tupperware into work, who is so boring, you will pick up your accountancy book after all.

Read amazing blogs like this one, get advice from school, speak to other students and peers – what did they include? And ask for help. But don’t watch, or rely on videos to give you the right advice. A personal statement is a big thing, you need to get it right, it’s your future. So take time and write it the best dam personal statement out there.

§Obviously you will