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Where does Tutor House operate?

February 26, 2018

Location

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 currently 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

VIDEO: Tutor Talks: Why Private Tutoring Wins

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:
  • private tutor, improving your academic potential, learning and your whole life for £30
  • three glasses of average Prosecco from an over famed Italian producer for £30 *
  • £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. Particularly when it comes down to 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, some more modern greats, and some unusual but equally inspiring reads that may be 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. For this reason, 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. Romance and violence are set against the dark and brooding landscape of northern England.

In this remarkable book, we are guided by the voice of and Eyre, who appeals directly to the reader throughout. It’s 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. The reader is left 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, whose 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’re looking for a new story to absorb before heading off to University, why not give one of these a try?

Interested to read more articles by Tutor House? check our Blog

Infographic: British Education – The Numbers

February 11, 2018

British education

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 from worrying about their children’s education or revision schedule and ensures they are on top of things whilst also having fun. Holidays no longer 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. Therefore, 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. 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. 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.

Keep classes up this Christmas with residential or online tutoring

December 1, 2017

Keep learning this Christmas

Catching some winter sun or going skiing this Christmas? Perhaps you’re heading away to some cozy cottage in the UK? All this seems like a pleasant dream, until the reality of upcoming exams and homework sets in. Instead of worrying and stressing throughout the holidays, why not take a tutor with you? Either literally or online!

Your learning doesn’t need to stop just because it isn’t term time. Our tutors work flexibly; to either accompany you on your trip or continue your lessons online.

Why get a tutor this Christmas?

The December holidays are an essential time to stay on top of your academic work; especially with common entrance tests, mock exams and an upcoming term ahead of you. With this in mind, helpful tutoring at your convenience will keep you ahead of the game, whilst also allowing you to enjoy your holidays too.

Tutors will be able to set work online for the students to complete in their holiday downtime. Students can work at a time that suits them; so whether you’re remaining in the UK or flying around the world, our tutors can work to a time zone that suits you.

We meet and interview all our tutors to ensure they are as passionate about the student’s education as we are. Moreover, all our tutors are DBS-checked and degree-educated.

You can follow the usual steps of booking lessons in via the website and get your usual friendly, helpful tutor to work with you online while away from home.

Contact us today

If you wish to find a tutor to accompany you on your trip, we have more than 3,000 tutors to choose from. Simply give the Tutor House team a call today and we will get back to you to discuss dates, costs and the perfect tutor for you.

Call us on 020 7612 8297 or email info@tutorhouse.co.uk for further information.

 

Book your Pre-U December revision course today

November 24, 2017

Pre-U December revision course

With Pre-U exams only a term away and more work to prepare for than most A-Levels, Tutor House is encouraging Pre-U students to sign up to our in-house Christmas holiday revision courses.

We are offering four intense study revision course sessions from Dec 18th-21st, totally 10 hours, which will incorporate exam technique, content support and revision methods that actually work. (If you can’t do Christmas, we also run Easter revision courses for Pre-U subjects)

Who we work with:

At Tutor House, we understand the struggle to find tutors that have taught the complex Pre-U structure before; however, all of our course tutors are proficient in the board’s content and practice. In fact, all of our specialist tutors are degree-educated, DBS-check and as passionate about education as we are. We meet and interview all our tutors personally to ensure we are working with quality educators that are knowledgeable about their subject.

What we offer:

Our Pre-U revision courses are designed with the student’s success in mind, and over the four-days, we will work to maximise academic potential. This includes revising:

Exam content
Exam practice papers and model answers
Revision techniques and methods

Our courses are run  by highly qualified teachers and tutors, who know the syllabus inside out.

Our revision courses are only for small groups, which is why we welcome a minimum of two, and maximum of five students per group.

Please note, the course will only go ahead if the minimum student number is met. If you have signed up and the course doesn’t go ahead, we will offer a reduced-rate one-on-one Pre-U course instead.

The course is £500 and will take place from December 18th-21st from 3.30-6pm.

Get in touch:

If you’re interested in joining our Pre-U revision course, please call 020 7612 8297 or email info@tutorhouse.co.uk with your required subjects.

How the Government is inadvertently capping homeschooling

November 13, 2017

Homeschooling: it’s not that easy

In the 2016/17 academic year, 300,000 children were part of the homeschooling surge. This number has almost doubled from the six years previously. More students than ever before are relying on parents or external agents to educate them. And yet, the Government is offering less and less support for families that make the choice to home school their children. The decision to homeschool a student is not one taken lightly. It means pulling the student out of a system where they are guaranteed a certain amount of teaching hours and social interaction. Of course, sometimes the decision to home school a child is a direct result of these factors. For example, if the child is being bullied or the parent feels the school isn’t nurturing the pupil’s academic development as they see fit. With school places becoming more competitive and government funding for schools seeing less and less money being poured into education, it’s only natural that some parents would seek to educate their children independently.

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Despite all of this, those parents that still wish to follow the usual academic route of GCSE then A-Levels are finding themselves at a disadvantage; as the government fails to allow a number of exam papers to be sat by private candidates. This relatively recent development has been a long time coming, as the general power of the private candidate has been in decline. From our experience helping private candidates find exam centres, it’s nearly impossible to sit science GCSE, due to the practical component, or nearly any languages unless you have a special tutor or teacher to help you with the oral section. In fact, the only way to sit exams in to take the iGCSE’s instead of the GCSE. This involves changing syllabus, options, books and text, after just having had the upheaval of leaving a school. Another area of assessment is the Pre-U (Cambridge assessed Pre-University examinations) introduced in 2008. You cannot retake coursework or orals as a private candidate. Again, most people have to switch to A-level, from the Pre-U, something most are not happy about.

Moreover, with the changing nature of the GCSE and A-Level curriculums, parents are finding it harder to access information to support their children’s homeschooling development. This runs parallel to private candidates hoping to retake as the opportunity to retake A-Levels and GCSEs are scaled back significantly, and often due to the overhaul of previous syllabi.

What about exam centres for homeschooling?

Increasingly more candidates are studying for exams and only finding that there is nowhere to sit them. Then, they need to restudy for an entirely different curriculum that is totally adjacent to the content they previously studied. Moreover, with the changing nature of the GCSE and A-Level curriculums, parents are finding it harder to access information to support their children’s home schooling development. This runs parallel to private candidates hoping to retake as the opportunity to retake A-Levels and GCSEs are scaled back significantly, and often due to the overhaul of previous syllabi.

Surely it’s not that hard to register as a private candidate?

This complication doesn’t help the already lonely and stressful situation families experience when they choose to home school their children. Most parents are not educators, but responsible guardians that want the most for their child. As a result, they often find it challenging to navigate the already over-complicated education system alone. Therefore, they end up either having to shell out for advice and tuition, or need to become overnight experts in the schooling system, most of whom simply don’t have the resources or time to do either.

The result, unfortunately, is often a “lost student effect”. They find it difficult to continue pursuing qualifications through the normal route and don’t achieve the regular support they need to flourish.

However, there is hope. Many tutoring agencies offer support to families and students, not just in terms of structured tuition that parallel the syllabus and academic school system, but also in helping them find exam centres where they can sit their exams. What’s more is that homeschooling is a great way to nature and grow, a great way to experience things that you can’t experience in a regimented school environment and a great way to focus on academia, and enjoy the subjects and how they are relevant to everyday life.

The reality is that while the government is doing little to support private candidates that are home schooled, independent businesses are trying to catch up quickly to ensure pupils’ ability to pass a qualification system effectively. Fortunately, we predict that in a few years time there will be plenty more businesses that cotton on to the rise in home schooling. As a result, the market will become more saturated with exam centres that have safeguards for independent candidates in place.

Contact Tutor House for more advice on Homeschooling:

If you’re looking for advice on home schooling, or if you’re thinking of home schooling your child – give us a call on 020 7612 8297 for free advice today.