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How to Make the Most of Revising in Groups

February 10, 2016

Why revising with others can be beneficial

There are many benefits to working with your peers when revising for your exams. Whether you are with just one other person or a larger group, having the opportunity to openly discuss ideas, bounce thoughts and questions off one another and help each other through difficult topics can be extremely beneficial.

Even online study groups or working together via Skype can benefit students: working through material interactively will enable students to discuss their ideas on a particular subject and come to conclusions through debate and discussion.

Are you looking for group revision sessions in London?

Tutor House runs regular group revision workshop courses in London specialising in Pre-U, iGCSE, GCSE & A-Level subjects to help students prepare for their exams. Alternatively, if you are looking for a tutor to manage a student revision group, get in touch with our expert team on (+44) 020 773 435 55, and we will be more than happy to help.

The Benefits of Group Revision

Revision groups are particularly effective and encourage students taking part to discuss ideas about how to approach their revision, even sharing useful resources such as revision plans and timetables.

Every student is different and therefore brings individual ideas to the table about the best way to learn. This is useful, as seeing things from a fresh perspective, or explaining a problem or difficult material in a new way can really help students who are struggling.

Study groups are also great places to share revision notes or to collectively come up with brilliant answers to potential exam questions too.

All students in a study group are working towards a common goal, that is to be successful and achieve good grades in their exams. This means students are not in competition with one another, and study groups certainly aren’t about students trying to outdo one another. Rather these groups facilitate students coming together to learn collectively, and should be spaces where everyone is willing to help one another.

While study groups can be very effective, one thing parents may be concerned with is whether students will be distracted, particularly if the study group is a group of friends. The best way to overcome this is to have the study group facilitated by a tutor who can manage the students, help to keep the momentum going and for the participants to stay focused. A warm and welcoming study environment to keep students feeling relaxed and motivated to learn.

Running Group Revision Sessions

Running an effective study group requires planning and organisation. To use the time productively, everyone should arrive with a set goal in mind that will be previously agreed with the tutor. Any prior reading and questions should be completed before the session so that everyone is up to speed.

It is also a good idea for individuals to prepare a topic for discussion, or their own questions about the material which they can share with the group and ask one other. Sharing notes is a good idea, but only if they are accurate so it is a good idea to go through these first and check all the information is useful, relevant and correct.

Some subjects require memorising facts and information. Testing using memory cards is a good idea to help with this, and students can help each other either in pairs or as a whole. Games such as ‘just a minute’ are also fun where students have to talk for as long as they can on a certain subject without repetition, distraction, or hesitation.

When done properly, revising in groups can increase productivity, help students become more confident with difficult subjects, and improve academic performance.

Discussing subjects out loud and gaining new perspectives can help students obtain a more thorough understanding of the subject matter, while simultaneously helping participants to learn valuable skills such as teamwork and interpersonal skills too.

to openly discuss ideas, bounce thoughts and questions off one another and help each other through difficult topics can be extremely beneficial.

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What are the Best Jobs of the Future?

February 3, 2016

Which are jobs that we should be encouraging our children to get ready for now?

The employment landscape is constantly evolving, and with new technology and advances across many business sectors, what was once considered a fantastic career choice may now not offer the opportunities it once did.

Of course there are many different factors to think about when thinking as parents or teachers about the kind of careers advice we should be giving our children. Obviously earning a good wage is crucial, but job satisfaction and aptitude and passion in your position in an organisation are also extremely important and needs to be considered further.

Research has indicated that jobs considered both reasonable ‘safe’ and lucrative such as banking, law or stockbroking may not remain so in the future. Think about it, 10 years ago who had heard of a Social Media Consultant? Now opportunities in all kinds of social media are becoming some of the most popular, highly paid and most sought after roles.

By the year 2030 the entire job market may well have changed. Experts who predict what the most sought after jobs will be have suggested that we may see a demand for increased farming as food will become more scarce, and thus coming up with ways to produce a greater volume of crops more quickly and to save space while doing so will be important. Evidence of an ageing population in the UK also suggests that jobs in the healthcare sector may become more popular, particularly those focused on improving the health and well-being of the elderly.

Doctors, nurses, physical therapists, home health aids, and pharmacists are also likely to be in greater demand. Of course this demand will be for a mixture of highly skilled and lower skilled workers with those who are higher skilled enjoying greater financial rewards. Maths and the sciences (particularly biology) are important to get onto appropriate courses in medical care.

Information technology is another career choice that is only likely to become ever more popular and exciting as time goes on. Huge leaps have been made in this field over the last decade and with plenty of IT businesses thriving as well as the continual investment into improving information technology, this sector will continue to grow and grow.

Renewable energy is another sector that is gaining more momentum. While our oil and gas resources are not exhausted yet, there has been an increased urgency to find alternative and reliable energy sources before this happens, making specialising in alternative energy a wise career choice. Mechanics and plant managers as well as scientists and engineers will all be required and not only will they become a desirable and lucrative jobs in the future, dedicating ones time to help save the planet is also likely to give great job satisfaction too!

Marketing, advertising, content creation and roles relating to social media are all also careers for the future that are likely to be in high demand. There has been a greater need to encourage creativity in the classroom in recent years, and certainly if a student has a creative streak, encouraging the development of this is constructive. Businesses are always looking for new ways to market their products and services and the ability to write or to come up with and realise exciting and unusual ways to do this is, and always will continue to be profitable.

Of course it is now not unusual for a person to have several careers throughout their working life. Where 20 years ago people would remain in the same position, or company until retirement, the current trend is now to move jobs every few years. Businesses offering good career progression and new and interesting opportunities for their employees are likely to see a lower turnover where those that don’t will find employees are more than happy to jump ship in favour of a better offer. Equipping children with the right skills for their chosen career is important, but while having specialised knowledge has its advantages, those with a good overall education and the ability to learn and adapt to new situations and climates are likely to be in the best position to attain the most desirable jobs overall.

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Top Apps & Browser Extensions to Help Overcome Procrastination

January 22, 2016

Staying organised and managing time is easily one of the trickiest things to master in life and technology can either help with this or completely destroy your time management abilities. So, to help avoid the latter we have compiled some of the most useful (and free) browser extensions, apps and mobile apps to help you stay on top of things and stay flawlessly organised. 

Chrome Apps to Overcome Procrastination

It’s probably happened to everyone, needing to read an email but not having a functioning Internet connection to do so. Never find yourself in or avoid ever ending up in that predicament ever again with Gmail Offline available for Google Chrome.

Another ingenious Chrome App from Google, take note visually with Google Drawings.

Work entirely from your browser and do away with having to continuously having to hide and reopen programs on your computer with; PowerPoint Online, Excel Online and Word Online.

Never, ever lose your work again and back it up on an online drive. OneDrive, Google Drive and Dropbox are all great platforms that support virtually every file type and offer a substantial amount of free storage.

Chrome ‘New Tab’ Extensions

You would never think that your ‘New Tab’ could serve as a distraction, but those frequently visited sites are just innocently sitting there and you’re not at all tempted to click on and reopen Facebook, no not at all. So refresh your ‘New Tab’ page with a ‘New Tab’ Extension to ensure you avoid all possible temptations.

Momentum has a very personalized feeling to it, not only does it show you the time and weather in your local area, it also allows you to create a custom to do list. The backdrop image for the extension changes throughout the day, showing very tranquil looking places throughout the world along with a motivational quote at the bottom of the screen.

WunderlistWunderlist developed by Microsoft, allows you to turn your ‘New Tab’ page into one giant to-do list. It features a text field to allow you to create your to-do list as well as a quick link to your Google Chrome Apps.

Currently is very clean and simple  app thats shows you the current weather, a five-day forecast and time in your local area. Although it does not feature a custom to-do list function it still takes away from the distraction of your current ‘New Tab’ page. It is also fairly customizable and allows you to set the text and background colour.

Chrome Buttons

The time you spend browsing Facebook is directly comparable to that last five minutes before getting out of bed. It will not feel like five minutes, it will feel more like one. The Toggl button for Google Chrome allows you to track your time spent online. You can view all your tracking in your profile as well as set an economic value to projects you are currently working on, so you can see exactly how much time and money you have wasted. Toggl is also available for iOS and Android.

IOS and Android Apps to Stop Procrastination

Gero Time Management Companion set the amount of time you want to spend on a task and when you want a quick two minute break, it will continually notify you when you are due a break and when you need to get back to the task at hand. Ultimately it is the perfect tool to help you manage your revision breaks.

Eidetic is an app that’ uses a technique called spaced repetition to help you memorise anything’. So in reality it’s one of the best apps to get addicted to.

Now, go forth into the world and stay (relatively) procrastination free.

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The Importance of Promoting Creativity within Schools in the UK

December 8, 2015

The Importance of Promoting Creativity within Schools in the UK

Every child has the ability within them to be creative, and this may manifest itself in many different ways. The role of the teacher is crucial in providing a safe environment where a child feels as though they are able to express their creativity, explore it, and understand its significance too.

It is only in recent times that creativity has been understood to be a noteworthy part of a child’s development, and research has proven that creativity is a useful tool for expression, and for understanding one’s own thoughts and feelings, as well as those of others.

Creativity however cannot just happen in its own accord, it needs to be coaxed out, to be cultivated, and it is the role of the teacher to encourage and allow time for that to happen with each and every student.

Why is creativity so important?

How can teachers learn to promote it as part of their standard teaching practice?

1.Emotional development

Creative expression in a child, and in fact in an adult, is often catalysed by a surge of emotion. Younger children often express their true emotions through play: it helps them explore the world around them, test boundaries and gather evidence to make sense of their surroundings.

With older children, encouraging creativity can lead to expressing emotions and opinions through art projects, music, theatre or any other creative outlet that may otherwise have been kept under wraps. Those who can express their emotions in this way tend to be happier and freer as a result.

2. Communication

Creativity can be used as a tool to communicate with others, and to have a shared experience with a person or people that we might not otherwise have connected with.

Communication, empathy and understanding between students is so important. Creating a classroom environment where there is plenty of opportunity for shared learning, group problem solving, and innovative thinking will get students opening up to one another, helping one another and connecting to one another through a shared creative experience.

3. Future opportunities

In recent years the job market has changed, there has been a significant shift in the job market, where a creative person is preferred to someone with a specific skill set.

Innovation and ‘thinking outside the box’ are now some of the most desirable attributes in a prospective employee. Candidates who know how to be creative and can express this easily will be way ahead of the competition, so learning this skill early on is important.

Encouraging a creative classroom environment

The classroom environment is hugely important when it comes to promoting creativity within schools. Teachers must pay attention to each pupil, to adapt their learning style to ensure that each student feels confident that they can express their creativity without fear of judgment or ridicule.

Each student needs to feel as though their individual voice matters so teachers should promote informal discussion, encourage students to try new ideas and use creative concepts themselves to inspire learning.

Teachers must make sure they allow time for children to be creative, perhaps by setting aside a ‘creative’ hour each day where students can only focus on creative tasks. They can inspire them with ideas and introduce new concepts, but also allow this time to be student- led, giving them the opportunity to show their teachers where their interests and passions really lie.

Finding ways to allow students to be creative is imperative, and requires teachers to be creative themselves.

If creativity is successfully introduced into a classroom the students will benefit greatly from it. It is therefore hugely important that this becomes a fully integrated part of the school curriculum, and encouraged by teachers in classrooms of all ages.

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‘Blackboard Friday’– SAVE 20% Off Private Tuition in London

November 26, 2015

‘Blackboard Friday’– SAVE 20% Off Private Tuition in London

To celebrate ‘Black Friday’ we are offering huge discounts off private tuition, UCAS & personal statement support and all revision courses during the Christmas and Easter holidays!

Black Friday is a day where great discounts are offered around the UK, so we thought we should get involved too and give thanks to our hard working students!

For this Friday only we are offering 20% off all private tutoring sessions, 40% off all UCAS & personal statement support and 10% off all revision courses during Christmas and Easter!

We believe that everyone is entitled to access to a better education and equal opportunities, this discount will allow just that: giving students the opportunity to improve their grades, through one-to-one guided learning.

As the UCAS deadline approaches, our gift to you this Christmas will be a higher chance of securing a place with a top University of your choice!

Our discounts include:

  • 25% off our usual rate hourly rate- when you book 10 lessons or more with us (pre paid).
  • 40% off UCAS and Personal Statement support
  • 10% off all revision courses during the Christmas and Easter period.

Call us now on 020 7612 8297 to get your Blackboard Friday discount!

Terms:

  • Tutor House Ltd. Company Number – 740708, 6th Floor, 37 Golden Square, Soho, London.
  • Email or call us to book lessons before 6PM, Friday 27th December 2015
  • Only 10+ hours of tutoring is on offer with these bookings
  • Personal Statements and/or UCAS support must be booked with a minimum of 3 hours.
  • Revision courses must be paid in full
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6 Things you should know when studying and living in London as a student

November 17, 2015

6 Things you should know when studying and living in London as a student

London is a vast and sprawling metropolis with a great many things to see and do. Making the move to London to begin studying is understandably a hugely exciting time for students starting the next chapter of their lives in our great capital.

London is brimming with places to eat and drink, exciting things to do, a rich culture and history, a number of world-renowned Universities, famous landmarks and one of the best student lifestyles in the UK.

However, if you haven’t lived in London before, it is a good idea to do a little research before you move to make sure you are well prepared for life in the capital. Hopefully you will have visited the city beforehand, got to visit a few Universities, and maybe got the chance to explore the area where you will stay.

We have put together a list of 5 things you should know about London before you make the decision to live and study here.

1. It’s really quite expensive to live in London

London is revered for being one of the greatest city’s in the world. However, the huge demand to live in London has somewhat defined the greater higher cost of living compared to other cities across the country.

Travel and rent prices are higher than elsewhere as well, so you may end up paying more than you thought for your accommodation. For example, the average rent for students living in London is £110 per week, the cost of a single bus ticket to Uni is £2.40 and the average pint of lager is upwards of £3.60 – so, it can all really add-up.

Keep your eyes open for student discounts because they’re absolutely everywhere in the city, from exclusive student nights in bars and nightclubs to transports discounts, gyms, clothing, entertainment, accommodation and so much more.

Be savvy and make sure you set out a reasonable budget that you know you can stick to in order to cover costs. There are plenty of cheap places to shop, eat and drink too so do some research on those. Save some money before you arrive to make sure you are not caught short when you do.

2. Make sure you get yourself an Oyster Card.

The Oyster card is an absolute godsend for Londoners. It’s what we all use to get around so make sure you get one as soon as you arrive.

Oyster Cards are one of the best student travel discounts you can take advantage of during your years studying in the capital and will save you huge amounts of money from the word go. Without one London can be very expensive to travel around in – for example the price of a single ticket without an Oyster costs £2.40, whereas with an Oyster it’s £1.40!

They can be used on the underground as well as rail services, and busses too.

3. Get your student ID

Make sure you have your student ID sorted before you arrive, and show it whenever you can. A lot of students don’t realise how much money they can save if they use their student ID in participating stores. Many shops restaurants and clubs all offer a student discount so make sure you don’t miss out by showing your student ID.

Student IDs are also known as an ISIC (International Student Identity Card). What is an ISIC card? It’s an internationally-recognised student ID, which makes card holders part of a truly unique club.

Click here to get an ISIC, and click here to view the benefits of one.

Another one to go for would be the NUS Card from the National Union of Students. These cards basically give you daily, weekly and monthly offers on everything from your weekly shop to eating out, travel, clothing, going out and much more – definitely worth getting one of these!

4. Explore and download useful apps

There are loads of useful apps you can download to your smart phone that will make life in London so much easier.

Here are three apps that we have found useful:

  • Viber – free messages and calls to anyone else using the App on any device, in any country. Need we say anymore?!
  • CityMapper, also known as the ultimate pubic transport app, is great for helping you find your way around the city.
  • Uber is also great for getting taxis at a moment’s notice, and you can set up an account so you don’t need to always carry cash on you to pay! Be careful though, the cashless effect of using Uber can run up expensive bills if used to excess.

We could go on and on because there are so many Apps out there to help with living in London as a student. Check them out!

5. Be safe

London is a wonderful city, but there are areas where crime is known to be a problem so try to avoid them, or at least take precautions if you don’t.

Keep an eye on all your belongings wherever you are – pickpocketing, unfortunately, is a common issue. Try to avoid walking alone at night, always let someone know where you are going to be and what time you will be back if you are heading out.

6. Explore the city like a tourist

London is for exploring and there is loads to see and do. Get out there and have fun by exploring all the sights and sounds of the city- and there are plenty of discounts for students! Tower Bridge, the O2, The London Eye, Madame Tussauds, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace – the list goes on! Exploring all that London has to offer is what will really make you fall in love with the city. London has a rich and varied history, and there are so many attractions and arts and cultural sites that there really is something for everyone to enjoy.

The 8 Myths of University

September 24, 2015

As a parent we all want what’s best for our children regarding their health and, of course, education. We watch them develop as they transition through many significant changes on their journey: starting ‘big’ school, after the freedom of preschool play, finding their feet at secondary school and then, for many, the mix of nerves and excitement of heading off to universityHuman Givens’ video addresses the 8 Myths of University.

This formative stage of life can bring some of the most significant and daunting changes a person will have to face as a young adult in education – and some people cope better than others.

There seems to be a greater prevalence of anxiety and mental health problems amongst university students – which is worrying as a parent.

So, what can we do to support our children through this critical time?

Thankfully, there are lots of ways we can help make this leap into university life smoother, less stressful and more rewarding for our children (and even ourselves!)

Lets start with the 8 myths that trip university students up.

 

“How to support teenagers through the stress of starting university life” is presented by Gareth Hughes, a human givens psychotherapist working in the Counselling Service for the University of Derby – and what he has to say is a real eye-opener for parents and students alike!

 

 

3 of the Most Common Questions from A-Level Results Day 2015

August 21, 2015

3 of the Most Common Questions from A-Level Results Day 2015

A-Level results day has been and gone, bringing another academic year to an end. Flocks of undergraduates will head off to their chosen Universities in late September to take their first steps into their new lives.

A-Level Results day is huge in the education calendar, for students, parents, grandparents, siblings, teachers, tutors – the list goes on! Results day is by far our busiest day, partly due to our annual offer of free results day advice for all students.

Here are three of the most common questions that we were asked by A-Level students on results day 2015:

1. “I gained BBB, but both my firm and insurance Universities require AAB. I think I’ve been rejected, what should I do?”

Call your University and double check that they’ve rejected you, it is always worth doubled checking. Then get onto clearing, you’ll find somewhere.

Is is important to keep a cool head. Don’t rush, get a list or 5 or 6 Universities together and call them to see what courses are on offer. Check the course structure, campus location and whether or not the location of the Uni fits in with your criteria.

Although it is competitive to get into University, it is important to remember that you are in control as there are plenty of alternative routes to take if you didn’t get into your firm or insurance choices.

2. “I didn’t get my desired A-Level results – what should I do?”

What have you applied for and where? If clearing isn’t right for you here, there are plenty of alternative options open to you, such as:

  • Short A-Level re-take courses
  • Gap years
  • Private tuition
  • Apprenticeship schemes
  • Higher education courses
  • Volunteering experience
  • Work experience

However if you are set on going to University to study a particular course then do not compromise, make sure you prepare and re-apply next year.

3. “I’m an international student – I haven’t applied to University via UCAS – can I still apply?”

Yes, call Universities directly, get their numbers from the clearing website and see what they say – make sure you have your grades and qualifications on hand.

 

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The Personal Statement: How to write the perfect one

July 25, 2015

The Personal Statement: How to write one

Writing the perfect personal statement can often be a tricky process with so much to consider and get right!
Many institutions will use your personal statement as an opportunity to get an insight into who you are, what you have to offer and your experiences to date. So it is crucial to have a personal statement which accurately reflects and represents you to the institution.

Here at Tutor House we can help you begin to devise the perfect personal statement. The below step by step process serves as a starting point:

  1. Although your personal statement will be a representation of yourself, it is important that your personal statement is tailored for the course and institution you are applying to. People reading your personal statement will want to know:

–        Why you are applying for that specific course?

–        Why you?

–        What can you bring to their institution?

Therefore, before beginning to write your personal statement it is important to answer these questions yourself first.

  1. Make a list of all your experiences, extracurricular activities and achievements. Once you have your list, you can begin to filter by those you believe the institutions you are applying to will want to know about or those most relevant to the courses you are applying to study.Thereafter, begin writing short paragraphs on each one. Remember, it is useful to have a variety and selection of texts to choose from when editing your statement.
  2. Now you can begin to look at the structure of your personal statement. Ask yourself the below questions:

–        What do you want your introduction to include and how do you want it to sound?

–        What are the key points you would like to be included in your personal statement?

–        Finally, how do you want your personal statement to flow?


Remember
it is important to have a personal statement that reads and follows on well. It doesn’t need to be a literacy masterpiece but it is important to have a well thought out, structured and consistent personal statement.

If you are stuck on your statement and need help getting started or you simply need someone to look over and offer their expert advice, then Tutor House is here to help.

With over 10 years of experience in helping students perfect their personal statements and a strong track record for getting students into their desired courses and institutions, Tutor House has a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer to its students.

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