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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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Why study English Literature?

Why study English Literature?

You may perhaps be fond of the idea of doing English at A- Level or at an institute of higher education: reading and appreciating great books and learning about language and the way in which language functions. You might still wonder the purpose and benefits of studying literature at a higher level as an academic—what can studies of English Literature offer us, and where can the skills we acquire along the way take us?

The study of English Literature at a higher level not only enables the student to appreciate vernacular literature, become independent critical thinkers and develop their confidence in analysing and drawing conclusions on critical writings, but it equips them with the skills and competencies that will complement any career path which they may decide to embark on and will highly impress an employer.

While a degree in English Literature may seem to consist of endless reading lists with an ensuing 4000 word essay, there are plenty of skills to be acquired along the way. During the course of your studies, you will find that you will naturally evolve into a literary and linguistic critique and, without realising, you will analyse and appreciate written texts a lot more intensively than before. Students will explore and debate a variety of texts, focusing deeply on how they were written and to what effect. Students will acquire knowledge of literary movements, periods and critical theory that have shaped the way that literature is read and appreciated today. If you decide to take on this degree and field of study, you will develop all aspects of your communicational skills across all areas and become adept at developing an argument, framing a narrative and analysing various levels of meaning.

Perhaps you enjoy English Literature but are deeply apprehensive regarding your future and career once you have graduated with a degree in the creative arts and feel that a degree with a clearer route to employment would be more desirable in this day and age? A degree in English Literature will open more career paths than you have been made to think so. Employment that English graduates find themselves in range from and include the obvious editor and journalist, to lawyer, human resources specialist, or a role in advertising, marketing, PR, teaching, the public sector, management, finance and a plenitude of other rewarding and prestigious  sectors- there is something for everyone!

Studying English Literature at A- Level or University can open many doors and prepare you for a professional career without you even realising it. Efficient, effective and clear communication is an essential competency which is required for a role in any sector and by any employer in the current era of globalisation. If you had never considered taking English as an A- Level or studying it at degree level before, or have absolutely no idea about which degree to apply for at this crucial time for UCAS applications, then perhaps this is a path worth considering?

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The Importance and Benefits of Private Tuition

The Importance and Benefits of Private Tuition

All Parents want to provide their Child with the best possible education ensuring that they are equipped with the grades they need to pursue their future ambitions.

Every parent that enquires about working with our private tutors is totally dedicated to helping their children achieve the grades they require to get them into their desired universities, colleges or secondary schools.

While some parents take the initiative to devise timetables to ensure their child studies productively, we’ve noticed the increasingly popular option with parents in London is to opt for the experience and expertise knowledge of a professional private tutor.

The Importance of One-to-One Tuition

In recent years private tuition has often been cited as one of the most effective ways of helping students achieve their academic potential. For students struggling with a particular subject it is often difficult for teachers in classrooms to give them the attention and support they need.

However, this is not to imply that the teacher or school is at fault.

In a classroom there are a number of other students and the l teachers  have the responsibility to divide their attention amongst all the pupils. They have to keep the students motivated and interested, and ensure that the topics are taught within a certain timeframe so that all subject material has been effectively covered.

The Benefits of One-to-One Tutoring

By opting for private tuition students can benefit from one-to-one attention and personalised lesson plans that specifically address their weaker subject areas. The private tutor will be able to quickly identify which areas of work a student is having trouble with and often by just using an alternative approach, or explaining something in a different way students are able to readily grasp difficult concepts.

Previously, it was only struggling students that would benefit from private tuition, however we’ve seen a change in recent years. Due to the increasingly competitive nature of getting into London’s top schools, colleges and Universities parents tend to seek the added help and assistance of a private tutor.  Even for those who are excelling at school, private tuition can be of value, and has proven particularly popular during the time period leading up to the exam season.

Tutors can assist students with exam technique and work with them to fine tune their skills and knowledge to ensure they achieve the grades that they are aiming for.

We’ve found that struggling students are often glad of the chance to have an experienced tutor who has expert knowledge of a particular subject, as well as patience and understanding. Being able to discuss problems outside of the classroom environment is often a lot less daunting than doing so in front of peers. The confidence and resulting success that can be achieved through private tuition is invaluable, particularly when trying to secure a place in their first choice for university.

Students who lack motivation can also benefit from private tuition. No matter how bright and gifted a student is, if they are not willing to put the work in or simply find it difficult to concentrate over long periods of time, they will struggle to perform at their potential during the exams. Revision structure, exam practice and motivational techniques can all be provided by working with a private tutor. These are just examples of how tutors can help students with subject knowledge, confidence, time management and exam technique.

Our private tutors work at a the student’s pace, give personalised attention, understand how they learn and explore the best way to explain difficult topics to them. They work through specific learning obstacles with students, and teach them useful study and exam techniques.

All of our private tutors are experts in their field, have their own materials, make their students feel at ease, are flexible, adaptable and know how to get the very best out of their students. They are all experienced, have taught in schools for at least 3 years and hold a degree in their respective area of teaching.

Whether you are looking for some extra help for your child in a specific subject or you want to ensure that your child is revising effectively, or you even simply think it would be useful for them to have some extra then help, hiring a private tutor could be an excellent choice.

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New Trends in Homeschooling

July 7, 2015

New Trends in Homeschooling

  • Tutor House has a wealth of experience in supporting students who have decided to undertake homeschooling, be it due to illness, exclusion or personal circumstances.
  • We offer a bespoke tailor- made service for homeschooling students where our consultants will work with you to devise a schedule suited to your needs and requirements.
  • At Tutor House, we recognise the need for flexible and varied options for learning and will be able to offer a number of options depending on your individual circumstances.
  • Come in and meet us all to discuss your specific home-schooling requirements.

Homeschooling has increasingly become more and more popular as students seek flexible routes into higher education. According to sources, ‘with figures for the last five years, there’s been an average increase of 61 percent in the number of children being educated at home.’ This significant surge in the number of home-schoolers is indicative of the increasing responsibility and importance of tutors and one-to-one private tuition. The quality of tuition is of high importance as students rely solely on the support and guidance of their tutors to help them through their academic development and the national curriculum. Homeschooling is the next viable option for students who for either health- related circumstances, personal or other external factors decide to continue with their education and learning in a more relaxed yet efficient environment.

For those students who are not permitted to continue with their GCSE and A- Level qualifications at their school/college, then homeschooling is the preferred course of action as this provides flexibility and guided learning. Following popular demand, the nature of homeschooling has also changed with the option of online tutorials, which allows further flexibility and ease for the student depending on their individual needs and requirements. Overall, we predict that homeschooling will be on the rise as the demands of modern schooling become more rigid. Students will look for alternative routes into their preferred educational path and at Tutor House, we have a team of outstanding tutors with experience in homeschooling who will be able to support and guide you along the way.

Find more information about our homeschooling service, and find a homeschooling tutor in London here.

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11+ Common Entrance Summer Revision Course

June 23, 2015

11+ Common Entrance Summer Revision Course

Tutor House is tackling the Common Entrance fear with a summer revision course this August.  Why leave crucial revision to September, with the added pressure of term- time commitments and the entrance exams just around the corner? Tutor House has a team of highly qualified, professional, experienced tutors who have facilitated the entry process for our students to top schools such as Wetherby, Wycombe Abbey, Westminster, City of London and St Paul’s.

We have had positive feedback from previous students and have decided to re-launch our unique revision programme for the benefit of our London- based community.

 

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Advice on Personal Statements

June 18, 2015

Advice on Personal Statements

Tutor House has an extensive level of experience in helping students with their UCAS personal statements and helping students get into their top choices. Personal Statements serve as a great opportunity to show Universities why you would be a great candidate for the course and institution you are applying to and it can quite often be tricky to get right.

Here at Tutor House, we work with students on producing the best possible Personal Statements drawing on the student’s knowledge, experience and desired future ambitions for applying to their chosen course and institution.

A well thought out and structured Personal Statement is of paramount importance. At Tutor House we firstly try to understand as much about the student as possible ensuring that students are not excluding anything valuable which could be an important component in their Statement. This can be difficult to ascertain at first given that students can be unaware as to the depths of their own achievements and experiences and the positive portrayal of those life events in a Personal Statement. This is why we try to gather as much information as possible from each individual discussing extra curricula activities, work experiences and personal drives.

Thereafter, we will help the student formulate the best structure for their Statement delivering a maximum impact effect which will leave a lasting impression for the reader.

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The key to success is preparation

June 8, 2015

The key to success is preparation…

When working towards our goals it is sometimes easier to just see the desired end result and fixate on the magnitude of the task ahead. We can often become overwhelmed by this and not actually commit to and begin working towards the desired result. However rather than focusing on the end result it is better to ask yourself ‘what do I need to do to get there?’ Thereafter you can break down the task into manageable chunks and set yourself deadlines for achieving them. Eventually you will be closer to achieving your goals than you previously imagined.

This can also be applied to how one approaches their revision and studies in general. Whether you are sitting your GCSE, A Level or Undergraduate examinations this year or next year you can break down your revision into manageable chunks. Please see below for a step by step process in formulating a winning revision plan:

  1. Choose one subject as depending on the subject your revision plans will differ.
  2. Obtain a comprehensive copy of your syllabus so that you have a thorough idea of what you need to know and to what detail depending on the grade you are after.
  3. Mark on that list which subjects you know, which you have some knowledge on and which you have absolutely no idea on!
  4. For some students they prefer to begin working on those subject areas they have very little knowledge on and finish on those areas they are reasonably comfortable with. For others, they like to secure their existing knowledge base and use the confidence they gain whilst doing this to tackle the more challenging topics.
  5. After going over topics don’t leave it too long to review topics so that the memory of the subject remains fresh in your mind.

At Tutor House we not only help with private tuition but also help students devise winning revision and study plans working towards goals of achieving desired grades.

 

 

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