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Why study English Literature?

July 25, 2015

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

Parents want to provide their child with the best possible education. They want to ensure that their children are equipped with the grades they need to pursue their future ambitions.

Each parent that enquires about working with our private tutors is 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 of a professional private tutor.

What is the importance of private 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, teachers have more difficulty in giving 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. Teachers are responsible for dividing their attention amongst all their pupils. They have to keep students motivated and interested, and ensure that topics are taught within a certain timeframe, so as to effectively cover all bases.

What are the benefits of one-on-one tutoring?

By opting for private tuition, students can benefit from one-on-one attention and personalised lesson plans that address weaker subject areas. A private tutor can quickly identify which areas of work a student is having trouble with. By using an alternative approach, or explaining something in a different way, students can 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. It has proven to be particularly popular during the time period leading up to the exam season.

How can a private tutor help my child?

Tutors can assist students with exam technique and work with them to fine tune their skills to ensure they reach their best academic potential.

We’ve found that struggling students are often glad for the chance to have an experienced tutor with 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. Especially when trying to secure a place in their first choice for university.

Are there any other benefits of having a private tutor?

Students who lack motivation can also benefit from private tuition. No matter how bright and gifted a student is, if they aren’t 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 the student’s pace. They provide personalised attention, understand how they learn and explore the best ways to explain difficult topics to them. They also 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. They have their own materials, and make their students feel at ease. Tutors are also 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’re looking for some extra help for your child in a specific subject, you want to ensure that your child is revising effectively, or simply think it would be useful for them to have some extra then help, hiring a private tutor could be an excellent choice.

How can I contact a private tutor?

It’s simple: give us a call or drop us an email.

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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 for UCAS & Personal Statement

June 18, 2015

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Advice for Personal Statements

Tutor House has extensive experience in helping students with their UCAS personal statements and getting them into their top choice universities. 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. However, it can quite often be tricky to get right.

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

A well planned and structured personal statement is vital. At Tutor House, we first try to understand as much about the student as possible. This is to prevent students from excluding any valuable traits 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. Topics that should be covered include extra curricula activities, work experiences and personal drives.

Thereafter, we will help the student formulate the best structure for their statement. We will make sure it delivers a maximum impact effect and leaves 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.

 

 

The importance of Striving for Excellence

The importance of striving for excellence

Whether or not you wish to obtain that A grade in your GCSE Maths exam or that A* in A Level English, striving for excellence is a habit that can be applied to all facets of your life.

Ensuring that all work you produce is of your highest possible standard will instil long term traits such as discipline, hard work and focus which are transferable qualities applicable to all areas of your life from exam success to running a marathon.

Striving for excellence is a skill which can be cultivated and a mindset which can be fostered. Performing to your optimum level leads to a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment which naturally leads to a ‘feel good’ feeling.

Modern day Biology suggests that when we perform to our optimum capacity natural ‘feel good’ feelings are released and to continue experiencing such feelings we will continue to operate at our own levels of excellence. The neurotransmitter Dopamine is said to motivate us ‘to take action toward goals, desires, and needs’. Furthermore, it also gives us pleasure once we have accomplished what we have set out to do. The release of such neurotransmitters can lead to a domino effect motivating us to work towards more goals helping us to realise our dreams.

Therefore we can assume that by cultivating an attitude of excellence and hard work we will also be more joyful, happier and not to mention successful.

At Tutor House we aim to encourage students to always strive for their best in all life endeavours as we understand the importance of giving each task their very best which inevitably leads to a feeling of wellbeing and happiness.

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What is a Tuition Fee / Student Loan?

May 29, 2015

What is a Tuition Fee / Student Loan?

The Tuition Fee Loan, also known as a student loan, is what many students chose to apply for to help them cover the cost of going to university. It is non-income assessed and it is there to help many students in the UK, whether they are studying full or part-time, who would otherwise struggle with tuition fees. Any full or part-time students from the UK and EU can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan.

Apply for a tuition fee loan here: https://www.gov.uk/apply-online-for-student-finance

Different Types of Tuition Fee Loans for University Students

Different courses cost different amounts for their tuition, which can depend on a number of factors such as the country of study, and the university or college you will be receiving tuition from. Universities can charge whatever they like for courses depending on the maximum rate set by the government, which is currently set at £9,000 per academic year.

If a course has tougher requirements, is more competitive and popular, and the university or college has an admirable academic reputation you may find tuition fees are more expensive.

Once you have successfully applied for a student loan:

Students who apply and are successful will receive the first instalment of their tuition fee loan once the University has notified the relevant body that the student has started at their institution. Instead of the money being handed over to the students themselves, this is then transferred to the University or colleague who will use the money to cover the costs of tuition. If the loan does not cover the cost of tuition the student will be required to find other means to completely cover their costs.

Upon graduating university students are required to repay their tuition fee loads and these are also subject to interest.

Full-time tuition fee loans vs. Part-time tuition fee loans

Students who are going into full-time University of college education can receive up to a maximum of £9,000. If the student is studying full-time at a private university of college this figure is £6,000. Part-time students can receive a maximum amount of £6,750 and part-time students who chose to study at a private university or college can receive up to £4,500.

How to Apply for a Student Loan in the UK

Full-Time Students:

The easiest way to apply for a student loan if you are a new student from England is via the Student Finance England’s website. You need to set up an account with them online, and will then be able to complete the online application form including details of your households income.

Once you have filled out the details you will need to sign and return the loan declaration. Be aware you may need to send in proof of identity as well. The loan declaration should be with you within 6 weeks of completing the online form.

If you are a continuing student from England you should already have an account set up. In that case you can simply log in and apply online.

Part-Time Students:

Part-time students, and students from the rest of the UK have to go through a slightly different, yet still straightforward process to apply.

Students Applying from the EU:

New students from within the EU are not able to apply for a tuition fee loan online, however will be able to download the application pack and send it, and then wait for the letter which will let you know whether your application has been successful, and how much you can expect to receive. EU students that are continuing their courses will be sent the forms automatically.

Other types of loans for students:

Students can apply for different types of loans to help them cover the costs of continuing their education. Another popular loan is the Maintenance loan, which unlike the Tuition Fee Loan, is paid directly into student’s bank accounts to help them with general living costs while studying.

If you are living at home you can still apply for a Maintenance Loan of up to £4,565. If you are living away from home, but still outside the capital you can apply for a loan of up to £5,740 and if you are living within London, up to £8,009.

For Full-time UK students there is also a possibility of applying for a Maintenance Grant to help with your living costs. The Grant is one, which you don’t have to pay back, however you should be aware that it would have a knock on effect on the amount you will be eligible to receive from the Maintenance Loan.

There is an online student finance calculator to estimate your Maintenance Grant and Loans.

Paying back your student and tuition fee loans:

Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans are repayable to the bank after you have finished studying. Even if you do not complete your course you still need to pay back any money you borrowed. There are several factors that play a part in when and how much you will need to pay back depending on which repayment plan you are on.

For English and Welsh students who started before the 1st September 2012 you only need to start repaying your Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan when you are in employment and earning over £17,335 (this amount is subject to change).

When you start repaying your loan and what you pay depend on which repayment plan you’re on.

English and Welsh students who started on or after 1 September 2012 only start repaying when their annual salary is £21,000 and above.

If you are self-employed you will need to keep your own records to work out your student loan repayments, otherwise this will automatically be deducted from your pay and show up on your payslip each month.

Is a student loan right for you?

With university fees seemingly ever on the increase it can be a difficult decision when thinking about how to finance further education. Many parents and students automatically decide to apply for a student loan to cover their costs, however is that the best thing to do? If you can afford to pay out in one lump some is that better?

Student loans have had little praise in recent press however they are still very good deals when you compare how they work to normal loan types from the bank. You don’t have to worry about repaying the loan while your child remains at the university or college, and students have until the next April after they finish their studies before they will be asked to start repaying –even then that is only if they meet the criteria by earning over a certain amount (£21,000 as of September 2012) so if they aren’t yet earning a great deal, or haven’t secured a job you or they won’t need to pay back a penny.

Repayments are actually worked out fairly and are proportionate to the individual’s income (9% of their pre-tax earnings) so they should never be asked to pay out more than they can afford.

As with most loans students are expected to pay interest on them. While studying they are charged the rate of inflation + 3%.

After this any interest is again calculated in relation to income. Those earning under £21,000 = rate of inflation. Those earning £21,000-£41,000 will be charged the rate of inflation + between 0-3% depending on their income, and those on salaries of £41,000 will have an interest rate on their loan of inflation + 3%.

Other forms of borrowing generally have far higher interest rates and so the student loan is actually a comparatively good deal, involving no credit checks or hidden nasty surprises that could get them into financial difficulties.

Of course however, there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ way to go when it comes to dealing with student finances. Many people who can pay student fees off in one go chose to do so for stability, budgeting and peace of mind. Not taking out a student loan and simply paying the fees then and there also means there will be no impact on the student’s future earnings and they won’t have to start their career in thousands of pounds worth of debt.  Using you savings to pay for your child’s university education may be tempting, especially since interest of savings accounts is particularly low. However doing this will mean whatever interest you could have earned would be lost and you will have less disposable income.

There are plenty of useful websites, which have advice on tuition fee and maintenance loans. For further information on where to get help and advice take a look at the links below:

https://www.gov.uk/student-finance/loans-and-grants

https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/finance-and-support

Preparing for university can be tricky and financial worries are commonplace. While student tuition fee and maintenance loads might not be the route down which every student will do, they are useful to ease the pressure of paying for university courses and living costs so your child can focus on getting the most out of their education.

For further advice get in touch with Tutor house as we will be able to answer any Pre-University application questions you may have.

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Good Luck with your Exams this summer!

April 25, 2015

Good Luck with your Exams this summer!

In the run up to the Exam period, a lot of you will be putting in the extra hours to secure yourself the best possible grades. Whether you are preparing for GCSE, A-Level or Pre-U exams, the period before your examinations is going to be crucial to key revision and exam success. All your hard work over the last year will be concluded off with final examinations. Rest assure, no matter the results as long as you have put in the hard work and done your very best you can be proud of yourself!

More often than none, students will become anxious and nervous in the lead up to sitting exams, however it is imperative to stay calm and focused to ensure that you are able to perform to your optimum standard. Students often let nerves get the better of them and in such instances are unable to think clearly and subsequently do not receive the marks they deserve. We advise when this happens to take a few long and deep breaths in order to calm the nervous system and to allow vital oxygen to enter the body leading to a clearer mind.

Furthermore, key organisation is of paramount importance. Ensure that you have a clear idea of your examination timetable. For example, if you have a GCSE Maths exam in the morning followed by a GCSE English exam in the afternoon by having a good idea of your exam schedule you can plan your revision timetable in accordance. We advise that you print off a copy of your exam timetable and post it in your room or near your area of study. This will help you to formulate a revision schedule around your examination timetable.

Lastly, we all have differing styles of making notes which work according to the individual. However on the night before the exam or hours before, we suggest making a concise set of notes on a set of flashcards. It doesn’t matter which subject you are revising for, flashcards can help you revise for all subjects from A Level Government and politics to A Level Physics. Flashcards are not only a brilliant way to study prior to sitting the exam, but it’s also useful to refer back to when travelling, waiting for appointments or reviewing over a cup of coffee.

Tutor House wishes all students the very very best of luck with their examinations!