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How to formulate a winning revision schedule

February 1, 2015

How to formulate a winning revision schedule

With the festive period over and the return back to School, it is full steam ahead in the lead up to exams which are only months away. So why not give yourself the best possible chance of success and devise a winning revision schedule. Tutor House has put together a few points to help you formulate your perfect timetable:

  1. Make a timetable either on an excel spreadsheet or manually draw one including your class schedule, extra curricula activities and other such commitments.
  2. Identify where in your timetable you have spare time.
  3. Now take a look at your subjects, how many exams you will have for each subject and which subjects require your attention the most.
  4. Depending on how best you revise, you may like to start working through each syllabus or you may prefer to move straight onto exam papers to help you identify your weak areas.
  5. It is important to make your revision timetable realistic and not overload all your spare time with revision, factoring in time for much needed relaxation and restoration.

For more information on how best to formulate a winning revision schedule, please contact Tutor House by sending an email to info@tutorhouse.co.uk.


Free 2015 A-Level Results Day Advice

January 29, 2015

Free 2015 A-Level Results Day Advice

From 10th – 18th August 2015 we’re offering FREE A-Level results day advice for all students in the UK!

The infamous ‘results day’, scheduled for Thursday 13th August 2015, is imminent as students across the UK once more await the final result of two years of dedication, commitment and rigorous study.

We are offering free A-Level results day advice between 10th – 17th August 2015 from our team of highly professional education consultants, so should you have any queries or need a some reassurance, do not hesitate to get in touch and we will be prepared to support you on the day.Call us on 020 773 435 55

Need help knowing with what to do next?

We are offering free tailored advice to all students on the following queries:

  • What to do once you have received your A-Level results
  • What to do if you didn’t get your desired exam results
  • What pre-graduate students can do next
  • The University clearing process
  • Exam retake options
  • Gap year and careers advice
  • Private tuition opportunities
  • Personal statement and CV writing tips

At Tutor House, we strive to assist all students, globally, on results day, whether you’re studying A- Levels, Pre- U or the International Baccalaureate (IB), abroad or here in the UK, to ensure you make the right decision.

If you have met all required grades but have had a slight change of mind…

A-Level Results day has arrived and you have successfully attained all desired grades across your subjects and consequently been accepted to study your chosen degree programme at your desired university.

In this case, congratulations!

However, it is not uncommon have a sudden epiphany and decide that you have not made an informed decision regarding the degree course or University you have chosen to commit the next, at least, three years to.

Some universities will allow you to switch courses within the University and across different programmes, while other universities will accept a transfer after a year of study at the University you originally enrolled to, provided that you achieve the necessary grades. In any case, get in touch with your University as soon as possible!

Nonetheless, you may then decide that you are not ready to commit to higher education just yet and would like to take time out to travel the world or volunteer abroad- an opportunity that you may not be able to take again in the future! It is crucial that you choose the right path and make the best decision for yourself. Take your time to gather your thoughts.

This is decision time!

If you have not met your required grades…

On the other hand, you may not have obtained the grades required for the university of your choice- but do not panic! Universities are high- level educational institutions and are often considerate and understanding of various circumstances. If you have missed your place only marginally then it may be worth pursuing a remark or explaining the situation to the faculty admissions centre- they may be willing to overlook your grades if they feel that your academic and extracurricular background are worth merit.

Alternatively, you can enrol on a course that is still available on the day that results are published through a platform called ‘Clearing’ via UCAS. Clearing can be a stressful process so if you feel that you may not obtain your desired grades then prepare for the competitiveness of courses on clearing.

Universities will want to know why they should accept you onto their degree programme in the place of any other candidate so be prepared to answer their questions, which could include:

  • What were your final A- Level results?
  • What were you predicted grades and why were you unable to attain those grades?
  • Why do you want to study this particular course at this institution? Why is this course suited to your interests and achievements to this date?
  • What will you bring to their university and the wider community?

We can help you!

However, if the different available options listed above are not viable in your situation, Tutor House will be able to offer you alternatives and support you in the process. With Tutor House, you can re-sit individual units or take on and complete an entire A- Level subject, without any previous background work, through focused, structured and tailored, bespoke one-to-one tuition with our team of high- achieving educational professionals, for the academic year.

The benefits of one-to-one tuition are exhaustive, and we have seen many young adults achieve their potential through this means.

A-level 2015 reforms studying
A-Level Reforms – Changing for the better?

December 9, 2014

A-Level Reforms – Changing for the better?

Michael Gove’s proposed A-level reforms are due to be introduced into the teaching curriculum in 2015. However, there has been little evidence to prove that the change in the teaching and examination methods will provide any added benefit for pupils. In fact many influential voices have joined the A-level debate. Particularly those from Schools and Universities who have argued the contrary, that these reforms are short-sighted and could severely harm pupil’s education, their learning and chances of getting into top Universities.

A-levels have been the standard qualification pupils need to obtain for access to higher education since the 1950’s. In the past 20 years however, there has been a crisis of confidence in these examinations. With more and more students dropping out of school prior to taking their A-levels, in conjunction with those that sit their A-Level examinations are failing to meet necessary grades for entry into higher education.

The A-level reform timeline

The reforms in 2000, and the introduction of the AS saw a move away from the traditional examination methods and a wider range of subjects introduced to revive the qualification and make it more accessible to a wider cohort of students. However, evidence of grade inflation as well as talk of  ‘modular mayhem’ meant that many institutions found the AS system somewhat lacking. The less intensive academic structure of the AS level meant that students were perhaps less prepared for the demands of university courses, and even the A2 level, with many failing AS Level. Schools clamoured for an alternative and as a result of this the Cambridge Pre-U examinations were introduced, in 2008.

Traditional A-level structure?

However Michael Gove’s 2015 A level reform proposals now suggest a revision back to the traditional A level structure, a two year course offering robust and in depth knowledge of the chosen subject. This is to be offered alongside the AS level which will be taught in the first year and will be co-teachable, taught alongside the A-level course. The first year will cover the same content as the two year A-level, however choosing this option now no longer allows students to use their first year results as a contribution to count towards the full A-level qualification.

While Gove’s reasons for this are understandable, and are clearly an attempt to move towards a more robust qualification which is appropriate for different cohorts of students, there are severe issues which have made academic institutions very nervous. Disruption for both students and teachers will be unavoidable. Schools will have to come up with revised, and undoubtedly complicated teaching schedules with resources and teachers catering for both the AS and A level. The assessment system will now be changed with a single examination at the end of the two year period for A levels, but an assessment for AS at the end of the first year which will be a standalone result. Gove’s argument that a return to the linear two-year A level system will provide a narrower, more focused purpose is negated by the fact that co-teachability will work directly against that. Insufficient teaching resources could also be an issue across many establishments with lack of books and papers budgting constraints, resulting in Schools and pubils being put at an immediate disadvantage.. The fact that the A level reforms are only currently being adopted across England could also mean that pupils will be treated unfavorably compared to those in the rest of the country when competing for top university places.

The likelihood is that due to the proposed new structure, many Schools will now drop the AS level option altogether, therefore entirely reverting back to the ‘one size fits all’ system. Students will also therefore feel the added pressure of the single examination being the determining factor as to whether they will get in to their desired university, or higher education course, and this could work against them, particularly those who are less academically able.

Why is the A-level reform beneficial?

Perhaps the only positive that may come from the proposed A-level reform is that the return to the structured two year course should see a better standard of knowledge and understanding instilled within pupils, leaving them arguably better prepared for continuing into higher education. However this may only be applicable to the more academically gifted with others having their chances of reaching their full potential unavoidably damaged by the new structure. The reforms seem to have overlooked the fact that it has already been proven that a single system and assessment method simply does not work across a group of students with different interests, and abilities. Furthermore, the obvious resistance from those who now have to deliver the reforms at ground level really does speak for itself.

Contact Tutor House for education advice or for a free private tuition consultation.

Tips on Time Management during this festive season

Tips on Time Management during this festive season

This time of year is a favorite for many people packed with lots of recreational activities, social meetings and much needed relaxing. It is no wonder why this festive season is so looked forward to each year.

With time off during this period it is also an ideal time to finish off assignments and gain a head start in revising for upcoming exams. So how do you make your time productive and make the most out of your break?

Tutor House has put together a few handy tips to help you with effective time management skills:

1. Set a Goal

Make a realistic list of goals you would like to achieve during your time off. This can be as small as finally conquering that chapter in Maths you haven’t quite got your head around or taking a subject and beginning your revision for your upcoming exams.

2. Have a Timetable

By having a rough timetable you will naturally allocate time and energy to achieving your set goals whereas you may have otherwise filled it with alternative activities.

3. Have ‘all rounded’ days

Many students will tend to dedicate a few days to finalising their homework, assignments and revision. But it may be an idea to have an hour or two each day of studying and thereafter go on to reward yourself with a fun packed activity with family and friends.

For further information and advice on how best to utilise your time without compromising your time for enjoyment and relaxing contact Tutor House’s team of educational consultants by sending an email to info@tutorhouse.co.uk.


Studying with Friends

Studying with Friends

Friends can sometimes be our best teachers and they can explain and articulate topics in a way which is relevant and makes sense. So why not try leaning on friends more often for help with assignments and revision. Finding the right friend to study with can often be tricky. We all have friends who we know that no matter what pressures we are under we will never be able to study with them. So how do you know which friend you can study with?

Firstly, it is important to ensure that you are at the same level. If for example, one of you is in the top set for Science and the other is in the middle set then you will both have different topics and levels to reach.

Secondly, are your attitudes towards academia similar? Through sharing similar views and opinions regarding learning you can be sure that your friend will take your study sessions as seriously as you.

Thirdly, do you share similar study habits? For example, if you can only concentrate for an hour before needing a short break, however your friend is able to study for a longer duration before requiring a break then you may find there to be a mismatch in routines which will ultimately disrupt how productive your sessions will be.

To discuss this topic further please contact Tutor House by emailing us – info@tutorhouse.co.uk.

Revise and Ski this Easter

November 7, 2014

Revise and Ski this Easter

Easter may seem like a long way away, however many families will be looking to book their annual Easter Ski holiday now. An annual Ski trip for most families is a tradition and one that is not forgone either.

As Easter is a crucial time for many students to revise and ensure that they are ready for their upcoming exams, many will want to spend some quality time studying during this period.

This academic year Tutor House is offering an opportunity to ‘Revise and Ski’ at a popular ski resort, Val D’Isere. Classroom exam revision courses will be offered in key GCSE and A-Level subjects with highly experienced teachers focusing primarily on past exam papers and exam technique, with the chance to head to the slopes in the afternoons.

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For more information or to register your place please contact Tutor House by emailing info@tutorhouse.co.uk

Why our GCSE Christmas revision courses are beneficial

November 4, 2014

Why our London GCSE Christmas revision courses can be so beneficial to students

Sometimes a little extra push can go a long way. And at Tutor House, we strive to ensure that we get the most from each and every one of our students.

Tutor House offers GCSE revision courses in London to help get the very best results – ones that we know our students deserve.

GCSEs are becoming increasingly important with many universities. They now require students to obtain top grades in core subjects like Maths, English and Science to be considered for a place.

So why are GCSE revision courses so useful? We’ve put together a few reasons to help you make up your mind.

1. They allow students to focus on specific subjects

Not all subjects are as easy as others. All students, at some point, will find there will be a time where a topic or subject is difficult to grasp. Some students will excel at Maths and English while struggling with the Sciences. Others will find History a breeze but Geography completely daunting.

At Tutor House, we provide private tuition in London for a wide range of GCSE subjects to ensure students are able to secure the grades they need. Our knowledgeable team of tutors have carefully designed a week of well-structured Christmas revision courses to ensure our students are at their most receptive, productive, and willing to learn, just in time for the January exams.

Unlike many schools in London where a teacher will have to attended to up to 30 children in one class, our GCSE revision courses have been designed to allow our tutors to spend enough quality teaching time with each student.

Our tutors will identify key weaknesses in specific subject areas or modules for each student and address them accordingly.

2. A proven track record

We have a proven track record and we are proud to say that thanks to our tailored courses, students who have studied with us have achieved better grades every year. Setting out to help students improve their grades, get their first choices when it comes to A-Level courses, Colleges or Universities is so important to us, and their success is what we care about most.

3. Experienced, knowledgeable, friendly private tutors

Our tutors are welcoming, experienced and professional. They have all worked in schools, and all have a University degree in their teaching subjects and the majority of them are Oxbridge graduates. We make sure all our private tutors are carefully chosen and are not only experts in their respective fields, but are also dynamic and inspirational too.

4. GCSE private tuition is proven to be the best way to get great results

Many students feel an immense amount of pressure as their GCSE exams approach. We work with your child to relieve that stress and anxiety, and help them feel confident and prepared for exam day. There’s a great deal of evidence that one-on-one tuition is the best way to revise and achieve optimum results. Revision that is planned and structured is the ideal way to learn.

We will not only focus on difficult subject matter and GCSE revision guides, but also on exam techniques by answering questions and working through past papers. We’ll come up with realistic and effective revision structures to enable students to retain the knowledge, and attain the best grades they can. We’ve had excellent feedback about our GCSE revision courses, with nine out of ten students saying we helped them revise more effectively.

5. Knowledge that productive revision is getting done

During the school term it is easy to put your trust in teachers to ensure that subjects are being covered, and work is being done. However when the holidays are upon us it can be difficult to be sure that work is being completed.

Naturally you want your child to do the best they possibly can in these important exams, but you don’t want to push them too hard! At Tutor House our receptive, approachable staff will be able to assess your child’s strengths and weaknesses, and come up with a targeted work plan that will ensure they get most out of their time here, as well as keeping you updated on their progress every step of the way.

So why not relieve stress for all the family this Christmas and enlist on one of Tutor House’s Christmas GCSE revision courses today?

To book your place on our Christmas GCSE revision courses in London please E-Mail us – info@tutorhouse.co.uk

What to do if you fear you have fallen behind?

October 31, 2014

What to do if you fear you have fallen behind?

It can sometimes be very easy to fall behind on classroom work, homework and assignments and subsequently students may be left feeling lost and confused with a sense of having no way out. Many students at some point will have had the experience of falling behind, it is not uncommon. However there are various ways you can handle this:

–          Speak to your teacher

Your teacher will be able to guide you on how to get back on track by perhaps sitting down and going through subject material again with you, setting you some extra work to reinforce your understanding etc.

–          Form your own study group

Many students find it easier to learn from their peers. They feel more comfortable asking those questions they would have otherwise felt shy or embarrassed about in a classroom setting.

–          Seek a private tutor

A private tutor will be able to help you work through subject material at your own pace. If you don’t like to ask questions in class and as a result you have fallen behind, then why not think about having a private tutor. With a private tutor, you will not only be able to work at your own pace but you will also be free to ask all those questions you were afraid to ask in class.

For more information, you can contact Tutor House by sending an email to info@tutorhouse.co.uk.

10 GCSE Revision Tips for Half Term

October 17, 2014

10 GCSE Revision Tips for Half Term

This Half Term is the critical time for GCSE revision. With the exams fast approaching, ensuring you are revising in the most effective way possible, is key to success. London’s leading private tutoring agency, Tutor House has organised a Half Term revision course, which aims to improve students confident ahead of their GCSE exams.

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Contact Tutor House for more information on GCSE revision courses in London – 0203 9500 320.

It is important to make the most of your time and revise efficiently, try implementing the following 10 tips and we’re sure you’ll see a noticeable improvement with your GCSE revision this Half Term.

1. Organise Study Groups

It’s sometimes a bad idea to tackle revision all by your lonesome. Try and organise a study group that meets during the week and you’ll soon start seeing the benefits. Different people have varying strengths, so when you put everyone together in the same room you’ll be able to bounce ideas off each other and learn something new every time. If you are struggling to make up numbers for a study group or you wish to participate in a study group run by an expert then come along to Tutor House’s Half Term revision course!

2. Talk to a Private Tutor

Tutors can be tremendously helpful in filling in any potential cracks. The fact is that teachers can’t always cater to your full individual needs, meaning that sometimes you’ll miss something crucial.

Tutors, however, can give you short bursts of individual attention that can help take your revision to another level. All it takes is an hour or two of one on one private tuition over the Half Term. Contact Tutor House for more information and a free consultation.

Contact Tutor House:  info@tutorhouse.co.uk

3. Stay Organised

When doing your revision, you want to be performing like a well-oiled machine. You don’t want to waste time by doing idle revision. Instead, make sure you get yourself a plan and stick to it. Keep it somewhat flexible so that it’s realistic, otherwise, you’ll spend a lot of time readjusting your schedule!

Set yourself timed deadlines throughout the day. Giving yourself something to try and work towards is often a great motivator to take your mind off the hours of work you are putting in.

4. Let People Know You’re Revising

 There’s nothing worse than phone calls or knocks on your door when you’re trying to revise. It can seriously hamper your efforts, as your concentration is constantly being broken by random distractions. To remedy this, let your friends and family know that you’re revising. Tell them you’ll be busy and kindly ask them to leave you to it!

It is also sensible to stay away from social media while you’re revising. There is nothing worse than having Facebook open on your computer while you’re trying to revise, you will always end up getting distracted by something!

5. Take Breaks

It may seem counter-intuitive, but taking breaks will actually help you in your revision efforts. Your brain needs a breather every once in a while from all that knowledge you’re cramming in or it’s going to suffer some serious overload.

Combat this by taking 5 or 10-minute breaks every hour or so. Walk around the room, get some fresh air, or make yourself a nice cup of tea.

6. Get Plenty of Sleep

Sleep is essential, that’s all there is to it. It can be tempting to shave off a couple of hours out of your nightly rest, but doing so is a big mistake. The fact is that your body needs time and rest to replenish itself.

While you’re asleep, your brain ‘connects the dots’, so to speak. Withholding this crucial period won’t help you at all and is counterproductive.

7. Don’t Panic!

The worst thing you can do is pile on extra stress. It’s good to have a small amount of nerves to help you be at your best, but if you let it go overboard you may find yourself freezing up during exams. If you have done enough revision then there is no need to panic, you’re prepared! If you haven’t, then you have the whole of Half Term to revise!

8. Mock Examinations

Getting ready for an exam isn’t just about knowledge. You also need to know how to implement it in an exam situation. Get yourself a collection of past papers and simulate exam conditions. That will help you get used to what you can expect and you’ll figure out how much time you need to allocate to certain types of questions. After you have finished, go back through your answers and critically mark them according to the mark scheme – there is always room for improvement! Mark schemes are key to success.

9. Healthy Diet = Healthy Mind

Red Bulls, loads of coffee and sweets are all sure-fire ways of sabotaging your revision efforts – fans of the Inbetweeners will know this! Ditch the junk food and eat well. You’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel. Fish and blueberries, for example, are the best ‘brain foods’.

Check out our ‘Five Super Brain Foods for Students’ blog for more healthy eating ideas.

10. Creatively Revise!

Studying and learning are more than just reading from a book. Our minds learn in different ways, so try fitting in audio and video into your revision as well. Record yourself going over your notes or try and watch a relevant show or documentary during your downtime. Try utilising spider diagrams and mind maps, they’re a fun and creative way of revising. They’re also a good way to use short-hand and bullet-points.

These tips will undoubtedly help you take your GCSE revision during this Half Term to new heights. Start early and implement them at the start of the break and hopefully you’ll see your results skyrocket.


If you want additional revision support, then contact Tutor House. Tutor House are running Half Term revision courses and also have expert private Tutors covering all GCSE subjects and exam boards.