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.
Why A Level & GCSE Short Retake Courses are a must!
April 4, 2018
Well there are a number of reasons for intensive A Level & GCSE Short Retake Courses
The main reason is that you can simply focus on a problem area with a privatetutor one on one. There is no-one else present, which can lead to distractions and time wasting.
Tutors work closely with you, identifying weaker areas, focusing on them and working through them with you. In addition tutors work through past papers and provide you with individual model answers and key exam phases and key words.
The course is intense, but the key is to focus on exampapers and how to answer questions.
A Short Retake Course – these courses are seriously intense, so you have to hit the ground running. You’ll have to sit exams every week and revise every day, it’s hard but worth it in the long run.
You can undertake these short ‘crammer‘ style courses over a 4 or 8-month period. Colleges and tutoring companies can support you. Private tuition is of course a verygood option. Private tutoring always achieves the best results. Financially it makes sense as well. I would suggest at least 20 hours private tuition before your exams, perhaps even book block sessions every week. Make sure tutors are CRB checked and have tutoring experience!
Make sure you highlight modules/units that you didn’t do too well in; you may not need to re-sit every unit again! ☺ Also, take the time to work out your UMS score, which can be found on your results certificate.
Online tutoring has really come into it’s own in recent years, and with the rise of technology it’s no longer essential for the student and the tutor to meet face to face.
The Internet is an influential ally for knowledge and has made tutoring easy for anyone who needs help, no matter how far away he or she lives. Online tutoring can be as simple as logging onto a website for support in almost any subject, at any level. However, it’s not all good news as the whole experience can hugely vary depending on the student’s age, requirements, their confidence with technology and the tutor’s level of experience.
But do the benefits outweigh the cons? Alex Dyer, the Managing director of one of London’s leading private tutoring agencies Tutor House, said “Students are able to learn from experts and ‘attend’ sessions almost anywhere in the world. However, a lot of people are wary of studying online and rightfully so – the online world of tutoring is an unregulated industry, and for every quality tutor out there are also many incapable ones.”
Positives of Online Tutoring:
1. Easy Accessibility
Students can access educational support whenever they need to, rather than working around the schedule of the private tutor. This comes in handy for students whose daily activities are packed with extracurricular activities in school, university and even work.
2. Saves Energy and Time
Online tutoring saves energy and time from traveling place to place. Even if the student is from a remote area, the student can learn from the comfort of his/her home through the internet.
3. Work Around Your Agenda
Most tutoring companies or individual online tutors have business hours designed specifically to accommodate families. These scheduled hours can be extended from after school hours to late evenings which makes it likely that the tutor would be available when you need them.
4. Flexibility in Curriculum
Online tutoring allows students to select the amount of consultation time with their tutors. This provides autonomy to students to decide whether he or she needs more or less time to learn a subject matter. Curriculum can also be made more flexible in order to suit a student’s needs. Students can even record lessons to review and revise at a later time. Scoring and feedback is also available for online tutoring.
5. Personal Touch to Teaching
With the evolution of latest software technologies, an online tutor may write, speak and dictate, in real time as the student watches. The tutor is also able to interpret the student’s actual work time. This interplay adds a personal touch to teaching. Students can also benefit from the tutors previous essays and how to write guides in order to be able to understand the subject matter better.
Negatives of Online Tutoring:
1. Loss of Personal Interaction
The student can lose the opportunity to gain benefits of online tutoring if he/she is less focused or distracted. Online tutors would not be able to identify this unlike the physical presence of a tutor. If the student is upset or frustrated with a certain task, the tutor might not be able to console them without being physically present.
2. Technology Isn’t Always Up To The Mark
Not all students have access to good, high speed, internet connection. Some might lose connection in the middle of lessons. Students require a high speed internet connection for them to receive the best advantage of online tutoring. They need to also use video-conferencing and webcams on their computer and all this might prove quite costly!
3. Disorganised Students
Students who don’t take learning seriously may fail to turn up for online tutorials. If there is no one to push the disorganised or disinterested student to make their online tutoring session then the tutor does not have any control and therefore can not help the student learn.
Summary of Online Tutoring:
With the above positives and negatives, there is indeed a rise in online tutoring with an increasing number of students partaking in it to accompany school or college teaching. Tutoring online will also become more portable due to the rise of working on Smartphones and Tablets too.
However for now, there really is nosubstitute for the real thing. Private tuition can really positively influence a student’s academic success in ways that online tuition simply cannot match.
Article written by Alex Dyer, managing director of one of London’s leading private tutoring agencies, Tutor House.
Do school deficits increase the need for private tuition?
December 19, 2018
Will school deficits increase the need for private tuition?
A third of English maintained secondary schools faced huge budget deficits towards the end of 2018, questioning the stability of the school system and the need for private tuition.
According to The Guardian, deficits soared to nearly £500,000 for schools involved.
The realization was made first by the Department of Education in findings they had discovered over a few years’ analysis. As of 2017-2018, the number of schools in financial danger increased to 30%– an all-time high in England. The same financial troubles were faced by primary schools, doubling their deficit to 8% in 2017-2018 compared to their 4% as of 2014-2015.
How do these deficits affect students?
Due to these deficits, schools have increased class sizes tremendously. Schools have had to cut down staffing as much as possible. Schools will only be able to offer the bare minimum, which will have a hugely negative impact on parents and students. Therefore, these are all the changes that make learning in a classroom virtually impossible. They may also explain the need for private tuition.
How can private tuition help?
Home tuition, learning online and home tutor are all topics that have been increasingly searched for this year on Google. Based on the troubles schools are facing, one can easily understand why that may be. The various forms of private tuition have been sought after by parents and students to keep up with the demanding workloads and inability to get one-on-one attention that schools are no longer able to provide. Seeking private tuition is not only beneficial, but necessary in order to earn desired grades in all subjects and levels.
How do I get private tuition?
Tutor House has got your answer. It’s simple: all you need to do to get started is send an email or give us a call.