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Published: April 27, 2012 Written by Alex for Tutor House
March 21, 2018
How important are your English and Maths GCSEs?
If you first don’t succeed, try, try and try again! Or at least, for the sake of your future, you absolutely must pass (with a B or 5 grade on the new system) the English and maths GCSE to move forward academically and vocationally.
The importance of you succeeding in these two GCSEs cannot be stressed enough. Whether you’re looking to go onto a sixth form or college, or even just undertake a vocational apprenticeship, it has become absolutely essential for all candidates to have passing maths and English GCSE grades.
It can be easy to underestimate these subjects, especially if you will just be dropping them when you continue study. It may be easy to ask: “Why is maths GCSE important?” Or “If I’m going to drop English GCSE, why does it matter I do well?” The maths and English GCSE ensures you have good enough numeracy and literacy skills to go on to your chosen career path in whatever field.
If you don’t pass your English and maths GCSE, you can’t:
• Go to college/sixth form – Colleges and sixth forms require candidates to have at least a 5 grade and above in English and maths GCSE. Without this, you won’t be able to proceed to A-Levels, BTEC or Pre-U and hence, go on to your chosen career path.
• Do foundation courses – Even if you miss your college experience altogether but still want to go to university, you will need to do a foundation course. To do a foundation course, you will need to have passing grades in maths and English GCSE.
• Do an apprenticeship – On the UCAS website, it states that students wanting to undertake an apprenticeship at the age of 16 must have at least five GCSEs, all with passing grades.
How do I pass my English and maths GCSE?
That’s a simple question to answer, but it will require a lot of work from you.
1) For starters, study, study, study! I know it may be hard to understand certain concepts, but the more time and effort you put in, the better you will do. You can’t expect to pass without putting in any actual work.
2) Of course, we’re biased, but get a tutor. There’s a reason one in three families have one, and it’s because tuition actually works. Having a professional tutor come to you to help you understand concepts and prepare you for the exam is the quickest route to success.
3) Attend a revision course. A revision course is a quick and direct way to understand exam content and practice – making sure you utilise techniques that will get you the most marks in your exam. We host a number of exam courses throughout the year, find out more here.
March 20, 2012
Tuition really can be easy and fun ,
now of course that’s easier said than done,
and we’re not saying that our tutors are ‘super-tutors’
but they are certainly more helpful than facebook or computers.
They make sure that you understand your work,
which is better than sitting at home going berserk;
our tutors help you understand the syllabus through and through,
giving you confidence in class, being able to answer questions out of the blue.
Tutors are not here to set you lots of things to do,
they’re here to help build confidence and help mentor you,
they’re here to take your mind off facebook and C.O.D
which I know sounds a little bit odd,
but you need to get your head down and study
and that is where a tutor can be your buddy,
helping you through these tricky exams and tests,
they’ve been there before so they know what’s best.
So keep your head down and work like a little mouse,
if you need any help just contact tutor house.
July 24, 2012
What makes ‘a good’ private tutor?
1. CRB and security checks – It’s very important for tutors to be CRB checked. It’s best to hirer a tutor through a company, as they should hold tutors CRB certificates and reference for tutors. Make sure you ask when speaking with the company.
2. Private tutor experience and knowledge – The tutor should ideally have a minimum of two years tutoring experience. Ideally they are teachers from local schools or colleges. A PGCE is preferable but certainly not compulsory, many teachers work for 20 years not having a PGCE but they are fantastic tutors and sometimes are more flexible and understanding than qualified peers.
3. Knowledge of exams and boards- All tutors should have an in-depth knowledge of exam structure, typical questions and key word answers. In addition it’s important that tutors understand the differences between exam boards, often there are big differences. For example A-Level psychology AQA board covered many different topics and is assessed via essay exam questions and short answers, whereas OCR psychology is based on case studies and answers to questions are completely different.
4. Recourses, exam papers and mark schemes – It’s paramount that tutors have sufficient exam past papers, mark schemes and key words and phases that answer questions. An important role that tutors should play, which some schools almost disregard is concentrating on past exam papers. You wouldn’t sit your driving test without any lessons! Same thing applies here, exam papers are so important.
5. Feedback and update on progress- Tutors should ideally give the student feedback once a week and the parents once every other week. This helps to set goals and make sure student complete homework. It also helps to keep parents abreast of what tutors and children are achieving in the lessons.
6. Fun and rapport- This is one of the most important tips. Education can, as we know be boring, tutors must be enthusiastic and really enjoy what they teach! They just gel well with the children and work closely with them. A tutor must be engaging and keen to help.
7. Working with a company – The best advice here is that tutors should really work for a tutoring company. Why? Well for piece of mind really, tutors will have to be CRB checked and you have someone else to talk to in times of trouble. Also the tutoring company that you decided to use should be helpful and provide additional tutoring services. There should be someone else on the end of the phone or email.
8. Exam techniques and study skills – A tutor and indeed a tutoring company should help children with additional study skills and educational support. This can be anything from folder organization and devising a homework diary to helping dyslexic children realize their potential by providing techniques that can really help them use their strengths.
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