Here you can see a few clips of tutor house tutors at work. The clips show how tutors teach and what topics they cover. There are examples of private tuition and the tutor house Easter Revision courses.
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Published: April 27, 2012 Written by Alex for Tutor House
August 21, 2014
Newsletter to Tutors
With exam results out and the end of summer nearing, many of you will be thinking about tutoring for the next academic year. Whether you have existing clients you will be tutoring or you are looking for new clients, Tutor House have a number of upcoming opportunities which may be of interest to you. So watch this space!
Tutor House continues to grow along with the need for high calibre tutors across all subjects and levels. If you are looking to increase your chances of landing yourselves with more tutoring work, then do let us know. This year, Tutor House will be working directly with you to enhance your prospects of becoming successful Tutors. If you need help with your personal profile, need more skills and qualifications or simply want to attend a refresher course in a given subject you wish to tutor, let us know. Our aim is to help foster and develop top quality Tutors by providing the means to make that happen. Have you ever had to turn away a job teaching a child with dyslexia only because you didn’t have the appropriate experience? Or would you like to start tutoring for iGCSEs but have no idea on how to do so? Then Tutor House is here to help.
This year, Tutor House will be running courses, revision classes and group lessons at our Exam Centre in Liverpool Street. We will be looking for highly experienced tutors to run the classes. If this is something of interest to you and you would like to be considered for such an opportunity then do contact us.
Furthermore, Tutor House welcomes all tutors to share their thoughts and opinions on any educational related subject matter over our blog. We are looking for opinionated tutors with an active voice to start discussions on key areas currently affecting the educational sector. This is a great opportunity to share your thoughts with a wide variety of people who visit our site each day.
To speak to Tutor House’s consultants for more information on any of the above mentioned points, email email@example.com.
September 6, 2012
What makes ‘the best’ tutor?
1. CRB and security checks – It’s very important for tutors to be CRB checked. It’s best to hire 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.
September 11, 2014
5 Tips for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs)
So you’ve finished university, you’ve got your degree and you’ve got your first teaching job, but as the summer holiday draws to an end your thoughts have probably turned to your new career.
Over the summer holiday you have probably already spent hours printing and laminating titles for your displays, organising folders and arranging your classroom. These jobs are certainly useful and a great way to feel slightly more prepared, but until you meet your class you will be holding your breath. To be honest you will probably realise around October half term that you forgot to breathe out.
So other than remembering to breathe what can an NQT do to prepare for their first year?
The team at PlanBee have put their heads together and come up with the top five things they wish they had been told before opening their classroom doors that first September.
1. Work life balance
Start your career as you mean to go on. Get into a routine of good habits from September, start with setting yourself a bedtime and sticking to it. Be strict about when you shut down your computer. You could plan and prepare all night, but it won’t improve your teaching. Make sure you set aside at least one work free evening during the week and a day at the weekend. Don’t feel guilty about taking some time for yourself, teaching is a vocation so make sure you look after your own health!
A friend of PlanBee worked until 2 am every night during the first term of her NQT year, unsurprisingly she burnt out by Christmas.
2. Ask for help
No one will think you are a terrible teacher if you ask someone to explain something to you again. It is much better to ask for clarification before you spend hours working on something. Asking for help early stops you feeling like you have waisted time when you inevitably need to redo it.
In every school we have worked we have found teachers hiding in the cupboard sobbing. Most of the time they were upset because they were exhausted and overwhelmed. Ask for help before this happens. Teaching is a team effort!
3. Know when to say no
Obviously there is the wrong time to say no, but in most circumstances if you respond professionally no one will think any less of you. Everyone in a school is busy and at times your colleagues will share out jobs and add to your work load. If you have too much to do, just explain, no one will think less of you.
4. Everyone makes mistakes
If a child in your class found something difficult, or made a mistake you wouldn’t write them off as a failure. Yet teachers can be unbelievably hard on themselves. Everyone makes mistakes. A motto we have used in schools is ‘mistakes are where the learning happens’. This is true for everyone, embrace your mistakes no one expects you to get everything right all the time!
5. Create an effective learning environment
This does not mean laminating everything! The most important thing in a classroom is you. You create the atmosphere. If your classroom is an area where the children and adults feel valued, secure and respected then half the work is done. If your class understand the boundaries, why they are there and that everyone is treated fairly they will enjoy learning and thrive. When children enjoy being in your class you can get on with enjoying teaching them!
Extra Tip: Consider Getting into Private Tuition
In the UK, particularly London, there is a huge demand additional education support for students studying from Common Entrance right through to A-Levels. At Tutor House, we will consider applications for new private tutors to join our team as long as you have a CRB certificate, a university degree and/or a teaching qualification, and have at least 3 years teaching experience. For more information on how you can become a private tutor, please contact us via our tutors contact form.
We’d like to thank PlanBee for researching and writing this fantastic article. PlanBee provide primary teaching resources for teachers looking for primary lesson plans, information about new curriculums and much more.