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Published: April 27, 2012 Written by Alex for Tutor House
August 23, 2017
Why GCSEs matter
With GCSE results day only round the corner, 15 and 16 year-olds across the country will be biting their nails in anticipation awaiting their results. Whilst the importance of doing well in A-Levels has been heralded of late; of course, A-Level results come out a full week before GCSE results. It’s often overlooked just how important GCSEs can be.
Here’s why GCSEs are so important:
1. They prepare you
Up until Year 11, while you have set regular examinations in the forms of SATs and other internal assessments, GCSEs are the first on a long road of exams until you complete your degree (if you choose to take your education that far). They will set the bar for how you approach all other exams and essentially “mature” you for the long journey that is your academic future.
2. They discipline you
How hard you work for your exams does reflect your grade; the harder you work, the better you’ll do. If you can leave an exam hall knowing you’ve tried your best, then often you will achieve. It means a lot that you continue this practice through to your degree; knowing that you will continue putting in the most effort you can.
3. They are a gateway to your future
If all the above don’t interest you, it doesn’t matter. The biggest point to take from GCSEs is that without them, you can’t go to university and subsequently partake in a number of careers; including doctor, lawyer, engineer, these all require B or higher at GCSE level, or even labour careers such as plumber or electrician. Most apprenticeships now also require students to have at least a C in Maths and English GCSE – which is the minimum you need to be accepted into certain colleges and sixth forms too.
Even university applications will consider how well you did at GCSEs now, rather than at AS-Levels, which are being fazed out of the schooling system. So they will see your GCSEs as a mark of what you could be predicted to achieve for your A-Levels.
So what if I fail?
Firstly, don’t panic. However, the last point we’ve made is critical; if you fail your Maths and English GCSE we strongly advise you retake them. With almost every career path, these GCSEs especially are essential. The good thing with GCSEs is that you can retake them in November, January and May/June each academic year.
There are loads of avenues you can take to resit these crucial exams, starting with getting some private tuition with Tutor House. We offer degree-educated, DBS checked and friendly tutors that can either tutor online or come straight to you door. They will prepare you for any GCSE resits and see you overcome the first hurdle of your academic careers.
We also offer specialised in-house Maths and English GCSE retake classes in our London offices. These are staffed and supervised by our professional tutors.
Moreover, we partner with an exam centre; so you don’t have to worry about finding a location to resit.
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.
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 private tutor 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 exam papers 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 very good 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.
You can Learn more about Short retake courses at Tutor House or simply contact us by mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0203 9500 320
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