Tutoring

The Ultimate Guide To A-Level And GCSE 2017 Results Day

Alex Dyer | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

Just like with the exams themselves, you want a fully-functioning brain in case you have to make an important decision regarding your university choices, clearing or taking a year out.

Get Smart At Getting Smart

Farida Ahmed | Posted 28.04.2017 | UK
Farida Ahmed

The exam season is upon us! I remember how tough this period was as a student, and now teaching lots of my 'younger selves' has made me feel nostalgic. Below I've listed my top seven tips on how to be smart with revision.

Why Are Parents Turning To Private Tuition? And At What Cost?

Eddy Chan | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Parents
Eddy Chan

The OnePoll survey of one thousand parents of 10-16 year olds across the country found a staggering 45 per cent - nearly half - believe paying for a private tutor is crucial to guarantee success in exams, rather than relying on schools alone.

How To Help Your Children Ace The New GCSEs

Eddy Chan | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Parents
Eddy Chan

Exams seem to be emerging as a new battleground not only for children, but schools, government and now seem to be responsible for dragging parents into a new fear spiral. It's a very different world from when we were kids.

Is It Ever A Good Idea To DIY When It Comes To Your Child's Tutoring?

Ash Parsa | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Parents
Ash Parsa

Whether it's SATs, the 11+, GCSEs or A-Levels, there seems to be no end to the tests and exams our children have to work through. There's always something for them to study for, some target to reach, and it brings a lot of pressure.

Why I Have No Life

Farida Ahmed | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Farida Ahmed

This is the story behind the teller. I work 7 days a week. I have four (and a half) jobs. I am an academic mentor at a Sixth Form College, a Private Tutor, a Nanny, a Blogger and a Postgrad Student all in one. Honestly, sometimes it feels like I literally have no life.

The Myths Of Tuition

Farida Ahmed | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK Parents
Farida Ahmed

It is totally true that "it was different when we were at school". Especially when you consider the new GCSE structure due to start this summer. Following on from the positive response of the interview styled blog, I've switched the power into the hands of parents to dispel some of the most common myths about 1:1 support.

How Prepared Can You Be For An Oxbridge Interview?

Alex Dyer | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

In the upcoming weeks, the ancient, picture postcard cities of Oxford and Cambridge will become filled with the next generation of Oxbridge applicants...

The Importance Of 1:1 Support

Farida Ahmed | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Farida Ahmed

I've been through the standardised education system in the United Kingdom and I have to say, I was not and still am not, impressed.

Is Private Tutoring To Blame For Educational Inequality?

Alex Dyer | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK
Alex Dyer

Private Tutoring on the Rise Recent reports have claimed that over 25% of state-educated 11 to 16-year-olds have enlisted the help of a private tutor...

A-Level Results Day - Now What?

Alex Dyer | Posted 11.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

The countdown to A Level results day is approaching, and if you are waiting for your exam results it can be a time of excitement and uncertainty. You might be confident you will get the results you need, or be dreading hearing the news.

Single Sex or Mixed? Tough Decision!

Steve Spriggs | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK Parents
Steve Spriggs

There is rising pressure on toy manufacturers to make their playthings gender neutral so that girls don't only play with dolls and pink stuff and boys don't just wrestle with guns and non-pink stuff. Let toys be toys they say and let's treat children the same. That's all well and good except when it comes to education. More and more research shows that boys and girls learn differently and to monopolise on that, they can benefit by being taught separately.

The Impact of Brexit on Education

Steve Spriggs | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK Politics
Steve Spriggs

Baroness Warsi has switched sides from leave to remain, proving that with four days to go until the referendum, not everyone is decided. The latest polls suggest remain is pulling back into the lead but a poll is pure speculation and the fact is there's still everything to play for. Bookies have slashed the price of remaining - a much stronger tell.

A Curse Called Ofsted

Steve Spriggs | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Politics
Steve Spriggs

Are there words that strike fear into a teacher more than "Ofsted is visiting"? Cue sleepless nights producing a week's worth of lesson plans, a rainforest's worth of admin and cross your fingers that little Jonny who fires paper planes from the back of the class, is off with a cold. Then of course, careers hang in the balance and self-esteem is shot if the inspector that sat in your class for half an hour deems your teaching to be unsatisfactory.

In Defence of Private Tutoring

Steve Spriggs | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Steve Spriggs

Private tutoring is tantamount to "torture" and "child abuse", according to Gail Parkin, former President of the National Association of Head Teachers...

A Career In Art and Design

Luke Shelley | Posted 04.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Luke Shelley

I would never try to dissuade anyone with a real interest in the subject from studying visual arts at BA level; it's hugely worthwhile and a thriving undergraduate scene is the lifeblood of the industry. What I would say, though, is that if you have a passion for art and design, but you also have interests and ambitions elsewhere, then don't be afraid to follow those other interests; you might be surprised at how those they come to drive your eventual artistic practice.

The Future of the 11-Plus Exam and How Tutoring Will Be an Answer

James Brinsford | Posted 14.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Brinsford

With the 11-plus seemingly here to stay and despite some local authorities looking to make the exams 'coach proof', the need for private tutors will surely grow and with this a pathway to making them affordable for all will need to be sought.

Keeping Dyslexia Relevant - How the Government Can Give More Support to Schools and Teachers

Alex Dyer | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alex Dyer

Finding out your child has dyslexia can be an overwhelming experience, and the importance of trying to learn, understand and empathise with the condition should not be underestimated.

Should the Private Tutoring Industry be Regulated?

Alex Dyer | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

It is fast becoming one of the most popular jobs in the UK - and if the recent figures are true, the industry is now one of the most popular career choices out there...

What to Do on A-Level Results Day

Alex Dyer | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

Approaching results day can be a daunting experience for many students. Sometimes the anxiety and stress of the situation can often effect how you react and respond on the day itself. This article will help you decide on how best to handle whatever is thrown your way on results day.

Does Dyslexia Exist?

Alex Dyer | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

Dyslexia is characterised by difficultly reading, phonological (auditory) encoding problems, poor processing speed and the inability to use language skills effectively. It's also a reading disorder. Recent Professors from Durham and Yale University have suggested that Dyslexia is a Myth, that dyslexia should be abandoned as it lacks scientific clarity and educational value.

Stop Blaming Private Tutors

Ian Hunt | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ian Hunt

There has been a lot of press coverage recently for independent school Heads speaking out against private tutors. The language is coded in terms of an industry of hangers-on, opportunists, as if tutoring firms were simply taking advantage of middle-class foibles, creating extra work, distraction and pressure for their pupils.

UK Education System Needs to 'Step-Up' After Poor Pisa Results

Alex Dyer | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Politics
Alex Dyer

When comparing UK students to students in Asian countries such as China and Singapore, we can see these leading countries place huge importance on the value of education, which is just not replicated to the same degree in the UK.

Didn't Get Your A-Level Grades, What Now?

Alex Dyer | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Dyer

Clearing: if you've just missed out on your conditional offer don't worry, call both Universities and see what they say. I would advise you to write four or five bullet points down which you can refer back to when you're on the phone.

'Tutoring Boom'? Think Educational Bust

Nick de Taranto | Posted 30.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Nick de Taranto

Confession: I am a private tutor and the earnings from tutoring a number of school-age students often make up more of my income than I'd like to admit. This is not pass comment on the controversy surrounding the varying merits and detriments of private tuition. That's a separate debate.