Archive For The “Tutoring” Category

My Maths Tutor Camps in My Garden

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Canadian student Evan Eames camped for 10 months in the back garden of a house in Stockport whilst completing his master’s in astrophysics. In exchange for a free pitch, he gave Charley Mantack, the owner, tuition in maths to help her pass her GCSE maths course at Stockport College. With university fees set to increase over…

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Avoiding the ‘summer slide’: should my child study during the summer hols?

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Parents, teachers, educationalists and even children themselves will have wildly varying opinions – so, should children be studying during their summer holidays? A recent article interviewed Adam Tindill, assistant director at an Explore Learning tuition centre in Wolverhampton. Adam recognizes the phenomenon of the ‘summer slide’ or ‘regression’, where children’s educational attainment seems to go backwards over the holidays,…

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Save the Bassoon!

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How many people recognise the bassoon? Would you be able to pick it out of a woodwind lineup? According to professional bassoonist Bram Van Sambeek, the humble bassoon is a species under threat. Van Sambeek is at the forefront of a new campaign to promote the bassoon, and thus save the symphony orchestra. The campaign…

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14-year-old gets an A* in Chinese – with help from a private tutor

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Norfolk-based 14-year-old Oliver Coe developed a passion for learning Chinese 6 years ago, despite being unable to learn it at school. With the help of private tutor Jing Song, he has just passed his GCSE Mandarin with flying colours – achieving an A* grade two years before most teenagers take the exam. According to the Eastern Daily…

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Does your child have a growth mindset?

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One of our tutors recently wrote a short article about the difference between having a fixed and a growth mindset. Sometimes learners get so caught up in the content of what they’re learning, they forget that it is the attitude, the frame of mind, which is all-important. If you have a negative stereotype about your learning capacity, it…

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What is private tuition?

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Do you know for sure what private tuition is? We’ve recently created a new introduction to private tuition to explain just that. Following a simple definition of private tuition, the explanation goes on to look at its place in the modern world, and in particular, the UK. One interesting aspect of private tuition in the UK is that…

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“I’m drawing the periodic table in my bedroom!”

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“When we’ve finished on the cello, can I show you my periodic table?” My 8 year old pupil loves playing the cello, but he also loves anything and everything to do with science. He couldn’t wait for the end of the lesson so he could show me the periodic table he had been constructing using…

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Is it really true that a quarter of children are being tutored?

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The short answer is no, despite what the media might report. Hysterical news stories about the rise of tutoring, the death of childhood, the tiger parent and the super tutor seem to dominate the media discourse surrounding tutoring. A common statistic often used to back up these stories is the claim that around 1 in 4 children…

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Private Tuition Fees – what rates do tutors charge?

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If you’re choosing a tutor for yourself or your child, you’re bound to consider the cost. What is a fair fee, and what factors will influence what a tutor charges? The Tutor Pages collects data on how much independent private tutors charge, and so this is a good place to start. Our data shows that, in 2016, tutors across…

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Homeschooling – a growing trend?

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Home education, or homeschooling (blanket terms covering a wide range of non-school-based learning) is currently a hot topic. There are many reasons why families choose to take their children out of the formal education system; illness, ideology, problems with bullying, special needs, disengagement. Equally, there are many different forms of home education, such as flexi-schooling,…

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