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A Levels – Getting Revision Back-Up From Your Home Tutor

Whether you are just at the start of your journey on the path to A Levels, or whether you are nearing the exam date itself and would appreciate a little extra help prior to sitting your examinations, a home tutor can prove invaluable.

Your Revision Timetable

A good idea is to start off by creating a revision timetable – and here it cannot be stressed enough that it is crucial to incorporate some relaxation and leisure time into your revision schedule.  A sure-fire way of getting stressed about exams is not incorporating periods in your timetable to relax.  Basically if you incorporate leisure into your timetable then you won’t feel guilty about the half hour spent watching television or the twenty minutes spent chattering to friends.  It is also important to remember that your revision timetable is not cast in stone and it can be tweaked as and when required as time goes on.

Your home tutor can help you prepare a revision timetable or you can devise it yourself – but either way it is important to have one.

What To Expect From Your Home Tutor

Enlisting the services of a home tutor for A Level revision can prove instrumental in achieving higher grades.  The revision sessions should be motivating and inspirational and will be conducted in an environment where the pupil feels relaxed and encouraged to ask questions.  One-to-one lessons of this nature can help pupils gain a better understanding of the topic as a rapport is quickly developed between tutor and pupil.

The student can in fact dictate the lessons to a certain degree.  For example they might find trigonometry a breeze but struggle with calculus and this is where the home tutor can really come into their own.  Not only will they be able to devise specific revision aids for the subject matter, but they will be able to expand on the topic and adjust the lessons to go over and over the topic until “the penny drops” – which is something that time does not permit in a normal teaching environment.  The home tutor will also be in a position to provide past papers to work on as an additional revisionary aid, and from these papers will be able to assess where extra help would be beneficial.

Home tutors are motivated individuals who have a love of their subjects and who want to pass on their passions to their pupils.  They will understand the stresses and pressures that pupils are facing on their educational journeys and will often have innovative ways in which to help their pupils remember key facts and essential information relating to the subject being studied.

As we all learn differently, so we all have different preferences as to the way we revise.  Some pupils prefer to discuss the subject verbally, discussing the reasonings of why and how we do things in a certain manner, whilst other pupils prefer to plough through past papers.  Either way, a good home tutor will note how their pupils prefer to work, and will adapt the revision sessions accordingly.

In short, a home tutor will have in-depth knowledge of the subject and will understand the key specifics which examiners are looking for.  These snippets of information can prove priceless and indeed could mean the difference between a pupil achieving an average grade and a good grade.

How Schools Are Embracing The Private Home Tutor Culture

There are several reasons why a parent may consider employing the services of a home tutor, including:

  1. To provide their child with a little more help if they are struggling or falling behind in a particular subject.
  2. To provide additional support in order to pass a specific exam, for example the entrance examination for a particular school.
  3. To provide additional support with revision in general.

Whereas in the past parents may have felt cautious about using the services of a home tutor in case it was seen as a sign of dissatisfaction with their current school, some schools are now actively referring pupils to teaching agencies, particularly when the pupil is experiencing difficulties in a specific subject matter.

Many teachers nowadays are exasperated by the fact that there is a huge amount of subject matter to cover in the curriculum, and unfortunately time does not permit that they re-cap should pupils not be grasping a particular aspect.  Sadly there simply is not enough time to go over and over a subject until the “penny has dropped” for each student.  This can be particularly crucial when considering the subject of say, for example, mathematics, where pupils are taught the foundations of the subject with these basic key skills being built upon as the subject matter is delved into on a deeper level.  Basically if the foundations are not grasped then there is an increased likelihood of a pupil struggling further down the line.

With the best will in the world, school teachers simply do not always have the necessary resources or that precious gift of time to give every pupil the attention they may require, or indeed need.  This is where the employment of a home tutor can reap dividends and in no way is it suggesting that the school teachers are not fulfilling their roles, nor is it implying that they are doing a shoddy job.

A good home tutor will have similar teaching techniques to teachers in schools, having an understanding of the current methods of teaching.  Surely every parent up and down the land will at some stage or other, when trying to help their child with their homework, have heard the cry, “That’s not the way my teacher tells me to do it!” A home tutor with a grasp of modern teaching methods will be a valuable aid not only to the busy school teacher but also to the pupil who will no longer be baffled by the well-intentioned parent who would undoubtedly only confuse the matter by showing yet another way of doing a particular sum or task.

A home tutor will also have a thorough understanding of the national curriculum and will know what topics need to be covered.  Additionally, in the case of older pupils revising for examinations, the home tutor will have access to an array of past papers and will be fully aware of the essential information that examiners will be looking for.

For pupils who are struggling and lagging behind, the home tutor can give a real confidence boost and help children who were previously under-achieving come on in leaps and bounds.  This new found self confidence in their abilities can be a stimulus for learning and many schools are seeing the benefits of this in their classrooms.

From the above it is easy to see why schools nowadays are embracing the role of the private tutor and their services can be seen as an extra tool or resource on a child’s educational pathway.

Physics And Maths Tutors – Finding The Right One

The whole concept of finding a tutor to teach your child physics and maths (or any other subject come to that matter), can be a minefield.  You only have to type the words “physics and maths home tutor” into your search engine and you will be inundated with a plethora of different tutors all claiming to be the best.  So how do you go about finding the right tutor for your child?

Qualifications and References

First of all, it goes without saying that the tutor you choose should be qualified in their subject matter and have experience of teaching.  As a matter of course you should ask to see references and in this regard it can be useful to ask for a reference from a past pupil.  However, if such a reference is not available then a reference from a university or past employer would be equally acceptable.

So, putting the two above essential points aside, what other factors should you consider when choosing an appropriate tutor?

A Passion for their Subject Matter

Maths and physics can be incredibly tricky subjects to master – but taught with an innovative approach and a passion for the subject then not only will the topics come alive, but hopefully a stimulus for deeper learning and a hunger for further knowledge can be developed. A tutor’s passion for their subject really cannot be underestimated.

An Empathic Appproach

A good teacher will not only have a thorough understanding of the topic, but they should also be able to see the position through the eyes of their students.  In other words, the tutor should be able to look at the subject from the pupil’s point of  view and work towards creating a rapport where the pupil feels confident, at ease and able to ask questions or voice any difficulties they may be experiencing.

A Motivational and Encouraging Attitude

A good tutor will be able to explain difficult topics in a manner which the pupil can understand.  We all learn in different ways, some pupils prefer learning by sound, others by the written word, some prefer visual aids whilst other pupils learn via a combination of these methods.  The tutor you choose should work to quickly develop a bond with your child, enhancing the learning environment by adapting their lessons and delivering them in a manner suitable to your child’s best learning requirements.

Approachable – with Regular Feedback

Your tutor should be approachable – not only from the pupil’s point of view but as a parent you should also feel free to raise any concerns or queries that you may have.  A good tutor will not only explain what they believe to be the best course of action for your child, but they will also listen to your concerns, working around them to ensure that any worries you may have are ironed out from the outset.  It is important that you receive regular feedback regarding your child’s progress and a good tutor will offer this as a matter of course.  You should feel at ease asking questions and discussing your child’s progress and a good tutor will encourage and appreciate parental involvement in this way.

Affordability and Punctuality

Naturally the cost of home tuition will come into the equation, but it certainly should not be the “be all and end all” of the decision-making process.  It is obviously important for you to calculate your budget and to stick within it, but you also need to ensure that the tutor you choose is punctual.  It is no good paying, say, £20 per hour if the tutor is constantly late and only providing lessons of forty-five minute duration.

Taking all of the above into account, when sourcing a tutor for maths or physics it can be seen there are many different aspects to consider – but if a little research is done beforehand then the correct tutor can be located who will provide stimulating lessons and hopefully their passion for the subject will shine through and encourage a desire for gaining a deeper knowledge of these difficult subjects.