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GCSE Results Day

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

You’ve worked very hard and probably had a very nervous last few days but the wait is finally over, it’s  GCSE Results Day.

We get lots of calls on results day and in the weeks after, often from students who haven’t got the grades they wanted or expected and don’t quite know what to do next.

We’ve come up with a few hints and tips for GCSE Results Day and coping with less than hoped for grades.

  1. Keep calm.  Unless you have failed every subject across the board then there is no need for panic. Focus on the results that are important – so those you wanted to further study at A Level and Maths and English. If your results might affect your place at a college or sixth form then it’s a good idea to find an advisor or teacher on results day and talk through your options. Many colleges won’t automatically discount you if you have achieved slightly less than expected at GCSE.
  2. Get practical. Have you struggled all year with a subject and not got the grade you expected? Are you still planning to study it at A Level? Sometimes a weak grade can be a bit of a wake up call to seriously explore your options.  That subject might not be right for you but you could fly in another area.
  3. Deal with the basics. Most colleges and universities will want you to have at least a C in GCSE Maths and English so if your grades have fallen below that level then you need to talk to someone about resits or appeals.

At 121 Home Tutors we often start working with A Level students as they begin college or sixth form, particularly if they have struggled with their GCSEs. If you’d like more information on private tutoring in Manchester and Cheshire (Heaton Mersey, Trafford, Wilmslow) then contact us today.  You can also call the exam results helpline on – 0808 100 8000

A Level Results Day

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

It’s the night before the big day, Thursday 16th August  – AS and A2 Level results day. Last year we blogged about what to do if things don’t go according to plan or you don’t get the grades you expected.

Some of you might be in a position to need the opposite advice – what do you do if you grades are better than you expected? It sounds like a great position to be in (and it’s one our students who work with tutors find themselves in) but what should your next steps be?

–          Before we get into the serious stuff give yourself a massive pat on the back. You just exceeded all expectations and you should be very proud.

–          Now down to the nitty gritty. If you have a firm place at university but have exceeded the grades needed then you can use the UCAS Adjustment service.  This allows you to reconsider what you want to study and where you want to study it. You can apply for adjustment but still keep your original offer.

–          If you now have excellent grades but there are no places at the university or on the course you want then consider taking a year off (working or travelling is a great life experience) and then reapplying for a place next year.

At 121 Home Tutors we can help with private tutoring in Manchester and Cheshire (Sale, Wilmslow and local areas) for those at GCSE, A Level and University. Call us today for a no-obligation chat. You can also call the exam results helpline on 0808 100 8000. 


Summer holiday quiz

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

We thought we’d come up with something a bit different for this blog as we know you’ll have some days to fill with the kids. Here’s a quiz and activity session to keep those brain cells ticking over, encourage your child to use different resources to find the answer – tv, newspapers, the library, the internet, asking friends and family. This quiz would probably best suit 8-12 year olds.

  •  Who is the Prime Minister and when was he elected?
  • If you were Prime Minister what rule would you introduce? Can you write a short story telling us about your first day as Prime Minister.
  • Find something to record your mum or dad’s voice. Next ask your mum or dad these questions:

What was your favourite subject at school?

What did you want to be when your grew up?

Did you have any pets when you were a child?

What was your favourite thing to do when you were a child?

Now look at a newspaper and try and turn their answers into a newspaper article.


  • Look in your garden, can you find and name 5 animals (they don’t have to be big ones).
  • Where does the Queen live?
  • What is the capital of England?
  • How many people live in the town or village you live in?
  • What colour is a ruby?
  • Where is Loch Ness? What is supposed to be in Loch Ness?
  • Where were you born?

We’ll put the answers up in a few days!