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University admissions down – what are the options?

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

UCAS (The University Admissions Service) have just released figures showing that early admission to universities are down again this year by 8%.  This is the second year running that applications to universities are down following the introduction of higher fees. The official deadline for applications is the 15th Jan so the whole picture won’t be clear until then but it’s safe to say the hike in fees seems to be putting some people off applying to university. So if higher fees are putting you off University or you just want to look at the alternatives then what are your options?

  • It’s a good idea to first think about whether university is the right choice for you. We wrote a blog post about this so you can think through the specifics such as whether there is a course which suits your future career aspirations.
  • Have a look at which will give you information on lots of options including apprenticeships.
  • Consider some time out for travel and gaining work experience.  It often helps to have 12 months out of education to really think about the direction you want to be going in. Work experience can also help you decide if your chosen career path is the right one for you.
  • The other option is to go straight into the workforce, and there are companies that will offer training or sponsorship through university.

If you need help with a UCAS application or tutoring for AS, A2 and A Level in Manchester and Cheshire (Alderley Edge, Cheadle, City Centre, Trafford and other areas) then call 121 Home Tutors.


Ready for 2013?

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

By now you’ll be well into a lovely long break over Christmas and New Year. It’s important to have some downtime but this is also a great time to reflect on how the year has gone and if your first term back at school has been enjoyable and successful.

Now is a great time to set some resolutions for the new year and start back in 2013 on a positive note.

  1. Think (honestly) about how the first term has gone. Now is a good time to stop and decide if you have put in the right amount of effort or if things need to change slightly. If you don’t know whether you are on track then ask your teacher, parent or tutor.
  2. Don’t forget to focus on what you have done well instead of everything that has gone wrong.  This is the perfect time to make changes without it affecting your whole academic year.
  3. Where would you like to be by Easter? If there is one area you need help with then it’s a good time to start working with a private, one to one tutor who can focus on that topic and build your confidence.
  4. Do you cope well with your work during the year? What we often hear from our students is that they actually really enjoy their subjects but they struggle with planning and organising their study and leisure time. You need time for yourself (even when you are revising) and the best way to get this is to plan out your study time and leave gaps for rest and relaxation.
  5. Talk to someone. Christmas is a really relaxed time and a good time to share concerns with a friend, parent or tutor.

We hope you all have a great Christmas and fantastic 2013. If you’d like to know more about our one to one private tutoring in Manchester, Stockport, Sale, Altrincham and Trafford, Heaton Mersey and local areas then drop us a line.

Is txt speak the future?

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Did you know 20 years ago this month the first ever text message was sent. A Vodafone employee sent a message from his computer to a colleague’s mobile phone – then known as a telenote message (and for those interested it said ‘Merry Christmas’). Fast forward twenty years and telenotes have become texts and around 3 billion texts will be sent in the UK this week.

From an educational point of view texting has had a huge impact – with an estimated three-quarters of 10 years old owning a phone. Many schools have now banned phones within schools because of the disruption they cause in class but the introduction of texting has been much more far reaching. Texting has changed the way we communicate, making it instantaneous but at the same time slightly removed. We can’t see the face of the person we are talking to or pick up on subtle expressions that tell you more about what a person is saying. Texting is very easy to do – a quick message dashed off without thought, especially from another child and without context, can upset your child. On the plus side it allows children who might otherwise be shy face to face a way of communicating and building friendships.

It has also significantly changed the language we use, from the introduction of text speak to disappearing punctuation. We often hear from parents that they are concerned about text speak replacing conventional language and that it might impact on their child’s academic achievement.  Although the last thing we want to see is bad grammar and sentence construction we view language as constantly changing. We feel encourgaging any form of communication and language use is a good thing and you can always modify how your child uses language as you go along.

If you have any concerns about your child and their literacy skills then one to one tutoring (we cover Manchester and Cheshire) can help, contact 121 Home Tutors.