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Too old to learn?

Monday, January 27th, 2014

If you left school early, are out of work, want to retrain for a new job or just need something new and exciting in your life then tutoring could be for you.

You might be wondering if tutoring would be the right thing for you, you might be a bit scared about taking the first step back into learning. Maybe you think grown ups don’t go back and learn things they should have known years ago. But you’d be wrong. We’ve helped hundreds of adults learn – from brushing up their basics maths and English skills to learning a new language for a work move.

One to one tutoring is a brilliant way to reintroduce yourself to education:

  • You can work in your home.
  • You can work at your pace.
  • You can work with a tutor to decide exactly what you want to learn.
  • You can cover topics from GCSE English to aptitude testing for your next job.

Here are our top tips for finding the right tutor to work with…

–       Search for a reputable tutoring company where the tutors are checked.

–       Meet the prospective tutor and ensure you feel confortable with them.

–       Decide what you want to achieve from the tutoring and what success will look like to you.

–       Agree the practical bits like when and where you will meet and any charges.

If you’d like to know more about adult one to one tutoring in Manchester (Sale, Didsbury, Chorlton, and other areas) call 121 Home Tutors. 


Online tutoring – is it the future?

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Over the last few years we’ve seen lots of online tutoring companies pop up. And there are plenty of online learning methods.

Here at 121 Home Tutors we offer online tutor in a number of different subjects including:

English – lower secondary, scholarship entry exams, GCSE, proofreading, general writing

History – lower secondary, scholarship entry exams, GCSE, AS, A2, degree

Maths – primary, 11+, entrance tests, GCSE, A level

Physics – GCSE, AS, A2

Psychometric aptitude tests – for graduate job applications

How does online tutoring work?

We use the same tutors we use for face to face tutoring – they are of the same high standard. For many students we combine online and face to face tutoring so we work with tutors who are able to provide tutoring in both ways.

We can also offer tutoring that just happens online – and we use a variety of technologies. So it could be Skype or Facetime to create the same face to face tutorial feeling. We also use Google+ Hangouts as well as constantly exploring new technologies for distance, online tutoring.

What are the benefits?

  • It’s great for students who live in rural areas, don’t want to have a tutor in the home (this can be for many reasons such as no quiet area to study). This form of tutoring also means we can help students in any part of the country or the world.
  • Online tutoring can be more flexible – tutors might not be able to travel to a students home early in the morning or late at night but might be able to offer online tutoring at those times. It can also be useful for students who struggle to concentrate for long face to face tutoring sessions as you can break online learning into shorter 15 or 30 minute sessions.
  • It works well for a number of subjects but can be especially helpful for essay based topics where the tutor can look a piece of work and then chat through any issue during a web based tutorial.

If you are interested in online tutoring then contact 121 Home Tutors today.