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How To Make The Right A Levels Choice

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Deciding on your future is often a dilemma felt by students across Manchester and Cheshire this time of year. Many are compelled to pursue A levels as they improve your chances of gaining a long-term career.

They also give you the opportunity to properly consider all options while adding to your bag of qualifications.

Given, though, that A and AS levels are undergoing some changes, how do you know you’re making the best choice?

Swot up on the changes 

The new AS level is now a one year course, and doesn’t give you any marks towards your A level exam as in the past. Because new A levels are more linear in structure now, you can’t take exams after modules but at the end of the two year course.

Speak to your teachers about what the new exams ‘look’ like to see whether they are for you. Plus, be aware that UCAS have revised their points tariff for university entry. Check out the changes here.

Study what you enjoy

While A levels are different to – and much tougher than – GCSEs,  we still advise students to take subjects you absolutely love. If you are inspired by a subject, you’ll be inspired to work hard for it. As that’s what it takes!

Do your syllabus homework

If you’ve enjoyed a GCSE subject, we advise you carefully check out the A level syllabus whether you’re staying on at school or heading to sixth form college. Look at the range of topics and study opportunities – plus consider workload.

Look ahead now 

Already have a career in mind? Check out entry requirements for specific university courses now. Many of them require specific A level subject combinations, for instance – especially Medicine, Economics and Geology (amongst many others).

Improve your GCSE chances

First things first: you must secure your GCSE grades to open up your choices. Call 1-2-1 Home Tutors when you need a local private tutor to help boost confidence and give you the best chance of exam success this summer.

Fun Apps For Online Learning

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Most children nowadays seem to be joined at the hip to their computers, don’t they? Why not harness their interest in the Internet by dipping into the following websites to make learning extra fun.

1. National Geographic for Kids.  What a fascinating site this is – full of facts, games and videos about animals, nature, history and the planet. A must see!

2. PoraOra A gorgeously colourful site with interactive games and apps linked to the National Curriculum. Perfect for primary school children…

3. The BBC…  The BBC’s Bitesize website is so comprehensive – and always updated in line with National Curriculum changes. Covering both primary and secondary subjects, it’s a fantastic resource we urge you to use.

4. NASA for kids. UK astronaut Tim Peake’s recent space adventures seem to have caught the imagination of many a youngster. If your child is a would-be space explorer too, then spend some time exploring NASA for Kids. Great fun…

5. Learning Games for Kids. Although an American site, it is packed with fun learning games covering a wide spectrum of subjects. Everything from Maths and English to brain games, Science and Geography.

Anything which inspires learning is worth spending time on. Here at 121 Home Tutors, covering Manchester and some parts of Cheshire, our private tutors help primary, secondary and A level youngsters find learning more accessible.

If your son or daughter is stuck, going round in circles or has lost confidence in a subject, we can definitely help you today. Whether you’re interested in online tutoring or a tutor visiting your home, just get in touch…