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Tutoring and education news

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Here’s a round up of what’s happening in the world of education and tutoring…

Did you know you can get a ‘placement consultant’ to help get your child into the ‘right school’. A kind of head hunter for 8 year olds!

Four and five year olds will be tested on literacy and reasoning from 2016

What does the gender gap mean for boys and girls in school (and once they leave)

University applications on the rise

If you want to chat to us about anything that’s happening in the world of education and tutoring you can find our details here. 

Private Tutoring in the news

Monday, June 17th, 2013

It’s been a busy month in the world of private tutoring with coverage across the media on whether tutoring is a good or a bad thing.

A Guardian investigation said that modest income and ethnic minority families are behind the boom in tutoring.

At 121 Home Tutors our students come from a wide variety of economic and ethnic backgrounds with very differing needs – some want more intensive coaching to the pass the 11+, while some just need an hour a week to help with a tricky topic or subject area.

Radio 4 discussed tutoring on You and Yours and The Guardian ran a letter from a university lecturer about what she perceived as the downsides of tutoring.  There has also been plenty of coverage of Ben Thomas’s (headmaster of Thomas’s prep school in Battersea) tirade against private tutoring. His main concern was that childhood is being swallowed up by the emphasis on tutoring to get into certain schools.

If you’d like to know more about our approach to private tutoring in Manchester and Cheshire you can call 121 Home Tutors.


How to become a private tutor

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

At 121 Home Tutors we regularly get calls and emails from people who are interested in becoming private tutors. Some of these people are already teachers, have teaching qualifications, have tutored in the past or have some sort of educational experience. However,  many have no teaching experience or qualifications at all and want to take the first step into tutoring. Here’s a quick guide for those who want to start a new career in tutoring.

  • You’ll need a specialist subject and usually at one level above those you are teaching. So if you want to teach A Level Maths you’ll need a degree in Maths (or a closely related subject).
  • If you only have industry experience you may still work as a tutor but it’s a good idea to try and get some work experience in tutoring or training.  One way is to offer to volunteer in schools.
  • You generally don’t need a PGCE (teaching qualification) to tutor but it may be worth exploring further qualifications to enhance your CV.
  • In general most tutors are self-employed so be prepared to find your own work and to have ups and downs in your income. Tutoring often happens in evenings and at weekends to fit around school times.
  • Many tutors work in their students’ homes so you’ll need transport and may have to pass a DBS (previously known as a CRB) check.
  • Depending on what you are teaching you will need to be aware of the syllabus for the subject you are teaching and any educational changes that impact on your tutoring.
  • Remember when you apply for a tutoring post to put together a well-composed CV and letter and proofread it very carefully.

If you’d like to know more about private tutoring in Manchester and Cheshire you can contact us here or you can apply to be a private tutor through our website.

Be a better tutor in 2013

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

At 121 Home Tutors we think it’s important to find ways to continually improve our tutoring skills. This is about more than keeping up with general educational changes or a new syllabus. It’s about how we can be the best possible tutor so we can help students improve their own skills and confidence.  You can be a good tutor if you know your subject but a great tutor needs to love their subject and have skills such as good organisation and the ability to build relationships quickly. We’ve gathered together some top tips to help you be the best tutor possible this year.

  • If you are considering being a tutor then you have to think about how much you enjoy your subject area. It’s important that you are really enthused about what you tutor and can pass this onto a student. Why? Because the students you encounter will often have a bad relationship with the subject you are teaching so you need to find ways to turn them back onto it and want to learn again.
  • Know your own skills. Don’t fall into the trap of offering tutoring in areas you are weak in, you have to be honest about this and know your strengths.
  • Agree fees (how much and how you will be paid), tutoring times (and length) and location (somewhere quiet) before you start any tutoring with a student. It’s a good idea to also have this in writing.
  • Be clear about what is expected of you and your student. You need to establish this very early in tutoring (and revisit it often).  It’s a good idea to sit down with your student (and parents if appropriate) and talk about what they want to get out of tutoring, what they expect from a tutor and what you are able to offer.
  • Be prepared to talk about how you tutor and the methods you use. If you are new to tutoring then you need to think about this.
  • There are certain things you have to be prepared to do as a tutor – you have to turn up on time and where you said you would, you need to be organised and able to keep records and paperwork in order. You have to be able to keep your student (and their parents) informed of their progress.
  • You will have different relationships with different students but you have to be prepared to work on them and always keep them professional.
  • If tutoring is likely to continue for some time then it’s good to agree up front how many months it might be for (so you can plan your own workload). You can also then talk about booking holidays and what will happen over school holidays. At this stage you also need to discuss what happens if you or your student want to cancel one session or end a tutoring agreement.
  • Get planning – every tutoring session will need some thought about structure, content and what your student will get out of it.
  • Find ways to establish rapport quickly and get to know your student – ask lots of questions, especially open ones which start a conversation and encourage your student to think.  Remember to give your student enough time to form an answer and respond. Be prepared to wait and listen. Make sure your student knows they can ask you questions.
  • Get into the habit of praising. There will be times when you have to correct but try to find the good parts of what your student is doing.
  • Apart from teaching the subject you should find ways of teaching your student the skills they need to succeed – from essay writing, to analytical thinking and providing evidence to back up their arguments. Don’t presume a student has these skills and even if they do they can always benefit from refreshing.
  • Give structured, quality, feedback regularly both verbally and in writing. Check your student is making progress and meeting the objectives you set at the beginning of tutoring. You also need to make sure parents receive feedback as well. As well as monitoring your student you need to make sure you are doing a good job, ask for feedback from your student and parents and be prepared to take criticism on board.

If you are interested in private one to one tutoring in Manchester and Cheshire, whether you have primary, secondary, A Level or industry experience then we’d like to hear from you. You can contact us here.