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5 top tips for exam success

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Exam season is here again. But are you ready for it? With just weeks to go before sitting your GCSE or A level exams, revision can feel overwhelming.

And if you missed part of the course through illness, or lost confidence after a mock exam disappointment, it’s essential to make the most of any spare time you have.

First, don’t panic! Here are 5 useful revision tips from our team of private tutors across Manchester and Cheshire:

  1. Do plenty of timed practise papers to help you overcome exam nerves. Sit with an egg timer – without tv or music distractions – and practise, practise, practise!
  2. Look over marked mock papers and test questions. Where did you go wrong? Spend longer revising those weaker areas to boost your confidence.
  3. Organise your time. Draw up a revision time table and stick to it! Lots of 30 minute intense revision sessions can be more productive than sitting for hours at a time not getting anywhere.
  4. Use sticky notes for quotes/facts, acronyms and mind maps to help you remember key information.
  5. If you hit a brick wall during a revision session, take a break and come back to it with a fresh mind.

Focused revision now will help you get through the next few weeks still smiling. That’s where one to one tuition with a subject specialist can really help.

Instead of wasting time trying to find answers, we can teach you all the revision techniques you need. For focused exam support with a local GCSE or A Level tutor, call 121 Home Tutors now.

Shhh – don’t talk about your tutor!

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Do you use a private tutor for your children? Have you been tutored yourself? Do you talk to other parents about it or do you keep it private?

This month Harry Wallop discussed tutoring  – and how tutors now outnumber those who work in the NHS, solicitors or teachers. His view was that tutoring is almost underground, something rarely discussed and a bit of a secret.

In our experience that’s not the case. We have many parents who share the details of their tutor with other parents. We know lots of parents who chat about their child’s difficulties with other parents, often leaning on them for support and advice. In Harry’s article he focuses on the race to get children into ‘good’ or selective schools and it’s this competitive element that seems to lead to more secrecy – parents don’t want other parents to know their kids are getting an extra boost!

But for some parents the opposite is true and they want everyone to know they can afford a private tutor and boast about how well their child is doing.

There are no rules when it comes to having a tutor – you don’t have to tell anyone or you can tell the world. But what you might find is that the key to finding a really good tutor is word of mouth recommendation.

If you need help finding a private one to one tutor for your child in Manchester or Cheshire (covering Sale, Heaton Moor, Trafford) call 121 Home Tutors today.