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Encouraging teenagers to study – an impossible task?

July 23rd, 2009 by Emily

Education can often be the last thing on a teenager's mind, particularly when there is plethora of computer games, social networking sites and TV channels competing for their attention.

Encouraging a child to study can be the hardest challenge a parent or private tutor will face, particularly during the school holidays when teenagers have put ... Read More »

Tutoring via Twitter?

August 13th, 2009 by Emily

It seems that not a day goes by without some reference to Twitter in the media; be it a wayward politician telling all about inner-party secrets or an overpaid footballer throwing a tantrum about their recent transfer dealings, Twitter seems to be the weapon of choice if you want to make yourself heard these days. But does it have the potential to help private tutors deliver t... Read More »

Combat text speak with English tuition

October 20th, 2010 by Emily

A good command of the English language is vital for success - not just at work, but in everyday life too. Unfortunately, many young people struggle with English and find themselves unable to spell, construct sentences or use grammar correctly. Some one to one tuition in English can help to correct any errors and lazy habits picked up by students more used to texting than writing proper English in longhand with a fountain p... Read More »

Brain training via the computer – does it work?

August 10th, 2009 by Emily

There has been a strong trend in recent years towards 'educational' computer games which are thought to aid brain efficiency. These games, which usually take the form of puzzles such as number games and word teasers, have been endorsed by celebrities including Julie Walters, Patrick Stewart and Nicole Kidman. How effective are they as educational aids?

Brain training, in an... Read More »

Dyslexia and the Education System

April 29th, 2013 by Narinda

...things your SENCO never told you!

"I am a parent first, and secondly a... (in my case 'tutor')"

Many parents say that, don't they?

But when it comes to having a child with dyslexia - the two roles have to become inextricably linked, not just for professionally trained teachers/tutors, like me, but all parents. The problem is that even though dyslexia has been recognised as existing for the past 30-odd years, the progress with regard teacher training in th... Read More »

Wasted money training Scottish teachers

September 23rd, 2009 by Emily

According to the Scottish Labour party, more than £60m has been squandered on training teachers in Scotland who are still looking for work. Only one in seven qualified teachers has actually found work after being trained, and the party says that the cost of teacher training programmes is a waste of ... Read More »

Finding our niche sites

July 14th, 2009 by Emily

Over the last few months we have launched several new sites with focus on non-academic tuition. We hope that these sister sites will make it easier for parents and tutees to learn new skills and for tutors to showcase their additional talents using the same format as the academic site. The new niches are:

Music: Helping you find a music teacher for popular instruments for e... Read More »

Two to Quango?

August 17th, 2009 by Emily

The Centre for Policy Studies has recommended that two thirds of the current educational Quasi-Autonomous Non-Governmental Organisations (Quangos) be scrapped.

Educational Quangos are responsible for the development of the exam system, curricula and teacher training among other aspects, meaning they have a massive influence over the lives of teachers, students and private tutors in the UK. ... Read More »

Teaching assistants 'hinder children’s progress'

September 25th, 2009 by Emily

A recent government-funded survey has revealed that pupils who receive classroom help from teaching assistants actually make less progress than those that don't. The report explained that support staff tend to spend more time with the children than the teachers do, thus reducing their ability to learn.

However, the blame wasn't aimed directly at teaching assistants, as lead researcher Professor Peter Blatchford explained: "This is not something that we should blame on teaching assista... Read More »

The pros and cons of home tuition

July 27th, 2009 by Emily

As news headlines are increasingly dominated by stories of knife crime and teen gang violence, it may come as no surprise to learn that more and more parents are opting to stay away from the school gates and have their children exclusively tutored at home.

The theory is that if they are schooled indoors, children will grow up without encountering many of the less desirable elements of the ... Read More »

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