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All of our tutorials are one-to-one and are usually 1 hour long. Most tutees have weekly tutorials, but more or less frequent tutorials are not uncommon. All tutorials take place in the tutor's home in Melton Mowbray.

We are happy to provide (paid) trial tutorials so that tutees can meet their potential tutor to see if they get on with them, after which we require tutees to commit to regular tutorials. We do not take on tutees with less than 2 weeks to go before their exams as we find that we cannot achieve enough in such a short time to provide good value for money.

Every tutee has different needs and every tutor works in a different way. Below are some of the things that we work on with our tutees:

Confidence building

Confidence building is not usually something that tutors work on specifically (although in some cases tutors find that a tutee's lack of confidence is a bigger problem than their lack of knowledge, and will make confidence building one of their highest priorities), but greater confidence is often one of the first benefits of private tuition that parents and teachers comment on. Tutees find it very easy to ask tutors questions about things that they do not understand as tutors usually adopt a non-authoritarian role and tutees do not have to worry about peer-pressure. The result is that tutees gain a better understanding of the topics that they have not understood at school and become more confident with their subject.

Improving understanding

Most people find subjects far easier to learn when they understand them. Unfortunately schools do not always have time to ensure that all students understand the subject matter. 1-to-1 tuition provides the perfect opportunity to resolve this issue.

Reinforcing the basics

Students often struggle to understand the basic concepts behind their subject (and sometimes do not even realise it). This is usually one of the first things that tutors will investigate, as a poor understanding of the basics can result in students falling further and further behind at school.

Study technique

The emphasis on learning content in the current curriculum means schools do not always have time to cover the topic of study technique effectively. To many students the term "Study Technique" refers to taking notes in class and reading through them at home, but there is so much more that can be done to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of term-time study. Tutors will investigate how their tutee is currently studying, and recommend techniques specific to their subjects which will improve the way that they learn.

Revision technique

Like study technique, revision technique is sometimes under-represented as a topic of education in schools. However, good revision technique is a skill that many students will require for many years to come (particularly if they enter higher education). For many students revision technique is often limited to reading through notes or revision guides, so tutors work with tutees to show them a variety of far more effective ways to revise their subject in the run up to exams.

Exam technique

Poor exam technique can easily cost a student a grade, so tutors usually spend the weeks running up to the exams working on exam technique. This can include tips to ensure that student is reading and understanding questions correctly, how to structure answers to long questions, how to work out what kind of answer the examiner is looking for, and giving guidance on how to manage their time in exams to maximise their marks.

General guidance and monitoring

Tutees are sometimes far more willing to take advice on how much work they should be doing from their tutor than from the parents or teachers. Tutors guide their tutees to change how much work they do and the way in which they do it in order get the best possible results.

Logical thinking and problem solving

These skills are very important for some subjects, and where necessary tutors will set tasks to promote logical thinking and may recommend work books that tutees can use to practise.

Looking ahead

Many tutees find the topics they cover at school far easier to understand if they have gone through them with their tutors beforehand. In situations where tutees are coping well with the course material they have covered so far at school tutors may offer to start working through upcoming topics. Tutors will tend to choose the more difficult or confusing topics that they think their tutee may struggle with, and will usually focus on a more broad overview of the topic with an aim to explaining how or why it works, rather than simply covering content which will later be covered at school. The familiarity that this gives students with these topics makes it far easier for them to remain focused in class and removes the confusion that they experience when learning new and complicated topics at school.

UCAS

As tutees approach the end of their A-levels they often ask their tutors for guidance on university choices and UCAS statements. Tutors are usually happy to discuss university choices with their tutees and help students with their personal statements if asked.