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Pros and Cons of Private and Group Tuition

With 1 in 4 children within the United Kingdom taking private tuition. There is no doubt that its popularity is skyrocketing. This trend is also seen for tutoring in Birmingham. Parents are choosing to pay for private tuition for their children, to help them to compete more effectively with their peers. Education should be the best investment that can be made for a child’s future. Tuition helps them to learn, build confidence and secure better jobs in increasingly competitive surroundings.

Opting for private tuition in Birmingham can be extremely beneficial to a child’s education. It can be helpful for children in many ways:

· Boosting confidence and creating a belief that they can achieve
· Helps children to understand topics at school that they struggle with
· Tuition aids with revision for exams

Once you make the decision to send your child for private tuition sessions, the next decision you will be faced with is to choose whether they will benefit more from one-on-one tuition, a computer/worksheet based service or group tuition sessions. Which option will be more effective, is completely dependent upon the way that your child learns.

What is One-to-One Tuition?

One on one tuition sessions involves giving your child intensive support from the tutor, one to one. It is often a more expensive option and whilst your child should be the sole focus of your tutor it might not be utilising either your child’s or tutors time to best effect.

The Benefits of One-to-One Tuition:

The fact that your child will have the tutors full attention, is probably the most appealing benefit of one-on-one tuition. It can allow a better opportunity to build an educational bond and should give the tutor the time to ensure that topics are covered.

Convenience can also be a big driver. Having someone come to your home to deliver tuition at a time convenient to you is certainly appealing for some.

One-to-One Tuition Cons:

Whilst the time that is given to the child can help to build a positive bond the relationship is very intense. Many children will become passengers in their learning, allowing their tutor to give them all the solutions and answers. Whilst this maybe appealing it is a less effective method of learning than someone who is thinking and using their intellect and knowledge to try to answer questions or solve problems with the aid of their tutor.

Additionally, thought should be given to how you are going to monitor the performance of your tutor. It can be very easy for a tutor to under perform and perhaps give the impression that your child is making progress, especially if your child prefers to avoid the challenge of being pushed with more advanced work and concepts.

While private tutoring has so many benefits it does come at a hefty price. Private tutoring sessions can be very expensive due to the amount of time required to teach your child. The tutor is required to carefully analyse and create lesson plans in accordance with your child’s requirements. They then need to focus all of their attention on your child’s learning. All of this is very labour-intensive and will be factored into the cost of tuition sessions.

It can also be:
– hard to help improve a child’s confidence in one to one
passive which means that it is harder for the child to retain what is taught
– poor use of resources – ie your tutors time
– more difficult to respond to your child’s preferred learning style
– parents are left to decide whether tuition is effective and parents might not have the knowledge or skill set to do this
– hard to decide how to vet or check your tutors to ensure that they are both able to teach effectively and safe to leave with your children.

What is group tuition?

Group tuition consists of children being taught in small groups of three to six. If the group is bigger than this then you will lose the benefits of small group tutoring and your tutor is now teaching a class – the point of tutoring is that you are adding one-two hours of tuition which is highly effective to your child’s working week.

Good tuition centres might be OFSTED registered, monitor the performance of their tutors and ensure that good progress is made. For example, we at Genie Tutors, are OFSTED registered, have an expectation that your child will succeed, provide support when they can’t and employ highly qualified and well-motivated staff to ensure success.

Benefits of group tuition:

Surprisingly small group tuition of up to 6 children is highly effective. At good centres parents can expect significant progress. Tutors who are used to dealing with perhaps 30 students, are able to ensure children succeed academically and improve confidence and belief in their ability to succeed. At a good tuition centre providing small group tuition you can expect:

· tutors to be able to provide one to one support
· tutors to encourage your child to work harder by using the dynamics in the group to motivate and challenge
· it to be easy and natural for your tutor to rebuild your child’s confidence or focus and, over time, even help your child believe that they can achieve more than you thought possible
· in as little as an hour a professional teacher can help children achieve significant improvements, confidence and learning
· your child to develop vital skills for studying that will be carried into the future
· real teaching delivered by education professionals and your tutors performance monitored
· more cost-effective tuition and progress than one-to-one sessions
· your tutors performance managed and monitored by the centre management team
· your tutors to tailor tutoring to your child’s needs and present challenges to improve progress and achievement
· regular tuition and it is more likely that a centre is able to cover tutor illness and holidays ensuring your child makes weekly progress.

Group Tuition Cons:

Group tuition, with its many benefits, is an excellent option for your children. It is important, however, to weigh out both the pros and cons of this option before making a decision. You may need to consider:

· if you can fit in the journey time to the tuition centre of your choice
· you will have to attend centre when they are open

What is Computer or Worksheet based services Cons
Worksheet and computer based services have a worksheet resource which children work through as a programme whilst supervised by a member of staff.

Benefits of Computer or Worksheet based services

· flexibility – children can get dropped off when you like
· parents often have to mark work themselves
· prices are expensive and often more expensive than small group tuition

Computer or Worksheet Based Services Cons

· staff are usually unqualified
· research shows that these services may be less effective for the majority of children as they rely on your child’s motivation and an over-reliance on repetition
· many more hours of work may be needed to achieve the same results as other forms of tuition
· your child may need a lot of support from you to engage with the tuition
· parents often have to do a lot of marking
· when a child is stuck they are often used to repeat the same worksheets until they get it right

Selecting the Best Tuition Service for You
Selecting the best support for your child’s education can be a life-changing experience. At Genie Tutors we have many stories of children achieving success. Even when they were struggling or not achieving what their parents thought they could, we have helped to transform achievement, confidence and self-belief before getting the highest SATs, 11+ or GCSE grades.

When selecting a tutor you should expect that your child is going to make progress – every single week. That your tutor will be able to improve your child’s confidence and belief so that achievement becomes what is expected. If convenience is all that matters then group tuition might not meet your needs but if its dramatic and sustained improvements that you seek – well managed and effective small group tuition is the most effective solution.

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English GCSE Tutors – The Route to Top Grades

The new numbered grading system coming into action for English Language, English Literature and maths in 2017 makes getting a ‘good pass’ more difficult – and re-sit opportunities are expected to be available for maths and English Language only (and during November only).

This, of course, means it is more important than ever for students to get the grades they need first time around. English GCSE tutors can help your child achieve the grades needed without having to re-sit any exams.

English GCSE Tutors at Genie

Carefully vetted and passionate about helping to develop your child’s English skills, all of our English GCSE tutors are education professionals dedicated to helping realise your child’s true potential through encouragement, motivation and inspiration.

Using an extensive range of quality teaching techniques and learning materials, we aim to provide your child with the right kind of challenge to help develop good English skills.

More than that, we also look to raise your child’s confidence levels and provide the tools necessary to get top GCSE grades in English and succeed in the modern world.

How We Work

In order to achieve this, we will first of all assess your child’s abilities, interests and needs. Based on this assessment, we will then develop a personalised and flexible tuition programme and select the most suitable materials to motivate, enable and encourage learning every week.

Keeping our groups very small, we have the ability to provide individual support as and when required and also make the session engaging so that your child is highly motivated to work hard.

Knowing how much your child can develop and benefit from parental involvement, we will always provide regular feedback on the progress your child is making.

Our private tutor team find it very beneficial to listen and carefully consider your opinions and discuss with you how to proceed in the weeks to come.

Get in Touch

Do you want your child to achieve higher GCSE results?

To enlist the help of Genie English GCSE Tutors; maths or science GCSE tutors or tutors to help your child prepare for SATs, 11+ or A Levels, request a call back or find a centre near you now.

 

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Help with homework – some tips all parents should read!

Some parents across the UK might have found assisting with homework that little bit difficult. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make the work more fun. If all else fails, expert help with homework is at hand in the shape of our personal tutors at Genie Tutors.

The Trouble with Homework

There are two main problems. The first is the fact that after a long day at school, your child simply might not want to do the set work. If your child finds the homework boring or difficult, the task can quickly become an issue –sometimes resurfacing on every occasion.

Secondly, if you know little to nothing about the subject, helping your child is difficult, if not impossible. As an example, trying to help your child work out their A Level Algebra homework could turn out to be a disaster.

Even if you did take an A Level in maths, teaching methods have changed somewhat over the years, and convincing your child that your method is as valid could just as easily turn the whole process of offering help with homework into one massive argument. The same obviously also applies to SATs and GCSEs and, of course, other subjects, like English or science.

Not forgetting the busy lives that we all lead. How do we make time for homework supervision with a view to helping to make it more interesting and valuable?

Making Homework More Fun

Luckily, there are many ways to make your child’s homework a great deal more enjoyable. There are some great tips on making these tasks fun at RedTricycle, Haliborange and MakingLearningFun, for example. The latter in particular offers some great ideas on making homework and learning fun for kids of all ages. Children from Year 1 right through to Year 12 can benefit.

Can Genie Tutors can Help with Homework

Alternatively, you can get help with homework by taking your child to a Genie Tutors close to you. By tailoring our tutoring to help with homework and tuition sessions to match each child’s individual abilities, interests and educational needs, we ensure your child will be inspired and motivated sufficiently to achieve his best – and enjoy every moment of it.

Find a centre near your home now – and get that help with homework you and your child might need!

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Tutoring Agencies London – Choosing a Tutoring Agency

There are times when your child may need a little help in preparing for the 11+ or could use some help improving English, Maths or Science grades. If this is the case with your child and you are looking to achieve these goals by means of extra tutoring in the London area, there are a few factors you may want to consider before choosing one of the many tutoring agencies London has to offer.

Tutoring London – The Who

One of the first factors to look at is who will be tutoring your child. Vetting levels, required qualifications and available teaching materials can vary significantly between agencies. Naturally, you will want to select the agency with the best tutoring in London and widest range of available materials possible to ensure your child gets the most out of the tutoring sessions.

Tutoring Agencies London – The What

Then, of course, there is the question of which subjects an agency is providing tutors for. Some agencies may, for instance, focus entirely on SATs, GCSEs or A Level tutoring, while others may specialise in 11+; maths, English, science or a combination thereof.

Others still may only tutor 5 to 10-year-olds or cater for kids aged 10 to 18 only. This particular question could become especially important if you require tutors for children of different ages.

Tutoring London – The Where

Last, but by no means least, you will want to select an agency with a centre that is reasonably close to your home. London covers a vast area, and choosing an agency that is miles away from your own location could make it difficult to get to sessions.

Genie Tutors London

Here at Genie Tutors London, we employ only carefully vetted education professionals with a passion for encouraging children and motivating them to realise their potential to the fullest extent possible. We are OFSTED registered and take vetting our tutors seriously.

Offering adaptive tuition for children of all ages from 5 to 18 and offering tutoring in English, Maths and Science at all levels (11+, SATs, GCSEs and A Levels), our centres in Harrow; New Cross, Radlett, Beckton and Wembley use a broad range of teaching materials and methods designed to challenge your child. We also aim is to instil confidence and equip your child to succeed in today’s world.

Our Approach

Assessing each individual child’s educational needs, we carefully select the most relevant materials; create and implement a personalised plan with achievable goals to inspire and encourage and provide you with regular feedback reports.

Treating your child as a special individual and providing help to achieve targets quickly, we have a reliable reputation for delivering outstanding education every time – or your money back*. Check out some of our reviews here and request a call back to discuss how we can help your child today.

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Retaking A Levels – Getting Extra Tuition

If your A Level results were not quite what you needed or hoped for, you may wish to try and retake them. By now, you will hopefully have discussed your options on retaking A Levels with your tutors (see “I failed my A levels” – What you need to do now). With a little luck, you can retake them at your previous school/college.

If this was not an available option, you may have had to enrol at a different educational establishment.

Either way, you will want to make sure you do better ‘second time around’. Extra tutoring can help you achieve this goal.

Tutoring for Retaking A Levels

Getting low A Level results can be extremely demoralising, demotivating and confidence-destroying. What’s more, it’s not uncommon for grades to slip even further when retaking A levels. You may feel embarrassed or frustrated that you have to retake a subject that might not be your favourite and the support to improve – even by just a few marks – is not there.

When the results come in and are even worse the second time around, your confidence can take a real dent. Getting extra tutoring – in particular for subjects you previously struggled with – will not only help you get better grades, it will also help to inspire and motivate you, rebuild your confidence and renew your joy in learning.

Retaking A Levels with Genie Tutors

Appreciating the immeasurable impact tutoring can have on your education, as well as your future life, we will first of all assess your specific educational requirements. Having done this, we will select the most suitable learning/teaching materials to inspire and encourage you and devise a plan tailored to provide you with motivating challenges and achievable goals.

Implementing the Plan

By implementing this plan, we will ensure you get the most out of your tutoring sessions and achieve the goals you are aiming for (and more) quickly, confidently and in the most enjoyable manner possible. Regular feedback on how you are doing will both act as an encouragement and enable us and you to highlight any areas where additional improvement may be required.

By the time you resit your exams, you will have both the confidence and knowledge you need to get the grades you desire.

Contact Us

If you are thinking of retaking A Levels, don’t leave getting a little extra help to the last minute – request a call back to see how we can help you get the results you need/want today.

 

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A Parents’ Guide to Choosing a Tutor

Parents: let’s talk straight about your role in supporting your child’s educational progress.

Sometimes our children need the extra academic support of a professional tutor. Whether the goal is: to get better grades in school, prepare for college or University, or tackle more challenging skills, do you know the best way to identify your child’s needs, find the appropriate tutor, and monitor this service to ensure your goals are met?

This guide is written for parents who want to support their children’s academic development and alleviate the struggles and challenges students face from their peers, teachers, and, even perhaps you. There are no easy formulas for finding the right tutor. However, there are common standards and practices you should expect to observe in the person or company you choose to hire.

What Type of Tutoring Does Your Child Need?

There are several reasons you may seek tutorial support help for your child. Whether it is one need or a combination, it is important to know why you are seeking tutoring in order to identify the best tutor for your child. You may choose a tutor for:

Remediation – Often when a surprising report card comes home or after a parent/teacher meeting, you are faced with the realization that your child is not doing well in school, and want to help. Remedial sessions most often focus on filling gaps in specific skills in specific subjects, usually in maths, reading or writing. As more basic skills are mastered, tutoring sessions can be spent teaching more higher level skills, thereby increasing the student’s achievement and self-esteem.

Maintenance -Perhaps your child is beginning a new school or moving from primary to secondary and suddenly finds the work to be different, more time consuming, or demanding. New routines or teacher expectations may quickly overwhelm your child. More often, the goals of these tutoring sessions are devoted to helping learn more effective time management skills, understand their new academic responsibilities, complete homework, and help the student transition into an independent learner.

Remediation/Maintenance (also called support tutoring) – A popular approach, this is particularly useful for older students who are working below target level. This approach allows approximately half of the session to be devoted to remediation and deficient skill areas. The remaining half is devoted to maintenance and helping the student from getting any further behind by working on classroom assignments and textbook review.

Enrichment – If it is clear that your child is functioning successfully and he or she is comfortable with more challenges, it may appropriate to see a tutor to help accelerate skills development in certain subjects or skill area.

Test Prep – Skills development/support is often an integral part of a test-prep course or tutoring program. Providing this type of assistance frequently alleviates test taking anxiety and promotes confidence in tackling this important assessment.

Five Areas to Evaluate a Potential Tutor or Tutoring Company

The following areas should be considered when you are choosing a tutor.

Talking with potential tutors and determining how he or she will address each should allow you to decide which will best benefit your child:

Qualifications – Ideally, your tutor is a University graduate who holds a valid teaching qualification. This presumes the tutor understands educational theory, instructional strategies, and remedial approaches. (that is counter to what we are saying) A respectable training program outlines the basics of planning an effective session, how a student demonstrates comprehension, and how goals and objectives are to be designed to meet a student’s needs. Graduate students with strong content knowledge can make effective tutors if they also have the skills to connect with the student. Tutors should also present evidence that they have no criminal record, especially if you have the service delivered in your home.

Relationship building – This is critical to the success of the tutoring sessions. A tutor needs to be able to put your child at ease, encourage academic risks, be nonjudgmental
and observant of your child’s strengths and weaknesses. The tutor should also build a relationship with you by regularly updating you on the progress of your child.

Achievement – Of course, this is the crux of why you are paying for tutoring in the first place. A tutor needs to be able to demonstrate growth both academically and in the student’s attitude toward learning. Pre- and post-testing on standardized tests or school grades can be useful objective measures of progress. A good rule of thumb is that after about 10 hours of tutoring you should be able to notice a tangible benefit from tutoring.

Communication – It is important that you, the consumer, to know how your money is being spent. A professional tutor will provide regular feedback on goals and objectives for your child, session content, progress or lack thereof, and plans for future sessions during a time which is convenient for you.

Cost – Often a major factor in selecting a tutor is the cost. Costs vary from region to region and consider different tutoring models. One-to-one tutoring will be more expensive than small group tutoring and in-home tutoring will be more costly than traveling to a learning centre.

Questions to Ask a Potential Tutor

Take the time to interview anyone you are considering hiring. Following are some recommended questions, but you should always consider the unique needs of your child
and add other questions as you feel relevant:

How many years have you been a tutor?
What are your qualifications?
Can you provide references?
What assessments do you conduct?
What supplies and materials do you provide?
Will you provide private (one-to-one) tutoring?
What is the cost?
Are there additional fees?
Will I have a contract?
How can I get out of the contract?
How will you know what my child’s needs are?
Do you have a particular teaching philosophy?
How will you communicate with me?

What Tutors Need to Know From You

Tutors need to understand your child as much as possible to start the sessions in a positive way. Be prepared to share with a potential tutor at least the following
information:

What seems to motivate your child?
Does your child like school? What are his/her favorite subjects? Least ?
How is your child’s memory?
How does your child feel about being tutored?
Do you have work samples I can view?
May I speak to the teacher regarding your child?
Does the school agree with your assessment of your child?
How does your child feel about tests? Does s/he get anxious?

What are his/her past test scores like?
Does your child have any specific organizational/study skill issues?

Resources for Finding a Tutor

Don’t be nervous about beginning your search for a great tutor. There are many places tutors advertise and promote their services:

First, check with other parents in your neighborhood. Chances are a good tutor is working right next door!
Check with your child’s teacher or school principal.
Look in the yellow pages for learning centers.
Check flyers in the local library, pediatrician’s offices, children’s consignment stores, etc.
On-line searches may result in locating tutors in your area

Tutor Selection Process at a Glance

1. Determine the need for a tutor.
2. Search for several tutors to interview.
3. Prescreen each tutor over the phone, schedule in-person interviews for the tutors you feel may be a good match for your needs. Ask for references of other satisfied clients you can speak with.
4. Check the tutor’s references.
5. Interview, in person, each tutor. Don’t forget to include your child!
6. After identifying the tutor who best meets your child’s needs, discuss contract issues, payment, and other logistical issues. Don’t be afraid to ask any and all questions on your mind. This is the time!
7. Agree to enter a tutoring relationship.
8. Begin the tutoring.
9. Monitor the progress. Discuss any on-going issues with the tutor, and ask for regular progress reports.
10. Watch those positive results!

Why not take a look at our services? You can also view your nearest Genie Tutor location HERE.

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Are you looking for private GCSE tutors?

Private tutoring can make a huge difference to how well you/your child will do in GCSE exams. Finding reliable GCSE tutors is not as difficult as you might imagine. Here are some of the options available to you.

Finding private GCSE tutors

One option is to ask for recommended tutors at your child’s school – in addition to being able to recommend appropriate tutors for your child, teachers may even be able to offer out-of-class tutoring at the school itself. Available private GCSE tutors may also advertise in local papers, at libraries or even at schools. Then, of course, there is the option to search for local tutors online.

Online search

There are many private tutors online, but the issue is you are never too sure how good each one might be. Finding the right tutor is paramount for obvious reasons.

Genie Tutors

Alternatively, you can come straight to Genie Tutors. Dedicated to helping kids achieve their full potential, we offer high quality tutoring for all levels of education from primary school upwards. This includes providing first class private GCSE tutors with all the skills necessary to help your child get the grades he or she wants or needs for a successful future, whether this entails seeking employment or continuing with further education.

Our website details lots of reviews on the Genie Tutors service, why not take a look?

Where to find us

We have tuition centres across the UK, and you can find a centre close to your location here. Alternatively, you can request a call-back to discuss your options with one of our helpful staff members. Go on – contact us now and let us help your child excel in his/her GCSE exams.

 

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Great ideas on how to make study fun

One of the biggest problems kids of all ages – from 3 year olds right up to teenagers – have with study is that they can find it incredibly boring. The following suggestions on how to make study fun should help to relieve that boredom and get your kids to actually enjoy studying – which will, of course, ultimately reflect in the grades they achieve.

How to make study fun

Determining how to make study fun for your kids obviously partly depends on their age. A three-year old, for example, may appreciate a trip to the beach to improve their numerical skills by counting shells, while the same approach would most likely be greeted with disdain (at best) by a teenager. In a similar manner, allowing your child to listen to music and/or have study friends around may work really well for a teenager, but could easily turn into utter mayhem for younger children!

Flashcards and games; puzzles and quizzes, on the other hand, can be tailored to suit and are typically well received by kids of all ages, as are ‘field trips’ – such as visits to the zoo, museums or historic sites; forests, local parks or indeed any other destinations likely to help impart knowledge in an interesting, fun way.

Finding ideas

There are some great resources helping to make studying more fun for kids online. OxfordOwl.com, for example, offers some excellent ideas on how to make study fun for 3 to 11-year-old children; JoeyGreen.com features some great fun science experiments and TopMarks.co.uk offers a variety of fun maths and literacy games for 3 to 14-year-old kids. OurEveryDayLife.com and UnderstandingTeenagers.com.au, on the other hand, offer some fantastic ideas on motivating and making study more fun for teenagers. You can also find a list of resources suitable for both parents and teachers at BBC.co.uk.

Below is a list of some websites and games that might be of interest:

Holiday activities

Organised holiday clubs and activities also help to make learning more enjoyable. They do so in two ways: first of all, they ‘disguise’ the fact that your kids are actually learning by ‘dressing’ the educational element up in games and competitions, for instance. Secondly, these clubs/activities prevent kids forgetting what they have learned prior to the holiday. This in turn will enable them to return to school and cope with their subjects with confidence, which in itself will allow them to enjoy learning more.

Genie Tutors

Our private tutoring service is available throughout the year at centres across the country. Find a centre near you here or contact us directly to find out what is happening where/get more ideas on making study more fun now.

 

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The results are in! GCSE grades explained

GCSE results can be somewhat bewildering, and as the new grading system is being phased in from 2017 onwards, getting your GCSE grades explained is even more of a necessity if you want to make informed decisions concerning your child’s future.

Current GCSE grades explained

Forming part of the UK’s National Qualifications Network, GCSEs are currently graded on a Level 1 or 2 qualification basis.

  • Grades D to G (or, under the new system, 3 to 1) are classed as Level 1 qualifications
  • Grades A* to C (or, from 2017, 9 to 4) are classed as Level 2 qualifications.

The latter, A* to C grades (Level 2 qualifications), are much more desirable; often the only ones considered as passes and frequently insisted upon by both educational institutions and employers.

Grades U, Q and X mean:

  • U – Standing for ‘unclassified’ or ‘ungraded’, the U indicates that a pupil failed to achieve anything worthy of credit, so no grade was awarded.
  • Q – This indicates that the exam board requires clarification and should be contacted by the school.
  • X – An X indicates that either only part of a course was completed or key elements (like coursework, for instance) were missing and an appropriate grade could subsequently not be awarded. An X may also indicate that offending material (typically hate speech) was found within exam papers by an examiner.

Both Q and X are typically temporary grades that will be replaced with regular A* to G or U (9 to 1 or U) grades once the issue necessitating these grades is resolved.

Future GCSE grades explained

The new numerical grading system will be phased in over 4 years, with the first exams (2017) under the new system coming into play for mathematics, English language and English literature only. A timetable showing which subjects will be affected is available at Gov.UK.

Under the new system, a ‘good pass’ (formerly a Grade C) would be a 5, which will be comparable to a high C or low B, so getting a good pass will be more difficult. Grade 1 will be the lowest grade and grades 9 to 7 will replace the current A* and A grades (with grade 9, which is often referred to as an A**, expected to be achieved by only the top 3% of pupils).

What to do if grades are low

If your GSCE grades were ‘below par’ and you wish to re-sit them, or if you are preparing for exams in the coming year/s, you can make sure you get the results you want or need by getting extra tuition with a private tutor. We here at Genie Tutors are dedicated to helping pupils get the grades they desire. You can find a tuition centre near you here, or you can get in touch with us to have your GCSE grades explained in more detail and/or discuss your options by requesting a call-back here.

 

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Great ideas on how to make study fun

One of the biggest problems kids of all ages – from 3 year olds right up to teenagers – have with study is that they find it incredibly boring. The following suggestions are fun study group ideas to help to relieve that boredom and get your kids to actually enjoy studying – which will, of course, ultimately reflect in the grades they achieve.

How to make study fun

Determining how to make study fun for your kids obviously partly depends on their age. A three-year old, for example, may appreciate a trip to the beach to improve their numerical skills by counting shells, while the same approach would most likely be greeted with disdain (at best) by a teenager. In a similar manner, allowing your child to listen to music and/or have study friends around may work really well for a teenager, but could easily turn into utter mayhem for younger children!

Flashcards and games; puzzles and quizzes, on the other hand, can be tailored to suit and are typically well received by kids of all ages, as are ‘field trips’ – such as visits to the zoo, museums or historic sites; forests, local parks or indeed any other destinations likely to help impart knowledge in an interesting, fun way.

Finding ideas

There are some great resources helping to make studying more fun for kids online. OxfordOwl.com, for example, offers some excellent ideas on how to make study fun for 3 to 11-year-old children; JoeyGreen.com features some great fun science experiments and TopMarks.co.uk offers a variety of fun maths and literacy games for 3 to 14-year-old kids. OurEveryDayLife.com and UnderstandingTeenagers.com.au, on the other hand, offer some fantastic ideas on motivating and making study more fun for teenagers. You can also find a list of resources suitable for both parents and teachers at BBC.co.uk.

Holiday activities

Organised holiday clubs and activities also help to make learning more enjoyable. They do so in two ways: first of all, they ‘disguise’ the fact that your kids are actually learning by ‘dressing’ the educational element up in games and competitions, for instance. Secondly, these clubs/activities prevent kids forgetting what they have learned prior to the holiday. This in turn will enable them to return to school and cope with their subjects with confidence, which in itself will allow them to enjoy learning more.

Genie Tutors

You might also want to consider private tutoring, which might give your child a head start before the new term commences and offer a new way of learning. Find a centre near you here or contact us directly.