Booking conditions

Booking conditions (4)

Methods of working

We have more than 30 years of teaching experience and have tried and used almost all teaching methods. In practice we use what works. For most students this is relatively the same methods for one to one which means LOTS of questions from both sides. The best thing for students from a tutor is that they can ask about anything they don't understand. Perversely the worst thing for students about a tutor is that there is nowhere to hide and they can't pretend they know something they don't.

We plan work very carefully, following (usually) what is done in class, ensuring that it is all understood and memorised. We use lots of questions to ascertain what is understood, we don't take the student's word for it. When something isnt understood we re-explain in a range of ways: talking, scribbing notes, watching videos, making summaries etc. 

We find out very quickly each student's strength's and weaknesses and also their preferred learning styles.

We are strong advocates of proper planning and preparation and developing study skills where necessary. We also work using Steve Peter's methods on improving focus and reducing prevarication and displacement activities.

We do what works for each student and will work with parents and schools to get the best method for each.

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Holiday periods

Our holidays are boring and predictable and do not normally intrude into tutorial planning. We have one holiday in late July or August during the school vacation and another in February (normally the week before half term and the week of half term). This second holiday is not usually at a time when anything crucial is happening at GCSE or A level. If necessary we will prepare work for students when we are away.

You will also go on holiday. We understand this and plan around it. Many parents stop tutorial sessions during school holidays but others want to continue throughout. We will accommodate either requirement.

Similarly illnesses happen to both us and to students. We just work around this. Most important really is as much information as early as possible from both parties. We are very adaptable and do not usually charge cancellation fees.

 

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What times are we available?

We work every weekday evening and this means generally 4pm to 8pm. We can work earlier (sometimes students have no lessons in an afternoon). We can do weekends by negotiation but prefer weekdays.

At the start of the academic year there are plenty of gaps but as September moves to November we get fuller. We start work any time you need us but it just gets harder to find mutually convenient slots.

Note that we require a parent to be at home when we teach.

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