Exam stress is not new. The most effective strategies for managing exam stress tend not to be new either. However try explaining that to a teenager who rolls their eyes and sighs at the pathetic lack of originality shown by their despairing parents. Finding solutions to exam stress that they have not come across a dozen times before and that are not gimmicks is not easy. That’s why we like Sian Rowland’s approaches which were featured as a TES Pick earlier this year. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/tackling-exam-stress-three-ways-11598979.
For example, Sian suggests that the student starts by picking the three things that are the main causes of their exam stress.This helps the student to break down their anxieties. The simple act of defining the causes can help make the overwhelming sense of anxiety become less daunting. (They may not even be able to think of 3 causes!). When they have done that, have them come up with 3 simple actions they can take right now to help tackle each source of their exam stress – you may have to help them with this. Looking at practical solutions also helps alleviate the anxiety as the student sees that they can actually do something about it. They are no longer just dwelling on a huge, indeterminate weight but taking action about specific, defined and therefore more manageable issues.
Many of the tuition enquiries we receive at Realtime Tutors are about help with specific aspects of study, revision, time management, confidence, and many other sources of anxiety for the student. That;s why we have developed the Study Skills programme, an individual coaching plan to help develop productive study habits that address the student’s individual study problems in a way that works for their personality. http://www.realtimetutors.co.uk/study-skills-programme
Parents have the best intentions when it comes to supporting their children through the exam period. There is a huge amount of information out there about practical ways in which parents can provide this support. Much of it reiterates advice about study breaks, diet, sleep, exercise, study plans – we suspect that there is a good reason for this – quite simply that such steps do make a difference. We particularly like this article from 2017. The author, Andrew Webb, does indeed repeat what we should by now know, but he adds several points that even the best intentioned parents might overlook. ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff” and the alert that, for all their good intentions, parents voicing their expectations about their child’s likely outcomes may be adding to the pressure rather than being seen as a vote of confidence. https://www.thespark.org.uk/tips-for-parents-during-exams/
Realtime Tutors are launching a unique new Skills Programme. This has been developed specifically to give secondary level students the skills to overcome their own individual barriers to studying and revising effectively.
The Study Skills programme combines an online group webinar with individual tuition over 7 weeks. This time period allows the student to implement effective study skills, adjust them where necessary and start to embed them in their everyday work. Getting practical support throughout from a trained tutor who genuinely understands their situation as they are still very close to it themselves and have survived it is an invaluable part of the process. Costing only £99 it delivers excellent value for money. To find out more about how the Study Skills Programme works, download this video STUDY SKILLS INTRO FOR PARENTS AND TUTORS VIDEO
If you would prefer to have a chat about it please do get in touch and one of our team will respond shortly https://www.realtimetutors.co.uk/contact-us.
|You can be confident that Yinka is a Biology Tutor who really knows his subject. As a final a year Biologist at UCL and with an A* in A level Biology his results demonstrate this., His mission is the same as yours – to help his students to achieve their full potential in Biology and get the best grades they are capable of. While Yinka adapts his tutoring style to his students’ learning style and personality he has a clear, specific and organised approach to tutoring all his students.
At the outset, this great Biology tutor involves his students in setting their learning goals. He develops a plan to help them achieve these goals, putting serious time and effort into making sure that daunting concepts are broken down into smaller, bite sized chunks which are easy for students to digest and simple to engage with.
Once the knowledge and understanding are in place, Yinka helps his students consolidate this through regular testing and exam practice in order to build up their confidence and proficiency.
Yinka talks about a student needing to ‘conquer the exam’ and ‘smash the exam’ so you can be confident that this Biology tutor’s focus is where you need it to be at all times. If you need a Biology Tutor who can enable you to nail Biology exams, why not arrange to meet Yinka, free of charge, in the virtual classroom and find out for yourself how he can help you.https://www.realtimetutors.co.uk/author/yinkabanjo12/
Being a great Maths tutor is not rocket science. Firstly, it’s about knowing your subject of course. Alexander is studying for a Maths degree at a top university and has A* at A level, and is a UK Maths Challenge Award winner, so he certainly knows his stuff.
He adds passion to knowledge, a passion that he developed when studying himself with a great Maths tutor, so he knows that he too can inspire you to want to learn and to love Maths.
Alexander really gets the importance of having a reliable and approachable Maths tutor who makes learning fun and engaging. He does that by understanding not just your learning needs but the ways you enjoy learning and learn most effectively
Because he has been successful himself, he can pass on some of the techniques that worked for him to help you improve your Maths results. If you want to improve your Maths results, why not get in touch and arrange to meet Alexander in our Virtual Classroom? It costs nothing, there are no commitments and it might be just the answer to your Maths problems!https://www.realtimetutors.co.uk/author/alexmeads1/
Seriously, she does. Charlotte is a native English and French speaker and a great French tutor. She won a a first prize in French Literature on completion of her International Baccalaureate and speaks Nepali and Spanish too!
Charlotte has loads of experience as a French tutor, delivering one-on-one tutorials in French to British children aged 6 years old through to GCSE Level, teaching grammatical rules, vocabulary and how to develop writing and conversational skills.
She recognises the value of languages as a competitive advantage in the workplace and as a tool for discovering and interacting with a vast number of cultures. She also describes mastering a language as ‘simply really fun’. That’s what she can share with your child.
Charlotte acknowledges that learning a language can be tough, especially French with all its rules, exceptions and counter-intuitive spelling! She understands the pressure to succeed in exams in top of many other ongoing pressures, so as well as experience, expertise and enthusiasm, Charlotte brings empathy to her students. If you need help with GCSE or A level French, why not book a free Meet the Tutor session with Charlotte and find out just how this great French tutor can help you. https://www.realtimetutors.co.uk/author/charlotte/
A tuition agency relies on students needing to achieve qualifications and grades. However we firmly believe that qualificatons, while they are essential for progress in some fields, are only a part of the jigsaw. It seems that Richard Branson agrees with us. In this post published by Insights For Professionals, he highlights the fact that personality is the critical factor. Personality cannot be learned and Branson point out the need to use an element of gut instinct in assessing it. If you are stressing about qualifications, have a read and get them into perspective.
If you are working towards a career where qualifications are indeed an essential and you need help, give us a call. One of our tutors may just be able to help you.https://www.realtimetutors.co.uk/contact-us/
Who applies to 4 top medical schools and gets 4 offers? Anastasia, that’s who. In her third year at King’s College London, she is not only a top science tutor, she’s creative too, with an A* and an international award in A level Art. Did we mention that she has a top grade in Further Maths at A level?
Anastasia’s key goal as a tutor is to ensure that her students understand rather than just learn facts. She will also help develop your study skills by sharing her top techniques and ways of memorising and retaining a large number of information. And clearly her techniques work!
One of Anastasia’s unique strengths and passions is coaching students for what is arguably the most stressful aspect of a university application – the interview. She will prepare her students to take that huge step from interview workshops surrounded by other students to that unique experience where you are finally on your own – a very different and unknown environment.
If your ambition is a top grade in A level Science, Maths or Art, choose Anastasia. She’d love to meet you free of charge and find out more about what you need from this top science tutor.
When the Chair of the Independent Schools Council suggests that degree apprenticeships are becoming increasingly viable and appealing alternatives to a traditional university degree, people will take notice. https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/advantages-going-university-less-they-were-says-isc-chair
In his recent speech, made a few days ago at a Westminster Education Forum event, http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/get-involved/westminster_education_forum, Barnaby Lenon referred to an arguably perceived decline in the value afforded by the traditional university route and urged careers advisers to be alive to such alternatives as the degree apprenticeship where appropriate. While Mr Lenon did underline the fact that the traditional degree is, he believes, likely to remain the optimum choice for most student, it is refreshing to hear such an influential individual encouraging schools to get out of the box in their thinking and recommend alternative routes for students.
The private tuition industry perhaps offers a parallel. Traditional face to face tuition is the predominant method of delivering private tutorials. At the recent annual conference of The Tutors Association http://thetutorsassociation.org.uk/NationalConference2017 virtually every session which referred to it, forecast that online tuition was the way forward. While it is by no means perfect, and needs to be undertaken from a position of understanding, it offers many advantages over face to face tuition. Many students and carers approach online tuition as a last resort when they just cannot find a suitable tutor nearby, either because of their location or because the requirement is for a non core subject where fewer tutors exist. A bit of out of the box thinking could open up a convenient, effective, flexible and affordable alternative to the traditional tuition route. Why not get out of your box and contact Realtime Tutors https://www.realtimetutors.co.uk/contact-us/ ?The team would be happy to answer your questions about online tuition and let you have a look around a bespoke virtual classroom, with no pressure or commitments.