"How to make the best use of tuition"

April 23, 2020               

Every student is capable of achieving great things at school and beyond. Just because you might think you are 'not very academic' it does not mean you are not able to get high results in your exams. Not everyone is 'academic' and success in the core GCSE exams does not demand you be 'academic', anyway.

If you are motivated and keen to do well in your studies you will do well. And isn't that what you should want? What's the point in not trying your best if you're going to have to spend your time in school and your going to have to sit the exams anyway? It's not something you can escape, even if you don't see yourself as particularly 'academic' as I have said before.

This is the best way to approach your time at school, your relationship with your teachers and furthermore the right way to approach your extra tuition.

There is no point in coming to tuition classes, interventions at school or revision sessions and expecting to improve suddenly, as if by magic, if you are not making strong intentions to learn. You should want to make the most of your time whilst you are at school, you won't get it back. And most importantly you should want to do your best in order to make your parents proud.

So what practical steps can you take to make the most of school and tuition?

Here are some tips that I think all students should bear in mind:

1. Organize your free time
It all starts here. Don't wait for your teacher or your tutor to set you homework, especiallyif you are in year 10 and 11 with GCSEs on the horizon. You should have some sort of plan every weekend for what you want to revise in your spare time. You can use past papers or find exam style questions in your textbooks, revision guides and for free online. In your free time you should be practicing past paper questions and making your own revision resources. Don't wait to be told what to do.

2. Show off your work
Whatever work you do in your spare time, you'll want someone to have a look at it. The benefits of having a tutor is that you effectively have a second teacher for your subject, one who has smaller classes and less marking to do. Your tutor is the perfect person to ask to read any extra work you have done. But even your classroom teacher would be more than happy to help. You must show off your work, because you can only improve with feedback and marking. Read your tutor or teacher's comments and try to act on their advice.

3. Find out why...
As well as asking your teacher and tutor for feedback, try to ask yourself why you did well on something, or why you didn't do well. This is called self regulating, the ability to think about yourself, to control yourself and to keep re directing yourself towards your goals.
Being able to reflect on your own learning is an excellent habit to get into.
Here are nine simple questions that can help develop your self regulating strategies:

Before a Task​ - Is this similar to a previous task? What do I want to achieve? What should I do first?

During The Task​ - Am I on the right track? What can I do differently? Who can I ask for help?

After a Task​ What worked well? What could I have done better? Can I apply this to other situations?

Our GCSC educate Croydon is best due to the fact we've got three studying patterns. Our GCSC math or English show Croydon use Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic. Visual newcomers study quickly with the help of seeing things how they're achieved. Auditory listeners alternatively analyze by way of being attentive to things and Kinesthetic beginners study successfully via trying out things and examine via doing matters almost. This is a degree of tutor Croydon.

Overall, putting in the extra 10% will mean you go a long way to achieving the results you deserve, but more importantly it will make you a more mature student. You'llbe getting the most out of your time at school, forming stronger links with your teachers and tutors and starting to understand how to work on your own. And it only demands a couple of extra hours work a week. Give it a try.

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