We assist our students by going back to the foundations and filling in the missing conceptual gaps that are hindering your child’s success.
Our policy builds on our founder John Hooi’s method and belief in consolidating current expectations to then enable your child to move ahead of requirements. There will always be opportunities to improve the efficiency of learning and to get into great habits and this is what we’re here to do.
Tutor Doctor uses the curriculum and homework the student is currently working with to ensure the most relevant tutoring is provided. We use a variety of well known books and educational materials personally selected for each student dependent on their needs. We are also happy to work with the student’s current teacher to ensure that we are meeting the student and teacher’s expectations.
Right from an early age your child will be soaking up all that is taught at school at an impressive rate as their brain develops. Often children can be overwhelmed by the experience or can suffer set-backs through illness or learning difficulties that become known at a later stage. It is so important for the concepts and the building blocks to be understood and become second nature. If we try to build on shaky foundations, eventually areas of that learning process will fall through the gaps and confidence and grades will take a knock.
Equally, there are certain pupils who stand out as top performers from an early age. To keep them at the peak of their performance, it is imperative that they keep their brains active throughout the holiday periods. We have found that those students who are prepared to work for an hour a day a few days a week in their school holidays go back to the new school term well ahead of the rest.
As children prepare for the transition from primary school to secondary school, some will need to take an entrance examination that could involve an interview, comments from their previous head teacher about their ability and character and, of course, a formal assessment.
These formal assessments take the form of questions covering subjects such as Maths and English, Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning. Many students prepare by purchasing packs from their local bookstores which will build familiarity. We have seen the importance of coaching students additionally in the skills of clearly reading the questions, managing their time and checking their work. Parents can do their homework by contacting the school and asking what is expected on the day for their child. Grammar schools will often set this exam in September and Independent schools the following January for admission into year 7. Our Education Consultants can advise on your local schools and be able to support with specific requirements.
Common Entrance is set for admission at the ages of 11 or 13. It comprises Maths, English and Science for 11 year olds and, for the 13 year old admission, a full range of subjects including English, Maths, Science, History, Geography and RE and often an optional language test and occasionally Latin.
Once the student has reached secondary school they have well and truly begun their journey through the maze of subjects and modules. In Year 9 they will also start thinking about which subjects to choose for their GCSE’s which they will study for over a two year period. As the learning and level of subjects becomes increasingly complex, many parents find it difficult to assist with homework and look for a dedicated and knowledgeable tutor who are familiar with the latest standards.
Whether it is in preparation for taking their exams or re-sitting to improve upon grades, year 10 and 11 students will all have one thing in common: a vision of where they want to be on the results board.
Some students aim high and put the work in but still don’t make the progress they expect. Others don’t spend enough time revising or focusing on the areas that will increase their marks. And some students simply don’t know where to begin or how to revise! Whatever the reason, Tutor Doctor will provide structure, time and goal setting and will work with the student throughout the period to ensure that they are confident and best prepared when they enter the examination room.
Examination technique is key. It is imperative that there is sufficient time to answer each question accurately and with time to spare, so that you can check back over earlier answers, silly mistakes can be identified and removed thus improving the overall grade.
In their final years at school (years 12 and 13), students will begin to set their bearing upon their futures by narrowing their choice of study from an ever increasing array of subject areas and potential vocations.
Make no mistake ‘A’ levels are a whole lot more complex than GCSE’s and even top GCSE students can struggle. As the student puts in more time to understand fewer subjects, the discipline of working alone and creating structure to the learning becomes of even greater importance.
As the pace of classes is often rapid, we find that a teacher may not have the class time to go over work again and for the lesson to sink in, but our tutors can go back over areas as often as the student wishes in order to grasp the point. Learning, to a certain degree, is a function of repetition.
We often get asked by under and post-graduates if we can assist in certain areas of their coursework for a variety of reasons. Often we find that because of missing foundations to some key areas of their learning they are becoming hampered with the process of understanding and answering questions relevant to their course.
We are able to provide specialists with sector specific knowledge to coach, mentor and support students on most courses.
So much of life centers around communication. As our cultures become more fused and the need to speak each others language in business life becomes of greater importance we look for help.
Many of our students are looking for a second language – Spanish, German, French, Mandarin etc and we can provide the necessary expertise. Equally, for many others, being able to not only converse well in English but to write, understand tenses, verbs, adjectives nouns and generally communicate well is of high importance.
We have many TEFL and TESL tutors available who although used to teaching in group environments, have assisted many students on a 1:1 basis where learning is enhanced and value for money is evident.