London is an extremely diverse city; having a wide range of people and cultures. There are over 300 languages spoken in and around the capital and it is a leading city in terms of the arts, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media and education, among other things. It is known as the largest financial centre in the world. With a recorded population during the census in 2011 of over eight million, London is truly a world cultural capital.
London is a tutoring hub! (Photo via Visual Hunt, by Philippreiner)
With such diversity, there is no shortage of tutors or students and plenty of ways to find them. Many foreign students are attracted to the capital thanks to its excellent reputation in terms of higher education as well at its vibrant night life and diversity.
The UK capital has one of the largest concentrations of universities and educational institutions in the world, with 20 Universities and 40 Higher Education Institutions. On top of this there are foreign universities with London branches, for example the University of New York. The Big Smoke can boast a student population of more than 400,000!
With around 40% of school and college pupils in London having private tuition, be it for entrance exams for grammar schools, SATS preparation or specific subject tutoring, it seems that there are many excellent tutors to be found. The average going rate for a lesson in the city is about £22.50, so you can expect to receive a good service. and know that at the same time you are also investing in your child’s future!
A good tutor is like gold dust! The best ones will be passionate about their subject, bringing the subject alive to your child, making them enjoy it too!
Tutoring is not necessarily just for Academic subjects, although it is most common. For example, there are many classes offered in car mechanics, cooking, sewing, quilting, in fact practically everything.
There are many online agencies who can supply a tutor in practically any part of the UK and in any subject. With many on-line agencies, all the checks, for example the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check will have been carried out and the tutor’s qualifications verified, so all the hard work is done for you. All you have to do is choose your tutor from their online profiles.
With such a large city as London, there is usually an excellent choice of tutors for each subject, especially the more common ones, allowing you to choose a tutor who suits your needs exactly. The tutor’s profiles often have reviews from previous pupils to help you choose as well. You pay the agency for the lessons who in turn pay the tutor once the lesson is completed, so there is no exchange of money at the end of lessons. Tutors often have to report back to the agency after each lesson, detailing what exactly was done in the lesson and its length.
Home tutoring is offered by many agencies, often alongside online tutoring.
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Many college students struggle with maths so it makes good sense to help them understand the concepts and employ a tutor. If you can find a tutor who speaks a foreign language too or a foreigner who tutors maths for example, then so much the better, they can profit from two subjects from one tutor. Financially, this makes good sense too, as private lessons are not cheap.
There are many maths tutors and agencies throughout London, here are just a few:
Most people would love to be able to speak another language fluently and studies do indicate that our capacity to excel at learning a new language does diminish as we age. What better way then, than to give your child a helping hand and do some extra language tutoring outside of school?
This can be one to one with a tutor or in small groups with pupils of a similar age. Learning another language with others in informal surroundings will encourage them to converse with each other in the new language, this helps to improve vocabulary and fluency and boosts confidence!
Some Language Tutors in London include;
If you do not have access to the internet or wish to search in a traditional manner, then newsagent windows are a good place to look for a tutor. Local tutors will often put up a small advert advertising their services along with a contact number. Also bars and cafes may have a small adverts board or table, or you could put one up yourself, as a ‘wanted’ type advert. Look in the small ads section of the local newspaper or town flyer. Go along to the Town Hall and ask there if anybody can hep you.
Ask around in your neighbourhood, the chances are that somebody else is using private tutors, even if it is not the correct subject that you want, the tutor may know someone who tutors in the subject you require.
There are many free advertising platforms also on the internet to look for a tutor, for example;
An excellent way to help your child is an after school club or holiday program. Many primary schools offer these and may help with homework or indeed they may run a separate home work club. High schools and colleges usually have a homework club once a week and in the run up to examinations offer revision classes, which can be invaluable for worried students.
Some after school support clubs and programs in London include;
For more mature students, The London Business School is a world renowned institution, offering Masters courses, Executive Education courses and PhDs in the world of business and finance. It has an Entrepreneurship Summer School giving students the opportunity to assess and shape business ideas in strong, practical ways, helping to turn ideas into viable business ventures through research, skills and insights.
There are some volunteer agencies for example Action Tutoring who work with local primary and secondary schools delivering tutoring programmes for pupils who are preparing for their SATS or GCSEs.
The tutors are volunteers and they will tutor for a minimum of one term, at the same school at the same time each week. The basic aim of these projects is to provide educational opportunities, in the form of free tutoring, to pupils who would not otherwise be able to have private lessons, due to financial reasons, helping them to achieve their educational potential.
Whatever the subject, in such a large, vibrant city, London has the tutor!
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