For GCSE students hoping to improve their grades or concerned parents paying for their child to plug gaps in their knowledge and understanding of their school's curriculum, finding a private tutor has never been easier!
Once upon a time, tutors were found by peering at the ads in shop windows and hoping for the best. Or else, by trusting a friend's recommendation. After arranging an appointment, the tutor would show up at your door.
These day, it all works differently. Finding a tutor has never been easier, safer, or more convenient - thanks to the internet. By looking over their online profile and reading other clients' feedback, you can get to know your future tutor before you meet them.
Convenience is not the only change in the supplemental teaching industry. Once upon a time, only those with a fair bit of money could afford tuition to ensure the best grades possible for their child.
'The best grades possible' has always been the aim of personal tuition, but today's clientele is much more diverse. Besides providing homework help and academic coaching for pupils, tutors are working with adults whose school years are far behind them.
Whatever the reason, one on one tutoring will lead you towards achieving your goal!
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Just as working out at the gym builds and maintains your physique, exercising your brain will help to keep it young. Even if you don't have an exam to study for or any coursework to go over, keep that brain of yours as young as possible through continuous schooling.
Why Hire a Private Tutor?
Having a personal instructor allows you to:
- Increase confidence. There is nothing like continued support to make you feel as though you know what you are doing.
- Improve subject knowledge. More time spent studying means better retention.
- Attain required grades
- Support learning for home education
- Get assistance with extra-curricular subjects such as drama or sports coaching
Supplemental teaching is not just about students striving for academic excellence. Plenty of pupils battle self-esteem issues and fears of their incompetence - to say nothing of peer pressure and bullying.
Academic mentors are not just about homework help; you might consider them coaches, guiding their charges to confidence. Earning good grades along the way is a by-product of believing one can do the work.
Tutors also lift up gifted and talented pupils who may feel frustrated at the slow pace of classroom teaching.
By encouraging them unlock their talents and reach their full potential, tackling new challenges while they learn delivers these students a more fulfilling experience.
A Note on Special Educational Needs
If your learner has special educational needs (s/he is designated SEN), you should search for a supplemental educator who specialises in guiding lessons for such students. Your search should focus on profiles that mention they have experience working with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia - or plain math anxiety, autism, hearing/visual impairments, ADD and ADHD, among others.
Students with specific needs such as these require lesson content adapted to their individual circumstances - something that is not always available in mainstream education. These learners would especially benefit from personalised, face to face sessions.
Find a Private Tutor Online
The easiest way to find a personal tutor is via the internet, where you will find many platforms listing tutors for face to face instruction or online, from anywhere in the world.
Superprof is such a platform. You can look for supplemental teaching targeted to age and interest, from academic subjects to playing musical instruments, cooking and fitness training. All of these courses are offered in person - if there is such a tutor in your area or through online tutoring.
Tutoring concerns such as Superprof vet their tutors - checking qualifications and their background. We also allow previous students to post feedback on their tutors to allow new clients decide whether a tutor might work well with them..
There are other internet sites advertising tutors UK. Some are run by agencies while others are wholly internet-based companies.
Internet advert sites such as Gumtree, Childcare and Net Mums occasionally advertise supplemental teacher services. However, there are no guarantees with these tutors; is up to student/parents to verify their credentials.
Here are just some of the many online tuition platforms available in the UK:
- UniversityTutor (UK-wide)
- Personal Tutors (Leeds and surrounding areas)
- Kumon Maths and English (UK-wide)
- Private-Tutors (UK-wide)
Superprof is a tutoring platform like no other (of course, we're biased). Providing a platform for teachers to advertise their services as well as an easy way for students to search for and contact them, Superprof is passionate about sharing knowledge.
What if you're astounded by the number of Superprofs and you're not sure which one is right for you?
Most Superprofs offer their first lesson for free, so you can get a feel for how your study partnership will work - in essence, a no-risk, full-reward proposition!
Many agencies and associations offer one-to-one and small group tutoring; Kaplan Maths and English is an example of such. However, due to the popularity and convenience of online lessons - and thanks in no small part to COVID, these centres are pivoting to lessons via webcam.
A Tutor in Your Area
The UK has no licensing requirements for tutors; indeed, the supplemental teaching industry is not regulated in our country.
Music tutors may be the lone exception, but only if they were engaged through your County Council's services offices. Still, those tutors are independent, not council employees - and, therefore, not vetted.
So, if you run across a tutor advert in your local newspaper's adverts section or on a flyer, know that you should check their credentials before hiring them.
Word of mouth is one of the best ways to catch onto a good tutor.
You can talk to other parents - at the school's gate, your child's karate class or swimming club. They might recommend a teacher from another part of town. Speaking to those who have used a certain teacher's services will mean that you get a good idea of their worth before you meet them.
Tuition in London
As one would expect from the UK's capital city, there is no shortage of tutors out there. Most of them are registered with an agency, of which there are dozens.
These centres are everywhere from individual boroughs to Greater London and there are also agencies based in the home counties like Surrey tutors. Regardless of whereabouts in London you live, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to your search for a tutor.
Some of the many London agencies include:
- Greater London Tutors
- Deen Tutors
- Keystone Tutors
- Laidlaw Education
- Mentor Education
- Fleet Tutors
- Simply Learning Tuition
- Gabbitas Education
These are but a few of the agencies to be found in London. Our country's capital is so diverse and opportunity-laden that you have a choice of the supplemental education you want at a price that's right for you.
A Tutor in Manchester
Viewed by many as the UK's second city and with a population of over half a million, finding a tutor in Manchester is not too difficult a task. Here are a few agencies in the Greater Manchester area:
- Elite Home Tutors
- Manchester Tutors
- Love to Teach
- Goldstar Tutors
As one would expect, prices per hour for supplemental education are lower than in London. Manchester's average price is £20 per hour, compared to around £25 for the capital.
Tutors in Birmingham
Birmingham is an international commercial centre and a retail, transport, events and conference hub. With her six universities, this city is the largest centre of higher education in the country, outside of London.
Besides the national agencies previously-listed national agencies that have a presence in Birmingham, local centres for private tuition in Birmingham also thrive. Among them are:
- Genie Tutors
- Montessori Birmingham Tuition Centre
- Educational Tutoring Services
- Community Education Services
About Montessori Schools
Did you know that the Montessori method was developed in the early 20th century by Maria Montessori, a physician and teacher? The method takes a child-centred approach wherein student are encouraged to drive their education.
There are several key characteristics which define the Montessori method:
- Students choose their educational activity from a range of options
- Learning through doing, rather than by listening to teachers' explanations
- A child-centred teaching environment which promotes autonomy in the classroom
- Freedom within the class environment
This trend is taking off: now called student-centred learning, it forms the core of modern educational philosophy.
If you want to explore lessons for your child at the Montessori Centre, their fee schedule is as follows:
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Searching for a Tutor in Glasgow
As Scotland's largest city and the third-largest metropolis in the UK, Glasgow is a major centre of higher learning and academic research. That makes tutoring a viable business in Glasgow.
As though to underscore that point, here are just a few of the numerous agencies in Glesga that offer supplemental education:
- Glasgow Tutors
- Orchard Tutorials
- Scholar Tutoring Agency
- Magikat Maths and English Tutors
- Tutor Connections
Look for a Tutor in Leeds
Leeds, in the heart of West Yorkshire, is the second largest legal and financial centre in the UK. and has four universities. With this many students and professionals, there is ample opportunity to find a tutor in Leeds... but they are mostly of the franchise variety.
The homegrown answer to personalised lessons in Leeds is Kip McGrath.
The Kip McGrath agency, established in 2011, offers Maths and English tuition. They only employ fully qualified, experienced teachers, and at the moment they have six with various specialisms and experience.
The crucial difference Kip McGrath Garforth makes is keeping up to date with the DfE recommendations and changes to the national curriculum.
They're not only about helping youths succeed in school; adult learners are catered for too. Whether you missed out on your GCSEs or want to enhance your professional qualifications such as QTS and Police Entrance Exams.
Although they are based in Garforth, Kip McGrath provides educational services in the towns and villages that surround Leeds.
Private Tutors in Edinburgh
Edinburgh is famous around the world for, among other things, being jam-packed full of universities that welcome international students.
These students and those that enrol from every corner of the UK know a thing or two about finding private tuition in Edinburgh; here are their recommendations.
- Edinburgh Tutors
- Jim Park Tutoring Services
- Oxford Tuition
- Edinburgh Science Tutors
- The Morningside School of Music
Many agencies restrict their lessons to specific subjects - maths and English being the most common. Science and Morningside centres take their singular focus to a whole new level.
Either one would be a great place to send your child if those subjects are of special interest to them... or to you. Nothing says you can't learn how to sing or play a musical instrument, after all.
Private Tuition in Belfast
Belfast has plenty of personalised education opportunities up its sleeve; we might go so far as to say this city punches above its weight in terms of the educational options around. Just look at how diverse our list is:
- Aspire Tutors (also available nationwide)
- Explore Learning
- International House (Specialises in ESOL)
- MusicTeachers (a database of music teachers available in Belfast)
These are some of the most advantageous opportunities available - from academic coaching to music and language instruction. If you would like more options, check out our article on finding a private tutor in Belfast.
Private Tutoring in Cardiff.
Over the years and for many reasons, Cardiff has become one of the finest places to live and learn in the UK. A lot of that satisfaction has to do with her schools and, of course, Cardiff University.
This city's recent revamping of their education system has inspired many to excel in school so the demand for private tuition in Cardiff is rather high, especially from these agencies:
- Cardiff & Vale Tutors
- Smartypants Tutoring Services
- Burnhill Private Tuition
- BE Tutoring
- R.L. Johns (music lessons)
- P.C. English(ESOL and English for native speakers)
Besides keeping up with school lessons, you may want lessons to hone your/your kids' Welsh language skills. There are experienced coaches for that, too!
Personalised Education in the COVID Era
Everyone with any stake in education has long been declaring the need for an evolution in teaching. We didn't want it to be virus-induced.
This novel coronavirus makes for a lot of data to examine and draw conclusions from. Job loss, economic free-fall and the immediate health concerns it leaves in its wake are dramatic enough but the loss to educational standards will be felt for generations to come.
The Department for Education and Ofqual still demand as much from students (and teachers) as they did before. Class suspensions make it harder for students to achieve those targets.
We measure students' acquisition and retention of knowledge through exams.
There are plenty of ongoing discussions about the value of standardised exams and even if subjecting students to so much testing is necessary. We talk about teachers teaching to the test instead of allowing for exploration of subject material in class and, most recently, whether pupils should still sit GCSEs now that the law requires students to stay in school until they are 18 years old.
All of these contentions existed before COVID. Through it all, kids had to go to school and sit exams.
Last Spring, at the peak of the virus' first wave, we shut our schools. There was no plan in place for remote teaching; indeed, our schools did not have the equipment or experience to conduct virtual lessons. Now, we're facing another possible lock-down. Are our schools better prepared?
Perhaps they are. After all, we are now experienced in delivering lessons via the web. We are adept at using educational software and our teachers are... dismayed at once again seeing their kids deprived of that invigorating classroom energy and the chance to interact with their peers.
All of this exacts a toll. We don't yet know how heavy it will be but we can take steps to lessen it.
Personalised instruction is more vital now than ever before. Classroom teachers with little experience using virtual teaching tools may find it difficult to broadcast compelling lessons but experienced tutors who have long been giving lessons online breeze through those challenges.
Curriculum demands that force a classroom teacher to rush through their subject material may well find him/her thankful that their students can benefit from personalised instruction online beyond their structured lessons.
If ever there were a time that primary and secondary school students needed reassurance and comfort, now would be it. Their academic coach, a knowledgeable and responsible figure in their lives, will give them more stability and, even though they aren't face to face and in the same room, a deeper sense of normality.
Our students will be expected to sit exams this Spring regardless of whether they're prepared for them. Those who plan on an apprenticeship after secondary school may find themselves less qualified and those hoping to enrol at university may find their marks fall short, all through no fault of their own.
Our schools and educators will continue to suffer from COVID-induced setbacks but we can't let our kids pay the price. Tutors know that and they're there to make sure that doesn't happen.
Working with an academic coach will make a difference in your pupils' knowledge and confidence levels so finding the right mentor for your learners is crucial.
When researching tutors online, don't forget to read other clients' reviews and testimonials. Engaging a personal educator for your child is an act of trust. Granted, it is made easier if you only consider profiles of online instructors but you still have to take the plunge, even if you have don't have all the information you would like at the outset.
That's why, at Superprof, we encourage our instructors to offer their first lesson free. We know it can be tough settling on someone to aid in educating your child so we want you to have every opportunity to discover the one who is right for your situation.
After your trial session, we won't get mad if you say no. We understand that an initial contact doesn't guarantee a permanent relationship. If you are not seeing the results that you hoped to see, search for a different tutor. There's no harm in that; in fact, there's probably more done if you stick with someone who isn't right for you.