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Is your child planning on going to University or further education?
Allow Tutor Doctor to help you child reach their full potential and achieve those all important grades. Over the past five years, we have worked with an enormous amount of sixth form students who seek support, structure and confidence as they tread the path to self-study and start their journey into adulthood.
Having narrowed down their subjects to three or four favoured routes, A-level students regularly have a rude awakening as they enter the sixth form. It does vary slightly in each subject but generally, there’s a significant leap in difficulty from GCSE to A-level, which is partly due to a change of style and approach to learning. A-levels encourage independent learning and students are therefore expected to spend more time understanding fewer subjects. The discipline of working alone and creating structure in one’s own personal time becomes of great importance.
As the pace of classes is often rapid we find that teachers cannot repeat their lessons and give extra time to making sure understanding has sunk in for individual students. Our tutors can. We can revisit topics as often as necessary. Learning, to a certain degree, is a function of repetition.
The structure of A-level examinations have changed this year with January sittings becoming a thing of the past (for now), but the reality is that the work starts straight away and typically half of the available marks are secured during what used to be known as the “lower sixth”. The hard work must therefore start from day one and it’s not unusual for us to get calls at the very beginning of the academic year, asking to help steer and support the students in this tough new world.
As with GCSE’s, exam technique is also a key factor and in particular we are very busy working with students in subjects that are new to them in Year 12 or 13 such as Psychology, Sociology, Economics or Business Studies. These are subjects that require a more mature outlook than was previously demanded of the student as often topics encountered are more abstract and really force students to think and understand the world in a new way. We can help revisit concepts in detail which have been taught for the first time and teach how to apply these concepts in the exam room to greatest effect.
Many of our expert tutors have experience in teaching IB courses as well as A-levels and can support students who are taking this challenging qualification. At Tutor Doctor we recognise the importance of different types of exams and appreciate that the IB is not the same as A-Levels. If you are interested in finding out more about our IB tutors and how they can help your student create their own individual study programme, please give us a call or book a consultation.