With the stress of exam season still heavy in the air, I thought we could all seek some light(er) relief in this post. Through my experience of teaching all ages, there has been one common key to success that has stuck out for me – FUN. That’s right, learning does not have to be all about rules and regulations for it to be successful...
With the new GCSE system about to take full effect, and the top mark (now a ‘9’) reserved for only 3% of the country, we have to ask ourselves – has testing in this country gone too far? Along with funding cuts for teachers, and rigorous testing beginning at an ever earlier age, it begs the question if we’re teaching our children that ‘good grades’ are more important that imparting knowledge and the joy of learning.
‘Improvement begins with I’ – and education begins with every child’s (and adult’s) individual ability. At a time when rigorous testing, and results-focused teaching, seems to be at the core of education, I thought it would be interesting to focus on the importance of being a ‘self-starter’, and how motivation can be the key accelerant for excellent learning.
In a post-Brexit and Trump world, where borders and walls appear to be rising more than being knocked down, languages are more important than ever. Their necessity and power to create and foster not only social, but economic and business relationships is now at the fore of the many benefits they provide, and I will explore their importance in this post.
With all its benefits, tutoring can be a fickle game. The masters of our own destiny, we not only have to source and maintain our clients and income, but we also have to plan ahead for the waves that the school year can create in our income. So just what is the best way to overcome these ups and downs? I shall attempt to investigate…
Tutoring, in my eyes, has entered a new phase in recent years. Where once it was the side plate to the main dish of regular schooling. With this in mind, I thought it would be interesting to examine just how these two worlds coexist – or clash – within the sphere of education. Are ‘teaching’ and ‘tutoring’ a match made in heaven?
The most common question I’m asked when I tell people that I’m a tutor is ‘But why aren’t you a teacher?’ — a valid question, the answer to which I’m here to explain. Tutoring is often seen as a part-time profession, something you do to bridge gaps between ‘real’, full-time jobs, a lesser teacher — in general, not a career. With that in mind, I’d like to tell you a little story about how I took this hard work and turned it into a company.
Last year I wrote an editorial in South East Business Magazine about the importance of languages for business, and how they can help corporate relationships. Despite the fact that I was already writing in a post-Brexit world, following Trump’s shock election I feel that issue of language learning has gained even more pertinence, and has thus led me to my first website blogpost.