With end of term underway with two weeks of no school, many students may see the holidays as a holiday from studying and therefore miss-out on the chance to boost their GCSE and A-Level grades. Here are a few handy tips parents can encourage the students with to make the most of the school holidays:
Set targets for each subject such as reviewing the topics you have found hard so far, getting ahead on next term’s topics and doing some exam style questions on those topics. Print it out and put it up on a wall.
Draw-up a revision timetable for the two weeks detailing the subjects and activity to be covered on each day with times. GCSE students should go for 4 or 5 hourly slots per day while A-Level students can set themselves a 2-3 hour slot per subject (with a short break in between) per day.
Start early and finish early! The brain is a lot more active and alert in the morning than later in the day so get your work done and save your play for later. Besides, all the fun activities and get-togethers take place in the evening – so why not get your work out of the way first?
Study in a quiet room and put your phone it in a separate room. In that way, you will get some good quality work done without distractions.
Don’t get in the bad routine of getting out of bed late and then going to sleep late!
Eat healthily, keep yourself hydrated, get 8 hours of sleep and exercise, even if it is a 20 minute walk.
School class sizes of 30+ means that the teacher’s attention is too thinly spread out to be able to be able to focus on each student sufficiently. This makes it difficult to identify each student’s individual needs and target the areas necessary to ensure they achieve their full potential.
As a result, students are neglected across the full range of abilities with higher performing students not being fully stretched to truly excel by being set standard work while lower performing students are neglected as their predetermined low target grades are used to keep them there.
At The Tutor Centre, we keep class sizes very small at an average of 6 students which allows our teachers to provide the focus necessary for each student to ensure they exceed the target grades set by their schools through a personalised learning plan. Unlike schools, we do not cap the students’ ability at their target grades set by schools, which for the majority of students, are not a true reflection of the students’ ability but a reflection of the neglect that they suffer due to the state of the education system.
Last year’s GCSE results showed that in a short period of time, the majority of our students who were tutored at The Tutor Centre were able to exceed their target grades. Our philosophy is that the only limit to a student’s potential achievement is the one placed on them by teachers and schools who convince them and their parents that they cannot achieve higher grades.
So if you want your child to exceed the expectations set by the school and achieve his/her full potential, contact us now to discuss how The Tutor Centre can help.