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“Tutors are essential!” reports one Bright Star parent…

The proportion of tutored pupils has risen by more than a third over the past decade, from 18% in 2005 to 25% currently. In London, 44% of pupils had private or home tuition last year, compared with 34% in 2005. The number of tutors offering their services has increased dramatically amongst the independent sector because leading schools are raising the educational bar each year, as well as offering fewer places and taking only the absolute best candidates from as young as 4 years through to A Level. Classrooms are proportionate and legal to ratio, but they are large and this doesn’t always mean your child will get the absolute maximum attention required, especially if struggling somewhat.

This has made our exceptionally qualified tutors here at Bright Star even more in demand. We not only offer tutoring, but curriculum guidance, school advice, skill and technique practise, emotional and social support, assessment and report feedback, interview practise, targeted help alongside ‘Step and Technique Practise,’ a tailored and mastered Success Criteria, bespoke to Bright Star that carefully guides your child in the right direction to map out their thoughts and ideas with the help of our Criteria. We understand the requirements for examination perfectly and with our assistance, we can achieve the absolute best. One to one allows this, large classrooms don’t. We realise it can be a very daunting time, and with the chatter from other parents of where their child lies academically, it can raise the blood pressure! That’s where we step in. We will guide you all the way, offering eternal advice and support.

There are a lot of schools out there that receive phenomenal reviews and there really are some fabulous schools that we love and support. However, from our many years of experience within the tutoring world and with consistent feedback from in-house classroom teachers, coupled with parent and student feedback, we feel that schools may not be doing enough. Some children get lost and when challenges outside of school interfere with academic work, pastoral care (an ancient model of emotional and spiritual support) does not always pick up on problems as quickly as they ought to. This can have a detrimental effect on the student and their work. One to one tuition gives the absolute care and assistance that perhaps a classroom of 18 children would not all receive individually. We have a 100% track record in gaining access into the best schools in the country and some might say, the world. With this, we continue to strive for excellence with our students and hope that one to one tuition will continue to help students and graduates struggling to meet the demands of their school, college or university.

There is no denying of the transformational educational experience offered by tutors, and many parents realise this. For some children, a private tutoring session may be the first time a child has been recognised as an individual, in contrast to the league table-obsessed system they are immersed in. We have constant feedback of increased self-reliance and confidence seen amongst our Bright Star students which, in turn has a positive effect on their school work. This is sometimes because the child has finally felt able to express themselves without the threat of ridicule in the classroom. Private tutors are able to broaden a child’s horizons, act as a role model whilst instilling a love of learning for the world around them and so much more.

Matching Up

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Bright Star Tutoring is passionate about matching the right tutor to each student. A huge amount of time and effort goes into ensuring that both parties are entirely happy and able to work to the best of their ability, with the end goal of achieving the best results possible. We believe the ideal matching of tutor to student really is the key to success.

Two Simple Steps: 

1. Needs of the student

Every tutoring enquiry we receive is different. We look in depth at the needs of the student; – their current school, the exams they’re under taking, their place within their class, as well as their learning style and how they like to process information. We always talk extensively to the parents and meet the student where necessary in advance of matching any tutor.

2. Skills of the tutor 

We’re incredibly proud of the wide range of skills held by our tutors. From Grade 8 violin players to History of Art graduates, with experts in each exam field, we genuinely feel we have all bases covered. We’ll match an appropriate tutor to a student based on them being able to offer everything the student requires to achieve their individual goals.

 

 

Countdown to January

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It’s easy to think that Christmas and New Year are far off in the distance, however every year January arrives before we know it – bringing with it entrance exams for students of all ages.

The very best thing you can do to ensure nerves and stress are kept to a minimum is to prepare. It really is never too early to start preparing and many of our clients have been booking in regular sessions every week for the past year in preparation for entrance exams coming up in 2016.

If you’re starting to countdown to January exams, whatever the age of your child, call us today to discuss your specific needs and how you’d like potential sessions to be tailored. Figure out your child’s timetable and discuss with them whether they’d be happy doing sessions after school, or whether they’d prefer weekends or intensive sessions during the Christmas holidays.

Getting started now will mean that the countdown is calm and structured, your child will be confident and prepared going into the exams, and the Christmas holidays will be far more enjoyable – as they should be.