Do you remember opening that envelope of results after sitting your GCSE’s? This year the results in the envelopes looked rather different and in 2018 they will look different again. If you are a parent of a GCSE student now is time to get your head around the new GCSE’s. Furthermore, now is also the time to look at how you can support your child to ensure they can achieve their predicted grades and this could include using personal tutors.
GCSE’s have undergone a radical change. This year saw the introduction of results being numerical in English and Maths rather than letters. The old C grade has been replaced with a standard pass which is a number 4. A ‘good’ C grade is now a 5 with 6 being roughly equal to a B and so on.
One of the reasons behind this huge change is to differentiate between the grades. The very top students will be awarded a 9 (the highest level) and this is for students achieving approximately above 94% in all exams papers for that subject. It is higher than the old A*.
2018 will see this system being rolled out for all subjects and not just English and Maths. It is an exciting change and gives those very able students the chance to show that they are exceptional students. The boundaries between grades can be very close, there is nothing much more frustrating for students and teachers when they miss the next grade by a point or two.
We have written about when to start revising for GCSE’s previously and being prepared is the key to success. Many students can benefit from personal tutors. A good tutor can build confidence in your child and fill any gaps of knowledge.
I have experience from both sides of the tutoring process. Chloe had a Maths tutor for most of Yr11. She went to a local tutor’s house where she had a one hour lesson each week. It gave her the chance to really talk to a qualified teacher who knew the curriculum well. He was able to fill the misconceptions she had and inspire more confidence in her. It was worth every penny and she achieved the grade she wanted as a result. Before tutoring Chloe had worried that she would need to continue Maths for an additional year if she did not get the required grade. This was something she wanted to avoid at all costs.
I am a qualified teacher and I have also tutored students for the past few years. As a tutor I am able to focus directly on what the individual student needs. Teaching methods can also be adapted to suit the students learning style. A second plus is the amount of work that can be covered in a one hour private lesson with a personal tutor far exceeds what is learnt in an hour in the classroom environment.
Finding the right tutor is essential and I would suggest using a reputable company like Impact Tutors who are based in London. All tutors are professional and of course well vetted. Prior to booking your first lesson you can contact a number of tutors and find the one that you will connect with. Getting the right tutor will help you on the road to success.
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