English Tutors for Adults

English Tutors for Adults

We know that there is a rise in the number of parents who are looking for tutors for their children but there people are also looking for English tutors for adults.

Where you are an adult looking for a tutor or a tutor looking to support adults you might want to take a look at Tutorful.

I have written about Tutorful here.

To be a tutor, you need to be in the UK and go through all the usual checks – the site will give you some support to do this. You can then choose whether to tutor live in your community or tutor online or do a mixture.  If you have enjoyed tutoring your own child then this might be a natural extra stream of income.

If you are looking for a tutor you don’t have to be in the UK, but in that case, you would need to opt for online tutoring.

You could choose me – Julia K from Birmingham – on the system, or any other tutor that is offering what you need.

Click here to go straight to Tutorful and get £5 off your first lesson.

 

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Learning to teach

QTS Skills Training

I do tutoring for a mixture of adults and children.

One area that I have expertise in is supporting potential teaching staff in passing their QTS Skills in Literacy and Numeracy.

QTS stands for Qualified Teacher Status and now in order to be accepted onto a teaching degree course you need to have passed your QTS Skills Test.

Introduction to the QTS Skills Test on the government site

– this is where you will get the latest up-to-date information

http://sta.education.gov.uk/

Example papers –

If you are fairly confident with your Maths and English you may find just downloading these papers – which have good clear explanations of the answers – may be enough to let you prepare for the tests.  Ideally, you would complete the papers under test conditions and then mark it. You have a separate marking sheet and explanation sheet, so you can use the marking sheet first, then have another go at any you have got wrong before turning to the explanation sheets.

http://sta.education.gov.uk/professional-skills-tests/numeracy-skills-tests

http://sta.education.gov.uk/professional-skills-tests/literacy-skills-tests

There are four tests available in each section.

Extra help needed

If you look at these and find them challenging then you may want a tutor.

If you have good GCSE’s in these subjects you should be able to pass (you can take the tests a number of times), but they do include areas that are not covered by the GCSE curriculum and there is a timed section in the maths with takes a bit of getting used to for some people, especially if you have done little or no mental arithmetic for a couple of years.

I was trained to support those taking the QTS skills tests when they first appeared so I have quite a lot of experience with them.

Unless you are near the south of Birmingham, in which case I could arrange to meet up with you, the sessions would need to be done online, or with another tutor.

Don’t forget your £5 voucher.

And good luck whether you are taking QTS tests or are looking for a tutor for another reason.

 

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Home tutoring your child

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Relax and take it easy

Home Tutoring Your Child

I am writing this to be useful to you whether your child is completely home-schooled or whether you are just looking for some extra support or ideas for your child.

Most parents are quite capable of giving their children the extra support that is useful for them particularly if they get some guidelines.

If you are very busy or your child is older and needing specialised help then you might want to consider a tutor, but you don’t need to go straight there as an option.

There is a lot of information and resources on the internet. Some are free, others you may want to pay for or make your own version.

Let me start with just a few very simple things you can do to make home tutoring your child easy to start implementing.  In later posts I will deal with these in more depth but this is just an overview to get started.

Love your child

That’s a strange one to start with.  Of course you love your child.

Sometimes when we want the best for our children there is an inclination to push them.  Try to step back and see things from their point of view.  Do they feel loved and secure?  You might want to set time aside to just spend time enjoying being with each other.

They will do better academically if they are not over-stressed and are secure.

 

Read for ten minutes a day with your child.

This is simple and pleasurable and makes a huge difference to the progress children make.

I deliberately said “read with”, not “read to” or “hear your child read”.  Do different things on different days. Support your child.

This should be a time that they look forward to spending time with you.  How you spend this time will vary depending on their age and ability.  Reading is not just about decoding words.

Talk about the story, the characters, what happens, what they like or don’t like, and the pictures. See if they have questions, whether about the words, the story or about anything else the story makes them think about.

 

Look for opportunities in everyday life to practise skills

You can do this with all ages and abilities, whether it is sending a postcard to a relative, counting out the right number of placemats for the next meal or estimating how much the shopping will be, checking the temperature, seeing how much it rose or fell, or giving reasons why they would or wouldn’t want to visit somewhere.

Children love to receive things in the post, don’t we all?  Is there a relative or friend who might send and receive items?  This might happen naturally, but if not it could be set up and be fun for both parties.

 

Growth Mindset

There is a huge amount of evidence that it is important for children to have a growth mindset.  They should understand that there are things they can’t do that because they are new but once they have worked on them then it all gets much easier.

The same applies to you of course.  You will grow in your ability to tutor your child in new and positive ways as you reflect on how you and they are progressing.

Growth Mindset by Carol Dweck

So relax and enjoy the process!

 

 

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