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The Role of Private Tutoring for University Students

By Yann, published on 26/09/2018 We Love Prof > Tutoring > Advice for Students > Enlist Personal Tutors to Guide your Child through University

“Ensuring quality higher education is one of the most important things we can do for future generations.” -Ron Lewis

An educated society is a successful society.

How so? 

It is proven that inhabitants who have participated in some form of further education are better citizens. This contributes to the well-being and safety of a country. Those who are educated become useful members of society have greater chances of contributing and participating in the ongoing changes and developments of a neighbourhood, street, town, city or country.

Many economists agree that education is directly correlated with economic growth and stability.

George Schultz and Eric Hanushek write in the Wall Street Journal that education has tremendous economic ramifications. The more educated the citizens of a country are, the more likely their personal and societal economies are to develop and succeed.

Alright so now we understand that countries with the most university graduates will fare better in the long run. Does this, however, make receiving a diploma from a university or further education school any easier?

Of course not!

Sleepless nights studying for that big exam, expensive tuition fees, intense course loads and challenging curriculums are all part of the university experience. Even though most pupils realize that a higher education will grant them success in the future, many think of or do quit before receiving their coveted diploma.

Libraries at universities Late nights studying in libraries, dorm rooms and coffee shops are all part of the university experience. (Source: Visual Hunt)

Students of higher education have a very full schedule but educational support sessions should never be viewed as an unnecessary burden.

Private tutors are compassionate to the student’s academic issues, create personalized sessions tailored to the student’s needs, offer homework or test preparation help and are completely interested in student success!

Supplemental instruction from a personal educator will make university less of a nightmare, you might actually learn something and have fun doing it!

The Importance of Success during the GCE Advanced Level

You’ve aced the GCSEs and received your secondary school leaving diploma, what’s next?

In order to gain access to universities and higher education in the UK, it is essential to go through the GCE Advanced Levels or A Levels. Obtaining A Level qualifications is generally required to enter into most universities. The universities admissions department grant conditional offers based on the grades received during the A Levels.

Students take A Level subjects across two years, from 16-18 years of age. Choosing subjects that fit best with the future degree they wish to pursue at a university level. 

Different A Level courses include:

  • Accounting,
  • Art & Design,
  • Biology,
  • Chemistry,
  • Economics,
  • Humanities,
  • Mathematics,
  • Philosophy etc, (you get the picture right?).

Most of these courses are available at the 5 primary exam boards in the UK:

  • Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA),
  • Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examinations (OCR),
  • Edexcel (Edexcel Pearson – London Examinations),
  • Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC),
  • Council for the Curriculum, Examinations & Assessment (CCEA)

The A Levels are not compulsory like the GCSEs. However, they come highly recommended for students who are unsure about going on to further education and attending university.

Keeping your options open is the best cure for uncertainty. 

If students after receiving their qualifications by taking A Level courses do not wish to attend a university that is completely alright! There are many more options open to them.

The A Level courses are highly favoured by potential employers because it shows a higher level of education. They are also useful if you wish to go on to vocational or work-based qualifications such as a higher apprenticeship.

Not sure which A Level courses suit you? Have no fear, private tutors are here!

Private educators work with the pre-university level students to select the right subjects that will lead them on the road to success. The best tutors know their students very well and can offer tips on how to choose the correct A Level subjects to study. For example, it would make no sense to study Art & Design if you wanted to study Chemistry at a university level.

The GCE Advanced Level courses are far from a walk in the park especially after the 2015 reforms from the Ministry of Education. Due to these changes, students need to prepare more carefully in order to achieve high results especially if they choose to study Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Maths which are ranked among the most difficult.

The Tutorhub blog offers some practical suggestions to succeed such as:

  • Select the right subjects that are tailored for you,
  • Revise regularly. At the end of each week, the student should revise his notes and make sure they are remembered,
  • Practice past exam papers to review the structure and potential questions (it is very important to learn from your mistakes!),
  • Create a small or large study group with those who are taking the same courses as you.

Private academic tutors make your success their priority. Hire a personal teacher for remedial support during the Advanced Level subjects and onwards into university.

Success during the A Levels means attending a university you’ve always dreamed of. Who knows, maybe Oxford will be calling?

Academic Advising from a Private Tutor in University

Happiness is the key Choosing classes and a career path that you enjoy is more important than being stuck in a stable job you hate with a passion! (Source: Visual Hunt)

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – mostly credited to Albert Einstein 

What does that bizarre quote mean? Well, students need to choose university classes that will fit their style, tastes and learning abilities.

For example, let’s say that a student has always had academic difficulties with scientific subjects such as biology, chemistry and physics but has always excelled in language skills (reading and writing, grammar, vocabulary, foreign languages). It would be much wiser for the student to choose classes or a major in university that exploits his skills.

Private tutors conduct individualized sessions and become academic advisors to help you make academic decisions that will truly benefit your future. 

Choosing what to study at university is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make as a young person. 

Many parents, teachers and guidance counsellors try to pressure students into choosing classes that will ensure a successful future for the student. These well-meaning advisors usually pressure pupils based on their past academic decisions and preferences and rarely think of what the student actually likes and is good at.

Parents think that following your dreams and doing what you love is intangible and irresponsible. They may believe this because they were advised to sacrifice their ambitions in order to put food on the table.

Students often crumble under their parent’s pressure and do what pleases them. Mothers and Fathers need to step aside and leave the job to the professionals. Personal tutors are unbiased and know their student’s strengths and weaknesses, academically speaking and guide them towards a career path that will bring them a lot of happiness in life.

However, is it really worth taking an unenjoyable route studying something you don’t enjoy and don’t excel at just because it might secure a good job in the future? 

The great Steve Jobs was famously quoted saying:

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

I couldn’t agree more. Pupils are more productive and interested when they are assisting a class they enjoy. Studying the subjects of your choice is a lot more beneficial. Happiness and a sense of fulfilment are improved.

If you choose to study medicine and become a doctor you will earn quite a bit more than a graphic designer or artist but money isn’t everything. Studies and statistics have shown that those who earn more money experience the same job satisfaction as those who earn very little.

People who are engaged in what they do inspire others and have higher life satisfaction. 

It is principal to stay curious, study a vast majority of things that intrigue you, and find something you are passionate about. It does not matter if you do not like some of the classes you chose, drop it!

Hiring a personal tutor to correctly advise you throughout university is a very smart investment. Not only will tutoring services help you improve academically (with homework help and test preparation) but private teachers will look for your best interests and make you pick classes that best suit you.

University is a tough experience and a private instructor becomes a dear friend during this fragile time!

Extra School Help to Prevent University Dropout

In the United Kingdom, university dropouts rates have soared in the past few years.

Figures show that 26,000 students in England who began studying for their first degree in 2015 did not make it beyond the first year. 

These figures are disappointing for many universities and government institutions. The reasons are varied but some experts believe that it might be due to the recent increases in students and the changing profiles of undergraduates who do not get the academic help they need.

Cramped classrooms Some dropouts are due to overcrowded classrooms where the student feels left behind. This is even worse if the student is taking a class he does not enjoy! (Source: Visual Hunt)

Many students feel lost because of all the subjects to choose from and with this, their talents are not fully realized. These sentiments of discouragement and isolation lead pupils to drop out within the first year.

You see, there are always contributing factors for dropping out of university. Students do not leave “just because”, there are always reasons. Some other factors may include:

  • Financial problems,
  • Poor secondary school preparation for what lies ahead,
  • The student is not convinced and loving the major he picked,
  • Conflict with work and family commitments (some students work at the same time as attending university trying to earn extra money),
  • Increasing number of failed courses,
  • Lack of quality time with teachers and counsellors,
  • A school environment that de-motivates the student (this results in boredom and lack of participation),
  • Lack of academic support from teachers and professors.

These are all contributing factors experienced in universities all over the world.

As we mentioned, in the introduction, an educated society is a successful society. In order for this to occur, university dropouts must be prevented. 

Private tutoring remedies the solution and helps prevent all of the abovementioned contributing factors. Private tutors can follow students from primary school to university because the last thing a private tutor wants to see is their student dropping out of a higher education program.

Here are a few good reasons for hiring an academic tutor during university:

  • Tailored Instruction to fit the needs of the student no matter what major he chose,
  • Confidence. When students enjoy learning they become confident and ready to take on the world!
  • Motivation to study,
  • Flexibility. Private tutors work around the student’s classes and extracurricular activities,
  • Broader Life Skills. Private academic instructors instil life skills in their students and make them choose career paths that they will enjoy.

Hiring a private tutor during university is a smart investment that you will never regret. Academic tutoring plays a key role in success during higher education.

One thing is for sure, remedial teaching can be done at any age and the results are extremely evident!

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