Tutoring Agency London

Tutoring Agency London

Tutoring Agency London – FAQs

As a tutoring agency in London, we are often contacted by parents and students with a range of common questions about the services we offer, what it is like to work with an 11 plus tutor in London, the examinations they are going to face, and the different preparation techniques they can try. We’re going to try and answer as many of these questions as we can, but if there’s something else you’d like us to cover then do not hesitate to get in touch with our team for more information about our London tutoring services.

What is the UKiset Test?

In recent months, lots of parents have been getting in touch with our tutoring agency in London to ask for advice on the UKiset test. This is a test many independent schools in the UK ask prospective overseas students to take. It assesses their academic potential as well as their English language skills. Some schools will ask students to sit the UKiset Test alone while others will use it as a precursor to their own entry exams.  As a tuition agency in London, UKiset test preparation is something we can help overseas students with via the online whiteboard on our online MyTortoise service. So, what can you expect from the UKiset test? The test is split into three sections. The first section is the Reasoning test, which takes 45 minutes, and includes maths, verbal and nonverbal reasoning questions. The second section is a 30-minute English test. The third and final section is a 30-minute handwritten essay. UKiset do not provide sample papers for assessment preparation. This is because their exams have been put together to look at underlying processing skills, so they can assess the kind of thinking a student finds easy or challenging. To prepare for the test, the best tutoring companies in London advise students to read as widely as they can and really work on improving their vocabulary, grammar, reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. You can also practice some of the types of questions that you may encounter. You can find more information on the UKiset website.

Working With London Tutors For Computerised Pre-Tests And Common Entrance Exams

The UKiset Test is one example of the computerised pre-tests that an increasing number of schools are putting in place. While the UKiset Test is usually reserved for overseas students, the Centre for Evaluation & Monitoring (CEM) and Independent Schools Examination Board (ISEB) have two common pre-tests UK-based students have to complete before taking school-specific exams. These tests have been designed with as little transparency as possible, so even tutors and schools have limited knowledge of them. However, these tests are rooted in Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum, so a comprehensive understanding of the maths and English syllabuses is a must. Feedback from students also suggests that cognitive ability such as logic is assessed, which it is still possible to practice for. Another question we often get asked at our tutoring agency in London is whether common entrance exams are still used.  An increasing number of independent schools set their own 11 Plus exams, which our London home tutors provide effective 11 plus tuition for, but the Common Entrance exams still exist. Common Entrance exams are set by the ISEB and are taken on the same date in schools across the country. Some schools use Common Entrance exams across a full range of subjects, while others may set Common Entrance exams in core range subjects such as English and maths and supplemented those with their own exams in other subjects. If you would like more information regarding the Common Entrance exams and how to prepare effectively, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

How To Choose A London Prep School?

As one of the leading tutoring centres in London, parents often ask our home tutors in London what they should consider when choosing a London Prep School. We believe there are a number of factors they should take into account. Does the school provide the academic support your child needs? Is there a SEN department or support for gifted and talented students? Small class sizes are important, as is pastoral care and enrichment classes outside of the usual curriculum. Who owns the school? If a school is part of a larger group then the ethos of that organisation will have a significant impact on the way the school is run. Take a look at the school’s website and prospectus and talk to other parents to get an idea of the school’s values. Traffic and travel are also vital factors. There’s no point sitting in traffic for an hour every day if there’s an equally good school just down the road. It’s important to think of this added time when making your choice. Doing a trial school run will give you a realistic idea of how long the journey will take. Extracurricular activities should be considered. Many London schools have very little space, so consider schools located less centrally if outdoor or sporting activities are important to your child. Other questions to consider include: What type of routes do leavers from the school typically take? What senior schools and universities do they go to? How does your own schedule fit with the school day? Are provisions in place if you need to drop them off early or pick them up late?

Are Single-Sex Or Co-Educational Schools Better? Contact Our Tutoring Agency In London If You Have More Questions

As a tutoring agency in London, we also often get asked: are single-sex or co-educational schools better? That really is a decision for you and your child to make together. However, here is an outline of some of the research that has taken place in this space: In mixed schools, boys tend to dominate group discussions and put themselves forward as leaders of group activities; (Telegraph) Single-sex schooling does not reduce the gender gap in competitiveness; (ScienceDirect) Girls are more likely to study maths and science in single-sex schools; (BBC) and Gender stereotyping is heightened in single-sex schools; (Telegraph). You can also take a look at this interesting article on whether single-sex schooling more of a benefit for boys or girls (The Spectator). If you have any questions of your own, please call our London tutoring agency on 0207 7310005 or email: tom@tortoisetuition.co.uk.