Congratulations to my final “A” level Business and Economics students. They worked incredibly hard and achieved:
7″A”s, 11 “B”s & 6 Cs
Even more impressive has been the grade improvement for long-term tutoring – last year I achieved an average grade improvement of 1.5 (2017)- this has further improved to 1.7 this summer. This is absolutely key to tutoring – how much we add value. This 1.7 grade increase is from 20 results – very pleasing.
Of course some students improve by 1 grade for example to achieve an “A” grade, whilst a few really focused students have improved by 3 to 4 grades (in this year 5 students). The odd student has stayed the same. There are many factors which contribute to success.
From 4 students’ short-term tutoring I have an average grade improvement of 1 grade.
Take a look at my thoughts on grade improvement …
As tutors we are measured on outcomes, specifically grade improvement. There are many factors which influence grade improvement, the student’s starting point, attitude, core academic skills, the ability to learn and transfer learning into the exam, the teacher and school, the tutor’s expertise, parental/carers’ support etc.
As a tutor it is about identifying the gap in knowledge, skills and attitude between where the student is now, perhaps measured by exams or assessed coursework and the students’ target grade. Then working together a plan is formulated to address that gap. There is a typical focus on core “A” level skills – developing and criticising arguments. Tutoring is then focused on delivering that plan and adapting as change happens. Taking on board further new specification feedback advice and a real focus on evaluation and broad curriculum coverage are initial themes.
I’ve been really interested, for some years, in the difference between “A” level tutoring starting in the Autumn or February/March time prior to exams? In the last two years I have measured this performance with my final year “A” level Economics and Business results. I was pleased with having a strong set of “A” level results. I measured where the student was at the start (not perfectly scientific) against their actual result (“A” level performance on the day) comparing students who received tutoring from Autumn (or before) to those who started from february onwards.
For those students who started in Autumn (or before), I saw an average grade improvement of 1.7 grades.
For those students who started from february onwards, I saw an average grade improvement of 1.0 grades.
Suffice it to say, and it may seem obvious but this time supported by stats, that tutoring has the most impact over the longer term.
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Soft Launch of my new website
I am pleased to announce the soft launch of my new website, www.tutoraimbusinesseconomics.co.uk
This is targeted at UK Business and Economics “A” level and GCSE students for 1:1 online tutoring in my global online classroom throughout the UK, as well face to face tutoring at Tutor Aim in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.
Other services include A level online teaching schools, school holiday 1:1 and group tutoring and tutoring home schooled students online. Check out the website which is in the process of final changes.
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In September I’ll explore international tutoring.