“A” Level Results 2018 & soft launch of my new tutoraim website

Congrats

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 …

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.

Feel free to comment ….

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.

Feel free to comment …

In September I’ll explore international tutoring.

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Kind regards,

Dave

 

 

 

Easter Holidays –Tutoring Arrangements

Hi all,

Easter Holidays –Tutoring Arrangements

With 40 hours per week tutoring currently, there is a large amount of effort  that goes into planning logistics and any changes for my Business and Economics tutoring.

I will assume that lessons carry on as usual during the Easter holidays, unless clients discuss changes with myself, by Sunday 25th March.   Thanks to a couple of you who have already made me aware.

The one exception is that I am not working Easter Saturday, so will discuss with those students concerned alternative options.

Easter Holidays – Additional Tutoring Options

At this time of year for new students I am offering intensive revision Business/Economics tutoring over the Easter period, from 30th March to 18th April.

For existing students, I encourage you to use the time wisely, plan and revise effectively.  In addition there is the opportunity, should this meet the need, for additional tutoring during the day.

I am fully focused on supporting all my students, though I need to balance that with sleep …

Should you require additional daytime tutoring, please let me know your requirements and I’ll look to meet all the needs that said on a first come first served basis.

August Consolidation Tutoring – 1st Year Students

For 1st Year “A” level students I will be offering consolidation tutoring sessions in August.

Keep up the hard work ..

Queries/requests – just drop me an email.

Kind Regards,

Dave Caddies

Tutor Aim

dgcaddies@gmail.com

07896 049844

www.tutoraiminternational.com

“A” Level Business and Economics: Individual and Online Group Tutoring – Christmas Holidays

Hi all,

Individual Lessons – Xmas Period

Every year I let my clients know about the holiday arrangements for Xmas, Easter and half-terms.

Some clients choose to stop the tutoring over the holidays, others see it as an opportunity to bolster the tutoring and new customers request tutoring.  New customers and some existing customers look for lessons – either continuing their lessons albeit with slightly different slots, having booster sessions or starting with a block of sessions during the holidays.

I tutor for much of the Xmas holidays with the exception of Saturday 23rd Xmas, Xmas Eve, Xmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day.

I will be providing daytime and evening tutoring on Monday 18th and Thursday 21st, as well as my usual tutoring during the day and evenings on Tuesday 19th, Wednesday 20th and Friday 22nd.  Plus I’ll be tutoring during the day and evenings on Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th, Friday 29th and Saturday 30th. For the week commencing Monday 1st January I will be tutoring on Tuesday 2nd, Wednesday 3rd and Friday 5th during the day and evening as usual and on Thursday 4th both during the day and evening, as well as Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th as usual.

I will be dropping my customers an email to prompt their decision and enable me to plan for those who require tutoring.  For existing or potential new customers feel free to proactively respond to this first note to dgcaddies@gmail.com

Online Group Lessons – Xmas Period

I am excited to announce the procurement of a new tutoring group classroom with exciting features – whiteboard, screen sharing and video and audio.  The screen sharing is particularly powerful, enabling me to use my innovative online learning and video.   I intend to improve this further and procure a highly interactive group classroom for the Easter Holidays and half-terms for both my UK and international clients.

The “A” level Group sessions will focus on:

a) Year 2 Business Finance using a blend of innovative online Business Finance content and my own tutoring – 1 hour lecture (max 10 students) and 2 one hour seminars (max 5 students) at a combined price of £50 per student

b) Year 2 Economics – An introduction to the Global Financial Crisis and its far reaching impact – with my tutoring – – 1 hour lecture (max 10 students) and 2 one hour seminars (max 5 students) at a combined price of £50 per student

c) Business – Developing and criticising arguments – application, analysis and evaluation – 1 hour lecture (max 10 students) and 2 one hour seminars (max 5 students) at a combined price of £50 per student

d) Economics – Developing and criticising arguments – application, analysis and evaluation – 1 hour lecture (max 10 students) and 2 one hour seminars (max 5 students) at a combined price of £50 per student

To express an interest in the group sessions/ask for more details, simply drop me an email at either dgcaddies@gmail.com or dcaddies@tutoraiminternational.com

Again feedback is appreciated.

Cheers,

Dave

 

 

 

Preparing for Exams – An Idea for Students

Hi all,

So thinking ahead to your “A” level Business Studies and / Economics Exams in May/June ’18 and mocks prior, do you find you run out of time in the exam?  Or you struggle to put together effective arguments within the exam time frame?  Could you improve on putting together your arguments within the exam?  Here we are considering the essay questions in particular, but this also applies to mid mark range questions …

Yes learn your knowledge and understand it.  But knowledge is typically taught and learnt in chunks, chapters of a textbook for example.  We know that Business / Economics focus on an “integrated” approach to answering questions, using elements of different chapters within an argument.

You can consider how to develop your argument using Tutor2U’s PECAN PIE technique – see below link (thanks to tutor2U)

This is really helpful.

But do you rely on learning your knowledge, practicing and getting feedback on exam papers, as well as viewing exemplar essay answers only for your success?

Consider designing multiple mind maps / spider diagrams to develop a whole range of arguments across your syllabus.  Use PECAN PIE for each argument.  Focus on a few words within each bubble and showing the linkages in developing your point, and then criticising it.  If you are a visual learner – even more helpful.

Over the years my students (I tutored 30+ students in 1:1 tutoring in 16/17 mainly online but also face to face) have found this really effective.  Even more so if you are reflective and / like theories but need time to put this into practice.  Learn your arguments.  Of course you need to answer the exam question directly and use that specific context as well as your wider knowledge (yes – wider knowledge is important) – so you need to consider what arguments are appropriate, which to use and how to tailor them.

In future blogs, I’ll do an example of a mind map and outline some topics for consideration as some of your arguments.

Again feedback is appreciated.

Cheers,

Dave

Launch of our innovative Schools’ Business Finance Portal – Free Pilot

Tutor Aim specialises in providing innovative engaging online learning and tutoring for “A” level Business Studies and Economics students.

We are delighted to announce the launch of our Schools’ Portal.  Our vision for schools is to provide innovative engaging online learning, initially for Business Studies via our three Business Finance courses.   Plus we are currently developing an Economics course on financial markets including the global financial crisis.  Interested in the opportunity for selected schools, both in the United Kingdon and internationally, to be part of a free of charge without obligation pilot which could run up to March 2018?

Here is our school’s portal:

Lets take a look at the features and benefits:

Features

  • Use as a learning resource in conjunction with existing course materials and teaching
  • Innovative, engaging online learning – video and audio, text and imagery
  • Learning by doing – for example formative (multiple choice & matching questions)
  • Learning by collaborating – Site and Course blogs
  • Focus on knowledge, application, analysis and evaluation
  • Accessed from the Schools’ Portal – login required
  • Free of charge and without obligation Pilot.  Limited number of schools/colleges to participate

Benefits

  • Bringing Finance to life
  • Accesses multiple learning methods – visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning
  • Increases motivation by engaging learners
  • Flexibility of use – both in the classroom, pre-classroom online learning and post class consolidation. Access Learning throughout the school day
  • Enables the teacher to assess learning
  • Deeper and more effective learning than “passive” video and audio
  • Feedback from the Pilot to improve the courses

Our bite sized modular online courses use text, imagery, video and audio, as shown below,  to bring the subject to life with inbuilt assessment.  The courses promote deeper learning than videos, with nearly five hours of content.   This is really innovative within education and uses expertise from the online learning industry.  Take a look at a typical page:

We provide a free of charge and without obligation demonstration of our online learning via Skype.

Interested?  Contact Dave Caddies on dcaddies@tutoraim.co.uk

For an introduction to Tutor Aim, take a look ….

http://tutoraim.co.uk/schools/OurVision.html

Thoughts – grateful for any feedback.

Resources for “A” Level Economics and Business

So this post is for my final year  “A” level students and parents.

Its a good idea, early in the academic year, to identify – and use – useful resources to provide a deeper understanding of the subject,  a real world perspective, to view say exemplar A* essays and innovative online learning.

Firstly there are a broad range of free videos available, I recommend from Tutor2U for both economics and business:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=tutor2u+economics

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=tutor2u+business+

I recommend as you cover content , starting from now, you check out the relevant video(s), helping you to consolidate your learning.  These can also be used as part of your revision.

Tutor2U provide business and economics blogs – really useful information for both business and economics and there are some free resources.  Use the search box to find articles on areas of interest. These blogs are really helpful and worth looking at on a weekly basis – get into the habit.

https://www.tutor2u.net/business/blog

https://www.tutor2u.net/economics/blog

Business case studies, really useful examples to achieve application marks in essays – do some research here.

Economics – check out a range of views, data and opinions to help inform your arguments.

Read quality papers, magazines and websites.  The FT, the economist for example and the BBC for example.  Internationally the OECD website

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business

http://www.oecd.org/unitedkingdom/

For Economics there are a range of new specification exemplar A* essays produced by tutor2u for £5 per booklet.  These are incredibly helpful and written specifically for AQA, Edexcel and OCR, though I have used more widely.

https://www.tutor2u.net/economics/store/selections/exemplar-essays-for-a-level-economics

Contact me if you want some advice.

For Business, focusing on finance myself and colleagues, as Tutor Aim Ltd, have created innovative engaging business finance courses specifically for “A” level Business.  This was outlined in last weekend’s blog.  Some initial information is provided below.

http://tutoraim.co.uk/students/

Contact me for further details and a free of charge and without obligation demonstration via Skype.

For Economics, we are producing a Financial Markets online course, including the global financial crisis, market failures, government intervention and potential government failure.  Looking at launching this in early 2018.

Resources – a starter for ten ….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Innovation – Launch of Tutor Aim’s Student Portal

We are delighted to announce the launch of our Students’ Portal.

Tutor Aim specialises in providing innovative engaging online learning and tutoring for “A” level Business Studies and Economics students.

Our vision for students is to provide innovative engaging online learning, initially for Business Studies via our three Business Finance courses combined with tutoring in our professional online classrooms.  Plus we are currently developing an Economics course on financial markets including the global financial crisis.

This is a unique blend providing: a quality learning and tutoring solution;  convenience with 24/7 access to innovative learning content and online scheduled tutoring support; value – value for quality.

Our bite sized modular online courses use text, imagery, video and audio to bring the subject to life with inbuilt assessment.  The courses promote deeper learning than videos.   This is really innovative within education and uses expertise from the online learning industry.  We will explore all this more next week.

To find out more about Tutor Aim Limited and our Students’ Portal check out http://tutoraim.co.uk/students/

We provide a free of charge and without obligation demonstration of our online learning and professional online classrooms.

Thoughts – grateful for any feedback.

 

 

Congratulations & Grade Improvement

So my first blog.

Some background …

I’m Dave Caddies and I am passionate about education and helping students learn.

My specialities – Business and Economics tutoring, face to face in Wakefield, online throughout the UK and internationally to students studying UK Exam Boards from the Middle East, Russia, India, Africa and Europe.

With partners I have created innovative online “A” level business finance courses, another area of interest using industry expertise within education, having worked in the Learning and Development Industry for 18 years and Education for 9 years.  I am the Managing Director of Tutor Aim Ltd (www.tutoraim.co.uk).

My Blog

An educational and learning blog – focusing on business and economics tutoring and educational innovation in the UK and globally.

Congrats

Congratulations to my final “A” level Business and Economics students.  They worked incredibly hard and achieved:

1 A*, 6 As, 8 Bs & 4 Cs

The students are going to Cambridge, St Andrews, Durham, Birmingham, Newcastle, Nottingham, Oxford Brookes and Leeds Universities, as I attempt to keep track!

Grade Improvement

As tutors we are measured on outcomes, specifically grade improvement. There are many factors which influence grade improvement, the student’s 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.  Perhaps a topic for a future blog.  Tutoring is then focused on delivering that plan and adapting as change happens.

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?  This year 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 to those who started from february onwards.

For those students who started in Autumn, I saw an average grade improvement of 1.5 grades.

For those students who started from february onwards, I saw an average grade improvement of 1.1 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.

Feel free to comment ….

Next weekend, in my next blog, I’ll introduce an innovative blended approach to A level Business Finance to help deepen the learning, a step forward from video, using expertise from the Learning and Development Industry.