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How to get the most out of tutoring

Ever wondered how to get the most out of tutoring sessions? Here are our top tips to get you on your way!

Come prepared

  • Bring all the resources you think you will need (e.g. pens, paper, calculator)

  • If you are not sure what you need to bring, just ask your tutor

  • Bring any school feedback such as mock paper and results to your first session

Ask lots of questions

  • If you have any questions, make sure to ask your tutor. That's what they're their for!

  • There is no such thing as a silly question. You won't know unless you ask.

  • You can ask your tutor for tips on self-study and what you could be doing outside of tutoring sessions to improve further

Little and often

Revising for 20 minutes every day has shown to be more effective than doing big chunks once or twice a week

  • Between tutoring sessions, go over what you have learnt and make notes of any questions you think of

  • If you know what you are going to be covering next session with your tutor, you could always get ahead during the week and then come prepared with a list of questions

Avoid distractions

  • It is best if you can find a quiet area of your home to work in, free from distractions

  • Put your phone on silent and out of sight to help you stay focused

  • If you find you often get distracted, try working for 15-20 minutes then taking a short break to refocus

Write things down

  • Writing down what you are learning has shown to help you remember the material

  • Making brief notes about what your tutor is saying can help you remember from one session to a next

  • Many of our students find it helpful to have a separate notebook or folder to keep their tutoring notes in

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