14 yo DS has asked me to find him a tutor for his English GCSE. I have asked his teacher but she just advised me to google. Which I did, and there are a plethora of websites. However it strikes me as a bit random, so if anyone has a recommendations on finding someone who is competent, qualified and of course safe that would be great. Thank you.
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Thanks everyone. Has anyone tried notices in the public library/ newsagents ( not being facetious there!) ? I guess at least you can check their spelling test that way. No joking, I’ve seen some of said notices with several spelling mistakes on them!
Just a question: what would be good questions to ask the tutor prior to hiring? I would assume good knowledge of the curriculum, ability to help with essay planning and writing, check their usual tutoring session structure. Anything else?
I think to start with you need to know what you want. General help or something specific? Aiming for a pass or an 8/9? Language and literature, or just one of them? Ongoing until the exam or just for a term/year
Do you want a trained teacher? Do you want an active teacher? Do you want an exam marker? Do you need exam-board specific knowledge?
What 'character' do you need. Gentle and coaxing, or straight forward no nonsense.
Yes teens you are right. I was really fairly ignorant but some internet search reveals there’s an English lit and an English language gcse. DS sometimes talks as if it’s just one subject, some PPs have mentioned kids can get taught the 2 subjects in the same lessons . I think DS needs help with essay writing technique, and with the set texts. He is fairly resilient so doesn’t need particularly gentle coaxing. He could travel to the tutors ho eindependently if it’s not too far. Ideally of course I’d like him to get a good grade. He’d probably get a pass anyway, but with focused help could get a good grade. An active teacher who knows the exam board would be ideal.
Experienced teacher who can help with Lang and Lit. Aiming to solidify expected pass and turn it into a good pass. Help understanding and analysing the set texts for Lit and for crafting appropriate essays. Additionally help with considering and including sentences needed for higher mark ranges for English Lang. An active teacher who knows exam board X preferred if possible.
what No! (maths degree which helps logical thinking)
But last term I found my DD2 and English tutor. I wanted to avoid the massive panic we had for DD1 in y11, when we found out only at mocks that she couldn't actually do the written papers (having been getting As for her controlled assessments).