The other day, whilst strolling through Hastings in the rain, my friend Mel and I were talking about education. She’s a music teacher and we were discussing how well her students had done in their GCSE exams, but how there’s a notable difference in the results between those students from more affluent families and those from less so. Now obviously this isn’t a hard and fast rule, but evidence does suggest the same and in my experience teaching in special needs settings I have observed it there too, to an extent.

Buy Valium India We spoke about how children who could benefit from a little extra tuition and were from comparatively wealthier families were more likely to receive that additional help than a child with equal abilities but without the resource to access private help. It’s not a case that children from less well off families or areas are less intelligent, but that if they cannot access the same support as some of their peers then they could be at a disadvantage.

When my GCSEs came around I had some tuition, only in one or two subjects but it was a boost in the areas in which I was struggling a little. I passed all 11 of my GCSEs with pretty good grades and I do think that the tuition helped. With the best will in the world, a teacher with 30 students in every class, teaching all levels of ability across several age years is not going to be able to deliver personalised teaching to every one of their students and that is why tuition can be a highly valuable resource.

Order Diazepam 5Mg Less than 24 hours after this seaside chat with Mel, I received an email about Tutorfair which caught my eye. I was so happy to read about Tutorfair because they are basically solving the exact problem that Mel and I were discussing.  Here’s how…

In a nutshell, for every child who pays for tuition, Tutorfair provide their service free to a child who cannot afford to do so. How simple yet utterly life-changing for these children is that?! Tutorfair Online Tutor Search

Toby is only 13 months old, but the teacher in me is so keen on educating him to the absolute best of my abilities and I try to incorporate learning into everything we do. I want Toby to be comfortable about learning, to feel empowered by the challenge and then achievement of a developing a new skill, a new ability.

Online Doctor Prescription Phentermine When I saw some of the fantastic information about education that Tutorfair produce, one piece really made a lot of sense to me and is basically the philosophy by which I taught my students in my previous life and teach Toby now. There is a theory developed by an American called Karl Rohnke – an expert in experiential learning – in which he suggests that people react to situations either in manners of comfort, stretch or panic.

Tutorfair Comfort, Stretch or Panic Zones of Learning

Tutorfair Comfort, Stretch or Panic Zones of Learning

The comfort zone is where a student is so comfortable with the task that they barely have to put any brain power into completing it, whereas panic leads to blocks in learning because the student is too stressed by the task to actually learn from it. Ideally, learners should be in the middle area where their abilities are being stretched but in a non-stressful manner. This way, they will learn to their maximum capacity. You can read the whole article on the Tutorfair website.

I really like the thought that children who may have fewer opportunities in life are being able to access Tutorfair thanks to their Foundation. Research has shown that 15% of children on free school meals go to university as opposed to 95% of students from independent schools*.  That socio-economic difference is striking but the gap can be narrowed.

Did you or your children have tuition at exam time? Do you think it’s beneficial to have extra support? Let me know in the comments below or get in touch on  Facebook or Twitter.

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**This is a collaborative post with Tutorfair, all words and opinions are my own**