1. How do I know if my child needs extra support for his/her Science/Maths?
The most reliable method would be to ask from your child on a regular basis about how they do in their key subjects at school. School tests, reports and parents evenings are great opportunities to get a better understanding. As a rule of thumb, if your child is working on or below his/her target, I believe they can benefit from tutoring to improve.
If your child is already above his/her target at school tests and finds it convenient to keep up with everything, then probably they do not need tutoring.
There is one exception to this when the child's target at school is very low. For example, some students who come to the UK in year 5 or 6 are generally allocated low targets at schools mainly due to their language difficulties. But, when they overcome that barrier in a few years time, they need higher targets if they are to obtain great results in GCSEs.
2.What is the first step if I am interested in getting tutored at MathSci Education Centre?
You can contact us using our email, phone number or the contact link on this website with basic information about your child (year, subject/s they need help on etc.). we will then arrange a day and time for his/her initial assessment. You can bring your child for the assessment and we can show how we work and discuss more when you come to the centre.
2. What happens after the initial assessment?
We will mark the assessment carefully and identify strengths and any gaps in understanding. We might need a day or two for this and we will then invite your child for a taster session. We will show you and your child the outcome of the initial assessment and the child can gain first hand experience about our method of tutoring. Then you can go home and discuss with your child how you and your child like the system and then you can start professional tutoring with us if you want to continue.
3. Is tutoring done as one-to-one?
Yes and no. Let us explain this in detail. We analyse the initial assessment carefully and develop an INDIVIDUAL STUDY PROGRAM for EACH CHILD. This is very effective compared to mass teaching as we address exact requirements for each child. We provide one-to-one tutoring in a small group setting and this means rapid improvement and we track their progress to show you.
4. How is this approach different from group classes?
In group tutoring 5-6 children are taught the same content by one teacher. This is similar to school teaching with the exception of smaller class size. This is not very effective simply because the teacher is not teaching according to each child's needs. An average student is the target and your child could be losing out as he could be smarter than the rest of the class or a little slower and lagging behind. In both cases, they need special attention where he/she can progress at their own pace.
This is what we specialise and we provide all the support they need to achieve this. For example we have some students in year 8 who are doing GCSE Maths papers and obtaining over 95 %. (In 2018 only 4.5 % of all year 11 students obtained this level- some of our students are achieving this 3 years earlier).
On the other hand we have some students in year 10 who are struggling with some key concepts they missed in year 8 and 9. Our approach allows us to go back and correct this and these students can catch up everything before they go to year 11 and we always complete the specification ahead of school unless the child joins us in year 11.
5. Do you offer exclusively one-to-one tutoring or do you do home visits?
No. We do not offer this and all our tutoring is done at the tuition centre in Nower Hill High School where we have all facilities such as books, past papers, iPads etc. We are able to provide a very good service at our centre which is equipped with all resources and it is more effective. Moreover, children benefit working in small effective groups where they don't have the pressure of someone correcting their every single mistake before they have time to correct it themselves. Many children find a little uneasy to answer a question when a teacher is staring at their work over their shoulder and they are more comfortable when they are allowed to do it themselves after sufficient guidance and then correct if they make a mistake.
6. How do you track progress? And do parents get feedback?
Parents are given feedback regularly at the end of each session and can check their children's work anytime as we keep a record of their work in every session. Each student has a folder and we keep records of what they do in each lesson, marks they obtain in assessments, any topics they need to work on etc. This is a complete profile to get an in depth understanding about how the child work on the subject and the parent can see this anytime. The child uses this in every lesson so they can see the progression for themselves. Please see the photo galley for some pictures of folders from past students.
7.Do you set home work for my child?
Homework are provided after every lesson and we mark them to assess the understanding of the student. We have a written record of what homework was given to each student and we tick them off when we get them back. The amount of homework is carefully decided according to the age of the student and ability to make sure they are not overloaded.
8. How long is each session?
Each session is 1 hour and 30 minutes.
8. How do you prepare students for exams?
This depends on the age of the student when they join us. If a student joins us in year 9 or before, we teach them the specification by the end of year 10 and use the whole of year 11 for revision and exam practice. This is a very good approach as they have a year for revision and this makes them more confident. Moreover, what they learn in year 11 at school then becomes revision for them and they tend to do a lot better in school exams as well as in their real GCSEs. If the student joins us in year 10 or 11 we then use a different approach where we practice past papers while teaching them any gaps in their understanding. In both cases we complete all available past papers for the relevant exam board. We keep a record of this and parents and students can see how they progress over time.
9.Do parents need to buy any resources?
No. We provide all resources required except for stationary.
The following are provided to all students at NO COST to parents.
1. ALL AVAILABLE PAST PAPERS FOR THE RELEVANT EXAM BOARD (E.g. Our GCSE students last year were provided with 44 past papers for Maths )
2. REVISION GUIDES FOR ALL THREE SCIENCE SUBJECTS
3. WORKBOOKS FOR MATHS AND SCIENCE
4. EXAM PRACTICE BOOKS FOR MATHS
5.. SPECIMEN PAPERS FOR MATHS AND SCIENCE
10. How much does each session cost?
We charge £30 per each 1.5 hour session (£20 per hour) payable one month in advance. However, if a student takes more than one session a week or if they do both Maths and Science or if siblings from the same family attends tutoring we provide a discounted rate of £25 per session (£ 16.67 per hour) . If a student is unable to attend a session for any valid reason, we are happy to arrange a catch -up lesson or we can deduct that amount from the next invoice.
10. What if my child is in a very low set and struggles a lot?
We welcome all ability levels. We get a clear idea about the ability of each student and we discuss this only with THE STUDENT and HIS/HER PARENTS for privacy as well as dignity of the student and we make a plan to overcome the barriers they have. Children will be taught in a way they are not embarrassed or frightened (Many students do no ask questions they have at school- some due to embarrassment and others due to various reasons such as distractions). All these do not exist in our tutoring system as we approach them one-to-one and they can speak up confidently.
11. How do you know that this system is working?
We are certain and very confident on this as we have seen how students improve and get very good results in their exams. Some students start with quite low marks in their initial assessments and leave after their GCSEs with highest possible levels( level 8s and 9s). You can read and see some evidence in MathSci stories section on this website.
The system is very effective as we identify gaps in learning of each child and address those needs to support them. For example if a student obtained 65% for a KS2 SATS Maths test, we carefully analyse to find how they lost 35%. Then we work exclusively on those weaknesses and then give another paper similar to the first one in a few weeks time. It is obvious that the student can now do a lot better than their first attempt. The might get to 74% this time and then we investigate what happened to the remaining 26% and so on.
We have not found a single student who has not improved with the help of our system.
12. What is my next step if I am interested and would like to attend a free, no obligation initial assessment?
You can contact us via our email address or phone number( call/text). Moreover, you can request us to call back and we will contact you in a convenient time.