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L. B

Name: L. BPrivate home tuition London

Subjects & Levels:

  • Primary: Art, Literacy, Numeracy
  • Secondary: Art, Design & Technology, English, Maths,
  • GCSE: English, Art & Design
  • A Level: Product Design

University degree:

Brunel University
Bachelor of Arts Degree: Industrial Design & Technology 2:2

Locations: East London and surrounding areas

Enhanced DBS Check: Yes

About me:

I am a recent graduate with a degree in Design & Technology. My projects at University level have often been focused on children as consumers, and I have gained a wealth of knowledge into the minds of children by studying how they interact with objects and people, with the purpose of designing products to meet their needs. I am particularly interested in the importance of play in early childhood, and how it is a vehicle for learning. This was the context behind my final year project at University, and is what drives me to find creative ways of interacting with children to enhance their learning. I have been able to apply this knowledge in my current, voluntary work as a junior church leader in my local parish, a kids worker in my local community, and a tutor at Primary level. Each role requires me to adapt to the needs of each child and find effective ways of teaching them so that information is retained by the child, and a good rapport is developed between us; I believe this to be the foundation of working with children – gaining their trust and helping them to grow and realise their full potential.

What I do when I am not tutoring:

I am a very active person, so when I am not tutoring I like to keep myself busy. I enjoy reading, skating, cycling and Art & Design. I am extremely health-conscious and enjoy making smoothies and healthy, nutritious meals.
I spend a lot of time with family and friends and often baby-sit or help others to complete tasks or projects. I am a very sociable person and like to help with church events. I currently work as part of a team, running a Saturday club for inner-city children in my local community. We provide breakfast, games and activities, and lessons that are often moral-based for the children.

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Contact details for tutors

Contact details:
Send an email to contactus@wisetutors.co.uk or use the online chat screen.

Opening hours:
We are open from Monday-Thursday 9.30am-5.30pm and on Friday 9.30am-5pm.
We are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays.
The best way to reach during closure is via email and we will reply before the end of the following working day.

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Useful resources

The most successful tutors stay up to date on all the content that is required for the age groups that they tutor.
Below, you will find a list of websites that will help you in be a more effective tutor to your students.

We have a list of teaching resources, a book store with our recommended books to use when tutoring students and links to the websites for various exam boards.

1. Books
Our online Amazon bookstore has range of highly recommended books for Maths, English and Science students from Early Years to A-level. We have also selected a range of books for 11+ grammar school preparation.

2. Past question papers
www.emaths.co.uk Maths, English & Science SATS past papers for students KS1 to KS3.
www.pastpapers.org GCSE & A-level past papers for various subjects.

3. Exam Boards
www.abrsm.org
www.aqa.org.uk
www.edexcel.org.uk
www.iseb.co.uk
www.ocr.org.uk
www.sqa.org.uk

4. Other Links
www.afnpublishing.co.uk 11+ exam resources
www.cgpbooks.co.uk CGP books
www.bbc.co.uk/schools BBC learning resources for home and school
www.dfes.org.uk Department for Education and Skills
www.galorepark.co.uk Leading independent publisher of prep school textbooks for children
www.learn.co.uk Carer website provides materials for lesson plans and private study as well as
support and advice for teachers and parents on all aspects of school life
www.nc.uk.net National Curriculum Online. Programmes & guidelines for every subject!
www.qca.org.uk Qualifications and Curriculum authority
www.teachernet.org.uk One-stop gateway to all of a teacher’s needs on the net

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What is stopping you from earning £30/hour?

If you have not complete your registration yet, we would really like to know why. We would love for you to complete the 5 minute survey below!

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And remember, even if you don’t sign up with WISE tutors, you can stay up to date with changes to the education by following us on our social media platforms!

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The matching process

1. Check the job board and check your emails.

There are two ways to check for tuition assignments:

We will contact you by email or telephone if we believe that you are suitable match for a new assignment based on you subject specialism, location and previous feedback from previous tuition jobs.

Alternatively, you can check for new assignments posted on our job board. The job board (www.jobs.wisetutors.co.uk) is updated daily and you will need to send an email to state your interest in a particular job.

If we do not email any assignment to you, this may be because there are no assignments that closely match your profile. Please bear in mind that we only contact the top 5-10 tutors that match the client’s requirements. Therefore if many tutors live within 5 miles of the client, these will be the tutors that we contact.

2. Reply by email to express your interest in a job (include the client postcode)

We identify each job by its full postcode so if you are interested in an assignment, you will need to send us an email to state this.

Please read through the details of the assignment carefully as it is very typical for clients to state that they are only available on certain days and times and it would not be fair for you to express an interest if you are not available on these days or at these times.

3. The client will be sent a link to your profile

Once you express your availability or interest for a particular potential job, we will send your profile to the client. It is important to note that it is entirely up to the client if he or she decides to go ahead with you.

The client is usually sent 3-6 profiles for any assignment and they will usually look at your profile and compare it to other tutors that have expressed their interest in the assignment.

4. Matching you with the client (full client details)

If the client chooses to go ahead with you, we will call you again to confirm your availability and you will receive the full contact details for the client so you can begin tuition.

You will need to contact them within 24 hours of being matched so that you can schedule your first session which will usually be an assessment session.

In another article we will talk about how to prepare for your first tuition assignment.

 

 

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Preparing for your first assignment

It is absolutely essential that you make adequate preparations for your first tuition session with any client. Once we have provided you with full client details, you are required to contact the client within 24 hours to arrange the first tuition session.

The majority of your preparation will be dependent on the details collected in your first telephone call with the client.

First  impressions  count,  so  it  is  important  to  conduct  yourself  in  a  professional  manner on  the  telephone, remembering to  speak clearly, be  patient  and  most  importantly  to  listen to  the  student  or  their  parent.  Make sure  you  confirm  and  obtain  the  following information:

1. When and where: your first tutorial session is to take place. Often the parent will have two or three suitable days an times, it is important that you make a note of this and confirm the date and time as soon as possible.

2. Logistics  –  Is  there  parking?  Is  the  parent  going  to  be  in  the  house if you are tutoring a minor? Or another responsible adult?

3. Client  details  –  You  will  have already  received  these  details  from  our  consultants but  it  is  worth  confirming:  the age  of  the student,  the subject  they  need  help  with,  the level  and  goals  they  are  working  towards,  and  details  of  the  relevant  examination  board so you can check the syllabus before your first lesson.

4. Student Goals  –  determine  the  goals  of  the  client.  Are  they  aiming  for  an  entrance examination  to  a  specific  school?  Do  they  need  to  improve  their  predicted  grade  in  a subject?  Why  do  they  feel  they  need  a  tutor?  What  is  the  student’s  current  attainment? What grades are they trying to achieve?

5. Resources  –  Which  books  are  available  at  home?  Inform  or  remind  the  client  of any resources that they may need to purchase.

The  aim  of this  initial  conversation  is  for  the  client  to  confirm  that  you  are  the  right  tutor for  them  and  to schedule  the  first session.

From  this call  you should  have  obtained enough information to prepare adequately for your first lesson. You must contact WISE Tutors to confirm that you have held your first tuition session with the student.

You may do this by emailing contactus@wisetutors.co.uk , with your name, the student name, postcode and the date of the first session.

IMPORTANT  –  If  you  cannot  get  hold  of  a  client  within  24  hours  of  being given  the  client  details  YOU MUST  email to let us know.

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How to gain 100% positive feedback from your client!

Have you ever wondered why some tutors seem to have sooo many clients and so many positive reviews?

In this blog entry, we will be giving you some of our top tips on how to become an expert tutor and gain 5* feedback from all your clients!

 

 

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Do we need tutoring agencies?

WISE TutorsThere are dozens of reasons why professional tutors choose to sign up to agencies. It may seem counter-intuitive to sign up online with an agency especially when there may be so many local notice boards for you to place an ad for your services. Afterall, you probably want to serve local people.

Many private tutors that are new to the tutoring industry, often ask if there is a need for tutoring agencies and with a large number of websites that are effectively acting as notice board for tutors, why do people still use private tuition agencies?!

In this blog entry, we will do our best to explain why parents still use agencies and why professional tutors still join reputable agencies.

  1. Local notice boards and online notice boards can lead to many enquiries but few jobs. Most private tutors say that local and online boards have provided numerous enquiries but few actual assignments. There are lots of places to put a free or cheap listing for your services but most tutors would rather just teach than keep replying emails from families that never book them.
  2. The competition on the board means that you usually have to reduce your rates. With graduates charging £5-£10 per hour for private tuition, it can be difficult to justify why you want to charge £15 or even £20 per hour. This means that you’ll find yourself reducing your rates in order to meet the “market rate”. By working with an agency, you can maintain your agency rate and not be concerned about the ‘going rate’ on the notice board.
  3. Over the past few years, there has been a huge shift to online tutoring: There are a large number of websites that provide ‘on-demand live tuition’. This has effectively reduced the cost of tutoring and many people expect to pay no more than £20 per hour for face to face tutoring. It usually starts with Parent A bragging about how cheap their tuition was and following this, Parent B decides not to spend more than £20 per hour on their private tutor.
  4. Poor ratings and feedback due to last minute students: The biggest problem with the platforms with feedback systems is that you can very easily end up with negative feedback! With so many parents and students looking for last minute tuition, it can be hard to get the grade that the pupil wants. How do you handle enquiries from last-minute students? When using online and offline notice boards, you are guaranteed to get students that have been predicted a D but want to get an A* in the exam with less than 3 weeks to go.
  5. People that can afford it will go to an agency. An agency brand is generally stronger than a private tutor’s brand. If you are good at what you do, then you probably want to be paid your worth. Unfortunately most people that visit the regular online boards cannot afford this fee and this is where an agency can be extremely helpful.

By working with an agency, you can work with clients that can effectively pay your worth. If a parent pays £15,000 to £30,000 in private tuition fees for their child. They will be willing to pay anything upward of £30 per hour for your services. They will also be willing to refer you to friends and family that also have the same purchasing power and this means that you will finally be able to charge a rate that works for you!

Parents from WISE tutors contact us because they are looking for tutors with verified qualifications, experience and expertise. Your reviews are added to your online profile and this helps with attracting more clients to select your profile.

By signing up to tutor with WISE tutors, you are able to build your reputation as a professional tutor and over time, you can send new clients to view your online profile for them to see that you are a Bronze, Silver or Gold tutor.

Whether you are a seasoned tutor, or you are relatively new to the world of private tutoring, our goal is to be with you every step of the way from building your profile to gaining positive feedback from your students.

If you have any questions about registering with WISE Tutors, feel free to chat with us online or send an email to contactus@wisetutors.co.uk

 

 

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The perfect profile pic

 

We all know the saying…Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.

However, people still make decisions about people based on what they see. Research shows that people make very wrong assumption about image. For example, people assume that:

If you look young… you are inexperienced!

If you look more mature… you will be boring!

If you are petite… you must be timid and shy!

Unfortunately, the majority of clients we work with are just like every other human being on the planet. They make a lot of decisions based on what they see so it is essential that you represent yourself in the best way possible.

In this blog entry, we will talk about how to take an excellent image for your profile picture.

1. Do not use a selfie!

Over the past few years, with the rise of smartphones, we have had a sharp increase in the number of selfies being used for the online profiles.

It’s not that we have anything against selfies – it’s just that selfies lack the professionalism that is needed in a tutoring profile.

We have definitely seen some of the worst selfies out there and we will generally not use your image if you provide a really bad one!

2. Wear smart clothes.

The other issue with profile images is getting the theme right – you want to appear professional. Think ‘new passport photo’ rather than ‘my latest holiday pic’

We have seen some images of people in sun hats and sun glasses, pictures of a group of friends, pictures of mums carrying their babies and pictures from a night out!

3. Make sure we can see your face!

It is best to take the picture with light facing you rather than behind you.

When there is light behind you, you can end up creating a shadow effect where your face is not seen clearly.

4. Stand against a plain white or cream wall.

We have seen images taken in front of the seaside at the beach, images taken at a party and worst of all images with a background showing a very messy bedroom (we really don’t want to see these things and neither do clients!

5. If you don’t have one – take a new one!

It only takes a few seconds to take a photo yet people will spend weeks digging around for an old photo to use as their profile image.

You may be better off asking a friend to help you take a new picture!

In addition to this, if you select an old photo or take pictures of an old photo at home, you may find that the quality is extremely poor. You may also find that it is difficult to edit the picture.

We have had a large number of edited pictures where the person has been forced to cut off their arm in the image!

WISE Tutors photos6. Don’t forget to smile!

Our final tip is to remember to smile!  Parents are looking for professional tutors that are friendly and will work well with their child. We tend to re-colour the images into black and white

Finally, we cannot guarantee that your profile will be featured as an example on the website as we use a random selection process to choose which profiles should appear at the front of the website.

We hope this helps! Feel free to view our featured profiles for ideas of what we are looking for. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us by emailing contactus@wisetutors.co.uk

 

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Staying up to date!

Whether you are new to the world of tutoring or a seasoned professional tutor, it can be very difficult to stay up to date with the changes to the education sector.

Imagine a parent’s horror when they decide to have a chat with their child’s private tutor and they realise that they have been working with a GCSE Maths tutor that doesn’t know about the current reforms in GCSE examinations!

Or they talk about a popular independent school in the borough and the tutor has never heard of it!

What sets us apart as professional private tutors is our understanding of the curriculum, our knowledge of the most current teaching methods and our awareness of any changes in education and how this can affect our pupils.

Any changes in teaching methodology, national curriculum and examination reforms affects the students, teaches and tutors. It’s therefore important that we stay up to date to support pupils in achieving their full potential!

The good news is that even if you don’t have time to read the latest news in education on a daily basis, we are able to provide up to date news through our social media platforms.

We provide a daily update where  you will find the latest and most important news about the educational world, chosen specifically for you and your needs.

By visiting or education blog or following us on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, you are just one click away from knowing all that you need to know about the ever-evolving world of education!

 

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Building your career as a professional tutor

Why do people become tutors?

What is the advantage of tutoring?

What is the disadvantage?

How can you advertise as a tutor?

Which methods are most effective

Which methods are least effective

Please note, that we have not included ‘word of mouth’ referrals because this is without a doubt the most effective way of adertising. The questionnaire

If you are a professional private tutor, we would love you to take part in our online survey

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5 simple steps to joining WISE Tutors

In this blog entry, we will explain all the steps that you need to take to get started with WISE tutors.

Read the eligibility criteriaThis is to make sure that you understand how we work and to make sure that you are suited to working with WISE tutors.

Complete the online profile: The online profile is your business card for our clients, they will use your profile decide if they want to go ahead with you based on your profile. You will need to attach and submit a short video and photo with your profile. The video isn’t used on your online profile but it gives us an idea to know if you will be a good fit with WISE tutors.

Complete your application form and send copies of your documents: This will take approximately 10 to 20 minutes. You will need to read our terms and conditions before completing the application form, you will also need to have contact details for two references to hand. We will need a copy of your CV, a copy of your passport, proof of your NI, a copy of your degree certificate(s) and a copy of your DBS. You can either attach the document to your online application or send us an email with all the document attached.

Reference checks: Once we have received your application form, we will contact your referees to provide a reference for you. It can take anything from 2 days to 2 weeks to get a response. It may be worth reminding your referees to check their inbox so that they can respond to this as soon as possible.

Login and check for jobs: Once you have completed your online profile and we have received all your documents and references, we will give you access to our online job board for you to view and select jobs that you are interested in!

So there you go, 5 simple steps to getting started with WISE Tutors.

 

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All you need to know about DBS checks (formerly CRB)

In this blog entry, we will be answering some of the common questions that we get about CRBs and DBS checks.

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The palavar of paperwork

Still haven’t completed your registration? Well, you’re not alone. Very few people enjoy the administrative work involved in filling forms and sending documents. So we’ve got a quick suggestion to make life a lot easier…

A SIMPLE SHORT CUT! (Use your phone!)

Step 1: Place the document on a table.

Step 2: Treat your camera phone as if it were a scanner, taking a ‘birds-eye-view’ photo of the document.

Step 3: Make sure that the document is clear, that the words are legible and there are no shadows, fingers or no thumbs showing in the image.

Step 4: Attach the images to the email

Step 5: Hit the send button!

If you haven’t already sent these in, we look forward to receiving your documents!

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How to create a winning profile

WISE tutors girls graduationAt WISE tutors, we work with independent private tutors in the UK. Our private tutors are able to offer a range of services to families, schools and corporate clients. Our services are available to clients in the UK and abroad. We offer private home tutoring, online private tutoring, EFL private tutoring for students learning English as a foreign language and we offer private tutoring for students with SEN (special education needs)

Private home tutoring : Most of our clients in London, Kent and Surrey contact us because they require a tutor to support their child in their home on a regular basis.  Our highly qualified private tutors work with the student on a weekly basis and support the child with achieving their targeted academic goals. Parents find this is convenient when compared to tuition sessions where they need to drop the child and pick up the child from the tuition centre.

Online tutoring:  Private tutoring online can be extremely beneficial to clients that do not live within proximity to an expert private tutors. A large number of private tutors with WISE tutors are able to work with students via online tutoring. They use software that can assist with screen sharing and video discussions to assist each student with his or her progress.

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