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 Post subject: Teaching Groups
PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2005 10:52 pm 
Hi Patricia

Don't teach in groups.

Each child at any moment in time requires individual assistance.

However, it is possible to teach independently within a group.

Start with this scenario.

One tutor teaching one child per hour.

4.00
5.00
6.00
7.00

that is four children per evening.

One tutor teaching one child per hour with a half hour overlap

4.00
4.30
5.00
5.30
6.00
6.30
7.00

that is seven children per evening for a half hour extra work.

How do we work ?

Two children per half hour session working independently with a tutor with over ten years experience who can respond to the individual needs of a student.

4.00 2
4.30 2
5.00 2
5.30 2
6.00 2
6.30 2
7.00 2

that is fourteen students per evening. Over a five day week there is the potential to accomodate seventy students per tutor.

We employ tutors who are fully qualified teachers either working full-time in the education system or as supply teachers. Our highest student numbers this year was 165 per week due to the diversity of the services we offer.

Although I may have referred to groups of students in previous posts the way we work with them is as follows:

Students attend our premises as a group on a Saturday morning, they are set a test under exam conditions, then leave. The papers are marked and students return for a weekday evening session where individually their papers are reviewed and relevant guidance is given.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 03, 2005 11:20 pm 
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Dear Mike

Understand your concerns - I have been brutally honest ie my first adventure with a small group. I have always steered clear of requests to teach in groups - the idea has come from parents who cant find tutors and didn't take up the offer of my workshop [ ie me teaching the parent how to teach the child ]

Perhaps I am being a bit thick this evening but dont understand your method of working - clarification please.

Patricia


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2005 12:27 am 
Hi Patricia

We started tutoring ten years ago as a means of supplementing our income whilst studying for PGCEs. Over time we had requests to teach a broader range of subjects and age groups. We did not actually set out to tutor 11+. Like a lot of tutors we taught one-on-one, but found this quite intensive for the younger students and a lot of our time was spent doing nothing whilst the children produced work for assesment.

Unlike a lot of tutors myself and Jan have always worked together, but offering different subjects. I worked with GCSE students and Jan worked with the primary and lower high school students. In 2000 we employed our first tutor and purchased business premises. We expanded further in 2002 and employed up to eight tutors. We currently have one business premise and employ four tutors and one admin assistant. We found that we were earning money to pay the taxman, utilities, etc by closing down the premises that we purchased we were able to sell it and buy our property in Spain.

Our business has evolved to the point it is at today by being diverse and responding to market demands i.e. for 11+ tuition and writing verbal reasoning papers.

Our basic timetable runs on a two student overlap, giving no more than four students in a group at one time, but they are taught independently. Each student is placed with a subject specific tutor and in an appropriate age group.

As an example our timetables for individual tutors runs as follows

4.00 p.m. 2 students
4.30 p.m. 2 students
5.00 p.m. 2 students the 4.00 p.m. students leave
5.30 p.m. 2 students the 4.30 p.m. students leave

etc.

We have found that this is the most economic and acceptable way of working. It allows us to keep our fees low ( £18 per student per hour) and offer a £15 per hour fee to the tutor.

All the students are tutored at our own business premises, we do not do any home visits. Sometimes parents insist on one-to-one tuition, but we explain that we do not do that, in a free market they are able to find suitable tutors elsewhere. We also recommend Cheshire Tutorials as an organisation that specialises in placing students with tutors.

At the beginning of September each year we offer the option of a twelve week course leading up to the 11+ tests. Students attend our premises as a group on Saturday mornings were they sit a full 11+ test under exam conditions. They then attend a weekday session to review their performance. The papers that we write for the course are the papers that are on the e-paper section.

phew

Sometimes things are easier to see than be explained !!

Regards

Mike


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2005 10:37 pm 
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Dear Mike

Right, I am definitely being thick......

The bits I dont get.....

Max 4 children at any one time, taught idependently,each student placed with a specific subject teacher - and yet you do not offer one to one tuition???? Dont understand.

In the group of 4 are their 4 tutors? [ taught idependently ] if so isn't this one to one?

Sorry

Your papers already on this site - will the ABCDs etc be the same questions plus HIKNOS for your new Bucks/Wirral papers [ or will the ABCDs etc be new ]

Patricia [ the thick one!]


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2005 11:56 pm 
Hello Patricia

Keeping things simple

Students do not start at the same times.

Timetable

4.00 2 students A + B
4.30 2 Students C + D

student A started first and is on question type P
student B started second and is on question type L
student C started third and is on question type D
student D has only just started and is on question type A

All the students are on one tutors timetable and he/she will set work and provide guidance as and when needed.

The new papers will contain the same questions as the original postings, we have added as per your guidance the extra questions.

The type questions, that should be on-line soon, will contain all new questions, there will probably be fifty of each type of question to download.


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Mike


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 7:53 am 
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Dear Mike

At last - I understand!!!!!!!!!

I like simple.

Although I wasn't thinking of overlapping [ for my 'groups' ] may well do now.

Thankyou

Patricia


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 8:59 am 
Hi Patricia

Hope the information was useful and you can accomodate more students.

There are many advantages for the children being taught independently within a group.

The group dynamic itself allows for some socialising within the sessions, the children do not feel isolated and can draw confidence from each other, knowing that other children are struggling to complete the same questions makes them feel less self-conscious.

Children who are normally shy in large group classroom situations develop the confidence to ask questions within the smaller group. Many of our parents comment on the improved confidence of their child.

When a child starts tuition it can be quite daunting for them, going to a strangers home, not knowing what to expect etc create barriers towards effective tutoring. However, entering an environment where there are other children improves the settling in time.

We only employ teachers who are used to dealing with classroom sizes in excess of twenty-five children. Our small group sizes allows them to do what they want to do, that is teach children. We have very few parents who withdraw their children from tuition because of the way we work.

As a tutoring business, retention of students is important to us. Many of our students will stay with us after the 11+ tests to focus on preparation for SATs tests in May. We also provide support to the students as they enter high school. We promote the idea that going to the tutors is a lifestyle choice, no different to going to dance lessons, music lessons, football practice etc. We have two girls who started with us in year five for general help and are now in year 11 preparing for GCSE exams, neither of the girls attend grammar schools, but with our support they will probably attain grades comparable to grammar school girls.

I enjoy tutoring, it gives me a lot of satisfaction and quite a comfortable lifestyle.

Regards


Mike


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