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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 4:50 pm 
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I was helping a local mum prepare for her appeal yesterday, and I asked if her DS was tutored. She replied (somewhat sheepishly):

"He went to a local lady for an hour each week. She gave him a glass of lemonade and a packet of crisps, and watched him complete a practice paper for 50 minutes. The last ten minutes was spent marking it. She got quite cross with him when he got questions wrong."

The price of this babysitting service?

£25 an hour.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:06 am 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:22 am 
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Shame on that woman!!

Hope he wins his appeal.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2009 12:06 pm 
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I am so glad i found this website. I have had so much support. My daughter has quit her tuition precisely because tutor was not teaching the right stuff. Sally Anne, moving and jaysdarling has provided so much encouragement and help.

I could go on ranting about how bad tutor was but will refrain - at least I got out of the tutor trap early and so am saving myself alot of money and heartache. :D


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 12:22 pm 
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You have to ask how many times the child was sent to this"tutor" at £25 per hour? To paraphrase,charge me £25 once,shame on you;charge me £25 ten times,shame on me!

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2009 12:41 pm 
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That's an expensive lesson. Why did it take so long to find out? Surely the first thing you ask your child at the end of a tutoring session is "How did it go?" followed by "What did you do?". I like to think that after 2-3 sessions,I would have been asking some serious questions. However, I guess we all tend to put our trust in people and I imagine lots of us would be caught the same way

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I always spend time at the end of a lesson talking to the parent and telling them what we have done in the lesson, explaining any homework etc.

It is a good idea to ask what feedback a tutor will give and what format the lesson takes before you decide to take them on.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:31 pm 
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Hello all

I fully accept that there will be people, so-called tutors, out there who will do a poor job, or in a worst case scenario, politely fleece you!

But please do remember that there are also genuinely excellent, hard-working, knowledgeable tutors out here also, who put 100% into our lessons. I have been tutoring for over ten years now: I teach invariably for the full 60 or 90 minutes of a lesson, the only time I'm not is when I'm setting a short assessment task. I give my all to my pupils. I am completely au fait with exam requirements for 11+ exams, both grammar and public school and Common Entrance. I am an experienced English, prep school teacher and offer top-notch support to my pupils. I also give advice on schools, league tables, and provide resources.

Of course be careful when hiring a tutor - talk to them first, ask for testimonials, and check-in regularly as to what they're doing with your child. And if they're not cutting the mustard, vote with your feet (to mix my metaphors!).


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