Mock exams are not only a vital warm-up for your real GCSEs or A Levels, they can also be a key piece of information in producing your all-important predicted grade. In this article we provide 5 tips to boost GCSE and A-Level mock exam performance.
GCSE Tutors in London and Online
We introduce expert subject and exam board specific tutors for GCSE and IGCSE exams. In our experience, success in these exams requires a student to tackle areas of weakness, understand their strengths and to learn how to approach questions correctly in order to maximise their marks. By understanding your child’s learning style and specific requirements, we will introduce you to an expert GCSE tutor who will meet those demands with a carefully planned course of private tuition.
All of our GCSE and IGCSE tutors are available for in-person tuition in central London and online anywhere in the world.
Sophie Taylor Barthorpe, our Director of Tuition, explains how a private tutor helps students prepare effectively for the GCSE.
SLT’s GCSE Tutors
Alex has a BA and MSc in Maths from Oxford University, and also specialises in Oxbridge admissions. Alongside this he prepares students for 11+ and 13+ Entrance Exams.
Alex specialises in English and Maths tuition and has taught many of our home schooled students.
Amy is a qualified teacher and specialises in English tuition. She also supports with Maths and 11+ Exam Preparation.
Andrea taught at one of London's top independent schools and is now a full-time tutor. She specialises in English tuition and has prepared students for many of the UK's most competitive entrance exams in English and Maths.
Andrew's specialist subject is Latin, aimed specifically at Common Entrance level, as well as towards Scholarships and GCSEs.
Anil is an Oxford graduate who is highly multidisciplinary teaching a range of subjects including Maths, English, Music and Science.
Ayokunle specialises in Chemistry and Physics tuition, while also supporting with Maths, Economics, Biology, Geography and Business studies.
Beth is a very experienced tutor who has worked around the world, specialising in English tuition.
Cameron specialises in Maths for the 11+ and 13+, as well as for GCSE students. He can also provide tuition for French, English and Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning.
Chloe specialising in tutoring English Literature and English Language GCSE. She also tutors students in the years leading up to these exams.
Dalmeet specialises in teaching Maths (I)GCSE and Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Daniela is an experienced teacher who tutors English Language and English Literature GCSE. She has experience with SEN students.
Dora specialises in 11+ and 13+ preparation and interview practice. She also has extensive experience tutoring students with SEN.
Dween's specialist subject is preparing children for Entrance Examinations. He also teaches Key Stage 1-3 Maths & English, A Level Politics & Philosophy and University Politics.
Ed specialises in History, Politics and Geography exam preparation from 11+ up to and including A Level. He also prepares students for Oxbridge applications.
Hannah specialises in Biology, Chemistry and Maths for GCSE and IB. She also prepares students for university interviews.
Issy specialises in English Literature and tutors the subject from 11+ up to A Level. She is also experienced in teaching English as an additional language.
James is a Maths specialist who also has experience tutoring Physics, Economics, 11+ Entrance Exams and Scholarship Exams.
James specialises in Chemistry, Maths and Physics GCSE. As well as this he prepares students for Chemistry University interviews.
James specialises in tutoring towards entrance examinations, in particular 7+, 11+ and 13+. He also supports Oxbridge applications.
James is a highly experienced English teacher and entrance exam specialist, from 11+ to university applications.
Joanne specialises in Biology tuition, all Sciences up to GCSE and Mathematics. She also prepares students for entrance exams from 8+ to 16+.
Joel tutors history, philosophy and politics from GSCE up to and including undergraduate level. He also prepares students for university applications.
John is a highly multidisciplinary tutor, who specialises particularly in Biology and History tuition. He also teaches Psychology, Chemistry, Physics Philosophy, UCAS, Geography, Maths and English.
Kate specialises in English GCSE and A Level. She can also support students in preparation for Oxbridge entrance.
Leia specialises in Maths, Science and Geography from 11+ up to A Level. She also tutors students in essay writing for University entry.
Luke specialises in Economics at GCSE level and above.
Matt tutors English, History and Philosophy GCSE and A Level. He also tutors undergraduates and supports students with university applications.
Phineas has been tutoring since 2007. He specialises in Humanities and Languages - French and German. He tutors from 7+ age up to A-level.
Rory specialises in Maths and Physics, preparing students for GCSE and A level exams.
Sally specialises in exam preparation, with her students receiving offers from top London Day schools. She tutors from 7+ up to GCSE.
Sara specialises in tutoring GCSE and A-Level science. She also helps students prepare for maths 11+ exams and sixth form entrance exams.
Tristan specialises in tutoring GCSE and A-Level geography. He also prepares students for 13+ and the TSA for Oxbridge applications.
Wiebke specialises in French, English, German, home schooling and 11+.
Zoe specialises in teaching English Language and Literature as well as History and Drama.
Which GCSE subjects can SLT provide tuition for?
We can provide tuition for every major subject at GCSE, including:
- Science (Dual or Combined Science)
- Religious Studies
- Modern languages (French, Spanish, Italian, German etc.)
- Latin and Ancient Greek
- Computer Science
If you don’t see the subject you’re looking for above, please contact us and one of our client managers will be able to assist you.
The tutors we introduce are highly experienced at preparing students for their GCSEs in these subjects and more, with exceptional track records of success. Every tutor is hand-picked, highly vetted and qualified, and personally matched to your child.
How does GCSE tutoring work?
At Simply Learning Tuition, we believe that the best tuition is delivered one-to-one by only the highest calibre of GCSE tutors. The tutors we introduce are all subject experts, passionate teachers, and have extensive experience with the relevant GCSE exam boards. This means they all have outstanding track records of success at GCSE, with students typically improving by 1-3 grades.
All tuition is different, as a good tutor will always adapt their approach to the requirements and preferred learning style of the student. However, the fundamental principles of sound tuition remain the same. Our tuition begins with a gentle assessment as the tutor identifies your child’s areas of strength and areas for improvement. Then they target those weaknesses, explaining challenging concepts and difficult topics so that there are no gaps in your child’s knowledge. Finally, as the exams draw nearer, tutors integrate more focused revision and exam practice to ensure that your child meets their potential on the day of their final exams.
What to look for in a GCSE tutor
No two great GCSE tutors are identical, but as a guide, tutors should have the following:
- A minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a leading university
- Hundreds or thousands of hours of experience tutoring this subject at GCSE
- An outstanding track record of success with previous students
- Knowledge and experience of the specific exam board your child is studying
- A great personality fit with your child – the best academic is not necessarily the best teacher if they and your child don’t ‘click’
At SLT, all of the tutors we introduce are highly qualified, hand-picked, and personally matched to your child. Get in touch if you would like to book in a GCSE tutor or to find out more.
Does my child need a GCSE tutor?
GCSEs are a vital staging post on your child’s academic journey. University may seem a distant prospect for a 14- or 15-year-old , but GCSEs are the only confirmed exam grades your child will have when they make their university applications. With many leading universities, including Oxbridge and some of the Russell Group in the UK, requiring grade 7s or above before they will consider an applicant, performing well in their GCSEs can have significant long-term benefits. And before we even get that far, many schools will only allow students to take a certain subject at A Level or IB if they have performed well in it at GCSE.
GCSEs represent a significant step-up from children’s prep school or Year 9 work, however. Your child may be studying new subjects, more subjects than they ever have before, and at a higher level of difficulty. Furthermore, these are the first public exams most children will have taken, which brings an added layer of pressure.
Working with a private tutor for GCSEs can make a world of difference. An experienced tutor can guide your child through the GCSE curriculum, unlocking concepts they have been struggling with and reinforcing their areas of strength. This is all backed up by extensive familiarity with the leading exam boards and expert advice on revision and exam technique. The effect is often transformative. Children’s confidence and performance grow in tandem. The subject they dreaded becomes one they can handle. And the fantastic results at the end make all the hard work more than worth it.
GCSE Retake Tutors
GCSEs are fundamental to your child’s future academic and career prospects. If their results were not what you had hoped for, a GCSE retake tutor will provide them with the support they need to improve second time around. The expert GCSE retake tutors we introduce will help your child tackle subjects they found difficult and will share their tried and tested advice on exam technique, coursework and revision. If you have requested your child’s exam scripts, tutors can provide a detailed review and analysis of these to identify areas for improvement. Drawing upon their experience and informed by their detailed knowledge of Edexcel, AQA, OCR and all other leading exam boards, the tutor we introduce will prepare your child for future success.
The GSCE private tutors we introduce are highly sought after professional tutors. Each one has an excellent academic track record and has been carefully vetted by our tuition team. At GCSE level, it is important that you work with a tutor who as well as having excellent subject knowledge also knows exactly what is required for the syllabus that your child is being examined in. We know each tutor personally and will be able to ensure that your son or daughter is working with someone they will bond quickly with and who will be able to teach to their individual learning style. When we send you details of the tutor we recommend, you will be able to see full details of their qualifications, previous students, results and testimonials.
GCSE tuition is available online, in person in London or live in. We can also introduce tutors for GCSE level home schooling, including registering your child for their exams. If your child is moving schools at sixth form, we can help them prepare for 16+ assessments too.
GCSE and IGCSE tuition can be delivered weekly over a longer term, or as a short-term intensive course to help with exam revision. After an initial assessment, the tutor will build knowledge of the subject and provide valuable assistance with time management and exam skills. By using a joined-up, holistic approach to homework, coursework and revision, the GCSE tutor will help the student achieve their desired goals.
It is important that the tutor you choose is familiar with the appropriate exam board(s) your son or daughter is following. We introduce tutors who are exam board specific, and cover GCSE or IGCSE exam criteria for AQA, OCR (including Salters) and Edexcel. Additionally, these GCSE tutors are able to provide assistance with all the key subjects, including Maths, English and The Sciences.
Before the reform of GCSEs to include less coursework, the IGCSE was considered more difficult. There is now very little difference between the rigor of GCSEs and IGCSEs, however there are some practical considerations. GCSE exams are typically sat in May and June and some resits in November. IGCSE exams (for some subjects) can be taken in November and January and May and June. The IGCSE is generally available in more countries due to the international (i) nature of the qualification.
"He was really patient and explained things so that I understood them, even when I'd found them impossible before".
Miss. B, GCSE Maths Tuition
"I just got my grades and I got an A* for English. Thank you so much for all your help. I couldn’t have done it without you".
Miss. H, IGCSE English Literature Tuition
"I would have no hesitation in recommending Ms Ackland, she is extremely professional, trustworthy and talented".
Mr. G, GCSE Latin Tuition
"Adam's an excellent tutor and my son has been inspired to study diligently and excel in his Classics & History GCSEs".
Mr. F, GCSE Tuition
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