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Benefits of Reading and Reading Suggestions for Tutors and Students - Aug '17

By Sarah Gordon MTA

‘I’m already bored, why would I want to read?’ or ‘I can’t!’, are just some of the responses you may have heard as a tutor or parent when trying to encourage your child or tutee to dive headlong into a book we just know they will enjoy if they only give it a chance. But how do we get them there? And what is the point?

Book Lovers Day, 9th August - Aug '17

By Emily Jack ATA - Founder of Kings Tutors

The 9th August is unofficially known as ‘Book Lovers Day’. It is a day that is all about celebrating reading and it encourages everyone to pick up a book.

Tutoring as an Alternative Career Path - Jul '17

By Charlotte Jacobs MTA - Founder of Strive Tutors
August is often a time for holidays, relaxation and reflection; a period when we actually have time to think
about ourselves, how we are feeling and how we are feeling about what we are doing. It is little wonder, then,
that many workers in the UK return from their summer holidays rejuvenated, with new ideas about their future.
These ideas often manifest themselves as career changes, as people have reflected on their salaries, bosses
and day to day activities.

Help us Change the Perception of the Tutoring Profession - Jul '17

By Chris Sanders MA, Board Member

Dear Members

You may have seen – or heard the fall-out from – an article published by the BBC early July.

These sort of stories – small in number and quite possibly exaggerated in content – does not accurately reflect the reality of the sector in terms of the perceptions they create and reinforce.

Empowering Youths for the Future - Jul '17

By Ariana Azad ATA
July 15th is World Youth Skills Day and Ariana Azad ATA discusses the significance of investments in youth skills development #SkillForAll

TTA – a ‘Community of Practice’ - Jul '17

What are Communities of Practice, their importance and how can you help The Tutors' Association community grow?

A community is a group of people who share a common concern or interest in a topic and who come together to fulfil both individual and group goals.

Certain type of communities focus on sharing best practices and creating new knowledge to advance a domain of professional practice- for example, The Tutors’ Association. These communities are known as ‘Communities of Practice’.

Tutoring in Singapore - May '17

By Emma Markovic MTA
Emma Markovic MTA shares her experiences of tutoring in Southeast Asia.

I had a wonderful experience tutoring in Singapore, and I miss it dearly. The people, family, culture and way of life really appealed to me and I felt like I had all of my home comforts of London, but with much better weather and a lot less stress. A perfect combination!

Neuroscience in Education - Mar '17

By John Nichols, MTA
Following the Association’s Neuroscience and Learning seminar earlier in the year, John Nichols MTA explores what neuroscience can tell us about education.

Neuroscience is a scientific field where enormous advances have been made in the last two decades, potentially of great significance in education. As a subject, it has been treated with a great deal of awe and, to most people, ‘neuroscientist’ has become practically synonymous with ‘genius’.

11+: The End of Tuition?- by Frederick Sugarman-Warner MTA (Sep '16)

In a recent article (16 September), The Telegraph ran a story titled ‘Independent schools change admissions tactics to spot tutoring.’ The major change appears to be a six hour interview at certain schools, rather than an hour-long slot. It is hoped, those interviewed say, that this will weed out tutored children, leaving only the natural talents behind.

The Challenges of Language Tuition - by Magdalena Hachula, MTA (May '17)

Being a language tutor

I have been a tutor for many years and have always loved the feeling when students get that ‘Aha’ moment. You start with a grammar topic and they look at you as if you are an alien – and then suddenly the light-bulb goes off and by the end of the lesson they are happy students who have not only understood the initial topic, but are now capable of tackling the most difficult grammar rules. This gives them confidence and makes them - and me - happy.

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