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New Subjects from Home-School Tutors

Home-School tutors can now offer bookkeeping, accountancy, general computing skills and business skills tutoring to clients in the Knutsford area so if you are struggling to keep the books or get to grips with spreadsheets and accounting software or are starting up, or thinking of starting up, a business then we can help find you a tutor. For those new to running a business or being self employed there are often training and development needs that arise, that were catered for by an employer, and general problems, previously sorted by a quick phone call to a help desk or a meeting with the boss. Training courses can be expensive, time-consuming (you have to travel to them and in most cases take at least a day out) and may include some topics of lesser or no interest to you - tutoring may be more practical. Tutoring is individually tailored to suit the learners’ needs and goes at a pace to suit them and, importantly, is arranged at a time and in a location to suit them. Also our tutors have no overheads such as room and equipment hire and arrangement of lunch and refreshments, and can be booked on a needs basis per hour; helping you keep costs down.

2nd July 2007

Adult Learners

This year Home-School has also matched an increasing number of requests for tuition from adult learners. Adults need tuition for various needs such as going back to college/university, refreshing maths skills to allow greater job prospects and career progressions, assessment centre tests for management course entry, for example, foreign languages for business or leisure travel, or computer (IT) skills. Whatever skills you want to acquire, tutoring could be the answer.

9th July 2007

Year 10's Road Test New Science GCSE

This year the GCSE science curriculum has been overhauled and the current year 10's are the first to try out the new science suite. The new science GCSE, or rather a versatile combination of GCSE Sciences that is taken across 2 years with various possible permutations, is much less 'hard core' science and instead calls on topical issues in what appears to be an attempt to encourage greater interest in science from teenagers.

Students now look into 'how science works'; they must learn to evaluate scientific evidence and to decide if mobile phones are a health risk, about MSRA and superbugs, decide what pieces of evidence support cannabis classification and weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of using fossil fuels, plastics and alternate fuel sources, amongst other things. Will this increase interest in science? This remains to be seen. What if interest in science is raised? The new specifications seem to miss out the 'difficult' science, such as the more technical theory and the calculations that equip a student with the scientific knowledge needed to advance to A level, degree level and beyond. Is this change helpful to science and getting more young people to take on science degrees? This we will see... in the meantime this years year 10's have had a more difficult task than their predecessors as there has been only specimen material to give them guidance. Our own Home-School tutors have risen to this challenge of helping students work through the unknown and unpredictable.