Ford Tuition

Private tuition and an advisory service for students and parents Offering privare tuition in a variety of subjects for Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 students.

An advisory service on how to perform at optimal level at school. This covers supporting your child in learning, revision techniques, examination preparation, planning and monitoring.Also in supporting you, the parent, in matters relating to school issues ie: attendance and communication with teachers and management. Also offering gudance on how to support your child in preparation for examinations and guide them through times of difficulty and uncertainty.

19/08/2019

With the new Academic year about to start, I find I am in a position now to take on new students.

I provide a service not only designed to teach Junior school children in Maths and English but also to provide advice on how to cope with any pressures that can arise through the Sat's programme and preparation for the 11plus. For secondary school students, I teach a range of subjects up to GCSE and will also provide for A-Level PE.

Confidence building, revision techniques, and guidance on how to plan for revision and exams are also provided.

My catchment area extends from Tring out to Leighton Buzzard, Aylesbury, Hemel Hempstead, and Watford.

My fees are competitive and range between £20 and £25 an hour depending on travel distances. I am able to offer packages as well.to past student parents.

Contact details:

07855440057
[email protected]

27/07/2015

Having had a fairly full programme over the year I have somewhat allowed myself to fall behind on posts and general comments. I am aware that we are moving towards a new academic year and many of you may be looking to see what you can do to enhance your children's learning. My load lightens a little with the completion of the forthcoming Entrance Exams and the GCSE results and so if you are interested in finding out more about what I can offer please do not hesitate to contact me. A first meeting is always designed for you to establish the suitability of what I can do for your child and is, of course, free of any charge. It is also of great importance that your son or daughter feels comfortable about being taught by me ..although I do promise I am friendly and smile a lot!

28/10/2013

The Key Factor

Confidence

During my experience of teaching for some 39 years, I came to realise that many an average school child, in terms of academic ability, undersell their own perceptions of how bright, clever and good they actually are. Where these somewhat negative feelings stem from will, no doubt, be borne from a variety of sources and be unique to each individual.

Due largely to the, and inevitable, consequence of our education system, the individual is often not given the personal time and attention that perhaps would be most beneficial. This is not a criticism of teachers per sae ( their jobs are demanding on time and requirement enough) but more on the system that “pretends” to care for the individual but in reality is more focussed on generic results. Teachers generally care and want to give that time to each and every pupil they teach. Schools, understandably, are committed to producing annual figures that give the public an understanding of how well they are doing as an educational institute. Ofsted, a necessary process in essence, adds to the conundrum.

Children are individuals with specific needs, and, as such, if neglected may run the risk of not achieving to their potential.

Convince the child that he or she has ability in abundance; promote and praise any success achieved and challenge in a positive way. Without doubt, confidence will increase and with it greater self awareness and belief. By this alone, will come success.

The problem is striking the balance and discovering how best to motivate and open the eyes of the child. Too much pressure and over indulgence can, but not always (it depends on the individual make up), have a detrimental effect.

In my next “blog” I will look at one or two ways that a students confidence can be uplifted.

In the meantime, if you would like to share your thoughts, observations and ask questions then please feel free to contact me through my email address ..[email protected] or message me on FordTuition.

01/02/2013

The Joy of …................... Reading!

How good is your child's reading? Come to think of it, how good is yours? In fact, do you read at all? It doesn't really matter what you read, but if, for whatever reason, you don't read then you (and your children) are missing out on one of the pleasures in life.

Not reading is a restriction, a hindrance and a denial of the acceptance that knowledge is good. And when you do read, do you do so with interest and variation?

Of course the basics of reading enable us to get by with the mundane business of everyday life. Information sheets, recipes, tax forms: basic business letters/ emails – the list is lengthy. But it is much more than that. It is educational and entertaining; it evokes emotions such as humour, reflection, sadness and similarly can lead to a greater desire to read more.

Children, I believe, need to read. Yes, I know they do anyway, but I am writing about reading outside of the requirements demanded of them in every day life, ie school.

How often do you ask your children to read to you? And when they do, do you listen carefully to how they read? Do they use punctuation to good effect, pause appropriately and put emphasis on words and phrases?

Think back to days of Jackanory; how boring would those stories have been had they been monotonously presented? They were popular because they were read with vision, interest and a desire to please and engage the audience.

My advice is that you encourage the children to read out loud at home. If they struggle to read to an audience, they can easily record their reading and then play back to hear, for themselves, how interesting and exciting their reading skills are.

The bonus is, that by reading with good use of punctuation and emphasis, they will remember more of the text. Part of the whole educational and learning experience as well.

For more, message me …................ Bob,

FordTuition

09/01/2013

Look to Ford Tuition for details relating to home tuition, advice on planning for exams (students and parents alike) and contact details. This applies for 11+ preparation, other major exams and planning for secondary school students. Teachers who feel that some extra (neutral and friendly) observations, based on 38 years of teaching and mentoring, would be beneficial to them are most welcome to get in contact. All the very best to you all.

09/01/2013

Happy New Year to you all.

We are now moving into the final stages of preparation for the summer exams and 11+; a potentially worrying and frustrating period of time, but one that can be eased by careful planning and consideration for what needs to be done. It is not always enough for a student to rely solely on what is prepared and required by his or her school, and the presence of extra professional help and advice can make the difference between the levels of success so demanded by colleges, universities and work placements.
I am now in a position to offer my experience and services to help enable extra tuition, planning and general advice for students, parents and indeed teachers. At the moment I have space to take on one client looking for tuition in areas relating to 11+, GCSE's and some A Levels. Extra to that is the advisory service for students and parents on how to plan for the summer exams - with hands on help and guidance in producing timetables and other appropriate materials. Contact me on Facebook (Ford Tuition); [email protected]; or 07855440057
Wishing you all the very best for the forthcoming months.

19/11/2012

Learning Styles

VAK

Some time ago schools were introduced to a system designed to help teachers differentiate their teaching styles to, as much as possible, suit the individuals in their class. It is nothing particularly new but has been formalised into a more workable format.

In essence we all have different preferences when it comes to retaining information. Some of us prefer to read and then digest information; others like to have the experience of listening to information being imparted whilst there are those who are much more physical and practical in their learning style.
VAK stands for …. Visual
Auditory
Kinaesthetic.

It does not normally stand that we are so easily bracketed into only one of these styles. More often than not we have a mixture of two, or even all three of them. But there will also, in most cases, be one that is more dominant.
By determining these styles in a student it is possible to provide a learning environment that is much more conducive to being successful in the retention of knowledge.

When it comes to revision, having this inside knowledge about a child’s learning style can really help him/her move forward, giving them a greater chance of retaining the material studied.

Contact me for me information on how this can happen for your son or daughter – [email protected] or on Facebook – Ford Tuition.

19/11/2012

Learning Styles

VAK

Some time ago schools were introduced to a system designed to help teachers differentiate their teaching styles to, as much as possible, suit the individuals in their class. It is nothing particularly new but has been formalised into a more workable format.

In essence we all have different preferences when it comes to retaining information. Some of us prefer to read and then digest information; others like to have the experience of listening to information being imparted whilst there are those who are much more physical and practical in their learning style.
VAK stands for …. Visual
Auditory
Kinaesthetic.

It does not normally stand that we are so easily bracketed into only one of these styles. More often than not we have a mixture of two, or even all three of them. But there will also, in most cases, be one that is more dominant.
By determining these styles in a student it is possible to provide a learning environment that is much more conducive to being successful in the retention of knowledge.

When it comes to revision, having this inside knowledge about a child’s learning style can really help him/her move forward, giving them a greater chance of retaining the material studied.

Contact me for me information on how this can happen for your son or daughter – [email protected] or on Facebook – Ford Tuition

14/11/2012

It is around this time of year when UCAS applications need completing and handing in. Mock examinatins are around the corner for most Ket Stage 4 and AS/A Level students, and then added to all of this is the fact that the majority of course work project deadlines are soon required to be met. The run in to the final summer examinations is on the horizon, and potential pressures to achieve success are surfacing.
The effects from all of these factors can possibly lead to sleepless nights, ill health, and even possibly family disagreements; ultimately even resulting in targets and expectations not being met.
There are ways to avoid much of these disruptions and certainly ease the pressures.
By applying carefully constructed, individually customised revision and catch up programmes, your children can ease their way through the next 6 months feeling more comfortable with exam work, a social life and even a weekend job.
It is about personal needs and a life balance coupled with carefully considered planning.
You can contact me on here or email [email protected]
for more information on how I can offer the support and advice you and your children could benefit from.

21/09/2012

Time passes so quickly. There have been some delays in getting myself started but gradually I am getting materials ready and hope to soon be up and running. The plan is also to prepare ideas for a book designed to guide and help students,parents and teachers in their years in secondary education. A Strategist in Education would be a line I would take. Keep your eyes posted for more details and also 'blogs' on areas surrounding schooling and education.

05/02/2012

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