HERE ARE SOME OF THE QUESTONS THAT PEOPLE ASK
I tend to struggle with so many things. Will tuition help me?
Practice makes perfect. Every little helps. Those struggling with a particular subject benefit from one-to-one tuition. Some students also learn more when they are assisted to study on their own. For some, doubling with another enthusiastic and/or like-minded fellow is all they need. Shorter classes are also effective for many to keep pace with their peers. It all depends on you and what you want. We were once like you and we have perfected our services to suit diverse needs.
Which subjects do you offer in your centre?
We handle many subjects and courses in our centre: Science (combined and triple), English, Maths, Academic skills, etc.
What is the difference between Single Award Science and Double Award Science?
In the UK, to be eligible for the Single Award Science, the student has to study GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics at secondary school and at the end acquire just one grade from completing the course. A pupil choosing this subject has a wider range of other science subjects to study at GCSE than those taking Double Award Science. Those passing Single Award Science can progress to A Levels in science-based subjects, however, most schools do not allow those with single award science to study A levels in Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
My son has been put down for Combined Science. What does that mean?
Combined science is what the examination body, AQA, calls trilogy because of the way it is arranged in their specification. It is also known as Double Award Science, which is made up of 2 GCSEs: GCSE Science and Additional Science. Both are available at Foundation and Higher Tiers. The content to study for Combined Science is often lesser than that of Triple Science and the student will be awarded only 2 GCSEs based on their overall performance across all three science subjects: Chemistry, Physics and Biology.
Why is my son not doing Triple Science like most of his peers?
Triple science is also known Separate Sciences or Single Sciences. It is where students study all three sciences and end up with three GCSEs. Most students are expected to achieve 2 GCSEs or equivalent in science by the end of year 11. The decision to enter your child for any of the above is made by the science teacher and such decision is normally based on a student's attainment in exams and other key assessments during year 9. Your son's science teacher is supposed to discuss this with you during the parent's evening.
What is this new GCSE 9-1 system?
The new 9-1 specification has been updated substantially and it includes more content and more challenging subject content than the old specification. Previously, GCSEs were modular. Students could take some of their GCSE exams and/or ‘coursework units’ well before the end of the course. Under the new system, the GCSEs are completely linear. All the exams are taken at the end of Year 11.Now, the GCSEs are more demanding than before. The new 9-1 grading system replaces the old A*-G scale. In this new system, the highest grade available is grade 9 (and it is equivalent to a high A*). The new “good pass” is considered to be a grade 5.
Why and when should I hire a tutor?
You do not hire a tutor because others are hiring a tutor. Observe your child and appreciate what he or she really needs, why he or she needs it and when he or she needs it. As an observant parent, if there is need for a tutor or self-study guide, you will know. As a keen learner, you know exactly when you need help. Getting a child into the right school or training will assist them in many ways. Teaching is one of the most challenging and demanding jobs. Because your child’s teacher has so many children to assist academically, your child may not be getting the right attention he or she deserves. The mainstream teacher spends a lot of time creating and differentiating learning materials to suit diverse academic abilities. There are lots of forms to fill to show that progress is being made. All these reduce the time devoted to each pupil.
Does private tuition not add additional stress to my child?
We’ve been there. We know it’s a long day at school and that there are lots of things to do before returning home for another assignment. Nothing can be achieved if the mind is not relaxed. Fix tuition on days that are less busy and during times that are suitable for the pupil. It is all down to planning.
Do I need tuition when I am already a star?
Yes. Success is achieved and maintained by those who keep trying. No one wins a race and decides that they are too good to keep on running those tracks. Securing those top grades to meet that offer that many people are pursuing means that you have to be on top of the game.You want to ensure that you get into that preferred school or university. There is too much competition now than in the past and the standard of offers have equally gone high.
How does tuition prepare me for success in exams?
It is always better to start in time to prepare for an exam. Learning how to answer specific exam questions prepares you for the real exam. You want to understand all the tricky ways that examiners exploit to assess your knowledge and skills. We tutor you on what the examiner is looking for and how to answer exam questions. Our Examination and Revision Manuals are designed specially to guide you through the common mistakes that often prevent you from hitting those targets. Often, we also predict likely questions that will come out in your exams. We are not prophets but our predictions are based on careful analysis and they do come true quite often. One key feature of our Examination Class (Exclass) is being able to practise with our TYKE (Test Your Knowledge Examination). Starting from day one, we will expose you to all those common mistakes made by student during examinations and the way to guard against them. Here at Promise Centre, you will be put under exam conditions and given exam-type questions to practice, so that you see how you measure up.
Do you have any special resources for exam tuition?
Yes. Our Exclass resources are created from careful analysis of exam-type questions. Presently, we have two PDF workbooks that are available for purchase: "My GCSE 250 Maths Revision Diary”, which features 250 GCSE-type questions together with answers. Also, we have the “Common Mistakes in Mathematics Test (COMMAT)” workbook, which features 100 common mistakes in solving GCSE maths. These workbooks are beneficial for students taking both taking foundation and higher GCSE maths under any of the examining boards.
What other benefits can be derived from tutoring?
Tutoring is not only about passing exams and getting into the right school. It is also about acquiring the essential skills needed to excel in the long run. Tutoring helps to boost the confidence of pupils especially boys who often lag behind. It is an opportunity for parents to have free guidance and counselling for their wards. Tutoring is more than teaching one plus one and a lot of things happen when two people exchange ideas. Everyone has a Specific Academic Need (SAN), which we defined as learning problems unique to an individual, and preventing them from progressing academically. During tuition, we identify all those SANs and resolve them.
Everyone benefits from private tuition. If you excel in your academic pursuits, you will be happy and more confident in yourself. There is great joy in seeing a child moving from one academic level to the other and topping the class in all those upcoming tests. We will be excited to hear that you ended up in Cambridge or Harvard. We already have several success stories. As a parent, you are excited when your child excels. The school benefits from having a pupil that excels and adds to the success statistics. The community also rejoices as that child will never end up in crime.
Do cancelling classes affect my progression?
This is very much like asking: will my grades improve if I miss school quite often? It is beneficial to maintain regular sessions. We recommend 2 hours for 13 + and 1 hour and half for below 13 years of age.
Is it possible to have tuition for shorter periods of time to resolve some difficult topics?
Yes of course. That is why we created the Fast Track Class and Host Family Class. The Host Family Class, also known as Host-a-Friend, is all about empowering the student. Now, you can become the host, form and organise your own class using either WhatsApp or by simply visiting your friends and neighbours and inviting them as guestudents to Promise Centre. All you need to do is to agree with your friends on the topics to be taught. Perhaps, they may be finding the same topic as difficult as you. Let them know about your plan for the class or workshop. Start planning your next class now by simply downloading this form Topic Booking Form.
What about the Fast Track Class?
Just as the name implies, you can join our Fast Track Class any time to improve your subject knowledge and other academic/scientific skills. At any age or stage, there are certain things you are supposed to know or acquaint yourself with. Not having a good background of the basics may affect your learning in the long run. So, fast-track enables you to brush up on those difficult or forgotten topics. You can use it to improve or enhance some key language or mathematical skills. You can use FTC for your revision class likewise you can fast-track it with our "Essential Study Guide Notes". Always check this site to know the topics that are running under Fast-track.
What about the Individual Study Guide Programme (ISGP)?
Individual Study Guide Programme (ISGP) is a special kind of 1-0-1 private tuition. It was created to promote independent learning. We will support you with our study guides and direct you through a specific pathway using a set of tasks, for which you will receive assessment and progress report. Once you enrol in ISGP, you will receive a file containing notes on different topics together with questions to complete after studying them. The ISGP uses ‘Essential Study Guide Notes’ and accompanying 'worksheet' to communicate ideas to the prospective students and test their knowledge and understanding of key principles. Based on the feedback that we receive from you, we will then decide whether you have satisfied the learning objectives or if further enrichment is needed. If you are using our ‘Effective Study Guide Notes’, it is also beneficial to complete your course of learning within the stipulated period as this helps you to progress to the next level.Throughout the learning period, you will be communicating with us either on Skype/WhatsApp or any other e-platform for academic assistance. You will need to book an appointment. You are welcome to join our learning club.
Do you have any special class or service for pupils coming from outside the UK?
At Promise Centre, we run English for Newly Arrived Pupils (ENAP) to help pupils improve their grammar and attain the levels of their peers.Those pupils who arrive in Britain from abroad including other EU countries are what we called Newly Arrived Pupils (NAPs). Some NAPs may be beginners in learning English or may have little experience of learning English as a foreign language (alphabet system and grammar exercise) with a greater passive, rather than active, knowledge of English. Some may have had no previous experience of schooling and/or their academic progression may have been disrupted by several factors like war, poverty, politics, other social factors, etc. According to our research, NAPs often find English grammar daunting and would most certainly need tuition to adapt and/or reach the targets expected of them.
Do you work with mainstream schools under ENAP?
Yes. We know that the mainstream teacher has a lot to deal with and this service is intended to support schools in meeting the Specific Academic Needs (SANs) of their Newly Arrived Pupils (NAPs). We are happy to work in partnership with any school. We can create a special educational programme for your school's NAPs: Newly Arrived Pupils Educational Programme.
Will I be able to afford the cost of private tuition?
Private tuition is a life-long investment and you will continue to reap the benefits in the long run. We are developing new ways of bringing down the cost of tuition so that many people will benefit from our unique services. We have also created packages to enable everyone benefit at a reduced cost.
What is the best step to choosing a suitable tutor?
The best way to choosing the right tutor is through personal recommendation by someone who had used a service or is using a service although the most important factor is whether the tutor can develop a rapport with your child and improve their academic potentials.
How do I know if my child is benefiting from tuition?
There are several ways of monitoring the outcomes of a pupil's learning. As a keen learner, you can observe your performance before and after hiring a tutor or going through a course of study. Once a child begins to improve, even the school teacher will see the difference and inform the parents/guardians. You can as well ask your child to know how he is getting on with the lessons likewise you could check the assignments given, etc.
Do you offer music, language, dance and sports training or any other skill?
Presently, we do not offer any of the above training at our centre although we are likely to introduce that if there is demand for it. We already have partners in that sector.
Do Promise Centre offer any consultancy services?
Yes. We do through our partner firm. Advice is essential to getting and working with the right information. Some of us are where we are today because we neither met the right people at the right time nor did we get the right information at the right time or from the right place. We can introduce you to people who can advise you and shape your aspirations in life. If you require information on any educational matter, including on private schools and leading institutions, we have people who can dig very deep and provide all the essential information that you need.