There has been a certifiable boom in the rise of after school tuition in recent years and a discerning parent need not look far to find a saturation of centres promising exam success, classroom confidence and more.
Yet, when push comes to shove, how many of these centres actually deliver? Ours is perhaps not to offer direct opinion here and only acknowledge that what works for some may not work for others.
What we do
At Bright Young Things we’ve spent the last ten years in the private tuition industry. We’ve seen directly the vastly beneficial effects working with a good tutor can have on a students progress both in terms of academia, confidence and intellectual initiative. We’re keen to bring the benefits of after school tuition to everyone across the U.K without the often inaccessible price point and we’ve had a very rewarding time doing just that in our tuition centres in Harrow, High Wycombe and St Albans.
How we do it
At Bright Young Things we believe in the sheer effectiveness and power of face to face. We think a good tutor can be a real motivator and role model and in our years running one of London’s top tuition agencies we’ve seen direct results. Hence we base our lessons in our tuition centres in order to maximise student — tutor contact: our ratio is one tutor to every four students.
Further we are firm believers in pen and paper learning. Computers and smart learning algorithms might have their place but in our centres it’s writing by hand, just like the classroom environment.
Quite simply it’s time proven to be one of the most effective ways of retaining information. The act of putting pen (or pencil) to paper stimulates the part of the brain called the Reticular Activating System which ensures that more prominence is given to what is actually being focused on in the moment. A study in 2010 found that the brain areas associated with learning lit up with activity when children were asked to write words such as ‘spaceship’ by hands as opposed to concentrating on the word.
Furthermore, it prevents distractions and crucially slows us down — how many errors do students make in a maths paper only to find that a considerable percentage of them are due to rushing.
Our ever-fallible attention spans are feared to be shortening by the minute and whilst digital fluency is important in young learners, the detail, accuracy and creativity to be gleamed from slowing down to write by hand is boundless.
So what will my child do in a BYT Tuition Centre.
We’ve put our beliefs and ethos where our mouth is, so to speak, and created our own unique range of learning materials. We have developed Maths and English booklets designed concisely in line with the National Curriculum. Our Materials range from Year 2 to Year 9 (Key Stages 2 and Key Stage 3) with supplementary Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning content to bolster 11 Plus preparation.
You can get a sense of our materials in action below: