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Tutor Doctor | May 19, 2015

The Key to Success: The Academic Game Plan

Categories: Education, Children, Performance, Testing

We all know April, May and June are already the busiest times for students. However with the Conservative party continuing to stay in power means that we’re going to be seeing some big changes for GCSEs and A-levels. With a more traditional structure and exam pattern being put in place from September 2015, students will be tested in a much more challenging way. Don’t worry though- Tutor Doctor is here to help and make these changes easier on your children. Our very own Academic Game Plan will provide your child with all the skills they’ll need to prepare and most importantly succeed.

So what are the changes?
In a nutshell the biggest changes surrounding GCSEs and A-Levels are concerning the exams. Modular exams will become a thing of the past, swapped for a more traditional approach, whereby all exams will become linear and taken at the end of the two-year course. The Department of Education is also planning on making exams tougher so that they reflect the high expectations of Universities. Other changes include a new 1-9 grading scale for GCSEs (9 being the highest), alongside AS results not counting towards the final A-Level grade (currently counts for 50%).

When are they happening?
These changes will start being phased in from September 2015 in core subjects such as GCSE Maths and English Literature/Language, alongside A-Level Art and Design, Biology, Psychology and Sociology. By September 2017 all subjects will have transitioned and be following the new structure. For more detailed information on these changes read the official Ofqual statementhere.

What is the Academic Game Plan?
With these new GCSE and A-Level exam structures taking a more traditional approach, comes a new challenge for students, one that will require them to really focus and hone in on their executive skills. These executive skills include areas such as: time management,organisation, memory, prioritisation, focused attention and task initiation. We realise these skills aren’t something easy to acquire as they aren’t always taught at school, which is why we developed the Academic Game Plan.

Through our Academic Game Plan we aim to teach students how to master these executive skills and apply them to their studying. This means that they will learn how to become more organised, manage their time effectively, as well as understand how to prioritise certain tasks over others. With GCSEs and A-Levels now having exams at the end of the course, being faced with having to remember two years worth of information is going to be overwhelming and scary. Having a grasp of all of these vital skills will help make students feel in control and as if they have a lot more time on their hands.

We believe that building this unique skill-set is the key to success and will help your child achieve their academic goals and beyond. No matter if students are with us for three weeks or three years, we want every individual to have learned a formula for success and independently apply it even when we’re not there.

How Tutor Doctor can help?
The most important thing is to not worry about these changes- Tutor Doctor is here to help. Our tutoring services are tailored specifically to your child and take place in the comfort of your own home. Most importantly we integrate the Academic Game Plan into all tutoring sessions, as we believe it’s important to provide your child with all the tools and skills they will need to thrive not only at school but also in later life.

All of our tutors are highly qualified but are also passionate about providing students with the most personalised and professional one-on-one tutoring service. What makes them really special is that they are dedicated in helping your child succeed and thrive off watching them grow. We also handpick each tutor to ensure that they are best suited for your child.

Contact us for more information about our unique tutoring services