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With new exam measures under discussion, what are the best ways to prepare for homeschooling when every day could count?

With the help of parents across the nation, MyTutor shares 5 key tips for remote learning across all academic levels

The UK’s leading online tutoring service, MyTutor, continues to offer free group tuition across a variety of key GCSE subjects.

Over the weekend, a number of exam replacement plans were announced. Instead of mass sit-down exams, smaller tests have been discussed which would be tailored to include only what the students had managed to cover, and marked by teachers. These assessments can help teachers make a final judgement on a student’s grades, and can be used as evidence if students query their final grades. Although this can benefit students, it does mean that it is more necessary than ever to try and keep on top of their studies year-round as every day could count towards their success. 

Using the advice from home-schooling parents across the nation, MyTutor have put together a list of five tips to help your child nail remote learning. Following these pieces of advice will ensure teens are prepared for any outcome in their education.

Bertie Hubbard, the CEO of MyTutor, shares five of his key home-schooling tips to prepare your teen for whatever comes their way:

1. Routine is key

It may sound clichéd, but sticking to a routine makes the day run smoother for everyone! Wake up as you would on a normal school day, and try and get the content which your child struggles with out the way in the morning – whatever subject that may be. That way, the tougher work is not looming over them throughout the day. Plus, most children find it easier to work and concentrate before the post lunch-time slump!

2. Come to agreements in advance with your child

If you and your teen make an agreement prior to the day about how often they will study and at what sort of times, it makes it easier to ensure they’re getting a substantial amount of work done during the day. But remember that this also includes regular breaks which are spread out throughout the day, otherwise it’s likely they’ll start to lack energy and motivation.

3. Have some go-to resources lined up

You’re likely to run into situations where your child doesn’t understand some of their course content and you’re unable to help. In these situations, having some resources ready is wise. Look up the specifications for the subjects your child is studying from the relevant exam boards and bookmark any online resources that can help you out. Save My Exams and S-cool are two handy sites.

4. Environment and equipment

Set up a desk in a quiet corner of the house where your child can keep their laptop, textbooks and notes – teens will find it much easier to focus and the rest of the family can continue life as normal. As schools would normally provide things like flashcards, exercise books and planners, it’s certainly worth preparing these items now before the day of learning begins.

5. Think about lighting!

This is one factor which often becomes over looked – where many of us know a quiet working space works best for concentrating, a well-lit room is also of high importance to maintain energy levels. Also, make sure that your child’s screen is not in direct sunlight as they will struggle to see the screen through the glare.

On top of these tips, MyTutor is offering free online group tuition this term for GCSE subjects, helping to support with remote learning during this disrupted period in education. The free daily drop-in sessions are a great addition to set work – to book your place, visit https://www.mytutor.co.uk.

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