Generally speaking, GCSE students at this stage need support with grammar and verbs to expand their sentences, revise higher level vocabulary and practise their speaking and listening skills.
We follow the appropriate syllabus of the exam board using GCSE textbooks, our in-house syllabus booklets and past exam papers and listening materials. Students will study all core modules of reading, writing, speaking and listening with special emphasis placed on grammar, verb tenses and vocabulary.
Our GCSE exam tuition classes focus on the syllabus requirements of that particular exam board. Our tutors have a sound knowledge of the module guidelines and grade boundaries. Examinations and assessments are susceptible to changing frameworks and so parents and pupils will have peace of mind that we are up to date with these changes. We have an extensive library of past examination papers, mark schemes, transcripts, listening exams and assessment resources for students, which can be used well before the run-up to exams to maximise students’ performance.
We start revising GCSE exam techniques as early as possible so students are familiar with the question format for each paper and what is expected from them by the examiners. Our lessons are designed to help students fill in any knowledge gaps, revise and apply proven exam techniques and improve their overall confidence to be exam ready.
Most lessons will follow the following format:
1. Lesson recap – from last week’s class in case there are any follow-up questions
2. Syllabus topic work – we’ll study a topic on the syllabus covering key vocabulary, useful verbs, model Q&A’s and how best to revise these.
3. Grammar and verbs – we’ll always study these components during every lesson
4. Past exam paper practice – we’ll study past GCSE papers and exam techniques to consolidate revision strategies and maximise grades
5. Homework – there will be homework most weeks and students will be given access to the lesson resources, handouts and message board corrections made in class.
Answering GCSE questions in context and approaching different styles of questions, e.g. gap fill, translation, matching up and comprehensions.
Improving skills with essay planning techniques and using higher tier sentence starters, opinions, connecting words and a variety of tenses.
Fill in any knowledge gaps by revising and applying relevant topical terminology and synonyms to improve fluency.
Revising fundamental grammatical constructions and the appropriate use of grammar, verbs and tenses.
Practise ideas on (dis)advantages, causes, consequences and solutions for all syllabus topics.
Sharpen GCSE audio skills by practising past papers and understanding how to extract what’s relevant.
Access to downloadable templates, handouts, study guides, winning formulas and acronyms.
Practising past GCSE papers for reading, writing, speaking and listening appropriate to the exam board.
Broaden ideas on syllabus topics to be able to convey them in a sophisticated way.
Speaking and writing techniques to expand sentences, justify points of view and defend opinions.
Improve oral skills for effective planning and delivery with less nerves and more confidence.
Understanding what examiners are looking for by adhering to mark scheme guidelines in order to achieve higher tier marks.
I am learning a lot more than with my last teacher and I find these lessons are not only productive but comfortable.
My son really feels that he has benefited from the 1:1 sessions with Drew and Bieito. Very well organised and excellent admin. Would definitely recommend.
We'll be back soon