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Why Galore Park resources are so good for tutors
By Adam Muckle
12 Nov

I remember my very first tutorial when I first started tutoring more than 10 years ago. I wanted to be as prepared as possible. I thought carefully about how I could engage my student and share my knowledge and passion of Latin to her and light her fire for learning. I needed to be able to present and communicate the material in an effective manner. This was not only primarily for her benefit but also for myself: how to appear credible and be taken seriously as a professional, let alone a recent graduate.

Over time and practice, my skills and confidence grew. In my previous professional training to be a lawyer, preparation for a case was absolutely key and took up 90% of the time, with 10% of the time being my performance in the hearing itself. Knowing your stuff is as important for tutorials. I relay this to my students for the purposes of their exams and this motivates them to get on and study independently.

Having the necessary resources and texts at your disposal is a valuable asset in delivering tuition, helping both you as a tutor to share your knowledge in a presentable way and for the student to engage with what you are saying in line with what they see. For instance, Galore Park’s revision guides for the pre-tests, 11+ and 13+ exams have been helpful to me in reviewing the material necessary to be covered with a student. Furthermore, over time you will know what the best and most relevant parts of the text to draw your student to, so they get the most out of the lessons.

I would encourage families I work with to get the resources to both complement and consolidate my lessons. Moreover, there are some resources which can be used effectively in the lessons themselves for tutoring and teaching purposes, such as the Galore Park 11+ and 13+ workbooks and 11+ practice papers. These can be for consolidation of school work, presenting material in a different way than school texts, which go beyond the layout of practice and past papers. Often I am asked to go at a pace more suited to a child’s learning; for instance, sometimes that necessitates teaching beyond the school syllabus for the purpose of scholarship exams where students have to cover a lot more content than Common Entrance; or a student may be learning a new language or a newly discovered talent he or she may wish to pursue further.

During my time as President of The Tutors’ Association, I used my tenure to reach out to many academic publications to become Affiliate Partners, for the purpose of reaching out to tutors and for them to provide their resources at a competitive discount for members, to assist them in their professional work. You see, these resources are not just there to assist the student but also to make your life as a professional tutor much easier. The best resourced tutor can make the best possible tutor.

Adam Muckle is originally from Belfast and studied Classics at Durham University. After training as a Barrister, a chance conversation led him unexpectedly to tutoring. Over the past 11 years, Adam has tutored in London, throughout the British Isles, Europe, Asia and online. He is an Honorary Fellow of The Tutors’ Association, the professional body for tutoring in the UK, and served as its President from 2016 to 2019. For more information, please visit admtutoring.com.

As the leading publisher of educational textbooks and revision resources for pupils studying at independent schools or preparing for their entrance exams, Galore Park can help your pupil achieve their potential in the 11+, pre-tests and 13+ entrance exams. Galore Park is also proud to be an Affiliate Member of The Tutors' Association. Find out more about our support and resources for tutors here.

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