It's been almost a year since Covid-19 came into our daily lives. Since then, much has changed from our long-term travelling plans, visits, and business trips to the day-to-day matters connected to our work and school responsibilities. And it was the schools, especially their pupils, students, and their parents, who had to orientate themselves within the situation in a concise time. If you feel that, despite all the schools' efforts, the situation is insufficient for your children, we are here with a solution. With School Populo, you can help your children not only with the preparation for various exams but also with the daily preparation for the studied topics. You no longer have to trouble yourself with textbooks and exercise books every night. We will, at least partially, solve these worries for you. Although schools and educators do everything they can, sometimes that may not be enough. Some teachers may not be proficient in working with IT technologies or simply have a technical problem that they cannot solve. On the other hand, there are students who, for various reasons, do not have access to the Internet, a computer or are again facing technical issues. Another chapter is the complexity of such online teaching, where one teacher is in charge of the whole class and can barely pay attention to each student individually, even if they would want to. In such a situation, it is difficult to consider the abilities and progress of individual students and give each of them their own space. In our opinion, this is the main issue of online teaching. When is the right time to start with tutoring Some children may start to get lost in the topics after a few weeks or months. They start to get assignments they do not fully understand, it is not clear to them what was the mistake in the test, or they just do not know in which textbook or on which page they can see the current topic. In classes with up to 30 children, teachers might have difficulties answering every student individually and address their particular issues or queries. In addition, many teachers have their own children at home and are thus dealing with similar problems and ambiguities. Therefore, it is a good idea to see how your child is doing during online classes. Not only to see if your kids have all the necessary equipment and actively participate in online learning, but also how they understand it. When students are unsure whether they understood the assignment correctly, would like to review and practice a topic or re-take an unsuccessful test, then it is the right time to start thinking about tutoring. At this point, many parents may begin to think whether to be tutors or not. Sometimes a discussion at home is definitely enough, and the problem is solved, but sometimes it is not a sufficient solution. At that point, School Populo offers a helping hand to all parents with tutoring. We can make your life easier, especially during the coronavirus period. How to find the right tutor Many parents start addressing an important issue, which tutors trust for tutoring their child. Surely everyone wants an experienced, empathetic, and knowledgeable tutor. And these are exactly the tutors we have at our School. This is also confirmed by numerical data, which says that we taught 520 online lessons in January 2020. By January 2021, however, there were already 8,800 online lessons, and the demand is still growing. Based on our experience, online school teaching covers only about 50% of the taught topics. Often, children have only two or three online classes a day, focusing only on the main subjects such as English and Maths. Therefore, parents turn to us mainly at a time when their knowledge is not sufficient for tutoring older children or when they do not find the capacity due to work or taking care of younger siblings. Many parents have finally understood that school reopening won’t happen any time soon and that sticking to only online schooling is not sustainable in the long run. That is why we do everything we can to keep our online tutoring at the same high-quality level as we have done so far. We want to help children and parents supplement the often insufficient online school education. This is ensured by our one-on-one tutoring system when one tutor works only with one student during a lesson. Both of them have enough time to get to know each other. The tutor can evaluate the student's current knowledge and, of course, finds out which teaching method suits the student best. Together, they can always agree on what they can work on more and which topics are clear. Depending on the situation, they can practice more, explain, or go more in-depth with a certain topic. This individual and flexible teaching approach gives every student space that cannot be provided during school group online lessons. Such students then achieve better results at school, feel more certain, more confident, and know that they always have someone to turn to. For those interested, we also offer the possibility of renting IT equipment, thanks to which online learning will be even easier. If you have a pupil or student at home who would like to practice topics that are omitted from online schooling due to time constraints or would like to study a foreign language or subject, he/she has only been studying as a self-study for several months, do not hesitate to contact us. All tutors at School Populo are here for you, not only at the time of the coronavirus period. To learn more about the complete tutoring offer and inquiry form, please visit www.schoolpopulo.co.uk/tutoring. 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The hustle and bustle of school education During the time spent at school, classes full of classmates, all learning from one teacher, are part of the study environment. This teacher is responsible for ensuring that each student in the class is given the same chance to achieve the best possible results. However, it can be very difficult for teachers to ensure that all students in the classroom are given the same room for self-realization, given that each student may have a different way of learning, understanding, and comprehension. Each student has an individual learning pace and different abilities – individual strengths and weaknesses. Nevertheless, the teacher must adapt the teaching to suit everyone as much as possible. If your child learns better through discussion, but their teacher adapts the lessons to suit most of the class that learn better through writing essays, then your child may not reach their full potential. They may also be afraid to ask when not understanding something because most of the class understands it. This may be because the classmates are not friendly or do not admit when they do not understand something. Thus, the child may think, “maybe it’s just me who doesn’t understand”. In these cases, individual tutoring is an ideal choice. Confidential and stimulating environment of one-on-one lessons With the benefits of one-on-one tutoring, your child may have a better chance of reaching their potential, having the opportunity to absorb information at their own pace and in their own way. Throughout tutoring, but especially at the very beginning, the tutor observes how the child learns and flexibly adapts the teaching style accordingly. During the lesson, the tutor is able to estimate the level of understanding of the topic much more effectively and identify any misunderstandings. At the same time, children are not afraid to admit to the tutor that they don’t understand something. It’s far more pleasant for them than to admit it in front of a whole class. The tutor is able to recognize a specific area that the child is likely to struggle with and will help improve it. Not only that – the tutor will also help improve student’s learning pace. One small piece of understanding is enough to change student’s self-confidence in a particular subject. If a student is good at math but does not understand geometry, it can undermine their confidence in the subject. However, the tutor will be able to help with all the small pieces of the puzzle. And this, of course, will be reflected in classroom work. With the growing popularity of one-on-one tutoring, this may be the push your child needs to build confidence and achieve their potential. Therefore, if you feel that a one-on-one approach would help your child stimulate their interest and deepen their knowledge, do not hesitate to contact us at www.schoolpopulo.co.uk/tutoring/online.
In Populo, we believe that supplementing schooling with private tutoring is not something you or your children should be ashamed of. On the contrary. Thanks to tutoring, your children can gain confidence where they lack it and improve where there is room for it. Learn how our tutors complement school education. 1. Tutoring helps students catch up For students who have difficulty with a specific subject, tutoring can help increase their self-confidence. Despite the tremendous efforts of teachers and teaching assistants, some students may need individual help. In these cases, teachers can (and should) direct their students to seek tutoring. 2. Tutoring can develop the skills of more gifted students On the other hand, tutoring can also be beneficial for students who understand the topic by giving them more space to think about it. In addition, during this additional time, tutors can go through more complex materials with students and have debates, which will lead them to a deeper involvement in the topic than is allowed during school hours due to limited time. This method works especially well during secondary school-leaving exams and admission exams, when such meetings can push students to think more like university students, thus preparing for future studies. 3. Tutoring can help with study skills and habits Tutoring can also help students foster the basics such as writing papers, speaking, taking notes, creating logical outlines and procedures, and so on. These skills are especially useful for students in the period of preparation for the secondary school-leaving exam or admission exams. Later, however, they will certainly use them when studying at a university or in a work environment. 4. Tutoring is available Unlike school education, online tutoring is not time and location-dependent. It can take place at almost any time of day and anywhere in the world. All you need is an internet connection. This means that students can schedule lessons in the afternoon or evening, or on weekends or holidays. However, online teaching at Populo still strictly keeps one rule – our tutoring is individual, and the tutor always works with only one student during the lesson. 5. Tutoring is more informal It often happens that students develop a friendly relationship with their tutors. In this case, it is a benefit for the students because they are not afraid to ask anything or admit that they do not know what to do. Students can also be more relaxed during online tutoring and in the comfort of their own homes than in a formal classroom environment. Research has shown that people learn much more effectively in an environment where they feel comfortable. And that’s exactly why online tutoring is ideal. If you are also looking for quality one-on-one tutoring, do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to help. You can find everything you need at www.schoolpopulo.co.uk/tutoring/online.
Parent as a teacher A total of 20 working days have passed since the spread of the dangerous virus closed all schools literally overnight. Not only teachers and students but also parents have unexpectedly changed their daily routine. The common parent's question “How was school today?” changed into “What are WE going to learn today?” School closures can be misleading. In practice, only school buildings have closed. Learning continues - only in a new and non-traditional way, which more than ever involves the parents. While under normal circumstances, it was enough to check the children's homework and check their grades, parents are now under pressure from the daily school preparation associated with doing homework. From the parents' point of view, this learning alternative can be unusual and demanding, both in terms of time and well-being. Some parents continue to work, and others stayed temporarily at home due to circumstances or, in the worst scenarios, lost their jobs. In any case, a notional return to textbooks is not easy. Many parents seek help through tutoring. But not just any tutoring. Usually, tutoring is focused on one, at most, two subjects, which are the most challenging for children. Tutoring focused on preparing for admission exams, or graduation is also very common. However, tutoring is sought mainly by parents with children in the lower level of primary school. Their requirement is to find a teacher who will help their children not with one, but with several subjects at once. The reason is simple. For children at this age, self-study is not a matter of course. On the contrary, they need the topics to be explained patiently and clearly, regardless of whether it is mathematics or seemingly easy geography, or biology. Complex tutoring While parents often search in vain to simply call their request and fear that it is an unrealistic request, at School Populo it has a clear name: Complex tutoring. In practice, it works by combining several subjects into one class – tutoring. It is usually a combination of the Czech language and mathematics, which are supplemented by, for example, geography, biology, or English. “Under normal circumstances, there is not much interest in this type of tutoring service. At the moment, however, our demand for complex tutoring has greatly increased. Since the beginning of March, we have registered 45 requests for complex tutoring in Brno. Just to give you an idea, only 7 of these clients required this type of teaching before the schools closed. In the last three weeks, the demand for complex tutoring has increased almost seven times, and we have received 38 new demands for complex tutoring,” says Adéla Hronová, director of the Brno branch. Although it may seem that it is impossible to find a teacher for these combinations, the opposite is true. After all, even at the lower level of primary school, it is a common practice for one teacher to teach several subjects. Moreover, in the case of School Populo, this form of learning is provided through individual tutors (so-called generalists). Lessons are planned for the selected subjects. If it is necessary to study any of them more in depth, more lessons are dedicated to this particular subject in agreement with the coordinator. This flexibility in planning the course offers the parents a guarantee that all the topics will actually be covered in all aspects, i.e. comprehensively. This is also confirmed by the experience of Markéta Otýpková from the Centre for Communication with Clients and the Processing of New Inquiries at School Populo: “Parents do not primarily demand improving grades. Their goal of tutoring is to help master new topics and do homework correctly.” Thus, complex tutoring represents an opportunity for parents to provide their children with effective help with the studies topics. At the same time, it allows them to spend time together with their children other than just preparing for school. When a sudden change in the system reveals new possibilities The change caused by the current social situation in education has not only brought us concerns this school year will end up. On the contrary, it turns out that just as schools approach alternative ways of education, this situation also reveals previously unused possibilities of tutoring, which more than ever can be a significant help and, at the same time, facilitation for pupils and parents.
In nowadays modern society, the possibilities of education and how to find the most effective way of education are constantly expanding. The online form of tutoring is undoubtedly one of them. What discourages us from trying it? And what are its advantages? Read the article to discover it all. Legitimate concerns? Online tutoring can take many forms. However, we will focus on the best-known and most popular form – video calls. Some use them for everyday communication, whether it is Skype, Meet, Messenger, WhatsApp, and many more. However, paradoxically, many of us are still concerned about using these applications for education. And the reasons? Let’s just mention the three most important. Low learning efficiency. Why learn online when it is much better to listen to your teacher directly in the classroom or to have an individual lesson when the classroom teacher is only dedicated to his/her student at a time? Fear of unknown. Let's face it, not everyone uses social networks, and not everyone is technically proficient. Technical issues. These minor complications can occur during online learning, such as poor image quality or a bad connection signal. Although all these reasons seem justified, let us try to think about them for a moment and consider whether these are not just concerns based on the unknown. If we do not know how online tutoring works in practice, we cannot know its benefits, nor do we know how to implement tutoring from a technical point of view. It's easy, affordable, and effective. Although face-to-face education has its undeniable advantages, its online form has them, too. You can have tutoring practically everywhere with a good connection. Education is not endangered even in moments when the in-class form is impossible for various reasons. We do not have to go that far to show an example. The current economic and social situation caused by the spread of coronavirus is sufficient proof. In this regard, online learning is an alternative that can effectively maintain the process of education and, at the same time, observe preventive measures. As mentioned in the introduction to the article, several applications can be used. They are either freely accessible, or it is possible to download at least their basic user versions directly to your computer. Currently, most applications provide high-quality picture resolution and audio settings. All we need for learning is either a desktop computer, laptop or tablet, webcam, and microphone. In addition, the applications often allow for screen sharing, material sending, and chat communication. It is also very easy to display the writing area by connecting an external camera. This, again, increases the efficiency of online learning and almost eliminates the difference between whether a teacher is in real-time with a student in the classroom or whether they are both online. To learn more about how online teaching works in practice, please visit the School Populo website. Do not miss to see a short video demonstration of an online tutoring course mediated through the Google Meet application. Everything has its "kinks," BUT… Despite the high functionality of applications and the availability of modern computer accessories, we must reckon with the possibility that problems may occur. For example, due to weather conditions or the quality of Internet connection, there may be a momentary loss of connection. On the other hand, even in-class learning does not always flow without interruptions or issues. Therefore, let’s not be afraid of looking for and using new ways of education. Avoiding them only because of not knowing and false fears would be a big mistake.
You have certainly learned before. We don’t mean walking, talking, or eating with cutlery now. On the contrary, we mean a controlled learning process and the perceived need to learn the necessary topic. In such a process, there two learning opportunities standing on opposite sides. The first option is a word for word, exact “interpretation” of the written text, to learn something you don't even understand. The second option is to understand the topic, its acquisition. The whole cycle of education is the interweaving of the two learning options, drilling versus understanding. Drilling vs. understanding in practice Before we start, let's show drilling and understanding of a specific situation. Let’s meet two students, Mary and Tom. While Tom learns best through practice, that is, by what he sees and hears, and considers the textbook to be completely useless, and Mary has learned to “parrot” the textbook during her school years. Neither of these ways is completely wrong or completely correct. Sometimes we just need to learn the given text word for word, other times. It is necessary to understand a specific thing. Everyone prefers a different approach, strategy, and teaching methods in their learning. However, it is usually necessary to understand the topic to solve a specific problem or learning task. Theoretical facts alone are often not enough. Drilling in traditional education Traditional education is largely based on the teacher's interpretation associated with the student's learning of the topics. Learning is often seen as “pouring information into students' heads.” We literally serve students the information they need to learn. Thanks to the precise scope of topics and curricula, teachers have only limited time to teach. You surely know it – learn it, test it, then forget it right away and keep learning – typical course of study. Nowadays, students often do not learn how to understand the topic, grasp it and then explain it. Students learn pages and pages of theories because someone just wants them to. Many pupils and students also lack the ability to search for and evaluate the necessary information. When writing a seminar paper, they often do not distinguish which information source is reliable and which is not, and they randomly use Wikipedia or the first results offered to them by a good “uncle Google”. Learning as a process The learning process is incredibly complicated. If we want to achieve the best possible results, we need to learn effectively, combine drilling with understanding, learn to recall information in connection with an activity or subject. In the articles on this blog, from time to time, we focus on learning styles and how to learn properly, how to teach children to learn, how to learn to learn, how to learn better and faster or how to study languages , and what to do when we just can’t get it. Each of these articles contains hints, tips, and important information that we will now summarize. Motivation is important Do you think that the motivation of students is not important? That the student does not need it for learning? You are wrong. Motivation goes hand in hand with the learning process. If a student is to learn something, they must know why. Simple answers like, “Because you just have to!” or “I had to learn that too!” are not enough. Pupils need to what is the aim of this topic and what they will gain by learning. Let’s not forget regularity Regularity, a clear definition of when and what will be learned, plays a big role in learning. It is not the time you spend learning that matters, but the number of tasks you complete. Therefore, focus on setting a goal. For example, I calculate three examples every day. Every day, I learn one chapter from the textbook. Do not focus on quantity, but on quality. Helpful Mnemonics “I” before “e” except after “c” – but only when it sounds like “bee”! “Mrs D, Mrs I, Mrs FFI, Mrs C , Mrs U, Mrs LTY!” of “Rhythm Help Your Two Hips Move” – simple memory aids to help you know your grammar. You can create similar mnemonics for almost everything. It is best to create it yourself. Harry Helps Little Betty Brown Crack Nuts On Friday Night. Doesn't it remind you of anything? So look carefully, Harry Helps Little Betty Brown Crack Nuts On Friday Night. – Element symbols: hydrogen, helium, lithium, beryllium, boron, carbon, nitrogen, fluorine, and nickel. Change of environment If the student really cannot get it and is upset about it, a change of environment can significantly help. Try to move to another place within the apartment or house, try learning in the park or a public library, find a place where you can concentrate as best you can, where you feel good. Techniques that you can use to improve your memory There are several key approaches and ways to perfect memory. You can improve your memory with stories you focus on, for example. But there are other ways to improve your memory immediately. An ingenious trick is to use the secrets of memory paths. And even the human body, as a tool for remembering, is not bad either. Don't you believe it? Try it. Maybe such a school of memory will help you too. A partner who will run the “study marathon” with you Do you think no one like that exists? Or did someone came to your mind right away? If not, we would know about someone. We know a lot of people who don't run one but several imaginary marathons a year. At the same time, they are not limited to the season or to which year the student is currently studying. Understanding at School Populo At School Populo, we focus on each student's problem areas, trying to find his/her weaknesses and fill them. Our tutors are experts in their field, but that does not mean that they already know everything. They, too, are still learning, and with each new student, they move on. Students and tutors learn from each other. Students fill their gaps in the topic, and tutors learn how to work with the students, improve their pedagogical skills. At School Populo, we make sure that we have the best tutors who tutor with a happy smile. The moment you come to School Populo, you will feel positive energy, a friendly atmosphere, and the present coordinators will welcome you with a smile. Every lesson is like that. We simply want to be positive. We do not focus on the student being able to memorize the topic but on understanding it. Then we know that what we do is not useless. Therefore, if you need advice, tutoring, or just want to ask something, do not hesitate to contact us. You can use our contact forms, online chat, call us or visit our branch. Our coordinators will be happy to help you.
“Christmas is a holiday of peace, don't test our class on Greece. If you gave us Fail, your fish would stink like kail.” These are typical words and wishes that many people remember in connection with the upcoming holidays. Pupils do not want to learn and would rather take all kinds of trips, take part in events, but rather not even think about school. But it is not always possible to fulfil these wishes. Or are we wrong? And speaking of which, what would you answer to the question: “Do learning and Christmas go together? And can a student learn not to know?” The article will answer all these questions and many more. Adults, children, students, everyone imagines Christmas differently … Peace, well-being, and time spent with the family – this is how most adults imagine Christmas. On the contrary, Santa Claus, a Christmas tree and often not very popular carp, represents Christmas from the children’s point of view. Textbook, learning, and little leisure and rest – this is what most students might say. How to learn during the Christmas period… Eva, who diligently studies during every Christmas break to pass the January exams at the first attempt, also knows about it. Although studying takes up most of her free time, she also finds time for her family. And to make the learning easy for her, she uses a number of techniques, which we will share with you today. And keep in mind that we can learn better and faster. Read and repeat – Probably the most common and well-known method. It consists of reading part of the text and then trying to repeat it as accurately as possible. Read and write – Another way to memorize information is to read, memorize, and write it. In some cases, success comes immediately. Other times, you have to rewrite it several times. Rewrite - someone also likes rewriting the studied material, but who has the time for it? You can rewrite one page but rewrite ten of them… most students wouldn’t be much into it and rewrite the whole textbook… don’t even count with it. And we're not even surprised. Because who would want to rewrite a textbook of tens to hundreds of pages? Own textbook – Probably the best combination of the above methods is to have an own textbook. Haven't you tried yet? Mistake! Quickly take a piece of paper and a pencil and let's do it. Your own textbook pays off! … The name “own textbook” doesn’t sound very attractive, but this method of learning can really help in learning, not only to high school or university students. It combines text, images, and colours, but most importantly, its creation helps the brain remember new information. The procedure is actually quite simple, and the creation of such a teaching aid certainly does not take more time than the constant repetition of the studied material. So, if you want to learn effectively, start with its creation. You will need paper, pens, pencils, and if you find any, also crayons or markers. Students also like highlighters, and they also do great service. Materials from which you want to draw information, books, textbooks, your own notes, or presentations that teachers publish are also essential. Spread them all around you and start with the first topic. Write the name and key points you need to remember. You can also use images that you stick on paper. Don't write continuous text across lines. Try bullet points, and like on a computer, nicely around pictures. Once the images and text have found their places, it's time for colours – highlight and underline. If you want to remember a graph, highlight each of its boxes with a different colour. And think about the context. The more “silly” and “weird," the better the human brain remembers it. Therefore, the tips of Jakub Poka and his School of Memory are very useful. In the videos, he explains how to remember what we need with the help of very unusual images. Use imagination when learning… Don't be afraid of fantasy, and even though you can't draw much, draw. If you scribble, write anyway. Some even say that singing helps, so feel free to sing. Whatever your chosen method, it will be yours, and it will certainly be a good cornerstone for success. However, do not unnecessarily dwell on your own textbook full of information. Include just the essentials in it. Curls and wavy lines, all sorts of decorations, keep them for another time. Content is the most important here. You will learn much better from your own book, and it will be easier for you to remember the information. When writing it, you can connect reading, repeating aloud, writing, and highlighting. So you involve at least three senses – sight, touch, and hearing. In the case of repetition, it is only sight and hearing. In the case of rewriting, only sight and touch. And if you're just reading a book, and still quietly, you'll just engage your sight. And that's not enough, don't you think? The self-created materials are also used by pupils who are educated by some alternative education methods or are educated at home. They create their own portfolio and have a really close relationship with their notebooks or textbooks. For example, pupils of Waldorf pedagogy learn to read from a reading book created by their parents, so they value it. You can also value your work because you devote time to it. And it has one big advantage, and you will enjoy it. Books, videos, textbooks … Videos are other learning aids for Eva. They can be easily found on the Internet. What also helps Eva is to read the same material but in a different version. Every teacher teaches differently, writes differently, explains differently. You can reach for textbooks from different schools, which you can also find on the Internet. You just need to search for it. To understand a given problem, sometimes it is enough to change the style in which we look at it. I'm learning without knowing it … There is not only Eva but also Adam, who attends primary school and prefers to throw his schoolbag in a corner and sit down at the computer. The school doesn't interest him at all. And when it comes to learning, it's usually a disaster. Nevertheless, even such pupils can be oversmarted without them or us even realizing it. Christmas is an ideal way to start teaching children to write and count, to teach them about traditions, and to remind ourselves why we celebrate Christmas in the first place. Probably most of us decorate a Christmas tree, and even if some decorate a rubber tree, let the children decorate it themselves. Just telling them, “Hang three blue balls in front and put five stars there,” will make them count. Involve children in the production of paper decorations. It is not so difficult. You can find a lot of patterns on the Internet. And you can even turn a simple candy treat into a mathematical operation. What about giving children the task of putting this number of pieces of this, this number of that, and this number of that cookies on a plate. Or bring a certain number of teaspoons for coffee or tea. Take advantage of everything a child likes to do and try to involve math. You can use the language, for example, when writing a letter to Santa Claus, who clearly hates spelling mistakes. And Christmas fairy tales? These can also be used, especially for memory and attention. Watch them together and let the child retell what the fairy tale was about, who had a negative and positive character, or what the main character was called. And don't forget to ask for their own opinion. When the expected D-day comes, and the child eagerly runs to the tree, you can have him give gifts by name, thus practicing reading. He can also test his patience because he will unwrap his presents as the last. Do learning and Christmas go together? So now, let's try to answer that basic question: “Do learning and Christmas go together?” The previous lines show that it works. Only we must present it cleverly. Try to relax and not think about how many pages of text or textbook you still have to learn. Instead of the sentence: “I still have ninety-two pages to go,” use the sentence: “I have only ninety-two pages left.” You will see that changing one word can work wonders. Well… miracles probably not, but you will definitely benefit from looking at it from a different perspective. In conclusion, we want to wish you a peaceful holiday without accidents and with a smile on your face. But don't forget to learn, and if your child is going to high school or a multi-year grammar school, don't underestimate the preparation. Before you know it, January is here, and admission tests are getting closer and closer.