Sunday, 16 July 2017

Saturday, 15 July 2017

refresh info



Tuesday, 11 July 2017

added bbc media and itv apps, #WASPI_Campaign too - £11500.00 owed on 42 yrs NI and counting

apps should be good for efl as i tend not to watch the telly most folk do,  i can direct EFL students to sport and possibly local news which should be easier language wise. Definitely not for soaps.

The #WASPI_Campaign is really important,  I should have received £11500 in pension payments to now.

Onwards etc, build the tuition business.

Internet speed and working

The fastest time used to be 3am to 7am but lately that isnt so,  today 5.30am to 11.30am has been ok,  but that cant be tested again until Thurs as the bband provider is working on maintenance tomorrow.

Bureaucracy takes its toll on planning

say no more but its putting plans back.

Backups and new sim with tethering to use the pc to update resources

All setup and working,  quite a stressful change but one thats been planned. Now exam season is completed theres time to reflect evolve and begin the EFL to keep English skills for students.

All take time and planning and resources plus admin to keep on track to ensure tuition is all year round.

Ongoing resource making

New history web-blog-intranet

in the design phase to be ready for September

Monday, 10 July 2017

An hour a day Literacy and Numeracy online possible project

Checking the VAT situation if more than one student at a time,  or planning local groups

Then theres the content planning.

ongoing project catch-up reading, Phonics become Analytic but should Synthetic Phonics be repeated instead?


Google Books



Analytic? Onsett and Rime


planning includes looking for the best info to work with over years


Friday, 7 July 2017


Useful insights below (altered slightly for privacy reasons)

I find the LEA 'moving supply and contract staff on' bureaucratic paperwork onslaught just after exam time is really stressful just as it all looks bleak for the summertime. The renewal paperwork,  at a time when landlords are moving students on until next September or final uni students moved on all together or prevented from staying locally is not something established Tutors should be caught up in. Its inevitable however that we are.

The online agencies could help by having a 'how many years tutoring in this area' information.

Exam time is so stressful and when Specifications are changing its even more so.

The insightful quote:-

"I tutor full time. GCSE science. I've been doing it for years now. Coming in to the exam season I find I tutor about 30 to 35 hours a week. The last exams are today and I am absolutely shattered. Banking as much money as I can in my busy couple of months and take the summer off is not how it goes. My house is a mess, my freezer empty, my children wild. If I am to be super-professional and organised in September, I've a lot to do. I also sort out my lesson bank, make sure my past papers are in order, do my accounts, and briefly become a lady wot lunches until my own children break up from school

Wednesday, 21 June 2017


creating a new web-blog for tuition,  have chosen wordpress as it can be made a private by invitation blog if thats better for tutoring english.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

January to June, July to September, September to January

Seasonal,  Academic Winter-Spring term face to face tuition lots resource making and matching to Specifications
Everyday admin (hundreds of emails)

Academic Summer term and summer 'holidays' tuition goes to exams. Sorting online and local TEFL ESOL,  new Specifications A Level and GCSE
Creating new resources

Academic Autumn Term,  TEFL ESOL online and local, sorting websites and planning.

All everyday emails,  keeping up online resource sites 

Hoping to create a virtual factory or similar reapurce

All balanced against Repetitive Strain Injury,  some days are better than others. Pacing work and lifestyle balance is important. 

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Remembering i tried to work for a small college (v risky place) and KipMcGrath

The KipMcGrath setup in Derby was impressive it was just an interview

Tuition 'Strand'

Pleased i did not opt for actual lesson resource making as a sole trader now Specifications and Education focus has cchanged twice since 2008.

The tuition has improved with online booking but is still seasonal and isnt a week or month by month income over 12 months.

Maybe for next year i can organise worshops in the Easter and Exam breaks. This will need vat registration.

Otherwise just keeping up with textbook changes and buying and travel to tutees stretches a limited income but its not possible to work without either,

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Enquiries are converting but lots of single lessons

When the online info is 8 or more lessons,  the specification is checked resources found travel exp paid sometimes even textbooks purchased,  its not cool for the same enquirer to only really want one tuition lesson. This happens too often and can mean more realistic and sensible real potential students are not having the best pick of times for tuition. To do that single lesson situation at half term is almost unforgivable, luckily there are more responsible and ok people who do want tuition.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

The Internet Works Better At Night Again

All you can eat data on the Android,  lots hassles on the old laptop with antivirus progs stopping the ph synching,  sigh
Kindle app downloaded AGAIN its always the first to go for space on the ph,  sigh
A proper daylight sunshiny day and no datatime hassles would be good.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Everything needs Hands!

Stats from Tutorhunt

Stats,  December had lots enquiries too,  or more detailed enquiries and hopefully these are now beginning to bring work. Plus one quite awful timewasting trip, there is always a possibility an enquiry is not genuine but not often it reaches the first lesson. Some people genuinely just want a single lesson and dont realise tuition should last for four lessons minimum ie one month.

There are online courses where students just need an introduction to how to study but checking the Specification and dates can highlight if the online course is ok.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Pound signs competition not '?coins?vouchers'

Tuesday, 10 January 2017


Added Business Studies,  updated links and added GCSE English resource links late Monday early Tues as the internet is quicker at night.

Constantly checking tutoring websites replying to messages and linking with new tutees.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Christmas and New Year

Revision tuition
KS2 xmas holiday
Bought and Downloaded Kindle Edexcel Ecc student workbook unit 1
Planning revision linking to linear learning AS-A2
Tourism soc media
Resources for book ongoing
New paypal 
Possibility of sponsors
Links on qaawyrd wordpress