Private tuition improves grades, says specialist

Private tuition helps improve GCSE and A level grades, says First Tutors, following a survey. The online tutor-matching service asked families with children taking exams in 2010 whether they felt private tuition had improved their estimated grades. The answers suggested an improvement of one grade.

The best improvements, perhaps not surprisingly, came at the lower end of the academic spectrum, where pupils with estimated grades between U and D saw an average improvement of two grades.

The survey also suggests that the length of time for private tuition affects results, particularly to GCSE candidates where those receiving private tuition for between three and six months lifted their results by an average of one and a half grades, versus just under one grade for those receiving tuition for less than three months.

The average cost of tuition for GCSE and A-level among students surveyed was £22 per hour, with most families choosing one hour per week of private tutoring. The cost of tuition does not appear to affect grades much, which means parents looking for a private tutor can shop around.

Of the 150 families questioned, 80% said they believed tutoring had improved their results.

First Tutors has more than 10,000 tutors registered on its website (www.firsttutors.co.uk).

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