In The Know – Getting Ready For Success!

In The Know – Getting Ready For Success!

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It’s never too late to develop good study habits and be informed about facing challenges at different stages of education or raise your interest in particular areas of study. In this week’s newsletter, we connect you to the events and services that can help young people improve their skills and move past these challenges. Here are our top events’ for getting connected with like-minded people who can add value to your lives.

Help your child Ace their Exams!
The GT Scholars Ready, Set, Go workshop is back! On Saturday 14th March from 10am to 4pm at Goldsmiths University in London, we’ll be running our hugely popular workshop designed to improve study skills and exam technique. This full-day workshop aims to help young people excel at exams by improving their study skills, time management, and making use of growth mindset techniques. As usual, tickets for this workshop are on the waiting list with priority tickets for scholars on one of our programmes. You can find out more here.

Beyond A-levels
On Thursday 12th March Dunottar school will be hosting an event titled ‘Beyond A-levels’ from 6pm – 8pm for young people aged 16 -18 years at the school main hall in Reigate, Surrey. This free event will be presented by four guest speakers providing insight into alternatives to University such as, pursuing an alternative career, earn as you learn opportunities and making the most of work experience. Projects Abroad UK will also showcase the variety of volunteering, internship, adventure and ethical trips available with them. You can find out more here.

JLC Workshop: Debate and Public Speaking Skills
The Junior Lawyers’ Club will be running Saturday workshops and holiday clubs for children in age groups 8-11 and 11-14 at the Mansel Road Centre, Wimbledon. They teach the key skills of being a lawyer through fun, fast-paced activities and challenges. Each workshop is based on a different theme, developing an interest in a range of topics and confidence in public speaking. Workshops are led by a panel of skilled actors and lawyers. The upcoming event will be on Saturday, 28th March 2020 from 2pm – 3.25pm at a fee of £11. You can find out more here.

The GT Scholars Programme is an after-school programme that focuses on social mobility, growth mindset and helping young people to achieve their aspirations. The programme includes tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-16. If you would like to know more, please contact us here.

In The Know – Bringing Skills to Life!

In The Know – Bringing Skills to Life!

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With half-term over and exams just around the corner – now is the best time to get young people in the mindset of exam success! In this week’s newsletter, we’ve put together some workshops and skill-building events that will help students improve their skills and help them face any challenges ahead! Scroll down to find out more!

Help your child Ace their Exams!
The GT Scholars Ready, Set, Go workshop is back! On Saturday 14th March from 10am to 4pm at Goldsmiths University in London, we’ll be running our hugely popular workshop designed to improve study skills and exam technique. Exams can be one one of the greatest challenges that young people face and just like any other challenge, you can succeed by simply equipping yourself with the right tools, strategies and techniques. This full-day workshop aims to help young people excel at exams by improving study skills, time management, and making use of growth mindset techniques. As usual, tickets for this workshop will be released via the waiting list with priority tickets for scholars on one of our programmes. You can find out more here.

British Science week 2020
British Science Week takes place between 6-15 March 2020 for a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths. Events take place in a range of locations, from museums, schools and universities to shopping centres, business premises, libraries and theatres. The theme for this year is ‘Our diverse planet.’ The activity packs contain lots of activities on this theme for three different stages: early years, primary, and secondary covering topics like biological diversity, social diversity, to the diversity of knowledge. These packs aim to encourage young people to think about everyday discoveries and how they affect their lives by exploring science in the world all around us. Find out more here.

Peckham Youth Market
Thinking of boosting your entrepreneurial skills? The Makeshift foundation is hosting ‘The Made in Peckham Youth Market’ where young people, between the ages of 16-25 are able to sell their services and products to the community at the Peckham Levels, 95A Rye Lane in London on Saturday 7th March 2020 from 1pm to 6pm. This event is a great opportunity for young entrepreneurs to sell, network and receive information about Make Shift Foundation’s Business Basic Workshops which provides support to young business owners. Find out more here.

GT Scholars is a social enterprise that provides tutoring, mentoring and enrichment to young people from a range of backgrounds. To find out more about our volunteering opportunities, please get in touch with us via the website

Free download: 21 scholarships, bursaries and awards for young people

Free download: 21 scholarships, bursaries and awards for young people

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There are hundreds of scholarships, bursaries and awards offered by charities, large corporations and top universities. We’ve compiled a list of 21 scholarships, bursaries and awards for young people in England aged 14 and above.

1. Lloyds Scholars: To qualify for this scholarship, you have to be accepted to study at one of the Lloyds scholarship partner universities. You’ll also need to have a total household income under £25,000, have a UK fees standing and be on a program that is at least 3 years long. For more information, click here.

2. Kings College K+ Scholarship: This is a programme developed for young students over the age of 16 to help them prepare for university. Applicants are given the opportunity to learn study skills, attend a summer school and get a mentor among other benefits. For more information, click here.

3. The Sutton Trust US programme: This programme is offered to students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds, with a total household income less than £45000. Students must attain 8 As or A*s at GCSE, currently be in Year 12 or equivalent, attend a state school or college and be a British National. They provide a fully paid trip to the USA and help you with preparing for your scholarship application to some of the top universities in the states. For more information, click here.

4. The Jack Petchey Foundation Individual Grants for Volunteering: This grant is on offer to young people between the ages of 11 and 25 who live in London or Essex. They must be volunteering with a UK based organisation and raising at least 50% of the funds required by the project. The award provides up to 50% of the cost of your project and no more than £400 per person. For more information, click here

To download a copy of all 21 scholarships, fill in the short form below.

In the know: Scholarships for young people!

In the know: Scholarships for young people!

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We often get questions from young people at our events regarding scholarship, bursary and award opportunities, available to home students. In response to this, we have compiled a list of some of the most interesting opportunities being offered by various organisations.

Jack Petchey Foundation Individual Grants for Volunteering: This grant is on offer for young people between the ages of 11 and 25 who live in London or Essex. They must be volunteering with a UK based organisation and raising at least 50% of the funds required by the project. The award provides up to 50% of the cost of your project and no more than £400 per person. Read here for more information.

Reuben Singh Scholarship: This is a scholarship offer for entrepreneurs who want to study while running their business. Applicants must have an offer for an undergraduate place and have a running business. The scholarship, which is worth £9,000, will go towards education while you work on your business. Visit the website for more information.

Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship: This scholarship is offered to students between the ages of 14-21 years of age from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds. Founded by Miranda Brawn, who has a background in Investment Banking, Law and has worked as a diversity executive. The offer includes up to £1000, mentoring sessions, CV and career advice. For more information please visit the website.

We hope this is helpful to anyone that’s in need of information on scholarships and awards! The GT Scholars programme is an after-school programme for ambitious young people that would like to achieve top grades at school, get into top universities and enter competitive careers. ‘In The Know’ is our weekly newsletter for parents and carers to receive news about the latest opportunities for their child. Subscribe to ‘In The Know’ here:

In The Know: Want To Be An Athlete? Here are some opportunities for aspiring athletes and coaches.

In The Know: Want To Be An Athlete? Here are some opportunities for aspiring athletes and coaches.

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The month of May is National Walking Month which has been set aside to promote healthier lifestyles. This week we have listed a number of opportunities for young people that are interested in developing their athletic abilities:

England Athletics Young Leaders: The programme is an initiative developed to encourage and develop young people to improve their schools capacity to deliver athletics and other sports. There are several programmes on offer, such as the Young Officials Programme,  for young people of between the ages of 14 and 19. Read here for more information on how to join the various programmes on offer.

Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS): This programme is designed for talented young athletes (16 years and over) who are currently studying. The programme offers a holistic approach and partners with an athlete’s school to make sure they strike a balance in academics and sports. For more information, please read here.

Sport England Backing the Best: This scheme is aimed at assisting talented young athletes and their families with meeting the costs of training or participating in events. Awards to individual athletes can be up to £5000 per year and are meant to help with the costs of accommodation, travel, equipment and support from coaches. Read more about this programme, here.
If your child is aged 11-16 and you’re interested in joining the tutoring, mentoring and enrichment programme, we’ll be accepting applications again in May to join us in September. If you’re interested, you can register your interest here or give us a call on 02088168066800


10 Free learning apps to learn everything from Geography to Human anatomy

10 Free learning apps to learn everything from Geography to Human anatomy

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We know that young people spend way too much time on their phones but did you know that there are a multitude of apps available online that could boost your child’s knowledge and understanding in Maths, English, Science and other subjects?

Young people have access to so much information online and this means that with the right amount of effort and motivation, many pupils could teach themselves or be tutored in any subject, just by using the right resources.

There’s a tonne of research that shows that young people learn more when they’re having fun and thanks to the wonderful world of technology and the internet, everyone’s learning online.  

We’ve put together a list of 10 of the top learning apps that make learning enjoyable and the best news is that they’re free!

  1. Gojimo

This is the UK’s top revision app for GCSE and A-Level. Not only does it have a massive bank of questions for all major subjects, it gives detailed explanations for the questions and you can track your progress, strengths and weaknesses and check off each topic as you master it.

  1. Learn World History

Learn world history from the beginnings of civilization! This Android app helps you learn hundreds of key events throughout world history with quizzes that test you on details and dates. With options for customising quizzes, this app is great for secondary school children all the way up to adults looking to brush up on their history knowledge.

  1. Essential Skeleton 4.0

Essential Skeleton is an iPad app that young people studying the human skeletal system should definitely download. The app puts a 3D skeleton on your iPad and you can then rotate the skeleton, zoom in and out, find out the names of each bone and more. It’s great for a range of ages as you can go into as much detail as you want.

  1. DoodleMaths

This app is perfect for ages 7-11 and can dramatically improve your child’s confidence and ability in maths. It works by identifying your child’s level, strengths and weaknesses, and gradually progressing them at the rate that’s right for them. Use it on your computer or on any device.

  1. World Map Atlas

World Map Atlas is a great Android app you can use to grow your geography knowledge. It has a wealth of information about all the countries in the world, such as the capital, the country flag, the languages and even the currency.

  1. Duolingo

Learning with Duolingo is fun and addictive. This app, available on Windows, Apple and Android, helps you learn a wide range of languages, from French and Spanish to Ukrainian and Vietnamese. The variety of speaking, listening and multiple choice activities keep it constantly new and exciting.

  1. Magic Piano

You can learn to play the piano on a phone or tablet, Apple or Android! With everything from Bruno Mars to Mozart, this nifty little magic piano guides you through playing a variety of tunes on its three keyboards, by following beams of light with your fingers.

  1. How to Draw

Enjoy learning how to draw with this easy to use Apple app. Video tutorials and step-by-step lessons will teach you how to faces, bodies, flowers and even cartoon characters. There are simple instructions for beginner drawings as well as more advanced tips for the more experienced artist!

  1. English Grammar – Learn & Quiz

Who knew English grammar was so interesting! This is an easy and fun new way to practice and learn English grammar. With a huge variety of tests and activities, you can choose between basic grammar to more advanced concepts, making it suitable for all ages.

  1. ▻Sudoku

A classic puzzle game that is sure to make your brain work! This Apple app enables you to seamlessly play endless amounts of Sudoku at your preferred difficulty, all while keeping track of your scores. This app makes it so much easier to improve your Sudoku skills, without the hassle of having to use a pen and lots of paper.


The GT Scholars Programme is a unique tutoring programme that gives young people aged 11-16, the support, strategies and skills that they need to reach their academic and career potential. We also take advantage of what the Internet has to offer and use online platforms to deliver effective online tutoring to our scholars. To get more information, click here.

12 tips to help young people build homework and study habits

12 tips to help young people build homework and study habits

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It can be extremely stressful for the entire family when a child struggles to complete their homework or study for an exam. Fortunately, it does not have to be this way. Here are some tips to help you and your child successfully build productive habits that will benefit your child now and in the future.

  1. Turn off all distractions!

Young people are now growing up in the world of technology and it can sometimes be very difficult to escape it. When the TV is on, or they’re constantly checking their phone, it is impossible to concentrate fully on their work. So unless the computer is necessary for the task, turn off the electronics!

  1. Establish a routine

In order to create a habit, it is necessary to repeat the task habitually. Parents, try and serve dinner at the same time every night, so that the young people know when that is and can build a homework schedule around that. If the schedule changes from night to night, it will become easier to forget to do something as it is not ingrained in the daily routine.

  1. Have realistic expectations

As a parent, you must consider your child’s age and developmental level, ie don’t expect a 7-year old to be able to focus for a long period of time. Encourage them to take breaks, perhaps after completing a homework section and encourage them to learn what their capabilities are in terms of their concentration span.

  1. Designate specific areas for homework and studying

Choose a space in the house that can be a regular location for homework and studying, and make sure it is quiet for your child, without the distractions of other family members or the television. Keep study materials nearby and it will become a habit that when your child enters this space it is time to work.

  1. Organize study and homework projects

Help your child organise their assignments logically so that they do not get overwhelmed by the amount that they have to do. Create an exam study plan with them, and help them figure out what assignments need to be completed first. This ability to prioritise and organise tasks is vital for A-levels, university and beyond.

  1. Encourage your child to be responsible and work independently

Support your child in their homework, but do not be the taskmaster. Provide them with the tools they need to succeed – a quiet area, supplies, words of encouragement – but then allow them to do the work on their own. Young people need to develop the drive to complete the work independently, without a parent constantly pushing them.

  1. Studying is more than just doing homework assignments

It is important to instil in your child the desire to learn and understand the topics that they are studying, instead of just completing the tasks that are assigned to them. Encourage them to research the topic, read about it, ask questions, so that they grasp the whole concept instead of just the specific questions being asked.

  1. Help your child learn how to focus their mind

One of the hardest things to learn how to do, for adults and young people alike, is to focus on the task at hand and be able to shut out distractions, worries or other thoughts. Encourage your child to keep a ‘worry pad’ – if they are prone to getting distracted by their own thoughts, they can write them down and come back to them after they’ve finished studying.

  1. Use as much positive reinforcement as possible

Like all of us, young people want to hear that they are doing a good job and are able to do well in their upcoming test or exam. Whether it’s an actual reward, in the form of playtime or a treat, or simply encouraging words, it is so important to tell your child that you are proud of the effort they are making. They will in turn feel more confident and more driven to work harder.

  1. Find the right level of involvement in your child’s work.

There is a fine line between showing a keen interest in your child’s work and becoming a ‘helicopter parent’. If your child is clearly struggling with their studying or needs someone to ask them questions, then absolutely step in and help. If they just want you to finish their homework so it’s out of the way, then this is the time to hold back.

  1. Lead by example

If you make your child study while you yourself are watching tv, you can only expect your child to rebel. If you are not able to participate in your child’s work, then let your child see you working on something work-related or household-related. Young people are more likely to follow your actions than your advice!

  1. Try and find ‘fun’ ways for your child to study

If your child is really struggling to get engaged in their work, make an effort to help them try different approaches to studying, in the hope that something will grab their attention. Use flashcards, the internet or even friends (you have to be careful with this one!). Once your child finds something that works for them, it will be a tool they can use over and over again.

The GT Scholars programme helps ambitious young people improve their grades and build their confidence through a combination of tutoring sessions, mentoring sessions and enrichment days. To find out more, click here.

Need private tutoring support for your child? – Read this first!

Need private tutoring support for your child? – Read this first!

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Many parents contact us to request after-school homework support, one-off private tutoring sessions, private home tutoring and last minute revision classes for the days leading up to their child’s GCSE exams. Unfortunately, this is not something that we offer.

Our tutoring programme is online and is carried out on a one-to-one basis. We believe that long term tutoring programme is much more effective than last minute preparation for exams. We provide a limited number of free places every year and charge means-tested fees with the goal of making it affordable to all families that we work with.

We’ve written a guide on where you can go for support if you are not able to join the GT Scholars Programme.

  1. Ask for support from your school:

This might seem really obvious but it’s important that you are aware of the support that is available from your school before looking for external support.

Many teachers run drop-in classes at lunchtime and after-school so it may be worth asking your child to take the time to attend these sessions with their teachers in school rather than hiring a tutor. Work collaboratively with your child’s teachers to set targets for your child and find out what needs to be done at home and recommended resources that you can use at home in order to meet these targets.

Most schools run revision sessions during half-term holidays so sign up to these sessions instead of paying for external revision sessions.

There are also lots of low cost or free learning websites where students can go through a process of self-study to improve their grades. Many schools have already signed up and paid for these sites such as so make the most of this.

  1. Check if you qualify for free tutoring support

We aim to make the GT Scholars programme as affordable as possible for young people from a range of backgrounds, we charge means-tested fees for this but we have a limited number of scholars that we can work with each year.

If you’re looking for free tutoring, you may be able to get this through your school or through tutoring organisations such as The Access Project and IntoUniversity. Other organisations such as TutorFair charge students for tutoring and use profits to provide free tutoring to young people from the lowest income homes.

Please be aware that due to limited funding, most not-for-profit organisations will only provide free tutoring to young people living in a particular borough or attending a specific type of school.

If you are looking for a condensed revision course, crash-course tutoring or last minute tutoring then you may want to look at Justin Craig or use websites such as Tutor Hunt or Tutor Pages to find a local tutor.

  1. Search for after-school clubs and organisations:

When children’s grades are not where we want them to be – it’s easy to think that the solution is to start tutoring. However, you may find that taking up extra-curricular activities may be just as effective as private tutoring.

Your child’s school or your local borough will probably already offer homework clubs, sports clubs, science clubs, coding clubs, film clubs, debate clubs, entrepreneurship and math clubs. These clubs may be able to boost your child’s grades and very few young people recognise the importance of this. All you need to do is sign-up and get started.

  1. Look into enrichment opportunities for your child

If you’ve looked into all options and you feel that your child needs more than just tutoring, then there are a range of organisations that may be able to provide this to you.

In addition to the GT Scholars programme, we offer a range of courses and workshops which take place in the evenings, at weekends and during half-term in London.

Organisations such as Sutton Trust and Social Mobility Foundation are not tutoring organisations but may also be able to provide you with support for getting into a top university or competitive career.

There are also holiday and weekend revision courses and pre-university courses that can help your child prepare for exams or help your child prepare to get into top universities or specific careers such as the Girls in Engineering programme.

Or the Interview preparation days with Oxbridge Applications:

  1. Sign up to our mailing list

Remember that you can still sign up to our mailing list if you’d like to know about opportunities for your child throughout the year. We actively look for interesting events and activities that are of interest to parents on our list.

We do our best to include organisations and events that are free or relatively affordable to young people from low or middle-income homes. We’ll also keep you updated on our courses and workshops that are open to all young people through the year.

GT Scholars is a not for profit social enterprise in London. We run courses, workshops and programmes that help young people achieve excellent grades at school, get into top universities and enter competitive careers.

Our flagship programme is The GT Scholars Programme which includes tutoring, mentoring and enrichment for young people aged 11-16. To register your interest in the programme, click here:


Seven ways to improve yourself academically

Seven ways to improve yourself academically

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Many students will find themselves underachieving academically at some point. Studying for a qualification or degree was never meant to be easy. If you’re looking to improve yourself academically then below are seven ways, which might help.

  1. Positive attitude

Poor results can trigger a number of things. From depression to feeling defeated, it can be hard to look on the bright side. Adopting a positive mental attitude beats most challenges in life. Going into that exam for example, with a can-do attitude will go a long way to achieving the results you want.

  1. Where are you falling short?

Take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Address those areas where you’re struggling and set out a plan on how you can improve. Look at your grades over the last few months and try to find patterns. Do you have one subject that is always a problem? You may already have an idea yourself, but by writing things down you’ll be able to see more clearly.

  1. Ask questions

Never be afraid to ask questions if there is something you don’t understand. Asking questions is something we’re all taught to do at a young age. Teachers and parents are there to help you, and their assistance shouldn’t be overlooked or ignored if you need clarification on something.

  1. Improve your writing skills

Not everyone possesses proficient writing skills, and some may struggle with the ability to construct sentences. It can be frustrating if you know what you want to say but are unable to get it onto paper. Understanding what makes up a good essay-writing technique will do wonders. Techniques such as writing a great opening paragraph, grammar and proofreading are all important skills to have.

  1. Don’t procrastinate

This is a problem for most people, not just students. Sometimes it can be hard to focus on a particular task if there are too many distractions. By procrastinating you’re only delaying the inevitable, the work is still going to be there waiting. A good way to beat procrastination is to set yourself small goals. When these goals are achieved reward yourself.

  1. Time management

At the start of the academic year you’re going to know when assignments need to be handed in or when the exams are. Plan your time efficiently and whatever you do don’t leave everything until the last minute. The best way to address time management is to create work calendar. This should list dates and times of exams, etc. You can also use it to break down revision times for each subject. Make sure to plan in time for yourself.

  1. Private tuition

Finally there is the option of private tuition or after-school tuition. If you still find yourself struggling, then a private tutor may be able to help you improve your grades for a difficult subject. A little bit of extra tuition might just be what you need to give you that final push towards the end goal.

If you would like to register for the GT scholars programme you can do so here.


3 hidden benefits of group tutoring

3 hidden benefits of group tutoring

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With a growing popularity in private tutoring, particular one-to-one home tutoring, many people have asked us why we developed a programme based on group rather than individual private tutoring.

Our experience and a growing body of evidence have shown that the small group tutoring model is the most effective way of accelerating learning.  

Here are some hidden benefits of group tutoring. As your son or daughter progresses through the GT Scholars Programme we’re sure you’ll find many more.

Inspires creativity and creative problem solving.

The modern definition of creativity is not only about creating art, design or stories; researchers are also expanding the definition to include the ability to think laterally and critically and to make intelligent decisions.

Students who participate in group tutoring sessions have the opportunity to develop ideas and to solve problems collectively, drawing on each other’s understanding of the problem at hand.

We’ve witnessed a marked acceleration in individual learning from solving problems as a group as compared to one-on-one tutoring sessions.

We’ve also found that students reflecting collectively on what worked and what didn’t work, cements the learning for the longer term.

Increases collaborative skills.

A majority of modern workplaces are looking for highly collaborative staff. Technology has had a big part to play in this, increasing our connectedness and requiring that staff are more accessible and have better communication skills.

A school classroom can play a part increasing collaboration skills but our experience has shown that a smaller group setting with more support and greater intimacy can be very powerful in showing students the value of collaboration.

In a one-to-one tutoring session the student has to only respond to their tutor. In a group setting they learn to work with others and respond more quickly and also have their opinions and ideas valued and questioned.

After seeing confident students graduate from the programme we are convinced that group tutoring provides the most positive environment for increasing collaborative skills and securing future careers.

Promotes healthy competition

Highly effective group tutoring also fosters friendships based around learning and mastery and peer groups that are positive and supportive.

It’s so important for students to connect with peers that will encourage their learning rather than detract from it.

Research has shown that focusing on mastering new skills and knowledge rather than academic performance results in better academic achievement. 

At GT Scholars we are committed to shifting the students focus towards skills and knowledge mastery rather than performance and we find that the result is some healthy competition between the scholars to master aspects of their subjects.

This is one of the big differences between group and individual tutoring. In a supported group setting the students see others understanding aspects of the learning and rather than becoming deflated, they want to get better. Their motivation to compete accelerates their learning.

We work very hard on making sure that the competition remains healthy and all students are supported in their desire to achieve.

The GT Scholars Programme is a high impact tutoring programme in Croydon founded on the belief that every child should have the chance and the choice to succeed academically and in their chosen career.

To register your interest in the GT Scholars Programme visit