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Is private tutoring enough? : What makes a successful scholar (Part 2)
What are the top students doing differently? Are they taking an active role and receiving private tutoring, or are they taking a passive role in their education and simply hoping for better results?
Independent schools get better results because the teachers are better, classrooms are smaller, or the students are generally more able’, especially in selective schools where students have had to sit an exam before entering the school.
Rather than focusing on what independent schools are doing right and what state schools are doing wrong, we should look at the attitudes and behaviours you would see in any student that aims to get A’s or A* grades.
Others will say that independent school pupils are more likely to pay thousands of pounds for private tutoring, and parents are more likely to invest additional time in furthering their child’s education through extra-curricula activities and supported homework time, thereby giving them a more competitive advantage when compared to state school pupils.
But more is needed to explain why some state school students still go on to achieve top grades at GCSE or A-level despite having good to a relatively ‘poor’ school. It doesn’t explain why some top school students fail to get good grades.
When you look at many independent or state school pupils that achieve top grades at GCSE or A-level, you will see that they have similar attributes. You can read more about the character traits of a successful student here.
Any young person’s success (or even an adult’s), regardless of their background, depends on a combination of self-motivation, strategy and support. These three things are hugely dependent on your environment.
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