Planning your teenager’s future with MyTutor #ad

In return for an honest review of MyTutor, I have received payment for this post and my son has received an hour-long session with a MyTutor tutor. 

The teenage years are a minefield. Not only are they juggling hormones and friendships, they also need to be thinking about their futures. Planning for the future starts pretty early – in year 9 (or even year 8 in some schools) – when they take their GCSE options. Things get even more serious in year 11, with A Level options (while also working hard on completing GCSE courses and revising). Those A Level choices are so important for a teenager’s future, because they will dictate what they can and can’t do at university (if that is the path they choose to go down – I know from my experience with my eldest that it isn’t the right choice for everyone).

So in year 11, while they are struggling with the pressure of GCSEs, ideally they need to be thinking way ahead to their career choice. If they know what they want to do for a career, they can choose the right university course. And if they know what they want to do at university, they can choose the right A Levels.

It’s a lot to deal with. What if they can’t make the decision on their own? Of course, parents and teachers are there to help them. But if that isn’t enough, a mentoring session with a MyTutor tutor might be the way forward.

MyTutor provides one-to-one live video lessons. All tutors are university students, which works well as many young people respond better to people who are only a few years older than themselves. There is a huge range of tutors, so you can find one who specialises in exactly the right subjects. Tutors have a range of specialisms, with many able to tutor from 11+ through GCSE to A Level.

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Right now, my son doesn’t need tutoring, but with ambitions of a medical career, it is important that he focuses on that. This was going to be the summer when he set up some work experience for himself, but coronavirus means work experience for 16 year olds is going to be very low priority for the NHS. However, MyTutor can help out with mentoring for medical school preparation.

I felt my son would respond better to a male tutor, so MyTutor matched him with James – a 4th year medical student who has A Levels in chemistry, maths and biology. As my son is planning to do A Levels in chemistry, maths and biology (plus PE), they couldn’t have found him a better tutor.

I’ll be honest, my son is a normal teenager and he wasn’t initially keen to speak to a tutor. But he described James as ‘nice’ and ‘normal’ – two very important things for a teenager. And, most importantly, James spent an hour going through some of the key things my son needs to know before applying for medical school. This is far more time than anyone has spent with him before.

James talked about the importance of work experience and volunteering, as well as the personal statement. He said the personal statement needs to be more than a CV – it needs to also explain why my son would be a good candidate.

Aptitude tests are something we’d never heard about before, but James told my son they should be a priority and he needs to put work in to prepare for them. There are two different types, and if he wants to apply to Oxbridge, he will need to do both of them.
James had actually carried out interviews for his university, so he was in a particularly good position to advise on interviews. He told my son the key things were to be confident and to show that you really are the person your personal statement suggests you are.
My son’s session with James was very useful – and it also confirms that he has a lot of work to do over the coming year and a bit. For someone who wants to study medicine, it is about so much more than ‘just’ A Levels.
If your teenager isn’t sure about their next steps, a mentoring session with a MyTutor tutor could be just what they need.
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Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. This looks great, I’m glad your son found it useful. It must always be difficult for children who are trailblazers within the family by going into a certain area, especially something like medicine. Great to chat to someone who has been there and done it. I think we will need a maths tutor in the future. My eldest seems to get along a lot better with maths one to one, she has improved vastly since being at home. It’s a great thing to know because it means that if she’s finding it tricky when she’s older, I know she’ll respond well to a service like this.

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    • That is good to know for your daughter for the future. This was definitely useful to my son. My younger kids had tutoring in small groups go help them prepare for the grammar school test, but they’ve never done anything one-to-one before. X

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