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.
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.