Building Partnerships with Parents to Ensure that Students Excel In Science
SpiSE (Specialists in Scientific Education) Ltd grew out of the observation that Science was being so badly taught at the primary level in 1982 that children would actually be put off studying much less excelling at it. After 7 years of observing, researching and teaching informally the decision was made to establish SpiSE. It would teach students Science after school hours and during the vacation. It grew to teaching all three Sciences from 9 -19, primary to A level.
Experience shows that it takes the commitment from both parents and tutor for students to excel. All parents and students want to excel but it is only attained by those who did whatever it took for as long as it took to attain it. When a student finds a topic difficult it is that the tutor and the parent work together to help the student to persevere, repeating and repeating the topic, until it becomes easy. Between the glow of ambition and the flow of excellence lies the valley of frustration. It takes perseverance to get through the valley of frustration. SpiSE on accepting a student makes a firm commitment to persevere. Therefore, a student's success is determined by the parent and student keeping their commitment. The most critical is the parent's commitment.
Its physical facilities are safe and conducive to learning. It has air-conditioned classrooms, networked computers and teaching laboratory. Students have enough space to write comfortably. Its grounds include a park so they can relax in a safe natural space.
Students are admitted to SpiSE after a free consultation with both parent(s) and student. This allows both to see the facilities and discuss in detail any issues. An assessment of the student's school work is done and problems, if any, are identified. Strategies to ensure that the student excels are discussed. SpiSE rules and the reasons for them, how they will contribute to the attainment of excellence are clearly explained with ample time for questions.
1. For every level, the syllabus is followed and completed at least 2 months before any major test. For example, CSEC is completed within the first term of Form 5, normally October. CAPE Unit 1 & 2 by February /March and the examinations normally start in May.
2. Classes are never cancelled. If the tutor has to be away or is ill the class is postponed and held at a time convenient to all.
3. Small classes ensure individual attention during the class. Students are not limited to the class they can obtain further individual attention after the class by phone or face-to-face.
4. Should the tutor find that the student's work is unsatisfactory then they ask the student to either repeat the work at home or come on Sundays to ensure that the topics are understood.
5. Practice with past papers to time using detailed marking schemes. This allows identification of weaknesses and implementing strategies to improve performance.
6. The average mark obtained for both multiple choice and structured papers has enabled SpiSE to accurately predict student's grades.
Education is a plant of slow growth
Wise parents find help early