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Many home educators get together in groups to study for exams. (Elsewhere in this wiki there is information about online groups, but this page focuses on in-person groups.) There can be some benefits to doing this. Both parents and children may enjoy the group interaction and find it encouraging. There are a number of ways in which people do group study. For example:
- Parents find a local study buddy to team up with. Parents share their skills/knowledge/resources and the young people meet regularly to learn alongside each other.
- Parents set up a group in their home and invite others to join their children. This may be informal or formal, parent-taught or child-led.
- Parents employ a tutor to teach a course leading to an exam and invite other students in order to share the cost. This may be in a family home or in a hired hall.
Make sure that the other parents are all on the same page as you in terms of expectations. Ask yourselves a few questions such as these:
- What happens if a child's behaviour becomes detrimental to the learning of the others?
- What happens if someone falls behind and can't cope with the pace of learning of the rest of the group?
- What are the limits of the group re age-range, numbers etc?
Discuss all this as a group before hiring a tutor and then discuss it all again with the tutor.
This facebook group is a great place to find currently running exam study groups and to find trusted home education-friendly and experienced tutors being recommended by other HE parents.
If you organise an exam study group which is open to new members, please feel free to list yours here, mentioning the area clearly and the subjects covered. You can either edit this page by clicking the 'edit' link above, or add a comment at the foot of the page.
Tutors who are experienced with home-ed children can also be listed on the Tutors page - feel free to add your recommendations there.