Private IT & Computing Tuition in Brentwood

Offering tailored, private IT & Computing tuition in Brentwood from Key Stage 3 all the way up to A-Level. We are located in Pilgrims Hatch, Brentwood, Essex and perfectly situated for anyone in the Ongar, Brentwood, or Shenfield areas. Our classes are all kept to a maximum of 3 students so that individual attention is always guaranteed. Please use the tabs below to view more in-depth information on the stage(s) you are interested in.

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Key Stage 3 ICT

Topic 1: Word-processing

  • Entering and editing text
  • Formatting, headers and footers
  • Layout – bulleted and numbered lists, indentation and paragraphs
  • Inserting symbols and graphics
  • Creating and manipulating tables
  • Using mail-merge

Topic 2: Presentation Software (Powerpoint)

  • Creating presentations, text boxes, templates
  • Master slides, images, bulleting, graphs

Topic 3: Desktop Publishing

  • Text boxes, frames, pictures, tiles
  • Columns, pictures, multiple pages
  • Use template to create A4 product leaflet and business card
  • Use template to create greetings card

Topic 4: Computer Graphics

  • Creating digital images using bitmap software
  • Using photo editing software – cropping, scaling, effects

Topic 5: Website Design

  • Use word to create web pages
  • Graphics and fonts, colours and hyperlinks
  • Building a home page
  • Using multimedia
  • Creating web pages directly in HTML
  • Using tags for formatting – fonts, styles, colours
  • Inserting images and hyperlinks

Topic 6: Spreadsheet (Excel)

  • Modelling using simple formulae
  • Functions: sum, average, minimum, maximum, count, countIF
  • Graphing and charting
  • Absolute and relative cell references
  • If…Then functions, conditional formatting, Vlookup
  • What if…?, Profit/loss, goal seek
  • Creating a spreadsheet file to use in a Word Mail-merge process

Topic 7: Programming – learning to program

    • Using LOGO

- Basic Commands
– Simple shapes, repeating
– Procedures, procedures with variables, colours

    • Using SCRATCH

- Animations
– Controlling multiple processes


GCSE ICT, IGCSE ICT & GCSE Business Communication Systems

Our first step is to confirm which examining board and specification your child is working with. (“Specification” is the name the examining boards now use for what many of us used to know as a syllabus). Once we know that, we can tailor the lessons to the precise requirements of that specification.

We can help pupils prepare for examinations with all of the common examining boards – AQA, OCR and Edexcel; and also IGCSE.

Although they differ in detail, all specifications assess candidates through some combination of examinations and controlled assessment. Examinations cover theoretical aspects of the subject. Controlled assessments look at practical coursework. The assessment is made by a child’s teacher, but in some cases it is possible to prepare for the activity by carrying out research outside school.
In the IGCSE ICT and in Business Communication Systems pupils also sit practical exams.

In our experience, there are three things which are key to achieving top marks in these exams – practical ability, theoretical knowledge, and a really good grasp of precisely what the examiners are looking for. Our tuition is therefore structured around these key issues :-

1. Through practical exercises, we help students acquire the general skills* they will need. Usually, this involves becoming familiar with various software packages. The precise details vary between specifications, but typically this includes word-processing, desktop publishing and graphics, presentation software, spreadsheets, databases and web-authoring. In common with the large majority of schools, Stepping Stones Tutors teaches these skills using Microsoft Office software.

2. We explain the theoretical material in detail to give pupils an understanding of the type and style of questions that they will encounter on written exam papers. We also look at exam technique, and how their answers should be structured.

3. We explain how controlled assessments are marked, thus enabling students to work in the way which is most likely to help them obtain high marks.

Throughout all of this work, both in practical exercises and in theory work, the emphasis is on working through past papers and making pupils familiar with how those papers are marked.

* We must emphasise that the examining boards do not permit us to provide advice on the specific content of controlled assessments – this would be regarded as cheating. However, in our experience, the more general topics we cover do make a huge difference to how well students fare in their exams.

GCSE Computing / Computer Science

Our first step is to confirm which examining board and specification your child is working with. (“Specification” is the name the examining boards now use for what many of us used to know as a syllabus). Once we know that, we can tailor the lessons to the precise requirements of that specification.

Although they differ in detail, all specifications assess candidates through some combination of examinations and controlled assessment. Examinations cover theoretical aspects of the subject. Controlled assessments look at practical work and coursework. The assessment is made by a child’s teacher, but in some cases it is possible to prepare for the activity by carrying out research outside school.

In our experience, there are three things which are key to achieving top marks in these exams – practical ability, theoretical knowledge, and a really good grasp of precisely what the examiners are looking for. Our tuition is therefore structured around these key issues :-

1. Through practical exercises, we help students acquire the general skills* they will need to use in their controlled assessments. In particular, we help them develop expertise in Visual Basic, which is the preferred language for most specifications and is taught in most schools.

2. We explain the theoretical material in detail to give pupils an understanding of the type and style of questions that they will encounter on written exam papers. We also look at exam technique, and how their answers should be structured.

3. We explain how controlled assessments are marked, thus enabling students to work in the way which is most likely to help them obtain high marks.

Throughout all of this work, both in practical exercises and in theory work, the emphasis is on working through past papers and making pupils familiar with how those papers are marked.

* We must emphasise that the examining boards do not permit us to provide advice on the specific content of controlled assessments – this would be regarded as cheating. However, in our experience, the more general topics we cover do make a huge difference to how well students fare in their exams.

A-Level Computing / ICT

Our first step is to confirm which examining board and specification your child is working with. (“Specification” is the name the examining boards now use for what many of us used to know as a syllabus). Once we know that, we can tailor the lessons to the precise requirements of that specification.

We can help pupils prepare for examinations with all of the common examining boards – AQA; OCR for Computing; and AQA, OCR and Edexcel for A level ICT.

All the specifications assess pupils through a combination of theory papers and coursework.

In our experience, there are three things which are key to achieving top marks in these exams – practical ability, theoretical knowledge, and a really good grasp of precisely what the examiners are looking for. Our tuition is therefore structured around these key issues :-

1. Through practical exercises, we help students acquire the general skills* they will need to use in their coursework. In the case of ICT, this usually involves learning to use Microsoft Excel and Access. For Computing, most students learn to program in Visual Basic using VB.Net, although we can also provide lessons in the Pascal programming language if your child’s school uses that instead.

2. We explain the theoretical material in detail to give pupils an understanding of the type and style of questions that they will encounter on written exam papers. We also look at exam technique, and how their answers should be structured.

3. We explain how coursework is marked, thus enabling students to work in the way which is most likely to help them obtain high marks.

Throughout all of this work, both in practical exercises and in theory work, the emphasis is on working through past papers and making pupils familiar with how those papers are marked.

* We must emphasise that the examining boards do not permit us to provide advice on the specific content of coursework – this would be regarded as cheating. However, in our experience, the more general topics we cover do make a huge difference to how well students fare in their exams.

Home Computing

Foundation Course

  • This course is suitable for people of all ages who have no, or very little, previous experience with computers
  • Introduction to the keyboard, use of mouse and /or touchpad
  • Introduction to email
  • Introduction to files and folders
  • Further email
  • Managing photographs
  • Introduction to home shopping
  • Word processing



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