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Frequently asked questions

Q. Why do you tutor students in small groups?
Q. Why don’t you send tutors out to my home?
Q. Do you have a special way of helping students learn?
Q. Are your tutoring staff qualified and trained?
Q. What subjects do you offer for each age group?
Q. How can I pay my fees?
Q. Do you assess students before they begin tuition?
Q. How long is each tuition session?
Q. How often should my child attend tuition?
Q. Do you set homework?
Q. What happens if my child misses a session?
Q. How do I find out about my child’s progress?
Q. Do you do I.Q. tests?

Q. Why do you tutor students in small groups?
A. Learning is maximised when students are motivated, confident, calm and concentrating on the task in front of them. Our small group setting allows for the development of these traits and the most effective learning. The skills and confidence students develop in the small class lead to independent learning and the willingness to ask questions and get full value from classes at school. By contrast, one-on-one tutoring can be a quite intense situation. Sometimes students become dependent on their tutor, and are not able to perform well in the school and exam setting. If a child only performs well in a one-on-one setting, they will fail at school. Download our Learning Boost Article.

Q. Why don’t you send tutors out to my home?
A. When students come to our tuition centre they are ready to learn. We have created an environment that promotes maximum learning, free from the many distractions at home. We are also able to supervise our staff and provide them with ongoing training. This ensures quality control, rather than leaving them to their own devices.

Q. Do you have a special way of helping students learn?
A. Our Learning Boost Formula helps students to improve in the four key areas of motivation, confidence, calmness and concentration. We foster positive attitudes of persistence and patience that help students overcome obstacles and learn from the mistakes that are an inevitable part of learning. We help students to use simple memory techniques to learn quickly and remember easily.

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Q. Are your tutoring staff qualified and trained?
A. Our tutoring staff are qualified teachers who have been selected for their positive personalities and passion for helping students. We have trained them in our own unique methods to make sure they cover the most important parts of each subject in the most effective way. They have been cleared to work with children by the NSW Police.

Q. What subjects do you offer for each age group?
A. Mathematics and English for Years 2 to 12. Science for Years 9 to 10 and Physics, Chemistry and Biology for Years 11 to 12. Reading for pre-school and primary and remedial secondary. Opportunity Class test preparation for Years 3 to 4 and Selective Schools test preparation for Years 5 to 6. Adult programs include examination preparation, reading and writing skills, research skills and statistics.

Q. How can I pay my fees?
A. Fees can be paid in advance by the term, half-term, fortnightly or weekly. You can pay by cash, cheque, eftpos, credit card (in person, by phone or automatic authority), by internet banking or direct debit.

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Q. Do you assess students before they begin tuition?
A. Students enrolling in English, Mathematics and Science programs are assessed in their first tuition session so a comprehensive program of work can be planned to address their needs. If necessary, an assessment can be arranged before the first tuition session. Assessments are required before enrolling in either the reading program or the pre-school program. Students are assessed continually each week to make sure the tuition program is meeting their needs.

Q. How long is each tuition session?
A. All small-group sessions are 60-minutes.

Q. How often should my child attend tuition?
A. Most students attend one tuition session each week for each subject. Extra sessions are available depending on the needs of the student.

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Q. Do you set homework?
A. Students in the Reading program are set four fifteen-minute homework sessions each week. Students enrolled in other programs need to complete work that was not finished during the tuition session. We encourage students to complete all their school homework.

Q. What happens if my child misses a session?
A. Student attendance at tuition each week is vital for continued progress to be made. We require a commitment towards the program from students and their parents. Make-up classes are available for all subjects. Fees are payable for any missed sessions.

Q. How do I find out about my child’s progress?
A. Reports on each student’s learning are written at the end of each term to inform students and parents of the progress made at tuition. The director and tutors are also available for phone or face-to-face meetings during the term by appointment.

Q. Do you do I.Q. tests?
A. Yes. Our director Tony Hollins is a registered psychologist and is able to conduct this type of assessment. We often interpret these types of test results for parents in planning the tuition program for their children.

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