Frequently Asked Questions
How does tutoring work?
Tutoring with me can be face to face within the Nelson, NZ region or online. All tutoring session are one on one, delivered by me (a dedicated, friendly and experienced teacher).
As I only take on a limited number of students at any time, we will always have a free consultation meeting to assess your child's needs, strengths and interests.
If your child becomes a student of mine, the lessons are exclusively planned to build on strengths, identify their needs and ensure clear next steps. Lessons can take place before, during or after school depending on my availability.
How does online tutoring work?
Students must have a computer and a high speed internet access. We will communicate using Zoom where we can see and hear each other. I use an interactive whiteboard tool that the students can write on and I can upload videos, images and worksheets for use before, during and after the class.
I find it best to wear a headset during our sessions to limit any external distractions and to allow clear communication.
As in all other sessions, these lessons are planned with your student exclusively in mind ensuring high quality learning experiences.
What subjects do you tutor?
I am a fully qualified primary and intermediate teacher, which means I can teach almost any subject. However, my sessions specialise in Maths, Reading, Writing and English Language.
I have specialist experience in the fields of dyslexia, science, technology and public speaking and drama.
When you book a tutoring session with me, I will work exclusively with your child so I am always open to any special requirements.
How is progress measured?
As a highly experienced primary teacher familiar with the English and NZ curricula I am able to make an initial assessment of your child's learning. I then develop a learning plan aligning with the national curriculum, which is shared with you and the student. Each session we will focus on a key area and regular feedback will be given. I use diagnostic assessment tools to measure progress and adapt my practice as necessary to ensure the sessions always accelerate learning in areas of need. Students will also have some reinforcing homework, in which you can see the progress in action at home.
How often should I have my child tutored?
The frequency of our sessions depends on the needs and attention span of the student. If your child requires significant support, I recommend two weekly one hour sessions. For students who are younger or who have a shorter attention span 30-45 minute lessons may be more appropriate. If your child is motivated and needs the help, I find three sessions per week particularly impactful for rapid acceleration.
I will only ever take on a limited number of students to ensure the highest quality of academic tutoring resulting in individualised educational experiences that couldn't possibly be matched in a typical classroom.
How do I book?
To book tutoring services with me, please complete the application form, describing your child's needs and what you hope to gain from the sessions.
If you live in the Nelson region, NZ, I will be in touch to arrange a consultation meeting to get to know your child's strengths, interests and educational needs.
If you live elsewhere in the world, I will respond via email and arrange a Skype or Google classroom consultation to get to know your child's strengths, interests and educational needs.
What are your rates?
My rates reflect the quality of service you will receive and my subject knowledge and experience in education.
Payment for online sessions is required by card prior to confirmation. Sessions can be booked as one off or discounted for a block of ten booking.
1 hour lesson: $100 NZD
45 minute lesson: $80 NZD
30 minute lesson: $65 NZD
A Free initial assessment will establish your child's current level and allow me to plan a personal learning programme to target gaps and misconceptions in learning and to accelerate progress.
Face to face sessions:
During our initial meeting we will work together to create an action plan for your child. Sessions can be paid one week in advance or in a block booking for convenience.
A decision to begin tutoring is a valuable commitment and attending each session builds momentum in learning. However, I am aware that from time to time unavoidable circumstances can prevent your child attending a session.
Therefore I ask:
Inform me as soon as possible if you have a need to cancel.
I require 24 hours notice of cancellation of a session in order not to be charged. Sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice must be paid in full.
Excessive cancellations may result in the termination of tutoring services.