Are NEK’s Tutoring tutors registered teachers?

Yes – we are registered teachers with years of experience as classroom teachers and tutors, trainers and educators.

How long should my child attend tutoring?

How long a student attends tutoring is an individual matter. There is no clear-cut answer. The length of time a student should undertake tutoring is determined by many factors including the starting level of the student, the student’s rate of learning, the effort applied by the child, their persistence and the time it takes for confidence to be developed. Once confidence comes, then a student is able to learn independently and tutoring might then not be required. It is recommended that students may cease tutoring when their academic level is approximately six months in advance of their chronological age. At this time enough skills will have developed to allow the student the confidence and ability to ‘go it alone’.

How much computer work is involved at tutoring?

It does vary from session to session, but computers are used sparingly. Computers are seen as a valuable tool for consolidating skills that have already been taught or which are to be reviewed following direct instruction from tutors. Also, computers are used to cover routine skills that are best covered using this tool. Computers are not central to tutoring, and we believe more in the ‘pen and paper’ approach. Students have enough exposure to computers at school and at home, so we try to limit their interactions with it.

How safe will my child be at tutoring?

Your child’s safety is of the utmost importance to us at NEK’s Tutoring Hawthorne. Each of our employees has had a criminal history check and tutors are employed after a personal interview and assessment of their skills. Our staff have blue cards to verify criminal history checks.

Primary students must remain at the centre until parents collect them from tutoring.

What are some of the services offered by NEK’s Tutoring?

  • After school tutoring for school-age students at competitive rates.
  • A comfortable learning environment where students will want to come.
  • Thorough pre-tutoring assessment to determine the starting point for tutoring.
  • Carefully sequenced tutoring programs tailored to each student’s needs (interests, preferred learning styles, learning level and rate).
  • Individualised and flexible tutoring programs in an environment that encourages independence, organisation, confidence and success.
  • Quick summary/feedback verbally given to parents at the end of each session of tutoring, where possible.
  • Interviews with parents about their child’s tutoring as arranged.
  • Special workshops as scheduled or requested by learners.

What areas / regions does NEK’s Tutoring service?

Students attend tutoring from the areas of Bulimba, Balmoral, Morningside, Cannon Hill, Carindale, Carina, Norman Park, Woolloongabba, Kangaroo Point, Coorparoo, East Brisbane and West End – just to name a few.

What happens at tutoring?

This largely depends on the level and needs of your child. All students are tutored as individuals and even if working with a few students to a tutor, they will still be working on their own individual tasks or programs.

Students may undertake tutoring activities for literacy and numeracy up to Year 10 and will have his/her program to work on that has been carefully developed from detailed assessments that will have been undertaken prior to enrolment. Students work with experienced primary and/or secondary teachers who are passionate about their learning.

Students work quietly and productively in an open space and may participate in a range of exercises such as sensory and hands-on activities using movement, tactile and concrete materials, pen and pencil activities and computer tasks. Students are encouraged to develop independence and have some control over their own learning. Reflecting on learning and being able to communicate their learning to others (e.g. parents) is central to our work at NEK’s Tutoring Hawthorne.

What is your general philosophy of tutoring?

  • It is our aim to determine how each child learns and provide a tutoring program that suits their individual needs.  Our goal is to help each student develop the independence and confidence required to succeed.
  • It is important to first determine the level of a student in order to assist him or her to move forward.
  • Learning often proceeds better for students when:
    • Content is carefully sequenced;
    • The learning environment is well-structured;
    • Teaching is adjusted to their preferred learning style, rate, level and interests;
    • Group numbers are kept small; and
    • There are other motivated students doing the same kinds of things.
  • Interesting activities make learning fun, but the most enjoyment is had when learning is accompanied by success.
  • The value placed on education and tutoring by parents and others can have a positive influence on a student’s motivation to learn.

What students do you tutor?

  • Typically we see children across Years 1-12, but we also assist mature age students from time to time.
  • Pre-school children – we assist in developing the basics in numeracy and literacy.
  • Students who want extend themselves in their learning. Such students might be those wanting to sit scholarship exams at private schools, or their present school does not offer extension programs.
  • Students who have fallen behind in school for some reason, e.g. absence due to illness or hospitalisation, change of school, education system or learning difficulty.
  • Students who learn best in a structured setting where participant numbers are kept small.
  • Students who require that little extra, individualised assistance that may not be readily available at school when it is needed. (Schools and teachers are under enormous pressure especially where there is such a wide range of students for whom they must cater.)
  • Students whose parents sometimes feel unsure about how they can best help their children with their schoolwork.
  • Students (and parents) who may like to know their ability level when compared to others of a similar age.