I’m New Here! Find a Tutor in Sydney
Looking to find a tutor in Sydney? Trying to find the right tutor for your child can sometimes be a frustrating process. If you are visiting our website for the first time, this is the page for you! Below is the information that new parents want to know – from how we work, to what happens in a free session, to pricing and time information. We speak to lots of parents, and we’re always happy to help. Feel free to call Kate, Maddie or Karina on 0438 546 314. We are generally available by phone between noon and 5pm Monday-Friday (and if we aren’t helping a new student, we often pick up the phone later than that!). If we miss you, we will call you back as soon as we can! Alternatively, you can email us at [email protected]
There is plenty of information on our about and services pages, and if you can’t find the information you really want, send us an email or give us a call and we can have a chat with you about your needs.
Why Confidence Boost Tutoring? How is it Different?
Kate set up Confidence Boost Tutoring as an answer to a gap she saw in tutoring options for parents. Rather than place children in classes with a specific level or target, we wanted to ensure that each child had tutoring that was uniquely suited to them. That means that if your child needs to work on Times Tables but not Addition, Reading Comprehension and Persuasive Writing, but not Creative Writing or Spelling, then that’s what we do. Because we aren’t worksheet-based or on a plan or program, it means that we are constantly adjusting as we go. If your son suddenly gets upset about an upcoming Maths test, then we might spend more time on Maths than English that day. If your daughter has met her goals for Division, and is ready to work on Fractions, then that’s where we’ll go.
We also work in pairs. For some parents, this is a relief from big classes. For others, there is an assumption that 1:1 tutoring is the only way to go, so pairing sounds a bit strange. What we’ve found is that the children we work with need a specific, tailored approach, so big classes are never going to work. We don’t want children to get lost at tutoring, and we want to ensure they are getting the skills they need. However, the children who have done 1:1 tutoring don’t get as much out of tutoring (it sounds counter-intuitive, we know!). Ultimately, children are social people, and it’s intimidating to have one adult looking at your work constantly. A buddy takes the pressure off, promotes a little friendly competition, and makes tutoring a much more enjoyable experience. We truly believe that tutoring (and school) can be fun, and we are committed to being a space that children are eager to visit.
Emailing or Chatting on the Phone
The first thing we do is speak to you on the phone. You might want to give us a call or send through an email so that we can speak with you. If it looks like Confidence Boost might be a good fit for you, we will ask lots of questions about your child, including information about their school-work, hobbies, interests, background and more. We want to get plenty of information about what your child needs, the areas we should look at in their free session, and any information that will help us to make their life easier at tutoring. We also want to give you the opportunity to ask any questions you have, and to make sure you aren’t left wondering about anything.
If it’s not quite what you need? We have no qualms suggesting that a different tutor might be a better fit, so you certainly won’t be getting a big sales pitch! We firmly believe that it’s a waste of your time and ours if what we do and what we love just isn’t what you are looking for. It can be tough to find a tutor in Sydney, and we’re happy to help steer you in the right direction. We have a number of different tutors that we speak to and can suggest.
Your Free Session
Once we’ve spoken on the phone, we’ll organise a free session for you and your child or children to come in and meet us. During that first session, we’ll spend about 45-50 minutes talking to you and your child. Usually, the first thing we do is ask some really basic questions and ask your child to tell us about the things they love. If your child is in primary school, it’s a great idea to encourage them to bring something they can show off! High school students are encouraged to bring a recent test or report. We will meet some other tutors and students, and then get stuck into some work. We don’t grade or graph students, but we do want to have a look at where they are struggling, and what our goals for tutoring are. Some children do a combination of subjects, while others specialise in just one. Everything is interactive, so we will ask your child to do some work that’s appropriate to their level. We also want to make sure that they get some tips and tricks to take away with them!
What Happens If My Child Does Regular Weekly Tutoring?
Each week, children see us for an hour. Some children choose to see us for longer, but usually one hour a week is plenty. Information about tutoring is available on our about page. We also have a parents’ corner with term dates and important information. Our workshops and events, including free homework sessions, are listed on our events page.
Generally, children build a rapport with their tutor/s and buddy, and while it’s important to get perspective and meet more than one tutor, we don’t switch constantly! We like our children to get to know a couple of tutors really well, though there are some children who thrive from extra changes. Each child is different, and we approach session planning with each child’s needs in mind.
Tutoring is completely tailored, and that means that we are working closely with your child on their needs. Where we can, we inject a little bit of fun, so think some Times Tables races, Story Writing games and Reading aloud. Your child will bring home some of their work, and we encourage you to take a few minutes to speak to your child’s tutor at the end of their session. For older students, we add a lot of work on study skills and revision techniques.
In Stanmore, we run sessions Monday-Thursday. All sessions are one hour long and begin at 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30. In Parramatta, we run sessions Monday and Tuesday at 4:30 and 5:30. We hope to add extra days soon, so watch this space!
Your first session is completely free.
After the first session, we charge $62.50 for the hour ($57.50 for siblings). The price includes GST, and there are no extra fees for admin or materials. Invoicing happens at the start of term or when your child begins tutoring. We do everything online, and many parents pay for a term at once, while others prefer fortnightly or weekly payments. That’s up to you! There’s a little bit more about payments and pricing here, but the nitty-gritty is that we don’t have any fixed contracts, and we try and make things as simple as we can. There’s no extra hidden cost. Our full policy is also available if you’re interested in all the minor details about how we make it work.
We always organise a catch-up if your child is genuinely ill. Otherwise, we ask for 5 days’ notice (e.g. school sport or camp), and can re-arrange your session for that day or time.
How Do I Get More Information?
If it’s a week day, you might like to call us. Maddie and Karina answer the phone during the day, and can be reached on 0438 546 314. Or send us an email through our contact page. Because we work in the evenings, we usually respond to calls and emails around midday – and earlier if at all possible.