My child has improved dramatically – what now?
Congratulations! We love it when this happens, and we want to celebrate that with your child. Most children love coming to tutoring, and will stay with us a little bit longer to reach other goals (we re-set our focus at the start of each term), or to practice their skills.
If you decide that it’s time to stop tutoring for a little while, let us know at the end of the term by emailing or telling your child’s tutor. If we know before the last session, we can celebrate their success with them!
I am concerned about my child’s school report
Because we work with children who are often falling behind at school, this happens. It’s often a positive for parents as it gives them a chance to see where things are tough or aren’t translating at school. There are a few factors that might be at play, and it’s important that you get in contact if this is causing you serious concern.
1. When they start: It usually takes at least a term to start seeing progress at school. If your child starts in term 2 or 4, their report will reflect 2 terms, when they have probably been steadily improving for the last few weeks.
2. The age of your child: Children moving from year 6-7 or 10-11 will see a huge jump in the standard of work required (this can also happen between years 8 and 9). A new year means a new workload. Particularly at the start of high school or the start of HSC, parents expect children to steadily progress as time goes on, and it’s not uncommon for children to get lower marks when they begin. We work with a lot of children who have been behind in class, and a new year or new level is when some of those gaps will appear. It’s a good thing as it shows us where they are finding it tough in class!
3. What grades is your child actually getting? We see a lot of children who are getting Ds (or below) and who would desperately like to get a C or a B. If your child is sitting around a C, for the most part they are keeping up, which is great. High achieving students are sometimes disappointed when they don’t receive top grades, whereas some students just want to make sure they aren’t failing. Have a look at the comments in addition to the grade – where has the teacher noticed improvement? Is there a specific reason your child hasn’t been able to get the next grade up yet?
4. Motivation and study habits: When a child isn’t performing, even though we can see improvements at tutoring, this is a major factor. Tutoring is only 1 hour a week, and while we work hard to build skills and start and maintain good study habits, it really is up to the child to maintain that focus at home. This is particularly difficult for high school students. If you suspect motivation or study is a big factor, have a chat to your child’s teacher, and to their tutor. There are a few different strategies we can use, and it’s important to work out what will motivate your child to succeed. We go through study skills with each of our students, but the reality is that forming good habits takes time.
We are moving and I want to change to another venue. Can I do that?
You sure can. Again, we need at least 5 days’ notice. Just let us know via email or phone if you want to change venues. We will try to make the transition as easy as possible, but it’s very unlikely your child will have access to the same tutors at a new location. We aren’t a franchise though, which means that our training and standards at the same at every location, and you can still speak to the same people!
I want to tell other people about you
Great! We hope it’s for good reason :-). Just let us know if you want to take business cards or flyers to a friend, and remind them that we are always happy to talk on the phone. If you are delighted with our service and want to leave a review, you can do that using the following links:
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