How to Start Tutoring

Do you feel like it might be time to start tutoring? There are plenty of options out there, so we know it can be tough trying to find the right fit, and you might not even be sure whether it’s worth getting extra help! We work with students who want some extra help to keep on track at school, to regain their confidence, or to improve a particular skill.

We are very clear that we help students who need some extra assistance. We aren’t coaching or pushing children for top results. Instead, we want to see children of all ages feel happy, successful and comfortable with themselves and their school work. Each child has a different goal, and we want to see them reach it. We’ve worked hard to create a friendly, open environment where learning can feel like fun, without the pressures of school.

Before you start tutoring, you’ll probably want some information about how we work. Below is the information that most 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.

Reach out to us for some help – We’d love meet you!

Feel free to tutoring sydneycall us on 0438 546 314. The best time to call us is between 12 and 3 – just before tutoring begins. If we miss you, we will call you back as soon as we can! Alternatively, you can email us at [email protected] We receive a lot of calls, and we can tell pretty quickly if our style of tutoring is not a good fit for you. We look for children who genuinely need a hand, so if it’s a good fit, we offer a free session to make sure we know how best to work with your child.

There is plenty of extra information about starting tutoring on our about pages, and we encourage you to get in touch if there’s something you can’t find. Call or send us an email we can have a chat with you about your needs.

 

What Does Confidence Boost Do?

Kate start tutoring at Confidence Boost set up Confidence Boost Tutoring to work with children who weren’t getting what they needed at school. She saw a big gap between what children needed, and the coaching colleges pushing children to be A+ students. Instead, we wanted to help children who genuinely needed it, and to have fun while we worked. We spend too much time at school for it to feel like a struggle!

We want to make sure that children receive tutoring 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. We don’t have a set program or curriculum. While we want children to be on track with their stage or year, we don’t set it up as a pre-set structure. That means that we are always adjusting as we go. While we have a clear idea of how to direct our focus to keep children on track each week, 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.

holiday tutoring sydneyMost students work in pairs, so there are never more than two students with a tutor. For some parents, this is a relief from big classes. For others, there is an assumption or concern that 1:1 tutoring is the only way to go, so pairing sounds a bit strange.

Just like in class, children of all ages really benefit from speaking to one another and sharing ideas. It’s how we link and build knowledge, and it flows a bit faster when it comes from a peer, rather than an adult. Because we are so specific about helping children with their needs, we don’t want to see children distracted or lost in a group setting. For our students, working with a buddy means quality time with their tutor, a little independent work, and a wealth of knowledge from exploring ideas in  a non-threatening environment. It helps that it’s a lot of fun as well! We truly believe that tutoring (and school) can be fun, and we are committed to being a space that children are eager to visit.

 

Getting Started

Before you start tutoring, the first thing we want to do is find out about you and your child – is this what you’re looking for, and if so, what important information do we need to make sure we can help? 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 a number of questions about your child, including information about their school-work, interests, academic and social history, 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.

Ready to start tutoring but we’re 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. 

fourteen year old boy wearing braces with big smileOnce we’ve spoken on the phone and worked out if tutoring is for you, we can get you started. First, we organise a time for your first free session, as well as your regular tutoring time. These might be the same, or different, because we won’t know how best to approach tutoring until we actually see how your child works. In your first session, we collect information, make sure your child feels comfortable, and answer any questions you might have. From there, we are able to put all our notes together and make sure we can get straight into a regular tutoring routine.

When you first start tutoring, we usually ask your child to tell us about the things they love, and what motivates them. If your child is in Primary School, it’s a great idea to encourage them to bring something they can show off! For High School students, it’s a good idea 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 might be 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!

Children come to tutoring each week during term time. Sessions run for an hour. Some children choose to see us for longer, but usually one hour a week is plenty.

At tutoring, we work as a team, and you’ll find that your child builds a rapport with their tutor/s and buddy. However, it’s important to get perspective and meet more than one person, children need to know that their success is their own, not what their tutor has done. We like our children to get to know a couple of tutors really well, though some find themselves in need of a little extra consistency, while others really thrive from extra changes. Each child is different, and we set up each tutoring session 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. We love to make it fun, so if your child is younger, they might enjoy 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. When older children start tutoring, we also want to know about their longer term goals, and how they approach their work. All of this means we can help your child to continue their work at home, even when we aren’t around!

Time? Cost?

We have three options for Sydney tutoring. We work in Ashfield, Parramatta, Pennant Hills and Stanmore.  All sessions are one hour long.

  • In Stanmore, we run sessions Monday-Thursday, beginning at 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30.
  • In Parramatta, we run sessions Monday and Tuesday at 4:30 and 5:30.
  • In Ashfield, we tutor on Mondays and Wednesdays at 4:30 and 5:30.

Your first session is completely free.

Ready to start tutoring? 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. The first session is free because we can’t start proper tutoring until we’ve met you, so it’s our chance to say hello and get all the information we need for great tutoring.

We have worked super hard to keep our prices as low as we possibly can, but if you are finding things financially tough, and you feel like your child really needs a hand, please let us know. It’s much more important to ensure that children have access to support when they need it.

We send out invoices 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 important parts are 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 how we make it work.

From the moment you start tutoring, we offer 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 a different day or time.

How Do I Get More Information?

On a week day, you might like to call us about starting tutoring. Our phone number is 0438 546 314. Or send us an email below. Because we work in the evenings, we usually respond to calls and emails around midday – and earlier if at all possible.

If you’d like to do a bit more exploring first, we suggest having a look at our services, about, or how it all works pages.

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