FAQs Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Organising a tutor through APTUTORING is easy!

Simply call us straight away on (03) 9707 2761 to discuss how we can assist you with your child’s unique learning needs and academic achievements.

Alternatively, fill out our online booking form with your contact information and educational requirements, and we will reply as soon as possible to arrange an educational assessment prior to your first tuition session.

Once you have made your enquiry and discussed your needs with one of our staff, the process of booking for your chosen type of tuition will begin!

All the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and History are offered for Individual Tuition. Other subjects such as languages, GAMSAT preparation, or university support are also available upon request. Please contact us if you have an educational need that is outside the normal AusVELS curriculum.

APTUTORING also offers help with preparation for select entry tests set by schools, in the areas of English and Mathematics. English subjects in this type of tuition are Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Creative Writing, and Analytical Writing. Mathematics subjects in this type of tuition are Achievement Maths, Numerical Reasoning, and Abstract Reasoning.

All of our tutors are qualified and experienced teachers, so you can be sure that your tutor is both professional and knowledgeable. All our tutors are expected to be familiar with AusVELs, have a sound knowledge of their subject area and individualise their curriculum to the student, so you can be reassured that your tutor will be well placed to help your child with their educational needs.

For Individual Tuition and Scholarship Preparation Tuition (Individual), APTUTORING also conducts an educational assessment which is used partly to identify a tutor with whom the student will have a good rapport and working relationship with in the long term.

APTUTORING only hires tutors with current VIT Registration/NSW Teacher Accreditation/QCT Registration, and a Police Check, so you can assure rest assured that your tutor will be cleared to work with children.

APTUTORING selects a tutor that will best match a student’s learning needs and provide a good working relationship, so clients are not provided with a list of tutors to choose between.

APTUTORING also has an exhaustive recruitment process to ensure that it only hires excellent tutors with VIT Registration/NSW Teacher Accreditation/QCT Registration and classroom experience, so clients do not need a tutor profile to guarantee that their tutor will be suitable. APTUTORING therefore does not provide work histories or personal details of tutors to clients.

No! APTUTORING does not charge any joining fees.

For more information on our pricing structure, please see our Pricing page.

Yes! APTUTORING offers a number of discounts for Individual Tuition. Please see our Pricing page for more information, or check out our blog for current special offers.

APTUTORING runs an educational assessment for all students who want to commence Individual and Scholarship Preparation Tuition. Assessments are one off sessions arranged outside normal availabilities, and are run by trained assessors. The aim of the assessment is to talk to you about your child’s needs in more detail, obtain a student self-assessment of their abilities, ascertain the student’s current academic levels, and also identify the way that the student goes about completing the set tasks.

The educational assessment is then used by our admin staff to identify the tutor who is the best match for your child, and the tutor receives a copy that they can use to develop individualised curriculum based on the plan recommended in the assessment. A Parent Copy of the assessment can be commissioned upon request at the cost of $75 for Individual Tuition, and $150 for Scholarship Preparation Tuition.

Please note: The educational assessment is designed for internal use at APTUTORING, and is not a formal diagnosis of learning disability or neurological learning disorders. If you are after such an assessment, please contact a specialist educational psychologist.

Individual Tuition Questions

All Individual Tuition sessions take place in the student’s home. If for some reason the student’s home is not suitable, then the residence of a family member can be arranged instead. Individual Tuition is not held in public places like libraries or offices.

APTUTORING currently services suburbs Melbourne wide, and will soon be offering  individual tuition in western Sydney, and north and north-west Brisbane, so feel free to contact us regardless of your location! Some areas may experience waiting lists and delayed start dates, and our admin staff will inform you of this when you enquire.

Tuition sessions are scheduled to take place once a week at the same time, and are usually held after school or on Saturdays. The time-slot for the lesson is organised according to availability of the tutor, client and student, so there is usually not one set time that clients have to make themselves available.

Each standard tuition session is one hour in length per subject, although 1.5 hour sessions can be arranged if required. APTUTORING does not offer split lessons of multiple subjects within an hour, as we believe that this minimises the benefit of tuition significantly, and also reduces student learning.

If students require tuition in multiple subjects, then they will have separate hour sessions for each one. These can often be scheduled consecutively for primary students, or held on different days.

Yes! APTUTORING does not have fill in tutors for Individual Tuition, so once you are placed with a tutor, they will work with your child consistently. Many of our students have had the same tutor for four-five years, and the benefits of building such a close relationship is enormously beneficial for the student.

There is no set curriculum for Individual Tuition, as the sessions are individualised to meet the exact needs of the student, which are determined in the initial educational assessment. The plan for some students is for them to receive mostly homework help or follow and enhance the set curriculum at school, while other students may have tuition that is completely separate from school to work on foundational literacy and numeracy. The most common plan for students is to a combination of the above, so that the tutor has their own work designed to develop a student’s skills, and homework from school is attended to when required.

In all cases, however, you can feel comfortable that tutors are familiar with AusVELS and VCE, and will use that as their framework for what students will need to accomplish at school.

APTUTORING does expect its students to complete homework and study in order to ensure that they get the most out of their tuition experiences. The amount of homework varies between students, however, and can be negotiated down with the tutor is the student is already overwhelmed with work from school.

Yes! All our tutors are encouraged to talk to parents each week at the end of a lesson, although we do ask that this take place within the hour session if a lot of feedback is required. Our admin staff are also in regular contact with tutors, and can provide more detailed feedback upon request. APTUTORING also has a policy of contacting parents once a semester to discuss progress, and this gives clients a chance to ask as many questions as they would like.

Scholarship Preparation Questions

Scholarship Preparation Tuition (Individual) refers to one-on-one tuition for students who plan to sit a select entry or scholarship test. These tests are run by many schools as a way of deciding enrolment in the school itself, or one of its advanced programs, such as an Enhancement Class or SEALP.

The tests are called ability tests, as they are designed to test a student’s innate literacy and numeracy abilities, rather than just how much information they can memorise. As a result, these tests are highly competitive and often quite difficult for even the brightest of most advanced student to succeed in, particularly if they are unfamiliar with the test sections and tasks. APTUTORING provides preparation tuition for both the Maths and English components of the test, and in so doing helps students familiarise themselves with what is required.

The schools that set these type of exams often state that tuition does not provide students with any benefit, but in our experience, this is just not true. If a student is committed and hard-working, then tuition will familiarise them with the expected tasks, and provide them with the skills, strategies and practice they require to be successful. Select entry exams and scholarship tests are increasingly competitive, and while there is never any guarantee, one-on-one tuition gives student’s the best possible chance of success.

As mentioned above, APTUTORING recommends that all students who have not received any prior assistance but really want to be successful should enrol in the full year course. Students with some prior help in scholarship preparation can enrol in one of these shorter courses:

  • Full Course – 12 Months
  • Abridged Course – 6 Months
  • Review Course – 3 Months
  • Practice Course – 1 Month

If you are not sure which course would best suit your child, then please contact us today, as our experienced admin staff are happy to make a recommendation.

As long as possible! APTUTORING recommends that students begin scholarship preparation at least one year before the date of the test they intend to sit.

All Individual Tuition sessions take place in the student’s home. If for some reason the student’s home is not suitable, then the residence of a family member can be arranged instead. Individual Tuition is not held in public places like libraries or offices.

APTUTORING currently services suburbs Melbourne wide, and will soon be offering tuition in western Sydney, and north and north-west Brisbane, so feel free to contact us regardless of your location! Some areas may experience waiting lists and delayed start dates, and our admin staff will inform you of this when you enquire.

Tuition sessions are scheduled to take place once a week at the same time, and are usually held after school or on Saturdays. The timeslot for the lesson is organised according to availability of the tutor, client and student, so there is usually not one set time that clients have to make themselves available.

Each standard tuition session is one hour in length per subject, although 1.5 hour sessions can be arranged if required. APTUTORING does not offer split lessons of multiple subjects within an hour, as we believe that this minimises the benefit of tuition significantly, and also reduces student learning.

If students require tuition in multiple subjects, then they will have separate hour sessions for each one. These can often be scheduled consecutively for primary students, or held on different days.

Yes! APTUTORING does not have fill in tutors for Individual Tuition, so once you are placed with a tutor, they will work with your child consistently. Many of our students have had the same tutor for four-five years, and the benefits of building such a close relationship is enormously beneficial for the student.

Scholarship Preparation Tuition (Individual) is a program with a set course that has been specifically designed by experienced APTUTORING tutors who have had great success with this type of tuition. All tutors who teach this program receive training in how to deliver the course effectively, and they will cover all aspects of the curriculum. The benefit of having individual scholarship sessions, however, is that the course can be individualised to a certain extent, in order to effectively target your child’s specific areas of weakness.

Yes! All our tutors are encouraged to talk to parents each week at the end of a lesson, although we do ask that this take place within the hour session if a lot of feedback is required. Our admin staff are also in regular contact with tutors, and can provide more detailed feedback upon request. APTUTORING also has a policy of contacting parents once a semester to discuss progress, and this gives clients a chance to ask as many questions as they would like.

Part of the longer 6 and 12 month courses also include a halfway practice exam from an experienced tutor, and the information from that is provided to both tutors and students.

 

If you have a question that’s not answered on this page, please contact us.

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