Local teachers Andrea Cheers and Nikki Tester are joining together with two other qualified teachers (Adrian Bruce and Leisha Audsley) to create a new tutoring service in Lennox Head, which will be run out of the Community Centre from 4 to 6pm, Monday to Wednesday.
The service will provide extra support to primary and secondary students to help them ‘be the best they can be at school.’
The tutors are holding meet and greet days this week, with the last one being tomorrow February 1. For primary aged students from 3 to 4 and for secondary students from 5 to 6pm. If you are interested in finding some extra tuition for your children, get along to the Lennox Head Community Centre Childrens Room tomorrow.
The teachers specialise in reading recovery, all areas of literacy and numeracy, NAPLAN preparation, and other subject areas right up to HSC. All resource material is based upon the NSW curriculum and the group is accredited with the Australian Tutoring Association, and have had all the relevant first aid training and checks.
The teachers will offer an initial assessment of all students, to determine where they are at in their education and to identify strengths and weaknesses. According to Nikki, who considers teaching numeracy and literacy to be her strength, tutors ‘will also focus on building strong relationships with parents, because this is key to the success of any out-of-school tuition.
‘And we will also focus on other areas of education like self-esteem, confidence and taking risks. Sometimes, in pushing yourself to learn you have to take the risk of making a mistake,’ she says. ‘And that’s often a good way to learn.’
‘The other key is comprehension. So often it’s the way the question is asked that can be part of the answer. Children need to understand how to analyse and deconstruct questions and know what they are asking.’
For Andrea, who started out as an art and dance teacher, then a primary teacher, and finally retrained as a specialist maths teacher, it is the moment when the penny drops, and a child understands something for the first time, that still gives her a thrill. ‘I love that moment when a student gets it,’ she says.
‘But if a child doesn’t get those basic first principles, then the rest of their learning can be compromised.
‘Maths didn’t come naturally to me, but I was always fascinated by it. So I know how it feels to not understand, and the joy that comes from suddenly understanding. I look forward to going through that process with our students.’