The tutoring methodology

  We have developed a comprehensive approach to tutoring based on work in business coaching, psychology, pedagogy and neuroscience. The tutoring approach is specifically designed to promote a strong tutoring relationship between the tutor and the student, and then to find the right balance between guiding the student and providing them with opportunities to explore and express agency. … Continued

What to expect in a tutoring session

  All of our tutors attend our tutor training, so you can expect a consistently high standard of tutoring. Tutors learn a comprehensive methodology to help students succeed at school. Tutoring is an interactive process that focuses on the learning relationship created between the tutor and the student. The tutor helps the student to think … Continued

Relationship fee: How it works

The Relationship Fee is $79.95 and is invoiced after you have had three hours of tutoring with your tutor. We know that finding the right tutor can take some time, and our focus is on helping you develop long-term learning relationships with tutors. We know our tutors are great, and we hope that you think … Continued

2016 NCEA exam timetable

NCEA 2016 Exam Timetable The 2016 NCEA exam timetable is out. Access it here Preparing for exams early Find out when your exams are (see timetable above) Gather practice exams for each of your subjects Learn how to do practice exams properly Speak with your tutor about specific approaches to preparing for exams that will … Continued

How you can achieve peak performance

Malcolm Gladwell popularised the 10,000 rule for excellence. He argued that anyone who had reached a world-class level of excellence had spent 10,000 hours practicing. That equates to about three hours per day, for 10 years straight – with no days off. In many cases people reach a level of excellence in their late teens … Continued

Student agency Part 1: What is agency?

In this series of posts we will explore what agency in education means, and how parents can provide their students with opportunities to express agency, and how tutors can do the same. Part one introduces the concept of agency and its link to motivation. I once worked at a job in a museum. I was … Continued

Grit: The secret sauce of success

  Find out what grit is, how it can help you…and then take the test!   Angela Lee Duckworth is a psychologist. However, she started off her career as a business consultant. She studied at an Ivy League college in the US, took a scholarship to Cambridge University in the UK, and then joined a … Continued

Reflection: Crucial yet often overlooked

  Learn about what reflection is and how parents, tutors and students can do it. See some recent research supporting reflection which helped students answer 50% more questions on an important test.  Often we jump from one activity to the next, without a moment to think about what we’ve been doing and what sort of … Continued

How to do a practice exam

Past exam papers are the most useful tool for getting ready for your exams. This is because they require you to write what you’ve learned in exactly the same way that you’ll need to on the big day. NZQA posts past papers for every subject on this page of their website in PDF form. We … Continued