1. What makes Get Smart Learning different?
Our mission is simple: to provide professional, engaging and enthusiastic in-person and online tutoring for children K- 6.
Our tutors have been selected not only because of their qualifications and experience, but possibly more importantly because they share our philosophy to provide a safe caring and understanding environment for each of the children they tutor.
Yes, we all want better results for our children, and for them to develop into independent, empowered young adults. Sometimes we need to look at the reasons why our children are not succeeding all on their own. Once we understand their challenges we can often deal with these and the results will be come self-evident.
At Get Smart Learning matching our students with the right tutor is so very important. We consider each of the elements of student/tutor compatibility including, ethnicity, hobbies and common interests. Obviously the tutor’s academic and teaching experience are also important elements of compatibility. At the end of the day we all want your child to end up with a tutor relationship, which is a trusted relationship, coupled with strong social rapport.
Each of our tutor’s possesses valuable experience and qualifications and is individually committed to each of their student’s success.
2. What are the benefits and advantages of having a tutor?
Tutoring presents many benefits and advantages to both students and parents. We have found that students request tutoring because of two main reasons:
Our tutors attend the lessons with the intent of encouraging the student to think for themselves, and to feel confident completing their assessments. During your first lesson, the tutor will aim to get to know you, understanding your personality, your learning style, your interests and your aspirations. They will then tailor their lessons according to your requirements. If you are unsure about what your requirements are, then make sure you advise the tutor and he/she will aim to work this out for you.
3. What level is my child?
Our Get Smart Learning Early Primary Aged Programs are based on ages so it’s easy to find the class your child should be in. If you have previously attended our classes the colour tabs on the timetable are still the same.
Green is now 3 – 4 years old – our foundation class introducing children to a fun classroom environment and early learning concepts
Yellow is now 4 – 5 years old – perfect for children starting school in the following year
Orange is now 5 – 6 years old – specifically designed to support children in the first year of school
You can read more about our programs and find more detailed information on each program level HERE.
4. How long are our Small Group Classes, and how often do children attend?
Class times are on your timetable. Each class is runs for 1 hour and children attend for a minimum of one class a week. Classes run to school terms.
5. How many children are in a class?
Classes on average have six children and never more than 8 children with one teacher, to ensure individual attention for each child.
6. Can my child attend for more than one class a week?
Yes! Your child is welcome to attend any of our classes offered each week for their age group.
7. I don’t think my child is ready for the next level, can they stay at the level they are in?
Yes! Children all mature and learn at different stages if you feel your child isn’t ready for the next level they can stay at the level they are in. Our qualified teachers will be able to give you more advice on what stage your child is at and when they are ready to advance to the next level.
8. There isn’t a suitable time in the centre’s timetable; what can I do?
Please contact our office, we are often able to open new classes depending on demand or add you to our waiting lists.
9. Is my child ready to start school?
Parents often have anxiety about whether or not their child is ready for school. Have a quick read of our checklist here or talk to our teachers about your child and how they will benefit from Get Smart Learning School Readiness Programs.
10. Can I change my tutor if I am not happy with them?
Of course, we want both you and your child to be absolutely happy with their tutor. This is vital to creating a harmonious and successful ongoing relationship with your tutor. So please, anytime you have questions or are not satisfied with your tutor (or any other aspect of your relationship with Get Smart Learning) we ask you to contact us to discuss the situation?
11. Do you offer tutoring via Zoom or Skype or are all lessons in-person?
The choice is yours, as we do offer tutoring via Zoom or Skype and this is particularly useful for students in regional areas. We are also finding that a number of parents are opting for remote tutoring using Zoom currently, whilst we are experiencing Covid 19 and are complying with social distancing regulations. Traditionally the majority of our tutoring has been one on one in home, tutoring or face to face in one of our small group tutoring at our campus in Maroubra.
12. What are the Fees for Get Smart Learning Classes?
Tutoring fees as follows:
One – on – One at Home Personal tutoring:
30 Mins – $35 45 Mins – $55 60 Mins – $70
School Readiness Classes (Maximum four children)
Green Level 3 – 4 Yellow 4 – 6
60 mins – $35 Per Term $350 (10 week term)
Small Group Classes K-6 (Primary – average 6 students – max 8 students)
60 mins – $35 Per Term $350 (10 week term)
We also have Special Holiday Workshops run through the NSW School Holidays.
60 mins – $35
Parents consistently tell us how much their children love our Special Holiday Workshops. They are a wonderful way to cover specific areas such as fractions, percentages, times table, spelling, grammar and so on. These School Holiday Workshops really help in building your child’s confidence in areas that they may find challenges in currently. Building confidence and new understanding in these areas will dramatically boost their results at school, and often turn challenging subjects into successful ones!
13. How can I provide feedback about a tutor?
We’re constantly aiming to improve our tutoring and provide you the best possible service. Please provide any feedback about your Get Smart Learning tutor is via our contact form or give us a call.
15. Do I need to purchase any study materials or resources for my child?
This will depend on your child’s grade and what school texts you have available. Get Smart Learning has an extensive range of educational resources that can be found here: www.getsmartlearning.com.au/resourses.
16. How does Get Smart verify and screen its tutors?
Get Smart Learning Tutors are extremely conscious as to the significant importance of screening and verification of each of our tutors. We personally speak to at least three personal and three work experience referees prior to them joining us. We carefully verify each of our tutors credentials against publicly available online databases.
All our tutors have a valid Working with Children Check.
Should you have any questions regarding the qualifications, screening or experience of our tutors please send us either an email via the contact form or give us a call.
17. Do you run classes during the School Holidays?
Yes! We run Special Holiday Workshops run through the NSW School Holidays. These are a wonderful way to cover specific areas such as fractions, percentages, times table, spelling, grammar and son on. These School Holiday Workshops really help your child build confidence in areas that they may find challenges in currently. Building confidence and new understanding in these areas will dramatically boost their results at school, and often turn challenging subjects into successful ones!
18. What subjects do Get Smart Learning tutors teach?
Get Smart Learning tutors teach a variety of primary school, subjects including Maths, English, and Science. Get Smart Learning provides the option to request lessons in-person or online through Get Smart Virtual. Get Smart Learning also runs School Holiday Workshops during the NSW School Holidays.
19. How can I pay for my child’s tutoring?
Upon enrolment we will charge your credit card for the lesson plan you agree to. You might opt to pay for lessons individually or for the term. We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express cards. Of course your card can be a credit card or a debit card.
An email notification will be sent to you once payment has been charged on your card. You’ll then be able to add a nominated credit card or debit card securely.
We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Payments are processed safely and securely through Stripe, one of the world’s trusted online payment processors. Stripe is used by Google and Amazon.
What are the benefits for you?
- There’s no need to manually pay invoices saving you much needed time!
- You account will stay up to date, and you wont have to worry about remembering to pay for your child’s tutoring.
- You will be able to keep track of all of your payments online!
20. How are tutors matched with students?
Get Smart Learning has a talented pool of tutors with a variety of experience and expertise. We will match your child with a tutor who has the perfect combination of subject knowledge and experience. We understand the importance of compatibility and will do everything we can to ensure a great match is achieved.
We also take into account the following:
Here at Get Smart Learning we are achieving real results for each of our students. Meaningful results come from generally a change in attitude, a change in commitment, or a change in understanding as to why we need to go to school and why we need to succeed. Results are directly related to our tutor’s knowledge, experience, their ability to communicate effectively, and their desire to make a difference. Tutors need to engage and interact with students forming a special bond in the process.