Tutoring

How to Access Tutoring

Tutoring can be accessed face to face or online in a virtual classroom. In the classroom there is video connection so that the pupil can see the teacher and the teacher can see the pupil. The student and teacher use a headset with a microphone attached to receive the best results. There is access to writing materials and all that is generally available in the ordinary classroom. A writing tablet can be used to write on the whiteboard in the classroom, otherwise, the child can type using the classroom tools. The teacher uses the internet to access online products that are used at different times in lessons.

Using the online classroom means that the student and teacher can access learning anywhere in the world. All that is needed is the internet, a computer, a headset and tablet if needed. Currently, there are students in Australia, Britain and Africa.

Face to face tutoring is used to complete testing which can also be completed online or when the child is in the vicinity of the tutoring area. There are some children who travel long distances to meet the teacher and begin lessons. On returning home, they access the virtual classroom to complete the lessons. Obviously, there are different environments that suit individual parents and children. Therefore, some children attend sessions with the teacher each week at Letter Box premises.

What happens once you decide to access tutoring?

Once a decision is made to begin tutoring, session times are arranged. Face to face requires set times so that the teacher is well prepared. Online tutoring is set up through email. Letter Box forwards times and a link for access to the virtual classroom. Entry into the classroom is available 5-10 minutes before each session.

Before the first session the parent will be required to download the virtual classroom from the link provided. This means that the first session will have less hitches. Normally, an hour is set aside so that the student becomes familiar with the classroom and the expectations involved. This initial process is relatively easy. The parent can be walked through the steps via phone if necessary.

Payment: All invoices are sent via email once per fortnight.

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READING

Reading is the process of looking at a series of written symbols and getting meaning from them. When we read, we use our eyes to identify written symbols (letters, punctuation marks and spaces) and we use our brain to convert them into words, sentences and paragraphs that communicate something to us.

Reading is a complex process at each level of development. Learning to read requires an inter-relationship with sounding, grammar and meaning. Skills in all areas must be honed so that meaning can be achieved.

Three areas are assessed to isolate problems in reading. These areas are; accuracy, fluency and comprehension. Each of these areas contains subskills that are tested so that a detailed approach to reading success is defined.

As reading develops, so does complexity, accuracy and comprehension and ultimately, fluency. Students who aren’t confident in all areas can fall between the cracks and fail in many areas that rely heavily on reading accuracy and comprehension. Reading is the foundation of all learning. Students learn to read in Years Prep to Year Three and then read to learn thereafter.

WRITING

Writing is a process of creating information. Letter Box uses the 6+ 1 Traits of Writing to teach young writers.

The 6+1 Trait of Writing Model of Instruction & Assessment comprises 6+1 key qualities that define quality writing.

These are:

  • Ideas — the main message
  • Organization — the internal structure of the piece
  • Voice — the personal tone and flavor of the author’s message
  • Word Choice — the vocabulary a writer chooses to convey meaning
  • Sentence Fluency — the rhythm and flow of the language
  • Conventions — the mechanical correctness
  • Presentation — how the writing actually looks on the page

SPELLING

Spelling is a multi-skilled process that progresses through stages that eventually integrate to create a competent speller.

The stages are:

  • Phonetic spelling is the early sounding level of spelling, but is necessary at every spelling stage. At this stage the student is using his ears to hear the sounds of words.
  • Visual spelling relates, as the name implies, to the eyes. At this stage, the student looks at the spelling word to make certain that the correct combination of letters is used. In simplistic terms, this means if the sound,/c/ is needed the student makes decisions visually about whether it is a c or a k that is needed or even ch. The child uses his eyes to discriminate.
  • Morphemic spelling is a form of spelling knowledge that focuses on the meaning of words in its smallest form (morphemes) and how they change when making compound words or using suffixes and prefixes.
  • Etymological spelling is the study of word origins.

STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Students who have special needs are very welcome at Letter Box. As a qualified guidance officer and a special needs teacher, I am able to provide various programs for children with special needs. These programs may not be related to an academic program but rather to an emotional/social program or other programs catering for individual needs.

Please contact Letter Box to discuss your needs and support.

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