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Does your child need Tutoring?

Posted by Danielle MacInnis on 15-Oct-2018 19:10:38

 

If you suspect that your child is falling behind at school, it can fill you with worry. We all want the best for our kids in terms of happiness, confidence and being the best that they can be. There are some occasions when the traditional classroom environment does not satisfy a child’s learning needs.

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Topics: Tutor

NAPLAN – is this really valuable feedback about your child?

Posted by Danielle MacInnis on 04-Oct-2018 06:30:18

NAPLAN scores are about to be released and even the kids now know that this is a competition to see how they compare to other kids. But how valuable is this feedback about your child and how they are doing at school? NAPLAN is a National Assessment Program to see how students have performed to National standards and 200,000 kids took the NAPLAN this year. The test results provide information on literacy and numeracy across Australia.

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Topics: NAPLAN, Feedback

Welcome Wednesdays: Meet Emily

Posted by TutorBright on 19-Sep-2018 13:15:06

 

"Intellectual curiosity is fundamental for personal growth, creativity and expanding our consciousness."

Meet Emily! Emily has explored nearly every American national park and completed a solo cycling expedition down the coast of California. Emily believes making learning engaging is key to the success of her students! 

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Welcome Wednesdays: Meet Godfrey

Posted by TutorBright on 12-Sep-2018 10:04:39

 

"Education is the only thing that can help someone to live, understand and manage the world around him/her."

Meet Godfrey! Godfrey is a maths, science and geography teacher from Grovedale. He is passionate about making education more accessible to students through flexible learning options! 

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Topics: Welcome Wednesday

Achieving in VCE: How I got a 95.6 ATAR despite my illness...

Posted by Guest Blogger on 20-Aug-2018 09:34:38

 

Anna Norrish, a former tutor and social worker in-the-making, suddenly fell unwell throughout her VCE. Anna shares with us how she achieved such an exceptional ATAR while battling a debilitating illness. 

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Topics: Tutoring, Special needs support

Welcome Wednesdays: Meet Kieran

Posted by TutorBright on 08-Aug-2018 17:02:19

 

"I will always believe that an invested teacher and a good education is one of the greatest gifts that you can give to children."
 
Meet Kieran! Kieran is a qualified primary school teacher and soon-to-be author. Her passion is learning, teaching and giving children the tools that they need to succeed.

 

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Topics: Welcome Wednesday

I Understand, but I Don't Know...

Posted by Guest Blogger on 08-Aug-2018 14:47:17

 

There is a vast difference between, “It’s okay, I get it, do what you need to and I’ll be here to support you,” and, “I’ve heard of that!  Let me fix it for you.” 

Megan Young is a Tutor and an experienced Integration Aide, who specialises in special needs support. Megan shares her insights about the best approach to addressing the needs of students with a disability.

 

What troubles me most about the world of special needs children is the attitude of those around them.  Be it from a teacher, sibling, parent, friend, or really anyone, the mindset that ‘I know best’ is far too common, and by result, far too harmful.  As an autist, who also has other conditions such as anxiety and depression to boot, I’ve had it done to me too often to count.  From the lectures of others on ‘what my problems really are’, to subtler comments and behaviours, the people who want the best for me often make it worse.  Imagine struggling in a social setting and mentioning that you have autism and you need a moment to reset because you’re on the verge of panic, only for the other person to keep you there to listen to their lengthy ideas on what really would help.

I’ve seen it in my work, too.  Far too many teachers take one extreme and demand the student do exactly what everyone else does, without considering their extra needs at all, and even more take the opposite extreme of, “He can’t help it, so let him be.”  What kind of message does it send to a child if they’re treated like their ways of coping are invalid?  Or that they don’t need to try, because they’re broken anyway and therefore a lost cause.  I can tell you from experience, both are painful.  People who don’t know enough, who dismiss it all as a lost cause and let the child drift through school doing nothing and being told he can’t help it, are setting the child up for a massive heartbreak.  Yes, you make him feel better about himself now, but eventually he’ll realise that he’s being treated as less than the others.  He’ll act out more because he feels isolated and neglected.  Worst of all, when school ends and he’s thrown into the real world, he has zero understanding of social constructs or basic academics that he needed to glean from schooling.  He becomes the defective person he was always told he would be, and it takes no imagination to see how hurtful that can be.

 

On the other hand, pushing too hard, or deciding you have a ‘better strategy’, is a sure way to confuse and upset people of all ages.  Yes, we want you to understand, but there is a vast difference between, “It’s okay, I get it, do what you need to and I’ll be here to support you,” and, “I’ve heard of that!  Let me fix it for you.”  One is kind and supportive and encouraging, allows us to feel welcomed and accepted and loved all at once.  It shows you understand that we need something, and you’re willing to let us have it.  A sensory break?  Go for it, I’ll wait.  Can’t make it out today?  No stress, we can meet up next week.  Fidget toys or phone games during conversations?  Why not, I know you’re still listening.  The other makes us feel defective or stupid, or just plain angry that you, who have never been in my situation, think you know how I feel and how to fix it.  Let me make it clear: you don’t.  I don’t care how many classes you’ve taken or people you’ve met with my ‘problem’, you do not know how it feels unless you have it too.  Don’t talk like you do.  We know you mean well, and honestly, I can say I appreciate the effort of certain pushy people in my life.  I’m a lot better at ordering food because a friend once forced me to if I ever wanted to eat when I went out with her.  I’m glad of that, but I can’t say I’m glad of how she did it (or anything else about my relationship with her, honestly – she was very much a ‘fixer’).

 

"A sensory break?
Go for it, I’ll wait. 
Can’t make it out today? 
No stress, we can meet up next week. 
Fidget toys or phone games during conversations? 
Why not, I know you’re still listening."

 

So, back to the title, “I understand, but I don’t know.”  This should be your attitude when approaching anyone with any disability or condition, especially children, who are more emotionally fragile.  I promise, the best possible thing you can do for them is let them be in charge of what works and what doesn’t.  Try things, sure, but he decides if he likes it and if it works.  It might not work for him.  You might be making it worse without even realising.  And especially with adults, who have tried and tested just about everything and worked out exactly what works for them and know how to employ those strategies, let them do what works, and don’t push other ideas.  Understand that they need help, and be willing to give it, but don’t assume you know exactly what help they need.

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Topics: Tutoring, Special needs support

Welcome Wednesdays: Meet Fiona

Posted by TutorBright on 01-Aug-2018 11:30:41

 

"My own education has taught me that failure, however each individual may define it, is essential to personal growth." 
Meet Fiona! Fiona, a 'born traveller' and sustainable architecture visionary, is currently studying a double degree in  Environmental Engineering (Honours) and Commerce at Monash University. 

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Spotlight Tutor-Mentor: Dyala Kelp

Posted by TutorBright on 30-Jul-2018 23:33:29


"My favourite moment would have to be seeing the pride in my student's faces when they realise that they can now do what they thought was impossible."

This month's featured Tutor-Mentor is Dyala Kelp! Dyala has been a qualified teacher since 2015. She loves to hang out with friends, go to the beach, read and knit.

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Topics: Spotlight Tutor-Mentor

Welcome Wednesdays: Meet Paramitha

Posted by TutorBright on 30-Jul-2018 22:52:20

 

"My vision for my future is to make a positive change in children while teaching in primary schools." Meet Paramitha! Paramitha is currently completing her Bachelor of Education while tutoring primary students to help her gain a deeper understanding of the way children learn. 

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Topics: Welcome Wednesday

 

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