Tutoring sessions can be made up of one or more of the subjects listed in the table at the bottom of the page. A free 30 minute taster session is provided for all potential students so they can visit the Centre with their parents and meet Kerry. An informal assessment is conducted with all new students to identify their strengths and weaknesses. Following this, session aims and objectives would be agreed upon and these would be monitored and reviewed at regular intervals. Many of the activities and games are of a practical nature and Kerry is always hunting for innovative and creative new ways to teach concepts and skills to her students. Here are some examples of activities Kerry has undertaken with her students lately (and you can visit the Facebook page to see more):
creating noun phrases using Where's Wally pictures
playdough pizza fractions
story telling using Lego
shooting adjectives using a Nerf gun
Pixar short film clips as a stimulus for comprehension
times tables using the punch bag
algabraic equations written in sand
Jenga mental maths
fidget spinner vocabulary
phonics obstacle course
Children are taught to embrace challenges and to not be afraid to make mistakes as this is a crucial part of learning and any frustrations are dealt with calmly and sensitively. Kerry adapts her teaching style, communication and all aspects of each session to match the needs of each individual child. Parents are emailed after every session explaining what was covered and how their child responded.
Incorporating exercise into sessions is a key component of Kickstart Learning and so a combination of the activities from the second column below (depending on your child's interests) arecarefully combined with classroom-based learning to maximise your child's focus and progress.
Homework can be provided at an additional cost as it can be a useful tool to consolidate learning. A realistic amount of work would be set and your child would be expected to prioritise their school work before any tutoring work.