Frequently Asked Questions

How does tutoring work?

Tutoring Works’ Geelong school tutoring programs operate after school for 70 minutes and students attend once per week, on the same day and time. The same teacher teaches your child week in, week out. We believe this consistency is important for tutoring, so your child and their teacher can build a relationship and rapport. This ensures your child is confident and comfortable attending tutoring.

How long is each session?

Each session is 70 minutes. It seems to be the perfect amount of time for children to concentrate without becoming tired or bored.

Can you help with school assignments?

Of course! We’re happy to help out. Whatever your child needs is what we will do our best to help with. We can help your child plan out what to put in their assignment and how to get started and keep on track.

Are all of your tutors qualified teachers?

Yes. All tutors at Tutoring Works are qualified teachers with degrees in teaching and education.

Our teachers are all passionate, experienced and supportive, qualified primary and secondary teachers.

Working Together

How will I tell if my child is improving?

Your child’s teacher is in constant contact with you about your child’s progress. After each tutoring session, your child’s teacher will have a chat with you about how your child found the session and areas that your child is finding doing well in and finding achievable, as well as any areas that need to be improved on.

How long does it take before I see progress at school?

We see fairly fast improvements in children’s confidence. Improving in academic skills can take longer. Most children experience academic improvements in the 6 or 12 or 18 months that follow.

Building skills for the long-term means that school results will generally follow.
We have been helping children in the Geelong community for 29 years. We believe in our ability to help.

How long will my child need to attend for?

If there are significant gaps in knowledge and skills, it can take time to bridge the gap and get your child to the level they need to be at. It is difficult to put a timeframe on attendance as the needs are different for every child. We do not have minimum requirements for tutoring.

What programs do you use?

As Tutoring Works Education Centre Geelong is no longer part of a franchise network, we select resources that have consistently been shown to be evidence-based through strong, independent research and which we know achieve the best success for our students. These programs require specialist training to be implemented effectively. We are happy to discuss our specific materials during an assessment.

Does your learning program follow the Victorian school curriculum?

Yes. Tutoring Works Geelong programs all follow the Victorian school curriculum. Our role is to support a student’s success at school. We base our programs on the skills your child needs to achieve in each year level and always give priority to any school related tasks.

Feeling Welcome and Settling in

What happens on my child's first tutoring session?

One of us will meet you when you arrive, with a warm welcome. We’ll introduce your child to their caring tutor so your child feels right at home. We help your child enjoy their experience and look forward to their next session.

Do you give homework?

For primary school students, we give take home activities, unless you ask us not to. A small amount of homework (1-2 worksheets) reinforces what we do in sessions and consolidates the information into long term memory. However, it is not a requirement and not essential for all students.

How do I receive feedback about my child's tutoring?

Every time you pick up your child from tutoring, we encourage you to come in and have a quick chat with the tutor. That way we can show you what your child has been working on, what skills they are getting the hang of, and what is still tricky for your child. If you would like a more in-depth conversation on specific skills and content, please email or call us at any time.

Payments and Enrolments

How does payment work?

Tutoring fees are $58 weekly. You can pay for tutoring weekly or for the term upfront.

Do I have to prepay for tutoring?

No. You have the option of paying weekly or by the term in advance.

What if we just started tutoring, but it's already part way through the term? Do we pay for the whole term?

No. However many weeks of school are left in the school term is how many sessions we will arrange for you. You will only be charged for the sessions that you come for. Only students who have already been with us last term need to organise 10 sessions per term.

Can we start part way through the school term?

Yes you can start at any time during the school term. For students who have been with us last term, your child will have 10 sessions per term.

The flexibility is that parents get to choose when those 10 sessions happen. It means your child gets all the help they need, when they need it most.

What happens the following term?

We keep your existing time slot the following term. We assume your child will continue needing help the next term unless you tell us otherwise. We reserve the same timeslot in the following term unless you get in contact with us to change it.

Rescheduling & Moving Session Times

What if we can't make a session?

If your child is unable to attend due to illness or other circumstances, an alternative day will be offered to make up that session during that term. 

We understand that life doesn’t always go as planned. We’re happy to accommodate rescheduling requests where possible. We do not offer refunds for missed lessons as we have a reserved a spot for your child, instead we offer you days and times to make up the session so your child gets all the help they need. 

What if my child is sick?

We understand that children get sick unexpectedly. We provide make up sessions for absences due to illness. We are happy to arrange a catch-up for your child at a convenient time so your child does not miss out on tutoring. Make up sessions are scheduled within the current term.