Online Maths Tutoring
The primary school years are important for students as they develop their foundation knowledge and skills in Mathematics. Our one-to-one Maths tutoring lessons assist students to understand Mathematic concepts, build specific skill sets, gain confidence and become motivated readers, writers and spellers.
- The Ability Of Students To Block Out Distractions And Focus In Class.
If a student is easily distracted by the other students, or by events occurring in the classroom (such as another student being spoken to by the teacher, or a group of students walking past the classroom), this can impact negatively on their ability to focus on their schoolwork, and learn.
- Students Who Are Absent, Or Change Schools.
Despite students needing to stay away from school when they are unwell, by being absent they may miss a new topic being introduced, or a previously taught concept being reviewed by their teacher. Students who move to a new school during the year may also miss being taught chunks of the Mathematics curriculum, as different schools teach the curriculum in a different order.
- Students Who Have A Diagnosed Learning Disorder.
Learning disorders, or learning disabilities are terms used to describe a variety of learning problems that students of normal intelligence can experience. Student’s with a diagnosed learning disorder usually have neurologically-based processing problems, that can interfere with the development of their reading and writing skills. It is important to understand that whilst students with learning disabilities can learn, they may need to be taught in different ways.
- The Motivation Level a Student Has.
Educational research consistently shows that learning is enhanced when students are feeling positive and motivated at school. Students who are feeling unwell, stressed, worried, anxious, upset, tired or overwhelmed can find it very difficult to be positive or motivated at school. Students who lack confidence in their reading, writing or spelling ability can feel unmotivated to try their best in Math lessons.
- The individual Learning Style Of A Student.
Every student is unique, and has a preferred style of learning. Some students need to practise a newly taught skill several times, before it is properly learned. Other students feel frustrated by not having the opportunity to work through newly learned topics more quickly. Some students learn most effectively by being instructed, and other students learn most effectively by being actively involved in constructing new knowledge. If a student’s preferred learning style is not catered for, their ability to learn can be compromised.
Even though student’s progress at different rates, they are expected to demonstrate pre-determined levels of proficiency in Mathematics, every school year. The Mathematic progression of students is assessed, then measured against the Australian National Curriculum Achievement Standards, and graded as being of an A, B, C, D or E standard.
For a variety of reasons, including those discussed above, many students perform below their potential in Mathematics, receiving a grade that is not indicative of their true ability.
Primary School Mathematics Tutoring from Prep to Year 2
From Prep to Year 2, students are developing their foundational knowledge and skills in the areas of number, algebra, measurement, geometry, statistics and probability. If a student falls behind in Mathematics in their early years of school, research shows that it is extremely difficult for them to catch up in later years without extra assistance.
Whilst the focus of our individualised tutoring is dependent on the specific learning needs of each student, our tutoring lessons cover the full range of early Mathematical skills taught at school, including:
- Number names, numerals and quantities up to 1000.
- Skip counting forwards and backwards by 2s, 3s and 5s.
- Comparing objects using mass, length and capacity.
- Telling the time and interpreting calendars
- Using the language of direction and interpreting simple maps
- Dividing collections and shapes into halves, quarters and eighths.
- Collecting, organising and representing data to make simple references.
Primary School Mathematics Tutoring from Year 3 to Year 6
Throughout the middle and upper years of Primary School, students are consolidating and extending their Mathematics knowledge and skills in the areas of number, algebra, measurement, geometry, statistics and probability.
Whilst the focus of our individualised lessons is dependent on the specific learning needs of each student, our tutoring lessons cover the full range of Mathematical skills taught from Year 3 to Year 6 at school. This involves developing proficiencies in a range of areas, including:
- Using a variety of strategies to solve problems that involve using the four operations to solve problems.
- Connecting three-dimensional shapes with their two-dimensional representations.
- Connecting fractions, decimals and percentages as different representations of the same number.
- Making connections between capacity and volume.
- Solving problems involving area and perimeter.
- Describing combinations of transformations.
- Solving problems using the property of angles.
- Calculating a fraction of a quantity.
- Adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals.
- Constructing prisms and pyramids.
- Locating integers and fractions on number lines.
- Locating an ordered pair in any quadrant of the Cartesian plane.
High School Mathematics Tutoring from Year 7 to Year 10
The first four years of high school present unique challenges to students as they transition towards their senior studies.
Many students find high school challenging as the difficulty of the set work increases and the pace of learning becomes quicker. There are also innumerable outside influences (and distractions) that can prevent students from doing their best at school. Homework expectations mean that independent learning abilities are crucial in order for students to keep up with the extra study that they are expected to do.
In secondary school students are developing their knowledge and skills in the areas of number, algebra, measurement, geometry, statistics and probability. The proficiency strands of understanding, fluency, problem-solving and reasoning are an integral part of the mathematical content in the high school years also.
Extra assistance at this stage can prime your child for success, improve their confidence and motivation levels, as well as their school achievements.
Choosing to use an expert tutor means that your child will be better positioned to keep up with the many assignments (and expectations) that they are presented with in high school. Optimise Learning’s tutors can assist your child to perform at a higher academic level, and prepare them for the senior years of school.
Mathematics Tutoring for Students Completing Year 11 and Year 12
The senior years of school, often referred to as the ‘business end’ of schooling, is where tutors can support their students by assisting them to gain a deeper understanding of subject content, and also teach them how to interpret and respond to assessment tasks. A qualified and experienced tutor can assist students to maximise their academic potential, achieve higher marks and an improved exit score.
In the senior years of school, students can opt to complete Essential Mathematics, General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics. Whilst these Mathematical subjects might have different titles in different Australian states, the content of each Maths subject is exactly the same in every state. Every Australian student is learning exactly the same curriculum; regardless of where they live or which school they attend.
Regularly accessing one-to-one tuition with a specialised tutor can make all the difference. Our tutors tailor lessons to specifically address the areas where students need the most assistance. Tutors with experience in teaching HSC, IB and ATAR are able to help students navigate the most critical, challenging and stressful years of their academic life.
Homework, assessments and examination preparation can be daunting for both students and their parents. Highly specialised, individually planned and well resourced one-to-one tutoring sessions will provide students with the ideal context for them to communicate comfortably with their tutor about their learning. Students can feel ’embarrassed’ to seek assistance from teachers in front of their peers at school, and often feel more empowered to seek the help that they need from their tutor.
How Do Our Individualised Mathematics Lessons’ Assist Students?
Strengthened Proficiencies And Skills In Mathematics
The proficiencies and skills involved in each specialised Mathematics subject in the senior years are explicitly taught, then consolidated and extended in detail during our Mathematics lessons.
Increased Confidence and Motivation
Senior students can feel stressed and left behind in their Mathematics class, and may not feel confident to ‘speak out’ or clarify that they need help. Also sometimes, students are not aware of what they don’t understand.
Working with a qualified and experienced teacher on a one-to-one basis provides students with the opportunity to ask questions they may not feel comfortable to ask in the classroom. Individualised tutoring usually leads to improved marks, which assists students to feel more successful, motivated and confident in their abilities.
During their individualised Mathematics lessons, students are given the opportunity to practice completing a variety of exam question types. They will also be taught a range of strategies and study tips to assist them with preparing for exams. Learning how to approach and navigate different types of assessments gives students a distinct advantage in their senior years of school.
Greater Ability To Focus Due To Less Distractions
Our one-to-one online Mathematics tutoring lessons enable students to study and learn without the distractions that typically occur during Maths lessons at school. The noise and behaviour of other students in the classroom can make it very difficult for students to study effectively at school.
School offers students the opportunity to be social, and lessons are usually taught to large class groups of students, who have a variety of learning needs. However, in one-to-one tutoring lessons, the learning needs of the individual student is the primary focus of the teacher, and students study in an ideal learning environment, that is free from classroom distractions.
Students and their tutor can cover a lot of Mathematics content in a 60 minute tutoring lesson, particularly because there are no other pupils to distract them from the student’s learning.