At Top of the Class, we work together with your tutor, your child, your school and yourself to form a network of support to make sure that your child gets the best from their learning.
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ACCREDITED ATA MEMBER
Top of the Class Professional Tuition is a proud member of the Australian Tutoring Association (ATA).
YOUR CHILD IS UNIQUE
By assessing your child’s learning styles, strengths and personal interests; we develop a personal tutoring program to start building confidence and conquering weaknesses.
Our number one goal is to provide you with the support, resources and know-how you've always wanted, so that now you will be empowered to have positive influence over your child's academic future!
IN HOME TUTORING
If you suspected that one-on-one coaching is the most effective form of personal tuition; you were right! To minimize distractions and maximise convenience, your private tutoring expert will come to your home for one-on-one "learning time" whenever suits your busy schedule.
One of the biggest frustrations a young learner faces is when their school work feels "too hard." Our expert home tutors are trained to use communication strategies designed to help your child make sense of their school work so that it becomes easy to understand.
Some children learn best by using "hands-on" models and practical approaches. Others learn better through pictures, diagrams, numbers or words. What is your child's strongest learning style?
Imagine how much more autonomously your child will approach their school work once they gain confidence towards it. Your private will use confidence building strategies as a powerful motivational tool so that your child will not only perform better at school, they'll love doing it!
A young leaner's mind will function more effectively when it is engaged in learning. Engaged learning is our area of specialty, and is the key to improving attitudes towards school work. What stimulates your child's interest the most?
Your tutor will emphasise the importance of developing Higher Order Thinking Skills to deepen your child's understanding of everything they learn about.
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OUR TEAM: KATE, SHARON, MELODY, STUART, PAMELA & DENIA
Office Hours: Weekdays 9.30am - 7pm
Phone: 1300 654 746
What approach does your company take to tutoring?
In our experience, a one-on-one approach is the most effective approach, ideally in your own home or a comfortable and convenient location. Our tutors focus on a range of cognitive skills but place a large importance on nurturing the emotional aspects of learning such as attitude, motivation and confidence. Know More...
What areas do you service?
The best way to find out if we have tutors available in your area is to contact us.
What is the first step to arranging tuition?
The first step is to contact us to ensure we have tutors available in your area which cover the subject content your child requires. We will send you profile information about the potential tutors for you to choose. Once you have chosen your preferred tutor, we will arrange a time for them to come to your home and meet with you and your child for an initial assessment where they will provide you with recommendations for a tuition program to continue. If you would like to continue with the program, we will officially enrol your child in Top of the Class which also entitles you to access all our parent resources.
Fees differ depending on the tutors, qualifications, experience and how far they have to travel. Whilst there are 'cheap' tutors out there, you do tend to get what you pay for. All our tutors are hand-picked as the best at what they do. In addition to having a teaching background and being hand picked as the best in the industry, all our tutors also receive specialist training by our company and follow strict guidelines that are stipulated by our professional standards. In any industry, whether it's products or services, there will always be those that are cheap, and those that are good. Our company provides a service specifically tailored to parents who understand the importance of a good education, and place a high value on their children’s future. This is why we provide a range of parent support services in addition to private tuition.
What are the requirements to be a tutor with Top of the Class Professional Tuition?
Regardless of their background, qualifications or past experience, we hand pick our tutors according to their ability to communicate effectively. Having a dozen university degrees and 50 years’ experience is no benefit to being a school student’s tutor without the ability to communicate effectively and motivate young people. These abilities are our number one criteria. Experience in teaching, training, coaching and leading young people is desirable however without proving to us that you can motivate someone by effective communication and understanding the fundamentals of how to apply effective constructivist teaching styles - forget it! (By law, all tutors are required to pass a Working with Children Check of course).
Some of our tutors are or have been classroom teachers. Some are student teachers in training; others are university students with proven knowledge in a particular subject discipline. By law, pay rates will be affected by these aspects, however it is a myth that being a classroom school teacher automatically qualifies someone to be a better tutor. Tutoring is a very different style of teaching to group classes. All our tutors receive training in how to tutor according to our expected formula, style and philosophies in constructivist teaching and motivational coaching.
ONE-ON-ONE: YOUR CHILD IS OUR CENTRE OF FOCUS
Your child has their own individual needs and their own individual expectations. We work with you, your child and your child's teachers to ensure that those needs are met and their expectations are exceeded. Our one-on-one approach places your son or daughter at the centre of their own private tuition program, with you as chief advisor. By placing your child at the centre of our structured support program, it allows your private tutor to:
OBLIGATION-FREE TUTORING ASSESSMENT
When you contact us, we'll have a chat about your child's circumstances (year level, subjects etc), we'll talk about your goals for them and any concerns you'd like us to address. We will then use this information to match you up with the best tutor in the Sydney area, who will come out to your home and provide you with an obligation-free private tutoring assessment at a time that suits you. If you'd prefer not to continue with tutoring after that point, then there's no obligation to do anything else. Worst case scenario; you'll gain valuable insight about your child's potential, their strengths and strategies to overcome weaknesses. Best case scenario; you will change the path they travel for the rest of their life. Know More...
INDIVIDUALISED : WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS?
Some parents decide to hire a tutor because their child is struggling to keep up in certain areas of school work. Others are already keeping up and want to excel even more. Many students may be struggling in some areas whilst excelling in others. A lot of parents are busy providing for their family and want to rest assure that their children's future is in the best hands. Some parents want to be as actively involved in their children's schooling as possible. Many are busy and want to know what impact they can have in the time they have available to them. Which categories would your families circumstances fall into?
Regardless of the answer, we have the right tutoring solutions to suit your goals. Whether it's in Sydney or any other area of Sydney - everyone is different, and everyone wants something different from their tutoring. But with our team and our resources, you can rest assure that your son or daughter will receive the best possible personalised attention to their educational needs, learning abilities and scholastic goals.
And the most important part of this process? Throughout the journey of progress your child is about to travel along, you will be empowered with the knowledge and support to be as active as you see fit the process of steering their direction along the way. You'll have your own personal support team to keep you up to date with every bit of progress and ask for your guidance on anything you wish to contribute. We place you in the drivers seat at all times, in a way that the school system can not. How do we do that exactly? Read below to find out...
We believe that a child's best chance in life is having well informed parents, empowered with the know-how to make a difference and guide them in the best possible direction. If this sounds like something you'd agree with, then you've come to the right place! After your child's initial assessment, if you decide to continue with our private tutoring program, you will receive total access to a wealth of resources and a full network of support. For starters, you'll receive regular reports concerning your child's home tuition progress as well as access to our comprehensive range of parent assistance resources. These include our online parent's discussion forums, password access to our online educational resources as well as free subscription to our regular email newsletters which are full of advice on the best ways to nurture your child's educational growth. Basically, if you've ever felt frustrated or powerless towards your child's scholastic journey; rest assure that you'll never have to feel that way again! Know More...
A TEAM APPROACH: MORE THAN JUST A PRIVATE TUTOR
You're about to have your own private network of support to help you and your child to achieve their academic goals. Together with the parent assistance resources (described above) you'll have access to, your private tutor there in Sydney will work directly with your child's school teacher(s) as well. This is important to to ensure that your child's home tutoring content follows the classroom curriculum and stays directly relevant to your child's school work. Know More...
WHY IS 'IN-HOME' PRIVATE TUTORING SO IMPORTANT?
"In home tutoring" is not only the most convenient form of private tuition, but allows greater communication between tutors and parents. The home is a familiar, comfortable learning environment for after school tuition. At home tutoring therefore eliminates the stress and distractions associated with class room environments, including after-school tuition centres. If your home at Sydney doesn't suit you however, you can always negotiate a neutral location which supports a comfortable learning environment. Know More...
WHICH ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT SKILLS?
Learning is about much more than just remembering information. Our professional home tutors will focus on the most important skills your child will need for a strong academic future. Your child's private tutor will focus heavily on literacy skills and other competencies they'll need to achieve the highest possible assessment scores. These include exam taking strategies, essay writing techniques, report writing skills and especially Higher Order Thinking. Most importantly, they'll do so in a way that's specifically tailored to your child’s level of schooling. Know More...
HIGHER ORDER THINKING SKILLS - WHY ARE THEY SO IMPORTANT?
Our expert private tutors are also trained to develop your child’s Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) for a very good reason. Why are these skills so important? Because they are the specific cognitive abilities that Educational Psychologists have identified as benchmarks of academic achievement and intellectual success. Higher Order Thinking Skills are examined by school assessors (especially at HSC level) to differentiate high achievers from the rest. Why? Because in the professional word; these thinking skills determine the difference between those who follow, and those who are followed. Know More...
TECHNOLOGY IS THE WAY OF THE FUTURE
Because of the crucial importance that technology will play in our children's future, your child's home tutoring program will focus on developing IT skills by emphasising computer based educational resources. This will not only strengthen their technology skills, but it's is a great way to make learning more fun, interactive and engaging! Know More...
COMMUNICATION - THE KEY TO 'MAKING SENSE'
Your child's private tutor will apply constructivist teaching techniques to ensure that information is communicated in a way that is easily understood. Constructivism allows new information to make sense easily by building gradually on the learners existing knowledge. When your child is able to make better sense of what they are learning, they will not only learn faster but feel more confident and more 'connected' with what they are learning about. Know More...
THE 'EMOTIONAL ADVANTAGE' OF PRIVATE TUITION
Private tutoring should be more than just 'teaching'. Good private tutors provide teaching, as well as coaching, mentoring, motivation and inspiration. A parent understands that the way their child feels towards something will govern how they think about it, and therefore what they do about it. We understand how crucial these factors are when it comes to school work and learning activities. This is why your private tutor will focus on the emotional aspects of your child's learning, described below:
Strengths: Your child's private tutor will identify his or her personal strengths and learning styles to overcome barriers of fear whilst developing and capitalising on new strengths. Know More...
Confidence: Your child's private tutor will use strategic goal setting techniques to direct his or her focus on their progress whilst gradually building confidence towards areas they were previously struggling with. Know More...
Autonomy: Your child's private tutor will teach him or her how to use reflective practice skills to learn from mistakes more efficiently whilst conditioning an 'auto correction' pattern to learn more autonomously. Know More...
THE BEST STRATEGIES FOR THE BEST RESULTS
LEARNING...Using Gardners Multiple Intelligences, your home tutor will identify your child's individual learning styles and adapt teaching methods accordingly for best results!
UNDERSTANDING...Your home tutor will apply constructivist teaching methods to build new knowledge step by step so that your child makes sense of new information with ease.
THINKING...Your home tutor will explore new concepts progressively deeper. Understanding will be expanded by developing higher order thinking skills using Blooms Taxonomy.
APPLICATION...Your home tutor will focus heavily on boosting assessment scores by improving your child's exam and assignment competencies, as well as focusing on IT and literacy skills.
STRENGTHS...Weaknesses are merely those things which have yet to be strengthened. Your private tutor will strategically discover and develop your child's strengths to overcome weakness.
PASSION...To overcome the boredom barrier, your private tutor will strategically appeal to your child's interests to make learning more engaging and personally relevant.
CONFIDENCE...Through strategic goal setting and a strong focus on progress, expect to see your child's attitude shine and their motivation drive full steam ahead!
AUTONOMY...Reflective practice is an effective tool used to power efficient learning. Learning from ones mistakes however requires strategic conditioning and adaptation techniques.
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