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About Us 

Our profile, vision and culture 

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"Hi, I'm Melanie Coker, the director of AHeadStart Ltd. My passion for Maths and Science education led to the formation of AHeadStart in July 2009.

I believe every student has the ability to achieve success in subject, both at school or in tertiary education. Success requires an understanding of the key concepts and practise by working through lots of questions and exam papers. The secret is to be willing to put in the time and commitment required to succeed.

Tuition from AHeadStart provides students with the tools to achieve their best, no matter what level they are at. I give you my personal guarantee."


Our Profile

AHeadStart provides one-on-one and group tuition in all Maths, English, Science & Commerce subjects.

AHeadStart provides personalised tuition for each individual student. The areas a student needs strengthening are identified and then a customised programme of tuition is developed. The student is provided with immediate and positive feedback to help them stay on track. Tuition begins with an initial assessment, which is followed by foundation and reinforcement.

AHeadStart specialises in assisting secondary school students in Years 9 to 13, particularly those studying towards New Zealand NCEA Levels 1-3. Tuition towards the Cambridge International Examinations (IGCSE) and the International Baccalaureate (IB) is also available.

Tuition is also available to primary school students for maths, reading, writing and science.

AHeadStart can also assist adult students towards police, and defense force entrance exams, SATs, MCAT, GMAT and first year tertiary studies for polytech and university.

AHeadStart is a member of the New Zealand Association for Science Education.

AHeadStart is located in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.


Our Vision

Knowledge of Maths, English, Science and Commerce is fundamental in our rapidly progressing world. Science and technology play a significant role in everyday life, so a solid grounding in Science and Maths skills at school is essential. Learning these subjects at school and in tertiary studies helps develop critical thinking skills, as well as the ability to solve problems creatively, work cooperatively in teams, and use technology effectively. Combined with strong English communication skills and an understanding of Commerce, all students can aim to contribute towards a brighter, more confident New Zealand society that values life-long learning.

AHeadStart firmly believes that although many students struggle with these subjects at school, with expert guidance and encouragement all students have the ability to succeed in any field they choose.

Our aim is to help every student discover their own individual learning style, so that learning is enjoyable, interesting as well as ultimately successful. Students prepared with life-long skills for learning will find it easier and be more motivated to succeed.


Our Culture & Values

AHeadStart aims to help students reach their full potential in a positive learning environment. One-on-one tuition allows students to ask questions without feeling judged by peers and gain confidence in their abilities in all fields of study. AHeadStart welcomes students with a broad range of abilities and backgrounds.

In addition to helping students overcome their difficulties, AHeadStart feels it is essential that students also develop sound revision skills to maximise exam achievements.


A Brief History of AHeadStart

Melanie was a top student at Christchurch Girls' High School and went on to achieve a First Class BSc(Hons) degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Canterbury. Melanie completed her PhD in biochemistry at the University of Otago, Christchurch in 2011.

During 2004 and 2005 Melanie worked for BrainMasters Ltd as a tutor of mathematics, science and chemistry for secondary school students. It was at this time Melanie discovered her enjoyment in teaching and helping students to achieve their best, beyond their own expectations. So with hands-on knowledge of the scientific process and prior tutoring experience, Melanie established AHeadStart Ltd in Christchurch, NZ, in July 2009.







Tuition Plans

Students choose a plan to match their motivation and a  frequency to match their learning needs.

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Our Tutors

Students are guided to choose their own tutor to assist them in one or more subject per tutorial.

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Home Tuition

Students choose the tutorial location. We can travel to your home or meet you at a Christchurch City Library.

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A range of pricing options for one-on-one tuition, with discounts for multiple lessons available.

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