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Melanie Coker small.jpg"Hi, I'm Melanie Coker, the  founder and director of AHeadStart Ltd. 

Tutoring from AHeadStart provides students with the tools to achieve their best, no matter what level they are at.

Starting from five tutors in 2009, AHeadStart now has more than 40 tutors in Christchurch. Over 3,000 students have so far benefitted from our tuition. So many have gone on to achieve degrees they would never have believed possible while at school. Tuition with AHeadStart has opened their minds to the possibilities, altered their dreams for the better and ultimately changed their lives.

I will personally guide each student through the start of their tutoring journey, and make sure they have the best tutor to suit their needs. I give you my personal guarantee."


Why AHeadStart Tuition?

  • Personalised one-on-one tutoring in Christchurch - one-on-one or in small groups
  • Online tutoring - available all across New Zealand
  • Tuition for all levels - primary, secondary and adult students
  • Expert tutors - high achieving, excellent communicators with a passion for learning
  • Multiple subjects - our tutors can assist students with several subjects within each tutorial
  • Choice of tuition plans - select your desired level of guidance, including progress reports
  • Convenient Christchurch locations - at a local library or in your own home
  • Payment options - pay per tutorial, or in bulk for a 10% discount
  • No fixed term - choose how many tutorials you need to achieve your goals

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Individually customised tutorials match each student's own unique needs


Our initial assessment and tailored lessons allows students to be taught more effectively, in a way that meets their own specific requirements.


Individual tuition benefits students as they focus better, increase their confidence and learn more.

Expert Tutors

We guide students in their studies and help them develop better study skills, so they perform their best in exams and assessments.

“Hi Melanie,

Just thought I would let you know Ryan’s results for NCEA. Ryan was endorsed overall in Merit. He got individual subject endorsements as well. He passed every external which was amazing considering he was so sick! So proud of him.

With the subjects Hayden helped Ryan in I couldn’t believe he got a Merit in Mechanics because he failed his practice exam and he had found the subject difficult.

Maths Excellence in Chance and Data and the rest Merits.

Thank you to Hayden for all his hard work. Would highly recommend him as a tutor. Thank you to you also, you are amazing.

Thanking you and Hayden,
Kerrie and Ryan.”

Ryan’s mother Kerrie, January 2017
Year 11 Science & Mathematics

“I want to thank you for the tutoring Ben has received. I appreciate that Ben hasn’t been the easiest student to teach, but I have been very happy with the tutoring he received

Kind regards, Lisa”

Ben’s mother Lisa, October 2016
Year 12 Chemistry

“Robson has found the tutoring immensely helpful and Brooke both incredibly talented and supportive.

We will happily be recommending your company to others and haven been grateful for the overall professionalism.

Kind regards, Heather”

Robson’s mother Heather, November 2016
Year 11, English & Science

“Good Evening Melanie,

Thank you for your best wishes to Claudia which I will pass on. Claudia has really benefited and enjoyed her tuition with Anna and will continue to use Anna with further studies in the future.

Claudia has already passed Level 2 with Merit so it's just a matter of subject endorsements now. Good to get this fantastic news prior to sitting the actual exams! I'm very proud of Claudia. 

Thanks again, been well worth it!

Kind regards, Victoria”

Claudia’s mother Victoria, November 2016
Year 12, Physics


Thank you for the report. Liam has helped Attica enormously for which we are very grateful.


Attica’s father Branton, October 2016
Year 13 Physics

“Thanks Melanie. Mo has been a wonderful tutor to Dalton and Dalton has really come to like him. I have already asked Mo if he is still tutoring next year to assist Dalton again. Wishing you a happy Christmas and many thanks for all your help.”

Dalton’s mother Brigitte, November 2016
Year 11, Mathematics

“We would like to thank you and Jackson for the tuition provided over the last 2 years. You have provided a well organised, friendly and cost effective service and Jackson has been amazing with how well he works with Luke.

Regards, Glenda O'Neill”

Luke’s mother Glenda, October 2016
Year 13 Biology, Chemistry & Physics

“Hi Melanie

Aaron was a lovely young man and his tutoring was invaluable.

Thank you, Ann”

Genaya’s mother Ann, November 2016
Year 13, Biology & English

“Hi Melanie

We really want to say thank you for your professional and friendly service. The tuition has certainly helped Benjamin to achieve better in Physics and Maths. He really does struggle with his learning and we were encouraging him to tackle these tricky subjects to allow him to achieve in these UE subjects.

Please pass onto James that he has been amazing and Benjamin really enjoyed receiving tuition from him. He was very good at encouraging and teaching Ben at Ben's level of understanding.

Many thanks, Sarah”

Ben’s mother Sarah, November 2016
Year 12, Physics

“Please thank the tutors very much from both Josh and myself. Josh has said they have been incredibly helpful over this past year, the difference between Merit and Excellence.

Thank you for your assistance over the past years with both Josh and Matt, it has been invaluable.

Kind Regards, Cate”

Josh’s mother Cate, November 2016
Year 13, Calculus & Statistics

“Hi Melanie

Having Aria as Mackenzie's tutor for Maths has been the best decision - it has made a huge difference to her understanding of the topic. This has shown up in her confidence and been reflected in her grades at school. One to one lessons has been the great benefit compared to the classroom where she struggled to get the teachers attention for most of the year. Mackenzie did well in her internal geometric reasoning exam and felt confident going into the end of year exam - however she said it was a strange exam compared to what they had been learning so end results will tell.

So please give Aria a huge thank you and we would love to have her time again next year. Overall I am pleased with your service and the reports provide Mackenzie with great support.

So best wishes for the end of the year and I will re-enrol for next year.

Many thanks, Bronwyn”

Mackenzie’s mother Bronwyn, November 2016
Year 11, Mathematics

“Thanks Melanie,

We are very happy with Georgia’s progress. Tim is a credit to your company - polite, prompt and Georgia says she is learning heaps, so thank you.

Kind regards, Claire”

Georgia’s mother Claire, November 2016
Year 12, Mathematics & Physics

“Thank you Melanie.

Alex found both James and Bridget very, very helpful. They made a real effort to get him enthusiastic about some of his tougher subjects again!!

Regards and thanks for the wonderful service you offer. :-)


Alex’s mother Lois, November 2016
Year 13, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry & English

“Hi Melanie,

We would like to thank you most sincerely for the excellent service you have given us over the past few weeks.

Thank you for all the wonderful work your tutors have done to help Emma with her studies. I will be very quick to recommend AHeadStart to all my friends.

Have a great day.

Kind regards, Jenny”

Emma’s mother Jenny, November 2016
Year 13, Accounting, Physics & Statistics

“Hi Melanie,

Tutoring is going really well - Mitchell says he finally understands things, he thinks Jeremy is great. Thank you so much - a relief for us.”

Mitchell’s mother Amanda, November 2016
Year 12, Physics


Tutorials are available for primary, secondary and adult students


Your child may require help to catch up in reading, writing or maths, gain confidence and build a strong foundation.

Or they may want extension in their favourite subject, or one not covered much at primary school, such as science or coding.

Whatever your child's goals, our primary school tutors will guide your child through every tutorial through regular assessment and lots of encouragement!

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Secondary school can be a stressful time for students, especially with regular NCEA assessments throughout the year. Fitting study in around sports and other extracurricular activities can also be challenging.

Whether a student wants to gain enough credits to pass the year, or is aiming for a Merit or Excellence endorsement, our tutors can assist to make that goal a reality. And of course we can also help with Cambridge and International Baccalaureate.

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As an adult student it can often be difficult getting back into study, as it may have been years since you opened a text book. You may also be tacking an unfamiliar subject such as mathematics or science.

On top of this you may be studying part time or extramurally, so it may a challenge to fit study around your daily life. Our tutors can help you streamline the learning process, so you can get through your studies with confidence!

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Our tutors can assist students with many subjects in each tutorial

  1. AHeadStart can assist students with 30 different subjects - Maths, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Science and Accounting tutoring, are just a small selection.
  2. Most AHeadStart tutors have strengths in multiple NCEA, Cambridge and International Baccalaureate® (IB) subjects, even including subjects as diverse as English, Mathematics & Science!
  3. Flexibility of tutorial structure means students can choose which subjects the cover in a lesson. This means tutors can prepare students as best as possible before each school assessment.
  4. Students benefit by having one tutor to cover several subjects and make the most out of every tutorial.




Secondary & Adult Tuition


Primary, Secondary & Adult Tuition


Primary, Secondary & Adult Tuition


Primary, Secondary & Adult Tuition





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Students choose their own tutor from a selection to match their specific needs

  1. Our team of Christchurch tutors are high achievers, excellent communicators and passionate about sharing their knowledge.
  2. Every tutor has personal experience of NCEA, Cambridge or IB at secondary school, and know what it takes to achieve success. Many tutors were Dux or Proxime Accessit, or involved in leadership positions such as Head Boy or Head Girl.
  3. Our tutors are selected via a very thorough interview process. All tutors are screened by the NZ Police prior to being placed with students.



Students select a tuition plan to match their goals and level of motivation



For students who lack motivation and need guidance with their studies. Includes weekly homework and progress reports every 5 tutorials.

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For self-motivated students who take charge of their own learning and have questions about their school work.

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For self-motivated students wanting personalised tuition in pairs.

Students need to have a sibling or friend they would like to have tuition with before choosing this plan.

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For self-motivated students who would like tuition in a small group.

Students need to have two siblings or friends they would like to have tuition with before choosing this plan.

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Students choose how often they would like to see their tutor to match their needs


  • Students have a regular weekly tutorial (or more) during the school terms.
  • Suits students who want consistent help throughout the year to stay on top of their schoolwork.



  • Students schedule tutorials as required, with no ongoing commitment.
  • Suits students who need help for a short period to catch up on missed work or assistance before assessments.




Tuition at a local library or in your own home



Libraries where
AHeadStart has tutorials



Suburbs where students
can be tutored at home


A range of locations to suit your needs


City Libraries

Christchurch Public Libraries and the University of Canterbury provide a studious environment and inspire students to use these spaces in their own learning time.

We Can Come To You

Home tuition is available in Christchurch for those with busy schedules and offers a familiar, safe environment for the student to learn.