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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 Kopila

Many thanks for this. He is really enjoying the tutorials and is obviously benefitting from them. I really appreciate your help.

Kind regards

Markus' mother Sarah, June 2024
Year 12, Biology & Physics

"Hi Melanie

Yes it went really well Thank you, Indiana engaged with her well, and she enjoyed her session would be keen to more sessions with Eden.

Many Thanks

Indiana's mother Jodie, June 2024
Year 2, Literacy and Numeracy

"Hi Melanie 

It went very well. Yusuf thought it was fantastic and really liked Nicholas so I’m thrilled, thank you.

Kind regards, Sarah"

Yusuf's mother Sarah, June 2024
Year 8, Mathematics

"Good Morning Melanie,

Guess what? Coop did an end of topic test (that is a derived grade for the end of the year !!) and … he got Merit!!! He’s over the moon!

Thank you! Let’s hope it continues! It is going to be a struggle as the teacher at school isn’t the best, but with Jonathan’s expertise, he’s at least happy what he learns from Jonathan he knows is correct. He says it makes so much more learning from Jonathan.

Happy Fri-yay to you.

Kindest regards,

Stella :) xx"

Cooper's mother Stella, May 2024
Year 12, Physics

"Hi Melanie, 

Hey thanks for checking in. Grace said Clara was lovely and she thinks they will get on well and that Clara will be a great help.

She had a giggle and said they are both quiet and a bit shy but that was nice ��.

I'll keep you posted.



Grace's mother Alecia, May 2024
Year 11, Economics

"Indeg loved it! And thought Courtney was lovely! Indeg was so so nervous beforehand but was buzzing after!

Thank you"

Indeg's mother Sara, May 2024
Year 10, Cambridge English, Mathematics & Science

"Hi Mel

It went really well. Ella explained the subject very well and Hannah found her easy to understand - better than her physics teacher at school! 

Ella was very friendly and approachable and they both got on well.

Thank you for organising. Hannah is looking forward to her next session.


Hannah's mother Angela, April 2024
Year 12, Physics

"Hi Melanie 

Caitlyn really enjoyed her session. Yuxin quickly identified Caitlyn's sticking points and they have a plan to focus on those.

Yuxin also checked in with her at the end to ensure his teaching style suited her - which it did.  Caitlyn was really impressed that he thought of doing that.  

Thanks so much for this.  

Kind regards,

Caitlyn's mother Carole, April 2024
Year 12, Physics

"Hi Melanie,

Nye is loving both tutors. James, his physics/math one he is super impressed with apparently he uses a white board and Nye said it is great!

Daisy was giving him some awesome advice on uni as well so I really appreciate these amazingly clever young people! 

Thank you!"

Nye's mother Sara, April 2024
Year 13, English, History, Physics, Statistics

"Hi Melanie,

Thanks for your email. Bruce is very happy with Antonio's tutorial. It's good to have someone got Es in his NCEA experience to teach him and give his advice. He thinks he's not only teaching, but giving him good advice to achieve Excellence level, which is beyond his expectation. Cheers. 


Bruce's mother Carol, March 2024
Year 13, Statistics

"Hi Melanie

Thanks for your email. Yes [Markus] said it was good (high praise from a teen!)

He said Kopila was helpful so please pass on my thanks to her and we will see her next week. 

Kind regards,

Markus' mother Sarah, March 2024
Year 12, Biology and Physics

"Hi Melanie

Kate received additional Science Tutoring in Year 12 at Rangi Ruru (2022) from one your Science Tutors and it was a great success.

Kind regards,

Kate's father Roger, February 2024
Year 12, Biology

"Hi Mel,

Izzy was very happy with the tutorial!

Jonathan was very nice and he explained things to her amazingly well. In her words 'actually goated'. 

Thanks so much!"

Izzy's mother Juliet, February 2024
Year 12, Mathematics


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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Hours of tuition provided


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.