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Are private one-on-one tutorials provided as well as group lessons?

Yes! AHeadStart provides private one-on-one tutorials where the student feels relaxed and can ask any questions. Tuition in pairs is also available and this can be particularly effective for students who like tolearn by discussion as the students study the same material so they can bounce ideas off each other. Paired tuition also comes at a reduced cost.


What level mathematics and science does AHeadStart provide tuition in?

AHeadStart specialises in mathematics and science tuition for secondary school students in Years 9-13, especially NCEA Levels 1-3. Tuition is also available in mathematics and science for primary school students in Year 7 & 8 to provide a solidfoundation before they reach secondary school. AHeadStart also provides lessons for adult students and refresher mathematics.


Can a tutor come to our home?

Yes! AHeadStart is happy to travel to the student's home, school or nearest public library for private tutorials. We also offer lessons in both Cashmere and Central City locations at a reduced cost.

What is the usual length of a tutorial?

Tutorials are usually one hour long, as this allows sufficient time to cover a reasonable amount of material while the student remains focused. However, sometimes one hour is not enough time to answer all the student's questions and a 90minute lesson may be required. This will be especially true if more than one subject is being tutored at a time. At NCEA Levels 1-3 AHeadStart highly recommends that a student has a one hour lesson for each subject, each week. Shorter lessons may suit primary schoolstudents so please contact us about the most suitable arrangement.


Can a tutor provide tutorials more than once a week? 

Usually students choose to have regular weekly lessons. AHeadStart recommends this as it helps the student to stay on top of their particular curriculum and not get behind. If a students requires tuition in more than one subject we recommend that a one hourlesson a week is dedicated to each subject, especially at NCEA Levels 1-3, but this depends on the amount of tuition a student requires. Closer to exam time in Term 3 & 4 more than one lesson a week is often desirable to provide guidance in the revision process. It isalso possible to have lessons fortnightly, or on a casual basis. This may be convenient if the student has specific questions, but otherwise has a good understanding of their studies.


Are tutorials available during the school holidays?

Yes! Lessons are also available in the school holidays. AHeadStart highly recommends that students use the holidays to catch up on all the work that needs completing and revising.


What times are tutorials available?

Lessons are available 3 - 10pm on weekdays and 9am - 4pm on Saturdays. Other times may be available on request, particularly around NCEA exam time so please contact us tofind out what is available.


Are practice exams and revision notes provided?

Yes! For students taking NCEA subjects previous NZQA exam papers are used frequently for revision and exam preparation. For students on the Personal Coach Plan, complementary booklets of practice NCEA exam papers (maximum of twosubjects), including notes are provided. For students on other tuition plans booklets are available for $15 for each subject.


How much do tutorials cost?

The cost of tutorials start from only $31.50 per hour . Please check out our different tuition plans to see which would suit you or your child.


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