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AHeadStart provides expert online tuition for:

Primary School Students - Our tutors can assit with Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Science for primary and intermediate school students in Years 0-8 at school.

Secondary School Students - We work with Year 9 & 10 students, as well as NCEA, IB and Cambrdige students in Year 11, 12 & 13. Tutors are available to help in most subjects.

Adult Students - AHeadStart provides assistance for university, pre-health course students, as well as those working towards the entrance assessments for the NZ Police and Defence force.

AHeadStart aims to guide students so they reach their full potential in a positive learning environment. No matter which tutoring plan you choose, each student has their own personal tutor, so they will feel comfortable and supported.

Personalised one-on-one or small group tutorials are specifically designed to suit your needs. During each one hour session you, or your child, will have the full attention of their tutor. This gives our tutors the ability to adjust the pace, focus and goals of every lesson, resulting in optimal learning efficiency.


How does online tutoring work?

Our online sessions use either Skype  or Zoom Video Conferencing  - it's up to you! We also recommend using the Web Whiteboard as a great way to replace pen and paper while working online. These applications are easy to use and include audio and video chat, the ability to share screens with each other, a collaborative and interactive whiteboard.

Students will need the following:

  • A computer, laptop, or Chromebook with speakers, microphone, and internet browser.
  • A stable high-speed internet connection.
  • A quiet room to work from without distractions.

Optional but not required:

  • A second device, such as a tablet or second computer screen, is very handy to write on the whiteboard. This means that the student can still see their tutor on either Skype or Zoom on one screen, and any written working on the other screen.




AHeadstart Tutoring is still operating, with all tutorials are occuring online. We will update you when this changes.

As of midnight, Tuesday, 17th August New Zealand is currently in Alert Level 4.

In summary AHeadStart’s planned response is:

  • Alert Level 2 - tutoring will continue in person where possible, either at the University of Canterbury (until we are updated to the contrary), a student’s home, an alternative venue proposed by the student, or online via Skype or Zoom.
  • Alert Level 3 – tutoring will continue online via Skype or Zoom.
  • Alert Level 4 – tutoring will continue online. Tutoring is avilable both during the school term and during the holidays.

We feel that with our ability to continue assisting students online, while they start distance learning online, means it is appropriate for us to remain operating.

Our aim is to assist students at all times, but especially at this time of crisis when students may find they need even more academic while they are unable to access assistance from their teachers in the usual way. 

Please, keep safe!

Melanie and the AHeadStart team.