School Holiday Programmes

2020 January Intensive Maths Programme

Commences week of 4 January and concludes 24 January 2020 (three weeks).

Targetting grade 4 through to grade 10 (2019) students

The package includes:

  1. An initial diagnostic session – independent, computer-based. Approx. 2 hours. We can split this into two sessions. The diagnostic sessions will detect gaps in learning.
  2. Two one-hour face-to-face one-on-one sessions per week for three weeks with the teacher (Six sessions total)
  3. Five one-hour (minimum) independent practise sessions per week (at your location) using login details provided. (15+ independent sessions in your own time over the course of three weeks)
  4. Bonus: Up to one hour per week of virtual support and guidance (with the teacher) if issues arise in-between sessions
  5. Final diagnostic session – independent, computer-based. Approx. One hour.
  6. At the end of the three-week course, a report (with some commentary from the teacher) will be provided.

Requirements:

  1. Attend face-to-face and diagnostic sessions in Clayfield.
  2. At your location, the student will need reliable Internet access and a browser and the student must independently (without the teacher) complete at least one hour of practise per day for five days out of each week. Practise can be split into one or two sittings for each hour.

Upon enrollment, specific dates and times will be organised around everyone’s schedules. Whilst there is some flexibility in this, the programme will work best when one-on-ones and practice sessions are spaced as evenly as possible over the three weeks. Research indicates a little bit of practise regularly rather than a lot of practise occasionally produces far greater results.

There will be an emphasis on nurturing the student in the one-on-one sessions so as to build their confidence. “Students learn math best when they approach the subject as something they enjoy.” [Boaler, J.] “Low self-concept of one’s own mathematical ability has a strong effect on increasing maths anxiety.” [Koch, I.] By detecting and finding knowledge and understanding gaps, the programme will help to solidify a student’s mathematical understanding thereby increasing a student’s self-efficacy and self-concept. (To avoid parents or carers contributing to any maths anxiety, the program offers some virtual support via email, text, facetime or Skype should a particular concept need some explaining in-between face-to-face sessions.)

The online practise part of the programme provides optional virtual ‘incentives’ (stickers) which appeal to younger students. The older students may choose not to interact with this feature.

Introductory price: $600 per student or $500 per student for families wanting to enrol more than one child. Contact Michelle to discuss further and/or book. Mobile: 0417 916 529.

References

Boaler, J.  “Research shows the best way to learn math”, https://ed.stanford.edu/news/learning-math-without-fear

Inge, K. “Maths Anxiety – Students, Pre- and In-Service Teachers”, Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute, December 2018, AMSI ChooseMaths Research, No. 4, 2018

We can always provide one-on-one tuition in numeracy or literacy during the school holidays. Just contact Michelle on 0417 916 529 to discuss.

 

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